Yardley Contemporary Collection

We're consistently impressed by the quality of Yardley fragrances and bath/body treats - and really rather loving their new look. The fragrances in the Contemporary Classics collection have been reworked, too - casting off any great-aunt overtones, and re-emerging as beautiful 'single note' fragrances with a modern, wearable feel. (No 'single note' fragrance is actually that, though - much more complex.)

There are lots of 'layering' possibilities, with Hand Cream and Body Lotion, with a pretty new look and a very elegant new bottle for the eau de toilette. Choose from light, elegant Lily of the Valley (which develops an interesting woody-amber base), 'cult' favourite April Violets (a soft cloud of parma violets with jasmine, ylang ylang, tuberose and iris), English Rose (light and fresh, with plenty of rose absolute), and one of our all-time summer faves: English Lavender, in which the aromatic herby notes are beautifully softened by neroli, sandalwood and tonka bean.

UK readers find Yardley Contemporary Collection at www.yardleylondon.co.uk/from £9.99 for 50 ml eau de toilette (from just £4.49 for 100 ml Nourishing Hand Cream)