Beauty Bible Loves

From the bestselling Beauty Bible team: our latest product finds and classic faves – because they're worth it!

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Francis who…?  If you are not already one of Francis Kurkdjian’s legion of devoted fans (they include those of us at Beauty Bible), this is a wonderful introduction.

Francis is one of the most talented ‘noses’ on the planet, and the man responsible for blockbusters like Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male, Narciso Rodriguez For Her and Elie Saab – one of 2011′s most-praised, gong-winning fragrances.

But alongside creating bestsellers for big names, Francis has for the past three years also been adding to his own signature line:  the fragrances he always wanted to create himself.  One or two new fragrances are added each year (and they are worth setting aside an hour or two to explore, somewhere – like Les Senteurs – which carries the full range).

Until now, though, there’s not been much for ‘layering’ – though actually, these exceptional fragranced body treats go on wafting for hours even if you don’t add a spritz of sunny, airy, zested-up white floral Aqua Universalis, over the top.  The shower gel is divine (and non-skin-stripping), but it’s the Aqua Universalis Scented Body Cream which we’re especially addicted to: though rich and nourishing, it absorbs beautifully and smells heavenly:  a bit like burying your nose in a mountain of white linen that’s been sun-dried on the line.  (Think:  notes of Calabrian bergamot, Sicilian lemon, mock orange and jasmine.)

With Christmas coming, these belong on any fragrance-lover’s ‘Dear Santa’ list, because this is a scent that – as its ‘Universalis’ name implies – everyone will fall for.

Santa, they’re certainly top of ours.

UK readers find Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Universalis Scented Shower Cream/£35 for 150 ml and Aqua Universalis Scented Body Cream/£45 for 150 ml exclusively at Liberty and at – buy here



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File under ‘rediscovering an old friend’.

We go back with Aesop – oooooh, much longer than we care to remember.  (Jo’s probably the only journalist to have visited them in Melbourne.  Three times…)

This smarter-than-your-average-bear beauty brand has always been a bit ‘different’ (they’re into philosophy, art, sociology, not just moisturising molecules and natural ingredients).  Their shops are invariably quirky, and often in very ‘interesting’ locations.  However, if you don’t require a bit of Baudelaire with your body lotion or Marcel Proust with your moisturiser, never fear:  these aromatherapy-inspired products can be taken and enjoyed at face value.

To wit:  after a separation of some years, we just reacquainted ourselves with this scrumptious cream, with a scent that evokes zesting an orange and a luscious, skin-quenching texture just right for a body that’s been exposed to a little more salt and sun than usual, and requires nurturing.  There’s cooling aloe in there, as well as sweet almond oil, orange oil, coconut oil, carrot root extract – but the blend’s easy to smooth into skin.

We’re also fans of the fact that all ingredients are listed on the front of the tube, not tucked shyly away.

Honesty’s always welcome, in an old friend.

UK readers find Aesop Rind Concentrate Body Balm at£20 for 120 ml – buy here
(NB  If you visit via our site - here – and then go to, you’ll get a 10% discount by adding the code BEAUTYBIBLE at checkout.  And that applies to almost everything on their site.  Might sound like a lot of hassle but can any of us really afford to turn our noses up at a few quid off…?)
US readers find it at$33 for 120 ml – buy here


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Drawer and wardrobe sachets used to be something you gave your Great-Aunt Doris for Christmas.

Not any more.  These are enough to bring out anyone’s selfish side – part of a new Limited Edition (be quick!) home fragrance collection from Jo Malone.  (We really hope this is the first of many.)

Sarah raves about the scented drawer liners on We Love… on this month (click here).  And now we are equally enraptured by this latest discovery in the line:  upliftingly-scented sachets to slip between your pile of undies or tie around the neck of a (preferably satin, padded) hanger using the cream grosgrain ribbon.

Jo put just one in her wardrobe and it gives out great wafts of this zesty, fresh, aromatic classic, which is a truly wonderful way to start the day.  It imparts this light, spring-like scent to anything hanging nearby.

So now you literally can have a ‘wardrobe of fragrances’…

UK readers find Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Scented Sachets/£20 if you click here
US readers find them/$35 – click here


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