This week, StyleNest Beauty Bird, Eleanor Tucker rounds up the best botanical beauty products for the shower.
Winter might seem more about lounging in bubbly baths than scrubbing in the shower. But let’s be realistic: most of us are in a rush in the morning and don’t have time to soak in the tub. However, showers come with a risk – especially hot ones…
If you’re anything like me, you crank up the heat on a chilly morning, turn the bathroom into a steamroom – and end up with parched, angry skin, which is not ideal for stepping out in the icy February winds. So, to balance things out, I’ve pushed the invigorating shower washes and gels to the back of the bathroom cabinet and dug out my favourite body cleansers to calm and nourish end-of-winter limbs.
First up is Trilogy Botanical Body Wash (£16.50), which has all the aromatherapeutic benefits without the dryness, thanks to rosehip, kawakawa and amla (don’t ask me). I love the huge ‘pharmacy style’ pump dispenser and subtle botanical scent.
Along the same botanical lines is UrbanVeda Soothing Body Wash (£8.99). I’m rather excited about this new brand, which ‘uses the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda’, but fits it into workable, modern day products, which just happen to be pretty purse-friendly too. This wash ‘supports skin’s hydration levels to preserve natural moisture balance’, and smells a lot posher than the price tag. Lovely.
Chamomile is a well-known soother and the lovely Kerstin Florian has combined this ingredient with calming calendula in her Chamomile Bath & Shower Gel (£26). If it seems pricey, this enormous bottle has seen me through the winter, with just a tiny squirt lathering up a storm. Makes a wonderful weekend bubble bath too.
My love affair with Origins continues thanks to A Perfect World Creamy Body Cleanser with White Tea (£21.50). It’s like a lotion that lathers, how clever is that? The result is skin that doesn’t feel stripped, and elbows so soft you can skip the body lotion if you’re late for the school run. Result.
If you can have a lotion that lathers, why not an oil? A-Derma Exomega Emollient Cleansing Oil (£10) is just that, and an absolute joy to use. I’ve been using it on the kids too and it’s quite the eczema-buster. It squirts out like an oil, forms the gentlest of lathers and smells like a rich Frenchwoman’s bathroom. In a good way.