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Wed, 17 Apr 2019 12:46:10 +0000
Inside Our Co-Editor’s Spring Lip Wardrobe

Image of 5 spring perfumes that represent 2019 trends

There are many parallels to be drawn between the worlds of fashion and fragrance. Both are cyclical and follow trends, and they also go hand-in-hand too, with perfume serving as the perfect finishing touch to any look.

Seeing as the link between fashion and fragrance is so strong, we wanted to take some of the biggest Spring/Summer 2019 fashion trends and pair them with some matching fragrances. After all, when you ask yourself “what do I want to wear?” you don’t just mean your clothing, you mean your accessories too, and no accessory is more important than perfume! So, we’ve gathered some scents that have a touch of beige, have the exuberance of glamorous bows, blaze like neon and even compliment the most abstract of outfits. Enjoy!

#1 Beige

Image of Kenzo World EDT in spring trends 2019 blog post

KENZO WORLD Eau de Toilette

If you ask me, beige gets a bit of a bad wrap. Some may say it’s dull and lacking in interest, but there is an entire spectrum of beige shades to enjoy (cream, buff, ecru, khaki, latte…), so beige can actually be really enjoyable, especially when used as a background for exciting pops of colour – heck, it’s so good that Chanel have a perfume named after the colour!

A fragrance that would compliment that statement beige piece (the one that makes a statement by not making a statement if that makes any sense…) very well is Kenzo World Eau de Toilette – a clean, dewy floral that smells pretty but doesn’t demand attention. Designed by perfumer Francis Kurkdjian, Kenzo World EDT blends the mouthwatering freshness of pear with soft floral notes, notably peony and almond blossom, to create an abstract air that is clean, blushing and soft. With touches of iris and musk, Kenzo World has the enveloping smoothness of the colour beige, making it a perfect companion piece to your subdued shades.

#2 Bows

Picture of Annick Goutal Etoile D'une Nuit Perfume with green bow detail

Goutal Etoile D’une Nuit Eau de Parfum

Apparently bows are big this season, and after all this talk of beige, I’m ready for a trend that is a bit more… extra! Bows are fun – they can be cutesy and subtle, or they can be exuberant and dramatic. Either way, they bring a classic and super feminine touch to your outfit.

Speaking of classic and feminine, Etoile D’une Nuit is the latest fragrance from Goutal Paris, and it’s a bow-esque fragrance in both look and scent. First off, the bottle is tied with a beautifully patterned scarf (a little touch of ‘extra’ for your nerves), but it’s actually the fragrance that serves the full glamour. Inspired by the scent of cosmetics, Etoile d’Une Nuit is a lipstick perfume that pairs juicy raspberry, sweet rose and powdery iris to evoke the scent of lipsticks, blush and silk, in the most beautiful of boudoirs. Bow-eautiful.

#3 Neon

Image of Mugler Aura perfume

Mugler Aura Eau de Parfum

Neon is always big in my book (I’m a child of the ‘80s and refuse to move on), and while it is the style of days gone by, it’s apparently having somewhat of a resurgence. In terms of fluorescent fragrance, Mugler’s Aura is a luminescent scent that pulses with neon energy.

Channelling James Cameron’s Avatar, Aura creates an olfactory experience redolent of a fibre-optic jungle, where bioluminescent flora and fauna fill the acres of lush rainforest. The rhubarb top note is tart, zesty and green, while orange blossom brings a misty, floral vibe. In the base, woods and the mysterious tiger liana clash with smokiness and sweetness, dripping energetically into swathes of luscious vanilla. There is nothing quite like Aura, and just like anything neon, it’s going to get you noticed.

Like the sound of this fragrance? You can read more about MUGLER Aura in my review.

#4 Boilersuits

Image of Comme des Garcons Wonderwood fragrance bottle

Comme des Garcons Wonderwood Eau de Parfum

There’s something chic about the utilitarian – of neutral colours, clean lines and industrial workwear turned fashion. Enter the boilersuit – not a style everyone can pull off, but when one can, damn it looks good. Whether you can or cannot rock the boilersuit, may I suggest you spritz Wonderwood?

Comme des Garcons is a fashion brand famed for playing with the form, reshaping it into something new. This modus operandi has moved from their fashion into their fragrance, many of which are abstract, unusual, singular and different. Wonderwood is one such scent, and it takes the idea of wood (usually exotic or soft) and turns it into something dirty and industrial. Wonderwood is smoky, metallic, slightly petroleum-like (evoking the splashes that would be on your boiler suit if it were used for its true purpose), but it’s also smooth, powdery and comforting. It’s a masterful piece of work that shifts the form of wood fragrance, much in the same way that a boilersuit for fashion, shifts this unusual outfit.

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Fri, 12 Apr 2019 16:05:29 +0000
4 Ways To Accessorise Your Spring Style With Fragrance

Is the hunt for the perfect foundation ever over? We’re 100% sure it never will be, there’s always something new on the market to tempt you away from your current favourite.

After asking 10 of the women at Escentual, what the most important quality they look for in a foundation is, 100% said ‘longevity’. So we decided to put 4 of the most exciting foundation launches’ lasting ability to the test. Here’s how each base held up after 8 hours of working in our busy office, without primer, concealer or powder…

#1 Chloe reviews MAKE UP FOR EVER Matte Velvet Skin Foundation

Coverage: Full | Finish: Matte
Chloe Pullin wears MAKE UP FOR EVER Matte Velvet Skin Full Coverage Foundation in Y215 Yellow Alabaster

Name: Chloe.
Job Role: Product Merchandiser.
Skin Type: Dry & sensitive.
What Do You Look For In A Foundation: A full coverage, matte finish foundation that lasts.
What Do You Dislike In A Foundation: Sheer, satin finishes aren’t for me.
What Time Do You Usually Need To Top Up: 2:00 pm
Where Does Your Foundation First Begin To Disappear: My nose, chin and forehead.


Chloe wears: MAKE  UP FOR EVER Matte Velvet Skin Foundation in Y215

9:00 AM: I was very excited to try the MAKE UP FOR EVER Matte Velvet Foundation, it was beyond easy to achieve a full coverage look. The texture lends itself beautifully to creating a lovely shine-free, even finish. I was surprised to see that there was no need to apply my usual concealer on top – a morning time saver, and a testament to the power of its full coverage and highly pigmented formulation!

1:00 PM: By this time, I would have needed to get the beauty blender out again to give my face some extra love – but after looking in the mirror, I can see that this foundation hasn’t moved; I’m even getting compliments in the office on how lovely the finish is!

5:00 PM: I am in love with this foundation! Despite running around the office, it’s lasted the whole day without budging. I can only notice very slight wear under my eyes, which is hardly noticeable! Matte Velvet is the hardworking, matte foundation I have been lusting after!

Wondering if this is your perfect foundation? Click here to find your ideal match in our Matte Velvet Skin swatch post.

#2 Elisabeth reviews Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Nude

Coverage: Medium | Finish: Natural
Elisabeth Rillat Wears Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Nude Foundation SPF19 in 032 Beige Cendre

Name: Elisabeth.
Job Role: Copywriter.
Skin Type: Combination.
What Do You Look For In A Foundation: Easy application, I hate it when foundations are hard to blend. I love a beautiful finish that adds radiance but blurs out imperfections and longevity.
What Do You Dislike In A Foundation: Sheer, satin finishes aren’t for me.
What Time Do You Usually Need To Top Up: 11:00 AM.
Where Does Your Foundation First Begin To Disappear: Around my nose and chin.

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Nude Foundation in 032 Review

Elisabeth wears: Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Nude Foundation in 032

9.00am: I used a dense foundation brush to apply Teint Idole Nude and loved how easy it was to blend into the skin and create a flawless finish in just a few seconds. It offers a skin-like finish without looking heavy or cakey and has a very fluid texture that feels as though it ‘sets’ into place once applied.  I did notice that it looked even better on my skin a few minutes after being applied.

1.00pm: Wow! This foundation really holds up! I usually have to touch up my make up by lunchtime because it has started to wear off on my chin and around my nose, however with Teint Idole Nude this wasn’t the case at all! Everything looked almost untouched, perhaps slightly less fresh than at 9:00am but still no need to powder or apply a quick hit of concealer. Just a quick slick of lipstick after my lunch and I’m done!

5.00pm: Ok, so things are starting to look a teeny bit tired, here but my base still seems pretty good considering it’s the end of the day. Usually, at this point, I’m starting to see patchiness and oily areas, but this foundation has held up incredibly well. I feel as though anyone with oily or combination skin like myself who wants a natural looking base that lasts all day would love this foundation, and it’s certainly one I’ll be adding to my collection!

Discover all 40 shades and find out more about why Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Nude should be your next foundation here.

#1 Chelsey reviews Clarins Skin Illusion

Coverage: Sheer | Finish: Radiant
Chelsey Wears - Clarins Skin Illusion Natural Hydrating Foundation SPF15 109 Wheat

Name: Chelsey.
Job Role: Campaign Editor.
Skin Type: Oily and dehydrated skin.
What Do You Look For In A Foundation: All I ask for is longevity, coverage and a natural finish.
What Do You Dislike In A Foundation: A foundation disappears within an hour and looks cakey.
What Time Do You Usually Need To Top Up: 11:00 AM.
Where Does Your Foundation First Begin To Disappear: My t-zone is my biggest concern!


Chelsey wears: Clarins Skin Illusion Natural Hydrating Foundation SPF15 in 109

9:00 AM: I can’t believe how quick it was to achieve an airbrushed finish with Skin Illusion! Its serum-like texture is one of those foundations that applies well with any tool, but I chose to use a damp sponge to amp up the coverage. It’s weightless, buildable and a good choice for anyone who doesn’t want their foundation to wear them/or needs their skin to look glowy without fussing around with a highlighter.

1:00 PM: Usually, I would have chosen to top up by now, but for this test’s sake, I’ve let my shine ‘shine’ through, and for the first time ever, I’m surprisingly ok with that. This is a different kind of look for me, but my skin looks healthy, and I’m converted!

5:00 PM: As you can see, my oily patches are more prominent; by this time, I definitely would have powdered at least my t-zone. But for such a radiant foundation, I’m impressed with how well the pigment and formula have stayed put, especially on my cheeks and nose.

Could Skin Illusion be the foundation you’re looking for? Click here to see the swatches and find out more about the ingredients.

#4 Cristina reviews GUERLAIN L’Essentiel

Coverage: Light to Medium | Finish: Satin
Cristina GUERLAIN L'Essentiel Natural Glow Foundation SPF20 02n

Name: Cristina.
Job Role: Warehouse Operative.
Skin Type: Combination.
What Do You Look For In A Foundation: Lightweight, velvety, effortless.
What Do You Dislike In A Foundation: Heavy-looking or oily.
What Time Do You Usually Need To Top Up: 11:00 am.
Where Does Your Foundation First Begin To Disappear: My chin and eye area.

GUERLAIN L'Essentiel Natural Glow Foundation SPF20 02N Review

Cristina wears: GUERLAIN L’Essentiel Natural Glow Foundation SPF20 in 02N

9:00 AM: In a rush, this foundation is so easy to apply with an egg sponge, it gives skin such an instant glow, wow! It feels like my skin just got revitalized, I think it looks so healthy and fresh. The foundation is very light and blendable – a little drop goes a long way. I’m pretty confident that this base will get me through the day with no stress.

1:00 PM: After lunch, my skin is starting to show through a little bit (around the lips, eyes, nose), but, yes, it’s still flawless! I have had a busy morning in the warehouse and I’ve been touching my face far too much but my skin still looks natural and I like that.

5:00 PM: I could definitely wear this product every day, but ideally, I’d like to reapply it again after lunch. With every foundation, I start feeling self-conscious about my fine lines and blemishes. My expression lines started showing in the afternoon and, I honestly wanted to smooth those down. It almost feels like the foundation got absorbed into my skin leaving behind a healthy glow and rosy cheeks.

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Fri, 12 Apr 2019 09:02:12 +0000
We Tried 4 Of The Best Long-Lasting Foundations…

Soft spot for skincare? You’ve come to the right place. This April, Escentual has 1/3rd off all the best French Pharmacy brands you can think of! Sounds good, right? Well, it gets better; there have been a lot of new launches since our last French Pharmacy event back in January, which means only one thing: there are a lot of new formulas to add to your wish list. Whether you’re on the hunt for an everyday SPF, are feeling the drying effects of this fickle weather or want to treat yourself (who needs an excuse, hey?), this edit has something to pique your interest I promise. Here’s what’s new good…

Nuxe Creme Prodigieuse Boost 5-in-1 Multi-Perfection Smoothing Primer 30ml

#1 Nuxe Creme Prodigieuse Boost Primer

A primer? In French Pharmacy? No, you’re eyes aren’t deceiving you, Nuxe has unveiled the blurring face primer, Creme Prodigieuse Boost Primer and it’s every bit as wonderful as I’d hoped. What you can expect from it is super smooth skin and a reduction in the look of shine and pores; basically, it makes the perfect makeup base. Of course, it has the skincare backing you’d expect from Nuxe; enriched with active ingredients jasmine flower and calendula flower (to name but a few) it helps protect against the ageing effect of free radicals.

Avene Sun Care Very High Protection B-Protect SPF50+ 30ml

#2 Avene Very High Protection B-Protect SPF50+

My hunt for the best facial SPF never ends, and this newcomer has what it takes to take the crown. The reason I love B-Protect isn’t just because it’s small enough for my makeup bag or that it has a tinted formula that’s universal colour adapts to my skin tone and yours (which leaves a smooth matte finish might I add), but it partners high broad-spectrum defence with powerful antioxidants to offer pollution protection too! Avene has hit the nail on the head with this one; it even has an anti-drying texture to keep skin hydrated in the sun.  

Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler Night Peeling & Serum 30ml

#3 Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler Night Peeling & Serum

Have you always been curious about the rejuvenating benefits of a skin peel? Well, thanks to Eucerin you can now enjoy one without stepping foot outside your door! The Night & Peeling Serum combines AHAs and hyaluronic acid for the ultimate anti-ageing effect, think smooth, radiant and plump skin. The best part? You can get all of those youth-revealing results while you sleep!

Klorane Quinine Keratin Strength Fortifying Spray 125ml

#4 Klorane Quinine Keratin Strength Fortifying Spray

If thinning and damage are two of your biggest hair concerns, this latest Klorane launch is worth your attention. Made with active ingredients, keratin and quinine, the Fortifying Spray delivers nutrients to the hair follicles to restore health and strength, plus most importantly stimulate growth! Perfect for new mums or those suffering from any type of reactional thinning, this is the French Pharmacy product I recommend you to try if your hair’s impacting on your confidence and you’re looking for a solution. Want to know more? Read our dedicated edit.

Bioderma Hydrabio H2O - Micelle Solution 500ml - Reverse Pump

#5 Bioderma Hydrabio H2O Reverse Pump

The Hydrabio H2O isn’t new at all (it’s a complete icon in French Pharmacy) but this size and packaging are, and it’s completely worth shouting about! The micellar water, which is an absolute saviour for dehydrated and sensitive skin now comes in a huge 500ml reverse pump bottle, and it’s completely genius. Not only is there more of the ultra-mild, alcohol-free formula to enjoy (what’s not to love about that) but the reverse pump makes dispensing the right amount, straight onto your cotton pad, really easy. So, if you’ve used and loved Hydrabio in the past, or need a makeup remover for your dry skin stop scrolling and click ‘add to basket’ before French Pharmacy ends!

Mustela Stelatopia Skin Soothing Pajamas

#6 Mustela Stelatopia Skin Soothing Pajamas

Mums, this one is for you. Mustela has recently unveiled pyjamas that will be as much of a blessing for you as they will be for your little one. The Stelatopia Pyjamas contain 100% natural origin ingredients, including sunflower and avocado oil, which help to calm itchy and inflamed atopic skin. Why has no one thought of that sooner? If your baby’s skin is uncomfortable, red and itchy these pyjamas will be a welcome addition to your nighttime routine;  Monika, an Escentual team member, put them to the test recently with her son and said the 3 words every new mum longs to say: “baby slept through”. You can read more about Monika’s experience here.

Vichy Mineral 89 75ml

#7 Vichy Mineral 89 75ml

Mineral 89 is one of those products no one ever thought could be improved. That is until Vichy made it even bigger! A hydrating serum enriched with 15 minerals, hyaluronic acid and Vichy Thermal Mineralizing Water, it provides skin with deep hydration to keep the complexion moisturised, healthy and radiant. Our customers have hailed it “one of the best on the market” and “perfect for sensitive skin” and, I couldn’t agree more. I have just one more question for Vichy: “When’s the 100ml coming?”.

La Roche-Posay Pure Vitamin C10 30ml

#8 La-Roche-Posay Pure Vitamin C10

Everyone’s talking about Pure Vitamin C10, and I’m not surprised, it’s a vitamin C serum that everyone can use, finally! Despite its 10% pure vitamin C formula, the radiance booster is suitable for the most sensitive skin thanks to its neutral pH. But a gorgeous glow isn’t all it has to offer (far from it), it’s an anti-ageing must-have that reduces wrinkles, fine lines and smooths imperfections.

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Wed, 10 Apr 2019 14:11:33 +0000
The Best New French Pharmacy Launches Right Now


‘Stamina’, that’s the word of the day, but more specifically: scented stamina. Whether we want them all the time, or just now and then, there is room in every fragrance wardrobe for a fragrance (or fragrances!) that have olfactory oomph. You know the ones – those scents that you can spritz once and enjoy throughout the day without having to reapply. They are great in so many ways: they let people know we are there with their bold signatures and they’re economical too because a little goes a long way.

So, in celebration of those fragrances you only need to spray once, here’s my quick round-up of scents that stick!

#1 Flowerbomb Nectar

Bottle image of Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Nectar Eau de Parfum Intense Spray

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Nectar Eau de Parfum Intense

Kicking off with a veritable explosion of scent we have Flowerbomb Nectar by Viktor & Rolf. I feel as if this is the best version of Flowerbomb – the version that the original should have been because it really does evoke an exciting blast of blooms. Flowerbomb Nectar is a bold blend of delicious floral notes, of jasmine, orange blossom and rose, detonating amongst a cloud of gunpowder, citrus and vanilla – dazzling pieces of shrapnel that emphasise the exciting entropy of flowers. If you thought Flowerbomb was bold, brassy and big, well, it has nothing on Flowerbomb Nectar. Go on, pull the pin, spritz it on and see what happens…

#2 A*Men


Mugler A*Men Eau de Toilette

If I’m entirely honest, A*Men could probably deliver macho olfactory stamina for days and days with just half a spray, so do rest assured that one spritz is going to give you more than you need. This is a fragrance with the half-life of enriched uranium. Inspired by the comic book heroes that Mugler idolised as a child, A*Men, the male counterpart to the designer’s iconic Angel, is a robust, butch, and almost supernatural gourmand that uses nuclear fusion to bring together a thousand disparate elements. It is the scent of chocolate, coffee, caramel, vanilla, but also peppermint, lavender, patchouli and tar, creating a unique, otherworldly masculine fragrance that plays on the collision of smooth sweetness and rough discord. Go easy on the sprayer, and this is one of the greatest masculine gourmands of all time.

#3 CK2


Calvin Klein CK2 Eau de Toilette

If you need a touch of cleanliness to wipe away the space dust of A*Men, may I suggest CK2? The long-awaited follow-up to Calvin Klein’s legendary CK One, CK2 once again tries to create an abstract, expansive cologne that feels entirely modern and synthetic. CK2 uses the scent of wet pebbles, fresh green wasabi, and aquatic violet leaf. Powered by woods and musks, CK2 is crystalline and transparent but also massively diffusive, shrouding the wearer in a refreshing cloak that is gauzy and clean. With just one spritz, CK2 will provide you with a wave of fragrant clarity that feels completely comfortable.

#4 Santal Royal


GUERLAIN Santal Royal Eau de Parfum

Big, beefy oriental fragrances use rather tenacious woody aroma-chemicals materials that boost a scent, giving it a solid foundation that burns for ages with smoky embers. A great example of this style is Santal Royal by GUERLAIN. Taking the noble and ancient note of sandalwood and pushing it to exotic, smoky extremes, Santal Royal contrasts these facets against a rich backdrop of fruit and flowers, with peach, rose and jasmine adding an elegant, jammy quality to swathes of rich black leather that casts a colourful tapestry evocative of the Orient. That may all sound delicate and lovely but don’t be fooled, this perfume packs a punch, and just one spray is enough to invite attention from anyone within close range, all day long.

#5 Epic Woman


Amouage Epic Woman Eau de Parfum

The name gives it away here: this fragrance really is epic. All Amouage fragrances have a symphonic, cinematic quality to them and Epic Woman is perhaps the most blockbuster-esque of all of them. Taking its inspiration from the legendary journeys of the silk road – the routes upon which fabrics and spices would make their way from the East to the West, Epic Woman is a silky oriental fragrance with bold floral notes (rose, jasmine, geranium) and glittering spices (cumin, pink bay, cinnamon), with tea, and a velveteen base of amber, incense, oud, vanilla and orris. It smells of beautifully embroidered fabrics impregnated with the historic scents of the silk road. One spritz is a time machine back to epic times.


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Fri, 05 Apr 2019 08:16:13 +0000
5 Fragrances You Only Need to Spray Once

5 French Pharmacy Products our Customers Want You To Try

Chosen by you, get to know 6 of the most top-rated French Pharmacy products our customers want you to try while there’s 1/3 off! From cult-cleansers to coveted moisturisers, I’ve scoured our customer reviews to bring you the creme de la creme of French skincare – enjoy!

#1 The Moisturiser



Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre

”Ive given this cream excellent rating because I find it perfect as a daily base for make-up and excellent moisturiser for my skin which is very sensitive” – @jojo77 

Escentual says: Scroll our reviews of Embryolisse, and you’ll see, it’s hard not to love this coveted hydrator. Not just a face cream, this multi-tasking moisturiser can be used as a cleanser, makeup primer, and even as a hand cream. It’s a beauty lover’s dream, so if you haven’t tried it already, what are you waiting for?

#2 The Cleanser

Bioderma Sensibio H2O - Micelle Solution (formerly Crealine)


Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water
”This is the best micellar water I have ever tried. Doesn’t dry or irritate my skin comparing to other high street brands. I would continue buying this micellar water again and again!” – @Anna62

Escentual says: If speedy and skin-friendly cleansing is what you’re after, the Bioderma Sensibio H20 is what you need to invest in, that’s if you haven’t already. Fun fact, this micellar water has racked up over 600 reviews and it’s of our best-selling products at Escentual. Why? It was the first micellar water to be completely compatible with your skin. Its gentle formula won’t irritate or dry out your complexion, it will just refresh and cleanse.

#3 The Eye Cream

Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler + Volume-Lift Eye Cream SPF15
”Have been using this for a while and can see a huge difference to my under eye bags, its great to use non-greasy and absorbs quickly. Glad to have found it on Escentual as sometimes hard to get hold of, also a very good price compared to other places I’ve tried.” @Stephij

Escentual says: Everyone’s on the hunt for the perfect eye cream and Hyaluron Filler ticks all of the boxes. Deep wrinkles; dehydration lines; dark circles, you name it, Hyaluron Filler will fix it. Completely safe for contact wearers and sensitive eyes, this unperfumed cream plumps and smooths, even helping to stop your concealer from creasing too

#4 The Serum

Vichy Mineral 89 Serum

Vichy Mineral 89 Serum

”Purchased a full sized bottle of Mineral 89 after experiencing amazing results following the use of a free sample received in a magazine. This serum is packed with hydration and really compliments the skin. My skins appearance and health improved tremendously following the use of this serum. It’s an amazing pre make up skin preparer too – when followed with moisturiser. Highly recommend this serum if you’re on the fence about purchasing. I’m glad I did – my skin has never looked better.” – @jajakapitan

Escentual says: Made for any skin type in need of an extra boost, this hyaluronic acid serum is constantly featured in editorial roundups and blogger reviews, as it can do no wrong. Even if you think your skin doesn’t need a hydration dose, think again. Mineral 89 will supercharge your skin, forcing your make-up last longer and your skin to become softer. What’s not to love?

#5 The All-Rounder


Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil Spray
”I’ve been a devoted of Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse original for over two years and wouldn’t be without it – I just added the Riche version for night time after sun care and I can immediately see that I will never be without this either for when my skin needs an extra boost. My complexion has never been better and that’s a statement at 69.” – Adrienne

Escentual says: Approved by 100% of the women who work at Escentual, Huile Prodigieuse is one of those products that when you try, you can’t be without. You can this dry oil almost anywhere; some of the team’s favourite uses are to repair split ends; to mix with foundation for a dewy finish and as an overnight facial mask. One extra tip from me: I can guarantee that whenever I shave my legs with this oil, I never, ever get strawberry legs (the red dots that tend to appear after shaving).

#6 The Eye Makeup Remover


La Roche-Posay Respectissime Waterproof Eye Make-Up Remover

”So far I’m very happy with this product, removing my waterproof make up so effortless, I couldn’t believe it! It didn’t leave my skin all greasy and horrible like some waterproof make up removers, so far no allergic reaction so I think we are home. I will definitely recommend this to ladies with sensitive skin.”  – @Pantarao

Escentual says: This popular bi-phase eye makeup remover is the best at removing stubborn mascara and eyeliner. Gentle, but very effective, in just a few sweeping motions, waterproof formulas are wiped away without the need for tugging and pulling!

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At Escentual we stock over 100 fragrance brands for men and women. These range from the most popular mainstream releases, to more underground, niche perfume. If you fancy yourself as an olfactory connoisseur, or simply a budding perfumista, we have a wealth of fragrances from every fragrance family, including ultra sweet gourmands, deep and resonating spices, and bright and sparkling citruses. If you have a favourite concentration, perhaps an eau de toilette, a voluptuous eau de parfum, or a splash-and-go after shave, we have a wardrobe of thousands for you to pick from. Choose from the very latest in designer, celebrity, cult, and luxury scents in their various scintillating bottles, or opt for an extra special limited edition fragrance, a little bit extra in a gift set, or a whole new olfactory experience with a scented body product. Our brands include bestsellers Marc Jacobs, Hugo Boss, Jean Paul Gaultier and Guerlain, and we also stock some you may not be as familiar with, like Etat Libre d'Orange and CB I Hate Perfume. Some have hundreds of years of history like Parfums d'Orsay, while some, like Juliette Has a Gun, take a modern and fresh approach to perfume. You can spend hours exploring our vast fragrance wardrobe. We're constantly updating our fragrance collection in line with new releases and exciting new brands to keep our fragrance customers well stocked and up to date at all times. At Escentual, we have all of your scent needs covered.


Here at Escentual we know that the wellbeing of your skin is important. We also know that skin comes in all textures, all ages and all levels of sensitivity. This is the reason we stock dozens of skincare brands and over 1,000 skincare products, and we're constantly updating our collection in line with technological innovation. Whether you have reactive skin, oily skin, pigmentation, ageing concerns or dehydration, we have the facial skincare solution for you. Individual skin needs individual care, and we have a vast range of products to suit. Choose from cleansing, toning, hydrating, firming and correcting products, and get targeted treatment for problem areas such as the eyes and the lips. Up the skincare ante with an intensely anti-ageing serum, purify the complexion with a clarifying mask, and enhance the complexion with brightening products that even discolouration. Looking after your body is easy with our range of moisturisers, exfoliators, oils and treatments. If you're battling cellulite, stretch marks, discolouration or slackening of the skin, we have a wealth of products that will whip your body back into shape. We also have specialist products for the bust, the hands, the feet, the neck and the legs, which will provide the targeted care needed to keep them looking beautiful, supple and hydrated. Sculpt, tone, scrub and moisturise your way to great skin with Escentual's ever-growing range of wonderfully effective skincare, and ensure every day starts in the most beautiful way.


Hair Care

Make sure your crowning glory always looks at its very best with Escentual's extensive range of high quality haircare. From the salon, to the catwalk, to the streets: our comprehensive collection of care and styling products makes sure you're ready anything with not a hair out of place. Whether your hair is damaged, oily, coloured or dry, there is a wealth of products that will restore your locks and tame your style. Choose from clarifying, moisturising , colour saving and repairing shampoos and conditioners, or opt for a specialised treatment which will target your specific hair concerns more acutely. Alternatively, treat yourself to a gift set of products for an easy introduction into the world of salon haircare. Simply choose your look, whether you desire volume, sleekness, spikes or curls, and style your hair up with our collection of gel, serum, mousse, powder and wax. Build the products up to create an individual hair style, or keep it natural with some finishing products. Our brands include bestsellers Tigi, including their ranges Tigi Catwalk and Tigi Bed Head, plus world-renowned Philip Kingsley and Schwarzkopf Professional. From haircare brands with a long and prestigious history such as that of Mason Pearson Hairbrushes, to more directional, modern brands like Sexy Hair, we've got everything you need to create the style of your dreams. There are ranges that focus upon salon-based, innovative care from Fekkai, and there are ranges that draw their inspiration from nature such as Klorane. There really is something for everyone!


Make every day beautiful with Escentual's make-up collection, a range of luxury cosmetics for all skin tones, types and textures. However you're looking to enhance the natural beauty of your complexion, eyes, lips or nails, we have an entire range of products that will fit the bill. Whether it is subtle enhancement you crave or a full-face makeover, our virtual shelves have everything you will need to fill your makeup bag.Create the perfect complexion with our collection of foundation, concealer and powder, and then sculpt your way to supermodel-like bone structure with bronzer, blush and highlighter. Enhance your eyes with our rainbow colour spectrum of eyeshadow and eyeliner, and then create a full fringe of lashes with our collection of innovative mascara formulations. Fill in your lips with lipstick, lip gloss, lip liner and balm for a full, beautiful pout. Finish the look by choosing a beautiful nail polish from our vast collection of different finishes and textures, whether you prefer bright and vivid, or neutral and understated. Our brands include premium beauty behemoths Dior, Givenchy, Guerlain and Clarins, whose collection of cult beauty classics and limited edition seasonal products are always bestsellers. We also house makeup brands who focus upon enhancing natural beauty like Shiseido and Elizabeth Arden, alongside brands like Laura Geller and Daniel Sandler who are all about colour and fun. You can lose yourself for hours in our exciting beauty section!

Bath & Shower

Work up a lather with Escentual's range of bath and shower products, a collection of luxury formulas to cleanse, tone and pamper the body. However you prefer to energise your skin at the start of the day, or unwind at the end, we have an entire compliment of cleansers that fit the bill. Our shower formulas range from shower creams for gentle conditioning, to shower gels for a thorough every day cleanse. There is a wealth of choice available depending on your skin type, whether you suffer from dryness, a lack of elasticity, sensitivity or you have atopic skin. If you prefer a soap to a gel, we have quality milled formulas from both beauty and pharmaceutical brands that will keep your skin looking and feeling gorgeous. Stay fresh and dry with our selection of pampering deodorant sprays and deodorant roll-ons, which provide long-lasting protection with real skincare benefits. Get the same silky soft feeling for the rest of your body with our talcs and powders collection, a range of gentle formulas to dust over the skin for a velvety finish. Ensure that hands are properly cleansed and cared for day to day with our selection of pampering handwash. Each nourishing formula respects the delicate balance of the skin, working to cleanse and hydrate gently. We also have a range of dental care and oral hygiene products to keep your pearly whites sparkling, and your mouth and gums in the best possible health.


Be safe in the sun with Escentual's range of sun care products, a selection of formulas that keep the skin shielded both at home and when you're on holiday. Whether you are fond of a natural tan, or you prefer to bronze yourself at home with self tan, we have all of the products you need to achieve a healthy glow while respecting the delicate balance of your skin. Sun protection is an important thing to get right. We have a wealth of products for all of the family to keep the skin properly defended against the effects of UV rays, all the way up to a maximum protection factor of SPF50+. From sprays to pour-on formulas, and from oils to creams - however you prefer your sun protection to be applied, we have the solution for you. After spending some time in the sun, slather on some cooling after-sun from our large selection to ensure perfectly soothed and smoothed skin. If a faux glow is more your thing, we have a great selection of self tan products with which to build up a bronzed look. From wash-off tan to bronzing tan enhancers, customise your tanned look and look healthy and glowing every day with sun products from La Roche-Posay, He Shi, Caudalie, Clarins, Guerlain, Vichy, and St Tropez. Before you apply your tan, exfoliate and moisturise your skin with our specialised preparation range. Finally, care for your tan with the professional touch of our sun accessories collection, a range of applicators and removers that keep the skin in top-top condition.


Perfect your grooming routine with Escentual's range of male skincare, fragrance, hair care and shave products, a collection specifically adapted to suit the needs of men. Marrying the latest in technological innovation, specialist research, and natural extracts, our collection of high performance products ensures that every aspect of the body is cared for. From specialist energising and thickening shampoos to hair loss serums, our male hair care is expertly adapted to specific concerns. This is complimented by a comprehensive styling collection of gels, waxes, hairsprays and pastes to keep locks looking healthy and vital. Our skincare collection focuses upon keeping men's skin well balanced, with face washes, scrubs, moisturisers, masks and treatments. Ensure shaving is as smooth and comfortable as possible with our tailored selection of shave products. Prepare your skin with a shaving foam, a shaving cream, or a softening pre-shave lotion, and then replenish your skin with the moisture and protection of an aftershave balm. Keep your body looking as healthy as your facial skin with our collection of shower products for men, and stay fresh and dry all day long with our choice of roll-on and spray deodorants. With specialist male brands Lab Series, Zirh, Jack Black and Nickel, dedicated men's collections from luxury brands Acqua di Parma, Clarins and Hugo Boss, scientific skincare from Vichy, and excellent ranges from heritage brands Roger & Gallet, Crabtree & Evelyn and L'Occitane, you're spoiled for choice.


Give them the gift of luxury beauty, fragrance and grooming with Escentual's collection of presents and gifts. However you're looking to treat your friends or your family, we have the ultimate selection of pampering products to make you both feel wonderful. From pure indulgence to pocket money gifts, there is all manner of presents large and small to suit all occasions. Whether it is a birthday treat, a wedding gift, a congratulatory present, or just a small token of appreciation, you'll find some great inspiration in our varied range. There are skincare gifts and fragrance gifts for women and men, youthful presents for teens, and dedicated seasonal products for Mother's Day, Father's Day and Valentine's Day. Get some extra value with a gift set, a bundle of products which are often offered at a reduced price. Some sets offer products that cannot be found anywhere else, while others provide the chance to try lots of different products. This makes them a great way to experience an entire range for less.

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