Thursday, 18 August 2011

Dr. Bronner's Peppermint Oil Soap

How I discovered it: 10,000 years ago, when I was very young, I came across a little bottle of this liquid castile soap in a health food shop. I started reading the label (of which more anon) – and had to buy it! I used it for years, but I couldn’t find it when I moved to the UK. Until now! I was in John Bell & Croyden (the best drugstore/chemist in the world!) the other day, and I came across a whole shelf full of the stuff! 

What they say: “The peppermint essential oil tingles the body and clears the mind. Because therapeutically peppermint oil is a mild stimulant it increases vitality and clarity. All oils and essential oils are certified organic to the National Organic Standards Program. Packaged in 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles.
INGREDIENTS: Water, Organic Coconut Oil*, Potassium Hydroxide**, Organic Olive Oil*, Mentha Arvensis*, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Peppermint Oil*, Citric Acid, Tocopherol
** None remains after saponifying oils into soap and glycerine”

But the real message is on the label ...

What I Say: This is the purest, most gentle, most wonderful multi-purpose stuff – it’s a great face wash (I prefer it to most cosmetic cleansers), an invigorating body wash, a terrific travel soap for your smalls - they say it’s a good shaving soap and that you can wash your hair in it too. Peppermint is the original, and they now make a few different kinds: rose, orange, lavender, and so on – but peppermint is still the one I like best... 

And I can’t help having a soft spot for eccentric Dr. Bronner, his positive spirit and his wild Spaceship Earth ‘we are all one or we are all none’ philosophy. Great product, great company, great value, great fun!
The verdict: Lorelei loves it!

Friday, 12 August 2011

Heston from Waitrose Oak-Smoked Salt

STOP PRESS!! For those who are interested, Waitrose are now selling this at 25% off, instore and online.

How I discovered it: Looking for pear puree for my husband (don’t ask), I saw this adorable, fat little jar full of what looked like sugar crystals. On closer inspection, I saw that it was dirty-looking salt – but it went in the basket as soon as I saw the word ‘smoked’ – anything smoked, and I’m in! 

What they say: “Smoked Anglesey Sea Salt. Great for sprinkling over steamed vegetables and barbecued meats for a deep, smoky flavour. This salt is smoked over Welsh oak and adds a smoky flavour to food. Sprinkle a little over steamed vegetables or fried eggs, on barbecued meat or smoked fish to enhance the smokiness or try a pinch on top of a chocolate pudding or barbecued bananas to add an unexpected element.”

What I say: Wow. Smells divine and tastes divine! So far I’ve tried it on eggs and fish – and (medical professionals, look away now!) on its own. Delicious! My husband says it’s fantastic on his favourite potato-fried-onion combo. I’m determined to try it with something chocolate at some point – and if I could be bothered to barbecue a banana, I’m sure it would be wonderful on that too. At £5.49 for a small jar, it definitely falls into the ‘special treat’ category – but it looks great on the table, and would make a nice little present for a foodie friend.

What could be improved: Not a thing! 

The verdict: Lorelei loves it!