If you are planning on gifting a fragrance this Christmas but unsure what scent your loved would like then The Perfume Studio London may have the solution for you. It’s so hard to find the right fragrance for someone special unless they have a specific favourite they always wear and that’s where these unique kits are ideal.  Included in each specially designed kit you will find everything you need to blend your own bespoke fragrance, don’t worry if this sounds a little daunting as full instructions are given with the gift box and all the blends have been very carefully selected by The Perfume Studio’s in-house master perfumer Francois Robert.

The Perfume Studio London - The Sensual Collection

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From Payot is an ideal gift set for anyone looking for an anti-ageing duo to work with your skin to combat the signs of ageing on the skin. The Supreme Jeunesse Set is a serum and cream duo which work in harmony with each other to give results and not only do they treat the first signs of ageing but also the visible signs of ageing skin as well as dehydration and loss of elasticity. It’s something I am only to aware of as over the last five years my skin has really changed (the dreaded over 40’s!) and needs extra help to support, hydrate and heal the skin.

Payot Skincare

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If you are super organised then you will already have your Christmas gift buying in the bag! But for unorganised mum’s like me who have only managed to buy just a few gifts for the big day I have put together some ideas for inspiration. The last few months have just flown by and with Christmas day almost upon us and most Christmas trees already up it’s time to get wrapping those gifts and sending off Christmas cards so all that’s needed to concentrate on is the big day itself. If you are looking for a sweet recipe to nibble on while you shop online or wrap your gifts my Festive Vanilla Marshmallows are very Christmassy, tasty and ideal to make for friends and family.

Christmas Gift ideas


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Every Christmas I have a long standing tradition that I will discover one or two new aftershave fragrances for my OH and this year I have found two beautiful and very naturally scented colognes courtesy of L’Occitane Provence L’Homme Cedrat and this gem from Crabtree & Evelyn. I just love the Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Therapy collections and find they are a great gift idea for any mum, a real treat – and with some great mini collections you can have one in your handbag, one at work, one in the car and one next to the sink to keep your hands soft and smooth.  If you are already a convert to their hand-creams you will know what I mean by saying they are the dry skin saviours over Winter as they create such a great hydrators, well worth a try if you are suffering this December.

Crabtree & Evelyn Moroccan Myrrh Cologne

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I had the pleasure of trying out the Smileaway beauty subscription box earlier this year and what a gorgeous and indulgent gift it makes – to yourself or someone else. The November black box has five treats inside to make your bath-time experience the most luxurious it can be – it even has a mini bottle of bubbly and a chocolate truffle so you can relax in style! Every little detail has been carefully thought about and it really shows in the quality and selection, I love that every box has it’s own theme and this month’s ‘Feeling Bubbly’ is so perfect for rainy, cold November giving a nudge to make time, unwind and enjoy some me-time in the bath.

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