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14 luxury bath and body buys that actually make the greatest gifts

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Splashing out on bath and body care might seem over-the-top indulgent, but receiving a fancy hand soap for a present feels like the greatest little luxury there is…

The bath and body care beauty categories have come up trumps in the past five years. Whether it’s due to the rise of wellness or our prioritisation of self-care, the once-snubbed beauty category has had a major revamp and we’re here for it.

While “smellies” were once thought of as a boring present you might receive from a distant aunt, these days we rejoice at a bath and body gift set. Which is where the luxury market of bath and body care comes into play. While we’d all love a Byredo hand soap or Jo Malone bath oil – splashing out on luxurious beauty buys often feels way too indulgent. But receiving a luxury hand soap or cult body lotion as a gift brings about the most joy every time you use it.

So whether you’re shopping for that hard-to-please friend or getting inspiration for your own Christmas list (no judgement, we still make one too), we’ve rounded up the best luxury bath and body buys that really do make the best gifts…

  • Aesop Reverence Aromatique Hand Wash

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    Elevate your everyday essentials with this iconic hand wash. It’s slightly grainy, which helps to exfoliate and smooth dry hands with every wash – while the vetiver, petitgrain and bergamot fragrance leaves your skin smelling seriously premium. 

    Shop Aesop Reverence Aromatique Hand Wash at Cult Beauty, £27

  • Aromatherapy Associates The Atomiser Ceramic Diffuser

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    Scent their surroundings with this luxurious diffuser. It’s waterless and cordless – meaning it sits pretty on your side while softly diffusing Aromatherapy Associates calming essential oils into the air around you. 

    Shop Aromatherapy Associates The Atomiser Ceramic Diffuser, £120

  • Bon Parfumeur Scented Hand Cream 801

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    Uplifting and refreshing, Bon Parfumeur’s Hand Cream 801 is packed with a trio of Italian citrus fruits which instantly transport you to the Amalfi coast every time you apply it. Dreamy. 

    Shop Bon Parfumeur Scented Hand Cream 801, £11

  • Augustinus Bader The Body Oil

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    The famous formulation of Augustinus Bader skincare is now available for the body. This ultra-silky, rich oil is incredibly fast absorbing and leaves skin nourished, firm and hydrated after every single use. While £75 for a body oil might seem extreme, when given as a present you’ll lap up every use with vigour. 

    Shop Augustinus Bader The Body Oil at Cult Beauty, £75

  • Byredo Rose Hand Wash

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    Not only does this seriously luxurious hand soap sit pretty on your kitchen worktop for all to see, it leaves your skin with the sumptuously rich scent of Byredo fragrance (this one’s their iconic Rose scent, but other smells are available too!)

    Shop Byredo Rose Hand Wash at Space NK, £38

  • Diptyque Figuier Scented Candle

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    There’s no greater luxury than an XXL Diptyque candle. These 1,500g offerings are perfect for indoor and outdoor use and elevate your bath-time by 1000% Figuier is a green, fruity, woody scent that envelops your surroundings with the scent of Mediterranean figs. 

    Shop Diptyque Figuier Scented Candle, £230

  • Grown Alchemist Soothe & Restore Hand Care Set

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    Treat them to the ultimate hand care duo with this hand wash and cream pairing. Packed with botanicals, the hand wash works to remove dirt and impurities, while the Tasmanian pepper, tangerine and chamomile fragrance invigorates and uplifts the senses. Plus, the cult apothecary-inspired vessels look elegant sink-side.

    Shop Grown Alchemist Soothe & Restore Hand Care Set at Net-a-Porter, £45

  • Herlum Sandalwood & Grapefruit Hand Wash

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    Made in the UK with few, fine and sustainably sourced ingredients, Herlum’s hand wash is soothing and nourishing on the skin – while leaving behind a delectable fragrance you’ll be smelling all day long.

    Shop Herlum Sandalwood & Grapefruit Hand Wash at Liberty London, £29

  • Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede Bath Oil

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    Enriched with sweet almond, jojoba seed and avocado oils, Jo Malone’s luscious bath oils help to soften and nourish skin while enveloping your bathroom with their iconic scent.

    Shop Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede Bath Oil, £48

  • Le Labo Shower Gel

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    We all have that friend who’s obsessed with Santal 33 and while splashing out on a £140 bottle of the fragrance might be out of the question, an offering of the shower gel may not be. 

    Shop Le Labo Shower Gel at Selfridges, £38

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