Tale Of A London Perfume Crawl – And A Giveaway!

By Tara

Bright and early last Saturday morning I met up with a gaggle of perfume lovers in east London’s trendy Spitalfields. (Perhaps we should have our own collective noun, a “flacon of perfumistas” maybe?). After a coffee and croissant we set off for Angela Flanders‘ perfumery, just a stroll away in Artillery Passage.

Angela Facade

Angela opened her first shop in the famous Columbia Road Flower Market in 1985 and sells her own perfume compositions as well as home fragrances and skin care preparations. There are about 40 perfumes in total across three collections (Signature Collection, Collection Florale and Collection Noire) including six male fragrances.

Angela Interior

Angela’s perfume Precious One won the FiFi Award in 2012 for Best New Independent Fragrance. It’s a warm green chypre, highlighting notes of jasmine, tuberose, oakmoss and vetiver. Other best sellers include the citrusy Mandarin & Mint, the floral oriental Ottoman and the whiskey infused Aqua Alba.

Second up was Bloom, located nearby on Hanbury Street. This is a boutique offering a range of niche perfumes as well as other scented products. Brands stocked include Vero Profumo, Parfumerie Générale, Huitieme Art, Grossmith, Blood Concept, Ann Gérard, Nasomatto, Six Scents, Jovoy and Néz A Néz.


I took the opportunity to try the Ann Gérard perfumes, which I’d heard lots of good things about. I tried two on skin, of the three available. Cuir de Nacre is a sort of “new car” leather scent and Perle de Mousse is a striking green chypre with lily of the valley.


The latter is really well done and includes notes of pink pepper, aldehydes, bergamot, green mandarin, galbanum, ivy, lily of the valley, hawthorn, rose, clove, jasmine, gardenia, lentiscus absolute, ambergris, musk and vanilla. You can buy samples in store at two pounds a time.

V at Bloom

Vanessa of Bonkers About Perfume at Bloom

We then trooped off to the tube station and headed to London’s West End. Here we stopped off at Geo F. Trumper, a renowned gentlemen’s traditional barber with an unparalleled range of male grooming products. Their best selling colognes are Extract of Limes, Sandalwood and Eucris. The latter is noted for its association with James Bond and features notes of blackcurrant, cumin, coriander, jasmine, muguet, sandalwood, musk and moss.


Trumper’s has been in existence since 1875 and its range of top class shaving paraphernalia, balms, brushes, soaps and shower gels is really impressive and reeks of old world elegance. Several of my fellow ‘fume fans walked out with something and I don’t blame them one bit.


Three o’clock was time for tea and scones at the world famous store, Fortnum & Mason on Piccadilly. Once we were fully refreshed, the perfume sharing and sampling continued. Perfumer Sarah McCartney generously shared her range, 4160 Tuesdays, with us. She began making bespoke perfumes that reminded people of happy times and now three of her fragrances; Sunshine & Pancakes, Urara’s Tokyo Cafe and The Lion Cupboard, are available at Les Senteurs, 2 Seymour Place. Sarah’s perfumes have an interesting quirkiness to them which is reflected in their gloriously offbeat names. Sunshine & Pancakes started out as a bespoke “happy times” scent for Sarah’s mother-in-law. It’s a stunner, evoking bright, carefree days filled with joy. Its notes include lemon, jasmine, honey, vanilla and cedarwood.


A wander around the perfume department on the 2nd floor revealed the Caron urns and a few of hard to find brands. Fragrance houses available include SoOud, Xerjoff, Clive Christian, Creed, Grossmith, Nasomatto, Juliette Has and Gun, Lorenzo Villoresi, Robert Piguet and Illuminum. I guess a store with a Royal Warrant must stock the brand that provided the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding scent.

This is where we parted ways as the evening drew in. I’d like to thank the fabulous Pia (of Volatile Fiction and known ad Nukapai on Basenotes) for organising such a fun event and the following fragrance fanatics for making it such an enjoyable day: Sarah McCartney, Lisa, Vanessa (of Bonkers About Perfume), Nick (one third of Fragrant Reviews), Karen Gilbert (who runs perfumery workshops) and Liam (of Personal Odour). I very much hope we can do it again some time.

Now it’s Giveaway time!

I would like to share 4 perfume samples from Angela Flanders Perfume and a decant of Sunshine & Pancakes from 4160 Tuesdays by Sarah McCartney with one lucky winner. You can enter from anywhere in the world by stating that you’d like to be included in the comments. The draw is open until March 18, Midnight GMT and Olfactoria will announce the winner on March 19 on this blog.

Please be aware that I cannot be responsible for the vagaries of customs regulations or replace the package if it goes astray.

Good luck everyone!


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122 Responses to Tale Of A London Perfume Crawl – And A Giveaway!

  1. Missionista says:

    I’d love to be included in the draw. Thank you for organizing such a cool giveaway–the day sounds like a lot of fun!

  2. brie says:

    I am quite envious of you….a day of perfume and tea with perfume obsessed friends! What fun 🙂 ! I would love to be entered in this draw…thank you, Tara!

    • Tara says:

      brie, it is a benefit of being in London though others traveled from Wales, Surrey and the Midlands. You’re in the draw!

      • brie says:

        Oh, and I forgot to say that I meandered over to Liam’s blog and very much enjoyed the read….(had a bit of insomnia this morning 🙂 !). thanks for the intro…I hadn’t heard of his blog until your post.

  3. Kafkaesque says:

    It sounds like such a lovely day. Food, friends and fragrances. What more could one ask for? I’d love to be included in the draw. Thank you. 🙂

  4. TaffyJ says:

    I’d love to be included in the draw. I’ve read previously about “Sunshine and Pancakes” and was intrigued by the description. Thank you for the giveaway!

    • Tara says:

      TaffyJ, Sunshine & Pancakes is great, a real mood-lifter. A squeeze of lemon over jasmine to start with vanilla pancake to follow.

      You’re in the draw!

  5. Radmila says:

    hi, love to try something new! thanks for the review, please enter me in!
    Radmila, from Ukraine.

    • Tara says:

      Hi Radmila, it is definitely nice to try something new. I’d never sampled anything from Angela Flanders before and 4160 Tuesdays only briefly, so it was a real treat.

      You’re in the draw!

  6. Irina says:

    I’d love to be included- thanks for the draw
    wonderful pics

  7. Vanessa says:

    Great account of a wonderful day! It was so good to see you again. That’s funny about Illuminum in Fortnums, hehe. Sorry I couldn’t stop for the final sniffing foray there.

    No need to enter me in the draw. Oh, my friend was blown away by the sample of Oudh Noir I got for her at Angela Flanders. She has only ever worn perfume oils, being a bit “sniffy” about perfumes, but is majorly revising her opinion thanks to the clutch of oud scents I have given her lately.

    • Tara says:

      I’m pleased to hear you’re managing to convert your friend to “proper” perfume and that Oudh Noir helped.

      We didn’t linger terribly long at Fortnum’s as I think most of had tried a lot of the lines before.

  8. mpig says:

    Wow, nice perfume collections. Hope i can win one of those.

  9. Veni from Prague says:

    I’d very much like to be included in this giveaway as these perfumers are totally unknown to me. Please count me in!

  10. Ines says:

    I always love reading about perfumista meet-ups. 🙂 And you practically spent the whole day together! What fun!
    As I never tried any of the perfume in the draw, I’d like to enter.

    • Tara says:

      Ines, it was pretty much the whole day! Luckily I had Sunday to recover 🙂

      I loved reading about the time you, Suzanne and Asali met up.

      You’re entered!

  11. poodle says:

    That sounds like a great day. I’d love to be entered in the draw. Thanks for the chance!

  12. Such a lovely perfect day: perfumes, some fine English tea and a bunch of perfume obsessed friends! I’d love to be entered in this draw. Thank you! Madalina from Romania

    PS Nice pics as well! 🙂

    • Tara says:

      Madalina, the only thing that would have made it even better is if ALL my perfume friends could have been there, but I’m being greedy now 🙂

      Glad you liked the pics. Vanessa has done a post about it too with more photos, on her blog Bonkers About Perfume, if you’re interested.

  13. Sophie says:

    I love perfume crawls. Thanks for sharing and would love to be included.

  14. RuthF says:

    Sounds like a wonderful day! So many of the brands you mentioned aren’t available here in Sydney, so I’d love to be entered in the draw! Thanks for sharing your day 🙂

  15. Darilyn says:

    What an enviable day! I love the photos!
    Please enter me in the draw.

  16. alityke says:

    Please include me. Sounds like you had a great day! Well Jel.
    I was fortunate enough to be gifted Tokyo Cafe by Angela with a purchase. Such a transporting scent so I would love to be able to wear more of her work

    • Tara says:

      Ha, ha! For those not in the know, “well jel” is Essex slang for “extremely jealous” 🙂

      I assume you mean Urara’s Tokyo Cafe by Sarah McCartney?

      Either way, you’re in the draw.

  17. acstrommen says:

    Sounds like so much fun! Do please count me in.Thank you for offering.

  18. ringthing says:

    Thank you for the vicarious shopping and tea! Sounds like so much fun. I would love to be entered in the draw – how can anybody refuse a chance at a perfume called Sunshine & Pancakes? 🙂

  19. Lulubelle says:

    I love the idea of a perfume crawl! I’ve recently fallen back in love with wearing perfume, so please include me in your draw.

  20. muza says:

    I’d love to be included, too 🙂 And thanks so much, Tara, for such a cheerful post and wonderful pics!

  21. Count me in! And thank you for the lovely perfume crawl!

  22. lucasai says:

    What a wonderful time you had strolling around London for perfume pleasures! Once I visit London I’ll try to step by these places too!

    Please do join me in the draw 🙂 Thank you for this generous chance

  23. Bhama says:

    Sounds like you had a glorious day Ms.Tara. Please include me in the draw and thanks for the wonderful opportunity!

  24. shellyw says:

    Caron fountains- so pretty. Please include me inthe draw.

  25. rachel says:

    I’d love to try these scents.

  26. TerryM says:

    Thanks for the opportunity Tara! I would love to be in the draw!

  27. Laurinha says:

    Thanks for the tips: Bloom is now on the cards for my upcoming meanderings in Londinium!
    And please enter me in the draw ^_^

  28. Tora says:

    The day you just described sounds like absolute heaven! My friends roll their eyes when I start to wax rhapsodic about perfume. To have such knowledgeable and like minded friends seems to me an ideal world. I still hope someday to meet a fellow perfumista in Orlando (yes, a bit of a cultural wasteland) and gab on and on about our mutual love of fragrance. Until then I look forward to my daily visits with savvy perfume bloggers who share their stories and wisdom.

    • Tara says:

      Tora, next time Now Smell This do a Lazy Weekend open thread you should ask if there are any perfumistas in Orlando. You can’t be the only one! It’s great to be connected via the internet but it’s even more fun in real life.

      Let us know if you’d like to be included in the draw.

  29. Suzanne says:

    What a treat, getting to read your account of the day, which dovetails so nicely with Vanessa’s. I love the photos, too (particularly of you sitting pretty with your chocolate croissant over at her blog, and now this one of Miss V, whose longer hair looks so great on her). Sounds like you all had a great and very full day of sniffing!

    And thanks for the chance to enter your drawing for a decant of Sunshine & Pancakes. I’d love to be included.

    • Tara says:

      Suzanne, it was a really full day and that croissant had a yummy slab of chocolate in the middle that I had to snap! V does look lovely in that shot.

      I’d love for you to try Sunshine & Pancakes, you’re in the draw.

  30. Anna says:

    Yay, please include me too =) Caron urns, always such a pleasure to see!

  31. Lori L says:

    I would like to be included and thanks for the draw! 🙂

  32. Maureen says:

    Wow, this really sounds like a lot of fun! I’ve never been to London, but always wanted to go, and a perfume crawl would be the ultimate visitor experience! I am in the US. Please enter me in the draw…would love to try these.

  33. monster says:

    Thanks for including me in the draw and for the delicious write up of your adventures.

  34. odonata9 says:

    I’d love to be included in the draw. Sounds like a fabulous day!

  35. I enjoyed reading about your Perfume Crawl and would love to be included in the giveaway. Thank you!

  36. Lyubov says:

    What an exciting exploration stroll you had! Great! And I haven’t heard of a major part from the mentioned perfumes…
    I would like to be entered in the nice and generous draw! Thank you!

  37. andreawilko says:

    Who doesn’t want to smell of sunshine and pancakes? I can’t imagine what it smells like but I love the sound of it.
    I am jealous of your day perfume shopping and sniffing, I am lucky if I get half an hour sniffing with the other half.

    I would love to be included in the draw.

  38. Rene Groyer (@ReneGroyer) says:

    I would love to be included in this wonderful draw.Your blog never fails to delight the mind and senses.If I ever get to London,I am going to visit all those incredible delightful perfume emporiums. Thank You

  39. lisawordbird says:

    It was a fantastic day, and it was especially lovely to meet all the perfumistas and perfumistos whose blogs and reviews I read online. In case you hadn’t guessed, Tara is absolutely delightful in ‘real life’. (Thank you for guiding me to the right underground train!) I hope we get to do it again soon. x

    • Tara says:

      Lisa! That’s very nice of you to say. It was an absolute pleasure to meet you.

      I’m sure we’ll do it again, it was too much fun!

  40. sheri99 says:

    What a fun day! I need to go to London soon! Please include me in the draw.

  41. hajusuuri says:

    I’ll be following in your footsteps in August! Please include me in the draw. Thank you.

  42. David says:

    I want to try the Tokyo cafe perfume someday because I am living in Tokyo until June. Please enter me in the draw.

  43. Jordan River says:

    Annual Event?
    Hmmm, A posse of perfumistas. A perfume posse. A galaxy of perfumistas; you are all stars in the fragrant stratosphere.

  44. Ellia says:

    I’ve never met Angela Flanders Perfume’s before – it’s such a great opportunity to test some)) thanks Tara! … I would love to be included in a draw too:) –

  45. Alexandra says:

    Oh it sounds like you had a wonderful time and how have I never heard of Angela Flanders or Bloom before?? I have wanted to try the Ann Gerard scents since Birgit reviewed them and until recently I had no interest in the Illuminum line, but Black Rose has changed my mind, and now I would love to explore it further – hurrah. Now I just need a free day…

    So please don’t include me in the draw, I will seek them out myself!

    • Tara says:

      Alex, I didn’t know of them either! I’m glad you now have a couple of new perfume locations in London to explore next time you’re free.

  46. dremybluz says:

    What a fun day you and the group experienced. Please enter me in the draw. Thank you for your generosity,

  47. Civava says:

    Lovely travel diary there. Now I have a map of stores to visit. Thanks.
    Of course I wouldn’t mind being included in the draw.

    • Tara says:

      Civava, I think it’s good that we covered a couple of lesser known places. Hopefully they will be a little more known, by us anyway!

      You are in the draw.

  48. susan says:

    Thanks for sharing about your fragrant voyage! I’m so jealous of those who live in the great perfume-shopping cities like London. Thanks for entering me in the draw as well. 🙂

    • Tara says:

      susan, I do appreciate how lucky I am, I have such good access to a wide range of perfumes when I travel into town and it saves money on samples. It’s a good meeting-up point too, as you’ve read.

      You’re in!

  49. rosiegreen says:

    Thanks for sharing your lovely day with perfumista’s and double thank you for hosting such a generous draw. I love the name “Sunshine and Pancakes”.

  50. Ellen O'Donnell says:

    I’d love to be included in the draw, as I just discovered your terrific blog (searching for notes in bel respiro, which I found in your 2011 archives (thank you!)

  51. womo531 says:

    Sounds like a great adventure! I too love the Ann Gerard line, they are a beauty~
    I would love to be included in the draw as I’m excited to try the bespoke perfume =)

  52. dkchocoman says:

    I would love to be included in the draw. It looks like you had quite the fragrant adventure! The photographs you took were beautiful, especially the gold decorated glass urns of Caron fragrances and crystal chandelier hanging from the ceiling.

    • Tara says:

      Thanks! Fortnum & Mason is a beautiful store all round, but the Caron counter is something special.

      You’re included in the draw.

  53. Yile says:

    would love to be included in the draw! 😀 the stores look fabulous!

  54. Andrea says:

    I’d love to be included! you just made me want to go to London! 😀

  55. Victoria says:

    Thank you for taking us on this virtual tour!

  56. Kacey says:

    What a wonderful trip, sounds like! The few hours I spent in London between plane trips last Summer wasn’t enough for this sort of hunt, but I know what I’ll be doing if I ever get back! I’d love to be included in the draw : )

  57. Natalie says:

    No need to put me in the draw, but I just had to say thanks for the post, Tara! You introduced me to several London stops that I’ve never heard about before and which I will surely add to my list for my next visit.

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