If I have one beauty resolution for the New Year it’s to take more care over my body care. I am fastidious with my application of facial skincare, and completely random and hit or miss with my body care.
And in the winter, you can’t be like that. Dropping temperatures and rising heating temperatures make our skin prone to drying out. So, time to get yourself a good body care product – and I am telling myself this too.
One of my all-time favourite body products is Clarins Moisture Rich Body Lotion (£31). It improves skin texture thanks to an enzyme called keratolin, and controlled fruit acids, and hydration thanks to Abyssinia pea extract, peach extract, shea butter, oat extract, and vegetal perhydrosqualene, extracted from olive oil. To improve suppleness, it contains candlenut oil and orange blossom. It’s just really, really good!
Origins Ginger Souffle Whipped Body Cream (£29) is an old classic. I can remember the first time I ever smelled this – delightful. I am not the biggest ginger fan in the world, but this stuff is lovely. As well as tangy Ginger, there’s Olive Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Rice Bran Oil and Apricot Kernel Oil to nourish the skin, and the citrusy-crisp scent of Lemon, Lime and Bergamot helf lift those spirits.
Le Couvent des Minimes is Vegan and 100% natura. The brand’s products contain seven botanical oils inspired by the travels of botanist Louis Feuillée – Hemp Seed, Kukui Nut, Moringa Nut, Hibiscus, Evening Primrose, Passion Flower and Sandalwood Oil. This Le Couvent des Minimes Precious Nourishing Body Balm (£32, lookfantastic.com) is a gorgeous melting balm that is not oily, or sticky, just dissolves on the skin, nourishing and rehydrating.
Living Sea Therapy Hydrating Sea Spaghetti & Shea Body Butter (£30, livingseatherapy.co.uk) is a big old tub of loveliness from a really great small brand, made in the UK, using Cornwall sea salt. It smells so good thanks to palmarosa, frankincense and neroli pure essential oils. The brand uses the Cornish Seaweed Company’s trio of Cornish Seaweed – the
extract of kombu (also known as kelp), bladderwrack and sea spaghetti, as well as Cornish Sea Salt Minerals – a substance with the same salinity levels of the Dead Sea, but with three times as many minerals. And Shea Butter is in there for gorgeous nourishment.
MOR Marshmallow Body Cream (£23, feelunique.com) is a rich cream. Formulated with avocado oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, and soybean and rosehip oils, it has a rich fragrance. The top notes are marshmallow and white carnation, the heart is jasmine, althaea flower and English rose, and the base is sugar, Madagascan vanilla, and snow musk.
L’Occitane has a lot of beautiful body products, and this Shea Butter Rich Body Lotion (£24) is one of the simplest. It contains 15 per cent shea butter, as well as soothing calendula extract, and honey and sweet almond extracts. its fluid formula and pump bottle make it easy to apply. And did you know that you can recycle your L’Occitane empties at any L’Occitane store?