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03/04/15: Bathtime Favourites

Although I try to keep my skincare rotation down, when it comes to the bathroom I switch it up on a regular basis.  However, these are the four products that have been used regularly over the last few months - my favourites.

Barefoot SOS Bath and Shower Gel* (RRP £16.00) - I received this as a tester from one of my regular shopping spots Lucy Rose. It arrived around the time that I first noticed my sensitivity to potassium sorbate and I was glad to have something else I could use in the shower. It's a practical product rather than a luxurious one but it does the job. It doesn't froth but I found it especially good for shaving and I also like the soft scent.  I used it a few times on my face but found it best for body - in particular shaving.  Targeted at those with eczema and skin sensitivities the price is a bit more than I would like for the product, but I can imagine that if you're someone that suffers really badly with skin issues then this might be worth the extra cost if its gentle enough for your skin (contains essential oils). One thing I noticed that was a bit weird was that any product that was left in the cap between uses went a bit green? It didn't affect the function but I'm not sure what that was about!  

Dr Bronners Castile Soap in Almond (RRP £5.99) - This is, in my opinion, the best scent of this cult favourite. Its almondy-marzipan sweetness won me over the first time I sniffed it and this is my second larger bottle. I decant some of it into a mini bottle for the bathroom at work and love washing my hands and releasing the cherry bakewell aroma. Not only that, but the cat seems to love it too.

This is actually my second bottle of this well-known organic shampoo. When I realised last year that my previous close-to-holy-grail shampoo contained potassium sorbate I decided to take the plunge and spend more on shampoo than I ever thought I would (bearing in mind that I used to think £4.00 was a lot for a lip balm) and bought the original formulation - Gentle Herb Shampoo as it was one of the cleanest and greenest formulations out there. Although the original worked okay for me, I felt like my hair wasn't quite clean enough and so decided to try something with a little more astringency - and so far the Tea Tree variation is doing a good job.  It took a few goes to adjust to it but my hair now feels cleaner and lighter than it did before.

Point to note - it takes longer to work into your hair and scalp but the second time around will froth better than the first.  My only issue with this product is that it doesn't last long enough!  You need two rounds to get good coverage and clean hair - and each one requires a generous pump or five of the product.  Having said that, I'm still going to be ordering my third bottle soon.

Elijah kindly gifted this to me last year when I placed an order for the new Rosa Rosa moisturiser. I am obsessed with ginger and this zingy concoction is a perfect shower treat. My only word of warning is don't use it on broken skin - that sucker will sting!! It also works really well for bubble baths.  Again, it's more than I would usually choose to pay for a shower gel (seriously, don't ask about my spending logic) but as it feels a little more like a treat I might be tempted to repurchase when I run out.   

What are your bath-time favourites?

Barefoot SOS: Aqua, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Glycerin, Lauryl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Squalane, Borago Officinalis, Simmondsia Chinensis, Butyrospermum Parkii, Cetearyl Glucoside, Oenothera Biennis, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate, Tocopherol Acetate, Lonicera, Caprifolium, Xanthan Gum, Dimethyl Sulfone, Helianthus Annus, Lonicera Japonica, Limonene, Alcohol, Leptospermum Petersoni, Linalool, Tocopherol, Glyceryl, Caprylate, Citrus Nobilis, Lavandula Angustifolia, Cedrus deodora, Picea Mariana, Arctium Lappa, Berberis Aquifolium, Calendula Officinalis, Glycyrrhiza Glabra, Citrus Amara, Anthemis Nobilis, Geraniol, Farnesol, Citral, Citronellol

Dr Bronners Almond Soap: Water, Organic Coconut Oil, Potassium Hydroxide, Organic Olive Oil, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Natural Almond Fragrance, Citric Acid, Tocopherol

Odylique Tea Tree and Herb: Aqua, Coco glucoside, Cocos nucifera oil, Sodium lauroyl lactylate, Aloe barbadensis leaf juice powder, Equisetum arvense extract, Rosmarinus officinalis leaf extract, Urtica dioica extract, Cedrus atlantica bark oil, Melaleuca alternifolia oil, Glycerine, Lecithin, Alcohol, Lactic acid, Levulinic acid, P-anisic acid, Sodium levulinate, Xanthan gum.

Bodhi and Birch Siam Ginger: Aqua (Purified Water), Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate (from Coconut Oil), Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate (from Coconut Oil), Coco-Glucoside (from Coconut Oil & Fruit Sugar), Polysorbate 20 (from Coconut Oil & Fruit Sugar), Kaempferia Galanga (Galangal) Root Oil, Juniperus Virginiana (Virginia Cedar) Wood Oil, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Leaf Oil, Elettaria Cardamomum (Cardamom) Seed Oil, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Oil, Piper Nigrum (Black Pepper) Fruit Oil, Citrus Hystrix (Kaffir Lime) Leaf Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Bud Oil, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Leaf Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium) Flower Oil, Lactic Acid (from Beet Sugar), Gluconolactone (from Corn), Sodium Benzoate, Citronellol*, Eugenol*, Geraniol*, Limonene*, Linalool* * Natural component of essential oils


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  1. karen calladine4 April 2015 at 13:05

    I love the Siam Ginger too. I have been curious about the odylique tea tree shampoo for a while and plan to buy it fairly soon x

  2. I just wish it lasted longer! Have you tried the original? x

  3. Haha!! My (12 year old) pup hates nice clean baths but loves big dirty puddles. Go figure! It's funny, something about the almond must float her boat. And who can blame her! xx


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