Christmas gifts: fragrance presents for her
The Telegraphs wine writer Victoria Moore picks eight of the best luxury fragrances and bathroom products for Christmas
The Telegraphs wine expert Victoria Moore uses her super olfactory powers to sniff out the best fragranced beauty buys this Christmas.
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BvlgariEau Parfume au Th Vert Shampoo and Shower Gel 200ml, 28
Bvlgaris green tea fragrance, which scents this shower gel, is really all about uplifting citrus. Orange blossom, bergamot and lime mingle with subtle notes of rose, jasmine and lily and a very gentle rumble of sandalwood. A glance towards spring, that ensures you leave the shower feeling revitalised.
Nesti Dante Horto Botanico Sapone al Carciofo (Artichoke Soap), 5.95,Liberty
Chunky big bars of Nesti Dante soap from Italy have been scenting my bathroom for years now. The vegetable soaps are the best in the range; I particularly love the earthy, invigorating smell of the artichoke and the lettuce. Look out also for the Costa Smeralda which is fragranced with Sardinian shrubs and flowers.
Aesop Reverence Aromatique Hand Wash, 27 for 500ml, Aesop,Liberty
The distinctive packaging of this Melbourne companys bathroom products have become stylish fixtures in the bathrooms of smart London restaurants and hotels. Ive fallen for one of Aesops two handwashes. This version contains fine grains of pumice which effectively clean and exfoliate (great if you apply make-up using your hands) and leaves your fingers smelling of spicy, woody vetiver and vibrant mandarin peel. A daily luxury that lasts for ages.
Acqua di Parma Rosa Nobile Eau de Parfum, 74 for 50ml,Space ,John Lewis, other large department stores
Sheer and delicate, Acqua di Parmas newest perfume is a pretty, contemporary scent in pleasingly traditional packaging. Above all, a tribute to the pink rose but the sense of fresh, velvetty petals is amplified by the clever use of violet, lily-of-the-valley, peony, grey amber and musk. The eau de parfum is more expensive but much more appealing than the eau de toilette.
Ortigia Fico dIndia Bath & Shower Gel, 26 for 300ml,Cologne & Cotton, Liberty, Ortigia in Marylebone or Chelsea
Exquisite packaging and exotic, complex, woody scents are the hallmark of products from the Sicilian company Ortigia. I adore the sweet-cedar and fig-skin smell of this creamy bath gel which is made using extracts from the orange-flowered fico dIndia cactus that grows across Sicily.
Bamford Rose, Camomile & Lemon Body Cream, 35 for 200ml,Bamford shops,Liberty
A thickly effective body cream that comes in a satisfying wide tub and is infused with the cool smell of dewy roses and calm camomile.
LOccitane Shea Butter Hand Cream, 19 for 150ml,LOccitane
A king among hand creams. This is easily absorbed, richly nourishing and makes your hands feel soft and smell gorgeous. Contains lashings of shea butter as well as sweet-smelling almond extract.
Laura Mercier Ambre Vanill Honey Bath,Space NK, 33 for 300g
Dispensed with a twirly wooden honey stick, this smells very sweetly of brown sugar and coconut and vanilla honey cake, a fragrance that rises from the bath in a pampering cloud of vanilla warmth. Strictly for vanilla addicts – but no one does this sort of thing better than Laura Mercier.
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