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Beauty must-have: Darphin’s 8-Flower Nectar

Darphin’s sensuous, sensual and scentsational 8-Flower Nectar ticks all of my skincare boxes, but that kind of luxury don’t come cheap

Thu, Sep 5, 2013, 07:30


First things first: don’t let the name of Darphin‘s 8-Flower Nectar for Aging Skin put you off. “Ageing” (in the preferred UK English spelling) doesn’t have to mean “old” or “mature”; it can be applied to any skin that has seen the first signs of ageing. You know, those scaries you hear about on TV ads: fine lines and wrinkles, discolouration, a slightly papery appearance to the skin, and so on. Strictly speaking, our skin starts to age the minute we’re born (although I’m not recommending you start Botoxing babies).


Instead, you (or those of you old enough to drink in America) could very well start thinking about prevention, rather than cure. Darphin’s 8-Flower Nectar is one of the most deliciously satisfying ways of staving away old age and protecting your skin.

Created in the tradition of aromatherapy, this “youth elixir” combines oils from the nectar of eight precious flowers for a simply divine scent and feel. The daily (and/or nightly) application of the 8-Flower Nectar can quickly become something of an addiction, as it smells – and feels – like heaven in a small glass bottle. In fact, it’s not altogether unlike the elixir of life carried so carefully around by Lucy in the BBC adaptation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

I like to apply mine after serum and before moisturiser, but there’s nothing to say that you can’t tailor your use of Darphin’s 8-Flower Nectar to your own wants and needs. Be warned: there’s no going back once the lid has been opened, and it’s an expensive habit, coming in at €100-plus for 15ml. But this little bottle will be so precious that you will neither be saving nor slathering, so it should last a good six months.

Fancy trying a few similar items? Why not try Dr Hauschka’s Normalising Day Oil (€25 for 30ml), Clarins’ rebalancing facial oils (£30 for 30ml) or the Liz Earle Superskin Concentrate (£40.50 for 28ml from

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