This week I’ve fallen in love with a range of products for babies from Burt’s Bees called Baby Bee. The buttermilk soap, in particular, is totally addictive and will have you thinking up reasons to go and wash your hands or indeed your baby’s hands…It contains buttermilk, rich in emollients and natural fats which are ideal for sensitive and delicate skin, and oat flour – another great skin soother. It smells absolutely delicious: delicate, soft and sweet without being at all overpowering and feels particularly soft when you apply it on the skin. It’s designed for and loved by babies because of its smooth and gentle texture, but I’m actually sold on it myself…Also particularly delicious in the range is Burt’s Bees Baby Bee’s Shampoo and Wash, because we all love a multi-tasker, especially when we become mums and life becomes a bit of a juggling act! It’s a great product, gentle enough to use every day (it’s tear free and non irritating) and I love that it cleans both hair and body saving you the hassle of needing two products. Its formula includes sweet orange, lemon and coconut oils to create a nourishing and effective cleanser, but more importantly doesn’t contain phthalates, parabens, petrolatum, or SLS. It bubbles generously and leaves skin and hair soft, so much so that I’ve stopped using a conditioner too. If you’re looking for a gift for a new mum or you have children yourself this is a great range that ticks all the boxes: from the beautiful packaging to the subtle fragrance and texture, to the fact that the products are made with a lot of love, natural products and no nasties at all. All in all a winner range that I (and more importantly my much harder to please baby daughter) would thoroughly recommend.
For more information go to Burtsbees.co.uk. Baby Bee Shampoo and Wash is priced at £7.99, and the Buttermilk Baby Soap is priced at £4.99.
I’ve always been more of a shower (as opposed to a bath) person. There’s something refreshing and revitalising about the experience that a bath, however luxurious, doesn’t quite deliver. And this time of year, as the weather improves, is my favourite time to have showers because you don’t get freezing cold when you get out, and if the sun is shining you can even dare to leave the house with wet hair 😉 I recently tried a gorgeous new shower gel called ORGANii Shower Gel in strawberry fragrance. It’s dermatologically tested on human volunteers for skin compatibility as opposed to animals, which I think is fantastic, and it also contains no animal or wheat derived ingredients in it, making it completely vegan and safe for all skin types. The texture of the gel is quite serum-like, not super-foamy, but as a result feels very hydrating and soft on the skin. And the scent is also lovely because of its subtlety: you get a hint of fruit without feeling like you’ve just had a very sweet strawberry milkshake. It’s a very nice product that makes you feel squeaky clean and which is great for all the family as it’s plant-based and has 100% natural aromas. The packaging is also very cool, it reminds me of a smoothie or a yoghurt drink, so it’s a nice feature to have in your bathroom or shower room. It retails at £5.95/300ml and comes in two other different flavours: ORGANii Organic Peach Fragrance Shower Gel and ORGANii Organic Aloe Vera & Bamboo Shower Gel. They’re available from Whole Foods, selected stockists nationwide and online from organii.co.uk. A great way to start your day!
Abut the brand: Organii products are Free from SLS, Free from artificial preservatives (such as parabens), Free from added colourants, Use plant based ingredients and 100% natural origin aromas. The are almost all suitable for vegans too. Organii’s mission is to offer great value with organic integrity. Effective formulas, keen prices, good value for money, suitable for all the family and looking good in any bathroom cabinet. The products are certified by Ecocert, from an ethical manufacturer with conscientious packaging.
If, like me, it can take you forever to decide which bath oil or gel to use in the bath, here is a great gift set (for yourself or a friend) that has plenty of products for you to choose from – depending on your mood and the sort of day you’ve had, making it the ultimate 24 hour body care kit.
The Elemis Bath and Body Jewels has two shower gels in the set – skin nourishing to unwind and revitalise-me to wake up – both of which smell fantastic and really help you to nourish or to invigorate your energy respectively. If you opt for a bath, there is also a choice of two bath elixirs, the quiet mind relaxing bath elixir with patchouli and eucaliptus and the tranquil touch with cedarwood and vetivert. Both of these bath soaks are especially soothing, my personal favourite being quiet mind because it reminds me of being in a spa.
To finish, you have the choice of two moisturisers: a skin nourishing body lotion that is very enriching and a tranquil touch body cream from their exotics collection that is fragrant and nourishing.
If you’re not familiar with Elemis, this is a great way to get to know the brand, and the size of the products (100ml each) makes them ideal to take travelling in your hand luggage or handbag. The packaging is gorgeous and very good value at under £30.00.
The Elemis Bath and Body Jewels is priced at £29.50.
For more information go to www.timetospa.co.uk.
If you like strawberries, you must check out this bath and shower gel. Iced Strawberry Dream is a limited edition product that smells of sweet summer. It really is a beautiful fragrance (a mix of candy, ice cream and ripened fruit) – you almost wish you could eat it! Iced Summer Dream launched into Tesco stores, nationwide, this March, and it’s available for limited time only. But the most interesting thing about this product is that it’s the result of an online competition by the quirky body & bathing brand, Treacle Moon. Since 2009, they have been running a monthly competition on their website, http://www.treaclemoon.net, encouraging fans to submit their suggestions for new fragrances. And this is the latest winning scent. You can use it in the shower or in the bath and it foams generously, creating a lather that leaves your skin feeling clean and soft. It’s great for all ages and looks gorgeous in the bathroom. So next time you pop into Tesco to get your bits and pieces take a walk down the cosmetics aisle and smell it – you’ll be hooked.
Spring’s forthcoming special edition – Iced Strawberry Dream bath & shower gel (£2.99 / 500ml).