You'll be pleased to know the Sugar editors are very well trained when it comes to bathing. Kidding, we mean moisturising — particularly in Winter. We're always hearing how important it is to look after the skin on our face, but it's equally important to take care of our lovely limbs. Our legs and arms have been covered up for a few months now, but as the sun begins to shine, we're starting to think about prepping our skin for Spring. Cue the shower gel, scrubbing tools and body moisturisers we know we can rely on. This week our editors share two of their favourites.
Which of these everyday essentials will take home the title of Best Body Wash in the 2012 BellaSugar Beauty Awards? Well that's up to you! Pick from: the luxurious BSQ Natural White Bergamot Shower Cream which is inspired by the Golden Age of Couture, Palmolive Naturals Strawberry Smoother Body Butter Body Wash, a fruity, gently exfoliating number, St Ives Triple Butter Creamy Vanilla Body Wash which uses jojoba, shea and cocoa butters to offer an intense hydration hit, Kora Organics by Miranda Kerr Essential Body Wash which is paraben-free and features ylang ylang, noni extract, sandalwood, rose and patchouli and Palmolive Naturals Luscious Mango Body Butter Body Wash, a delectable rich and creamy formula that feels luxurious and offers long-lasting moisture. It's time to cast your vote!
In news that has truly made my day, nay week, nay life, I've just discovered that Alexa Chung and I use the VERY SAME body wash. Can you believe it? It's uncanny how much she and I share in common. Admittedly, that's mostly because I stalk and steal her style on a daily basis, but this is legit. We actually both use Ren Moroccan Rose Otto Body Wash ($55). She also loves Moroccan Rose Otto Ultra-Nourishing Body Oil, whereas I'm more partial to a bit of Moroccan Rose Body Cream ($79) but we won't let that stand in the way of our friendship. Check out some more Ren Moroccan Rose goodies below and tell me, have you tried the range? Or have you ever found out that you and a celeb share a beauty love? What was it?
I love me some Molton Brown goodies. Always have. Always, always, always will. The latest mini-range is no exception. Molton Brown Paradisiac Pink Pepperpod is divine. Gorgeous. Sensual. Sumptuous. And any other heavenly word you can think of. The femme fatale of the range, it's got a deep, spicy scent at its core. Featuring an exotic blend Brazilian pink pepperpods, African ginger oil and patchouli, the Paradisiac Pink Pepperpod Body and Shower Gel ($39) and Body Lotion ($39) are the perfect indulgence every morning. But more than just an aromatic treat, the Brazilian pink peppertree is also known for its skin conditioning and antioxidant benefits. Love, love, 1,000 times love. Get it before it goes . . .
Pssst. Did you know that pink pepper was traditionally called "grains of paradise" and was thought to only be found in Eden? You had to collect your share as they floated down the rivers of paradise. Sigh. No wonder it smells so blissful.
I'm guaranteed to love any beauty brand that starts with love. Case in point: Love + Toast. Cute as. This latest range I saw on ELLE and learnt that it ships here. Result! The brand is based out of the Ourika Valley in Marrakech and seeks to employ women to even the out the male/female employment ratio and help sustain the economy. Love + Art blends Moroccan tradition with modern science to create a range of bath and body products that feature ethically harvested plants — meaning where possible, only the seed or flowers are taken in order to continue supply — and essential oils that can be traced from plant to bottle thanks to a process called chemotyping. Totes worth checking out, especially the Moroccan rose bits.
I'm a big H&M fan. As is Kylie, Stella McCartney, Matthew Williamson, Madonna and my mum. I would DIE if it opened here. Especially when I heard this little nugget of information: H&M is launching an organic skincare line in March. Uh huh. In keeping with the brand's simple style, the range features everyday essentials like shower gel, body scrub, body lotion, hand cream and lip balm in raspberry and melon or lavender and mint. Yum. The range features organic ingredients such as organic apple juice, jojoba and beeswax that have been certified by ECOCERT. Prices start at €3.90 which is the equivalent to $5.90 so, Mr. H&M, if you're reading this, please, please, please, please, please open a store in Australia. Preferably Sydney.
Eek! Need a last-minute gift idea for the lovely lady in your life? Treat her to one of these romantic beauty treats and she'll love you forever.
Clockwise from top left: Jo Malone Red Roses Fragrance Chronicle™ ($175), Diva Tulle Headband ($12.99), Guerlain Idylle (from $110), Philosophy Unconditional Love Body Wash ($49), Lush Soft Coeur ($10.50), Lush True Romance Gift Set ($57.95), Makeup Store Glam Eyelashes ($34), Lola Marc Jacobs Limited Edition Solid Perfume Ring ($65).
Check out all of my Valentine's Day gift ideas for him and her.
Stockists: Guerlain (02 9695 4800), Make Up Store (02 9360 5885), Marc Jacobs (1800 812 663).
Christmas is the only time of the year that I am guaranteed to fall in love on a daily, if not hourly basis. With beauty products, not men. (Though with the mulled
wine flowing, that can happen too.)
It’s impossible not to get excited by the Holiday collections; the shimmer, the sparkle, the packaging, it’s all just so magical. Sigh.
And none more so than Philosophy The Recipe Box ($42) which features bottles of Red Velvet Cake and Sweet Creamy Frosting shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath. As glorious as that sounds, there’s more. Housed in a beautiful recipe box that you can keep forever, the set also includes recipe cards so that you can make your very own red velvet cake with sweet creamy frosting. Too cute. The perfect gift for bakers or those who vow to be in 2010.