Laura Mercier Tarte au Citron Soufflé Body Creme

Fans of good-enough-to-eat 'gourmand' smells are addicted, we know, to Laura Mercier's patisser-inpsired bath and body treats - and here's a fresh new addition to the line-up. Think lemon tart: this has the citrus zing we expect from lemon, but there's a definite almond/vanilla note adding its cake shop deliciousness to the scent. This sugary blend of gourmand ingredients includes tart lemon zest, sugared citron, bergamot, creme fraiche, neroli, jasmine, anise flowers - and in the base, whipped vanilla custard, a warm baked pastry accord, velvety musks and blonde woods.

The collection includes a Creme Body Wash and Eau Gourmand fragrance, but we're most enraptred by the body cream. Its texture is just sublime: lightly whipped, seriously rich, it incorporates skin-conditioning macadamia and grapeseed oils, plus shea butter. Skin's instantly velvetified, but not sticky.

Which is really where it differs from cake.

UK readers find Laura Mercier Soufflé Body Creme at www.johnlewis.com/£45 for 200 ml