There has been a show on TV for the past two years, which I’m not sure if you have heard about. It’s called The Real Housewives of Cheshire and it shows the glamorous lives of the ladies and touches upon their successes of their own businesses. Thanks to my good friend Steph from Ledigo PR, I happened to meet the girls and have become quite friendly with three of the girls; Tanya, Leanne and Lauren. I’ve watched the girls flourish in their success over the last two years and have supported them in their brands such as Tanya’s Dream To Reality Jewellery range and now Lauren’s new perfume. Last year, I was even seen on TV in an episode of RHOC at Lauren’s perfume launch. Since the launch, Lauren’s perfume Number One by Lauren Stone has become a hit, and as I have my own bottle, I had to share with you just how beautiful it is.
Packaged in a sleek, matte black box with gold detailing, with an embossed flower just like the one Lauren has tattooed on her back, the Eau de Parfum was originally supposed to be called Tattooud, playing on the name of one of the main ingredients. The bottle inside the box looks incredibly luxurious; heavy but with a sleek and minimalistic style. It does remind me of the offerings from Jo Malone Intense and Bella Bellissima but with a more opulent feel. Black and gold will always be a success for me. It looks expensive and feels expensive. The flacon is a sturdy black glass with a gold cap and very minimalist labelling. Although modern in design, there is a certain element of glamour from many years ago, very old Hollywood that is reminiscent of the bottles I used to see on dressing tables as a child.
The fragrance within the bottle is very unique, with a blend of notes that class Number One by Lauren Stone as a spicy oriental fragrance. The top notes are quite zesty with lemon heading to the forefront. When I spray this on my skin, I liken this to a sharp summers day. It’s almost quite grassy but then warms into heart notes of rose, ginger, saffron and aromatic lavender. The warming blend of the heart notes overtakes the zesty lemon and the fragrance transforms into a totally different scent after around 5 minutes of wear. It closes with the most divine blend of Oud and musk with amber and sandalwood giving the woody scent that I love in an oriental fragrance. The amber notes give a creamy warmth that is indescribable in terms of how it develops onto my skin. It’s a fragrance that needs to be worn to get it’s true potential on the skin.
In terms of longevity, it’s a solid fragrance and doesn’t disappear off the skin and stays even longer when sprayed on my clothes. I would average a good 6 hours on my skin before I’ve topped it up and I feel that any more than two sprays would be too much. Rich, extravagant and sensuous, it’s the epitome of a spicy oriental blend and I adore it.