Saturday, 22 June 2013

Saturday Scents 5 - Origins Ginger Essence

I have been a fan of Paul Mitchell's Awapuhi Ginger Hair Range for a while now and the other day I received the shine spray and sea spray from a blog sale (Miss Makeup Magpie - she has now got a 2nd blog sale running, check it out here!).  When I tested them out I thought how much I loved the scent and how perfect it would be as a perfume.  That very same day I nipped into House of Fraser to use my Origins birthday voucher and I found this - it must be fate!

The Ginger Essence is a 'Sensuous Skin Scent' which is similar to the Eau Fraiche or Skin Scents from Estee Lauder (Bronze Goddess) or Chanel (Chance) and has a lower concentration of perfume to water meaning the scent is lighter, fresher and less longer lasting. 

As a guide, here is some of the concentrations for perfume types (thanks to

Eau de Parfum - 10-15% perfume, the rest is alcohol and should last around 5 hours.
Eau de Toilette - 5-12% perfume, the rest is alcohol and water.  This should last around 2-4 hours.
Eau Fraiche/Skin Scent - 3% perfume, the remainder is mostly water, lasts around 2 hours.
Eau de Cologne - 2-3% perfume, the rest is mostly water, lasts around 2 hours.

So, if you want this to last through the day, make sure you take it with youAlternatively, you could go for the intensified version which should give you more staying power.   

The ginger fragrance itself is reminiscent of a ginger beer sparkling over ice on a warm Summer day.  It has a pure gingery scent unlike the sickliness of crystallized ginger.  Elements of bergamot, lemon and lemon add a refreshing note to the spicy ginger and give it a summery feel.  When I use this, I can't stop smelling my wrists over and over again- just delightful!

What are your thoughts on ginger as a fragrance?
Have you tried the Paul Mitchell or Origins ginger scented products?


  1. I love the Origins Ginger scent, I had the body butter a couple of years back - it's gorgeous! I didn't realise they did a perfume version, will be on the lookout for this :)

    Jess xo

    1. I know, I was surprised when I saw it. Wore it out and about today and got 3 separate compliments on it!

      Rebecca x


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