…and elevate your morning routine with these supercharged body treats.
So I’ve been ramping things up on the old self-care routine at home lately and injecting some real spa power into my shower time. I have, as you can likely imagine, been aided and abetted in this cause by a raft of body products that have recently launched. All those I’ve included here help to elevate things and turn a morning wash into a bit of a treat.
I’ll start with scrubs and the Soul Providers range from Beauty Pie which includes the Re-Energizing Dry Oil Sugar Scrub (£7.95 for members, otherwise £50, beautypie.com). This really is such a luxurious formula – packed with plenty of oils (sweet almond, apricot kernel and evening primrose) as well as demerara sugar – that, even though you’re doing all the application and work yourself, it feels almost like being transported to a plush treatment table. And it has a refreshing zingy aroma, too – thanks to lemon, lemongrass and Indian gooseberry.
Acqua di Parma is always a sophisticated option and this summer it’s had a chic overhaul with limited-edition packaging in collaboration with La DoubleJ, an Italian fashion and lifestyle brand inspired by vintage prints. Alongside that, the brand has introduced new products to its Blu Mediterraneo range, including Blu Mediterraneo Arancia di Capri Body Scrub (£50) and Blu Mediterraneo Arancia di Capri Shower Mousse (£37, acquadiparma.com). The scrub, which deploys sugar grains, jojoba seeds and orange peel to do the heavy work, feels weightless and gentle but is very effective. The mousse is a light-as-air texture and an absolute treat to use. Both, of course, have the signature aroma of orange, lemon and mandarin.
Batch #001 is a new favourite of mine for all things bathroom-related, and its new Salt & Oil Body Scrub (£42, batch001.com) is no exception. I especially love the Organic Sweet Orange and Bergamot version. With a mix of pink Himalayan and Dead Sea salts to scrub, plus apricot kernel oil and shea butter to moisturise, these leave skin looking and feeling great. Truly pleasurable stuff.
Goldfaden MD has also expanded into body care with a dedicated version of its already cult facial dermabrasion scrub. The resulting Doctor’s Body Scrub (£75, spacenk.com) has a very fine texture, thanks to its tiny crystals, which makes it seem more like a polish than a scrub, feeling slightly gentler to use. It also has fruit enzymes to brighten skin and a probiotic extract to soothe so it’s a bit more fancy pants.
For a fun alternative you could try & Other Stories which has just expanded its popular Perle de Coco range (with a very escapist aroma of coconut, vanilla and caramel) by adding some limited-edition products for summer including a Perle de Coco Glow Body Scrub (£11, stories.com).
But essentially all roads lead to Rome here, it’s just a matter of personal preference as to the route you take.
I must also mention the new Wild Rose range from Neal’s Yard Remedies which is all about body care (and, yes, it includes a lovely polish) and smells wonderful. I’d like to highlight the Wild Rose Shower Oil (£25, nealsyardremedies.com), partly because it’s lovely to use (as soon as water is added the oil formula emulsifies into a light creamy foam) but also because it heads up a burgeoning trend as shower oils seem to be launching almost daily at the moment and this is a very fine offering.
My glow-to body oil
Continuing on a body theme, I’d like to rave about the Kora Organics Noni Glow Body Oil (£52, spacenk.com). This is a really moisturising, hydrating oil but it’s also lightweight in texture so absorbs quickly. Plus it leaves skin with a wonderful sheen, making it especially great for warmer weather and any time when limbs are on show.
After the sun, the soother
I wrote about my favourite sunscreen two weeks ago. But a good aftersun is also important in your routine and for that I’d direct you to Tropic Sun Soothe Cooling Aftersun Lotion (£22, tropicskincare.com). It contains aloe vera to soothe, calm and cool skin with jojoba to nourish. Plus it’s a great light texture, instantly absorbs and has a mood- boosting marine aroma.
Spot-on for breakouts
Worried about body breakouts? A spotty derrière, back or other such hard-to-reach place? Well, Murad has thought of that with its Clarifying Body Spray (£36, murad.co.uk). It uses glycolic and salicylic acid (also used in face care to gently exfoliate and clear up blemishes) and comes in a bottle with a 360-degree nozzle for easy application.
Beauty assistant: Alice Robertson