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‘Discover what’s hot this month in the world of health and beauty – and don’t miss your chance to win a Father’s Day makeover for your dad (or the other special man in your life)’ Helen Daly, Editor



Spring seduction

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    This year’s take on spring fragrance is a real step change. Forget more obvious fresh florals – these scents are sexy, sensual and chic, getting us in the mood for warmer months ahead. ‘They capture the feeling of balmy evenings,’ says master perfumer Roja Dove, ‘and are designed to linger seductively on warm skin.’


    How to choose?

    ‘Spritz, then breathe in and close your eyes,’ says Roja. ‘If you aren’t taken somewhere by the scent, it’s probably not for you.’ 

    Sexy scents

    Sweet and romantic: New Chloé Love Story Eau Sensuelle, £68/6,800 points (50ml, edp)

    Warm and sensual: Tom Ford Orchid Soleil*, £76/7,600 points (50ml, edp)

    Fresh and alluring: New Jimmy Choo L’Eau, £46/4,600 points (60ml, edt)

    Rebellious and sultry: New YSL Black Opium Floral Shock, £71/7,100 points (50ml, edp)

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Diary date: 23 April

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    It’s the London marathon! Whether you’re taking part or just inspired to start pounding the pavement**, ‘Remember the three Ps,’ says Nick Anderson, coach for Cancer Research UK’s 2017 team. ‘Plan your running: how many times a week, where and when? Be patient: improvement will come, but it’s a progressive process!’



    Keep your cool: Soft & Gentle 0% Aluminium Anti-Perspirant Deodorant in Active, £2.99/299 points (150ml).

    Carbs on the go: MaxiNutrition FuelMax Endurance Performance Elite Carbohydrate Sports Gel in Mixed Berry Flavour, £1.49/149 points (70g).

    Help ease sore muscles: Voltarol Pain-eze Emulgel, £5.79/579 points (30g). Contains diclofenac diethylammonium; always read the label.

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Hirsuits you, sir!

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    Turns out your other half’s beard is fast becoming as high-maintenance as your hair – a fifth of men now use products specially formulated for facial foliage. Introduce him to these grooming aces…


    From left to right: Brisk Tea Tree & Cedarwood Beard Shampoo For Grizzly Beards, £4.99/499 points (150ml), will leave even wild facial forests smooth, shiny and manageable; tame coarse, unruly beards in an instant with Percy Nobleman Beard Balm, £16.99/1,699 points (65ml); and Bulldog Skincare For Men Original Beard Oil, £5.50/550 points (30ml), will soften fuzz and soothe skin with calming aloe vera and jojoba oil.

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Little soothers

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    A cuddle from Mum and Dad is what kids want most when they’re unwell – in a recent poll, hugs even trumped watching TV! But when snuggles aren’t enough, consider Calpol Sugar Free Infant Suspension in Strawberry, £3.15/315 points (100ml; suitable for children aged 2 months+; for pain relief; contains paracetamol; always read the label).

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App-solutely amazing!

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    Say hello to the new-and-improved Boots app – it’s now tailored with offers that are perfect for you. Obsessed with all things hair? The app will serve up discounts or offers your locks will love. A diehard make-up maven? Expect extra points or 3-for-2 deals on your favourite brands. And don’t forget, you can still send photos to print, read product reviews on the go, order your prescriptions, and much more. Plus, check your Advantage Card points balance instantly. Download for free from the App Store or Google Play today.

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WIN! A Father’s Day makeover for your dad

Treat your dad – or the other special man in your life – to a session at London barber Johnny’s Chop Shop, plus goodies, all worth over £600


Make your dad feel special just in time for Father’s Day (*sets an iCal alert for Sunday 18 June*) with a groom-over at Johnny’s Chop Shop in London. The American-style barbershop, just off iconic Carnaby Street, is offering a haircut, style and beard trim or shave, all worth £82, for one lucky gent (plus, up to £150 towards travel costs).


He’ll also get a year’s supply of Johnny’s Chop Shop products, worth £396, to keep his fuzz fabulous and his hair slick. The goodies include the highly rated Hair Pomade and the famed smoothing Beard Oil. What’s more, 22 runners-up will each win goodie bags of 11 grooming products, worth £66. The closing date for entries is midnight on 25 April 2017. 

Mandatory fields. If you provide a tel. number this will only be used to contact you if you are the winner. Boots will not store or pass on your data for any other purpose.


Photography Elise Dumontet, Dennis Pedersen, Getty Images, Pixeleyes

*Available in a limited number of stores or through the Order & Collect Service at (terms and conditions apply).
**If you have a medical condition, consult your GP before undertaking a new exercise regime, and stop exercising if you feel uncomfortable.


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