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Aroma Therapy



Harper's Bazaar

Smell is a big thing for me. I’m the opposite of a fragrance-free kinda girl. I’m here for the full-fat geranium and lavender self-care experience and like many others, scent has become a sort of olfactory comfort blanket in recent months. Unsurprisingly, it’s also led to a few new product launches. Here are some of my latest aroma-therapy discoveries…

HIGH END HAND SANITISER. I knew a flurry of upscale hand sanitisers would arrive, and here are two worth your time. Perfumer H Hand First Aid is a blend of orange leaf, basil leaf, Angelica seed and cedar wood in a dropper bottle to keep at home or in the car. Perfumer H’s Lyn Harris said it was created “to take the fear element away from our new way of life”. You can get these from her store in Marylebone (although her equally fantastic scented candles are available from her brand new ecommerce site – bestsellers are Dandelion and Smoke). Wellness brand, Anatomé has come out with its Hand Sanitising Botanical Defence hand cleaner, containing calming English Lavender and Tea Tree essential oils for ‘clean beauty’ enthusiasts. Buy it here.

WAKE UP SHOWER AND SCRUB. I was very kindly sent some small batch coffee body scrub by Sussex-based roastery, Liquid Spirit following a comment from regular reader Martin. It comes in five mood-boosting scents in glass jars, a lovely example of zero waste beauty. The coffee scrub can be a tad messy, so to help bind it all, I apply it on top of a little shower oil. It means most of it goes on me and not the shower walls. It’s my first time using a coffee scrub and it’s incredibly invigorating. Buy it here. I’m also loving the new Aromatherapy Associates Revive Shower Oil (gift), now available at Look Fantastic. If you’ve tried the bath oils, you’ll know how potent these are. This is the most fabulous way to wake up and feel instantly energised and full of optimism. Buy it here*.

MAYA NJIE PERFUME. I had the pleasure of meeting perfumer Maya Njie a few weeks ago, after which she sent me her discovery kit of gender-neutral fragrances. There are only five in the line and they’re all very easy on the nose. My standout is the best selling Nordic Cedar, cooling and slightly spicy with a hint of musk. My new everyday wear. Buy it here*.

A SWEET-SCENTED EXFOLIATING CLEANSER. A new favourite cleansing balm for me, Espa Optimal Skin Pro-Cleanser (gift) uses jojoba ‘spheres’ to give a gentle morning cleanse scented with orange blossom. The squeezy tube means you’re less likely to use too much. I can’t praise it enough. Buy it here*.

HAUTE HAIR MIST. Practical yet decadent, I’m intrigued by these new hair mists. The idea is that hair is porous, so it retains scent for longer. Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Universalis hair mist sounds ravishing with its bergamot, citron and orange blossom notes. Buy it here*. Diptyque’s mists (buy here*) have hair-nourishing ingredients like camellia oil (the stuff that gives Sumo wrestlers their glossy barnets), while Jo Malone’s English Pear and Fresia mist contains argan oil and Pro Vitamin B (buy it here*). But this one gets my personal vote. It’s the hair version of Floraiku’s magnificent grapefruit-infused Between Two Trees perfume.

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IMAGE: Harper’s Bazaar
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On my radar: anti-leather bags



Rue de Verneuil

I used a tote bag for the first time in months last week. Like practically everyone else, I’ve not commuted since March, so I’ve been getting by with pockets for my daily walkabout, or a compact J&M Davidson camera bag if I’m going further than the coffee shop at the end of my road.

But last week I went to meet up with a friend and needed a bigger bag for the mask-brolly-sweater gubbins I had to carry with me. And a leather tote was too heavy for the 90 minute round trip (I’m still not doing public transport). So out came my trusty canvas tote; lightweight, a decent size, and automatically imbued with a summer city-break vibe.

I put the canvas tote in the same bracket as straw totes for summer. They always signify a kind of Jane Birkin barefoot energy, especially with accompanying sunnies and stripy Mariniere. Canvas and straw bags also happen to chime with an overarching movement towards non-leather bags. Or minimal leather at least. Every luxury bag label of note seems to have a variation of a leather-trimmed canvas cross-body bag, for example, while the best totes I’ve seen are mostly canvas with a leather patch detail or pocket, or a pair of handsome handles made of tan leather.

Saint Laurent definitely got the cross-body bag* memo, while Valextra* and Loewe* tick the tote boxes. And Rue de Verneuil (above) is my latest canvas tote obsession, with dozens of varieties in style and size.

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IMAGE: Rue de Verneuil
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Gentlewoman style: Matches sale picks (plus an extra 20% off)



Joseph Trousers in the Matches sale

Quick heads up, there’s an extra 20% discount on certain items in the Matches sale*, so if you’re planning on shopping for any upscale basics, have a browse through my edit below. (As always, I may earn a commission on any sales at no cost to you.) To get the extra 20% off on items marked, remember to add the code EXTRA20 at checkout.

Of particular interest are the APC X Suicoke sandals* (Suicoke is all the rage right now), Toogood trousers* (I’m an eternal fan) and various knits (cos I’m a knitwear girl at heart, even at the height of summer!). If you like Jimmy Choo, these croc-print flats* looks like they’ll be a useful 24-hour shoe when we’re allowed to do normal things again.

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IMAGE: Joseph trousers – available here*
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Buy it now: wellness sandals for every budget



Jean Shrimpton by Bailey 1972

I hope you enjoyed my shorts and sweaters post. If you missed it, it’s here.

We’re now in peak shorts season and with that… sandals. ‘Wellness sandals’ are still going strong, either the footbed versions or the retro pancake-flat leather variety. Did you know you should vary your heel heights to optimise foot health? I was told this years ago in my Converse-everyday wearing days, and obviously didn’t listen. But it’s true, you should vary between flat and elevated, to give your feet the best workout.

Anyway, the sale notifications have started to ping so now is a good time to shop. Whether you’re into Birkenstocks, Tevas, Ancient Greeks, or M&S equivalents, there are lots of sensible sandals to accompany the shorts.

While Birkenstock Arizonas* were the indoor shoe of lockdown spring, I also like them as a smart outdoor sandal with a classic red or magenta pedi. (Side note: if you’re looking for the best foot file in the world, get this Margaret Dabbs one.) I also like the minimalist Birkenstock Madrid slide with its clean single bar silhouette. The cork sole* (£56) is the old school version, and the all-black*  (£220) is the luxe version. The one-colour cross-strap Sienna slide (£310) is also very appealing in black.

M&S has quite a few classic footbed sandals around the £20-£30 with some on sale now. I like these M&S Collection navy leather ones (currently £18) or slightly jazzier, these animal-print leather sandals (currently £36). Or for something super-nostalgic, there are these flat leather sandals in tan and red (currently £23.60).

Church’s seems to be dipping a toe in the footbed pool with these rugged multi strap sandals, while Suicoke* from Japan is the chic version of a Teva sandal with its moulded footbed but more refined silhouette. I prefer the thinner soled variety to the chunky platform ones.

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IMAGE: Jean Shrimpton by David Bailey
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