All posts tagged: fragrance

Moroccan oil: Kahina Giving Beauty Fez Perfume Oil

If you’ve had enough of winter but are unable to get away, why not try a sensory escape? Dab this intensely warm, sensual blend of essential oils onto the pulse points and allow your senses to take you to Fez, Morocco. Spicy and floral notes of cumin, vetiver and orange blossom make this exotic fragrance a joy to bask in. (Kahina Giving Beauty Fez Perfume Oil. £67,

Scent of Christmas: Library of Fragrance

They’ve done it again. The experts who have captured some of the most intriguing, if not unusual, scents have outdone themselves with two new creations. Christmas in New York is a comforting blend of spices, apples and roasted chestnuts whilst Mistletoe is an invigorating evergreen concoction. (Library of Fragrance. £15,

The Library of Fragrance – Apple Blossom

SUMMER SCENT If you like your scents clean and simple, this fruity-floral apple blossom fragrance should hit the spot. It has a delicate floral note with a light hint of crisp apple that should reinvigorate your senses when you need a burst of summery freshness. (The Library of Fragrance. £15,

It makes scents: The Library of Fragrance

Scents from The Library of Fragrance are pretty special. Each one consists of a single, perfectly captured scent which makes it ideal for layering. From the quirky (Waffles) to the more familiar (Lavender), this is the ultimate in personalised scents. (£15,

The best Christmas gifts for…err, myself

Because you must take care of yourself because you can take care of others   50 People of East London by Adam Dant £12.95, Not only is this book beautifully illustrated, it is uncannily accurate in its profiling of all the diverse personalities that make East London brilliant, from the Creative ‘digital thought leader’ typically found on Great Eastern Street, to the ‘massive bush’-carrying Sunday Flower Market Shopper along Columbia Road. – – – – – The Bluebeards Revenge Perfect Man Kit £49.99, How about a gentle nudge for your partner in the grooming department, because if it helps him, it helps you? This set has all the essentials to keep him fresh and fragrant – a ‘does what it says on the box’ type of gift. – – – – – Bomb Cosmetics Berry Christmas Gift Set £7.99, Good enough to make your mouth water, this cracker of a gift contains three fantastically fragrant, fruity bath bombs made with essential oils including neroli, sweet orange and chamomile. – – – – …

Beauty launch alert: Le Couvent des Minimes

French beauty to fall in love with So it seems we just can’t get enough of French beauty brands and it is new launches like this one which will ensure that our French love affair continues. The brand we have here goes by the name of Le Couvent des Minimes (The Convent of the Minims). It is named after the ancient Convent built in 1613 in Mane, among the Alps of Haute-Provence, France. The Convent has since been restored into a hotel and spa but it still honours the heritage of its ancient guardians, from the first botanist monks of the Order of the Minims to the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, who made use of the healing properties of the plants and herbs in the garden on the building’s grounds. It is from this botanical heritage that the brand takes its inspiration. Now for the products. If the range seems vaguely familiar in its packaging, product lines and ingredients, you won’t be too surprised to learn that it is from the L’Occitane stable. Although the …

Sweet treats to gift this Christmas

Gifting can be tricky business but if you can’t afford to get it wrong, you’ll be safe with any one of our picks of the most charming gifts in town this Christmas. You know the rule: if in doubt, spend it on chocolates and you won’t go far wrong. But if you pick up this Lindt Master Chocolatier Collection (£12.99 at supermarkets nationwide), you’ll be onto an outright winner. Not least because it includes a crowd-pleasing 16 different chocolate recipes including a velvety raspberry ganache and a smooth almond truffle. Hmm, bliss in a box. – – – – – Awww! Our sentiments exactly. Hidden inside its bell-shaped home, the Aromatherapy Associates Revive Morning Bath & Shower Oil will help to reinvigorate the senses during the cold, dark winter when you need it most. And the bonus? When this Little Bell (£10 at is not in use, it can sit pretty on the Christmas tree whilst the fragrance emanating from the box lingers and scents the room. – – – – – One of …

Beauty in miniature

Here’s the logic: the smaller the item, the more you’ll fit into the make-up bag. Here’s proof that the best things really do come in small packages. Lanolips Lip Ointment with Colour SPF 15 Guaranteed to leave lips beautifully smooth and moisturised whatever the weather. The shot of colour and sun protection means it’s a great all-year-round performer. £7.99, Boots ———- Weleda Mini Skin Food Don’t go anywhere without this do-it-all cream which leaves skin soft and soothed in an instant. £2.25, ———- Korres Milk Soap Creating a lather has never been so good for the skin. This is one gorgeously smooth soap, nourishing the body from head to toe. £2.50, ———- Guerlain Cils d’Enfer Maxi Lash If you’re after dramatic and intense lashes, you’ll strike gold with this gem of a mascara. £22, House of Fraser ———- Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Morning Eye Rescue Don’t let your eyes give away the true extent of your busy lifestyle with this eye cream which hydrates, soothes and de-puffs. Superb. £18, ———- Jurlique Essence of …

Summer scent: Boss Jour

Fresh, lively and sophisticated, this is a beautiful summer scent. Full of white floral and citrus notes of lily of the alley, freesia, grapefruit and lime, this is a fragrance that will take you through the summer in style. Boss Jour, £49, Boots