Each month we reveal the products that have caught our eye – and we think you’ll love our September favourites just as much as we do!
So, if you’re desperate to know about the latest skincare, hair care, makeup and fragrance that’s wowed us, you’re in luck! You’ve come to the right place.
To learn all about our favourite September releases – and more importantly, why we love them – read on…
Eleni Banti, Operations Supervisor
Perfect by Marc Jacobs is my new obsession. I like to think of it as a quirky contrast of class and playful wit. The bottle itself is iconic with its elegant curved glass and the fashionable ‘Monopoly’-like pieces. It’s the perfect balance for my more refined side but also for my inner child; Perfect fills my imagination.
This fragrance smells like fantasy with bright daffodil and juicy notes of rhubarb. Yet, it feels more sophisticated than the average fruity floral perfumes, since it surrenders to the creaminess of the almond milk, the woodiness of cedarwood and the casual muskiness of the cashmere base notes. Perfect is great for all occasions; I wear it at work and it would even be suitable to wear on a night out. Plus, the sweet, fun fragrance lasts all day long.
Acqua di Parma is synonymous with two things; Italy and luxury. With this new Colonia flanker, you can add ‘conscience’ to that list.
If I could describe this fragrance in one sentence? Imagine walking through a meadow on a warm summer’s day; blades of aromatic grass brushing through your fingertips, lavender fields in the distance, a cool breeze rushing past… That for me is Futura.
It’s the face of the Futura initiative – a collection centred around ideas for sustainability with an ecocentric code, offering both recycled and recyclable material across all the packaging – as well as the ingredients themselves being made of 99% natural ingredients.
Now to the important part… The fragrance! Fresh, contemporary, slick. Everything you’d expect from an Acqua di Parma offering; the surprise here is how well the citrusy/spicy top notes coexist with the gorgeous herbaceous-woody base. Even though this is a Cologne, it lasts surprisingly long. I certainly wasn’t disappointed! Layer up with the ancillaries on offer and it’ll last day to night with ease…
Chelsey, Communications & Campaigns Manager
Sleep, hay fever, bright lights and the wind affect my eyes; they’re really sensitive and the skin around them is always compromised. After a long day staring at my screen, or a rubbish nights’ sleep, I’ve been using the Green Tea Herbal Eye Masks as an SOS treatment to calm them down – they feel exactly like a cold compress or a gel eye mask.
Fabric eye patches can sometimes rub my eyes, but the jelly-like consistency of these fit perfectly; I don’t have to struggle to place them on. Plus, each mask is packed with defensive antioxidants to keep your eye contour protected and refreshed from the dulling effects of the environment and fatigue – which is something I always need.
My tip: Once they’re on, you have no excuse but to sit back and relax, otherwise they will move. Keep your sachets in the fridge next to your favourite tipple for a well deserved pamper after a busy day!
Monika, Supply Chain Planner
When I saw that Klorane was releasing the Aquatic Mint Detox Dry Shampoo, I was really excited; I’m a huge fan of the original Aquatic Mint Shampoo and Conditioner. The new dry shampoo makes my everyday routine easy – especially on the busy days when I’m running around – as it cleanses and refreshes your hair in minutes!
I also adore Klorane’s Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk, so I love that they’ve added a revitalising, minty addition that keeps my hair fresh and clean throughout the day.
Keavy, Communications & Campaigns Assistant
GIVENCHY L’Interdit is the scent of now; my friends, family and even women I pass on the street all seem to be wearing it. Why? It’s chic, elegant and different enough from other traditional fragrances on the market to make an impact. And, you can expect no less from the latest addition to the line…
I loved the original L’Interdit, but I have to say I love the new intense edition just that little bit more. As my nose always tends to prefer gourmand fragrances, the sweeter and richer composition of this really appeals to me. L’Interdit Intense has the sweet vanilla note that I fell in love with in the original fragrance but to my delight is even more prominent in this one. Dark and a bit moodier than its predecessors, Intense has a sultry vibe that I can see myself wearing as an evening fragrance on night out.
Caitlin, Communications & Campaigns Assistant
When I first rinsed the Purity Made Simple face mask off my skin, I couldn’t believe how clear, refined and glowy my complexion looked. I knew I had a new favourite weekly mask!
I have combination skin so the clay mask is a dream as it targets exactly what I need and where I need it. It leaves your skin looking and feeling refreshed with a healthy, mattified radiance, and skin feels super soft and smooth afterwards too.
Do you know that thing you see people doing where they squeeze their nose to see all the yucky stuff in their pores? Well, I did that after using this mask and there were no nasties or yuckiness to be seen. My pores were completely purged. Despite the slightly off-putting name of “Pore Extractor”, that is exactly what it is and what it does.
Kate, Communications & Campaigns Assistant
I know that the evenings are sadly starting to draw in and even the leaves are starting to turn autumnal shades, but as soon as you see the glistening, glittery gold texture of Lancaster’s Golden Tan Maximizer After Sun Oil, you’ll know why I couldn’t resist picking it as my September favourite!
Of course, I know that the most important thing about an after-sun is that it cools and moisturises skin, so it features a soothing and hydrating complex to do just that. The shimmering after-sun is also packed with natural oils to nourish skin and reduce peeling – plus, it even features a Tan Activator Complex to prolong your tan for up to four weeks.
But one of my favourite things about this after-sun has to be the colour and texture; the luxe oil shimmers and shines even in the bottle, and gives your skin an instant glow that I fell in love with the first time I tried it.
Personally, I don’t think you should be put off wearing a fragrance because it’s supposed to be for a certain gender. That’s why I’ve chosen BVLGARI Man Glacial Essence Eau de Parfum as my favourite this month!
My partner has fallen in love with this fragrance; and so have I. The pure, blue ombre glass bottle resembles an unbreakable monolith of ice and stands out from the other BVLGARI Man fragrances.
Expert Perfumer Alberto Morillas describes this fragrance as ‘an invigorating breath of life’ which really hits you in the top notes; juniper berry, ginger extract and geranium essence. It’s a blast of freshness. The heart notes give an aromatic boost, and the woody base note of clearwood essence was specifically created for this fragrance – it creates a powerful, woody dry down. Three words that I think of when I smell this fragrance; utterly-fresh (just “fresh” simply wouldn’t do it justice!), invigorating and daring.
Already being a fan of the timeless For Her fragrances, I knew these perfume pens were sure to be a new favourite. I love to travel, so I immediately thought that this pen would be perfect to pop into a suitcase or overnight bag without having to worry about breakages or spillages en route. No one wants wasted fragrance!
My personal favourite is the Narciso Rodriguez For Her Fleur Musc Eau de Parfum Perfume Pen because I’m always drawn to rose and patchouli notes. The soft gel glides on your skin and lasts all day, making it a great option for layering. And it’s a great choice for the upcoming gifting season!
Elisabeth, Communications & Campaigns Assistant
Let me cut to the chase, if you love wearing eyeshadow and have never experienced owning a DIOR palette, you need to pop it to the top of your wishlist! One of the first luxury makeup items I ever bought, I’ve tried many other shadow palettes but there’s nothing quite like the creamy, blendable formula that DIOR just seems to nail every time. Each combination has the perfect mix of shimmer and matte shades and when I saw the ‘Nude Dress’ palette I knew there was space for it in my makeup collection (that I’m supposed to be streamlining!).
I can create a subtle-enhanced look with this or if I want something a little more intense, the darker brown shade is the perfect way to build a natural-looking smokey eye. If nude shades aren’t for you, though, and you’re a bit more adventurous, there are a wide range of colour ranges available.