Making Scents



There’s only one thing worse than somewhere wearing an overpowering fragrance at the gym, and it’s not wearing anything at all. Here are some of our favourites.

By Renae Leith-Manos


Stretching in a fragrant garden

Italian Dreams

The healing power of lemons has been practised by populations for years, from the Ancient Egyptians who ate and drank the juice to protect against toxins, to Greeks who  – even today – believe it keeps you thin and healthily detoxed. Crabtree and Evelyn have a stunning Neapolitan Bergamot Eau De Cologne as part of the unique  Limited Edition Heritage Collection which celebrates forty years of Fragrance for the brand. The Bergamot is our favourite, and  inspires and invigorates, but is subtle enough to wear to yoga. The zesty fragrance will calm your senses, as it evokes the scent of the Italian summer coastal breeze. Beautifully packaged for your dressing table, it’s an every day luxury. Crabtree & Evelyn Neapolitan Bergamot Eau De Cologne 100ml RRP$80

Beach Bliss

Elements of sand jasmine, mandarin and sea spray combine to create this aptly named fragrance, Beach eau de parfum by Bobbi Brown. Subtle, clean and floral, it is the perfect way to escape to the sea when you can’t physically be there, but need a spirited boost. Also works well for indoor exercise when you don’t want anything overpowering. Beach eau de parfum by Bobbi Brown50ml RRP$95

Graceful tones

Amazing Grace is one of those fragrances you can wear anywhere anytime, and it’s not a hoax – you do feel graceful when wearing it. The philosophical words of wisdom on every package of the fragrance itself are enough to make you want to frame the box – and certainly re-read it every single time you reach to spray it on. It is subtly complex, with clean, floral, some bergamot and musk tones. Look for the beautiful Christmas packages on sale. Amazing Grace 60ml RRP$50

Universally Fresh

A little like a cool breeze on a searing day, L’Occitane’s Eau Universelle has light, bright, citrus tones inspired by the wells, springs and rivers in the beautiful, rustic villages of Southern France. Great for any outdoor activity including running, cycling, and team sports, your boy can share it, as the bergamot and grapefruit combination are neither masculine or feminine, just refreshing. L’Occitane’s Eau Universelle, 300ml RRP $70

What is your favourite fragrance right now and why?


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Renae Leith-Manos


Renae Leith-Manos travels the world writing ( She has had a colourful media career as a journalist in many magazines and newspapers, and spends her time writing, consulting to new businesses, running, doing yoga, swimming & cycling.
She's likes healthy eating, but thinks chocolate cake is just as important as kale chips.
She spends most weekends hanging out with her gorgeous twins.

1 thought on “Making Scents

  1. Sarah says:

    Hi Renae, loving the blog! L’occitane is a great option and well worth the money 🙂 I’ve recently started using Impulse perfume in a spray. I tried a friends and kinda got addicted to it. I’m surprised a lot of women are unaware of it – Is there any you use in particular Renae?

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