The perfect gift doesn’t need to be seasonal. The occasion might be a birthday, a win at the office, or maybe a moment of self-care. Whichever way, we are here for your inspiration.
Here’s our hot list of what we would like wrapped up and gently pressed into our palms from another, or in a moment of self-celebration.
The Fragrance Moment
As one’s perfume collection grows, the available space for play between fragrances could narrow – especially for a nose that knows what it likes. For a scent that boasts overall citrus and floral notes (my least reached-for categories), this unusual blend is a big hit, combining enduring Australian ginger accord and Italian lemon, heart notes of Chinese jasmine and base notes of sandalwood and Indonesian amber. This gender-free fragrance could fit anywhere or nowhere on the spectrum of scent at any given moment. For that reason, it’s been my go-to fragrance since it landed on my desk.
This enigmatic fragrance combines rich floral scents of Turkish rose, lily of the valley and peony, with light fruit notes of lychee, rhubarb and bergamot. It takes warmth from nutmeg and vanilla through its heart, ending with arboraceous base notes of cedarwood and incense. A feminine fragrance through and through with a sensual floral focus and a gentle sweetness, emulated by its striking bottle.
In perfect harmony with Delina, Pegasus Exclusif turns the house fragrance profile to a masculine edge. With an oriental twist on its overarching floral notes, with geranium, lavender and jasmine, this scent pulls sandalwood forward into its heart, mirroring the feminine side with bergamot and vanilla. Moving through, fruit notes are balanced with spice at its end, with warming pink pepper, cardamom, heliotrope and resinous oud and guaiac.
The Wellness Moment
Each of Brains supplements combines the wide-ranging powers of CBD – 20mg per capsule – with select ingredients for tailored health benefits. Their magnesium uses three types: oxide, citrate and gluconate for increased bioavailability, in an easy-to-use capsule to support well-being, helping to regulate the nervous system, fight fatigue and balance the body’s stress response.
Curcumin offers anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, with added piperine (black pepper) to increase absorbency. With added manganese and vitamin C, these capsules also balance metabolism and increase collagen synthesis. All these benefits with the added boost of 40mg of CBD per day? I’m in.
When is a soak in the bath ever just a soak in the bath? It must always have an accompanying scent or tincture. Neom’s new bath milk combines a pacifying blend of natural essential oils to calm the mind with lavender, jasmine and sandalwood, gently uplifting with clove, mandarin and ylang-ylang. Body-soothing magnesium looks after tired and aching muscles and nourishing jojoba, argan and vitamin E oils and aloe vera replenish the skin. It’s a powerhouse combination for the perfect wind-down moment.
A night out on the cards, a hard gym session behind you, or just a long day on your feet? A cooling tonic for tired pins, the Jelly-Lite cooling mask smoothes, soothes and tones with Brazilian guarana to stimulate circulation and peach kernel oil and olive squalane to hydrate.
For daily maintenance that’s easy to overlook, start a new routine with the Daily Care set featuring their Lymph-Lite natural cactus bristle brush for lymphatic massage and Air-Lite; a contouring wonder cream with caffeine, goldenrod, butcher’s broom and lemon. With each ingredient offering depuffing, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and toning effects, it’s so much more than a body moisturiser, clinically proven to reduce the look of cellulite and smooth the silhouette.
The Skincare Moment
Sensai, Absolute Silk Saho Routine
A new collection encapsulating the skin-caring qualities of Koishimaru silk, and Sensai’s ‘Saho’ routine for double cleansing and double moisturising. Combining their light Cleansing Milk with a rich and creamy carbonated Micro Mousse Was – the most gentle and hydrating foam cleanser I’ve had the pleasure of using – the first half of your routine is complete.
Their carbonated Micro Mousse Treatment is a light-as-air lotion with botanical extracts like perilla leaf extract, rich in essential fatty acids and with antioxidant properties, making it a soothing ingredient for problematic skin. We finish with the Illuminative Cream, their silk and shea butter-infused rich hydrating cream with a plethora of botanical extracts, from Fucus Vesiculosus, to improve skin texture, to anti-inflammatory clove flower extract.
Eighth Day, the newest beauty brand to hit the Harrods beauty family, should already be on your radar. Their cosmeceutical formulas are hard-hitting, this serum alone somehow encompasses 24 bioidentical peptides in a plasma growth factor and immunostimulants to smooth, refine and tighten skin.
Alongside this, we have hyaluronic acid to hydrate, niacinamide to reduce redness, glycolic acid to reduce pores, Manuka Honey for skin healing, and alpha lipoic acid, a potent antioxidant. The tailored list goes on, covering every skin concern imaginable.
For intense hydration with that same holy-grail peptide-rich plasma, add their Reparative Moisturiser. Ceramide protein increases water binding for supreme hydration, whilst flax and other omegas firm and support skin moisture levels by minimising trans-epidermal water loss. As we pick from our buffet of options within our skincare routine, some products should be a hard and fast go-to.
For me, Deorte’s Liposome Advanced Repair Serum is already a dressing table staple, and as much as that table now needs a folding leaf to expand it, I readily add their new moisturising cream, just 38 years in the making. Designers of divinely luxurious products, expertly propped up with advanced technology, their fusion of rich emollients and hydrating bio-liposomes ensure hydration, elongated moisture retention and protective effects in a sublime silky-smooth bouncy finish.
Their eye serum furthers this research, with nano bi-cells and multilayer bio-liposomes containing 1.6 trillion capsules per drop to address fine lines, dryness, loss of firmness, and dullness in the delicate eye area, with a cooling melting-balm texture.
Finding the perfect skincare can be a tad difficult for the gentleman, to fall away from the tropes of macho skincare yet offer a deep cleanse for the bearded fellow, a gentle cleanse for post-shave sensitivity, and avoiding strong musky scents that can aggravate the skin further.
Olivanna’s Men’s Essentials includes their gentle Rosewater and Camomile Cleanser, an omega-rich formula to reduce inflammation, their Vitamin C Brightening Serum to brighten and protect skin, and their Hyaluronic Firming Day Moisturiser, deeply hydrating in a non-greasy finish, with hyaluronic acids and natural sugars to keep that comfort a day-long affair.
The Summer Lift and Glow set, whilst developed for protecting against harsh UV rays and the drying effects of the sun, surely is perfect year-round for the avid traveller. A five-step routine sees a double-cleanse with their rich Soothing Seed Oil Cleansing Balm, and their Sun Defence Drops, a silky, lightweight SPF50 with healing antioxidants and skin-soothing rosemary.