Beaufort London’s new Discovery Kit has Christmas all wrapped up

beaufortlondondec16-57-cropBeaufort London is, without doubt, one of my favourite boutique fragrance brands. Everything they do is so carefully considered and artfully approached I defy any fragrance lover not to fall in love with them. Each fragrance has a backstory as interesting and complex as the juice itself and they’re delightfully and defiantly unconventional,  existing completely outside fickle fads or trends.

If you fancy trying them out for yourself they’ve just launched a new discovery kit, featuring five 7.5ml travel-sized fragrances from the ‘Come Hell or High Water’ collection which is inspired by Britain’s nautical history. Each fragrance is a corker (my personal fave is Fathom V which completely turns the concept of a ‘marine’ fragrance on its head) and each spray is refillable from a full-sized bottle of fragrance.

beaufortlondondec16-11-cropWhat takes this ‘taster’ collection to another level, though, is the presentation since the sprays come in their own beautiful leather wrap. Again, it’s this kind of attention to detail that marks Beaufort London out from many other niche brands and proves that, as with gift buying, when it comes to creating something truly special, it’s very much the thought that counts.

Beaufort London’s Come Hell Or High Water Discovery Set costs £85 and is available from beaufortlondon.com

A very useful ‘pour’ homme…

janjiraI don’t want you to think I’m kinky (actually why not? You can think what you like) but I do rather enjoy the sensation of hot wax on skin. And Janjira’s Therapy Massage Candle is a great way to experience the sensation. Because it’s made of soybean oil and coconut oil you can apply the melted ‘wax’ to the skin as a warming massage therapy. Lightly fragranced with grapefruit, tangerine and rhubarb it smells delightfully uplifting and the oils are quickly absorbed and non-greasy. Especially good for soothing dry hands and relaxing tired feet. Great fun too.

Available from www.janjira.co.uk

Christmas is coming so here’s a great new gift idea from Elemis

elemisChristmas is coming and if you’re looking for a great gift set for your dad, brother, son or yourself Elemis might have the answer. New for 2013 is The Adventurer set. Featuring two of my favourite Elemis products (the Deep Cleanse Facial Wash and their Aching Muscle Super Soak) along with their excellent Daily Moisture Boost it’s a fab gift for Christmas and also serves as a great introduction to the brand. Comes with a fancy ribbon attached, too, so you don’t even need to wrap it!

The Adventurer set by Elemis is available from nivenandjoshua.com

Looking for the perfect stocking filler? How about some Cinnamon Soap?

I’ve got to say that when it comes to soap I’m like a little old lady. I love them. I love all soaps –  big, small, cheap, expensive, from Wright’s Coal Tar to Tom Ford’s Neroli Portofino. I do. And I love The Scottish Fine Soap Company‘s tinned soaps too. Nanna that I am I’m even partial to the Bluebell one. They also do a range of special limited edition festive ones, including this delicious-smelling Cinnamon Soap which I am reserving for Christmas day. At £4.95 they’re a great stocking filler/Santa’s Sack present too.

For more info go to www.scottishfinesoaps.com