Scrubbing up nicely…
I really don’t want to put a jinx on things, by referencing Spring cleaning, but making a rather weak link between the weather perking up and taking a fresh look at cleansing, might prompt another snow storm. In which case, I apologise now.
But just as Spring is as good a time as any to de-clutter and hose down kitchen cupboards, so de-gunging the body is a pretty good idea. And to make the whole exercise a tad more appealing, why not treat yourself to a body wash that’s just a little more luxe?
Of course you could simply choose a shower gel from the range of your favourite fragrance. But if you fancy something different, here are a couple appealing examples that have found their way into my bathroom recently:
Czech & Speake’s Neroli hydrating body wash which contains bio actives to soothe and refresh, plus natural emollients to prevent dryness and protect the skin. Skin is cleansed with coconut-derived surfactants (detergents) without stripping the body’s natural oils. Neroli is one of Czech & Speake’s original fragrances (the British brand was founded in 1978) – the blossom of the bitter orange suffused with orange zest, it’s fresh, invigorating and classic. (£38 – 300ml)
Available from CzechandSpeake.com
Miller Harris Feuilles de Tabac (£24 – 250ml) is ideal pre-evening out… rather than as a wake-up call. The scent of this body wash, which leathers up well, is rather more sensual, woody-smoky than morning-fresh zesty.
Of course you may not want to splash out (pun intended) on something as functional as a body wash. So don’t.
Head instead for MarksandSpencer.com, and look for the lovely Greek botanics-based brand Korres, which can always be relied upon to offer great natural scents. Just launched is a Ginger Lime shower gel (£8 – 250ml), a creamy-foam wash, bursting with a zingy, wake-up smell and hydrating as well as (obviously) cleansing.
Dove Men+Care has recently launched Charcoal + Clay Body and Face Wash (£4.09 – 400ml, available nationwide), which has been developed to combat dry skin with ‘Micromoisture technology’. The two natural ingredients draw out impurities while the lather that activates immediately, but rinses off quickly, helps with skin dryness.
“I like the colour as it's different to the ‘rainbow of citrus shades’ that seems to have become the norm,” says tester, John. “It’s also a little thicker than many others, which meant half of it didn’t fall on the shower floor as soon as I rubbed my hands together. Fragrance wise it’s subtle – maybe too subtle as it didn’t leave me feeling as refreshed as stronger aromas might.”