If one of your New Year's resolutions revolves around slowing down and finding inner peace, here's a great way get things started. These homemade fizzies exfoliate dry, sun-exposed skin and use aromatherapy to help calm your senses, even after a stressful working week. It's the perfect at-home spa-night ritual. Plus, who doesn't love a nice relaxing bubble bath?
It's no secret that we LOVE Australian beauty brand Bloom Cosmetics. Back in 1993, at just 22, Natalie Bloom created what is now a world-renowned brand with a cult-like following that includes celeb fans Elle McPherson, Kylie Minogue and Liv Tyler. Now, 18 years later and over 300 bath and body, skincare and cosmetics products on, Bloom continues to grow. Natalie took time out of her busy schedule to give us the lowdown on breaking into the beauty biz and what's next for Bloom.
When did you know that you wanted to get into beauty? I guess you could say makeup is in my "make-up," as my love affair with all things beauty began as a child watching two oh-so-stylish women—my grandmother and mother! I remember watching my grandmother sitting at her boudoir meticulously applying makeup. I also have such fond memories of pouring over my mum’s cosmetics case. While my mum was into more earthy tones reminiscent of the late '80s, my grandmother never swayed from her signature shades of coral and blue! It was from these first memories that I truly became mesmerised with the colour and texture of cosmetics.
As soon as I opened NAT Sea Salt Body Smoother ($56) I knew I was in love. You get hit with an almighty burst of peppermint that is super refreshing and wakes you up in an instant—something I definitely need in the morning. When I first used it, I was impressed by how easy it was to apply. The consistency was just right. Sometimes the scrubs that come in tubes are too sloppy and you end up losing them to the shower floor, and others in tubs, I've had to battle with for hours just to get a measly amount out. This, on the other hand, feel almost like a cream so it's easy enough to scoop out but solid enough to stay put, if that makes sense.