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Currently Craving: Floral Street

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As I’ve got older I’ve realised that the dark days of winter are not for me. Come September, I know my social media will be filled with others’ delight in the need for layers and a return to tights. Not me, though. My inner goth is perfectly happy with dressing in summer blacks (see About a Look) and tights are a pain in the backside.

I like summer and, like a baby duckling forever following its mama through the waters, I want to imprint the carefree nature of the warmer months deep within my psyche in the hope that it will sustain my spirits once the leaves start to fall from the trees. And, what evokes memory better than scent? British perfumers’ Floral Street have collaborated once more with the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and the result, Sweet Almond Blossom, will more than meet my needs.

Sweet yet sprightly, the juicy citrus notes of pomelo and passionfruit are made creamy with mouth-watering vanilla and the yummy nuttiness of tonka bean. At some level the distinctively green, earthy Matcha becomes apparent. Although I hesitate to describe it as a caustic note, I find it works to balance the other more dulcet delights and make them lively. Hopefully when I’m spritzing in November I’ll be transported back to the blissful memory of sun on bare skin and long, lazy days.

Sweet Almond Blossom, Floral Street X Van Gogh Museum.

From £28 for 10ml, with purchases supporting the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam


Thu 9 May 2024

When your brain is grappling with vows, table-plans and floral arrangements, planning your pre-wedding skincare schedule can feel quite overwhelming. There are so many choices, all promising results but will they deliver in a single one hour-long treatment? I went to Dr Joney De Souza’s clinic in Blandford Street, London W1 to try the Brazilian Zero Downtime Facial.

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Wed 1 May 2024

National Smile Month starts on 13 May and it’s ironic, but usually a trip to the dentist isn’t too much to smile about. I guess it depends on the dentist, though. I went down to London’s Wimpole Street to meet Dr Tom Crawford Clarke of Luceo Dental to find out more about teeth whitening.

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Wed 1 May 2024

Little Beast soap bars come from the Little Soap Company and are available in a choice of three varieties for Sensitive Dogs (with sweet almond oil, oatmeal and chamomile), Scruffy Dogs (with pink clay, shea butter and a refreshing citrus scent) and…there’s no polite way of saying this…Smelly Dogs.

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Wed 1 May 2024

Skincare brand, Perricone MD set the bar high with the No Makeup collection which includes natural-looking mascara, highlight, a foundation serum, and an invaluable blush. This range has just