Over the past couple of month I've tried so many new haircare and bath and body products that I thought I'd do a round-up and share my thoughts on all the new additions!
Kiehl's Deep Micro-Exfoliating Scalp Treatment | £20 | This was a pretty big plunge for me because I've tried so many anti-dandruff treatments that don't work and this may have been a costly mistake. Luckily, it works a treat! You simply massage this into your scalp to manually exfoliate and leave for a few minutes (during which time it just feels a bit tingly) before rinsing and shampooing as normal. My scalp has been SO much less sore, itchy and flaky since I started using this. My only drawback is that I feel as though I'm getting through it pretty quickly... Sadly I don't think the newly-released L'Oreal alternative is anywhere near as good!
Elemental Herbology Shiny Locks Shampoo* | £15.50 | Elemental Herbology do haircare and I'm into it! This shampoo actually isn't as pricy as I was expecting it to be for this brand and considering the packaging is so lovely. This is a lightweight shampoo that smells amazing and cleanses my hair without stripping it. I did notice immediately after drying and straightening my hair that it looked quite a bit shinier than usual, which I really liked!
Elemental Herbology Hair Souffle* | £15.50 | This is also really light in texture, despite being packed with hydrating ingredients like shea butter and jojoba oil. It never leaves my hair feeling heavy or greasy, in fact I don't notice any residue at all after use! I apply around two pumps and focus on the lengths and ends of my hair. I trialled this one for a good 10 days continuously and I do think it made my hair look healthier and kept it hydrating without being 'product overload'. I also really like the packaging of these - it's both pretty and functional (coming with a pump).
72 Intense Moisture Shampoo* | £14.99 | I was seriously impressed with this shampoo! The packaging isn't very luxurious and it smells like a normal drugstore shampoo, however don't be fooled by aesthetics. Shampooing is in its nature a slightly stripping thing to do to your hair, but I found this made my hair look and feel so smooth and hydrated, whilst gently cleansing it at the same time.
72 Hydrating Conditioner* | £14.99 | The conditioner from the same collection is also really nice. I'd say that you don't need to apply too much of this because otherwise it can start to feel like there's residue left behind in your hair. However used in moderation, this leaves my hair feeling more nourished and looking shiny and healthy. The shampoo is definitely the star product for me from this brand, but I do still think this is worth checking out!
Envy Gentle Cleansing Shampoo* | £14.95 | I've often wanted to try a proper clarifying shampoo, however as someone with quite dry hair that becomes brittle and gets damaged relatively easily, it's not always ended well! What I like about this shampoo is that it seems to clear any greasiness and any product build-up without stripping my hair at all. My hair is left looking and feeling so clean but this doesn't feel like I'm sacrificing its health and shine at all!
Envy Gentle Detangling Conditioner* | £14.95 | Although detangling has always been the original purpose of conditioning, I have tended to take this of granted and seen it as a way to get moisture into my hair. Although this is lightly moisturising, I'd say that more than anything, it just leaves my hair nice and smooth. It's fairly good at hydrating and giving my hair some shine but it's a very nice and lightweight product. If you have long and/or curly hair then this is definitely worth checking out.
Envy Super Oil 3* | £19.95 | I actually really like this lightweight oil because it nourishes my straw-like hair without being thick, greasy or heavy. My hair is left feeling softer and looking sleeker and more healthy. I use it on wet hair before blow-drying and on dry hair to smooth any strays. However my issue is that this is a bit more pricey than my L'Oreal Elvive, which gives a very similar effect.
Kind Natured Love Curls Bamboo and Sea Kelp Smoothing Shampoo* | £4.99 | This all-natural shampoo has an unusual, almost jelly-like texture. I actually really like the fresh, mildly sea-like scent of this product. It's gently cleansing but also helps to lock in some of the moisture you inevitably lose when washing your hair. Overall I think this is a good value product, especially if you have curly hair (which is naturally more brittle and prone to dryness and frizz).
Kind Natured Love Curls Bamboo and Sea Kelp Smoothing Conditioner* | £4.99 | This looks like a normal conditioner but the texture itself is actually incredibly lightweight. I applied my usual liberal amount and it pretty much immediately melted into my hair without a trace. I left it for a few minutes before rinsing and drying my hair. It's not at all greasy (no matter how much product you use) and doesn't weigh the hair down but is still nice and hydrating, leaving my hair softer and smoother.
L'Oreal Elvive Phytoclear Anti-Dandruff 7 Day Scalp Lotion | £9.99 | I've wanted to find a decent moisturising scalp product for ages - although many people recommend oils, I personally find they make my hair greasy even after a thorough rinse! This is a lightweight lotion that can be sprayed directly into the roots in order to help soothe a dry itchy scalp and prevent dandruff. I actually found this really good for relieving some of the discomfort of having a dry scalp. Things are both less flaky and less irritated overall.
L'Oreal Elvive Phytoclear Anti-Dandruff Soothing Shampoo | £4.50 | Pretty much the only anti-dandruff shampoo I've used and has worked for me included tea tree, which is also in this new L'Oreal collection so I wanted to give one of the shampoo options a go. There were several to choose from but I decided to go for the one designed for sensitive scalps. It's pretty decent and is much better than using a regular shampoo but my scalp isn't as soothed and I get more flakes than when I use my Australian Tea Tree, which I'll be sticking to from now on.
Toni & Guy Style Fix Straightener* | £29.99 | Back when travel straighteners first hit the market they were temperamental, unreliable and largely ineffective but how things have changed! You do need to plug this styler in but it's small enough to throw in your handbag. If I was going away for a decent period of time I'd just take my full-sized straighteners because when my hair is freshly-washed it is just easier, however for those other times, I do think this is great! Whether it's for a touch-up before a night out straight from work or to make yourself presentable post-gym, these do a really good job. They glide over the hair and smooth and straighten effectively, obviously the surface area is just smaller. I think those of you with a fringe will love this too!
Skin & Body
Soaper Duper Vanilla Shea Body Lotion* | £7.50 | This smells SO GOOD! It reminds me a lot of cocoa butter from Palmer's but it's a tiny bit more sweet. The formula is quite lightweight, so may not be rich and intense enough for really dry skin but as the weather warms up I'm finding that this really works for me. It hydrates my skin without being at all greasy.
Soaper Duper Vanilla Shea Body Wash* | £6.50 | This has the same gorgeous fragrance as the lotion. I really like this formula as it's actually really creamy and nourishing for a shower gel but still foams up loads (a lack of bubbles is usually one of my bugbears with all-nautral, green shower gels).
Soaper Duper Zingy Ginger Hand Wash* | £5 | This is surprisingly nourishing - I hate how stripping some hand washes can be because my hands are always so dry and I do wash them a lot... However this doesn't leave them feeling sucked dry of moisture and also has a nice invigorating ginger scent.
Bellamianta Shimmering Body Oil* | £19.99 | This is one of those shimmering dry oil products that I've become a real fan of for the summer months. This will both nourish your skin, leaving it soft and smooth but it will also give your legs a subtle golden glow and leave them looking shiny and perfected. If you're getting your legs out for the first time in a while this month, then a product like this is exactly what you need. This one has a really nice, soft bergamot fragrance that's noticeable but nothing too overpowering. The shimmer is also quite subtle so won't get messy or transfer onto your clothes.
The Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey Soothing & Caring Shower Cream* | £2 | Was there ever a fragrance that had my name written all over it more than 'almond milk and honey'? I think not! Although the skin on my face is decidedly combination, my body is stubbornly dry and this is another amazingly nourishing body wash with a creamy formula. I love the light, sweet, nutty, milky scent of this and how it lingers on my skin after I get out of the shower.
The Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey Gently Exfoliating Cream Scrub* | £15 | This is pretty much the perfect scrub for me; it has a nourishing, creamy texture with natural exfoliating particles that aren't at all harsh. If you like to scrub your skin raw then this isn't for you! But if your skin is sensitive and you want something gentle and moisturising that still leaves it soft and smooth, then try this.
The Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey Soothing and Restoring Body Lotion* | £8.50 | Again, this fragrance is beautiful and I can still smell it on my skin hours after application! It comes in a squeezy tube and has a light, lotion texture that absorbs into the skin a lot more easily than a thick body butter. It leaves my skin smooth and hydrated without being greasy or leaving behind any excess. For me this works really well at sorting out any dry patches.
The Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey Calming & Protecting Hand Cream* | £4 | Some of the Body Shop's hand creams can be quite thick and greasy but this isn't at all; it's actually very lightweight but still does the job of relieving the uncomfortable tightness of dry hands.
The Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey Soothing & Caring Cleansing Bar* | £4 | I've never really been one for bars of soap but this is a pleasant surprise. It's very foamy and smells lovely. I'd say it actually leaves my skin even more moisturised than the shower gel! You can use this as a hand soap or on the body.
Benecos Organic Orange Lip Balm* | £2.45 | This lip balm really does smell great - a natural, fruity orange scent that's nothing overly sickly. The formula is nice and hydrating but it isn't thick and heavy. If you have really dry lips, prone to getting chapped then this might not be enough but for most people it'll work. It isn't my absolute favourite lip balm but it does the job and is very affordable, especially for an organic product.
Merci Handy Antibacterial Hand Gels in Black Vanilla, Flower Power, New Wave & Cheri Cherry* | £2.90 each | I really think these are some of the nicest-smelling hand gels I've tried! Obviously all of these kinds of products are going to do the job but it's good to have something that doesn't smell like kitchen cleaner and doesn't feel sticky. Once these dry, they don't smell at all chemical-y and they leave behind a nice fragrance. New Wave reminds me of ice lollies for some reason and Flower Power is of course very floral. Cheri Cherry smells like sweets to me but I think my favourite has to be the subtle and understated Black Vanilla.
Seche Vite Top Coat* | £9 | I never thought I could feel so passionately about a top coat but this really is worth all of the hype it gets! One coat of this over my nail polish completely sets it down and locks everything in place. I often don't bother with my nails because even when I think they're dry after half an hour of waiting, somehow within minutes of doing anything my nails are a splodged mess. However this prevents that from happening. I let the polish dry before applying it and then 5 minutes later I'm good to go! It makes doing my nails so much less of a faff and something I'm a lot more willing to keep up.
Rubis Classic Slant Tweezers* | £21.50 | Ok, so I think I love these more than my Tweezerman tweezers. There! I said it! There's just something so amazingly precise about these tweezers; they somehow grip onto even the tiniest of annoying little eyebrow hairs to pull them right out. Honestly, tweezers are a product you won't regret investing in - I used to just think they were all the same and I made do with the clumsy £5 Boots own brand ones. The first time I tried something more precise, I knew I could never go back to my old ways... Though they're expensive, these will last you years and they're just so smooth and effortless at removing every little hair that they'll probably save you a few trips to the salon in the long-run!
The Nomad Society x Osmology Candle* | £15 | When I first burned this candle, I struggled to identify the scent. I visited the website which lists it as 'leafy ferns and wet moss', which describes this perfectly! It's like taking a deep breath of fresh air. It's a great one to have by your bath because it's relaxing, refreshing and unobtrusive. It fills the room with fragrance but it's a very natural scent that won't immediately hit you, which makes it also perfect for lighting in your lounge when you have guests over. Plus, I love the packaging - it looks really stylish on my shelf. It also uses natural soy wax so doesn't produce any soot. You can use the code 'OSMOLOGY15' for 15% off on the website at the moment!
Have you tried any of these products before? Which do you want to get your hands on?