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I am always impressed by the gift sets that are on sale in Marks and Spencer. I only notice these sets at Christmas time. But I would advise anyone to have a look at them as they make fantastic gifts, particularly for someone who is difficult to buy for. The cost of these gift sets are very reasonable and look far more expensive than they actually cost. Last year I bought two florentyna gift sets. I hadn't had the pleasure of sampling this product before. However the packaging was so appealing, coming enclosed in a beautiful cream make up bag. I decided to buy one as a gift and buy one for myself. I was hopeful that the scent of this body lotion would be to my liking. However I was slightly disappointed. I do like the scent it is very floral and sophisticated. However I would say that this scent lends itself to the older lady. I find it a little old fashioned and heavy for my tastes. The consistency of the body lotion was perfect. The initial thickness of the lotion, created a creamy texture onto the skin. Although this sounds a bit off putting, it was actually very soothing and the scent of the body lotion provided a fresh and cooling sensation. The lotion does absorb well. It does not leave a sticky residue. The scent does hang on the skin well. I could smell the scent in the evening when I had applied the lotion in the morning. I also noted that following the application of the lotion, my skin appeared softer and more moisturised. I should imagine that a bottle of this lotion would last you a good few months. This is because you only need a small amount of body lotion as it does indeed go a long way. Back to the scent of the lotion now. This is the only thing, that I felt left the product down. But in all fairness I can see how the scent would be appreciated by others. It just did nothing for me and made me smell old fashioned. The initial whiff you get when applying this cream is the strong floral topnotes of lilly of the valley. I quite like the freshness of this scent. However after a short period this scent becomes quite overpowering and cloying. When the initial floral scent dies down slightly, I can then indicate the scent of orange blossom. This is much more subtle though and adds a more demure tendancy to the scent. There is also musky undertones to this scent which I have to admit I do like very much. I love musk and find that it gives a scent a air of sensuality. However on this occasion the strong floral lilly of the valley and jasmine scent overpowers all other ingredients. As far as value for money goes, I would certainly say that this body lotion is well worth the money. The product itself is very sufficient and pleasing. It just wasn't to my tastes. I would certainly say that this scent is more for the mature lady. But I suppose it depends on one's preferences. What I will say is that it is a deliciously indulgent lotion that left my skin feeling rejuvinated. I paid £10 for the gift set at Christmas which included body wash, hand cream, bubble bath and body lotion. These were only small bottles but they had good portions of product within. I know that my nan loved this gift. She asked me a couple of months ago to pick her up another body lotion. I believe i paid around £5 for a medium sized bottle. The bottle was very pretty and well packaged. This is a bonus as it will provide a great focal point on any dressing table.