• New Launches



    To mark the beginning of our hotly-anticipated annual beauty gift ideas blog (one a day, providing ultimate inspiration for Christmas present ideas for beauty addicts), we thought we should share this wondrous beauty advent calendar, sent to us by the kind people at The Body Shop. Behind today's door? Wild Rose Hand Cream, £5. A perfect stocking filler (mitten filler?) if ever we saw one. And as an extra festive treat, we've just noticed that today - for one day only - there is 50% off everything at www.thebodyshop.co.uk. Handy!



    To celebrate the 40th anniversary of its legendary (and groundbreaking) fragrance Aromatics Elixir, Clinique held a 'Scent Dinner' at the Corinthia Hotel's Massimo's Restaurant and Oyster Bar. None other than esteemed fragrance writer (ex scent critic of the New York Times) and director and co-curator of the Center of Olfactory Art at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, collaborated with head chef Massimo Riccioli on a 'fantasy menu' which would endeavour to recreate for the palate something akin to the sensory experience of smelling some of Aromatics Elixir's individual notes, prompting the question 'what do smells taste like?'. The results were fascinating: Absolute of Bran was transmuted into Chamomile Bread; Myrrh became beef seared in smoked tea and Geranium was re-envisioned as a desert of Rambutan, Raw Rhubarb, Mint and Gewurztraminer reduction. It was heavenly and mind-blowing: just as the perfect meal should be. Scent dinners are not commonplace in the UK as they are in France and, thanks to Mr Burr, increasingly so in NY, but we hope they soon will be.

    The Clinique Aromatics Elixir 40th Anniversary Limited Edition collection is available now and includes Perfume Spray, £60; Perfumer's Reserve, £80; and Solid Perfume Necklace, £50

  • Stella’s Arch


    An unusual, but exquisite venue today for the launch of Stella McCartney's new fragrance - the arch in the middle of Hyde Park Corner. Who knew that this monument has a viewing room at the top, with amazing views of St James's andHyde Park, and just the right amount of space to fit a handful of beauty editors and a fashion designer. If you like Stella's original fragrance then, trust us, you will love her new offering which launches next Spring.





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