When it’s cold I absolutely love a hot bath.. Like a STEAMING hot bath, with lots of bubbles and stuff like bath salts/bath bombs/bath oil… anything that smells good and is relaxing.
Calgon has been making bath products for the past 50 years and recently launched a brand new website TakeMeAway.com. These are two of their products that I tried and loved.
The Moisturizing Shower Gel & Foam Bath in Tahitian Orchid is heavenly. I used it in my bath and it bubbled up into quite a lot of lovely, slightly scented foam that felt really moisturising. It’s infused with Vitamin E, Aloe and Shea Butter which left my skin feeling really nice and silky. The scent was gorgeous, on the website they say; ‘Delicate yet complex describes this fragrant festival of summer jasmine, mimosa and Tahitian Orchid. Melon and subtle hints of lemon enhance the intensity of the experience’… I could definitely smell the jasmine (since I have no idea what a Tahitian orchid smells like!), but it wasn’t overpoweringly strong. In fact I thought it could be a little stronger, but for people who are sensitive to fragrances, this would be perfect. I will be repurchasing :)
The Relaxing Bath Salts in English Garden however had a much stronger scent. It’s described as ‘A romantic bouquet of flowers that captures the essence of moonlit strolls in a lush, enchanted garden’. I almost wish the bath salts had been Tahitian Orchid as well, since English Garden reminded me a bit of my Grandmother’s old bath and lotion sets she always liked to get for Christmas. It wasn’t horrible, but it was a bit too sickly sweet for my tastes. They dissolved nicely in the hot water though and added oils and minerals to the water that soaked into my skin and left it with that kind of sheen you get from bath oils. I’m definitely going to be picking it up in a few different scents.
My hands get really dry in Winter, especially my cuticles, and I’m always looking for products that soften the cuticles without leaving them really oily and shiny.
Burt’s Bees is one of my favourite skincare brands. They make lovely natural, cruelty free products.
The Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream is well known in the nail blogosphere. It’s rich and moisturising, but not as oily as most cuticle oils. It has a fresh lemony scent that isn’t too sharp or strong, and the creamy formula is great at softening my super dry cuticles. It has Sweet Almond Oil and Cocoa Seed Butter to moisturize and soften your cuticles while Vitamin E and Sunflower Oil nourish brittle nails. I’ve had it for a couple of months now and haven’t made so much as a small dent in the tub.
Lip balm is my absolute go-to product in Winter… or any time for that matter. I tend to have dry lips and find myself constantly reapplying lip balm throughout the day.
eos (evolution of smooth) lip balms and hand lotions are well known and loved among many beauty bloggers. Their lip balms are 95% organic, 100% natural, gluten, paraben and petrolatum free.
Of course, I can’t forget body wash and lotion.. especially for my arms and legs. They get all dry and ashy if I don’t take good care of them (ewww.. not a good look) so it’s important for me to have good products that hydrate really well.
Nivea has always been a part of my life. It’s my mother’s favourite brand of moisturiser and when I think of her ‘mother’s smell’ it is always the smell of Nivea body lotion. She has always hounded me to ‘put some cream on’ after having a shower, so I grew up using Nivea and they have never let me down in terms of hydration.
The new Hydra IQ Non-Stop 24hrs+ formula is wonderful, the Touch of Cashmere Cream Oil Body Wash is ultra rich and creamy, and leaves my skin feeling soooo super soft and silky. It does feel like there’s a bit of a film on it after I rinse off, but when I’ve dried off with a towel, it’s no longer there and my skin feels satiny. It also smells gorgeous, sort of jasminey (since again… no idea about orchid blossom scent.. I didn’t realise they had much of a scent).
The Express Hydration Freshening Gel has a lighter consistency to the regular body lotion, but it hydrates just as well, if not better. It has natural sea minerals so it absorbs into the skin quickly and doesn’t leave any greasy residue, but I only applied it once in the morning and my skin felt hydrated definitely til the next day. It smells similar to the old body lotion, which I love since it reminds me of my mother, but has a bit of a fresher, lighter scent. It has cooling mint extract which leaves your skin feeling cool and fresh.
What are your favourite products when the weather starts getting colder?
Disclosure: A product/products in this post were sent for review consideration by PR representative of the company. This in no way influences my opinion of the product.