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Beauty Heroes

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We debunk the best beauty and skincare products no bathroom shelf should be without

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With so many ‘cult’ products promising to deliver, it can be hard to know which lauded heroes will really work their magic on you. To shed some light, we’re stripping the best beauty products right down to the base. No complicated jargon - just real ingredients, real usage and real results. Prepare to be enlightened…

The Oil

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Inspired by sacred Middle Eastern bathing rituals, Senteurs d’Orient’s precious vegan oil blend is liquid gold for skin and hair. The dream-like Fleurs d’Oasis fragrance can only be described as a coastal breeze over the sweeping desert dunes of the Mediterranean – and as for the glowing skin finish, well, it’s otherworldly.
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WHAT MAKES IT
Only the best is good enough for this exquisite elixir – an elaborate blend of eight plant-based oils and 14 essential oils, including those of safflower seed, macadamia, ylang ylang, petit grain and lavender.

THE TIP
Pour generously into your palms, and seize the opportunity to treat your body to a mini massage. Alternatively, smooth it through lacklustre hair for amplified hydration and shine.

Silk Scrunchies

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These gentle-on-hair silk scrunchies by Slip mean serious business – they’re the most wanted hair accessory of the moment. Using the same specially-developed silk as the cult bed linen-turned-beauty product, these superior styling tools won’t snag or leave creases, preserving your hair’s strength and shine thanks to their friction-free credentials.
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WHAT MAKES IT
The highest grade 22 momme long fibre mulberry silk - which took ten years of innovation and refinement to perfect.

THE TIP
There’s nothing to it – just pull your hair back into your go-to up-do and wrap the scrunchie around until comfortably secure.

No. 1 Nourishing Face Serum

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Clean skin care 2.0 – Vanderohe’s pure and organic serum takes every last element into consideration, from the environmental impact made by its production to the magnificently healthy glow it gives to all skin types. Attention to detail doesn’t even cut it – even its violet-coloured Miron glass bottle is specifically designed to preserve the ingredients’ potency.
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WHAT MAKES IT
The very best of Mother Nature – this 100% pure serum prizes high-grade organic, wild-harvested, cold-pressed active essential oils, which naturally provide an uplifting fragrance.

THE TIP
Get ready for a ritual – dispense 3-4 drops into your palm then breathe deeply for a few moments, allowing the aromatic oils to stimulate your senses before massaging into skin.

Baies Scented Candle

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This iconic scented candle needs no introduction – the perfectly balanced sweet-fresh aroma of Diptyque’s Baies can be detected in the home of every fragrance connoisseur, guaranteed not to go undetected. For a bath, special occasion or cosy night in, its distinctively rich berry notes will never fail to please.
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WHAT MAKES IT
Based on various facets of blackcurrant, borrowing notes from its leaves and buds, the sophisticated fruity bouquet is boosted by Bulgarian rose and ambergris.

THE TIP
Candle care 101 – burn it for a few hours the first time you light it, until the wax has pooled right to the edge. Along with a meticulously-trimmed wick, this will allow for a clean and even burn in future.

Rose Quartz Facial Roller

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The myriad powers of the cult gemstone facial roller should not be underestimated. Not only does Herbivore’s nifty tool yield a wrinkle-fighting, puffiness-reducing facial message – discovered in the 7th century by the Ancient Chinese – it’s also the beauty pro’s preferred way of applying creams, serums and oils.
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WHAT MAKES IT
Its benefits go beyond the physical – rose quartz is said to boost the spirits by lowering stress and tension in the heart, making room for increased feelings of positivity and self-love.

THE TIP
Applying skin care with this tool is a two-way street – facial product gives the gemstone wheel a smooth and easy glide, whilst the roller helps the product to absorb more evenly and effectively, increasing its benefits.

EpiGen Pollution Rescue Overnight Mask

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Ever felt as if your skin is running on empty? Utilising advanced science, QMS Medicosmetics’ foaming facial treatment takes days, months, even years off the complexion by recharging its batteries overnight. Mature skin is treated to a new lease of life with depleted nutrients replaced and natural resistance improved.
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WHAT MAKES IT
A smart list of innovative ingredients is informed by recent findings in Epigenic science – carefully selected to preserve the youth of skin cells, retain hydration and banish fine lines and wrinkles.

THE TIP
Employ it as the final step in your night-time ritual, after anti-ageing serum. Allow the foam to penetrate for around 15 minutes, then settle into your most productive sleep yet – and wake up youthful and revitalised.

Santalum Natural Deodorant

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Ineffective natural deodorants, step aside; not only does this roll-on from Corpus tick a whole host of ethical boxes, it’s also a delight for the senses. The glide-on formula combines essential performance with olfactory expertise to match your favourite fragrance – for day-long freshness courtesy of notes that please.
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WHAT MAKES IT
Excluding an exhaustive list of nasties that plague many skin care products, this all-round good guy is vegan and cruelty-free. The rich amber-wood fragrance comes from essential oils and isolates, blended with organic plant-derived extracts and enzymes.

THE TIP
Ensure skin is as dry as can be before applying deodorant – moisture will only dilute it.

French Glow Capsules

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Powering skin’s glow from the inside out, Aime’s plant-based beauty boosters are a revolution in supplements. Their sell-out status proves they’re worth shouting about; boasting a superfood-packed ingredient list that leaves even the most affected complexions elated. The bad news is, you might feel the need to ditch your favourite foundation, concealer and highlighter.
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WHAT MAKES IT
Plant-powered goodness from borage and Eschscholzia Californica soothes irritation and improves elasticity, whilst probiotics target the root of the issue – digestion. For problem skin, hands-free skin care is the way forward – a hit of hydration from hyaluronic acid improves skin’s internal moisture-retaining mechanism and alpha lipoic acid detoxifies and diminishes angry inflammation.

THE TIP
Just one a day will do the trick, but for superpowered results, support your new and improved repertoire with doctor’s orders for great skin: 1.5 litres of water daily and a diet rich in nuts and seeds.

Oi All-in-One Milk

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Famous for its unparalleled ability to control flyaways without weighing hair down, this cult leave-in conditioner from Davines imparts volume, shine and silk-like softness in a single, feather-light spritz. Packed full of natural ingredients that carry science on their side, this spray-in solution is the beauty industry’s most iconic mane-tamer for all hair types, from fine and static to coarse and frizzy.
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WHAT MAKES IT
Packed full of fibre- and follicle-loving extracts, it contains a secret weapon for sun and environmental protection: roucou oil from the Lipstick Tree. A favourite among the inhabitants of the Amazonian rainforest, it’s also 100-times richer in beta-carotene than carrots, which maintains hair’s colour and vibrancy – the only thing it can’t do better is improve your eyesight in the dark!

THE TIP
Mist 10-15 spritzes onto toweled or dry hair, focusing on roots as well as ends.

Glow Stick

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A sun-soaked weekend getaway compressed into a handy retractable tube, Bobbi Brown’s instant complexion-brightening highlighter stick boosts skin’s luminosity with warm, dewy radiance and a healthy bronzed tint. Cast bronzer, blush, and even your compact mirror aside in favour of this effortless-to-apply multi-tasker for a post-holiday glow all year round – and hydration that reigns superior!
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WHAT MAKES IT
This non-reflective, easy-blend highlighter is rich in emollients for natural-looking radiance that steeps all skin types in essential moisture.

THE TIP
Sweep this silky cream formula over the high points of the face, blend with your fingertips, and glow.

Brazilian Bum Bum Cream

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Needing no introduction, Sol de Janeiro’s Vogue award-winning moisturiser comes straight from the home of the ultimate beach body to deliver hydration, firmness and a sun-lit shimmer at once. Its cult status is all thanks to natural brightening and tightening properties which work magic on dry and dull skin – plus a delicious pistachio caramel fragrance that’ll leave your skin scented as if it’s fresh out of a spa. While it may not quite be a Brazilian beach body in a tub, it’s a satisfyingly close second.
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WHAT MAKES IT
An all-Brazilian ingredient line-up of capacu butter, açaí, and coconut oil is blended with the shimmer of natural mica and a secret Amazonian extract, guaraná, which is rich in caffeine to firm and tighten minor lumps, bumps and wobbles.

THE TIP
Treat yourself to a gentle massage on application, not only because you deserve it, but also to increase circulation for a smoother finish with a healthy colour. Concentrate on less firm areas such as the legs, stomach, arms and buttocks to reap the full benefits of this miracle moisturiser.

Crème de Corps

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This ultra-rich, supremely hydrating body butter from Kiehl’s gives skin everything it needs and more a grease-free, fast dry finish. The sumptuous yet fast-absorbing formula treats dry skin to day-long hydration and extreme nourishment, thanks to a skin-quenching blend of natural powerhouse moisturisers.
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WHAT MAKES IT
A brand-signature blend of intensively hydrating ingredients includes shea butter, avocado oil and squalene, which, despite its odd name, is the ultimate thirst-quencher.

THE TIP
Massage onto skin straight after bathing, and repeat the routine for ten days straight to start reaping the long-term benefits of this transformative moisturiser.

Orgasm Liquid Blush

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The iconic, apply-it-anywhere shade from Nars is the perfect pink for lips and cheeks. Famed for its natural flush-giving finish, Orgasm now comes in this buildable liquid blush formula, which nourishes and moisturizes skin while it tints. What’s more, it’s laced with a soft gold shimmer to leave cheeks all aglow.
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WHAT MAKES IT
Whoever said blush was just for looks? This one’s enriched with skin-loving monoi and tamanu oils for an intense hit of moisture and natural-looking radiance.

THE TIP
A single drop is all it takes to create a natural, rosy glow. Simply pump into your palms, warm with your fingertips and blend onto the apples of your cheeks.

The Alche’Mist

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A harmonious marriage of science and nature, Seed to Skin’s The Alche’Mist is a serum spray that tells a story. Nurtured from seed in the Tuscan countryside, only the purest natural ingredients go into this deep-penetrating, regenerative elixir, designed with a unique spray delivery method for a super-simplified skin care ritual.
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WHAT MAKES IT
All ingredients inside this beautiful green glass bottle - which include bergamot and thermal plankton - are home-grown on the grounds of Borto San Pietro, Seed to Skin’s 13th Century Tuscan estate-come-five-star retreat, then blended in its on-site laboratory.

THE TIP
Cleanse and tone your face as you usually would, then spritz away. Follow with your favourite moisturizer for a well-rounded routine, morning and night.

Original Coffee Scrub

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Prizing our favourite morning pick-me-up as its main ingredient, Frank Body’s Australian-made formula is the coffee scrub that started it all. This supremely softening, purifying, glow-revealing treatment stimulates the body on the outside only, using all-natural, vegan-friendly, cruelty-free ingredients – in other words, it ticks all the boxes modern skin care should.
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WHAT MAKES IT
A delicious, plant-based line-up that smells good enough to eat – premium Robusta coffee, sweet almond oil and essential vitamins with a sprinkling of sea salt.

THE TIP
Buff your entire body twice a week, or up the dosage to three times if trying to tackle particular lumps, bumps or scarring.

Deep Conditioner

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Giving coarse, frizzy and textured hair the intense hydration and nourishment it deserves, Dizziak’s revolutionary deep conditioner is the ultimate shine enhancer. Rich and buttery, its silicone-free formulation provides long-lasting moisture without weighting hair down. The best part? It gets to work in just five minutes.
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WHAT MAKES IT
Dizziak’s punchy monochrome tube hosts a hard-hitting assortment of naturally nourishing powerhouses, including inca inchi oil, babassu oil, argan oil, shea, quinoa protein and aloe vera.

THE TIP
Massage in to clean, damp hair from root to tip. Leave on for five minutes for a quick fix, or 30 for a more intense moisture boots, before rinsing well with cool water. Best used once or twice a week.

”My conditioner is the product I always dreamed of! With babassu, Inca inchi, quinoa protein and argan oil, its rich formula has no harsh chemicals and leaves my hair feeling soft, shiny and incredibly hydrated"

Loretta de Feo, Dizziak Founder

Veil Mineral Primer

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A lightweight, silky, water-resistant primer from Hourglass that reduces pores, redness and fine lines - smoothing over rough skin to create a flawless finish. Post application, makeup glides on and stays put for hours. What’s more, it offers a broad SPF 15 protection. Did we mention its vegan-friendly?
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WHAT MAKES IT
Free of oil, fragrance, parabens, gluten, sulphates and phthalates, this complexion enhancer is enriched with titanium, zinc oxide and broad spectrum SPF15.

THE TIP
Apply half to one pump of primer to clean, moisturised skin prior to concealer, foundation and powder. We recommend starting with areas you tend to lose makeup fastest, such as the nose and chin.

“Veil Mineral Primer is our number one bestseller worldwide. It fixes everything, from redness to fine lines. I often forget how amazing it is until I stop wearing it for a bit. Makeup just doesn't look as good or last as long without it.”

Carisa Janes, Hourglass Cosmetics Founder

Revitalising Fortifying Scalp Serum

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Fine, brittle, lacklustre hair be gone! This potent, energising Hair Rituel serum from Sisley Paris targets the root to enhance hair’s strength, volume and density – protecting its natural colour and making it more resistant to damage. With an ultra-light, non-greasy formulation, it leaves the scalp soothed, conditioned and comfortable.
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WHAT MAKES IT
A high-concentration of plant-based extracts, proteins, vitamins and minerals, with a refreshing fragrance to boot.

THE TIP
Drop three pipettes-full of serum, section by section into parted hair, massage in and leave to absorb. Use as an intensive treatment every two days for a month, then twice a week for two months for maintenance.

Air-Lite Daily Light Lift for Legs

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Looking for summer-ready legs without months of daily squats? Say hello to Legology’s Air-Lite Daily Light Lift for Legs, a revolutionary cream that contours, lightens and helps to aid fluid retention and reduce puffiness. With a cooling sensation and fresh lemon scent, this rich cream rejuvenates and energises from the toes up - discouraging cellulite and treating aches, pains and fatigue.
Air-Lite Daily Light Lift for Legs

WHAT MAKES IT
The cream is enriched with caffeine and cantella asiatica leaf extract, which work to aid lymphatic drainage and fire up circulation.

THE TIP
After your daily shower, apply the cream in long upward strokes from ankles to knees and massage upwards to the thighs and buttocks.

”I developed Air-Lite Daily Lift For Legs specially to be used for massaging the legs, but also so it would absorb quickly, leaving skin supple and lemon-scented. The whole point is that it’s a joy to use, not a chore.”

Kate Shapland, Legology Founder

Glow Tonic

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This aptly named, award-winning toner brightens, tightens and - you guessed it – leaves skin all aglow. Suitable for all skin types, those with larger pores will see the best results, since the solution gently exfoliates and clarifies.
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WHAT MAKES IT
Free of oil and alcohol, Pixi Glow Tonic contains glycolic acid, which helps in the removal of dead skin cells, as well as aloe vera to soothe.

THE TIP
To apply, soak cotton pads in the solution and gently swipe across the face. Glycolic acid can make skin more susceptible to sun damage, so be sure to follow with an SPF if using in the daytime.

“Glow Tonic preps the skin beautifully, it hydrates, soothes, giving your skin that famous Pixi glow, as well as improving the texture of your skin. It is gentle enough to use daily as an exfoliating toner that ensures that the rest of your skin care steps perform better and your base looks flawless.”

Petra Strand, Pixi founder

Active Botanical Serum

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Formulated to combat all manner of skin gripes, from loss of elasticity to decreased density, fine lines and wrinkles to hyperpigmentation, this botanic facial oil from Vintner’s Daughter repairs and replenishes to leave skin glowy, even-toned and breakout free.
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WHAT MAKES IT
A powerful blend of over 22 nutrient-rich botanicals and essential oils, strategically formulated to restore skin's balance, texture and natural radiance.

THE TIP
Forget complicated routines; after cleansing, rub the oil between the palms to activate and distribute the product, before applying to the face with a simple push-press technique.

“Delivering the most optimal ratios of 60+ of the most skin-beautifying nutrients, Active Botanical Serum transforms even the most sensitive complexions into balanced, radiant and healthy skin."

April Gargiulo, Vintner’s Daughter founder

Loose Setting Powder

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The easiest route to a flawless face, Laura Mercier’s lightweight powder provides a touch of sheer coverage and locks down makeup for all-day wear.  The smooth formation absorbs oil to reduce shine without settling into pores and fine lines.
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WHAT MAKES IT:
Formulated with the brand's light reflecting 'cashmere talc', the silky powder blurs the appearance of imperfections, while adding a subtle touch of colour.

THE TIP:
Apply after foundation and concealer but before powder-based makeup for a perfectly set, long-lasting base. Can also be worn alone to add a natural tint to naked skin.

Sleepcycle Pillowcase

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Sorry to be the bearer of bad news: your pillowcase is a reproductive playground for bacteria. Fear not though, Skin Laundry’s ingenious Sleep Pillow keeps the bad stuff at bay night after night - promoting clearer skin and a noticeable decrease in breakouts.
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WHAT MAKES IT:
Made from 100% cotton with a 300 threadcount, Sleep Pillow is treated with silver ions, which eradicate bacteria before they have a chance to multiply beneath you.

THE TIP:
Proven effective for up to 50 washes, sleep in peace knowing cleaner, healthier skin awaits you in the morning.

Vitamin C Paste

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An innovative, five-15 minute daily mask that helps tackle free radicals, boost collagen, support elastin and regulate melanin for a vibrant, smoothed, even-toned complexion. What’s more, this multi-tasker also provides a level of natural sunscreen protection.
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WHAT MAKES IT:
Vitamin C has multiple benefits for the skin, including evening out irregular pigmentation and boosting collagen production. Most effective in acid form, LIXIRSKIN have combined the molecule with L Ascorbic Acid 10% and create a safe, rinse-off formula.

THE TIP
Massage onto the face with damp fingers, leave on for up to five minutes and then rise off. For less hurried days, you can leave on for up to 15 minutes.

Tri-Balm

IN A NUTSHELL

A powerful multi-tasker, Frances Prescott’s Tri-Balm cleanses, exfoliates and moisturises in one. Expertly blended into a spill-proof, fuss-free formula, this beeswax and oil-based balm effortlessly melts away impurities. It may be the new kid on the skincare block, but it’s hands-down the fastest way to simplify your daily routine. Also makes a mighty fine travel companion.
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WHAT MAKES IT
Enriched with starflower, oats and beeswax to fight impurities, this substantial, long-lasting balm stick is also packed with exfoliating pumpkin enzymes and ultra-moisturising hyaluronic acid which renew and re-plump.

THE TIP
Apply to face and neck morning and night, gently massaging using upward circular movements. Tri-Balm emulsifies with water, but we like to remove with a muslin cloth for a clean-feeling finish.

"We created our gorgeous Tri-Balm to offer a three-in-one skincare essential that offers convenience and luxury in one step, without compromising on great results."

Frances Prescott

Drying Lotion

IN A NUTSHELL

Say goodbye to blemish woes: Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion takes the redness out of angry spots as you sleep. With an easy-to-use, leave on formula, this fast-acting concoction soothes and relieves without irritating the skin. Whatever your skin type, when it comes to reducing badly-timed breakouts, there really is nothing like it.
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WHAT MAKES IT
Helping to reduce redness and swelling, calamine lotion is blended with pore penetrating salicylic acid to exfoliate dead skin cells and reduce sebum production. Sulfur and zinc oxide are also added to the mix, working together to draw out impurities.

THE TIP
Whatever you do, resist the urge to shake the bottle! Dip a cotton bud into the pink sediment at the bottom and the bottle and dot onto skin. Leave on as you sleep and, voilà.

Molecule 01

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Molecule 01 is made from just one aroma-molecule, the Iso E Super – and it has an incredible effect when worn on the skin. This bestselling perfume has a subtle, velvety-woody note which vanishes and resurfaces throughout the day, creating a deep sense of enticing allure without seeming overt or obvious. There really is nothing quite like it.
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WHAT MAKES IT
Escentric Molecules fragrances are created in pairs: first is the Molecule Fragrance, containing nothing but one exceptional aroma-molecule; and second is the Escentric Fragrance, which contains an overdose of the same molecule, underscored by a blend of other perfume notes.

THE TIP
Created to blend with your natural pheromones, this is more of an effect than a scent. Experiment with how many spritzes work for you. .

Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm

IN A NUTSHELL

Dry hands rejoice; Aesop’s aromatic hand balm hydrates even the thirstiest skin without leaving greasy residue. Created to nourish hard-working hands and cuticles, aromas of lavender and cedarwood work to revive the senses.
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WHAT MAKES IT
A fragrant blend of botanicals and skin-softening emollients: sweet almond, coconut oil, mandarin rind, lavender oil and shea butter.

THE TIP
Just a small pump of this readily absorbed formula softens rough skin, cuticles and nails. Suitable for use all over the body, it also works wonders for a foot massage.

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The Oil

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Silk Scrunchies

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No. 1 Nourishing Face Serum

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Baies Scented Candle

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Rose Quartz Facial Roller

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EpiGen Pollution Rescue Overnight Mask

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Santalum Natural Deodorant

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French Glow Capsules

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Oi All-in-One Milk

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Glow Stick

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Brazilian Bum Bum Cream

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Crème de Corps

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Orgasm Liquid Blush

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The Alche’Mist

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Original Coffee Scrub

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Deep Conditioner

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Veil Mineral Primer

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Revitalising Fortifying Scalp Serum

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Air-Lite Daily Light Lift for Legs

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Glow Tonic

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Active Botanical Serum

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Loose Setting Powder

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Sleepcycle Pillowcase

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Vitamin C Paste

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Tri-Balm

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Drying Lotion

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Molecule 01

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Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm

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