Saturday, 25 June 2011

Aromatherapy Associates Relax Bath Oil

How I discovered it: I received it in the mail (beautifully packaged in a duck-egg blue box) as a birthday present, with a gift card signed only ‘M’. All very mysterious. Quite a lot of brain-racking and phone-calling went on, but by a process of elimination I finally established that it was from my agent, Miranda.

What they say: “Natural oils. Pure nature with nothing added. Expertly blended with key oils of vetivert, camomile, sandalwood. Instil peace and tranquillity, a worry free mind and a restful night’s sleep.” 

What I Say: Miranda told me she was hooked on this oil and – like any good junkie – she wanted to share her addiction. It worked. I can’t do without it now! The smell is utterly seductive - I have the bottle in front of me for reference, and my husband just walked in, sniffing the air, saying, “What is that? It smells so good.” At £37 for a 55ml bottle, it’s very expensive, but the good news is that a little goes a long way. They say to use a capful in your bath – but I think that’s way too much! You need no more than two or three drops, so a bottle lasts ages. Besides using it in the bath, I sometimes put a dab on my wrists or in my hair. Does it instil peace and tranquillity? Hard to say – but it’s utterly delicious.

The verdict: Lorelei loves it!

Monday, 13 June 2011

TommyGuns Sage and Basil Shampoo

How I discovered it: I was waiting in an annoyingly long and winding queue at Waitrose, reading shampoo bottles to pass the time. This one caught my eye.

What they say: “For combination/oily/confused hair & scalp. Active ingredients include Sage to refresh, cleanse and control the excess oil on your hair & scalp. Basil for mild cleansing, balancing the oil in your hair to give body and lustre. This very special stimulating shampoo is clever & kind to both your hair & scalp.” 

What I Say: If you use a lot of conditioners, serum and products in your hair, every once in awhile it’s good to use a clarifying shampoo – this one may be designed for oily and ‘confused’ hair, but it also does a great deep cleanse for normal hair. My hair came out squeaky clean, but still in good condition.

The shampoo is a treat for the senses, too; it has a very strong sage scent, which I love – smells a bit like someone smoking dope in a pine forest - and the simple packaging, with its jewel-coloured contents, looks great in my minimalist bathroom. I know TommyGuns have good salons (I used to go to the one in Beak Street to see lovely Sean – one of the best cutters in London!), and if this shampoo is anything to go by, their products are excellent too. At £5.50 for 250 mls, it’s priced at the level of most ‘hairdresser’ shampoos, and it should last for ages.

The verdict: Lorelei loves it!