'Fruity floral scents are the olfactory equivalent of the nice, boring partner you take home from school to meet your parents before meeting someone more interesting and filthy at university'
Iam traditionally unkeen on fruity floral scents. There was a huge move towards them in the early 2000s as hundreds hit the shelves, all chirpy and bland. Neither sexually confident enough to be blowsy and potent, nor classy enough to be crisp and aromatic, they are the olfactory equivalent of the nice, boring partner you take home from school to meet your parents before meeting someone more interesting and filthy at university. There are exceptions – Jo Malone's Blackberry & Bay, for one (wet mossiness gives it zap), and some cherry perfumes. In all cases, a slight sourness is the key.
A legendary makeup artist turned perfumer reminded me of this with her own take. Mary Greenwell's Cherry (£95) blends unsickly, sour cherry notes, blackberries and sharp bergamot, then stops the whole thing smelling like a fruit salad with heady patchouli and slightly dirty musk. The outcome is a gorgeous scent for this clement weather.
Another I adore is Délices de Cartier (£59.50), a sort of love letter to cherries that's uplifting and unpretentious. Softer but hard not to enjoy is L'Occitane's Cherry Blossom (£39), which pairs cherries with blackcurrant again, this time adding white flowers and an airier feel.
Sali loves: new nails
Bourjois 1 Second Magic Nail Polish Remover Hands & Feet, £6
One of my all-time favourite beauty time-savers, now for feet as well as fingertips. The ingenious dippy polish remover pot remains, only now it has an integrated removable sponge for your toes. A beauty essential.
Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel, £6.49
A glamorous-looking retro bottle containing Revlon's reliably excellent polish, only here it's perfumed. A decadent self-gift, or an impressive present for not a great deal of cash.
OPI Sheer Tints, £11.95
I hadn't seen coloured top coat polishes since I was a little girl and I've found myself unexpectedly cheered by their return. Clear yellow, blue, magenta and violet polishes to be worn alone or over solid shades. Imagine lip gloss for your nails and you get the idea.
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