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The sweetest things: Vanilla and honey prove Molton Brown has good taste

Exquisite Vanilla

Sometimes it’s the little things in life that provide an unexpected moment of uplifting cheer. Little things like a beautifully luxuriant hand cream, which is why we always love to find Molton Brown products in our hotel or restaurant bathroom and why more and more of us are buying them for ourselves. The brand’s first gourmand fragrance, Rhubarb & Rose, launched three years ago and has been such a success that it was decided to expand the range.

So now there are two new reasons to be cheerful, albeit for a limited time. Master Perfumer Christian Plesch has created Exquisite Vanilla & Violet Flower and Comice Pear & Wild Honey, to join the existing Rhubarb & Rose, in the Molton Brown gourmand collection.

A gourmand fragrance is one that blends ‘edible’ notes, like honey and vanilla in this case, with more usual fragrance ingredients such as florals and musks.

Exquisite Vanilla & Violet Flower, described by Plesch as “a sumptuous powdery fragrance,” contains notes of fresh violet leaf, freesia, orris and rose. The gourmand element is provided by vanilla, rounded out with tonka and musk. This limited edition is available as a Bath & Shower Gel, a Body Lotion and a single wick candle.

By contrast Comice Pear & Wild Honey has a fresh, ‘crunchy’ green pear tree leaf opening which combines with bergamot, gardenia, jasmine and lily of the valley. A delicious sounding combination of honey, caramel and biscuit makes up the gourmand base. This range includes a Hand Wash, a Hand Lotion and a Hand Cream.

Dressing for the occasion: For a limited time only, the Molton Brown Gourmand Collections feature coloured metallic caps and grosgrain ribbons

The good news is that travel retail shoppers will be able to take advantage of extra treats in the form of exclusive pre-made gift sets presented in a signature Molton Brown box, bearing the ultimate seal of approval: the Royal Arms.

Gourmand Gift Set which includes Rhubarb & Rose Bath and Shower Gel; Comice Pear & Wild Honey Hand Wash; Exquisite Vanilla & Violet Flower Bath and Shower Gel.

Comice Pear & Wild Honey Hand Gift Set made up of Comice Pear & Wild Honey Fine Liquid Hand Wash; Hand Lotion; Hand Cream.

Exquisite Vanilla & Violet Body Gift Set which comprises Exquisite Vanilla & Violet Bath and Shower Gel; Body Lotion and a single wick Candle.

To compliment the new ‘olfactory desserts’ Molton Brown collaborated with Executive Pastry Chef Sarah Barber who created three patisseries inspired by the fragrances to star in the campaign. Good enough to eat.

Clare Austin
written by: Clare Austin
With a background in fashion and beauty journalism for magazines such as Elle and Harper’s Bazaar Clare is a beauty enthusiast whose pulse quickens whenever a new product hits the shelves.