Time for another “Tis the season” post, and in No.2, I thought I would bring you a selection of delicious bath and body products, being popular gifts at Christmas, and as we are all struggling with budgets, these won’t break the bank! So to help you with some stocking fillers, here are some of my bathroom picks to provide sensory experiences, and ideal to help reboot when life is so busy.
Bodhi & Birch ‘Limited Edition’ Bath and Shower Oils Collection – £30 for 3x15ml
Now, I am sure many of you know how much I love this brand and their beautiful organic blends! Well this well presented limited edition set, is for those who adore quality aromas for their shower or bath.
These are designed to use with water, by adding a few drops of one of the blended oils either to a warm bath, or across the chest just before stepping under the shower. Either way, and which ever the chosen blend, these oils give an amazing aromatherapy treat. Check out the scent blends below.
The bath and shower oil set contains 3 x 15ml concentrated blends :
Rosa Verde – Rose, Lime, Geranium and Frankincense.
Jasmin de Lune – Jasmine, High-Altitude Lavender and Vetiver.
La Botanica- Lemon, Eucalyptus, Rosemary and Juniper Berry.
Each one is a beautiful organic oil blend, providing relaxation yet will also help to reboot. I love these for different times, moods, needs, and when mixed with warm water, each one becomes a delicious aromatherapeutic treat! The set makes a lovely gift for anyone who loves British made natural products, using sustainably sourced botanical ingredients. Ideal for those who want to rebalance and nurture the senses with luxury inhalation. Plus, with such gorgeous packaging, all you need is a label and a pretty bow to pop under the tree for someone special.
Jurlique ‘Restoring’ Shower Gel & Body Lotion – Shower Gel £19 for 300ml, Body Lotion £28 for 300ml
This natural Australian brand produce luxury beauty products, made using pure organic botanicals, grown in southern Australia. Jurlique have a no animal testing policy, and their products are free from any harsh chemicals and artificial ingredients.
So these aromatherapy treats are in the form of softening Restoring shower gel and body lotion, both with gorgeous fragrance blends. Containing Chamomile, Licorice and Rosemary extracts to hydrate and smooth the skin, whilst the fragrance of natural Lemon, Geranium and Clary Sage balance and restore both body and mind. The body lotion also contains Avocado and Macadamia Oils to nourish and protect the skin.
These have such a lovely soothing, herbal/botanical fragrance, helping to do what its namesake suggests. I find this scent blend so nurturing, and are a real pleasure to use. I love the scent even when I have a migraine, as it is soothing and calming, not overpowering like some. Skin is kept fresh and soft, and on colder days, these help to hydrate and moisturise, while the scent helps sooth and balance the soul.
You can also read my thoughts on their nurturing skincare range for mature skin here.
Either separately or as a set, the Restoring body products would make a lovely present for a busy friend, mum or sister! To find these, skincare and more, why not check out Jurlique Christmas gift sets.
Urban Veda – Radiance Body Set – £29.95
I had not used this award winning natural brand before, but I have recently enjoyed the Turmeric & botanics set I was kindly sent as a sample. Urban Veda use Ayurvedic herbs, flowers and fruits, plus multi-vitamins and clinically proven actives, to treat in a holistic way. With no animal testing, products are also Certified vegan with the Vegetarian Society, and are free from Parabens, artificial colours, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, mineral oils and GM ingredients. What’s not to love?!
The Radiance range contains botanical extracts of Liquorice, Papaya, Goji berry, plus actives of Glycerine, Turmeric, Arjuna, Pumice, Pomegranate seed powder, Vitamin E, along with oils of Orange, Patchouli, Coriander, Cedar, Marigold, Sweet Almond.
No wonder these smell amazing!
I am a fan of Ayurvedic products, and these have lovely textures and aromas to refresh and revive, so I enjoy the ritual of using these in the bathroom. I have to say the Body Polish is definitely a fave. Urban Veda offer 4 different product ranges : Radiance, Purifying, Reviving and Soothing.
Wether you go by your Dosha (your ‘Ayurvedic’ health, defined by the state of balance between your mind, body, and environment), or purely choose to go with certain ingredients, they are well worth checking out.
For a fab selection of Ayurvedic beauty pressies for Christmas, head to their gift set page.
**I also have the new Radiance Facial Oil with Turmeric and botanics, so I will bring you more info after I have put it through its paces!
Crabtree & Evelyn (New) – Goat Milk & Oat Shower Milk, Hand Therapy + Pomegranate & Argan Oil Soap – Shower Milk £16 for 250ml, Hand Therapy £23 for 250ml, Soap £7.50 for 158gm.
Some lovely new scent collections were recently added to the ever popular Crabtree & Evelyn range, and I have a few products to share with you from 2 of the ranges.
Goat Milk & Oat, which is made with free-range Goat milk, Oat kernel oil, Bisabolol, Allantoin and Vitamin E. Clinically and dermatologist tested, this range is particularly suited to sensitive and irritated skins.
Pomegranate & Argan oil, is a blend of Moroccan Argan Oil, Grapeseed Oil and Shea Butter to moisturise, and with notes of Orange, Pomegranate, Sweet Fig, Ginger and Black Pepper that produce a wonderfully warming, bright mediterranean scent.
I am a bit of a hand cream addict, and like using this Hand Therapy. Although quite rich in consistency it simply melts into the skin, and any ‘slip’ disappears after about a minute. Hands are left soft and hydrated, and although it needs to be reapplied after hand washing, the ingredients are gentle and will not irritate super sensitive skins. I find the large pump dispenser is handy to keep by the kitchen sink, as I am forever washing my hands, but it would also make a handy gift for a downstairs toilet.
The Shower Milk is also delicate, providing a soft lather with really tiny bubbles. It soothes and calms any irritated or sensitive skin, and after showering, skin is left really soft and nourished. The scent is subtle and creamy, making it a pleasure to use, and I hardly feel a need for a body moisturiser after using. Anyone with even the most delicate of skins would love this, as it is so gentle and cosseting.
These castile soaps are triple milled, and produce a gentle, non-drying, creamy lather that helps keep hands soft, plus delicately scented. There are 5 new scent blends to choose from, out of their wide range of soaps. This one has a beautiful scent, ideal to use on a cold day to warm and lift the spirits, whilst caring for the skin.
Head over to bath & body on the Crabtree & Evelyn site to find these and more from the ranges.
I feel any of these would make great little Christmas gifts or stocking fillers, certainly for those that love nurturing, scented body products. I hope these might help tick off some of the presents on your list, and that whoever receives them, enjoys using them as much as I do.
Which of these products tick boxes for gifting family or friends, and which of them would you like to find under the tree on Christmas day?
*contains pr samples