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Coming Up Roses


Roses are glorious at any time of year, but perhaps particularly appropriate in February when we celebrate romance. Set the scene with a candle or lavish yourself with the distinctive velvety scent but any way you cut it, these beauty buys beat a petrol-station bunch of blooms hands down.

Floral Street’s award-winning vegan perfumes are rightly lauded. Their Neon Rose body wash has a lasting voluptuous rose fragrance made dazzlingly fresh with angelica and bergamot. It foams up as delicately as a latte and is fortified with vitamins, so is luxuriously moisturising for the skin. £18

We love, love, love Heritage Store which has recently undergone something of a rebrand. Still made from pared-back naturally sourced ingredients (‘all killer no filler’) the range has extended to include more targeted skincare. We swear by the original Facial Mist (beloved backstage at the fashion shows for its setting ability). From around £7

Zephorium’s crystal-infused aromatherapy skincare is hand-blended ‘with love and positive intention’ and their Rosehip Oil Face Serum speaks directly to the heart chakra. The organic oil blend is a delight to use and has been formulated to heal, sooth, smooth and enhance. £38

Christophe Robin’s Instant Volumising Leave-In Mist with Rose Water is a must-have for its luscious fragrance alone. The soft, sweet scent of succulent blooms is married with hair-care magic: a good spritz will add fullness without weighing down even the finest follicles. £30

Simple, efficacious, Japanese skincare brand Steam Cream has added Rose Absolute to its range of iconic tins of moisturisers. Rich in shea butter and damask rose it has been created with winter skin in mind. It melts into the face, smells divine and also helps support barrier function; all for just £15.95.

A good scented candle will fill a room with beguiling aroma – a bad one can make a space uninhabitable within minutes. In Rose Whispers, Saint Fragrance have blended Bulgarian rose oil with musk and patchouli to enhance the warm, woody chypre notes, creating a fragrance both harmonious and addictive. £42


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Tue 2 Apr 2024

From small independents to the internationally renowned, let’s hear it for these brilliant British beauty brands.

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Tue 5 Mar 2024

So Pure

Handmade In Oxfordshire

As we become more selective when it comes to choosing skin care products, trying to avoid the unexpected ‘nasty’ ingredients contained therein, finding a range of products which are as the name tells us ‘So Pure’ can be a great find. When those products are made with love and care using only quality natural ingredients by a local artisan and they are affordable too, like me, you may want to know more.

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Fri 1 Mar 2024

Just as the natural world regenerates each Spring, so does our hair. However we style it, hair can form a key part of our identity. Here’s our top 10 of personally tried-and-tested favourites to guarantee good hair days and see you through the season.

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Fri 1 Mar 2024

Female-Founded Beauty brands founded by women flood our pages on a regular basis, but each March we like to champion a curated selection.