Bath and Bodyworks

I discovered Bath and Bodyworks when I was in Malaysia and I have to admit that I became ever so slightly obsessed and bought too many things! The interesting thing is that the packaging verges on tacky but for some reason that works! I love the slightly retro feel and have to admit the scents are amazing!

My favourite product is the shimmer mist so I got them in three different scents – Warm Vanilla, Japanese Cherry Blossom and Magic in the Air. These scents are infused with beautiful shimmery particles that you can use on your hair and body. The scent really lasts and the shimmer looks amazing!

Warm Vanilla Sugar smells like – vanilla & sheer florals.

Japanese Cheery Blossom smells of cherry blossoms, crisp pears, mimosa petals & sweet sandalwood

Main the Air smells of almond flower, white iris & whipped vanilla

I had to get the Warm Vanilla body mist just because I wanted a non-shimmer version for everyday

The I had to get the Magic in the Air Body Foaming Sugar Scrub.

They were out of stock of the Vanilla so I had to get the Pink Cashmere instead! This smells of pink jasmine, creamy sandalwood & white amber. The scrubs are thick and moisturising and a real pleasure to use, leaving you smelling amazing.

Then I spotted the hand washes so ended up with these two – Vanilla (again) and Gardenia. These are the Deep Cleansing Hand Soaps which are mean to be like “a 60-second manicure..specially formulated to effectively cleanse and exfoliate, while conditioning Aloe and Vitamin E leave hands feeling soft and smooth”.

I love all these products and probably would have got more if I could have fitted them into my suitcase!

 

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Three Cleansers

I love a good cleanser and I have really been enjoying these three affordable options.

First is the Garnier Oil Infused Micellar Water (5.99). I use this as my first cleanse when I am wearing a bit more makeup than usual or waterproof mascara. It really gets everything off but for me is never enough on its own. I use cotton wool soaked in this and always follow this with another richer cleanser like the next two.

Next is a lovely Milky Cleansing Oil by Melvita (£13). This smells divine, of course of roses. This oil to milk formula is wonderful to get your skin clean without drying. I use this on dry skin and the use a wet hot cloth to take it off.

Finally this Vitamin E Cream Cleanser by the Body Shop is great basic cleanser (£7.50). Its no fuss easy to use & gets everything off. I again use this on dry skin and remove with a wet hot cloth.

I am definitely more of hot cloth cleanser fan but the micellar water is a good starting point. I just love cleansers that really clean my skin without drying and also feel like they are doing something good too!

 

The Best Shower Oil?

This is a giant bottle of the Bioderma Atoderm Shower Oil (£13.50). I wanted a moisturising shower oil as the weather changes and my skin gets drier. This is an ultra-nourishing oil that cleanses, restores lipids and soothes
The texture is really creamy and silky, with a  subtle scent and it is non-greasy.

A great purchase if you have dry sensitive skin or just like shower oils!

Body Shop Perfume

I love scents that make me think of incense. This perfume from Body Shop was a very pleasant surprise. Its called Nigritella Oriental Orchid (£28) and smells divine! Its floral but musky with vanilla and tuberose alongside the red vanilla orchid.

As you can see I have finished this bottle and am torn between buying this again or trying another one from their range – Bowhanti Spicy Woods smelt incredible too!

A treat for your hands

This is a very indulgent purchase but Aesop hand washes are legendary and this one even more so as it is exfoliating as well as smelling incredible!

This is the Reverance Aromatique Hand Wash (£27) with finely milled pumice.  Its not the easiest to find online but in store its always available. I just think its such a lovely addition to any bathroom!

Sanoflore

I recently discovered this brand when I was in France and have fallen in love with the concept and products. Its called Sanoflore and its produced in the Vercors Regional Natural Park where they have their natural laboratory and botanical gardens. Everything is organic and 100% natural origins.

The two products I have tried so far have completely blown me away and even better the price is very reasonable!

First is the Chamomile Noble Bio Floral Water (£10) which consists of “organic Chamomile distilled and fresh, soothing and softening on the skin, with illuminating properties for any hair. Paraben free.” So basically a face and hair mist! Never heard of that but was totally intrigued. As a face mist it is gorgeous and light and refreshing. As a hair mist its incredible. My hair is softer, shinier and just better!

The other product is an aromatic regenerating sleeping mask (£19).This has essential oils of Pelargonium and Melissa Officinalis. The scent is beautiful and meant to help with sleep. You can either apply as a face mask with a thick layer and remove; or as a thin layer and leave it on all night. It has a rich balmy texture which I love.

Both are products I would absolutely repurchase and am now desperate to try more (Feel Unique sells this brand)

 

More from Aldi

After the amazing Aldi Lacura Caviar skincare I tested and loved here, I spotted this eye cream for £4.99 and decided to give t a go too. This is the Lacura Vitacell eye cream.

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The cream contains Vitasource™, which is meant to help protect DNA and promote young cells and also stem cells from sea plants to improve the structure and elasticity of the skin. This is designed for more mature skins (over 45) I am almost 43 so not too far off! The cream is rich but not too heavy and goes on really smoothly. A little goes a long way!

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I have really been enjoying using this. My eye area feels hydrated but I can’t tell of there has been any change in terms of lines and wrinkles, but to be honest my main concern is hydration and smoothness which this is giving me. Again at this price its definitely one to try!

I then also saw this 7 Day Intensive Treatment (£4.99!). This has 7 day and 7 night ampoules. This is a highly concentrated regime for day and night, with caviar extract and hyaluronic acid to increase moisture in the skin.

The day ampoules contain provitamin B5 to combat external environments factors and the night ampoules have duo hyaluronic complex to help keep skin moisturised throughout the night.

There is actually enough in each ampoule for 3-4 treatments in my opinion which makes this even more value for money! The textures are different – the day ampoule is lighter while the night one is stickier.

Neither feels odd on the skin and both absorb easily. I really love this, its like a boost for your skin and the hydration really shows. I am totally impressed. This set is not always available in store so if you spot it I would recommend your grab it!