You Big Softie

StyleNest’s weekly beauty columnist, Eleanor Tucker talks us through the best body creams to get your pins into tip top condition for spring. 

Who got their legs out for the first time this week? Mine, along with a most unsavoury amount of hair, had an area of light scaliness on each shin, suggesting that I should maybe stay in opaque tights all year round.

But I won’t. And as it’s the long weekend coming up, I thought I’d tell you about my new armoury of pampering body creams and butters currently taking over my bathroom, in anticipation of having a bit more time. By next week, I’ll be bare-leg-ready, just you wait.

First up is a brand you might be more familiar with for hair products: Moroccanoil. Launched this month, their Body Soufflé (£43) from the new body range is just beautiful. It’s light as a feather and smells like the delicious hair products – and indeed contains the same argan oil with all its nourishing properties. Scaliness-busting in the extreme.

Moroccanoil body cream potFrom my new brand crush Ayo comes the Body Crème (£48). Why would you spend a pony (or is it half a ton?) on a cream from a brand you don’t know? I’ll tell you. This is very special – it has one of the best smells ever. Called ‘Salute the sun’, it was created by Azzi Glasser, the name behind loads of well-known fragrances (for clients including Nicole Farhi, Kylie and Agent Provocateur). And the cream itself, well it goes on like a dream. Worth a gamble.

Ayo body cream potTalking of delicious smells, are you familiar with the yummy, citrusy ‘Gravida’ fragrance from Mama Mio, used in their famous stretch mark products? Well it’s also in their new brand Mio’s Future Proof (£35). Your limbs will just drink up this omega-packed body butter, which delivers exactly the 24-hour hydration that it boasts. A real performer.

mama mio beauty product Another butter is from Soapsmith – Lavender Hill Body Butter Melt (£10). I’m struggling to find anything not to like about this new range. Purse-friendly, quirky London names, a little goes a long way… This one is my favourite, as I love a bit of old fashioned lavender, offset with jasmine so you don’t smell like your granny’s knickers drawer.

Soapsmith lavender body cream pot

Finally, my new obsession: Steamcream (£12.95). Beautiful little eco-friendly limited edition tins of a powerful but lightweight (thanks to the steam process used to make it) cream. You can use it on face, body, hair, children… I plan never to be without a tin from this moment on.

Steamcream tinCatch up on the Beauty Bird’s column from last week, taking us through her spring makeup bag essentials. 

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