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Last summer when the first Victoria’s Secret store opened in Europe (in London’s Westfield Stratford), you couldn’t move an inch inside. I wasn’t excited by the buzz of the American chain because a) I’d already  visited a Victoria’s Secret shop in Miami and seen it all, and b) I wasn’t impressed by the tacky and overpriced lingerie.

But there are a few gems Victoria’s Secret has, and I am not talking about the sparkly bits on the DD cups. Their lip glosses are puckerlicious and if you can decipher their extensive range of scented toiletries, you can’t get better than Strawberries and Champagne.

The wonder of this first came to my attention when my friend Emily in the states sent me some bubble bath and body lotion about 10 years ago. I’d heard nothing but good things about Strawberries & Champagne plus there was nothing else quite like it on the market (as far as I knew).

So I picked up the 250ml fragrance spray and 200ml hand and body cream in a multi-buy offer when I was in Westfield Stratford along with some other scented scrubs, mists and lotions. I have found the rest to be quite sickly sweet and distinctively average but Strawberries & Champagne is a stand-out.

With a soft scent that’s long-lasting, this one is flirtatiously fruity (hey, steady on!) and exudes femininity and girlieness in the right doses. I can’t remember how much these are priced at, but Victoria’s Secret’s multi-buy deals are something like 5 for £25.

The spray is refreshingly cooling with conditioning Aloe Vera and Chamomile and the lotion which contains avocado, almond oils and honey, moisturises without leaving you feeling greasy. Together the two are dynamite!

Forget the lapdancing looking underwear, and make a beeline for this delectable delight instead whether or not you’re partial to some bubbly. I don’t drink so this is the nearest I’ll get to sampling a classic flavour…

If you’ve tried these toiletries from Victoria’s Secret, is this what strawberries and champagne really smells of?