I’ve done a few ‘tried and tested’ posts on the blog now and think they’re quite useful (I hope). It’s nice after months of testing out products of the more natural variety that I’m starting to find brands that I keep coming back to, yet discovering new ones along the way. I’ve found, often by accident, some brilliant natural products since beginning this blogging journey and I know that there are dozens or even hundreds more out there. It’s quite exciting really. To help me organise these products into my favourites and prioritise which I’ll keep using, I’ve found these category product posts quite helpful, and hope that for anyone considering purchasing a more natural beauty product, they’re helpful for you too. (You can read my posts on natural body lotions, cleansers or lip balms if you’re interested.)
Liz Earle has already featured in both my body lotion and cleanser product round-ups, and for good reason. This is one brand I am relieved to have discovered. I was actually aware of the brand a while before starting this blog and had tried Cleanse and Polish, liking it, but I only had a travel size and once I’d finished that I forgot about it again for some reason (probably as I didn’t know where to buy it or assumed it was expensive). Fast forward to now and I can safely say that Liz Earle will be getting a lot more of my custom for years to come. Nearly every product I’ve tried I have loved (Superbalm, Cleanse & Polish, and their Energising Body Lotion in particular), although a couple I haven’t so much (the Superskin Concentrate oil is just waaay too pungent for my nostrils to handle).
Anyway, one definite winner, actually two definite winners from the Liz Earle range are the Energising Body Wash and the Orange Flower Botanical Body Wash. I love them both for their beautiful botanical scents; the Orange Flower one, as the name suggests, is citrusy and fresh, and the Energising Body Wash is a blend of invigorating and intoxicating botanical aromas. Both equally as gorgeous. Unfortunately my boyfriend thought so too evidently as the bottles didn’t last long in the shower. Testament that this is a unisex fragrance. As well as the lovely smell I found these foamed extremely well – no different from any other shower gel despite them being SLS free (when used with a sponge or pouff). And whilst they’re not a moisturising body wash per se, they certainly didn’t leave my skin feeling dry. My only slight qualm is the price… I know you need to pay for quality and it is a luxurious product. But considering how quickly one goes through shower gel I feel slightly over-indulgent spending £11 on it. Other products in the range I think are much more affordable such as the haircare (only £7.50 for shampoo which will last months). Having said that, if you’re willing to splash out a little, you won’t be disappointed.
Another big favourite of mine is Naked Bodycare’s Love Me Rose body wash which conversely is very affordable – just £3.99 at Boots. This has a really lovely rose scent and according to the Cosmetics Database the ingredients listed score a 6 or below, meaning they’re in the ‘moderate hazard’ category – not toxic or carcinogenic, which is good, obviously. Although Naked Bodycare is not a totally natural brand, and doesn’t claim to be, it is a great high street option offering a range of products which work just like the completely non-natural stuff. I’ve already been converted to their Scrub Up body scrub and their hair products. I’d very much like to try the other body washes in the range too. The Orange Blossom sounds divine and I bet the Minty Menthol will be a good unisex option. This is definitely one of my faves.
Summer is approaching, finally (!), and there’s nothing that epitomises Summer to me more than the smell of coconut sun cream. Burt’s Bees Milk & Shea Butter Body Wash has a milky, coconut-y scent which makes me think of beaches and lying by the pool (my kind of holiday). It contains coconut and sunflower oil, shea butter and is 98.5% natural, sulphate and paraben free. This is a very nourishing, moisturising body wash – great for dry skin, but not refreshing, so if you’re more of a menthol or citrus fan in the mornings, this won’t be your cup of tea. It’s also not brilliant at foaming, so I’d definitely use this with a pouff/sponge, which I always do anyway to make my body wash last longer and to exfoliate a bit at the same time as washing. It costs £10.20 at Boots.
Last but not least, a shower gel which turned up in my stocking at Christmas (thanks mum!) – Nature’s Response body wash with tea tree oil & orange blossom. This is a delicious citrusy smelling shower gel with a hint of tea tree. It’s a completely different showering experience to using the Burt’s Bees body wash (which is good for a relaxing, evening shower); this is refreshing and invigorating – I use it at the gym. It’s also free from parabens and sodium laureth sulphates so big thumbs up for that. The packaging is a little dull but what’s inside definitely makes up for it! I’m pretty sure they sell this at Boots but it seems to be out of stock at the moment online.
What shower gels or body washes do you use? I’m always interested in hearing your recommendations.