Fragrantasia’s Cotton Candy Wax Melt

I know everyone has their personal thoughts on fragrances in regards to likes and dislikes. But why some people don’t like sweet inspired scents baffles me! I LOVE them! So it’s no wonder that the lovely Amy from Fragrantasia kindly sent me a variety of wax melts, including Cotton Candy, knowing how much I enjoy a sweet scented piece of wax!

Appearance. This super sweet looking wax melt is just under 1.5 inches in diamater, which makes this the perfect size and amount to pop into a wax warmer. Pale pink in colour, and flower shaped. Simple and cute.

Fragrantasia’s Cotton Candy wax melt

Scent. I’ve melted many wax melts in the past. Sweet inspired ones are one of my favourites. This particular wax melt is sugary sweet, with hints of creamy vanilla rolled over strawberries.

In melt. This melted slowly and evenly, leaving a baby pink coloured wax pool. The scent I could smell straight away while it warmed through, and was exactly the same smell as it was before melting.

Strength & Longevity. The strength I would say is a medium. This was the perfect amount and strength of scent for my kitchen. It made it feel cosy, inviting and smelt beautiful. This melt was on for over two days for at least 5 hours per day, with the scent still present. So not only great in strength but lasted well too.

Recommended? If you love your sweet inspired scents you will love this. It smells so good without giving your senses toothache, and adds something to the room you are melting it in rather than it invading it. I would happily buy this myself and melt regularly time and time again.

Before I forget…did I mention the price of this wax melt? This little wax shape I received could be yours for £1.00! This is an affordable way to try out different scents that require no chopping or dividing. Just pop it in your warmer and melt, and this will last many hours. There are a variety of different scents available, not just Cotton Candy, but if you want to give in to your sweet homely desires, get yours here.

Budget Skincare! Superdrug’s Naturally Radiant 2 in 1 Moisturiser and Serum

This is that time of the year when I spend money not on myself but on school uniforms. The cost of my son’s Year 7’s high school uniform is making me weep! But enough of the parent pity party, it just means being more resourceful in regards to what I treat myself to. And resourceful is me digging into my stash of untouched skincare as my last moisturiser has run out. So I opted to use Naturally Radiant 2 in 1 Moisturiser and Serum from Superdrug.

Superdrug’s Naturally Radiant 2in1 Moisturiser and Serum

Why did I purchase this? I originally bought this with other items from the range ages ago. They’re easy to pick up ( from a Superdrug store, click and collect or online delivery ), the range is quite extensive and not expensive at all. And the best bit is they’re regularly on some form of half price offer or buy one get one free which makes even better value.

What is this designed to do? Its purpose is to give the skin its natural radiance back and even out skin tone, within a 2 in 1 product that provides hydration and treatment.

Packaging. 50ml of this moisturiser/ serum comes in a pump action bottle. Like the rest of the brand because of its colouring ( pale mint green ) and simplistic labeling, the appearance fits in well within the ‘ natural ‘ skincare type niche.

How to use. Skin should be clean and cleansed before applying. 2 to 3 pumps of product applied to face and neck using circular motions every morning.

Texture. This reminds me of moisturising gels a little bit. Not totally opaque and white, as it has a slight sheerness to it. Its very light in texture so definitely looks like a cross between a face cream and a serum ( but more cream than serum ).

Scent. Identical to the other products I’ve tried in this range. Its quite fresh and clean, but has a subtle flowery and sweetness to it but still comes across very fresh and clean in scent. Its very pleasant, not strong and quite enjoyable to smell.

On the skin. When applied onto the skin, you really don’t need much. Easy and quick to apply and it sinks in immediately. This is one of those products that feels very light on the skin and not heavy at all. I love textures such as balms, oils and quite rich products, and sometimes you feel and see it on the skin but you don’t with this. It doesn’t feel as if its there but you know you’ve obviously applied something, as the skin does feel as if its had a ‘ something ‘ on it. And to look at my skin it looked matt but not dry nor did it feel tight.

No massive changes have happened with my skin after using this for a week. But bare in mind I didn’t use this to get rid of lines, wrinkles, or anything specific. I just wanted a moisturiser! Did it even out skin tone? Nope. Not a problem I suffer from right now. Did it give me any radiance? Well not really as my skin hasn’t looked too sallow amazingly.

Recommended? This is a good product for a few different people, in my opinion:

  1. Younger people ( teens to 30 ) who don’t have particular concerns with their skin and want a good quality product that’s easy and quick to apply.
  2. Men. They want to use skincare but need something that sinks in quickly and no messing about with numerous products.
  3. Budget. You’re on a budget and you don’t want to buy a face cream and a serum and overall don’t want to spend lots of money but don’t want something rubbish either.
  4. Multi purpose needed and time starved. Pretty much as above but you are one of those people who has literally 5 mins in the morning to get dressed and out of the door AND sort your face out. Win win!
  5. Summer. In the UK we had some insane heat awhile ago. I had to wipe of my sweat moustache with my santised hand many times. This would have been a good product to use due to its lightness and less likelihood of melting away.

Would I use this again? I would. For what it is, its a good moisturiser. And at certain times this would be very handy as mentioned in warmer weather. But I prefer to apply a separate serum and facial cream so I can tailor make what my skin needs. So I would happily use what I currently have and may buy this for holiday use, but for me this wouldn’t be a regular purchase.

If this sound like an ideal skin care product for you, visit Superdrug’s site here. *At time of writing this post, this product is £3.48, half price from £6.99!

The Rose and Thistle Wax Patisserie’s Cherry Bakewell Wax Melts

Yet again Instagram has a lot to answer for! If you have a shopping problem and you don’t want to spend your money DO NOT GO ON THERE IT’S EVIL! I can honestly say that my recent wax and beauty purchases have been triggered by this social media platform, which pretty much is an online catalogue of things I want to buy. One of my latest fragranced wax purchases has come from a wax vendor called The Rose and Thistle Wax Patisserie. I bought a few different pieces but the one I’m focusing on today is the Cherry Bakewell wax melts.

Decisions..decisions..why? This was my first purchase from them, but after being given some wax brittle by this vendor as a gift from a friend, I was very impressed by the quality so decided to buy some wax for myself and gifts for others. This particular wax I chose because I love sweet/fruity/bakery scents but never had this one in the past. And these wax melts looked super cute and very affordable ( £1.60 for a pack of 2 ) so why not?

Appearance. This fragrance came in two small wax melts both shaped as skulls. Both the perfect size for one use in a wax warmer. A blend of slightly different shades of reddish pink, finished off with a few random dots of large glitter really gives these the wow factor.

The Rose and Thistle Wax Patisserie Cherry Bakewell Wax Melts

Scent. WOAH! I opened the packet and this scent hit me. Definitely no mistaking what scent this is supposed to be as it smells just like a cherry bakewell tart! Think of the almond infused marzipan, the super sweet icing, the glacier cherry on the top and don’t forget the pastry base. A total replica scent wise in my book and a brilliant one too!

In melt. I only needed one melt and this slowly melted away submerging this poor little skull in its own waxy blood. Gorgeous wax pool created with a slight shimmer to it. The scent exactly as described as above when warmed through and was a total delight to experience.

Strength and longevity. Strength I would say is a medium but a punchy medium. Totally filled a smallish kitchen but what impressed me was at the time I was cooking some pretty pungent smelling food which this little melt fought off like a solider which was impressive! I had this melting over 2 days for a minimum of 8 hours and this lasted that time period very well. Changed, as per usual, as I just wanted a change of scent.

Recommended? If this ever comes up during a restock in the future from The Rose and Thistle Wax Patisserie then buy it please I beg of you because I will! If you love your bakery scents this is a must! It genuinely is one of the best bakery scents I’ve ever smelt and on the whole, the wax produced from this vendor is exceptionally pretty and its so good to know first hand these not only look great but smell amazing too! Fancy some pieces of art in the form of wax? Visit their website here to treat yourself to a beautifully scented homex

Jenny Makes For You Sleepy Unicorn Bath Soak

When you dig deep enough you maybe surprised to discover what businesses are on your doorstep, or at least within the city you work and/or live in. I’m continuing to buy locally, where possible, home fragrance and bath and body products. That’s why for the second time within the last few months I’ve purchased from Jenny Makes For You, who hand make their own bath and body products within my hometown of Manchester. I was so impressed with the first order I received my second order followed quickly. And the lovely Jenny kindly gifted to me her Sleepy Unicorn Bath Soak and wanted me to try this out and let her know my thoughts on this product.

Jenny Makes For You Sleepy Unicorn Bath Soak

What does this soak supposed to do? Containing essential oils such as lavender, this soak is meant to provide a relaxing bathing experience while providing the skin with hydration thanks to containing coconut oil.

Packaging. 120g of bath soak filled to the brim in a plastic pouch which can be resealed at the top after the top has been cut open to use.

How does it look? Super pretty! I’m one of those people who gets excited when I find products for my bath that look great. The pouch the soak comes in is completely clear so you can see exactly what you’re getting, and what you will see are various layers of coloured dust. Almost like a rainbow made by a unicorn itself, this dust goes from purple, to blue, pink then finishes off with the last of the bath soak being yellow. All shades being a touch darker than pastel and very eye catching.

Scent. Everything that has the word ‘ unicorn ‘ in it seems to smell of candy or something very sweet, which don’t get me wrong is perfect for me as I love that type of scent. But it makes a nice change NOT to get that. When I first opened the packet of bath soak the first scent that hit me was lavender. Lavender can be very old fashioned and strong, which this wasn’t. Great strength to it yes but not too much. And having a slight sweetness and essential oil element to it softened it and made it even more pleasant and easy on the nose. One of those scents you inhale, make a sigh noise, then inhale again.

Texture. Very fine, almost chalky in feel. I found it helpful to give the pouch a little squish with my fingers to make sure there were no clumps so it could sprinkle in my bath freely.

In the bath. It was lovely to see the different colours of the soak evaporate in the water. Now, its important to mention this didn’t create foam, but what it did do is fill the room with its glorious scent and almost dance on top of the bath water in the smallest little purple speckles. This reminded me of using bath truffles or melts. These traditionally don’t foam but melt in the water and provide lots of moisture to the skin, almost treatment like during bathing. This definitely provided moisture. The driest part of my body is always my feet. And this soak literally made its way to my feet making me feel as if I’d put a balm like foot product on them. As for the rest of my body, it gave me that slight cocooned feel but not the oily, sometimes greasy type effect a bath melt can give.

Body once out. Soft, not irritated and not stripped of its natural oils. Plus my mind wasn’t in too bad of a condition either! Nice and relaxed with a faint hint of the scent on my skin.

Recommended? This is a great little product for those who love their bath times, and want to truly relax and unwind. I would use this again and more importantly buy for those times I really need to relax. Those who love their essential oils, bath melts and treatment based bath products such as oils I think will enjoy this immensely. And at a cost of £5.00, this is affordable as you can get a minimum of 2 uses if not 3 uses out of this. So not a one hit wonder! Need to chill or know someone who needs this in their life? Visit Jenny Makes For You here to purchase this sensory bath time treat.

Revolution Skincare’s Mood Calming Cleansing Oil

I have little control over things at the moment. One thing that this pandemic has taught me is how the only thing I can control ( to a certain degree ) is myself, rather than other people and situations around me that I can do nothing about. That’s why I push myself to read as many books as I can to keep my brain functioning, I write on this blog to keep myself creative and when it comes to self care I pamper myself when I can in an affordable and easy way. And one thing that always helps is keeping on top of my skincare routine which not only can help me look better but feel better too. The cleanser I was using in my routine had finished and I decided to buy Revolution Skincare’s Mood Calming cleansing oil. At the time of purchase this was on sale on their website for £5.60, usual price £8.00 for 140ml.

Why this? I tend to find that if I want to get to the base of a skincare problem my best starting point is looking at what I’m washing my face with. I felt my previous cleanser could have been more hard working when it came to cleaning my skin, and I knew I was suffering from stress. Stress can manifest itself in many ways on the face and I refuse to let it take hold of me and make my skin look tired, aged or even spotty. This cleansing oil is something I’ve had my eye on for awhile and when it was included in their recent sale it made it a more affordable option to buy and try.

Revolution Skincare’s Calming Cleansing Oil

What is it supposed to do? This is a cleansing oil that’s designed to soothe stressed skin without stripping it of moisture, by being gentle and effective in its cleansing action.

Packaging. 140ml of cleaning oil in a pump dispenser glass bottle. It looks very smart, simple in style but very appealing with a basic looking label.

Scent. Hard one to describe. Its not fragrance free as it has a scent to it, but its not obvious or strong but very light. It doesn’t belong to a particular fragrance family, but its a scent that isn’t offensive and I can’t see many people having an issue with it. Has a hint of a sweet floral base but exceptionally delicate.

Consistency. As the name suggests this is an oil. Typical oil texture but not thick as its easy to pump out and is very fluid. Pretty much the same thickness as a facial oil.

In use. I used two pumps of this on dry skin. The oil itself was so satisfying to rub over my face as it simply glided over the skin. It didn’t sink in and stayed on the surface, which meant I could either spend 5 seconds cleansing or 5 minutes. This made mince meat out of my eyebrow pencil, which previous cleansers had struggled to remove despite the product not being special e.g being waterproof or semi permanent. Once finished, I rinsed it off with warm water, which was very easy to do. And purely out of habit wiped my face with a damp muslin cloth to make sure my face was oil free. How effective this is on heavy make up I can’t comment as I don’t wear make up except as mentioned my trusty eyebrow pencil which I would die without!

Skin afterwards. In look and feel my skin was clean, fresh, felt hydrated and not stripped of any natural oils but very importantly didn’t look or feel oily. Lots of people I know are scared of using oily products on their skin thinking it could prove to be problematic and actually create greasy skin but not the case with this product.

One week after use. I’ve noticed that my skin does appear to be behaving itself and looks as if its in a better condition, smoother in fact, compared to how it was before. My facial routine hadn’t changed except for using this as a cleanser so I’m confident that this product has been helping regulate my skin.

Recommended? As a general cleanser definitely! If you love your oils and balms to cleanse with or slip into your daily routine as a treatment then this is a must! It cleans the skins, it doesn’t dry it out and its really easy and quick to use and quite enjoyable to apply. My only wish is I would really love this to be available in not only a bigger size ( at least double for home use ), and a smaller size ( 50/60ml ) for travel. Definitely an affordable everyday skincare product that won’t break the bank or your skin. What also makes this a great product to own is there is a matching face cream and mask so you can have a complete routine at your fingertips. Grab yours now direct from Revolution here and give yourself the gift of good skin.

The Calming Range

* At time of writing this post the cleanser is still on sale, so grab it while you can at a discount!

Fragrantasia’s Violet Laundry Wax Melt Pot

My love affair with wax melts will never end. I adore candles but they are for show not for burning. I am way too tired and forgetful to light a candle and then remember to snuff it out. So wax melts are my go to for home fragrance and more importantly in an electric wax warmer so no worries about flames, heat and my bouts of amnesia. I’ve been lucky enough to receive some wax melts and pots from Amy of Fragrantasia, to try them out as she is relaunching her wax business soon and bringing out new scents and products. My first melt came courtesy of Violet Laundry.

Fragrantasia’s Violet Laundry Wax Melt Pot

Packaging. Wax is housed in a lidded pot, which I find to be an easy form of packaging when it comes to storing wax, checking wax ( especially in warmer months wax and heat are not friends unless its combined with a wax warmer ) and having the occasional sniff session.

Appearance. I love this type of wax pot as visually I find it very appealing! A base of soft pink coloured wax with bubblegum blue coloured wax chunks playing peek a boo through out it. Simple, cute and effective!

Scent. In all honesty I wasn’t too sure what Violet Laundry would or could smell like. Laundry yes…clean and fresh, but not violet. But what I did find is when I opened the lid the scent strangely was very familiar. It reminded me of parma violet sweets. Slightly sugary…and I guess violet scented? But what makes this a little different is the slightly powdery notes to it which gives it that clean and fresh hit.

In melt. I popped in a quarter of this wax pot into my wax warmer, and while it was slowly melting through created a gorgeous wax pool where the strands of blue chunks and pink wax slowly merged into one. The scent smelt exactly the same warmed through as it did when cold, and it filled my small but perfectly formed kitchen from corner to corner.

Strength and longevity. Laundry scents on the whole are notoriously known for being one of the strongest family of scents where wax is concerned. I would describe the strength of Violet Laundry as being medium strength. There’s no mistaking its there, its not hiding in the air its THERE. I walked into my kitchen and it smelt so good, and fought its way bravely through moderate cooking smells but the scent itself isn’t overwhelming. Longevity is great. Its a steady scent that continued to throw itself out for hours and hours.

Recommended? I love sweety scents and I love laundry scents so this scent is a dream for me! What I do like about this scent is if you do enjoy your clean scents, having a sweet/floral/fruity element makes it less boring and predictable, and makes it a little fun, less heavy and summery in scent. Fragrantasia are working hard behind the scenes to get some amazing new products for sale so website isn’t live yet but expect reopening in July so keep this website bookmarked here for announcements. Violet Laundry is definitely on my list to be purchased, and should be on yours too!

Jenny Makes For You Strawberry Cheesecake Sugar Body Scrub

I know many of us have been dying to get into a physical shop to buy non essential items in the UK but not me! Well…not most of the time. I work in retail and have done so non stop during this pandemic so I see the good, the bad and the ugly of physical retail therapy. So if I can order online and save my time and sanity perfect. If I can get a good deal price wise, even better. And if I can purchase hand made products from a small business AND its local to me I’m willing to do a happy dance. So when one of the bath and body product businesses I stalk, sorry I mean follow on Instagram, did a sale recently and I also found they were based in Manchester like myself it was a sign! Buy buy buy! One out of the two products I ordered from locally based Jenny Makes For You was their Strawberry Cheesecake Sugar Body Scrub which cost £5.10 ( instead of £8.50 ).

Why this? I’ve had my eye on this vendor’s products for ages ( yet again the evils of Instagram strike! ) but I haven’t NEEDED anything. What I found I did need was a a body scrub and I timed it perfectly as this was on sale at a special price. The actual scent and name is completely me as I love foodie inspired products and especially those that appeal to my sweet tooth and love of sweet smelling scents.

What’s this supposed to do? This is a rich sugar based scrub with cocoa butter and coconut oil. So with these ingredients this will provide a hardworking and effective body scrub, while hydrating the skin during and after use.

Jenny Makes For You Strawberry Cheesecake Sugar Body Scrub

Packaging. You get 240g of scrub in a lidded plastic tub. The labeling tells you and shows you through pictures and words exactly what you are getting, and overall gives this product a fun and simple feel before you even remove the lid.

Appearance. Oh my! Dribble dribble… this is one of those products you need to double check you apply it to the skin on your body and not shovel in your mouth! Why? It LOOKS just like a cheesecake! If you look at the side of the packaging ( its clear ) you can see two distinctive layers. You have the base which colour and texture wise looks just like the biscuit base of a cheesecake, and the top layer same texture but pink in colour. So when I took off the lid, of course this is a scrub, so the pink section isn’t whipped or cream like but a jam packed scrub which was identical to the bottom.

Texture. Lots and lots of very fine grains. Think of caster sugar consistency. Its not a totally dry sugar scrub as I could feel a light coating of some sort, but it doesn’t sit in a pot full of oil and grease.

Scent. Strawberry, fruity, sweet but not too syrupy is the first thing I got when I smelt this scrub. What I was quite pleased with is it didn’t hit me very strongly when I took off the lid. Sometimes less is more, and I wanted to smell this more in use rather than in its packaging. Also, doesn’t help with my hayfever that smells ( more so strong ones ) create a game of Russian Roulette to what will sit well with me or not, which this wasn’t a problem at all. I did mention that this scrub is dual layered. The bottom layer had a different scent to it compared to the top, and I could only get this once I scooped some of the product out to use. It reminded me a little of the smell of a Jaffa cake but nice ( I hate Jaffa cakes they are the devil’s work ). A light citrus element from orange, a little vanilla which gives it a distinctive bakery scent especially combined with the strawberry. All elements delicate but obvious, and really enjoyable to smell.

In the shower. I used this scrub on wet skin while in the shower, and took out a decent amount that covered three fingertips and applied it to the top half of my body, and then delved in for a little more for the rest of me. It spread over damp skin easily, and I could feel the grains of sugar working against it providing an exfoliating action. The scent was there which I loved, which made this a pleasure not a chore.

On the skin. After I applied this being the lazy person I am, I already had a tub full of water ready for me to slip into so I could gently rinse this off. Once it was off I was surprised how soft and silky my skin felt, as if I had just put on a dry oil…but in the bath. Out of the bath and after my body was dried it still felt silky soft, highly moisturised but not greasy. I could even detect the scent on my skin too which was very light but still delicious.

Overall? This is a beautiful scrub. The scent and the look of it is fun but it’s still a hard working product. It does everything you want a scrub to do to the skin and is enjoyable to use and these combined elements mean I would buy this again in a heartbeat! This is one of those products I already have various friends in mind to buy for as a gift for a birthday or Christmas. This maybe my first purchase from Jenny Makes For You but its not my last! Find them on Etsy selling lots of different bath and products here now.

Strawberry Melts Breathtaking Rancher Wax Melt

My name is Karina and I am a wax melt addict! There you go I said it! Social media has a lot to answer for so I try to avoid posts where wax or bath and body product vendors showcase their new makes and mention when they are up for sale. Why? Because I want THEM ALL! And I’m working hard to use what I have before making new purchases ( I say this all the time I am a broken record ). But Strawberry Melts had a restock awhile ago and some melts fell into my basket. They looked so sweet and lonely and I needed to comfort them….so I bought some! My first melt from this purchase was Breathtaking Rancher.

Why this one? This is what I call a fusion, a merge of two separate scents. Breathtaking I’ve had before on its own. Not my usual go to scent but I found it quite interesting. Rancher is a scent that IS my typical go to and I just wanted to see if they would work together.

Strawberry Melts’ Scent Description. Breathtaking- Top notes of lemon, sweet orange and aloe waters. Middle notes of white pepper, white eucalyptus and a steam room accord. Bottom notes of sea moss, beach wood and clear musk. Rancher – Super sweet, super fun. Just like the pineapple flavoured candy.

Appearance. A trio of three chunky wax shapes consisting of a love heart, star and flower. All three being the same colouring which is the softest of green topped off with a darker shade of green. Each shape being the perfect size to pop in a wax warmer.

Strawberry Melts Breathtaking Rancher

Scent. The three melts were in a plastic wrapper and when opened up the first thing that hit me was a juicy, ripe, sweet hit of pineapple. Mouthwatering, the type that makes you dribble. Even more so because its not just the smell of pineapple…oh no…but with added syrupy sugar that smells of pineapple flavoured sweets. Not that dissimilar to a pineapple cube if you’ve never tried a rancher. After the fruitiness came a more earthy, crisper and cleaner scent underneath which is what I’ve gotten before while melting Breathtaking on its own in the past. Somehow these two work and don’t fight each other but compliment.

In melt. I popped one of these into my warmer and slowly but surely it melted away leaving a beautiful sea green pool of wax. The scent was already there, and like so many wax melts from Strawberry Melts the scent grew and grew and filled the room rather than deliver a massive hit and then linger and disappear.

Strength and longevity. Medium to strong in strength. Obvious but not heady. Important for me at the moment with suffering from hay fever as my head can be super sensitive. Longevity was very good. I changed my wax to a new one purely for a change rather than the scent had gone, and this was melting away for at least a good 4 hours at a time for 4 days.

Recommended? A curious blend which I’m glad I took a chance on. I seem to be finding some brilliant blends at the moment that on paper don’t quite match but do in real life work! And if there was anytime to melt this THIS would be the perfect time of year, due to it having that tropical Summery smell. I would love to see this come up for sale again and give this a massive thumbs up. Not available at the moment as the scents and wax changes regularly but visit Strawberry Wax Melts website here to see what is currently up for purchase and to keep tabs on this making a reappearance.

Superdrug’s Turmeric Revitalising Clay Mask

I’m finding myself spending less on beauty products so far this year than last year. The current climate we are in doesn’t help, but before the madness of 2020 kicked in I already placed myself on a sort of beauty product buying ban. Why? Well…when you get into the habit of buying lots of ‘stuff’ regularly and not getting a chance to use them, they add up! And by the time you know it you honestly have no idea what you have and can open your own shop full of products. So being the newly frugal person I am I’m continuing to dig into my product treasure chest as I recently needed ( well my face did! ) a treatment mask . I pulled out Superdrug’s Tumeric Revitalising Clay Mask that I got last year as a gift from one of my good friends.

What does this mask supposed to do? Draws out impurities and extra oil from the skin, and makes it feel and appear smoother.

Superdrug’s Turmeric Revitalising Clay Mask

Apperance and texture. Lets start off with the colour….I haven’t seen a colour like this since my kids were babies! Can’t deny it its not attractive or appealing and looks a little like poo. It has a slight orangy tint to it which I would love to say reminds me of a good curry but it doesn’t. I didn’t expect the colour to be beautiful but I think the combo of turmeric, clay and shea butter doesn’t produce a visually appealing mask love child. Texture is smooth and quite thick and what you would expect from a mask containing clay. Easy to apply though and because of its consistency none was wasted and stayed firmly on skin.

Scent. Definitely has a turmeric scent to it but not too strong but its there! I felt there was a slight citrus element to it which gave it a zing and slight freshness.

How to apply. I pretty much followed instructions which is apply to clean skin avoiding the eye area and leave on till dry for 10-25mins, then rinse off with warm water.

On the skin. It didn’t take too long for my facial expressions to become frozen after this had been applied as it does dry out quickly and you feel it. Not in an uncomfortable way but expect it!

Removal. I used a damp, warm muslin cloth to get this off and it did the trick. I followed it with warm water to make sure all residue was gone and it had.

After use. My skin felt and looked a little smoother, a little more rested and I felt it was fresher. I checked my skin the following day and felt I could see the same results which made me feel very happy!

Top tip. I got three uses out of this one sachet! I found the first time I used this a third of it was plenty when applied to face and neck. And because my skin was quite angry and confused at the time, I didn’t think I would get the best results so gave it a few days later to try it again and used the same amount. My skin seemed to be much more receptive this time, and I found I still had more mask to use so saved it. With it being clay based, where the packet originally opened I could see the start of the mask had dried up. So I simply cut and opened it from the bottom and the mask was absolutely fine to use.

Recommended? This is a great and affordable mask which if you want to have your own little spa like treatment at home will help! Don’t be put off by the colour and the scent isn’t overwhelming. It left my skin in better condition than what it was prior to using it. And the fact I got to use this more than once was a win win! 99p per sachet and regularly on a 3 for 2 deal which makes it great value. * With everything that is going on with store closures, click and collect and online deliveries its best to check what the current situation is with Superdrug if you want this product or anything else from there. Visit the site here, and possibly bookmark this product to purchase at a better time for you if not right now. xxx

The Body Shop’s Banana Bath Blend

Anyone that has kept their eyes on my bath and body posts recently will see I’ve developed a bit of a love affair with the brand The Body Shop. Putting to one side the one or two products I used and liked from when I was a teen, its not a range that I’ve particularly thought about until one of my good friends became one of their consultants. She educated and entrapped me by waving bath bombs, home fragrance and all things in between at me through social media and reeled me in hook, line and sinker. And through her I was very lucky to receive one of their new products called a Bath Blend that she kindly sent to me to cheer me up and lift my very sad and exhausted mood at the time. The fragrance I was sent was Banana and its been my bath buddy for the last few evenings.

What’s a bath blend? This particular sub range harnesses the powers of fruit and vegetables. A hydrating, moreish fragranced bath and shower cream that not only combines vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, but moisturising and nourishing ingredients such as avocado and coconut oil to provide a decadent and well above average bubble bath.

The Body Shop’s Banana Bath Blend

Packaging. You get 250ml of bath blend in a screw top lidded clear bottle. You can see the bath blend in it, with the labeling complimenting the colour of the blend perfectly with its hues of green, orange, yellow and brown. Very earthy in appearance and strangely enough could easily be mistaken for a milk based drink because of how it looks and its contents. Very appealing!

Scent. Oh my! I was praying this wouldn’t smell artificial and fake and thank god it didn’t! Banana is an odd scent which could go horribly wrong as I don’t feel it’s the easiest scent to create. This smelt to me of chopped up bananas that weren’t quite ripe but close. Drizzled with a touch of honey and a dash of cream thrown on top. Its creamy, sweet but not sickly and has an almost vanilla-esq element to it. Truly beautiful, true to life and not for drinking!.

Consistency and texture. Its not a gel or a traditional bath cream. It’s milky/creamy yellow in colour and has quite a thinnish consistency to it, but not too watery. If you have ever tried a bath milk I would say this is similar when poured out.

In the bath. With its consistency I didn’t need to use much, and under warm running water this lathered up like a dream and created ALOT of foam. Soft, white and fluffy which is just how I like my bubbles, making this bath inviting. Underneath the foam the water was a very pale yellow tint. But goodness it was the scent that got me…..exactly the same as what I got in the bottle, but mixed with warm water in a warm room it truly was beautiful. Not heavy, not too strong, very comforting and yummy and just the perfect scent to help set the scene for a great bathing experience.

FOAMMMMM!

On the skin. Very kind and gentle while in and out of the bath. Non drying, no irritation, and I didn’t walk around smelling like a milkshake!

Recommended? I had a feeling I would like this when I saw it being released and I love it! I very much am a bath person especially evening time so for me a kind and gentle formula is needed, but what I want most of the time is foam and scent which is exactly what I got from this. So this gets my seal of approval 100%. Only problem I have now is which one should I try next? Oh sorry…did I not tell you? The Bath Blend comes in not only banana, but also berry, mango and pear! For only £8.00 a bottle you could get one of your 5 a day…well sort of! Visit The Body Shop online here to make an order or try and reach out to one of their consultants who can provide you with your own personal shopping experience.