Secret Scents Home Fragrance Sage & Sea Salt Wax Clam

Wax melts are very popular. They have been for a good number of years now, which I can’t see disappearing anytime soon. Why are they so popular? They provide fragrance for the home, they tend to be affordable and come in a variety of shapes, colours and scents. Some you can grab from the high street or local shop, others available online. Most of my waxy purchases are bought from businesses who hand make and sell their own wax melts. One wax vendor which I have been lucky enough to be sent samples of different wax melts from is Secret Scents Home Fragrance. I loved them so much I bought my own, including Sage & Sea Salt Wax Clam Shell.

Secret Scents Home Fragrance Sage & Sea Salt Wax Clam

Why did I buy this one?

My scent choices tend to be very predictable. This one I actually chose as a gift for someone but cheekily kept it for myself (don’t tell, shush!). Total opposite to what I would normally go for, but I do like clean scents and thought this could fall into that category.

Packaging.

This wax is housed in a plastic container. Lidded, but one piece so top and bottom is connected. Clear, and from the bottom you can see the wax and it’s shaped the same as the underside of the container. Labelling is black and gold which gives this an elegant look. Finished off with a matching gold bow on the lid. Perfection!

Appearance.

It’s a very chunky segmented bar which is made up of 6 squares that snap off when you need to use them. Opening up the packaging, you can see the top of it is flat and white in colour. Turn it around, and not only can you see the segmented sections but also the fact there is an added sparkle. A beautiful mix of gold and black glitter is drizzled on these pieces. This makes it pop against the white background of the wax. Understated yet eye catching.

Fragrance.

This has a herbal, slightly earthy and fresh base to it. Having a soft salty addition in the fragrance makes a very clean and refreshing scent. This isn’t heady, but does have a powdery edge to it along with a little sweetness. It’s a treat for the nose!

In melt.

You only need 1 square of this in a wax warmer. While melting, the wax pool became clear with small amounts of glitter swimming on the top. I used this in both my kitchen and my living room. It melted evenly, and the fragrance was released steadily into each room.

Strength & Longevity.

Strength wise I would say this is light close to being a medium, based on using one square. In fact, I will say medium! It’s a hard one to put a label on it because the fragrances this is made up of I don’t think are designed to overwhelm, but are meant to be quite natural in smell but with a twist. If this was lavender and sea salt as an example, I would be surprised if it was anything other than strong because lavender is that type of scent. But what I would say, is when this is melting, it’s there. It makes the room feel cosy, clean, while bringing inside a bit of the outdoors.

Longevity wise I’ve had the same square melting in each wax warmer for around 3 days for at least 10 hours and the scent is still there with a good strength.

Recommended?

Totally! If you love your wax melts in fresh and clean fragrances but want something a little more earthy, grab this one! It’s very different to your usual clean, laundry style fragrances but gives the same sort of feel but more natural and less harsh. And did I mention Secret Scents products are packaged so beautifully? Great value for the amount of wax you get with lots of hours of melting time. Cost? £5.00 each, or 6 for £25.00. A wide variety of fragrances available, so visit their Facebook page to stock up on your home fragrancing items!

Primark Bergamot & Amber Reed Diffuser

I’ve become a little obsessed with reed diffusers lately. Don’t ask me why I just have. It’s another form of getting my home fragrance fix and I’m enjoying it. About 2 months ago I bought 2 Primark Mini Reed Diffusers. Unfortunately, I found them to be very disappointing. So while buying a birthday gift for a friend more recently, I decided to pick up a full size of Bergamot & Amber hoping this would give me a better experience than my last. This costs £2.50 for 100ml and came in a variety of different fragrances.

Primark Bergamot & Amber Reed Diffuser

Why did I go for this one?

I smelt the candle form of this and really liked the fragrance. So when I went to look at the reed diffuser version I have to say the packaging caught my eye, along with the price, so thought I would give it a go and prayed this would be half decent.

Packaging.

The reed diffuser comes boxed. Quite a sizeable, rectangular, cardboard box which is pretty standard for this type of thing. But it’s the colours of this box that spoke to me! An ombre of off white from the bottom heading towards the top into an almost golden burnt orange colour. Text sets it off as its in black and gold. Striking yet simple.

The diffuser itself is glass, cylinder shape but short and chunky with the labelling a similar colour and effect as the box. The diffuser itself looks beautiful and well presented in and out of box.

What do you get?

The glass jar with the fragranced oil in it, 6 long reeds and an instruction leaflet.

How to use.

Unscrew the cap around the top of the jar. Remove the little plug out of the middle of the jar. Put the cap back on and slot the reeds in the middle. Turn the reeds around every week or so to fully immerse in oil and enjoy. Is designed to last 6-8 weeks.

Fragrance.

This is quite warming yet refreshing all at the same time. There’s a slightly spicy citrus element in this. It’s not sharp and acidic but energising and uplifting. A little musk gives it depth and with a slight sweet edge to it, makes me think this could easily be a perfume.

In use. Strength & Longevity?

So, it took me about an hour to get the scent of this. Originally I put this in the downstairs toilet and as I walked in I smelt something faint but very comforting. It just gave this small but perfectly formed room a lift that wasn’t obvious. I then moved it in my bedroom which is much more sizable, just to see if the fragrance could still be detected and it was. The look of this in this space was super stylish and fitted in perfectly with my gold/bronze accents.

Strength I would say is light to a near medium at rare times. There are times this would be in my bedroom and the scent is quite prominent. Then it’s faint. Sat on a window it could be both. You really do have to play with positions for placement. But consistently it is light but I can smell the scent. I haven’t been using this for 8 weeks less than 2. So how long this will throw a fragrance I can’t tell you yet but so far it’s been ok.

If you want something not heavy and intense this would be it. Personally, I think it’s better suited to smaller rooms as bigger ones it will struggle. But sometimes a scent doesn’t have to pack a punch to be noticed or nice but it does need to be there which this was. I would have LOVED this to be a little more stronger! It’s such a gorgeous scent it deserves it. And if it was I would be buying this in multiples I promise you! But considering how much you pay for this, and the look, it evens itself out in my opinion.

Recommended?

Tough to answer! I stress, if you want the HULK of reed diffusers in regards to power this isn’t it. Are you happy for this to go in small spaces such as a toilet, spare room, cupboard or even a caravan then yes. The fragrance is glorious I love it. The look is perfect and the price is low. But I guess you have to take into account the low cost may influence the strength and quality of this.

So think carefully if you pick this reed diffuser up when you are out buying a t-shirt, leggings or sunglasses in Primani. I’m still not sure.

Superdrug’s Vitamin E Sugar And Oil Body Scrub

Body scrubs. I love them! I don’t use them all the time but I really do love them. It’s one of those products I have to make time to slip into my routine, but when I do I am thankful for it. My skin is in a decent condition at the moment with no massive problems of dryness or dullness, but it definitely deserves a treat! So I’ve started to use Superdrug’s Vitamin E Sugar and Oil Body Scrub. £4.99 for 300ml, but I bought this when this was on special offer price wise a few months ago.

Superdrug’s Vitamin E Sugar and Oil Body Scrub

Why did I buy this?

The Vitamin E range at the time I ordered this was one I hadn’t tried before. There were a few items I wanted to see if they were any good, such as the eye cream, so decided to pop this in my virtual basket as well. The price was good, I needed another body scrub anyway, and as mentioned a new range I hadn’t tried before so curiosity got my credit card!

What is this supposed to do?

Exfoliate the skin thanks to it containing a mix of walnut shell, sugar and sea salt. While leaving the skin feeling soft and nourished thanks to the ingredients of Sweet Almond and Grapeseed oil. Designed for normal to dry skin.

Packaging.

Nothing fancy here but it doesn’t need to be. The scrub sits happily in a plastic, lidded tub. All very natural in colouring e.g beige and creams, with the tub itself clear so you can see what’s inside it. All relevant detail included on the label e.g ingredients, hot to use etc.

How it looks.

Removing the lid I thought a pot of instant porridge was looking at me! Creamy coloured with little brown speckles in it, and you can understand why I thought this could be breakfast! Appearance wise it’s not smooth but not lumpy either. Although it’s not solid, it does look really thick. I know this description doesn’t make it sound appealing, but this isn’t to eat remember.

Fragrance.

Love love love! Fresh, clean, just come out of the sea type of scent with a hint of sweetness to it. Beautifully scented, and will be liked by most people. Just the fragrance alone makes me want to use other body products in this range because it’s so nice, and definitely has a Summer vibe to it.

How to use.

Apply to wet skin using circular movements. Rinse and pat dry.

On the skin.

I ran a bath before using this scrub, and added nothing to it so it didn’t influence the use of this. This was applied onto my skin after I popped into the shower. I think my skin should have been more damp than wet, as I felt I used more of this than what I should have. But what I found despite this was the texture of this scrub is something I have never experienced before. It’s not quite oil based and not quite cream based, a bit like a hybrid. In my hands, it was a little gloppy if honest, but on the skin it rubbed over it easily.

I could feel the exfoliating grains in this which were the perfect size and shape e.g not sharp. As it rubbed into the skin it became more oil like but not greasy, quite light weight so I would even say closer to a dry oil in feel. Very easy and quick in application and I quite enjoyed the process.

Rather than wash this off I sank myself into the bath. The scrub on my skin turned the water into a milky cloudy colour, so I felt as if I was getting a bath soak as well as a scrub. Having the fragrance wafting around the bathroom really did give this stage an added relaxation element and finished off the process perfectly.

Skin afterwards.

Once out of the bath I lightly patted myself dry. My skin looked quite normal but not that typical dull, matt, just towel dried looked. It wasn’t shiny but it didn’t look or feel dry in anyway. Smooth, hydrated, softy fragranced with zero need for a body lotion.

Recommended?

Lets put it this way, it’s going on my repurchase list! massive thumbs up from me.You get a good amount of scrub for the price, which is affordable. A massive help is it’s regularly on some form of special offer as well. This is really important because once it’s finished you don’t have to worry about cost because its not expensive. The scrub itself is very unusual in texture, but very effective in it’s exfoliating action. Highly moisturising and a joy to soak in. Ideal if you want the moisturising benefits of an oil based scrub but don’t want something too oily in feel. So why would I NOT recommend this?

If you want to grab this scrub, it’s currently on a special offer at Superdrug. Buy one get one half price if you purchase anything from a Superdrug face and body range plus 10% off anything from the Vitamin E range (at time of writing this post). Happy shopping!

Aldi’s Lacura Original Hot Cloth Cleanser

What is the most important thing in a skincare routine? Treat fine lines and wrinkles? Fade dark circles? Blitz away spots? It probably depends on what your skin concerns are. BUT, I think most people will agree that the first step, and possibly the most important part in a skincare routine, is the cleansing stage. Why? Why do anything to dirty skin until it’s clean? How effective will various lotions and potions be on top of dirt and grime? It’s logic really. So a good cleanser for me is important. When a current cleanser is on it’s way out or the seasons change, I’m very open to trying out new ones. I’ve recently picked up Aldi’s Lacura Original Hot Cloth Cleanser. It’s £3.99 for 200ml.

Aldi’s Lacura Original Hot Cloth Cleanser

Why did I buy this one?

I’ve ALWAYS wanted to try this product! I’m a massive fan of hot cloth cleansers, ever since using Liz Earle’s iconic and possibly ‘the original’ hot cloth cleanser many moons ago. But with my local Aldi store, the stock of this is hit, miss or maybe. I thought now would be the perfect time to grab one as my current cleanser was running low, and there seemed to be a good flow of stock of this product every time I’ve been instore recently.

What is a hot cloth cleanser?

A hot cloth cleanser is designed to be used with a muslin cloth, so providing not only the the initial cleansing stage but a light exfoliation too. Hot cloth cleansers tend to be rich in moisturising ingredients so not only are they meant to clean the skin, but also nourish the skin. Lacura’s Hot Cloth Cleanser contains Cocoa Butter, Rosemary, Chamomile, White Tea and Eucalyptus which are designed to hydrate, clean, smooth skin and make it feel refreshed.

Packging.

The product itself is housed in a plastic tube with a flip top lid on the bottom. Off white in colour, mint green with silver detailing. The design is simple, clean looking and does the job! The tube comes in a cardboard box mirroring the design and colouring of the tube. In the box comes a muslin cloth.

Look & Texture

White in colour, smooth but quite thick in texture. When I squeeze this out of the tube it holds its shape like a really thick body lotion.

Fragrance.

I quite like it. The fragrance isn’t strong but has a slightly antibacterial element to it because of the eucalyptus. It does have a softened herbal smell to it too. But the scent overall is pleasant, fresh and non offensive.

How to use.

Take a small amount and massage onto dry skin. Pop the muslin cloth in warm water and wipe cleanser off skin. Splash face with water. Allow cloth to dry naturally and wash regularly.

In use.

I used this pretty much as suggested and over a 10 day period (still using this now by the way). Sometimes morning and night, sometimes just night time. I took a decent amount of the cleanser and rubbed it into my face and neck for roughly two minutes. Easy to do and the fragrance was nice enough and not overpowering. What I did notice was this cleanser started to lose slip, and it felt as if it was sinking into my skin rather than sitting on the surface. Looking into the mirror, the once white residue on my face was disappearing and pretty much got drunk up! At this stage I wet my muslin cloth and wiped it off hoping it would still do the job of being a cleanser rather than a moisturiser.

What was left on my skin was removed quickly and easily. Skin felt ok after removal. It felt clean but a touch on the tight side, which I sometimes get when using a product for the first few times. This seemed less noticeable the more I used this.

My face after.

It looked ok. It didn’t look dirty, but it didn’t look or feel particularly fresh either. Normally when I use a cleanser, especially one with a texture to it, I enjoy the process. Not with this. It was just ok and I found it slightly underwhelming if I’m honest.

Did it clean my skin though?

Most definitely! I used a toner to swipe over my face to check and no dirt on my cotton pad, clean as a whistle!

Would I buy this again?

For myself? No. If I use a hot cloth cleanser I want to enjoy the few minutes I use it and I didn’t when using this. I also didn’t like the idea of this soaking into my skin so quickly, so felt as if I had to rush this stage. That wasn’t something I wanted to do because Summer is the time you are sweaty, have more product on your face like sun cream, so more time maybe is needed to cleanse the face and neck area. So overall not for me.

Recommended?

Although this wasn’t for me this does have some good points to it so definitely worth a go if you want this type of cleanser. The price. £3.99 for 200ml and a muslin cloth is good value. Decent hot cloth cleansers I’ve noticed are available from £3.99 up. So if you check around you can get something comparable in price or a little more dearer but still won’t break the bank. If you shop in Aldi anyway it’s an easy purchase to make while grabbing your milk and bread so convenient. Scent was fresh and texture was nice. Easy to use, cleaned well so did what it was designed to do. This is a decent hot cloth cleanser for many people, just not one that I felt was the best for me.

Not available online at the moment, but if you want to add this to your Summer skincare collection, visit your local store to purchase.

The Body Shop’s Berry Bath Blend

Warm weather does not put me off when it comes to my evening bathing ritual. Sunny, scorching, 100 degrees outside? I don’t care! No matter what, I will be sat in my bath tub like Ariel swimming under the sea! It’s a part of my daily routine and a way to relax, regardless of feeling as if I’m being poached alive. But with it being Summer, I thought I would drag out a bath product that in my opinion reflects the season because of its fragrance. The Body Shop’s Berry Bath Blend seemed a perfect choice. £8.00 for 250ml.

The Body Shop’s Berry Bath Blend

Why this one?

I’ve used the Banana Bath Blend and loved it. I’m a lover of fruity fragranced products anyway so why not? I have my typical bath and shower gels that I pick up from supermarkets, but then there are times I just want something a little more special, and this is that time and product!

What’s a bath blend?

The Body Shop’s Bath Blends are fairly new products. Released within the last year or two, they are designed of course to go into the bath. Be fragrant, provide foam and nourish the skin without stripping it. Part bath cream, part bath soak.

Packaging.

How this is presented reminds me of when my dad used to buy flavoured milk from the milk man! Although not in a glass bottle ( bath blend is in plastic), it has that old time milk bottle shape but with a screw top lid. Clear, so you can see the colour of the blend. The labeling matches the color of the blend itself. Very appealing and almost drinkable!

Fragrance.

Very berry! Strawberry to be more specific! But there’s a little sharpness to the sweetness of this. Also, some creaminess which makes it more balanced and rounder making it delicious in scent. I really want to drink this, as I did with the banana version, but better not!

Look & Consistency.

This is a lovely berry reddish pink colour. Totally opaque. The consistency is very unusual because it’s not a gel or a cream. Like it’s banana fragranced counterpart it reminds me of a milk based drink. Not a thick milkshake, but the more fluid ones.

In the bath.

Under warm running water, this bath blend turned the clear water into a beautiful pink coloured pool. And laying on the top of that produced a decent amount of soft, white, frothy bubbles making this bath very appealing. The fragrance was there and it smelt beautifully, but wished it was a little bit stronger because its so mouth watering and enjoyable to smell.

The bath itself was relaxing. The bubbles lasted a good amount of time and when they left, the bath water stayed pink but more cloudy. On the skin I had no issues, and it didn’t dry out my skin afterwards.

Recommended?

I like this bath blend. But between this and the banana version I’ve used before, the banana wins. Why? It’s more of an unusual fragrance compared to something berry based which is more common in bath products where scent is concerned. It’s a lovely product. Not something I would buy regularly due to price and size but a rare purchase. I would recommend this in a set form to get the best possible price, or if it’s on sale so discounted. But as a regular repeat purchase on it’s own probably not but depends on your budget. As a treat to yourself or for someone else? Absolutely!

If this fruity cocktail is making you thirsty to buy it, you can grab it in person at you local Body Shop store or online here and safe your legs the hassle of walking.

Superdrug’s Bloom Driftwood & Sea Salt Body Mist

Using some form of fragrance for me is like finishing off an outfit. Once it’s sprayed onto my clothes, it’s my sign that its time to go and to start my day. Are there particular fragrances or types I want to wear at certain times? No not really. Whatever I fancy at the moment is what I chose, which could be a completely different type of scent the following day. That’s why my collection is sizeable. Mostly, this consists of body/perfume mists with a few actual perfumes thrown in. One body mist I’ve recently been using is Superdrug’s Bloom Driftwood & Sea Salt Body Mist. Usual price is £2.99, I bought this when on offer for 99p!

Superdrug’s Bloom Driftwood & Sea Salt Body Mist

Why did I chose this one?

The scents I tend to go for are quite typical and predictable. Fruity, bakery based. Maybe floral and feminine, but mixed with something else to give it a feel of sophistication rather than making me smell like a granny. This I wanted it to be totally different. From the fragrance name alone, it conjured up something quite clean and fresh with a twist, which is exactly what I wanted, especially to wear during Summer.

Packaging.

Tall and thin plastic rectangular spray topped bottle. Totally clear, very basic in look. The thing that makes it stand out is the label. Designed very simply but mint green in colour providing it a much needed pop.

Scent Description from Superdrug’s Website.

Driftwood and Seasalt Body Mist : a contemporary classic fragrance, combining amber and fresh notes of bergamot, infused with base notes of sandalwood.

How does this smell to me?

A salty sea breeze mixed in with a hint off woodiness and spice. There’s a slight herbal edge in here with some subtle powdery notes and sweetness. It’s a great combination of elements in one fragrance. It gives a unique take on a clean smelling scent. I love how this screams Summer to me, but there isn’t a flower or tropical fruit scent to this in sight. Quite a unisex fragrance in my opinion and not targeting a particular age range. This would appeal to a large number of people regardless of age or sex.

Strength & Longevity.

Strength is medium. What I like about this body mist, is it could easily be an overwhelming fragrance but it isn’t. Too strong and this could kill the senses, but it’s strong enough to enjoy the aroma. Longevity for me could have been a little longer. I found myself having to top this up a few times during the day as the strength seemed to dive somewhat, and I really wanted the initial strength back. But in all honesty I think I would have reapplied regardless as I just love how it smells!

Recommended?

This scent is gorgeous! I absolutely love it! Every time I use this it literally makes me smile! I even spray my son with this when he needs freshening up. Despite the fact I would like this to retain it’s strength for longer, I still think this is a killer fragrance. It’s different, it’s in keeping with the Spring/Summer seasons, and I think it has mass appeal. Why oh why they don’t sell this in wax melt or reed diffuser form I do not know as it needs to exist!

Currently, at time of writing this, this fragrance and others in the range are on a 2 for £5.00 deal. So if you are thinking of keeping one for yourself, and gifting one to some lucky person, get your body mist groove on here.

Primark Mini Reed Diffusers

Primark is one of those places I tend to visit when I need to pick up affordable and basic items, such as leggings, kids t -shirts and underwear. In all honesty it’s not my go to place for the majority of my shopping needs, never has been. Well, until recently, when my daughter decided to develop an all consuming addiction to Harry Potter then multiple trips were needed (their HP range is impressive and cheap!). While stalking their home section for wizardry items, Primark’s home fragrance products caught my attention. Since I now enjoy reed diffusers, I thought I would give a couple a whirl. I opted for 2 scents Fresh Linen and Oriental Orchard. Both the 30ml size at a cost of 80p each!

Primark Mini Reed Diffusers in Linen and Oriental Orchid fragrances

Why did I buy these?

I thought I would go for these because the size and the price was a great way of trying them out to see what the quality was like. The scent selection was varied, with most being fragrances I like. If these minis performed well, I could easily buy the bigger versions as they were available too.

Packaging.

These are presented very well. Placed in long, thin cardboard boxes, each one has illustrations matching their scent on them e.g Oriental Orchid has images of flowers covering it. Both beautiful in look, both have a homely appeal to them and quite classic without being old fashioned.

The diffusers themselves, because of the size, are absolutely adorable! Made of glass and cylinder in shape, roughly 11cm in height and 3cm in depth. Both have the fragrance name on the bottles. Oriental Orchid is lettered in gold, which matches the gold coloured lid on the top of it. Fresh Linen is in silver with their lid a matching silver tone to. Simple but very sophisticated in appearance.

What do you get?

You get a bottle containing the fragranced oil, a pack of 5 reeds and an instruction leaflet.

Scent.

Fresh Linen. Think of a clean, crisp, laundry type scent. Slightly powdery in notes and a hidden floral in there and this is what you get! Not dissimilar to the type of scents you get in wax melt and candle forms in the laundry scent family of a similar name. Really lovely scent which most people will like.

Oriental Orchid. This one is a little more particular compared to Fresh Linen. This is obviously a floral. Floral, has a sweetness to it, but has an almost perfume style to how it smells. Doesn’t smell old fashioned. Very pretty and very pleasant in scent.

How to use.

On the bottle is a screw top lid you need to remove. Once it comes off their is a plastic stopper that you need to pull out which leaves the hole that you place the reeds in. Before you do that pop the top back on to finish and place the diffuser in your chosen place to enjoy the fragrance!

Strength & Longevity.

The only time I’ve noticed the scent of these is when I’ve placed them inside a cupboard (underneath the kitchen sink), and on a window sill in my children’s bedroom when the window was open. Other than that, scent strength wise has pretty much been non existent. In regards to longevity, you can’t have that if there is barely a scent at all! The packaging says these should last up to 4 weeks. By the end of a week most of the oil had evaporated, but got no scent as a benefit.

I’ve turned the reeds around to see if the scent would improve and for a split second it did in that moment when I was close by, but it wasn’t long lasting. The position of these have been moved and even the rooms they’ve been placed in changed. This hasn’t made a massive effect on the fragrance these give off. So overall disappointing.

Final thoughts?

I love the idea of these mini diffusers for so many reasons. They look cute, could make great little gifts or part of a bigger gift. But they still need to delivery fragrance, which I think means they have to be bigger. Or the oil stronger and possible tweaking of the reeds themselves e.g thickness, length etc.

Recommended?

No. For 80p a go it was worth a try but besides looking nice these were useless. Such a shame as the fragrances when you get a good whiff of them from the top of the bottle are really nice and appealing. But that’s it!I am curious though to try out the more standard in size versions, to see if size really does matter in the reed diffuser arena. As for these? I will give them a miss on my next Primark shopping trip.

Aldi’s Lacura Avocado Bright Eyes Mask

If you have read some of my previous skincare blog posts, you will know that my main facial concern is my eyes. My skin overall is in good condition, no major lines or wrinkles and the occasional spot or two I can cope with. But my eyes are the area I feel need the most love and attention. That’s why eye products are my credit card’s Kryptonite. I can’t help but coo over them and want to buy them all, hoping one will give me a well rested look. So I HAD to pick up Aldi’s Lacura Avocado Bright Eyes Overnight Retinol Sleeping Mask when it was released a few weeks ago. £4.99 for 15ml.

Aldi’s Lacura Avocado Bright Eyes Overnight Retinol Sleeping Mask

Why did I buy this?

It’s an eye product! Eye products for me are hit and miss. I don’t expect something to give me a massive change but some small improvement would be nice. The ingredients listed on the packaging made me think this could be a good product for me. Its price point seemed very fair and affordable, and it was a new product, so already got my attention!

What is this & what is it supposed to do?

This product is designed to be placed under the eyes at night time. It’s supposed to make dark circles and dullness under the eyes improve while you snooze. Brighter, firmer. The eyes should look more moisturised, thanks to ingredients such as avocado oil and shea butter. Oh, and if you are into following skincare brands, this product and others from this same subrange, is supposed to be ‘inspired’ by a well known company. Use Google, you will find it!

Packaging.

This product comes in a simple but cute glass (I think) jar. The jar itself seems tinted green, and matches the colour of the lid. The sides are curved which makes it look even more cuter and interesting on the eye (no pun intended!).

The jar comes in a box, which is striking because of the pattern all over it. Cartoon like halved avocados! The colouring of the box is mainly white, green with silver detailing. Fun, quirky, but I feel as if it’s targeting a younger audience because of how this product is presented.

Texture & Fragrance.

LOVE the texture of this! It might make some people nervous but it is very rich. You can tell its power packed with moisturising ingredients. It’s similar in texture to, I would say, a very rich face cream for dry skin and would even go as far to say it reminds me of a body butter! Not quite as thick and definitely not as greasy but does have a waxy feel to it. Although the pic below makes this look pale green in colour, it’s actually white. White, opaque and smooth.

I expected fragrance to be honest. I find a lot of products that try to catch your eye with packaging done in a funky way (not all the time but some!) can be heavily fragranced. This? Nothing! I was glad about this because as much as I don’t have a problem with fragrance, I don’t want my eye product reeking of it.

Application.

You need to apply this like any other eye product. Take a small amount and lightly dab underneath the area, not too close to the eye itself. AND on clean skin. Although this product says it’s an overnight mask, it does suggest direction wise you can use this during the day but follow up with sun care. But I never used this during the day, just at night time. Using a small amount, I found despite how thick this product was, it patted under the eye like a dream. Easy, no dragging or pressure needed and left no greasy, oily look to the area. Felt quite light but under my eyes immediately felt and looked moisturised and hydrated.

The day after the night before.

The first thing I noticed after one application was how under my eyes felt plump and hydrated. They felt just as protected as they did when I first put the product on.

Over 10 days…

Every morning my eyes have felt the same as mentioned above. But what I have noticed as time has gone on is my under eyes overall have improved. Not massively. I don’t look like I’ve had eye surgery or anything like that. But they look a bit more rested, they look more awake and they seem to recovery quicker than usual e.g from too little sleep, ugly crying etc. I wouldn’t say my under eyes are exceptionally dark normally, but they have looked a touch less dead like since using this.

Recommended?

There is one thing I hate about Aldi. They bring out limited edition skincare subranges and you wonder hmmm, should I buy 1 or 3? You buy 1 because you don’t want to be silly with money just in case it’s not for you. And by the time you use it, and give it at least a good week to see if there are any results, you love it and it’s not in store anymore! That sums it up perfectly!

This is an eye product I really like! The texture of it I adore, even for under the eyes as thick creams aren’t always good for such a delicate area. I love the almost everlasting moisturisation, and how it takes the edge off how life is making my eyes feel and look. I couldn’t ask for anything more really. Miracles is something I never expect with skincare products, but what little changes I’ve seen I’m happy with. For £4.99 it’s great value, you need the smallest amount, so if used once a day this should last me 2 to 3 months easily.

If you are lucky enough to still see this instore, I think it’s a good purchase to make. But bare in mind how your skin reacts to textures on this area and what your general under eye concerns are, as this may not be needed or useful for you. But for me? I wish I bought a few more of this overnight eye mask and I am exceptionally sad now!

Dirty Fresh Cosmetics One Mill Bath Rocks

Despite the warmer weather in the UK, who else is still enjoying their baths? I sure am. Hot, cold, snowing, sunny, I end my evening with a bath. So can you imagine how big my stash of bath bombs and similar types of products is? I’m going through my stash slowly but surely, and recently decided to grab Dirty Fresh Cosmetics One Mill Bath Rocks to use. I bought these when there was a sale on the website, but current and regular price is £4.20 for 130g.

Dirty Fresh Cosmetics One Mill Bath Rocks

Why did I chose this one?

I like the idea of bath rocks because you don’t have to use all of them, just some. Or, if you have two different fragranced ones you can mix and match. So the versatility in using them is there. The colour of these was so appealing, and I fancied something that was inspired by an actual fragrance, so I hoped for a great scented bath time experience.

Packaging.

These bath rocks came in a recyclable white tub with a clear plastic lid.

Appearance.

Irregular, chalky textured, rock like pieces. Various sizes and shapes. Colour wise, these are so striking! Streaks of orange, blue, purple, grey and yellow. An absolute feast for the eyes!

Scent.

Now, this is an interpretation of a well known men’s fragrance, which personally I haven’t smelt so can’t say how close it is to this scent. But what I can do is explain how THIS smells to me. This definitely is more masculine in style because it has the strength and musky element you would associate with a male inspired scent. Strong, woody, clean and a tiniest bit sweet.

In the bath.

I was aiming to use only half the tub of these bad boys, but tripped, nearly fell into the bath and the whole lot went in! By this point half of the bath was full with warm water, and as the rocks fell in, each one created their very own bath art by releasing various colours. First there was a sizzle, then came colour. Bursts of pink, green, blue, purple, absolutely glorious to look at! And along with the colour, the fragrance wafted beautifully around my bathroom. It was a strong in strength but not overwhelming, which I enjoyed. Back in the tub was a small amount of white, soft, airy bubbles sitting delicately over the patches of colour.

Once all the rocks had dissolved and the bright colours faded, they all combined to make a sea of deep, dark, purple verging on the black side shade. Bubbles didn’t last too long but were there for long enough.

Overall, what I got with these bath rocks was some quality time in the bath, giving me some much needed pampering and providing me with plenty of sensory treats

On the skin.

In and out of the bath my skin felt normal and looked after. No drying out, no irritation and totally relaxed physically and mentally.

Recommended?

Oh yesss! I adored using these, and glad I used the whole tub instead of half if I’m honest! These look so good, they created a beautifully, coloured bath and the fragrance was amazing! Add all these together, and the fact these bath rocks were gentle on my skin, make a must to purchase for any bath lover!

Want to feel like you are worth One Mill? Visit Dirty Fresh Cosmetics here to view and purchase. Enjoy!