To mark the end of National Fragrance Week, I thought it was about time I properly shared my ultimate perfume secret.  I have briefly mentioned my favourite affordable fragrance Monotheme on the blog before (see HERE & HERE) but I’ve never given you the full rundown.

Monotheme is a fragrance brand I came across purely by accident.  I was introduced to it at a press day and was immediately smitten with the unique and interesting scents.  I was kindly gifted my first bottle as a PR sample but have since purchased 2 myself and plan on buying a few more.



It’s no secret I’m a fragrance-aholic (read about my obsession HERE) and I have no problem spending a significant amount on a new scent.  In fact, I’d readily admit I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to perfumes.  I tend to lean towards the more exclusive fragrance houses which avoid using synthetic ingredients and manufacture in small batches.  The truth is, affordable, mass-market brands simply fail to create the same compelling and complex smells.

At least that’s what I thought until I discovered this Venetian brand, Monotheme.  It is exclusively stocked in Marks & Spencer and retails between £18-£22.50.  Aside from the fabulous price points, their scents are sensational.



My favourite is Mimosa which has a musk/woody base with floral top notes.  It’s perfect for those that don’t like their floral scents too sweet or flowery.  Without doubt, it’s the most sophisticated floral scent I’ve smelt to date.  Shop it HERE for £22.

Verbena is a much fresher scent and has a unisex vibe to it.  Like Mimosa, it is layered with really interesting notes.  The best way I can describe it is, green top notes mixed with a musk base.  It’s the perfect spring scent to wear holidaying in the Mediterranean.  Shop it HERE for £18.

My third and final Eau de Toilette I have from Monotheme is Boccioli di Limone from the Book of Citruses range.  This has a slightly higher price point but at £22.50 it is still very affordable.  This is the ultimate summer fragrance.  It’s far less complex than the other perfumes.  Instead, it sticks purely to citrus notes, most notably lemon, making it incredibly refreshing and crisp.  It’s the type of fragrance you wear during high summer.  Shop it HERE for £22.50.



The next time you’re passing Marks & Spencer I highly advise taking the time to give these a smell.  My only grievance is the scent doesn’t stick around forever, so you do need to respray throughout the day.  However, this is to be expected with an Eau de Toilette.  If you want something more potent and longlasting you need to be investing in an Eau de Parfum.

If you’re keen to learn more about fragrance and the different types of scents and fragrance families, I highly suggest you have a read of my Deciphering the Language of Scent post HERE.

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    • thatnewd March 18, 2018 / 1:10 am

      Thank you xx

  1. Annick March 11, 2018 / 2:05 pm

    I would buy it just for the cute bottle! that orange Boccioli di limone would make a fabulous decor on its own 😋

    • thatnewd March 18, 2018 / 1:11 am

      You’re so right, such a pretty bottle to put on the shelf xx

  2. Vika March 11, 2018 / 5:40 pm

    As usual very interesting) Thanks for the great post)

    • thatnewd March 18, 2018 / 1:12 am

      Thank you so much Vika xx

    • thatnewd March 18, 2018 / 1:13 am

      Haha, how amazing would that be?! xx

    • thatnewd March 18, 2018 / 1:13 am

      Thank you so much lovely xx

    • thatnewd March 18, 2018 / 1:14 am

      That’s exactly what I thought when I first discovered it! xx

  3. jane March 12, 2018 / 3:39 am

    I haven’t tried this perfume but the packaging is so cute.
    I love it.

    Much Love,
    Jane | The Bandwagon Chic

    • thatnewd March 18, 2018 / 1:15 am

      Aren’t the bottles pretty?! Perfect for the dressing table xx

  4. Jessica March 12, 2018 / 5:13 am

    They’re sooo adorable! Really cute photos you have here dear. I’d love to try Mimosa too, sounds really interesting. Thanks for sharing!

    Jessica |

    • thatnewd March 18, 2018 / 1:16 am

      Mimosa is such an interesting and sophisticated scent, you would love it! xx

    • thatnewd March 18, 2018 / 1:17 am

      You’re so right, it’s all about affordable fragrances xx

    • thatnewd March 18, 2018 / 1:18 am

      Yessss do! They are amazing xx

  5. Dasynka March 12, 2018 / 10:01 am

    I didn’t know it was the fragrance week! And I love so much these perfume shades, never saw nothing like that!
    xx Dasynka

    • thatnewd March 18, 2018 / 1:18 am

      Fragrance week is such a random thing but I kinda love it! xx

    • thatnewd March 18, 2018 / 1:18 am

      Thanks hun xx

  6. Ana March 12, 2018 / 3:32 pm

    The bottles are so cute! I have to admit that the bottle influences my decision when picking a fragrance and these are so cute! Would love to try them!

    • thatnewd March 18, 2018 / 1:20 am

      Me too! I’m all about a pretty bottle xx

  7. Didier March 12, 2018 / 4:51 pm

    Oh I love their packaging! I’d probably personally get the Verbena one as thats one of my favourite scents usually!


    • thatnewd March 18, 2018 / 1:21 am

      It’s so fresh and gorgeous! If you love Verbena, this is such a great affordable version xx

    • thatnewd March 18, 2018 / 1:21 am

      Me too! They smell so great and are such a great price point! xx

    • thatnewd March 18, 2018 / 1:21 am

      I know, I love the bottles so much xx

  8. Florentina March 12, 2018 / 6:52 pm

    I have seen this brand here in Italy and I used sme poducts long afo, I think it was a soap but anyways I haven’t sent these perfumes. From your description I also think I would like Mimosa.
    Wish you a wonderful evening.

    • thatnewd March 18, 2018 / 2:07 am

      You should definitely try and give them a smell if you can, they are so gorgeous. How was the soap? Did you like it? xx

  9. Kasie March 13, 2018 / 3:23 am

    These fragrances sound divine! I am in need of a new scent (or three or five…) but have trouble committing when they cost so much. This would be a great alternative. What a perfect way to mix things up! I hope you have a wonderful week!

    • thatnewd March 18, 2018 / 2:08 am

      Haha yes three or five!! You can never have too many, especially when they are this affordable! xx

    • thatnewd March 18, 2018 / 2:08 am

      That’s great to hear hun xx

    • thatnewd March 18, 2018 / 2:08 am

      The bottles definitely make a statement! xx

    • thatnewd March 18, 2018 / 2:09 am

      If only you could smell them through the screen, hehe! xx

  10. Amy March 13, 2018 / 12:33 pm

    I’ve recently been saying that I need to start investing more in more perfumes, but honestly by the looks of these I don’t even think it’d make that big a dent in my purse. I do love the sound of these and would definitely love to give them a try.

    Wandering Everywhere

    • thatnewd March 18, 2018 / 2:09 am

      They really don’t make a dent, you could have 5 if you wanted! Haha xx

  11. Ashley March 13, 2018 / 3:21 pm

    I love discovering new fragrances- these sound amazing the the price is def super attainable.

    Le Stylo Rouge

    • thatnewd March 18, 2018 / 2:10 am

      Gorgeous smelling and affordable is such a rare pairing when it comes to fragrance! xx

    • thatnewd March 18, 2018 / 2:11 am

      Aren’t they just!? I love having them on my dressing table xx

    • thatnewd March 18, 2018 / 2:12 am

      I so agree, it’s nice to not have to spend £100+ on a bottle of perfume for a change xx

  12. Vika March 13, 2018 / 8:37 pm

    Looks really interesting) thanks a lot for sharing!

    • thatnewd March 18, 2018 / 2:12 am

      Thank you hun xx

    • thatnewd March 18, 2018 / 2:12 am

      They are so pretty, I love the bottles! xx

  13. Marcia March 14, 2018 / 2:49 am

    Oh wow I’m curious for the mimosa perfume.

    • thatnewd March 18, 2018 / 2:12 am

      It’s such an amazing scent! Sophisticated but still really pretty with a touch of floral xx

  14. Marisa Cavaleiro March 14, 2018 / 3:10 pm

    These bottles of perfume look like the bottles that were used in the old pharmacies. Are beautiful!!!

    • thatnewd March 18, 2018 / 2:13 am

      You’re so right, they really do have a vintage vibe to them xx

    • thatnewd March 18, 2018 / 2:13 am

      Me too! xx

    • thatnewd March 18, 2018 / 2:13 am

      Isn’t it pretty! I’m obsessed with the bottles xx

  15. Carmen March 14, 2018 / 7:47 pm

    Oh I always love to try out new fragrances. I will definitely keep them in mind – especially the Mimosa, it sounds amazing!
    xx, Carmen –

    • thatnewd March 18, 2018 / 2:14 am

      Yes, do keep them in mind. They smell amazing and the price tag is amazing too xx

  16. Alyssa March 14, 2018 / 10:30 pm

    I haven’t heard of them before but they sound lovely 🙂

    xx Alyssa | STYLE VANITY

    • thatnewd March 18, 2018 / 2:14 am

      They are super lovely!! xx

    • thatnewd March 18, 2018 / 2:14 am

      Definitely try and give them a smell if you can find them, they’re gorgeous xx

  17. Lovely March 15, 2018 / 11:43 am

    The packaging is so cute hun, I may have to go and try them out hun.

    • thatnewd March 18, 2018 / 2:27 am

      Dooooo! Next time you’re in M&S, give them a quick smell xx

    • thatnewd March 18, 2018 / 2:27 am

      They are the best high street scents I’ve tried without a doubt xx

  18. Vika March 15, 2018 / 9:14 pm

    As usual your post is great! Have a nice weekend)

    • thatnewd March 18, 2018 / 2:15 am

      Thank you so much darling xx

  19. jane March 16, 2018 / 1:29 am

    That sounds interesting.
    I love the packaging too.

    Much Love,
    Jane | The Bandwagon Chic

    • thatnewd March 18, 2018 / 2:16 am

      Glad you found the post helpful doll xx

  20. carolina g.ticala March 16, 2018 / 9:42 am

    Encantada de leer tu ultimo post!!!Feliz fin de semana precios@!!!💜💜💜

    • thatnewd March 18, 2018 / 2:16 am

      🙂 🙂 xx

    • thatnewd March 18, 2018 / 2:17 am

      They really are, I’m in love with these perfumes xx

  21. wendee March 16, 2018 / 3:58 pm

    they all sound amazing but im sure i would love the mimosa
    The Glossychic

    • thatnewd March 18, 2018 / 2:33 am

      It really is a beautiful scent xx

  22. Jessica March 17, 2018 / 1:48 pm

    Those bottles are sooo adorable. I’d love to try Mimosa too, I like floral scents.

    Jessica |

    • thatnewd March 18, 2018 / 2:18 am

      The Mimosa one is stunning! It’s my favourite out of the three xx

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