On the first day of Christmas: The Christmas Beauty Countdown begins

Today, to much festive joy, it’s time to launch my annual Christmas Beauty Gift Guide. For the third year running, I’ll be featuring daily ideas for gifts – all around a beauty theme for the beauties in your life.

Day 1: L’Occitane’s Arlésienne

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New for Christmas is L’Occitane’s Arlésienne range of products. The collection – which includes an Eau de Toilette, Shower Cream, Beauty Milk, Hand Cream, Soap and Body Oil is based on floral notes and is meant to be based on a mysterious, legendary woman from Arles,  in the south of France.

Perfect for gifts – the Shower Cream, £14, is creamy and leaves the body fresh and scented. While the Eau de Toilette, £39, is a lovely, light scent based on three floral notes of saffron flower (peppery), rose (enhanced by lily of the valley) and violet (which gives a sensuous white wood note).

What I love about these products, especially the limited edition Hair Mist and Beautifying Powder, is the fact that they are channelling a charming old-fashioned sense of beauty (very 1930s) yet they are thoroughly modern in the bright and uplifting floral scent. It’s such a delight to find a different, appealing scent – that is affordable – and which doesn’t have a mass-market, synthetic smell.

Legendary the woman of Arles may be, but it’s also perfect for the legend in your life.






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