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Blooming Camellias in London

Camellias are a very popular winter- and spring-flowering shrub, offering splashes of colour at a time when few flowers are in bloom.

They were first found in Asia (east & south), and are revered from the Himalayas to Japan and over to Indonesia. There are some 100–250 recorded species. Linnaeus named the genus after the Czech Jesuit botanist George Joseph Kamel.

Camellia Pink Bloom Petal Fragrance Scent

Camellia has no fragrance ?

Loved for their masses of superb blooms and their lush, evergreen foliage, Camellias are, beyond question, a standout amongst the most alluring plants to develop.

Blossoming for a considerable length of time during autumn to spring (depending the variety and climate), they delight us with their stunning flowers in a variety of shapes and colours, at a time of the year when our gardens lack in colour.

Leaves of the Camellia Sinensis blooms are used to make the finest tea and Camellia Sasanqua is equally used to make in Japan.

By pressing the seeds of Camellia Oleifera and Camellia Japonica a sweet seasoning and cooking oil is produced, which a popular oil for cooking in Southern China.

Hence, it is surprising that an oil extracted from Camellia does not produce a pleasant perfume oil for use in fragrances. All scents with camellia are essentially ‘fantasy notes’ build around the beauty of camellia as a concept rather than its fragrance.


There are exceptions though and here are the three most common fragrant varieties:

  • Camellia Lutchuensis: the most scented species. Early in the 1960s, breeders created varieties that incorporated its fragrances leading to a number of hybrids that treat our senses with colour and perfume. The weakness of these is that they have less blooms and evergreen leaves.
  • Camellia Sasanquas: has some fragrance and blooms in the autumn (single and double blooms). Sadly, the flowers only last a few days.
  • Camellia Japonica: a variety of cultivars also have a scent.


Here in London, blooming camellias can be admired at various times throughout the year in the following places:

  • Chiswick House
  • Great Windsor Park & Savill Gardens

Chiswick House

At Chiswick House one can admire a collection of camellias which is widely regarded as one of the finest. In the restored conservatory is the oldest collection of camellias in Britain in a variety of colours: white, pink, red and striped.

The collection includes 33 different varieties, amongst which are some of the earliest varieties brought to Britain in 1828. One of these varieties is the unique camellia ‘Middlemist’s Red’, originally introduced to Britain in 1804 from China by John Middlemist, a botanist from Shepherds Bush in London. It is one of only two in the world.

Great Windsor Park & Savill Gardens

During Spring both gardens, Windsor Park & Savill Gardens, show their best side with beautiful, colourful displays of rhododendrons, camellias and magnolias.

In July, a rare Chinese tree (Cladrastis Sinensis) within the New Camellia Garden, produces white-pink flowers. The New Camellia Garden is located within Great Windsor Park, close to Virginia Water lake.

When autumn turns to winter, the early blooming camellias are a delight with their bright flowers.

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9 best fragrances for women autumn winter

9 Best Fragrances For Women – Autumn / Winter 2016

Looking For Inspiration ?

It is the time of year when a large variety of New Women’s Fragrances are being introduced in preparation for Christmas.

It is fair to say that the fragrance of autumn is in the perfumery isles !

The weather is getting colder, the first leaves are dropping and gradually but surely autumn is creeping into our lives. It is time to look at some ‘warming’ fragrances for this time of the year.

Here is a link to an interesting article about the best New Women’s Fragrances For Autumn / Winter.

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Afternoon Tea Week Scents of Summer Cake Stand InterContinental London Perfume Home Fragrance

Afternoon Tea Week : Review of Tea in Perfume & Home Fragrance

Champagne Afternoon Tea Week Cake Stand Home Fragrance Perfume

The ‘Afternoon Tea’ Week

TEA notes have always been close to the heart of every perfumer and the team here at PAIRFUM have enjoyed following and attending the events of the ‘afternoon tea’ week. A variety of events run during the week of 10th – 16th August 2015 across the UK and you should really take the opportunity to check what is happening close to your home.

Here are some of the highlights of the week that stand out for us here at PAIRFUM:

Scents of Summer Afternoon Tea Experience


Afternoon Tea Week Scents of Summer InterContinental London Perfume Home Fragrance

Tea Tasting Masterclass at Harrods


Harrods Afternoon Tea Week Perfume Home Fragrance

Afternoon Tea & Champagne Tasting


Champagne Afternoon Tea Week Home Fragrance Perfume

You will enjoy exploring the website specifically set up for the week for offers and events that might tingle your taste buds and which are close to you:


Harrods Afternoon Tea Week Tasting Masterclass Perfume Home Fragrance

For anybody wishing to learn more about tea, there is an interesting article in Wikipedia:


Afternoon Tea Week Green Tea Perfume Home Fragrance

TEA in Perfumery & Home Fragrance

From an olfactive point of view, tea tends to be classified as part of the green and herbaceous family.

Tea leaves infuse perfumery accords with a unique aromatic profile, depending on which tea leaf variety a perfumer chooses: green, red, white, black, Oolong, …

Black Tea

These are some of the best known varieties of black tea: Assam, Darjeeling and Ceylon teas.

In perfumery, accords inspired by black tea are noted for their roasted, smoky fragrance. Examples are L’Artisan Parfumeur Tea for Two or Bulgari Black.

Oolong Tea

The secret of Oolong Teas lies in their production, after picking, the leaves are not allowed to fully oxidize, which means they are “semi-oxidized”.  This partial oxidisation places Oolong leaves in between a black and a green tea. With the amount of oxidization being variable, the flavour of Oolong Tea varies greatly. Less oxidised Oolongs have a fresher and brighter flavor, similar to a green tea. On the other hand, a more oxidised Oolong has a darker and more woody flavor, not unlike a black tea.

Oolongs varieties exhibit a multitude of subtle flavours: floral-fruity accents of peach, pear, plum and lilac. An example of Oolong in fragrances is Atelier Cologne Oolang Infini.

Oolang Infini Atelier Cologne

Green Tea

As green tea leaves are not given a chance to oxidize, they retain their green colour and anti-oxidants as a consequence.

The major distinction is between Japanese green teas with their grassy and ‘vegetal’ nuances and Chinese green teas which exhibit flavours from earthy and toasty to fresh and mild.

The first fragrance with a significant green tea accord was Bulgari Eau Parfumée au Thé Vert. Thereafter green teas inspired many perfumes: L’Artisan Parfumeur Thé pour un Été, Elizabeth Arden Green Tea, Lancôme AromaTonic, Calvin Klein CK One, Tommy Girl, Bvlgari Eau Parfumée au Thé Bleu and PAIRFUM’s SPA.

Typically in fragrances, the green tea note is achieved through Jasmine, Hedione and / or Ionones (Woody Violet).

A few years back, green tea in combination with citrus fruits (mandarine, lime, grapefruit…) was very popular in both Home Fragrance and Skin Care.

White Tea

Of all teas, white teas are the least processed. In spring, the new leaf buds are plucked when they first emerge. Thereafter the leaves are protected with great care to prevent blemishes, breakage or exposure to extreme heat or humidity. This results in white teas producing a delicate and gentle flavour and retaining their level of antioxidants.

In home fragrance, white tea perfumes have come onto the market but we are not aware of any major Prestige Fragrance House launching a white tea note.

Here at PAIRFUM, we are proud of our own home fragrance note ‘bergamot & white tea’ which includes elements of thyme and rosemary.

PAIRFUM Flacon room perfume spray bergamot & white tea
PAIRFUM Flacon room perfume spray bergamot & white tea

Yellow Tea

This is a variation on white tea, as it is produced in the same way (unwilted and unoxidized) but the leaves are allowed to yellow.

We are not aware of any ‘yellow tea’ based fragrance.

Red Tea

The best know ‘red tea’ is Rooibos (or ‘red bush’) and is from the leaves of a South African shrub, also known as honey bush, and is not really tea (i.e. not Camelia Sinensis leaves). Rooibos produces a sweet herbal infusion

This tea inspired the creation of Bulgari Eau Parfumée au Thé Rouge. The inspiration for this note was the sweet woodyness found in Rooibos.

Eau Parfumee au The Rouge Bvlgari

Herbal Tea

Herbal teas are also not made from ‘tea leaves’ (Camellia Sinensis). Instead, herbal teas can be blended from a variety of leaves, flowers, roots and even stems coming from a multitude of plants. Herbal teas usually do not contain caffeine. Popular examples of herbal teas are rosehip, chamomile and mint. Sweetened mint teas are at the heart of the Moroccan ‘tea ceremony’.

Not surprisingly, many newer herbal blends are based on Rooibos, with other herbs added to create a more pleasing taste.

Many of the ingredients used to blend herbal teas can be found in perfumery, home fragrance, skin care but also household cleaning products, e.g. mint.

Afternoon Tea Week

Special ‘Afternoon Tea’ Setting

For anyone that cannot make it to one of the ‘afternoon tea’ week events, we have the following suggestion: just light one of our ‘bergamot & white tea’ candles, set the table with your best vintage tea service, put the kettle on and then sit back, relax and enjoy ! XX

PAIRFUM luxury scented candle and natural reed diffuser on a side table in a French cottage

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Home Fragrance: PAIRFUM Website Refreshed

We are delighted to announce that new website for PAIRFUM is now live.

Unfortunately, we could not post during the building of the new site on our News Blog about Home Fragrance but hope everybody enjoys the new layout.

Now that the News Blog is back, you can again look forward to our articles about the following subjects:

  • news about couture perfume, home fragrance and scented skin & body care
  • ingredients from nature: natural / organic / essential oils, flowers and perfume ingredients, beeswax & bees, natural candle waxes, …
  • home fragrance products: reed diffusers and refill oils, luxury scented candles, perfume room sprays, wardrobe sachets, fragrant botanicals, …
  • perfumes in all their forms: eau de parfum, eau de toilette, eau de cologne, …
  • skin & body care: hand & body lotions, hand creams, hand & body washes, foam bath, hand soap, ..
    homes & house, interior design & decor, …
  • articles about Britain, London, the Queen and Royal Family, …

Don’t hesitate to let us know, if you would like to see us write about a particular subject (couture perfume, home fragrance or skin & body care) that you have a strong interest in.

Our writing always endeavors to be entertaining, surprising, elegant, a personal story or scientific in nature. If you are interested in writing about perfumery / home fragrance / skin care and seeing your work published here on pairfum.com, then do let us know. Here is a link to find our about how you can become one of our authors:

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From all of us here at PAIRFUM, thank you for your patience during the website refresh and we look forward to seeing you again at the home of PAIRFUM.

Home Fragrance: PAIRFUM lifestyle kitchen reed diffuser tower large
Home Fragrance: PAIRFUM lifestyle kitchen reed diffuser tower large
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Kubu Kube

Interesting Colour Game

Here at PAIRFUM we like colour ! Especially, as there is an intrinsic link between perfume and colour.

In this context, we came across an interesting game on the internet that is making the rounds: http://kuku-kube.com/

It is one those simple yet challenging free games on the internet that you can enjoy when you need a little break.

Click ‘start’ and spot the tile with the different colour. The squares in the next levels will become smaller and the color shades will become gradually more similar.

Admittedly, this sounds neither particularly difficult, nor particularly exciting – and yet “Kuku Kube” catches most player’s attention after the very first attempt.

Apparently, no more than 10 percent of all players worldwide have collected more than 30 points. How many different tiles can you spot?

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The Dress of Many Colours - perfume, home fragrance and body care

A Dress of Many Colours that My Mama made for ME @Pairfum


Who could have imagined that “The Dress of Many Colours”could cause such a storm and have us debating whether it is ‘White & Gold’ or Blue & Black’ ??

Colours like Perfume are very evocative and emotive, making us ‘Feel and Look Good’ and Colours like Perfume also change with light. So which #Colour-Group did you fit into #?

Many #scientific reasons may be put forward as to #WHY?, but we at Pairfum feel that #Personality & #Mood also plays a large part in the #Colour-debate.

Did #anyone #else see ‘Blue & Gold’ or ‘Black & White ???

The Dress of Many Colours ??
The Dress of Many Colours ??
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Bring the spirit of Patricia Arquette into your home: perfumes, room fragrance and skin care

Are you inspired by Patricia Arquette ?

Patricia Arquette’s Oscar speech was inspiring for many women. Did she inspire you ?

You probably saw her on stage during her acceptance speed, saw images of her before & after the Oscars, but did you find out which fragrance she wore on the night ?

According to Fragrantica, the haute couture perfume that Patricia Arquette wears is Guerlain's L'Heure Bleue.

The main ingredients in this fragrance are : iris, heliotrope, carnation, vanilla, benzoin and anise.

How would you like to bring the spirit of the Patricia Arquette into your home ? 

Here at PAIRFUM, we are proud to introduce our new 'anise & black vanilla' room fragrance built around 'heliotrope' and the oils of iris, vanilla and anise. It is ideal fragrance to remind you of Patricia Arquette's speech in your home. 

'Anise & Black Vanilla' is available in the following reed diffusers, luxury scented candles and room fragrance sprays:

  • Reed Diffusers (petite, classic and large size and in the bell, cube and tower shapes)
  • Reed Diffuser refill oil
  • Snow Crystal Candles (classic, large and tin)
  • Flower Wax Candle
  • Message Candle
  • Room perfumes sprays (Flacon , petite)

Inspire your home with Patricia Arquette !

Tweet us #PAIRFUM to let us know what you thought of the event: #Oscars2015

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How To Fragrance Clothes during the London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week Tip: How to fragrance the show’s couture ?

Fashion Tip For Designers:

Have you given thought to the fragrance of your fabulous clothes during the London Fashion Week ? You will have reviewed every detail of your show but will you have considered the perfume of your designs ? Will your clothes smell as wonderful as they look ? Will their fragrance radiate into the room ?

Your fashion should be a multi-sensorial experience.

How to perfume haute couture or lingerie ?

Basically, you have two options:

  1. use a specialist spray like PAIRFUM's Flacon linen & fabric spray, or
  2. use your favourite haute couture perfume

When you using your favourite personal fragrance, please ensure you take the following precautions, or you may stain the fabulous clothes you have just worked so hard for:

  • is it a 'heavy' fragrance that contain vanilla, woody or spicy ingredients ? All of these perfume ingredients are know to discolour fabrics.
  • before using it on any piece of fabric, test the spray for discolouration or staining on a small, invisible area, e.g. the tag
  • do not spray on any polished, painted, plastic or wooden items on your designs which may be damaged by perfume oils or alcohols.

The simpler solution is to simply use PAIRFUM's Flacon linen & fabric spray and you will have none of these worries.


Tweet us here at #pairfum and we will promote your show during the London Fashion Week !

PAIRFUM Flacon linen perfume for linen & fabrics room spray
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Reserve Organic | Hand & Body Wash

PAIRFUM Reserve Organics – for soft & silky skin !

Healthy & eco-friendly care for your family. Use for skin in need of some pampering. Gentle cleansing followed by a luxurious moisture boost and you will envelope yourself with the beautiful scent from essential oils.

PAIRFUM Reserve Organics = ‘eco-chique’, organic goodness that is easy to enjoy.

We care about the people you give these treats to, they will know you care about them and their world too:

  • hand & body wash
  • contents: 250ml
  • 80% of ingredients are certified organic and the remining 20% are natural
  • beautifully scented with natural & organic essential fragrance oils
  • handmade & gift wrapped by artisans in the United Kingdom
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