Best summer makeup palettes

6 best makeup palettes to buy this summer

Is there a purchase more exciting to a beauty lover than a brand new makeup palette? With so many shades in one place you can create endless looks, and they’re convenient too - the perfect addition to your travel beauty bag. Here are six of the best makeup palettes to add to your collection...




Benefit Blush Bar

Benefit Blush Bar


Benefit recently debuted this limited edition cheek palette, exclusively to House of Fraser. It contains five full-sized shades, from the iconic Hoola to the brand new Gold Rush. With blush, bronze and highlight all in one place, it's the ultimate in convinence and will take you from day to night wherever you are.

Benefit Blush Bar, £49.50


Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Summer Look 

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Summer Look Palette


If you need one palette for your summer holiday, make it this one. It doesn't get much prettier than Estee Lauder's latest release, with six shimmering eye shadows from aqua to bronze, a glowy highlight and a peachy blush.

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Summer Look, £45


Urban Decay Naked Heat 

Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette


Not one Urban Decay palette would feel out of place on this list, but Naked Heat taps into the warm-toned eye shadow trend, and it's easy to see why it's a sell-out. There are 12 shades in orange, red and bronze hues with matte, satin and metallic finishes.

Urban Decay Naked Heat, £39.50


NARS Wanted Cheek Palette

Narsissist Wanted Cheek Palette


This summer, forget contouring. Blush is back. From cool corals to radiant reds, this limited edition cheek palette from NARS contains a shade for every beauty look. Grab it before it's gone.

Narsissist Wanted Cheek Palette, £45


Dior 5 Couleurs Cool Wave 

Dior 5 Couleurs Cool Wave Eyeshadow Palette


If you thought blue eyeshadow was nothing but a '00s throwback, you're missing out. Blue hues are in and if you're feeling daring, this palette from Dior's Cool Wave collection is perfect to create an enviable eye look for your next summer party.

Dior 5 Couleurs Cool Wave Eyeshadow Palette, £48.50


MAC Hyper Real Glow Palette Flash + Awe

MAC Hyper Real Glow Palette Flash + Awe


Get the unrivaled glow of a MAC highlight on the go with the new Hyper Real palette. It includes three highly-pigmented shades in a creamy powder formula, for a flawless radiance that lasts all day.

MAC Hyper Real Glow Palette Flash + Awe, £35

10 mascaras to transform your lashes

10 mascaras that will transform your lashes

Looking for the perfect mascara? We've handpicked ten of the best eyelash products, which will do everything from lengthen, thicken and darken your lashes.


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Benefit BADgal Bang Mascara

Benefit BADgal Bang Mascara


Formulated with super-light aero-particles, derived from space technology, this brand new mascara is the go-to for intergalatic lashes.

Shop Benefit BADgal Bang Mascara, £21.50


Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara

Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara


Say hello to the lashes of your dreams thanks to this volumising mascara from Lancome, which promises not to smudge.

Shop Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara, £21


3. Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara

Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara


Volumising? Yes. Lengthening? Yes. Curling? Yes. What more do you need from a mascara?

Shop Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara, £19.50


4. YSL Luxurious Mascara 

YSL Luxurious Mascara for Instant False Lash Effect


This remastered formula promises a false lash effect in one single stroke. Yes, really.

Shop YSL Luxurious Mascara for Instant False Lash Effect, £26


5. Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes

Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes


Quite possibly the perfect formula, this 5-in-1 mascara promises to curl, seperate, thicken, lengthen and add all the drama you need.

Shop Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes, £23


6. Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy Mascara

Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy Lash Multi Effects Mascara


The hybrid brush on this mascara allows you to create different lash looks, depending on your mood. Extra points for the contained conditioning oil to keep lashes super soft.

Shop Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy Lash Multi Effects Mascara, £25.50


7. Shiseido Full Lash Multi Dimension Mascara

Shiseido Full Lash Multi Dimension Mascara


We love the brush on this one, which is bendable so you can catch those hard to reach corner lashes for the best finish.

Shop Shiseido Full Lash Multi Dimension Mascara, £24


8. Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Stretch Lengthening Mascara


Get the precision of a makeup artist with this brush; long bristles on one side and short bristles on the other to cover from root to tip.

Shop Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Stretch Lengthening Mascara, £30


9. Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire


The benefits of this mascara are endless. The specially developed brush and formula work together to thicken and separate lashes.

Shop Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Mascara, £22.50


10. Benefit They're Real Mascara

Benefit They're Real Mascara


Your mascara prayers have been answered. If you're looking for luxurious, silky lashes that won't smudge or clump, this is the one for you.

Shop Benefit They're Real Mascara, £20.50

Valentine's Day makeup ideas


Still searching for the perfect Valentine's Day makeup look? Whether you're marking the occassion with a candlelit dinner or a girls' night out, these are our top four Valentine's Day makeup looks to try your hand at this year.


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The perfect red lip

All hail the red lip. Classic, bold and elegant, it's still our go-to for a timelessly romantic look. The best thing about this look? You can keep the rest of your makeup to a minimum. 

To prep your lips, gently buff them with a clean toothbrush to remove any dead skin and apply a nourishing balm. While waiting for the balm to absorb, apply your foundation and concealer. Top tip: a matte, full-coverage foundation such as Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation, £31, will give a flawless finish to make your lips really pop. 

Taking a bright, pure red, apply the colour directly from the bullet steering clear of the edges of your lips. Then, using a lip liner in a matching shade, fill in the areas around the edge of the lip to create definition. Once you are satisfied with the shape, finish off with one last coating of lipstick.

 If you're slightly short on time, a lip pencil could be the answer. With a more precise form of application, you can ditch the liner all together. Simply apply to the centre of the lips with the flat edge and define with the tip. 

Finish off with a single coat of mascara on your upper and lower lashes and you're good to go.

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Naturally-flushed blush

Ah blusher, the beating heart of any romantic makeup look. It's time to forget everything you thought you knew about contouring and instead create cheekbones that pop using pastel-hued blushes.

The key to this look is to ensure that all other shades used on the face - be it your eyes or your lips - are muted and natural. You want your delicately flushed cheeks to be the star of the show.

Apply some blush onto a brush and tap off any excess. Hold the brush loosely and towards the bottom to free up control - this way the brush does the work for you and saves you from overthinking. Focusing on the apples of your cheeks, trace your cheekbones upwards with the brush, stopping before you reach the hairline.

For a higher-impact finish, try a powder with highlighting pigment, such as Guerlain Météorites Heart Shape, £42, to 'strobe' the cheekbones.

If you prefer a dewier finish, try a liquid or cushion blush instead. Apply with a damp sponge to the apples of your cheeks and blend upwards and outwards with a dabbing motion.

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Razor-sharp eyeliner

After years of trying to master the smoky eye, a new day is on the horizon and we couldn't be happier. Say goodbye to failed attempts at creating even liner flicks and blending several shades of black and hello to the new liner approach.

Using a rounded eye brush, such as M·A·C 213 Fluff Brush, £20, apply a natural, light brown shade all over the lid and up into the crease.

Then, taking a black kohl liner like Charlotte Tilbury Rock `N` Kohl, £19, lightly work the pencil into the upper lash line to create the illusion of thicker lashes from the root. Don't fuss over neatness, we'll come to that later. Continue across the length of the eye lid, slightly building the density of the colour as you work along.

Now, using a liquid liner, sweep the nib over the guide that you have just created with the kohl, keeping it neat and clean. Start lightly in the inner corners and build the liner up by applying slightly more pressure as you move along. And remember, don't be tempted to carry the liner past the lash line. If needed, neaten with a cotton bud. For a bolder, more dramatic look, take inspiration from the Versace catwalk and extend the liner up and out with a dark shadow.

Finally, apply several coats of thickening mascara to your upper lashes, leaving lower lashes bare for show-stopping volume.

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Pretty in pink eyeshadow

If there's one day of the year that you choose to embrace pink, make it Valentine's Day. And we're not talking pastel pink pouts. It's time to ditch the shimmer and paint our eyes in powdery pink hues.

Start by applying an eye shadow primer to your eyelids to correct any imperfections and ensure your look stays in place all night. Then, using a large, rounded brush, such as Shiseido Eyeshadow Brush, £28, apply a pastel-hued pink shadow over your whole eye lid and into the crease, being careful not to take the colour too high.

Then, with a smaller, flat brush (we love Urban Decay UD Pro Flat Eyeshadow Brush, £16.50), dab the colour onto the lower lash line, catching any fall out with a tissue as you go. To finish, apply a lighter, slightly shimmery shade to the inner corners. This will widen eyes and add another layer of depth to the look.

If you're the kind of person that doesn't like to faff with brushes, an eye shadow stick is the perfect time-saving alternative. With clean hands, colour the lid and lower lash line with the pencil/stick and blend out with your pinky finger.

To keep the look delicate and feminine, keep lashes as natural as possible by choosing a brown mascara instead of the usual black and only applying one or two coats.

Floral fragrances for Mother's Day

Floral fragrances for Mother's Day

Wondering what to get your mum for Mother's Day? You can't go wrong with one of these floral fragrances - each one is an instant classic.


Guerlain Mon Guerlain Eau de Parfum

Guerlain Mon Guerlain Eau de Parfum


The floral blend of Carla Lavender, Sambac Jasmine, Album Sandalwood and Vanilla Tahitensis comes together to create a fresh, oriental scent. A true modern classic.

Guerlain Mon Guerlain Eau de Parfum, from £45


Gucci Bloom Eau De Parfum

Gucci Bloom Eau De Parfum 100ml


Rich, unique and fresh, Gucci Bloom evokes a sense of summertime nostalgia. Highly concentrated Natural Tuberose is blended with Jasmine to create a delicately feminine scent.

Gucci Bloom Eau De Parfum 100ml, £99


Lancôme La Vie Est Belle Eau de Parfum

Lancôme La Vie Est Belle Eau de Parfum 100ml


With notes of Iris Pallida, Patchouli Essence and Orange Blossom, this perfume from Lancôme is truly iconic. Long-lasting and powerful, one spritz behind the ear is all it takes.

Lancôme La Vie Est Belle Eau de Parfum 100ml, £92


Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Eau De Parfum

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Eau De Parfum


An enchanting concoction of florals on a base of patchouli, Flowerbomb is exactly what the name suggests. Incredibly wearable and perfect for both day and night, it's a must-have for any perfume wardrobe.

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Eau De Parfum, from £53


Prada La Femme Prada Intense Eau De Parfum

La Femme Prada Intense Eau De Parfum 100ml


At the heart of this perfume from Prada sits Tuberose, Ylang-Ylang and Patchouli. Floral but with a spicy twist, this fragrance encompasses a sense of mystery that appeals to the unconventional scent lover.

La Femme Prada Intense Eau De Parfum 100ml, £109


Mugler Alien Eau De Parfum Natural Spray Refillable

Alien Eau De Parfum Natural Spray Refillable 30ml


Upon notes of Mandarin essence, Cashmeran wood and white amber sits the floral top notes of Sambac jasmine. This distinguishable scent is a hot favourite across all generations.

Alien Eau De Parfum Natural Spray Refillable 30ml, £56

Pastel makeup tips

Pastel makeup tips

Lady with pastel makeup

The mood for spring? Pastels. And the easiest way to nail to the sugary sweet style? Through your makeup. Cue, Lisa Vallencia, the makeup artist behind this delicate pastel look created exclusively for House of Fraser. Here she shows you how to reign supreme in sorbet shades.

DO choose pastels with a metallic finish. Just wet a brush before applying to create an instant molten metal look.

DON’T be afraid to mix up pastel eyeshadows and liners. Use one shade on the eyelids with a contrasting colour under the lash line.

“If you’re nervous using pastel shades on your eyes, opt for pastel lips to pretty up your look"

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Making scents of niche perfume


There are two types of perfume: niche and mainstream. The difference? Not as many bottles of niche perfume are available. You may have never smelt anything like it which is exactly why these fragrances are worth your time and money.




Bottega Veneta EDP 50ml


This spicy, oriental perfume from renowned Italian fashion house Bottega Veneta evokes the sensuality of the house’s leather goods. Belonging to the woody, mossy chypre family of fragrances, it oozes sophistication.

Shop Bottega Veneta EDP 50ml £70



Creed Aventus EDP 50ml


A cult favourite of ours, this fragrance for men can only be described as a tiny bottle of energy. If Creed was good enough for Victorian aristocracy, it’s good enough for us.

Shop Creed Aventus EDP 50ml £170



Eight & Bob Original EDP 100ml


When a young JFK noticed the scent of a Parisian perfume connoisseur, he later requested eight samples, and if your production allows, another for Bob. Zesty top notes and a sandalwood and amber base make Eight & Bob truly unique.

Shop Eight & Bob Original EDP 100ml £135



Annick Goutal Tenue de Soirée EDP 50ml


Besides embodying a luxurious, youthful sense of femininity, this perfume sits on your dressing table like a rare ornament just asking to be touched.

Shop Annick Goutal Tenue de Soirée EDP 50ml £85



Shop The Merchant Of Venice Byzantium Saffron EDP 100ml


With notes of amber and Indonesian patchouli, Byzantium Saffron draws inspiration from the Greek legend of Crocus and Smilax, whereby Crocus is turned by the gods into the crocus plant, producer of saffron.

Shop The Merchant Of Venice Byzantium Saffron EDP 100ml £120



Penhaligon’s Portraits The Tragedy of Lord George 75ml


Topped with the head of a stag, this men’s fragrance works with notes of brandy, shaving soap and tonka bean to portray the wealth and nobility of Penhaligon’s fictional aristocrat Lord George.

Penhaligon’s Portraits The Tragedy of Lord George 75ml £178 COMING SOON

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Atelier Cologne Clémentine California Cologne Absolue 100ml


Fresh yet spicy, one spritz of this fragrance and you’ll feel like walking sunshine. The sweetness of Californian clémentines is perfectly balanced with notes of Sichuan pepper and Egyptian basil on a sandalwood and Haitian vetiver base.

Atelier Cologne Clémentine California Cologne Absolue 100ml £90 COMING SOON

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Trussardi Riflesso EDT 100ml


This woody scent combines base notes of Italian leather, vetiver and tonka bean for a dynamic masculine outcome. It’s an ideal choice for the modern man.

Shop Trussardi Riflesso EDT 100ml £77

Men's capsule winter wardrobe

Ever baffled by shapes and styles? Pull things out of your wardrobe that don’t make cohesive outfits? We’ve decided to declutter and present to you the style staples you need this winter.



1. The plaid shirt

Howick Texhoma Check Long Sleeve Shirt


Work rich, wintery colours into your look through a plaid shirt. The options are varied and the result simple yet unswervingly effective.
Wear: layered over a tee for urban off-duty or tucked into chinos for a failsafe interpretation of smart/casual.

Howick Texhoma Check Long Sleeve Shirt £35


2. The overcoat

AllSaints Eskra Coat


The faithful friend of every man come winter, a coat is what you’re seen in most after all. For a great ratio of cost-per-wear, go for a wool overcoat which suits almost all occasions.
Wear: over a suit for work or with a coloured shirt, jeans and biker boots come Saturday.

AllSaints Eskra Coat £318


3. The check scarf

Dents Men’s Lambswool Scarf In Gift Box


Classic and timeless, there’s something inherently classy about a check scarf. Add one to an ensemble to look instantly pulled-together.
Wear: with a wax jacket and plain shirt, or a blazer and backpack.

Dents Men’s Lambswool Scarf In Gift Box £45


4. The cable knit

Polo Ralph Lauren Classic Cotton Cable Knit


With both Ivy League and fisherman connotations, the cable knit can be used in multiple ways. It’ll add polish to your walk-and-pub attire and a casual air to your office uniform.
Wear: with a shirt, collar tucked in.

Polo Ralph Lauren Classic Cable Knit £119


5. The chukka boots

Barbour Redhead Plain Toe Chukka Boots


Meet the perfect footwear middle-ground. A pared-back aesthetic and earthy colours combine in boots that work for smart or casual occasions.
Wear: with turned-up jeans or chinos. Choose a slim wool coat for dressed-up or a rugged jacket for dress-down.

Barbour Redhead Plain Toe Chukka Boots £125


6. The leather gloves

Kenneth Cole Quilted Nylon And Leather Gloves


With associations of driving and flying, leather gloves have become a style statement in their own right. Keep things simple in black or brown.
Wear: with a coat and boots, but swap to wool gloves when sporting a leather jacket.

Kenneth Cole Quilted Nylon And Leather Gloves £40

How to dress for every festive occasion


With the party season just around the corner and your diary jam-packed with drinks, dinners and everything in between, it's time we address your event ensembles. Whether you've arranged a pub knees up with friends, a romantic date night with your better half or are readying yourself for that black tie event, it's essential you look the part.



A pub knees-up

The pub is the perfect place for a casual catch up with friends or an after-work tipple. More of a last-minute knees up, the pub can be tricky to dress for. Avoid going all out, and, instead, add a statement piece for a cooler, more laid-back vibe. This could be anything from a spangled sequin tee paired with well-worn jeans, the addition of a fancy pair of shoes with laidback bottoms, or a smart jacket over a casual shirt.

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Date night

When it comes to planning your party schedule, gift shopping and prepping for Christmas day, it can be hard to make time for your significant other. Make sure you get some date-nights in the diary to spend quality time together while the festive madness ensues. You want to look special but not over the top, so keep things up-to-date with interesting shapes and look-at-me accessories; think glitzy jewellery and bold colours


Black Tie

Nothing says 'party' like a black tie event. A rare chance to get glammed up, take the opportunity to be extravagant when it comes to your ensemble. Sequins, bold patterns, stylish cuts - anything to make you stand out on that dancefloor. Don't feel pressured into wearing a gown, a pin-flaunting dress will do just as well. The same goes for the bow tie; dare to drop the tie and wear a three-piece suit without.

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How to make Christmas magical for kids

When you have children, the magic of Christmas is reborn. Celebrating with little ones is guaranteed to get you back into the festive spirit faster than Rudolf takes off on Christmas Eve. We've compiled a list of Christmas tradition ideas that you can make your own, from Christmas craft ideas to Christmas Eve activities you’ll want to repeat every year. It only takes a small effort to make the festive season magical.

Christmas activities for Advent
Stitched advent calendar hung on wall

Build up the excitement of the big day by organising Christmas activities throughout December. The main thing many kids will be looking forward to is opening presents, but it's important to help children understand that there are more important reasons why we choose to celebrate the holiday. The run-up to the big day is the perfect chance to tell them the story of Christmas, to meet close friends that you won't see on the 25th, go to a Pantomime show or even help out in your local community. Head out to see the Christmas lights being turned on in your high street or visit a Santa's grotto in your local garden centre for a touch of community spirit.

At home, start sprucing up with all sorts of traditional decorations like tinsel, fairy lights and candles. Tie a string over the top of your doorways and use it to hang the Christmas cards you've received. Get the children to write a letter to Santa (to give you extra time to seek out their presents online) and explain they have to behave if they want to get presents.

Sweet treats are a big part of the festive season. Get kids involved in the kitchen baking cookies the shape of Christmas trees or snowmen, then let them get creative decorating with icing sugar. Advent calendars are another way to inject sweetness into the build-up to the 25th – or opt for small toys for a healthier version.

Bring the outside in
Decorated Christmas tree with presents

Christmas for kids isn’t complete without finding the perfect tree. The traditional way is to pack the family into the car and head to your local garden centre or Christmas tree farm, if there's one nearby. You'll need to find the right size, shape and type for your home, depending on how much space you have. Don't forget to grab a stand while you're there or the angel at the top could come crashing down.

Different tree species have different types of needle, so be sure to have a good look around. Several are quite sharp, while others drop lots of needles over the course of a month. The Norwegian spruce and Fraser fir have softer needles and will hold onto them for longer, which means less hoovering for you. Or avoid it altogether by opting for an artificial tree that will give the same festive effect with none of the mess.

Take the kids along on a long walk to your nearest forest to seek out branches of holly and ivy. This makes a wonderful decoration to sit above picture frames or on mantle pieces. Bringing the outside in makes the home feel even more Christmassy and is a fun way to get the children tired out before bedtime.

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Christmas Eve activities
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Once it gets to the 24th and the children can hardly contain their excitement, keep them occupied with Christmas Eve traditions. Open a few small gifts like new pyjamas that they can wear to bed and keep on in the morning while they open Santa's presents. Sing carols as a family, read a Christmas story together or watch a classic film.

One of the most magical traditions you can adopt is setting out a treat for Santa. A mince pie, glass of brandy and carrots for the reindeer will help your children believe in the spirit of Christmas. Plus, you get to enjoy this little snack when they’ve gone to bed.

Track Santa's route as he flies – there are several apps which offer this service. You could even create a landing strip for the sleigh in the garden with fairy lights. Finally, don't forget to hang up the stockings.

Christmas morning checks
Freshly baked jam tarts

Before the children wake up, make a few easy preparations that will surprise them in the morning. Follow this quick checklist to help you prove that Santa did come to visit:

  • Eat the mince pie or other snacks you left out for Santa.

  • Leave snowy footprints where Santa would have walked by sprinkling flour on the bottom of your wellies and walking around.

  • Pop the presents in the stockings or under the tree.

  • Use leftover wrapping paper to make streamers and paper chains.

  • Turn on the lights on the Christmas tree.

Find the perfect foundation

How to find the perfect foundation


Shopping for foundation isn’t easy but with these foolproof tips you’ll be able to pinpoint your perfect match in no time.

If you suffer with dry skin, you’ll notice that some formulas cling to certain areas, causing skin to look pigmented and dull. Opt for a base with moisture-rich ingredients for a dewy, radiant finish.

If you’re after heavy coverage that lasts into the night, look for a matte, long-wearing liquid. Or, if you want something light for daytime touch-ups, try a powder-based compact.

Gone are the days of limited selection – some foundation ranges now come in as many as 40 different shades. Visit your local House of Fraser beauty counter for a colour match.

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The best unisex fragrances

If you’re guilty of reaching for his aftershave or simply like your perfume to pack a masculine punch, listen up. Gone are the days of powdery parfums and musky colognes, it’s time to embrace gender-neutral scents.



The cool classic

Acqua Di Parma Colonia


With notes of Sicilian citrus fruit, this fresh, zesty cologne is considered a cult favourite for men and women alike.

Shop Acqua Di Parma Colonia Eau de Cologne Spray, from £66


The scent of the moment

Tom Ford Oud Minerale


This parfum is the unisex fragrance du jour. A blend of precious oud and fresh scents of the ocean creates a powerful fragrance like no other. If you’re looking for one to share with your other half, this is it.

Shop Tom Ford Oud Minerale, from £155


The constant developer

Shop Atelier Cologne Vetiver


Combining the strength of Haitian vetiver with the sweetness of fig, this unique cologne has the perfect balance of sugar and spice.

Shop Atelier Cologne Vetiver, from £100


The one with staying power

Frederic Malle Cologne Indélébile


Long-lasting, fresh and zesty, with top notes of bergamot and lemon on a base of musk, as soon as this cologne is sprayed, you can guarantee it’s there to stay.

Shop Frederic Malle Cologne Indélébile, from £34


The British classic

Shop Jo Malone London Oud and Bergamot Cologne Intense


The smoky scent of oud coming through notes of sweet bergamot is exactly what makes this cologne so alluring. It is without a doubt one of Jo Malone London’s finest, most versatile creations.

Shop Jo Malone London Oud and Bergamot Cologne Intense, from £74


The true classic

Shop Calvin Klein CK One Eau De Toilette


It might be the original unisex fragrance but don’t think for a second that this little bottle of deliciousness has run its course. Clean and light yet youthful and warm, this scent ignites a sense of nostalgia like nothing else.

Shop Calvin Klein CK One Eau De Toilette, from £29


The modern update

Shop Kiehl’s Musk Eau De Toilette Spray


The clue is in the name… A citrusy fragrance that dries down to expose a sensual base of tonka bean, white patchouli and musk. Modern and sensual, this new take on musk is one of Kiehl’s hidden treasures.

Shop Kiehl’s Musk Eau De Toilette Spray, £42


The uplifting crowd-pleaser

Shop Creed Neroli Sauvage Eau de Parfum


Notes of neroli, bergamot and grapefruit, blended with sandalwood and ambergris, make this uplifting scent perfect for both sexes. Fresh and enticing, be prepared to have people constantly ask what you’re wearing.

Shop Creed Neroli Sauvage Eau de Parfum, from £185

Your guide to finding the perfect scent

Your guide to finding the perfect scent


Whether you’re looking for a new signature scent, a gift for a loved one or just fancy treating yourself, follow our guide and discover the right perfume for you.

Your sense of smell and hormone levels are closely linked – scientists have discovered that when you’re in the second half of your cycle, your sense of smell is at its most receptive which makes it prime perfume buying time.

"Your sense of smell and hormone levels are closely linked".

While testing out different scents, where you spritz is important. It may be tempting to spray every square inch of your arm but unless you have the memory of an elephant, you’ll never remember which patch has what on it. Plus, the fragrances will combine, leaving you with a heady cocktail of scent. Ask at the counter for a perfume blotter instead – most are branded so it’s easy to remember which was which. Or scribble the name so there’s no confusion.

Perfumes smell very different once they’ve ‘dried down’ (this is when they’ve settled on the skin), so revisit the blotter later and have another sniff to see if you like how it has developed.

Our counter staff know everything there is to know. Tell them what scents you like and if you’re looking for something similar, or fancy completely change, and they’ll send you in the right heavenly scented direction.