Things in my Bathroom

My bathroom is very much a zesty and moisturising place at the moment. Five things on the bathroom rota at the moment that I’m loving are these….

Origins Drink Up Mask

Now I am on Roaccutane, my skin is even more dehydrated than ever – Origins Drink Up Mask is the perfect remedy. It’s designed to be worn for 10 minutes then tissued off, but I have been wearing it as an overnight mask a couple of times a week. It feels instantly soothing to apply and the skin on my face is soft, plump and moisturised in the morning. It’s perfect for skin that needs a moisture boost – whether that be as a mask 10 minutes before you apply your make up for an evening out, or overnight. There is another, richer version of this, but because of my strange skin I thought this would be the safest option – and luckily it hasn’t caused me any breakouts. I’m so pleased that I will continue to use this product for ever. Amazing.

Trevor Sorbie Beautiful Curls – Shampoo & Conditioner

My hair is naturally wavy yet I’m for ever buying products to help to straighten it. I thought it was about time I embraced the movement – if I leave my hair to dry naturally, it does wave – but with a frizz – not wearable by any means. These products have definitely helped to tame the frizz and give me more of a defined curl. They have a fresh, clean, floral smell to them and lather up just the right amount. Since I started using Beautiful Curls my hair seems to hold a style more too – whether that is straight or tonged.

Organic Surge Fresh Ocean Light Body Lotion

This kind of weather means bare limbs may be on the cards soon – so preparation is key! No one wants to see crusty knees or elbows – and my Roaccutaney skin means body lotion is a must. This light body lotion is exactly that – it’s really lightweight yet moisturising and sinks into the skin straight away. It’s ideal for after a morning shower as by the time I’ve got to my clothes, it’s absorbed. My skin isn’t left feeling sticky or clammy so I know I’m not going to get London Grime stuck to me. Rich, heavy body creams definitely have a place in my routine, but they’re best left for bed time. The Fresh Ocean smell is very citrusey, with a hint of peppermint – every little helps in giving me my morning wake up.

ESPA Zesty Lemon, Ylang Ylang & Crushed Tonka Beans Hand Wash & Hand Lotion

Earlier this year, spa brand ESPA expanded their range to include some more every-day, affordable yet luxurious products, including hand wash and lotion. Again, my Roaccutaney skin means hand lotion after washing is preferable – and I feel oh so swish having both at my sink, especially when it looks and feels as luxurious as this. They are fragranced with 100% natural fragrance made from pure essential oils – the smell is delicious and is loved by me, the kids and even my boyfriend – we can be a pretty hard bunch to please as a foursome but these hit the spot.

Apivita Lip Care with Chamomile, Organic Beeswax & Olive Oil

I’m sure you’re sick of me telling you… but I’m on Roaccutane now! Lip balm is now my best friend – having one at arms reach at all times. The lip balms from Apivita are paraben free, mineral oil free, and silicone free and contain lots of lovely lip-loving ingredients. As a predominantly beeswax based balm, it isn’t greasy and doesn’t leave the lips glossy. I’ve found it’s slotted nicely into my morning routine before make up – lipstick goes over the top with ease, and doesn’t bleed which can be the case with other, more liquidy balms.

Palmolive Authentics

To celebrate the Queen’s jubilee, Palmolive have extended their Authentics range by introducing three new fragrances – Damask Rose & Musk, Bergamont & Verbena, and Lavender & Chamomile.

The new scents are available as shower gels, liquid soaps, and bar soaps – I was sent some of the soaps to try out. When I opened the package I had a sniff of all them and was pleasantly surprised. Each fragrance was delicate yet powerful – even my son who has a really sensitive sense of smell (I mean, reaaalllly sensitive – I can’t even put a glass of juice down within a 2 meter radius without him complaining and insisting I remove it), said how much he liked them.

At his request, we started with the Lavender & Chamomile in the bathroom. Luckily it ties in with my colour scheme perfectly and the packaging looks gorgeous. The liquid soaps are priced at £2.03 each, which, when I think to what else is available on the market for around that price, is really good based on the packaging alone – it looks pretty and of good quality.

Aside from that, they are very nice products. I am a serial hand washer, so am conscious that the soap I use doesn’t strip them. Using the Palmolive Authentics soaps have not been an issue for me, my hands feel lovely and they are left with a hint of fragrance.

If you’re on the lookout for an inexpensive, chic looking product for your home, I highly recommend these!

Trilogy Helping Hand Wash

I have put aside my usual Radox, or whatever is on offer for a pound at the supermarket, and for the past couple of weeks have been using Trilogy’s Helping Hand Wash to, well, wash my hands.

The concept behind it is fabulous and one I am totally behind – all profits go to the Child’s i Foundation which is a charity that deals with baby abandonment in Uganda. The founder of Child’s i, Lucy Buck, worked as a TV producer on shows including Big Brother, until finding an abandoned baby in a car park changed her life. This spurred Lucy on to give up her career in TV and set up her own charity as well as an orphanage in Kampala, Uganda.

Lucy says

“For several years my life was divided. I worked as a producer on high-profile TV shows and volunteered at an orphanage in Uganda. In 2008, I buried a little baby boy called Abraham. He had been abandoned in a taxi park and died of meningitis in an orphanage aged just 16 weeks. In his short life, no one had truly loved him. I decided then to quit my TV career to establish the Child’s i Foundation, with the aim of helping ensure Abraham’s tragic story wasn’t repeated over and over again. Our belief is that every child deserves to grow up in a family rather than in an institution.  Every purchase of this product helps make this dream possible.”

300mls of the Hand Wash is priced at £13.50 – which is a lot more than I would normally spend on soap – but it is a really lovely product, supporting a really good cause.

It is quite lotioney in texture and doesn’t lather up massively well but because of this feels really moisturising – almost as if you are washing your hands with hand cream.

If you have any other Trilogy products – if I tell you it has *that* smell, you will know what I mean. If you are a Trilogy virgin – their trademark scent is of frankincense, rose geranium and lavender and this smells just the same. It also combines the natural antibacterial properties of Elderberry and Burdock with natural vegetable oils – at this time of year all the natural goodness is definitely helping. I think this is the first year my knuckles haven’t cracked with the cold – hurrah!

If you’d like to get your hands on Helping Hand Wash – check out the Trilogy website to order or find your local stockist. It’s only going to be sold in 2012, so please, buy as many as you can.

If you’d like to find out more about Child’s i Foundation, please visit their website