Monday 29 February 2016


Britain’s favourite “Battleaxe” Christine Hamilton has left behind the world of politics to become a “Media Butterfly”. Her childhood was spent in the New Forest before becoming a research assistant at the House of Commons. Christine is always ready and willing to stand up for her beliefs and principles, which makes her a favourite on TV and in the press, but what would she make of “Stephan’s Six”?

What is the first smell that you can remember?
That would definitely be the scent of “sea air”. I remember my father telling me to breathe deeply and to think about how it made me feel. I vividly recall the salt and the invigorating freshness, although I don't honestly remember him using the word “invigorating” because I was only about 3! I still adore the smell now and think it’s the most powerful pick-me up, outside of alcohol.

What perfume do you remember your mum or dad wearing?
I always associate my mother with Je Reviens by Worth. I’m not sure whether it’s the actually smell or the memory of seeing the bottle on her dressing table. She wasn't a great perfume person, my mother, and so it had to have been given to her because she would never have spent any money herself on something that she would of thought of as frivolous!

What was the perfume of your twenties?
Straight away it’s Anais Anais and Rive Gauche. I still love them both when I smell them on other people but I’ve moved on. They seem a tad “girlie" now for someone of my age. I will admit to sometimes having a sneaky spray from the testers in a shop though.

What was your biggest perfume mistake?
Spraying it directly into my eyes. It’s as simple as that. I badly misjudged the angle of trajectory and ended up with a faceful.

You can only choose one perfume, what would it be?
Definitely Knowing by Estée Lauder. I was given a bottle when it first launched in 1988 and never looked back. On summer days I will wear Beautiful, which is lighter, but it's
Knowing that constantly gets the comments - literally from Dukes to Dustmen! I suppose I’ve always been a big fan of Estée Lauder.

What perfume should I try?
Again it would have to be Knowing for the reasons I’ve already said, it really is what I’m known for. No pun intended. I’ve no idea about male perfumes I’m afraid. I love smelling them on a man but my husband can't be bothered!

Christine’s autobiography, “For Better For Worse”, was published by Robson Books in 2005. For more information visit her website at

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