Plum blossom cologne, £86,


I tend to go a bit barmy for blossom at this time of year. Its sudden nature – as bare branches seemingly erupt in bud overnight – is synonymous with waving goodbye to wintry doom and gloom.

Cherry is a favourite: I haven't made it to Japan for the sakura season yet, but there's plenty of the pink stuff in my neighbourhood for now. Sadly, it's only a fleeting pleasure; a brisk wind is all it takes to create a snowstorm of petal confetti which will inevitably become brown mulch. But while it lasts, it's a reason to be cheerful.

Green lemon & orange blossom body wash

£5.50, Sanctuary Spa,

Lighter, brighter mornings are made even easier with a good squeeze of this – a nylon puff will help burst the moisture beads suspended in the gel.

Cherry blossom bath soap

£4, L'Occitane,

Provence is known for its cherries and its blossom is a fitting ingredient here. This pretty, flower-shaped soap foams gently with a fresh, floral fragrance.


Plum blossom cologne


One of three re-issued blossom-based scents from Jo Malone, which I'm thrilled about. A personal favourite, it's warm, yet light and clean – the perfect fragrance to see you in to summer.

Mashi blossom & Pink Grapefruit skin softening body lotion


The skincare experts have recreated the elusive scent of Japanese pear blossom – too delicate to extract – and blended it with pink grapefruit and a nourishing blend of botanical oils.

Shinjuku Bloom body scrub

£7, & Other Stories,

One of my favourite exfoliating formulations, this cheap-and-cheerful sugar scrub packs a punch of cheerful cherry and orange blossoms, vanilla and sandalwood.