The beauty tips fit for a (real) Queen
21:31 GMT, 3 June 2012
The bunting is up, the Pimm’s is being quaffed and everything seems to be plastered with Union flags — including beauty products, of course. But which of these does the Queen herself prefer
There are, in fact, several beauty brands with a special place in Her Majesty’s heart — those that hold a coveted royal warrant. Toiletries firm Floris has held its warrant since 1820, and is perfumer to the Queen.
To mark her birth in 1926, it created a special fragrance blend of vanilla, patchouli and amber, called Royal Arms. This has now been updated to celebrate her 60 years on the throne. The Royal Arms Diamond Edition eau de parfum is a warm and nostalgic scent (99, John Lewis).
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Elizabeth Arden has double reason to celebrate, as 2012 also marks its 50th anniversary of being a royal warrant holder. Perhaps its most iconic product is the rich, luxurious Eight Hour Cream, originally developed as an emollient balm for horses hooves.
These days, the beauty editor’s favourite comes in a clutch-bag friendly 50ml size (29) — perfect for women like the Queen who are always on the go. Her Majesty is also rumoured to be a fan of Arden’s Ceramide Premiere Intense moisturiser (68).
Kent Brushes was awarded the royal warrant by George III in the 1770s, and it has been renewed by each of the eight monarchs since. Several of the firm’s hairbrush designs remain unchanged, and are favourites among hair stylists at the world’s leading fashion shows. We love the Classic Bristle cushion brush (20), and there are more expensive hairbrushes that are sanded, buffed and lacquered by hand.
OUR RIGHT ROYAL BEAUTY HEROES
Floris Royal Arms Diamond Edition
Classic bristle brush from Kent Brushes
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream
29 (for 50ml) from chemists nationwide
The company also makes other products, including shaving and clothes brushes. Look out for its set of 12 carefully crafted make-up brushes (100). Clarins, which has held the royal warrant for five years, packs its award-winning skincare and cosmetic formulas with no-nonsense ingredients.
The Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil (29) is a rich serum that hydrates and calms the skin.
The Queen, it is rumoured, likes Clarins Ever Matte Mineral Powder Compact in Transparent Fair (25), as well as the brand’s eyeshadow palettes (30).
In honour of the Jubilee, 1 from every sale of Clarins Hand And Nail Treatment Cream (19) will go to the Queen’s charity QEST, which supports British craftsmen and women.
Another royal warrant holder is Penhaligon’s, originally opened as a barber’s shop on London’s Jermyn Street more than 140 years ago. Founder William Penhaligon secured his reputation as a perfumer with his eau de toilette Blenheim Bouquet (from 58) in 1902. It was a brave step away from the single floral scents popular at the time — and was heralded as one of the most original perfumes in the world.
Named after the home of the Dukes of Marlborough, the scent is a citrus, spicy, woody blend that works on men and women. Penhaligon’s scents are made from the finest, rarest English ingredients. Kate Moss and Margaret Thatcher are among the fans of its popular Bluebell eau de toilette (from 58).
Central London pharmacy John Bell & Croyden has held its royal warrant since 1909.
It is home to 15,000 beauty and healthcare products and even has an online doctor. If you don’t live in London, lots of the shop’s cult beauty products are available online at johnbellcroyden.co.uk