Give your Mum the Cleopatra treatment
20:37 GMT, 14 March 2012
Don’t forget Mother’s Day on Sunday. Every mum deserves a treat so here’s our guide to the best pampering gifts at every price — from exotic perfumes to a milk bath worthy of the Queen of the Nile…
Queen of the Nile: Make your Mum feels as indulged as Cleopatra, played here by Elizabeth Taylor
AromaWorks Signature Range (30, aroma-works.com) is a set of four essential oil infused candles which are free from paraffin and synthetic wax. There’s a candle to suit every mood. Choose from Nuture, Soulful, Inspire and, our favourite, Serenity, with its soothing lemongrass and geranium fragrance.
Layering is the best way to make a scent last all day, and for mums on the go, Clarins Eau Des Jardins Collection (28.50, clarins.co.uk) is perfect for a lasting scent of grapefruit, lemon, crushed green mint and wild rose. The gift box contains an Eau Des Jardins spray, Smoothing Body Cream and Hand and Nail Cream (worth 47).
The Sanctuary gift sets are great value and the Spa Therapies Escape & Unwind Collection, (23.50, from Boots stores nationwide) comes in a keepsake box and contains Bath Soak, Thermal Sugar Polish, Body Oil, Body Butter and a Warming Massage Stone.
For a mum who loves chocolate, but not the calories, The Body Shop’s Chocomania Gift Set (12, thebodyshop.co.uk) is perfect. A heart-shaped box contains Chocomania Shower Cream, Body Butter, Body Scrub and Lip Butter.
For a really relaxing bath, The Organic Pharmacy’s Cleopatra’s Milk Bath (29.95, the organicpharmacy.com) is beautiful. The bath powder contains milk and dried rose petals so the comforting scent lasts and lasts.
The Ushvani Day Spa in London’s Chelsea is a favourite secret retreat for fashionistas, who love the peaceful Asian spa atmosphere and natural treatments. The next best thing to having a treatment is to use their products at home.The Ushvani Papaya and Cane Sugar Scrub,(44, ushvani.com) is rich in papaya oil and perfect to prepare your skin for summer.
Mother's Day ideas: From left, Body Shop's Chocomania Gift Set, Ushvani Papaya and Cane Sugar Scrub and Spa Therapies Escape & Unwind Collection
Label lovers will adore Ted Baker beauty products. Origami Body Spray and Origami Body Souffle (5.10 and 6.50, Boots) are deliciously scented with raspberry, vanilla and rose.
Look out for free gifts with purchases from The Perfume Shop (theperfumeshop.com). Some of the best are a Giorgio Armani evening bag with any Armani scent, 50ml or larger, and a Prada Candy cosmetics pouch with any Prada Candy scent, 50ml or larger, both available until March 18.
Lush always comes up with unique gifts, and its Happy Mother’s Day Tin (28.95, lush.co.uk) is a pretty keepsake containing Bubble Bar Wands — Lush’s flower-shaped bath bombs — as well as Bath Ballistics in Think Pink and Butterball and a mango-scented bath melt.
Treat her: Jo Loves… scented candle
Alien Aqua Chic (40, theperfumeshop.com) comes in a glamorous sparkly bottle, and is a gorgeous new version of the classic Thierry Mugler scent, with ginger water, freesia and an amber base.
Jo Loves … Scented Layered Candle (75, joloves.com) is a real treat from Jo Malone. The lemongrass, amber and tiare flower candle brings spring into your home and is beautifully packaged.
Molton Brown do glamour very well, and the Beloved Mother’s Day Gift Set (43, moltonbrown.co.uk) contains Warming Eucalyptus Bath & Shower Therapy, Coco De Mer Body Lotion, Heavenly Gingerlily Moisture Bath & Shower and Body Cream.
Natio’s new range is based on the mood-enhancing scents of yoga. Meditate Body Scrub with Bakhur (13, Debenhams stores and lookfantastic.com) relaxes the mind and buffs dull skin.
For bodycare on the go, Boots Extracts Fairtrade Mini Body Butter Collection (7.40, Boots) contains three rich body butters that fit perfectly in a wash bag.
For an instant pick-me-up after the gym, L’Occitane’s Petit Provencal Gift Sets (16, loccitane.co.uk) contain mini versions of bath and shower gel, body lotion, soap and hand cream in six scents including lavender, cherry blossom and verbena.
Elemis Quiet Mind Soothing Stars Gift Set (25, look fantastic.com) includes a mini candle, shower cream, bath elixir and body lotion in this pampering kit.
Boo Boo (boobooshop.com) — the new mum and baby skincare brand — offers the Luxury Mummy Spa Kit, 34.99.
It contains Silky Soft Body Wash with avocado oil, Super Stretchy Miracle Oil, and Bosom Buddy, a bust-firming treat with centella and ginkgo biloba.
Pampering: From left, Elemis Quiet Mind Soothing Stars Gift Set, Mama Mio (mamamio.com) has a Congratulations Kit and Boo Boo Luxury Mummy Spa Kit
Bloom and Blossom’s Indulgent Bath Oil (18, bloomandblossom.com) is packed with pampering ingredients like ylang ylang flower oil which reduces stretch marks, chasteberry, which balances hormones and lavender to calm stressed-out mums.
Mama Mio (mamamio.com) has a Congratulations Kit, 46, which contains a stretch mark oil, a super-rich body cream and a light floral shower cream, which doubles as a baby cleanser.
AND SOME AT POCKET MONEY PRICES…
Gift set: Baylis & Harding Royale Bouquet Hand Cream Collection
The NSpa Bathing Rituals range is excellent value, with everything under 3.95. Choose from Jojoba and White Vanilla Warming Salt Scrub, Jojoba and White Musk Shower Mousse,and Jojoba and White Jasmine Shower and Body Wash, (from 2.45, Asda).
Scottish Fine Soaps smell delicious, (4.95, John Lewis and Topshop) and the retro tin will look great in the bathroom.
Yardley has a new bath and body collection. Choose from five scents, including Royal English Daisy, English Lavender and Peony in Luxury Body Wash, 3.50, Body Lotion, 5.99 and Hand and Nail Cream, 3.99 (chemists nationwide).
Baylis & Harding have some well-priced gifts, including Royale Bouquet Hand Cream Collection, 8, and Body Wash and Body Balm Gift Set, 10 (Debenhams).
THIS WEEK'S BEAUTY MUST-HAVES
Nip + Fab No Needle Fix Serum
Sales of products that give instant results without the need for needles are on the increase. Nip + Fab No Needle Fix Serum, 19.95 (Boots), temporarily erases the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
This plumping and volumising serum is applied before moisturising and works to smooth fine lines and wrinkles. Our tester had been considering Botox and changed her mind after using this, delighted with the instant results.
Moroccanoil Hair Treatment
Argan oil is still big news. It originates from Morocco, is rich in vitamins and feeds dull skin. Terre D’Oc’s fabulous new skin and bodycare range contains it to rehydrate and revitalise skin.
Anti-Ageing Day Face Cream, 26.95, is great for giving skin radiance, and Black Body Soap, 24.95 (terredoccosmetics.co.uk) is a Moroccan treatment to cleanse, exfoliate and purify skin.
Moroccanoil Hair Treatment, 12.85 (call 0800 310 1133 for stockists) also contains the oil, leaving hair silky and frizz-free.
Revlon PhotoReady Perfecting Primer
HOW TO GET BRIGHTER EYES
Make foundation last longer with Revlon’s PhotoReady Perfecting Primer, 11.99 (Boots and Superdrug).
The Photo Ready range also includes an Eye Primer and Brightener, 9.99, an illuminating pen that reduces lines, brightens dark circles and holds eyeshadow in place for up to 15 hours.
Also just out is the L’Oreal Paris Lumi Magique Touch of Light Highlighting Pen, 8.49 (Boots and Superdrug), half the cost of a premium product.