Cancer stole my mother’s scent

Cancer stole my mother’s scent


The diagnosis affected my relationship with my mum in an unimaginable way…

cancer

As the doors to the cancer ward swing open, the smell floods my nose, brazenly taunting me, a reminder of where I am.

It’s a cross between sweat and mothballs, that segues into the sweetness of overripe fruit, before fading to lemon floor cleaner.

I weave between the rows of beds eventually seeing mum’s tiny form huddled under the crisp bedsheets; their bright, fresh scent like a cloudless summer day.

The smell intensifies, as offensive as a swearing toddler, its innocent cheeriness at odds with the hospital surroundings. I want to scream, ‘How dare you?!’. I realise I can’t remember what it’s like to feel carefree and happy.

I kiss her forehead and that’s when it hits me. Mum is somehow different, sour and unfamiliar.

Cancer, as I later discover, can subtly alter a person’s natural scent. ‘What you smell are volatile organic compounds,’ explains Dr Mazhar Ajaz, a consultant oncologist at the Royal Surrey. ‘They are caused by cancer cells releasing substances through the pores that are different from those generated by healthy cells.’

Bacteria living on the skin’s surface (known as the microbiome) are also affected.

‘There is a complex interplay between the immune-suppressing effects of the cancer, the therapy and microbiome,’ adds Dr Ajaz. ‘Cancer alters the natural population of the skin’s bacteria, changing its smell.’

Mum and I had been blissfully unaware of any of this in September 2018; the honeymoon period following the removal of a cancerous tumour from her breast.

Little did we know then that within three months she would be diagnosed with metastatic melanoma, a rogue cell having mutated so significantly that the disease had spread to her brain, lungs, liver and bones with the ferocity of a tsunami.

Her PET scan looked like the negative from a Polaroid; large black swathes revealed the devastation it left in its wake.

Put bluntly, my vivacious, utterly brilliant mum was dying. But I already knew that, long before the oncologist confirmed she had three months left to live without treatment. Wheelchair bound and barely weighing eight stone, she had lost all hope of recovery.

In a further blow, gone, too, was her natural smell – clean, creamy comfort and something that’s harder to identify but what you might imagine ‘soft’ to smell like, intermingled with her favourite Jo Malone Mimosa & Cardamom Cologne.

In its place ‘eau de stage four skin cancer’ lolls unapologetically on her wrists intermingled with a metallic tang from the immunotherapy drugs routinely pumped into her veins.

Cancer

Scent is such an immersive sense that I suddenly and inexplicably feel disconnected from mum; as though I am seeing her through frosted glass.

This is hardly surprising when you consider the role scent plays in our most primal experiences.

‘Scent-based bonding between mother and child occurs at birth,’ explains psychologist Suzy Reading. ‘The smell of the amniotic fluid, breastfeeding and skin-on-skin contact facilitates nourishment for the newborn, and cultivates care-giving behaviour in mothers. It also becomes how mother and child subconsciously identify each other.’

Perhaps this never stops and, even as adults, we rely on our mother’s innate smell to feel a sense of security, that we’re ‘at home’.

According to Johan Lundström, a neuroscientist at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, we subconsciously use smell to recognise those related to us. ‘There is a large genetic component to body odour,’ he says. ‘This biologically makes sense as we want to protect our own gene pool.’

As if proof were needed, a study by Wayne State University using sweaty T-shirts worn by 34 children, revealed that biological mothers were able to pick their child’s scent 27 times out of 30 (stepmothers were wrong five times out of seven).

Another by McGill University in Canada used neuroimaging. This creates pictures of the brain’s structure and neural activity to show that smelling the body odour of a close relative activates the dorsomedial prefrontal cortex – a part of the brain responsible for recognising family.

11 months down the treatment line, mum is responding well and, against all odds, a whisper of her natural smell is cutting through. I finally feel I am swimming up from the depths of a murky lake.

Ironically, while I’ve craved to smell my mum again, she has looked forward to wearing perfume. It breathes a vital message, she tells me. It says, ‘This scent is who I want to be.’

Perhaps it’s why she chose Louis Vuitton’s optimistic Afternoon Swim, which conjures up drinking fresh orange juice while walking along the beach.

For me, that wonderful new mishmash of scent – citrus and powdery skin – is like a slouchy jumper. It’s so comforting it virtually hugs me. I’ve created an entire imaginary world around it; one where cancer will never blight our lives again and where we enjoy a cadence of calm.

Only time will tell…

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Emily Weiss: My favourite products from the Glossier London pop-up shop

Emily Weiss: My favourite products from the Glossier London pop-up shop


They’re her ride or die buys  – go, go, go!

Glossier London Pop-Up Shop

Four rooms decked out with millennial pink walls and floral carpets can only mean one thing: the Glossier London pop-up shop is finally here (doors open tomorrow at 10am).

Glossier London Pop-Up Shop

Set to run for nearly three months until Febraury 9th2020, the temporary retail experience in the heart of Covent Garden is everything you’d expect from this woke beauty brand.

With ‘community’ at its heart, beauty blogger, entrepreneur and Glossier CEO Emily Weiss decided the décor should be a slice of London and takes its inspiration from traditional British social clubs (albeit with a cool girl twist) – hence the colourful clashing retro floral prints.

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For those with a bottomless appetite for instagram, there’s also the ‘Glossier Rooftop’, a full-scale installation, which pays homage to the iconic London skyline.

Glossier London Pop-Up Shop

Glossier has always prided itself on creating skincare, make-up, bodycare, and fragrance that are intuitive and approachable.

So unsurprisingly, free-standing counters allow you to play with the 36 products, including best-sellers such as Boy Brow (last year one Boy Brow sold every 32 seconds), Cloud Paint and the Milky Jelly Cleanser, as well as new launches like Futuredew and the Pro Tip eyeliner.

Glossier London Pop-Up Shop

There’s also a limited-edition London umbrella, which will be available to buy exclusively at the Glossier London pop-up shop. For each umbrella sold, Glossier will donate £5 to the Young Women’s Trust, a charity that fights for gender equality and helps struggling young women gain confidence and find work.

Glossier London Pop-Up Shop

On Emily Weiss’ Shopping List

Already feel like a kid in a candy store? Let Weiss talk you through the three Glossier products you definitely need in your life…

Glossier Balm Dotcom in Birthday and Berry, £10 each

Glossier London Pop-Up Shop Balm Dotcom in Birthday and Berry, £10 each

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‘What girl can live without a lip balm?’ Weiss told Marie Claire. ‘You have to have a Balm Dotcom. At the end of the day I will always love Birthday for the cake-like smell but Berry is my favourite tinted one. It’s a really beautiful sheer purple berry shade.’

Glossier Priming Moisturizer Rich, £29

Glossier London Pop-Up Shop Priming Moisturizer Rich, £29

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‘This face cream is so amazing. It’s super hydrating thanks to the shea and murumuru butters. When we developed it we were looking at all of the $200, $300, $500 creams. I was a beauty blogger so I had tried it all. It’s literally a $200 cream in a £29 jar. It’s the same luxurious experience.’

Glossier You EDP,£45

Glossier London Pop-Up Shop Glossier You EDP, £45

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‘The other thing I’m genuinely obsessed with is our perfume. It’s addictive because it smells a little different on everyone. Glossier You, quite literally, becomes your own signature scent. The blend of ambrette, ambrox and musk is very nuzzly, making it a very personal scent and feminine without being floral. I hear stories all the time from people about how taxi drivers tell them they smell good, or how people on the tube will ask, ‘What is that? I love it’. Everyone who engages with you is like ‘what are you wearing?’.’

You’re welcome.

Glossier London Pop-Up Shop, 13 Floral Street, Covent Garden, London.

 

 

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Jo Malone creates a fragrance collection with Zara

Jo Malone creates a fragrance collection with Zara


No, we can’t believe our eyes either

Zara Emotions collection
Courtesy of Zara

Launching in time for our weekend shopping fix, the Zara Emotions Collection is definitely one collaboration we can’t wait to get our hands on.

Not least because Jo Malone‘s perfumery skills are iconic; her candles and colognes like Pomegranate Noir cemented in the fragrance hall of fame.

After selling Jo Malone London to Estee Lauder Companies, Malone founded Jo Loves in 2011, a fragrance line that quickly became known for ground-breaking quirky creations like perfume paint brushes.

Now Malone is set to change the fragrance world again by collaborating with fashion giant Zara on a debut collection of eight fragrances, all designed to elevate the bar for the high street fragrance market.

So banish all preconceptions of sickly pre-teen ‘cheap perfume’ – each fragrance in the Zara Emotions Collection has got Malone’s recognisable signature wafting through it.

For the past 12 months, Malone has been ensconced in the Zara fashion archives, past and present, to get inspiration for the  scents.

And they don’t disappoint.

The Zara Emotions Collection Vetiver Pamplemousse has notes of grapefruit, mandarin and vetiver, which come together to conjure up what Malone describes as  ‘a crisp white cotton shirt layered with citrus cologne, an everyday accessory for me.’

Each season you’re guaranteed that one Zara tea dress will break the internet.  Now Waterlily Tea Dress will become the perfect accessory to wear with it. A blend of bergamot, spearmint and musk makes you think of a lazy summer day, ‘jazz music plays softly in the background, picnics on the lawn, a vintage tea dress floats by in the gentle breeze,’ according to Malone.

Zara Emotions Collection Waterlily Tea Dress, £25.99

Zara Emotions Collection Waterlily Tea Dress

Courtesy of Zara

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Alternatively, Ebony Wood represents ‘freedom and care-free adventures’, thanks to its peppercorn and clove undertones and Tubereuse Noir is ‘commanding’.

Amalfi Sunray is everything you’d expect from a bright citrus whereas Fleur de Patchouli is ideal for days when you want a nuzzly, understated fragrance.

Fleur D’Oranger is a safe combination of citrus and floral if you’re thinking of buying a scent from the Zara Emotions Collection for someone else.

Malone’s personal favourite, however, is Bohemian Bluebells. ‘I have never made a scent quite like this,’ she says of her lavender, sandalwood and musk creation. In fact, she claims it to be ‘unlike anything you’ve ever smelt before.’

Zara Emotions Collection Bohemian Bluebells, £25.99

Zara Emotions Collection Bohemian Bluebells

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At a purse-friendly £25.99 each, and original not designer dupes, these kind of high-end perfumes aren’t what you’d expect to find on the high street. But isn’t that the point?

Move over polka dot dress, we’ve got a new Zara obsession…

 

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Mariano di Vaio on being the face of K by Dolce & Gabbana and why you should buy this fragrance for Christmas

Mariano di Vaio on being the face of K by Dolce & Gabbana and why you should buy this fragrance for Christmas


We’ve got the exclusive…

FE: You look great in the K by Dolce & Gabbana campaign. What do you love most about the fragrance?

Mariano: The woody part. I’m really picky about the fragrances I wear. I have been ever since I was very young. I was probably the only one to go to school at 17 wearing fragrance. When I first got K by Dolce & Gabbana I admit I was a bit nervous. I was going to be the face and what if I didn’t like it? That would be kind of weird. But luckily I did…

K by Dolce & Gabbana, £74.50, John Lewis

K by Dolce & Gabbana

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FE: It’s quite an addictive scent. I’d wear it… 

Mariano: That’s what my wife Eleanora says, too.  You get a little hint of spice, which makes it addictive.

FE: Why do you think a scent like K by Dolce & Gabbana is so important in putting us in touch with our emotions?

Mariano: Scents are able to bring back memories more than anything else – more than a photo sometimes or even a diary. I remember my sister had this little book when she was younger. When she wasn’t writing in it she’d spray perfume on the pages. That’s what I remember most – the smell of the book.

FE: So does K by Dolce & Gabbana conjure up any memories?

Mariano: I think I love woody men’s scents like K by Dolce & Gabbana because it reminds me of this little wooden house in Sardinia my family used to stay in when I was a child. It had loads of trees at the front and the sea and mountains. There was a cosy fireplace that we would sit around at night. My parents had to work hard so this was one of the few times we were all together.

FE: Do you wear a different fragrance during the day than you do in the evening?

Mariano: No I don’t do that. I have a lot of fragrances. Most of them I never finish.  I know which one is my favourite and I always choose that one when I have something special or important on…

FE: To give you confidence?

Mariano: Yeah, for strength and to help me remember the good moments. I wouldn’t waste it on going to the office. I sometimes force myself not to wear my favourite scent for a while because if you get too used to the smell you don’t feel the energy from it anymore. It’s important to feel that as fragrance is one of your secret weapons.

FE: You started modelling at 18. Do you feel different about it now that you’re 30?

Mariano: Definitely. I’m a totally different person now than I was at 18. I was just a kid – I had no facial hair! When I started modelling I was just a guy trying to find his way in the world. I went to London first when I was 18 and then to New York and I didn’t know what I was doing. Modelling is a bit more like acting now whereas before it was just posing and doing what people tell you but not really feeling the character. You have to become a character in front of a camera.

FE: Do you worry about getting older? I always think it must be hard as a model because you are always judged by your looks…

Mariano: Not really to be honest. My dad looks good! Maybe the attitude is just different in Italy.  When I was a kid I would always complain, ‘Mum I always look like the youngest one with super blonde hair and no facial hair!’ She would always say, ‘Don’t worry the more you grow up the better you’ll look.’

FE: Yeah, somehow that’s always the case with men! There are lots of successful female bloggers out there, why did you decide to become a male fashion blogger

Mariano: I guess I started blogging when no other men were doing it. 10 years ago I went to New York and saw a lot of my friends were using this website where people would publish a photo and review things like restaurants. We didn’t have Trip Advisor back then!  I was like, ‘I’m going to do something similar for fashion’. I love the cinema so at the beginning I started talking about the movies I was watching and the clothes and campaigns I was shooting as a model. I saw that people were interested and just kept doing it. I could also practice my English. I was probably the only one doing it at the time so it was easy to bring people into the same spot and then my social media started to grow after that.

FE: You’ve got over 6 million followers, its insane. What’s the key to building a successful blog that engages men?

Mariano: I’ve always been really sincere and I wasn’t shy about anything. I didn’t really think too much about what I was doing, I was just sharing it. I was literally saying, ‘Today I was washing the plates at the restaurant’ because I started out as a dish washer. Then I began working in fashion and my followers saw me go from the guy in New York to the model flying around the world. The same people that are following me now are the same people who followed me when I was younger.

FE: So they have followed your whole journey..

Mariano: Exactly, I think they liked the idea of the guy that made it from nothing.

FE: Do you feel you have to be immaculately groomed to do your posts?

Mariano: I’m not vain. I mean there’s my hair that I’m particular about but I’ve posted so many bad photos in my life, I mean, I don’t care…

 

FE: We’ve all done it. What does your grooming routine consist of?

Mariano: When Eleanora and I started going out she was always putting these creams on and I was like, ‘Why did you do that?’. She’d say things like, ‘Your skin needs hydration.’ I thought you got that from drinking water so I started trying her skincare. I’d complain that some of it was so sticky that she began buying me skincare for men. I like a small routine, it doesn’t take more than 10 minutes in the morning and before bed. I’m obsessed with washing my face and follow up with a serum and cream, which I also like to take down my neck. Then I put my fragrance and sunglasses on and I’m good to go.

FE: Do you have regular beauty treatments to get yourself prepped for modelling jobs like the K by Dolce & Gabbana campaign?

Mariano: No but I tried my first cryo sauna the other day, where I stood in -180 degrees.

FE: I tried cryotherapy once – it’s really amazing for getting your circulation going and making your skin glow. It also helps your muscles to recover if you’re into sport.

Mariano: I love sports. It’s definitely my thing…

FE: But not the gym?

Mariano: The gym is the thing I hate most. It’s so boring! I’d much rather someone said, ‘Let’s go play tennis or golf’. You’re having fun and you’re doing something for your body and giving your brain a bit of a break as well…

FE: Finally, you look very macho and brooding in the K by Dolce & Gabbana campaign. What, in your opinion, does it mean to be a man in 2019?

Mariano: Times are changing so I think to be a real man you need to stay true to your values. It’s so easy nowadays to switch from one thing to the other and not know who you are anymore. For me it was always about love and building a family. I don’t think I’m missing out on anything. I’m getting more from this life than I would if I was alone jetting around the world. My family grounds me. It’s my base and what I build everything else on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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EXCLUSIVE: The K by Dolce & Gabbana model talks grooming, blogging and why you should buy this fragrance for Christmas

EXCLUSIVE: The K by Dolce & Gabbana model talks grooming, blogging and why you should buy this fragrance for Christmas


Mariano di Vaio reveals all

FE: You look great in the K by Dolce & Gabbana campaign. What do you love most about the fragrance?

Mariano: The woody part. I’m really picky about the fragrances I wear. I have been ever since I was very young. I was probably the only one to go to school at 17 wearing fragrance. When I first got K by Dolce & Gabbana I admit I was a bit nervous. I was going to be the face and what if I didn’t like it? That would be kind of weird. But luckily I did…

K by Dolce & Gabbana, £74.50, John Lewis

K by Dolce & Gabbana

Buy it now

FE: It’s quite an addictive scent. I’d wear it… 

Mariano: That’s what my wife Eleanora says, too.  You get a little hint of spice, which makes it addictive.

FE: Why do you think a scent like K by Dolce & Gabbana is so important in putting us in touch with our emotions?

Mariano: Scents are able to bring back memories more than anything else – more than a photo sometimes or even a diary. I remember my sister had this little book when she was younger. When she wasn’t writing in it she’d spray perfume on the pages. That’s what I remember most – the smell of the book.

FE: So does K by Dolce & Gabbana conjure up any memories?

Mariano: I think I love woody men’s scents like K by Dolce & Gabbana because it reminds me of this little wooden house in Sardinia my family used to stay in when I was a child. It had loads of trees at the front and the sea and mountains. There was a cosy fireplace that we would sit around at night. My parents had to work hard so this was one of the few times we were all together.

FE: Do you wear a different fragrance during the day than you do in the evening?

Mariano: No I don’t do that. I have a lot of fragrances. Most of them I never finish.  I know which one is my favourite and I always choose that one when I have something special or important on…

FE: To give you confidence?

Mariano: Yeah, for strength and to help me remember the good moments. I wouldn’t waste it on going to the office. I sometimes force myself not to wear my favourite scent for a while because if you get too used to the smell you don’t feel the energy from it anymore. It’s important to feel that as fragrance is one of your secret weapons.

FE: You started modelling at 18. Do you feel different about it now that you’re 30?

Mariano: Definitely. I’m a totally different person now than I was at 18. I was just a kid – I had no facial hair! When I started modelling I was just a guy trying to find his way in the world. I went to London first when I was 18 and then to New York and I didn’t know what I was doing. Modelling is a bit more like acting now whereas before it was just posing and doing what people tell you but not really feeling the character. You have to become a character in front of a camera.

FE: Do you worry about getting older? I always think it must be hard as a model because you are always judged by your looks…

Mariano: Not really to be honest. My dad looks good! Maybe the attitude is just different in Italy.  When I was a kid I would always complain, ‘Mum I always look like the youngest one with super blonde hair and no facial hair!’ She would always say, ‘Don’t worry the more you grow up the better you’ll look.’

FE: Yeah, somehow that’s always the case with men! There are lots of successful female bloggers out there, why did you decide to become a male fashion blogger

Mariano: I guess I started blogging when no other men were doing it. 10 years ago I went to New York and saw a lot of my friends were using this website where people would publish a photo and review things like restaurants. We didn’t have Trip Advisor back then!  I was like, ‘I’m going to do something similar for fashion’. I love the cinema so at the beginning I started talking about the movies I was watching and the clothes and campaigns I was shooting as a model. I saw that people were interested and just kept doing it. I could also practice my English. I was probably the only one doing it at the time so it was easy to bring people into the same spot and then my social media started to grow after that.

FE: You’ve got over 6 million followers, its insane. What’s the key to building a successful blog that engages men?

Mariano: I’ve always been really sincere and I wasn’t shy about anything. I didn’t really think too much about what I was doing, I was just sharing it. I was literally saying, ‘Today I was washing the plates at the restaurant’ because I started out as a dish washer. Then I began working in fashion and my followers saw me go from the guy in New York to the model flying around the world. The same people that are following me now are the same people who followed me when I was younger.

FE: So they have followed your whole journey..

Mariano: Exactly, I think they liked the idea of the guy that made it from nothing.

FE: Do you feel you have to be immaculately groomed to do your posts?

Mariano: I’m not vain. I mean there’s my hair that I’m particular about but I’ve posted so many bad photos in my life, I mean, I don’t care…

 

FE: We’ve all done it. What does your grooming routine consist of?

Mariano: When Eleanora and I started going out she was always putting these creams on and I was like, ‘Why did you do that?’. She’d say things like, ‘Your skin needs hydration.’ I thought you got that from drinking water so I started trying her skincare. I’d complain that some of it was so sticky that she began buying me skincare for men. I like a small routine, it doesn’t take more than 10 minutes in the morning and before bed. I’m obsessed with washing my face and follow up with a serum and cream, which I also like to take down my neck. Then I put my fragrance and sunglasses on and I’m good to go.

FE: Do you have regular beauty treatments to get yourself prepped for modelling jobs like the K by Dolce & Gabbana campaign?

Mariano: No but I tried my first cryo sauna the other day, where I stood in -180 degrees.

FE: I tried cryotherapy once – it’s really amazing for getting your circulation going and making your skin glow. It also helps your muscles to recover if you’re into sport.

Mariano: I love sports. It’s definitely my thing…

FE: But not the gym?

Mariano: The gym is the thing I hate most. It’s so boring! I’d much rather someone said, ‘Let’s go play tennis or golf’. You’re having fun and you’re doing something for your body and giving your brain a bit of a break as well…

FE: Finally, you look very macho and brooding in the K by Dolce & Gabbana campaign. What, in your opinion, does it mean to be a man in 2019?

Mariano: Times are changing so I think to be a real man you need to stay true to your values. It’s so easy nowadays to switch from one thing to the other and not know who you are anymore. For me it was always about love and building a family. I don’t think I’m missing out on anything. I’m getting more from this life than I would if I was alone jetting around the world. My family grounds me. It’s my base and what I build everything else on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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EXCLUSIVE: Emma Stone speaks about sensuality and starring in the Coeur Battant video campaign

EXCLUSIVE: Emma Stone speaks about sensuality and starring in the Coeur Battant video campaign


Introducing the new Louis Vuitton fragrance…

Louis Vuitton Coeur Battant

Emma Stone’s latest Louis Vuitton film has finally landed – and it’s stunning.

Coeur Battant

In her second fragrance campaign for the house, Academy Award winner Emma Stone is back in front of the lens for another powerful and emotional journey to celebrate Louis Vuitton’s 10th female fragrance, Coeur Battant.

Louis Vuitton Coeur Battant EDP, £185

Coeur Battant Louis Vuitton Coeur Battant EDP

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The newest addition to the Louis Vuitton perfume collection, Coeur Battant is an invitation to follow the power of your emotions.

In the sumptuous short film, directed by award-winning French talent Romain Gavras, we first follow Stone through the stunning architecture
 of the Casa Malaparte (famously used as a set for Jean-Luc Godard’s Le Mépris in 1963), and its equally magical clifftops above the Bay of Capri. ‘Being here is inspirational, the sun, the ocean, being on a boat,’ says Stone.

The film spans night and day, sun and rain, passion, joy and melancholy as Stone is seen dancing, dreaming and diving into the sea as she waits to be reunited with her lover.

Louis Vuitton Coeur Battant

The film then pans to the Cour Carrée of the Louvre Museum,
 the ‘beating heart’ of Paris, which was transformed for the film into a  field of romantic flowers. Stone describes walking through it as ‘life affirming’.

Louis Vuitton Coeur Battant

Louis Vuitton Coeur Battant

The concept for the project came from Stone’s incredible capacity to express emotion and perfectly captures the inspiration for Coeur Battant, which Louis Vuitton perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud describes as ‘the way your heart beats just a little bit faster before a romantic rendezvous.’

Louis Vuitton Coeur BattantThe first spritz captures the nanosecond after biting into a juicy piece of fruit and bottles that cool, crisp sensation with an unusual pear note before Egyptian jasmine, narcissus and patchouli burst through for something decidedly floral but still sexy and animalic.

Spoiler alert: it’s so addictive, your pulse will race when you sniff it.

 

 

 

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The best perfumes for women inspired by men's scents


You won’t smell of Old Spice, promise

perfumes for women

Thumbing their nose at tradition, the best new perfumes for women include men’s scents such as myrrh, rum and incense in their ingredient line-up.

It’s not a big surprise, seeing as 70% of women’ s top-voted female fragrances in the UK now contain muscular woody or spicy notes.

Men’s scents smell just as good on women…

Best perfumes for women this autumn

Not too macho, not too girlie, these new perfumes for women strike just the right balance. They play to the winter months by replacing our crisper best summer perfumes with something deep and warm. And in a very modern twist, they capture the zeitgeist of empowered, strong women, too.

With chart-topping singer Dua Lipa as the face and ‘freedom to express yourself’ as the campaign message, Yves Saint Laurent Libre, is a good example. It cleverly reworks fougère, a style of men’s cologne, and makes the signature herbal lavender note more feminine.

At first spritz you get a hit of seriously fresh and floral lavender before jasmine and orange blossom step in for added sensuality. ‘It’s radiant, bright and powerful, which is how I want the woman who wears it to feel,’ says Anne Flipo, the perfumer behind Yves Saint Laurent Libre.

Another stand out is Bvlgari Splendida Tubereuse Mystique. Men’s scents often feature tuberose buds, which are picked in the morning when they are still closed, for their camphor-like smell. But here perfumer Sophie Labbé used night flowering tuberose for the very first time ‘because the buds are open at twilight and the scent is creamy, fruity and you get more of the orange flower part.’

You still get a feminine scent but it is anything but delicate and packs more of a punch. Want in? Here’s our pick of the best men’s scents that every woman should wear…

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If you'd like to smell completely f***ing glorious this summer, please apply within

If you'd like to smell completely f***ing glorious this summer, please apply within


Make way for the scent of the summer

There was a time, long ago, when I wished to be a one-scented woman. I dreamt of walking along a corridor, leaving a trail of my signature fragrance behind me that would be picked up by someone and they would exclaim, ‘Oh Katie was here not long ago.’

But alas, this never happened. At current count, I am a 27-scented woman. Turns out, I am a perfume whore. Which isn’t exactly what I was going for. The trouble is I just fall in love with fragrances so easily. I let them flirt with me, I allow them to lull me into feeling of determined longing and then whoops, I’ve just added another notch to my metaphorical-fragrance bedpost.

And so I find myself infatuated on a regular basis. This week’s squeeze is Diptyque’s Essences Insensées 2019 scent, Tiaré Flower.

I know what you’re all thinking, ‘come on, it’s ridiculously easy to fall in love with a Diptyque fragrance. Anyone would.’ And you would be right. It is. I already have two in my 27-strong collection. But this one, as so many have in the past, has sucked me in.

Diptyque’s Essences Insensées scents are really quite magical. Each year they closely observe their floral crops and dependent on weather and soil, one in particular will have a stellar year. (Think of this flower as the prefect of the botany world.) Diptyque then bottles this special flower as a limited edition summer fragrance.

Diptyque’s Essences Insensées Tiaré Flower, £170 

Diptyque ESSENCES INSENSÉES Tiaré Flower

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This year’s prefect is the Tiaré Flower – the national flower of Tahiti. It’s a white flower, which I’m afraid to admit is my kryptonite when it comes to fragrances. I get one whiff and I’m weak at the knees.

It’s been brewed alongside frangipani, vanilla and pink peppercorn and the results are magnificent. At first spray, I won’t lie I thought it smelt medicinal, but as soon as it dried down onto the skin I was hooked. The scent is rich and velvety, whilst simultaneously managing to be super fresh and green. It reminds me of the smell of warm bodies at around 8pm on a beach holiday. Does that make sense? No? Well then you’ll just have to buy it yourself.

Also, can we take a moment to appreciate how smart this bottle is?! Even if you hated the juice (which would be an impossibility) you would happily display this beautiful piece of cut glass in your home. Maybe it has something to do with the squeeze bulb? Whenever I use one, I instantly feel like one of those fabulous characters straight out of a Poirot novel.

I urge you to go out and buy it, for it truly is one of the best summer perfumes. I plan on wearing it everyday and smelling divine until the end of the season. (Well until another fragrance comes along and catches me under its spell. Which should be in about four hours.)

Don’t hate me for the price. Hate me for the fact that you’ll want to purchase two.

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How to recycle beauty products – the handy, print out and keep guide

How to recycle beauty products – the handy, print out and keep guide


As it’s World Oceans Day tomorrow, we want to encourage everyone to do their bit for our seas, not to mention the rest of the planet.

Ever since that final episode of Blue Planet II aired in December 2017, we have known just how horrific the extent of the devastation that plastics has on planet, especially our oceans. According to Global Citizen, by late 2018 88% of those who had seen it had changed their relationship with plastic completely. They went on to call the episode, ‘a key moment sparking the war on plastics.’

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We have certainly noticed more reusable water bottles on our commute and in the office, some people have gone a week completely plastic-free and huge brands like Waitrose are doing their bit to reduce their plastic waste.

So, does this mean that we are nailing our recycling routines? Apparently not, according to research carried out by Garnier 56% of Brits don’t recycle their bathroom products. It’s thought to be partly down to us being used to having two bins in our kitchen, that it’s almost second nature to separate our recyclable goods. But the other issue is the complexity of bathroom products; a hand soap bottle and an eyeshadow palette are slightly more confusing that the plastic container your mushrooms come in. ‘Beauty product packaging is often composed of a variety of types of material,’ explains Stephen Clarke, Head of Communications at TerraCycle Europe. ‘For example — mirrored glass, cardboard sleeves, paper inserts, expanded plastic foam and more have been known to be used in cosmetics packaging– sometimes all in one item.’ This makes recycling them incredibly difficult.

‘120 billion units of packaging are produced every year by the global cosmetics industry,’ explains Clarke. ‘Of these, very few plastic waste items generated in the bathroom are accepted by most public kerbside recycling programmes. Most common beauty products and packaging contribute to the world’s growing plastic waste problem and, without adequate recovery solutions, are tracked for landfills, burned, buried, or simply littered where waste management is insufficient. Many plastic waste items find their way into oceans and waterways, compounding the problem with environmental hazards.’

recycling beauty products

We need to make sure that where we can, we are recycling our beauty products properly. Below is our guide to what can be recycled and what should just be thrown in the normal bin. When in doubt, throw it out. This is important, says Clarke, because ‘beauty products and packaging that cannot be recycled through the public system will not only be diverted towards landfill or incineration anyway, they slow down the system and have the potential to contaminate bales of secondary material. This is important because we must improve the system to create a circular economy for plastics.’

How to recycle your beauty products

Cellophane

So many beauty products, like fragrances and new make-up products, come wrapped in cellophane. Annoyingly, this cannot be recycled and should be put in your normal bin.

Plastic bottles

Plastic bottles, like shampoos, conditioners and shower gels, are accepted by most recycling programmes. However, make sure that you have emptied and cleaned them out first. You can also leave the lids on as these can be recycled, unless it’s a trigger head or a pump. These will need to go in your normal bin. If you haven’t completely finished your conditioner, do NOT pour it down the sink. Instead, get out as much as possible and put it in your normal bin. (The same goes with any product that you have a little left of.)

Aerosols

Yes, hairsprays and deodorants can be recycled in most household collection schemes. But do make sure they’ve been completely finished before recycling them.

Mascara, lipstick, make-up palettes (eye shadow, bronzer, blusher)

Annoyingly, these are too complicated to recycle. However, TerraCycle has partnered with Garnier to create a free recycling programme for beauty packaging, and these can be taken to one of their allocated drop-off locations. Find your nearest one here. They will also take sheets masks and their wrappers, face wipes and their packets, trigger sprays, pumps, pipettes, roll-on deodorants.

Glass jars

Hooray, as long as these have been emptied and cleaned then these are free to be popped in your recycling bin.

Cotton pads

This is an interesting one, as they have come under quite a bit criticism for being as bad for the environment as face wipes, but in actual fact these can be recycled with your food waste. So after taking your make-up off, take them straight into the kitchen to throw away.

Hair tools

If they still work, check with your local charity shop if they’ll take them. If they’re broken, then they can be recycled at a specific centre. To find your local one, click here.

Nail varnish, fragrance bottles, make-up brushes

These can’t be recycled, so should just be placed in the normal waste bin.

Toothbrushes and toothpaste

Don’t put these in your recycling, there are special drop-off locations (that can be found here) that have been set up by TerraCycle and Colgate.

What else can you do?

  • TerraCycle has also paired with brands like Kiehl’s, L’Occitane and The Body Shop. Theses brands are accepting old beauty containers and will recycle them on your behalf. There are often freebies and discounts if you do it this way.
  • Get your hands on a TerraCycle Zero Waste Box – they send an empty box to your house, you fill it with your beauty empties (shampoo bottles and caps, conditioner bottles and caps, hair gel tubes and caps, non-pressurised hair spray bottles, hair paste plastic jars and caps, lip balm tubes, face soap dispensers and tubes, lotion bottles, lotion tubes, lotion dispensers and jars, non-pressurised shaving foam tubes, lip gloss tubes, mascara tubes, eye liner pencils and cases, eye shadow tubes, concealer tubes and sticks) and then send it back to them to recycle it all.
  • Buy products that are packaged in highly recycled materials, like PET bottles
  • Buy from brands that offer a refillable service or reusable packaging

Brands doing their bit

Ren Skincare

Ren has a company-wide goal of being completely zero waste by 2021. That’s only two years away. It currently has 100% recyclable packaging, refillable solutions and bottles made from reclaimed ocean plastic.

Liberty

In their most recent beauty campaign, Liberty launched Conscious Beauty. Throughout, there has been a drop-off point, where you could take your packaging to be collected and recycled. They also championed all of their brands that are doing what they can to be more sustainable.

Neal’s Yard

From tomorrow until 2nd July, Neal’s Yard will have an in-house recycling scheme. You will be able to take some of the trickiest items to recycle to one of their stores, this will include sample sachets, superfood pouches, facial wipe packages, pumps and atomisers. You will then receive 10% off their next purchase.

The Body Shop

The Body Shop, renowned for its ethical trading initiatives, has teamed up with tech business Plastics For Change and Hasiru Dala, a local Indian NGO and social enterprise, to buy 250 tonnes of plastic collected by waste pickers in Bangalore this year, which will rise to 500 tonnes in 2020. This  recycled plastic will be used to create the bottle of their haircare ranges. There are also recycling points in store.

L’Occitane

L’Occitane have had TerraCycle collection points in their stores and have sponsored beach cleans all over the UK, from Brighton to Edinburgh.

Selfridges

Yesterday saw the launch of Selfridges Project Ocean Beauty Booth, which sees them pledge to ensure that at least 50% of their products are better for humans and the planet by 2022. As part of the initiative, they will have people on hand to help teach customers how to reduce, reuse and recycle plastic waste in their bathrooms.

If that wasn’t enough, here are some products to get your hands on that are ……..

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The fragrance brand you don’t know about, but you really bloody should

The fragrance brand you don’t know about, but you really bloody should


Warning: you’ll want the full lot

The market is flooded with different fragrances – from niche, designer and celebrity perfumes to gourmand, citrus and woody scents. And I’m not talking a bit of light flooding in winter, I’m talking national emergency, get the army’s help, flooding. Walk into any high street beauty hall nowadays and the choice is overwhelming. To make matter worse, at every turn is another sales person armed with a bottle ready to douse you. Well allow me to put an end to this confusion and point you in the right direction. Whenever you find yourself in a department store, head straight to the Aerin Beauty. I promise you, you won’t be disappointed.

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I wouldn’t be surprised if you’re not that familiar with Aerin Beauty, it’s a realitvely small brand, that despite launching into the UK in 2013, has not been given the recognition it deserves. The brand founder is Aerin Lauder, granddaughter to Estée Lauder, a fabulous New Yorker whose premise in life, which is reflected in the brand, is ‘living beautifully should be effortless.’ In the US, it’s a fully-fledged lifestyle brand influenced by her signature style and aestethic, as well as travel and flowers, with everything from kitchenware and stationary to fashion and beauty. Aerin (the brand and the woman) is a household name, with many obsessing over the founder’s life; her Instagram is a neverending inspiration board.

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I remember the day I smelt my first Aerin fragrance like it was yesterday. As soon as I had sprayed a little of Lilac Path into the air, I was in love. From that moment on, I have always owned a bottle of it. I honestly believe it’s one of the best perfume for women. It was even the scent I chose to take on my honeymoon with me. That’s the thing about Aerin Beauty fragrances, they’re conjuer up the most wonderful scent memories.

The range, made up of 18 fragrances, is incredibly diverse – each one evokes a different mood and feeling. The bottles themselves are simply stunning – the gem caps making them somewhat of a collector’s item that will jazz up any dressing table.

Here’s a roundup of my absolute favourites, but I urge you to make a trip to the counter yourself to find the one that has you hooked.

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