Monday, 25 September 2017

Spotlight on Aesop Hwyl Eau de Parfum, £83

Aesop has come a long way since its birth in Melbourne in 1987. Focusing on quality botanical ingredients, the company has gained a world-wide reputation for its holistic approach to skincare. 

Its new third unisex fragrance Aesop Hwyl Eau de Parfum, a partnership between Aesop and nose Barnabé Fillon, is an opulent melange of wood, moss and spices laced with vetiver extract and frankincense. (Available from Aesop signature stores and selected department stores including Selfridges.)

The scent was inspired by an ancient Japanese rainforest and the lush temple moss gardens that are found in the country. It is meant to “recapture the feeling of solitude and refuge in nature…”

Your body chemistry, warmth of your skin and diet can influence how a scent smells on you. Which is why you need to spray it on to your skin to see how it reacts on you.

This one appears to smell quite different on each person I sampled it on. Despite the fact that it is for men and women, to me it is more a masculine juice. That could be down to the fact that it smelt divine on the man I tried it on, rather better than it did on me.

It is an unusual scent that stands out from the crowd and really captures the Aesop spirit, so it is worth trying.

By Daralyn Danns

Friday, 22 September 2017

Spotlight on Kent LBR3 75mm diameter spiral filled radial brush, £29.70, stockists

A test of a good brush is that it should not feel sharp or scratch your hand when you run it across the bristles. 

For those of you that need to create tension, a good round bristle brush that glides through the hair is hard to beat for getting a smooth, glossy look. It also helps to distribute the natural oils of your tresses. The larger the barrel, the easier it is to get your locks straight.

Made from beech wood and filled with stiff black bristle this a good quality brush from Kent, a highly-reputed manufacturer. It is better to dry your hair until it just slightly damp and then style. 

This brush really helped to improve my blow-dry. It gripped the hair well and glided through it easily. It is probably better for it than a heat retaining brush.

Kent Brushes KS32 53mm Ceramic Coated Radial With Heat Retaining Core (£13.75, stockists:

This brush helps quicken up drying time as the heated barrel moulds the shape of the hair. The holes help to dry both sides at the same time. You do not get as much tension but the heat of the brush does make the hair smooth. Be careful not to hold it in one place for too long. If you have fine hair use a medium setting on your dryer. Use the cool button to set each section once you have finished styling it. 

To keep your hair healthy you should do as little to it as possible. Use tools and heated appliances as sparingly as you can and try and go as long as you can between hair-colouring appointments. 

By Daralyn Danns

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Spotlight on Clinique Pep-Start Double Bubble Purifying Mask, £24

This is ideal for giving your skin a deep cleanse. This pink-gel mask, which contains exfoliating ingredients, quickly metamorphoses into lots of tiny bubbles. Your skin feels really clean and refreshed after using it and looks brighter as well. A great product for when you need a little bit of extra pampering. 

By Daralyn Danns