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Roger&Gallet Aura Mirabilis Skincare

French heritage beauty brand Roger&Gallet has had quite a revamp since I saw it last.  I thought I knew all about this classic 150 year-old brand (best known for its fragranced soaps), but at the recent launch of its first skincare range, Aura Mirabilis, I was surprised at how desirable it has become.

Roger et Gallet Aura Mirabilis

Roger&Gallet was founded on Paris’ prestigious rue Saint-Honoré in 1862 and became a supplier to France’s royal court, creating an eau de cologne for Napoleon 1st.  Today, it tempts with its contemporary packaging and elegant scents such as Gingembre Rouge, Bois d’Orange and Rose Imaginaire, created by master perfumers including Francis Kurkdjian, Alberto Morillas and Dominique Ropion.

Its first skincare range Aura Mirabilis is big news for the fragrance house and it takes inspiration from a natural elixir (aqua mirabilis) first made over 300 years ago by monks using powerful plants found in a ‘Garden of Simples’.  It later became the recipe for Napoleon’s eau de Cologne.

Roger & Gallet Aura Mirabilis

The collection of four products contains 18 distilled botanicals known for their healing and rejuvenating properties, including damask rose, bergamot, sweet orange, thyme, neroli and sandalwood.  The packaging is also pretty and luxurious with touches of gold and an ethereal, watery green tint.

The Cleansing Mask has a glossy gel consistency and quickly transforms into a light oil, which glides easily across the skin.  It works very well to cleanse the pores and remove debris, all with a pleasant botanical scent. When emulsified with water it turns into a purifying milk and leaves the skin feeling fresh and clean without leaving any oily residue once washed off.  I tend to use it as a luxurious cleanser, but it can also be used as gel mask to effectively draw out impurities – just leave on for five minutes and massage before removing.

Roger & Gallet Aura Mirabilis

Another great product in the range is the Beauty Vinegar, which tones, clarifies and gently exfoliates the skin.  Inspired by vinegar-based formulas of the 18th century, the biphasic formula contains a concentrate of 18 plants in the green-hued essence phase and fruit vinegar in the watery phase.  I find the Beauty Vinegar really refreshes my skin and preps it for the next moisturising step, plus it actually feels suitable for all skin types.

Also in the collection is the potent Double Extract serum and the Legendary Cream – a gel-creme moisturiser with white lily extract to even and illuminate.

Roger&Gallet Aura Mirabilis is such a lovely, natural range that brings back a historic, tried-and-tested approach to beauty with a modern twist.  Some of the products have already become part of my daily routine and I love that floral, zesty aroma of cologne to really wake up my skin.

Roger&Gallet Aura Mirabilis is priced from £15 to £40 and is available now at Marks & Spencer.

All photos by Chérie City



Penhaligon’s Blasted Bloom & Blasted Heath

Penhaligon’s captures the wild essence of coastal Scotland with its twin fragrances Blasted Bloom and Blasted Heath.

Inspired by the extreme, wild and passionate northern lands, these fragrances are a breath of fresh air for perfume lovers and instantly transport you to some of the most beautiful, untouched scenery in the world.

Master perfumer Alberto Morillas drew on the sights, sounds, colours and aromas of this breathtaking region to create a stunning olfactory experience.  He said: “I am a very visual person; I imagined the fragrances like spontaneous photography.  I see a powerful wave breaking itself on the rocks for the masculine fragrance.  For the feminine frangrance I was inspired by wild flora under the wind and sea breeze”.

Having lived in Scotland and by the English coast, these fragrances have a special place in my heart, as they successfully convey the dramatic, raw energy and free-spirited, heightened emotions of being at one with nature.

Blasted Heath is an intoxicating fragrance that evokes the rugged romance of the rural Scottish landscape and the rhythm of the sea.  It opens with a wave of aquatic freshness with soothing clary sage and salty seaweed. This leads to a hint of fresh green leaves, seductive tobacco and peaty whisky, making my mind wander to roaring open fireplaces, woolly jumpers and rustic living.

If you’re not already getting lost in a Scottish dream, the fragrance develops further to evocative notes of patchouli, Alaskan cedarwood, gaiacwood, stirring vetiver and sultry musks.  I love how this fragrance takes you on a journey from the sea to the land with a few boozy episodes along the way.  It’s a very unique scent that bridges aquatic and spicy fragrances, making it very wearable and appealing for all seasons.

Blasted Bloom is a complex, intriguing fragrance that perfectly complements Blasted Heath.  It’s spiky, wild and completely unbridled and makes me imagine running through a field on a dewy morning with the wind blowing in my hair.

Like Blasted Heath, the fragrance has notes of aquatic accord, green leaves, Alaskan cedarwood, clearwood and musks, however the overall effect is remarkably different.  Blasted Bloom is a feminine fragrance but eschews the typical sweet or floral notes in favour of crisp wild berries, piquant pink pepper, tart hawthorn and earthy moss.

Each fragrance can be worn by men or women and I personally find myself more drawn to Blasted Heath, as it becomes slightly softer and sweeter on my skin.

Watch the stunning Penhaligon’s Blasted Heath and Blasted Bloom campaign video created by Cereal…

Penhaligon’s Blasted Bloom and Blasted Heath eau de parfum are both priced at £124 for 100ml and are available to buy at Penhaligon’s online and in-store.



Penhaligon’s Iris Prima: Inspired by English National Ballet

Penhaligon’s fragrance Iris Prima is one of its most romantic and covetable yet.  Created in partnership with English National Ballet, Iris Prima is a modern, luxurious scent that captures the elegance and creativity of London’s leading dancers.

Master perfumer Alberto Morillas absorbed the drama and spirit of the renowned ballet company from the theatre wings and in the rehearsal studio at its South Kensington home, Markova House.  To fully immerse himself in their artistic world, he was granted exclusive access to English National Ballet dancers Nathan Young and Lauretta Summerscales.

Far from being girly or overly sweet, Iris Prima is a refined, subtle eau de parfum that also work surprisingly well on men.  The glass bottle with a suede embossed label and leather print box give it a tougher edge while referencing the dancers’ ballet shoes.

Iris Prima opens with a crisp burst of Bergamot, Green Amber and punchy Pink Pepper.  As the fragrance develops, it becomes more musky and sophisticated with prominent Iris Absolute, Jasmine Sambac and luminous Hedione and Paradisone.  The base of the fragrance is powdery and sultry with a heady blend of Leather, Vanilla, Sandalwood, Vetiver and Benzoin.

At the preview of Penhaligon’s Iris Prima, we were treated to a behind-the-scenes look at what and who inspired the new fragrance.

On display were portraits of the dancers, exquisite costumes from ballets including The Nutcracker and a beautiful installation of Bloch ballet shoes and an over-sized bottle of Iris Prima.

Iris Prima is a very special, delicate fragrance that you can wear day or night to transport you to a prima ballerina’s world of endless tulle and pirouettes.

Iris Prima will launch in the UK at Penhaligon’s boutiques, online at and with selected department stores on 9th September 2013.  100ml for £120 and 50ml for £85.

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Chérie Loves: February 2013

Opening Ceremony by Carol Lim and Humberto Leon (published by Rizzoli), £25.60, Amazon
Opening Ceremony’s first hardback book is a fabulous scrapbook recording the brand’s history, collaborations and cool projects since its beginnings in 2002.  The book includes graphic stickers, Terry Richardson photography, zine inserts by friends such as Chloë Sevigny and Spike Jonze and artwork by Rodarte and Terence Koh.

Saint Laurent Paloma Striped Suede and Metallic-Leather Sandals, £730, Net-a-Porter
Hedi Slimane’s debut Saint Laurent collection was full of covetable footwear and one of my favourites are these luxurious, disco-esque heels.

Ditsy Garden Dress, £45, Oasis
Luella may be no more, but the English Eccentric brand’s spirit lives on with this adorable, flirty floral and black lace dress.

Valentina by Valentino eau de parfum, £41.50-£75, Debenhams
Valentina by Valentino is a delicate, sweet, heady floral oriental fragrance that captures la dolce vita and the refined femininity of Valentino.  Created by Olivier Cresp and Alberto Morillas, the fragrance opens with Calabrian Bergamot and Alba Truffle and leads to a white floral bouquet of Amalfi Orange Blossom, Tuberose and Jasmine with Wild Strawberry.  The base notes of Amber and Cedar give the fragrance a sensual, dusky warmth.  I also adore the round glass bottle adorned with pretty blush and white flowers.

Willow Tote Calf Ostrich Mix Navy, available mid-February, Mulberry
Mulberry’s stunning new Willow tote features a clever zip-detached envelope clutch, so you can instantly switch from daytime functionality to evening glam.  The luxurious two-in-one bag is the ultimate travel accessory, particularly if you need to streamline your luggage.  The Willow clutch can also be bought on its own and comes in black, navy, white, biscuit brown, nude, apricot and mint.

Tosha Pink Bracelet, £49, Swarovski
Summer comes early with this boho-luxe turquoise crystal and pink neon cord bracelet.  Even though it’s freezing outside, it makes me dream of sundowner cocktails at an exotic beach bar.

Yazbukey for Cire Trudon Candle, 70E, available at Colette now and at Cire Trudon, Chiltern Street, from March
A match made in heaven, accessory designer Yazbukey has created an exquisite candle for Cire Trudon, the world’s oldest candle maker.  Designed in seductive boudoir shades of black, red and pink, the scent is an alluring blend of violet and tobacco.

* Valentina by Valentino eau de parfum and Swarovski bracelet c/o brands