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Boston-based company Fresh does a very fine line in sophisticated health and beauty products, made with premium ingredients and dressed up in irresistible packaging. Co-founders Lev Glazman and Alina Roytberg are pioneers of sugar as a beauty ingredient, and the sensual Sugar range is among the brands most covetable; the heavenly Brown Sugar Body Polish contains real brown sugar crystals and essential oils, while the SPF15 Sugar lip treatment combines reparative oils and natural waxes with the sweet stuff. Products certainly don’t come cheap but the quality is clearly high. The most indulgent purchase has to be a pot of Crème Ancienne (£155/100g); it’s made entirely by hand in a monastery in the Czech Republic and is so rich that it banishes any dryness instantaneously. Pretty apothecary-style eaux de parfum are also available, in enticing flavours such as Redcurrant Basil and Citron de Vigne (also available as shower gel and body lotion). The brand also now has a make-up collection inspired by the wanton ‘aristocratic indulgence of the 18th century’ (Firebird mascara £17; Imperial Bedroom face palette £32) plus a range of anti-ageing skincare products – we loved the rich-but-not-greasy Black Tea Age-delay face cream, with its distinctive scent.
Venue name: Fresh
Address: 92 Marylebone High Street
Opening hours: Open 10am-7pm Mon-Wed, Fri, Sat; 10am-8pm Thur; 11am-5pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Baker Street or Regent's Park tube
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