Review // The Library of Fragrance Marshmallow and Paperback

I'd seen The Library of Fragrance in Boots and was intrigued by the concept. The idea behind The Library of Fragrance is to appreciate all those everyday scents that we take for granted and find a way to make them wearable. As well as usual fragrances such as rose, vanilla and jasmine, they also stock more unusual scents- fireplace, leather and tobacco, for example. So that I could experience The Library of Fragrance myself, I was sent two such products to review: Marshmallow and Paperback.
Library of Fragrance Review Marshmallow and Paperback

 All fragrances are listed as "colognes", which has connotations of masculinity. In actuality, this just relates to the concentration of perfume oil. In a cologne, the perfume will make up between 2 and 8% of the product, regardless of whether it's intended for a male or female wearer. The Library of Fragrance market all their colognes as gender neutral. After all, how can we assign a gender to Play-Doh? Yes, that is a fragrance you can buy!

Unlike most perfumes, The Library of Fragrance colognes are linear, which means they are made of just one note. Other fragrances will have different notes that are detectable at different stages of wear. With these scents, the same note is apparent throughout the entire time it's worn. One bonus of this is that you can layer different scents to create your own unique fragrance. 


The first fragrance I chose was Marshmallow since I'm a sucker for sweet scents. As you'd imagine, this is a soft, candy-sweet fragrance that somehow conveys that pillowy texture of marshmallows. It's very feminine and subtle but still with a fairly strong sillage and longevity of a good few hours. Marshmallow conjures up nostalgic memories of childhood so it's definitely one for those who want to portray a fun, youthful image. 


Paperback was my second choice, based on the fact that there's no greater smell in the world than that of books! The fragrance definitely has that woody, musky scent of paper but in a much more wearable manner. More masculine of the two, but still gender neutral, it has more of a sophisticated aura. The sillage isn't as strong as Marshmallow so it sits quite closely to the skin and this also means it doesn't last quite as long- only a couple of hours. 

I've really enjoyed my first experience of The Library of Fragrance. I'm definitely looking into some other colognes to add to my collection- I've got my eye on Rain and Bonfire- and experimenting with layering.

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  1. I love Library of Fragrance I alway swoon over them in Boots but haven't bought any! I really should because they are so affordable! Xx

  2. Ooh I've heard of this brand but never smelled any of their scents before. Paperback sounds perfect, I'm off to browse their range now! <3

    Andini xx | Adventures of an Anglophile 

  3. You're an absolute lifesaver Becky! I was just saying the other day how I wanted to get the Paperback one but I wanted someone's opinion on it first. It definitely sounds like something I'd love so I'm going to have to get it after Christmas :D and who can't resist the sweet smell of marshmallow? ;)

    Ali :)

  4. I've always wanted to try one of these fragrances there's so many options though and I'd never be able to choose! xx

  5. I've tried a few of these fragrances and I love the lavender one x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness x

  6. I have a few scents from The Library of Fragrance and I think it's a great idea. My favourite combination so far is Baby powder and Clean skin to make you smell like a baby x

    Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty

  7. I love the sound of Paperback, I always have to have a good sniff of a new book. I need to have a good look around their website, I can't believe you can get Play Doh scent! x

    Megan |

  8. I smelt the Paperback one in Boots the other day and the way you describe it is spot on! :) Rain smelt gorgeous!


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