Beauty Christmas Countdown: Day 2

Today, continuing with my beauty gift guide, it’s the turn of Boots’ gorgeous new Florence Anne range.

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It’s a little bit reminiscent of the Jo Malone brand, and fans of the luxury label won’t be that disappointed with this more affordable alternative. For, Florence Anne retains a level of sophistication across its rather lovely collection of scents, body care and candles, and it is has also done without the steep price tag of comparable luxury brands.

Elegant to look at, I also love its charming backstory – the range is named after the wife of Boots’ founder, Jesse Boot – the Florence Anne range is inspired by Florence’s own love of botanical fragrances. Florence Anne Boot was born in 1863 in St Helier, Jersey. Married to Jesse Boot in 1886, she had a passion for fine fragrance and played an important role in bringing affordable luxury to Boots.This new collection in homage to her is based around a core trio of blended scents, Grapefruit & Lime, Blackcurrant & Fig and Patchouli & Cloves, all created with high quality ingredients.

The Eau de Toilette (£10), shown here in Grapefruit & Lime, is zingy and uplifting. It makes for a lovely gift and is a handbag size glass bottle with a stylish black ribbon – perfect for throwing in your bag and spritzing on the go.

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I also think the Grapefruit & Lime Oil Diffuser (£14) – is another inspiring gift. The fragrance is lively and intense with tangy grapefruit, fresh fruity lime and sweet woody undertones of orange and vetiver, making for an uplifting scent for the home.

www.boots.com

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