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BEAUTY: Spritz-up with mood lifting aromas by Sarah Barclay

There is nothing that Sarah Barclay, leading beauty editor and columnist doesn’t know about the beauty industry and more importantly there isn’t a product she hasn’t tested! Luckily for us, she’s here to share her secrets…



“We may be in lockdown but we can spritz ourselves up with mood brightening fragrances. We have long known that citrus is a great fresh top note to any classic cologne or perfume so why not use the notes in your fragrance to feel more energised and upbeat? Here is my choice of the latest and greatest uplifting fragrances suiting all pockets.”

Jo Malone London’s Lavenderland collection is already selling fast.  Traditional lavender has been given a new lease of life combined with classic English aromas to create a varied line up. Blends include a simple floral  Wisteria & Lavender and woody, warmer toned Silver Birch & Lavender.

Silver Birch and Lavender Cologne From £50 at Jo Malone


Goutal’s lovely unisex Eau du Sud is my all time favourite perfume. Inspired by the aromas in the South of France, this fresh, herby blend of citrus with mint and patchouli smells clean, aromatic and sophisticated.

Goutal’s Eau Du Sud £76 for 50ml from John Lewis

⭐️ PRODUCT  –  first launched in 1996 it is still under the radar but one of the very nicest!


For a quick lift when you don’t necessarily want to smell ‘scented’, try Bamford’s fabulous aromatherapy oil rollerballs. For a real spring in your step roll on the bergamot, tea tree and cedar Chakrasana blend.

Chakrasana Essential Oil Blend Bamford £25


Jo Loves created by Jo Malone herself has a fabulous selection of pretty, uplifting fragrances including Orange Butterflies a lovely blend of citrus notes including orange blossom, neroli and mandarin.


Orange Butterflies From £70 at Jo Loves

Classic British fashion brand, Sunspel have branched into fragrance this year and their offering created by perfumer Lynn Harris is a winner. A lovely mix of freshness and sophistication with citrus, chamomile and angelica seeds.

Sunspel Oak Wood Eau De Parfum £90 from Sunspel

Comme des Garcons Play Green.  How could anyone fail to feel upbeat just looking at the bottle? The fragrance itself is a great herbal blend of mint, basil, vetivert with a sweet floral twist of jasmine.

Comme des Garcons Play Green at Liberty £75

Guerlain Acqua Allegoria fragrances are always fresh, feminine and easy to wear. The most citrusy of all is their lovely Bergamote Calabria which sparkles with pink pepper, spice and lemon.


Guerlain Acqua Allegoria Bergamote Calabria from £63 at John Lewis

It is a bargain and has been around for over 200 years.  Muelhens  4711 Original Eau de Cologne Splash is a perfect unisex freshening cologne with citrus top notes warming to soft vetivert.


Muelhens 4711 Original Eau de Cologne Splash at chemists nationwide and online. Cologne and Cotton £20 

SARAH BARCLAY is a leading beauty editor and columnist with over 25 years experience working in magazines and newspapers. For 16 years she was Beauty Editor on The Mail on Sunday’s YOU Magazine, writing and styling a weekly news page as well as contributing beauty and lifestyle features for magazines and newspapers. She has written for Vogue, Tatler, The Sunday Times, The Daily Mail, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Madame Figaro and Brides Magazine. Since then, she has contributed to the Daily Mail’s Monday Inspire section, niche publications and websites. She is a journalist, editor, stylist, travel writer, features writer,  copywriter and author. She lives in the English countryside with her family and many animals.

Sarah offers a bespoke Beauty Clinic and Consultancy. Please contact her at Sarahbarclaybeauty.com

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