Things I love #2 – the bath and body edit

bath-and-body-haul

So I’m back with another round up of products I’ve been loving this summer. Talking of summer, how was yours? Did it go as quickly as mine did (like, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it?).

I was outrageously spoilt this year with not just one amazing sunshine-filled trip to Greece, but two. After we got back from our holiday to Rhodes in May we immediately got on the ‘ol internet and got booking for another. Therefore, while most of the products I’m recommending this time are summer-based, you can rest safe in the knowledge that they have been thoroughly road tested in 35 degree heat and therefore they are winners. Fact.

Garnier Ambre Solaire aftersun hydrating tan maintainer: This. Is. The. Bomb. Being fair skinned I rarely tan on holiday until right at the very end, usually when we’re standing in line for the plane home. Therefore I always take a bit of fake tan away with me and this year, with limited luggage space, I decided to kill two birds and take an after sun with added tanning agent. This stuff is amazing. It sinks in quickly, has a sweet, long lasting scent and gives a natural glow that’s not orange or too ‘fake’ looking. The tanner worked pretty quickly on me – two applications and I had a nice golden colour – but beware the Curse of the Orange Palm; had it not been for this then I definitely would have got away with people thinking I actually had a natural tan to show for my week away. For once. I got mine from Boots for a fiver, but there’s plenty of this stuff knocking around the internet in various other places.

Nivea Stress Protect deodorant:  I’m not normally a fan of spray ons, but I’ve grown a bit tired of their cream stick counterparts recently. I hate that they go all sticky under your arms in the heat – the smell when they start to work actually makes me feel a bit sick. Plus I’ve yet to find one that doesn’t leave white marks on my clothes – even the ones that are designed NOT to. I was perusing Boots in search of something to take on holiday (in the mens aisle, FYI, because men’s deodorant is the best) when I came across this and thought I’d give it a go. I wasn’t expecting much from it to be honest, but it really surprised me – not only does this work (in 35 degree heat, no less) but it smells nice and the can seems to last a fairly decent length of time. Winner!

Aloe Treasures silk & silicone leave in conditioner: I’m really struggling with hair products at the moment as so many of my regular favourites have been discontinued (I’m mostly looking at you, Boots, and your unnecessary cull of the Almond & Coconut leave in conditioner. WHY?). I took some Argan oil to Greece with me to put on the ends at night and after washing, but I really do need a decent leave in conditioner for combing through when my hair’s wet. I picked this up in a Greek pharmacy in Rhodes town and it’s been a life saver. At 10 Euros it wasn’t exactly cheap (around £7) but it’s organic and, well, I was desperate. It smells nice and fresh (if a tad synthetic for something that claims to be 100% organic) and my hair is so much happier for it. Now to continue the hunt for something similar here in the UK!

Argan Oil heat defence leave in spray:  Continuing on the hair theme, this stuff has also been a god send. Getting a decent hair cut back in July has given me the incentive to style my hair properly a lot more recently, so I want to try and take care of it and keep it in relatively good condition. I picked this up in Poundland a couple of weeks ago and just give my hair a good spray every time I blow dry or straighten. I’m sure there are better brands out there, but this was ONE POUND. Enough said.

Seascape sea salt body scrub:  I was kindly gifted a few bits from award winning bath and body range Seascape just before we went on holiday again in August, and it couldn’t have been better timing. As any regular tanner will know, exfoliating is so important in maintaining and enhancing your glow and I aim to give my body a good scrub at least once or twice a week. I’m usually a Soap & Glory kind of girl when it comes to scrub (and believe me, I’ve tried them all) but this stuff is amazing. It’s got the same gritty texture as Scrub of Your Life and a little goes a long way. As you can see, I’ve nearly finished my jar – it really is that good. I would say that anyone who doesn’t like heavily scented products might not like this – it’s got a very strong lavender scent, with a hint of eucalyptus. Personally, I don’t mind it, and it makes it great as a pre-bedtime treat for winding down as I find the scent relaxing, but if you prefer sweeter smells like the stuff from Soap & Glory then this might take some getting used to. The only negative I could find was that it came in a glass jar – I’m clumsy, therefore slippery hands and glass jars in the shower aren’t the best combination for me, but other than that this product is amazing and will really make your skin soft and supple.

Seascape Soothe body mist: Lastly, a product I’ve been coveting for most of the summer is this body mist from Seascape’s Soothe range. I’ve struggled all my life with insomnia on and off, and after having a particularly stressful few weeks at the beginning of summer that disturbed my sleep no end I was really keen to give this a go. I spray some on after a shower each night, making sure it’s on my skin and pyjamas, and then mist a bit over my pillow as well. While it won’t knock you into a coma or anything, this definitely has helped to soothe and relax me in the run up to bedtime. This is made from 100% Jersey Lavender, so again if that’s not your thing then you might not enjoy it, but for me it’s a scent that I now associate with relaxation, so I personally find it quite comforting. I’ll definitely be stocking up on some more of this before it runs out – especially as Seascape are currently donating 5% from the sale of any product in their Soothe range to the Target Ovarian Cancer charity. Lovely!

 

I was kindly gifted a range of Seascape products this summer, two of which I’ve reviewed here because yes, they really are as good as I’ve described. All opinions on everything I review – gifted or not – are 100% my own, and I would never recommend anything here that I didn’t genuinely think was worth the time or trouble to write about. Thanks Seascape!