Just Charlie G

Heads up for this beautiful brand, Kind Natured.

Kind NaturedIf you’re looking for body care products that are absolutely premium but at affordable prices, then look no further. The Kind Natured range seems fairly extensive, with lots of products to choose from, from hair care, kids products, bath products as well as hand and body care. The brand prides itself on being 97% natural and free from Sulphates, Parabens and Petrochemicals.

The products I’ve tried work exceedingly well, the Foaming Sugar Scrub in particular is wonderful and the Body Lotion, but what I feel makes them so premium are the beautiful scents from the products I tried, the ones containing Monoi are amazing, such long lasting exotic scents. Truly beautiful! If I’ve not sold you on the range already, then try the prices, not one of their products retails for over £5.99.

Using Kind Natured products, at least these ones I’ve tried, feels like being in on a secret, a really good beauty secret. Fantastic effective products with beautiful long lasting scents that don’t cost the earth.

If you only buy one product though, my top pick is the Moisturising Coconut & Monoi Foaming Sugar Scrub, it’s absolutely dreamy.

The whole range is available on Boots.com, go check it out!

*Products received free of charge for review purposes but all views are my own

You may remember my blog post not too long ago about the Fortune Cookie Soap (FCS) Spring subscription box, with a Wonderland theme. The whole point of the quarterly subscription boxes are to give you a taste of the major collections, so you can make informed choices when shopping the full line when it’s released. Of course, its a treat in itself, so if you are able to exercise good will power, maybe you can stop with just the box, but that’s just not my style. You may also remember my blog post about some purchases I made from the Game of Thrones themed collection, Winter Has Come. Well some of those items I adored so much I had to stock up, and some I was still keen to try, so I added a few to my order as well. So here’s what I ordered from the Fortune Cookie Soap Wonderland & winter Has come collections.

Fortune Cookie Soap Winter Has COme Wonderland

 

So I’ll give you a run down first of all of the Wonderland Items I ordered.

It is a huge collection with multiple scents, and for each scent there were multiple products. I was unable to order a fraction of what I would have liked, so chose to pick one scent and get a few products, and then perfume oils from the other scents.

Based on all the things I smelled and used from the Spring Box, I opted to buy Twisted Tea Party products, as it was my favourite scent. Green tea, sweet herbs, vanilla bean, cucumber, golden amber, neroli, geranium and spearmint.  Its unusual, it’s fresh and perfect for Spring, its just amazing. Here’s what I got:

Twisted Tea Party Body Wash ($10.99)

Fortune Cookie Soap twisted Tea party Body WashThe FCS Body Washes are brilliant, heavily scented and they lather a huge amount so you don’t need to use a lot of product.

Twisted Tea Party Whipped Cream ($10.99)

Fortune Cookie Soap Twisted Tea Party Whipped Cream

FCS Whipped Creams are pretty much a hero product, light and fluffy, heavily moisturising but without being greasy. In the relatively short time I’ve been buying FCS products, these have quickly become a favourite.

Twisted Tea Party Cuticle Butter ($8.95)

Fortune Cookie Soap Twisted tea Party Cuticle ButterFortune Cookie Soap Twisted tea Party Cuticle Butter 2 This isn’t my first Cuticle butter, I have one from the Christmas collection, they work incredibly well on my parched fingers. They are essentially a blend of beautiful butters, shea and mango, as well as some gorgeous oils, sweet almond, olive, coconut, avocado, amongst others. It feels really greasy as you apply but absorbs really fast, I don’t know how they do it but its a great product.

Finally I bought the Twisted Tea Party Perfume Oil, along with a few more….($5.99 for 1 dram, each).

Fortune Cookie Soap Perfume OilsThe Perfume Oils are my absolute favourite Fortune Cookie Soap product. Being oils, you need very little, just a dab, and the smell is both strong and long lasting. As well as the Twisted Tea Party scent I also bought Keep it in the Family from the Winter has Come collection (Burgundy roses, carnations, and white florals with nuances of burgundy wine, sandalwood, and a hint of musk). I already own this one but the collection is soon to be discontinued to make way for new collections and I adore this so I needed a back up, I also added It’s Only a Dream, Almost Alice and Who Are You? from the Wonderland collection, they are all very different, and they are not just different from each other, but they are not the sorts of scents you’ll find sold anywhere else, they are beautiful and unusual. It’s Only a Dream is Verbena, lemongrass, calla lily, citrus, leafy greens, ylang-ylang, rosewood, ozone and hints of rose and soft musk, Almost Alice is Fresh green snap peas, juicy pears, sweet pea flowers, freesia and ripe berries. Really fresh and floral, and finally, Who Are You? is Crisp ripe pear, limes, vanilla orchid and raw cane sugar. I’d very much like to get the Body Wash and Whipped Cream in the latter scent.

That was all I could manage to afford from the Wonderland collection at the time of ordering but I added these to my order from the Winter Has Come, Game of Thrones themed collection:

Unsullied Shower Oil ($12.99)

Fortune Cookie Soap Unsullied Shower oilA warm arid blend of patchouli, sandalwood, and citrus with juicy notes of white peach and red mango. You may have spotted I already own this. It’s now sold out and unlikely to be restocked. A crying shame, its the best body product I have ever tried in my life. The scent is to die for, it lasts on my skin for hours and hours, its quick and easy to use and moisturising without being greasy (once soaked in which happens quickly). A glorious product.

No Middle Ground Hydrate Me ($9.99)

Fortune Cookie Soap no Middle Ground Hydrate me

Hydrate Me’s are essentially solid, in-shower, moisturisers. I really like them, so easy to use, while you are still in the shower, under running water, before you get out, rub this all over (careful, you don’t need much and if you use it in a hot shower it will melt away quickly), massage in, and leave to sink into your skin as you dry. These do feel heavy on the skin until they are absorbed. I find it takes about ten minutes, as such these are deeply moisturising and amazing for dry skin. The scent of this bergamot, intoxicating gardenia, fresh eucalyptus leaves and lavender flowers wrapped in neroli, and tea leaves and I love it!

Needle Sugar Scrub ($13.99)

Fortune Cookie Soap Needle Sugar ScrubHerbaceous cilantro, tart lemons, and lush green base notes of fresh grass and green tea leaves. This smells DIVINE! FCS scrubs almost feel moussey, they are so light and fluffy, but they have a really good amount of scrub to them. I can’t bear scrubs that don’t leave me feelings scrubbed, you know the sort, a thick cream with a few jojoba beads dotted through it, this is full of sugar, moisturising oils and is gorgeous.

I also got a few freebies in my box, three 1oz Whipped Creams to try, from their Christmas collection. I feel very lucky 🙂

Fortune Cookie Soap Whipped Cream

Some of these products shown are now no longer available, but most things still are, but probably not for long as the Spring Collections are retired to make way for Summer, so if you’ve seen anything you fancy, don’t wait long!

Shipping to the UK is not cheap, not at all, but for a treat, I would highly recommend, the products are beautiful, original and feel very treat-like.

All the products above, except the three samples at the end were purchased myself from Fortune Cookie Soap.

Until the press release landed in my inbox, I’d never heard of the Italian brand, L’Erbolario. This plant-based brand has actually been around since 1978 and having a look at their website I can see the range is not only extensive, but highly covetable. There are facial skincare products as well as a great range of bath and body products in a variety of beautiful sounding scents.  Top of my list are the beautiful sounding Aromatic Toning Waters, all of the Chinchona range (red chinchona bark, rhubarb and black mulberry) as well as the beautiful sounding Meharee’s range, (date and myrrh).

New from the brand for Spring however is the Narciso Sublime range based of course on the flower we know as Narcissus.  The packaging is, both exterior and otherwise is beautiful. The scent is sublime, floral and green, but also exotic, it just smells… expensive.

P1160931 P1160934The range includes an Eau de Parfum,  a Bath Foam, a Body Cream, a Smoothing Body Oil a Cream Talc, Perfumed Soap and a Perfumed Candle.

I was lucky enough to receive the Smoothing Body Oil* and the Body Cream* to try out.

P1160937 The Smoothing Body Oil (£19) comes in a glass bottle with a spray making it a breeze to use. It’s not greasy at all and absorbs quickly into the skin keeping skin supple. It also offers toning benefits while nourishing. I can’t tell you how gorgeous to use this is, its just really lovely.

P1160939The Body Cream (£24.50) is again beautiful. The texture is one of the nicest I have ever tried, it feels rich, but its not greasy or heavy, but it seems to do the same amount of work and moisturising as much heavier body creams I’ve tried. The ingredients are beautiful, including sweet almond oil, olive oil, oat milk, honey extract and Vitamin E.

With both products, I found the scent lingered on my skin for hours after application which for me is a huge selling point, its so disappointing when you try products that smell beautiful but you can’t smell them for long.

With this combination my winter skin has been very quickly banished. The range is so beautiful it is my full intention to put a few more bits on my birthday wishlist to try out and I’m delighted to have been given the opportunity to try them, as I say, I’d never heard of L’Erbolario before, consider me converted! I would highly recommend, based on the extremely high quality of the products tried, they would make beautiful gifts.

Products are available from either theL’Erbolario store at 106A Upper Street, London, N1 or visit www.erbolario.co.uk

Edit: I forgot to mention, in each product you get samples to try of other products, which I think is a fantastic touch!

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*Products received free of charge for review purposes

I’ve had my beady eye on Fortune Cookie Soap for a long long time. I never quite got round to placing an order, being afraid of the shipping charges and possible customs fees.

Eventually I managed to buy some products from a UK fan and try them out and I was hooked. I’ve since placed three orders and today I’m going to blog about my latest.

I watch a huge amount of TV, American TV in particular, and I’ve especially loved Black Sails, Battlestar Galactica and Sons of Anarchy. Without question, my most enduring favourite is Game of Thrones. I don’t know what it is about it but I know I’m not alone. And when I heard Fortune Cookie Soap (FCS from here on in) were releasing a Game of Thrones inspired collection I knew I’d have to partake.

I’m going to start with a little gripe, but it is my only gripe so I hope I’ll be forgiven, and thats the shipping. It’s extortionate meaning I have to very carefully limit what I purchase as the shipping increases with each product I add to my basket. I buy a lot from overseas and am very much used to a flat rate shipping fee, buying as many clothing items as I like from Black Milk in Australia for free, or make up for flat rates of $10.90. That said, I do appreciate that shower gels and jars of body lotion, are considerably heavier and as I say I really don’t know what the actual cost would be to say whether the charges are fair or not, but I do know I’d buy a lot more if my basket didn’t go up by $4 each time I add a body butter. In fact it’s the scrubs and body creams that seem to increase shipping the most so I can’t really afford to buy them.

Enough, when I do order, I do so knowing what I am paying in shipping and budget accordingly. There are also UK Group Orders done once or twice a year for the bigger launches so they are worth looking out for (try facebook).

Sooo the products I ordered.

P1160411 I can’t review most of these as I haven’t used them but I can talk about the scents.

Starting with the Valyrian Steel Body Wash $12.99 (£8.53 for 201ml)

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A blend of Italian bergamot, yuzu, fresh Meyer lemon and verbena perfectly blended with notes of olive leaf and sweet florals, finished with faint notes of patchouli, white musk, and cedarwood. It is BEAUTIFUL. I’m well used to the Body Wash formulas and they are highly lathering and heavily scented. A really fantastic product with the most stunning perfume.

Unsullied Shower Oil $12.99 (£8.53 for 201ml)

P1160413A warm arid blend of patchouli, sandalwood, and citrus with juicy notes of white peach and red mango. I’m delighted with this again. I’m so pleased with this collection, not only because of the Game of Thrones theme, but also because of my love of patchouli and earthy scents. This one is a touch lighter than the Body Wash thanks to the sweet fruit. It smells exotic and beautiful.

Take the Black Shampoo & Conditioner Combo Bar & Tin $9.99 and $4.25 respectively. (£6.56 and £2.79)

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P1160410Although Shampoo bars and Conditioner bars are not new for FCS, the combined bar is. The top layer is shampoo and the bottom layer is conditioner.  I’m not new to the concept of solid hair products having tried Lush’s offerings, but they always turned my hair to crap, and I’m told FCS’s products are so much better so I’m excited to try this. Again, the scent couldn’t be more up my street, inspired by Jon Snow, this is a beautiful combination of Leather and Amber.  Cannot wait to try this. The tin was just the obvious choice to store it in between uses.

Keep it in the Family Perfume Oil  (1 dram is $5.99 (£3.99) and 2 drams are $8.99 (£5.99))

P1160412Saving the best til last in my opinion, this is glorious. I’m also totally annoyed I didn’t buy the larger bottle. I did have a little leakage, but it was well wrapped and my bottle seems full enough so I’m no inclined to complain, although I do hear that the FCS customer service is excellent. As a consequence of the light leaking, I got this on my fingers as I unwrapped it a few hours ago. Clearly you don’t need much as I can smell it so strongly still, much to my joy.  Burgundy roses, carnations, and white florals with nuances of burgundy wine, sandalwood, and a hint of musk. I can smell it all, but I suppose overwhelmingly its musk and rose, it’s just, well stunning. Absolutely thrilled.

So all in all I’m absolutely chuffed to bits with this order. I’d like to go back and make another order for the larger Perfume Oil,  the Mother of Dragons Whipped Cream, the No Middle Ground Hydrate Me (my favourite products – a solid bar of moisturiser to be used on wet skin) and The Imp Mist Me, inspired by my favourite character Tyrion, it promises a rich blend of fresh black cherries, white wine, mahogany and teak woods, and a spicy note of freshly grated black pepper. I don’t get on with the Mist Me’s (body sprays) too well, finding the scent doesn’t last on my skin too well, I don’t even care, this sounds amazing.

So, despite the heavy shipping to the UK, I would highly recommend Fortune Cookie Soap products. innovative, unusual, functional and whimsical, who could resist!

Look out for the Soap Box subscription and the Alice in Wonderland themed collection due for Spring. I cannot wait.

Fortune Cookie Soap Website

Today I’ve got a couple of lovely things to share with you. I’ve got a couple of bits from the new Roger & Gallet Fleur de Figuier collection. I was wondering how you pronounce Figuier? Is it Fig-You-EE-Ay or Fig-oo-ee-ay. Or something totally different? My french is very very rusty so if you know please leave me a comment. Anyway look!
Roger & Gallet Fleur De Figuier

I’m such a sucker for packaging and this is so gorgeous.

The collection has been inspired by a little-known region of France, Massif de l’Esterel. Fig trees grow all over the South of France but they are most abundantly found here, in Massif d l’Esterel. I’ve just been reading the press release stuff that came with these samples and was surprised to learn the scent has been created by Francis Kurkdijian. If you don’t know who he is you can read all about him here, but  in short, he’s a perfume legend.

The central product to the collection is the Eau Fraiche spray.

Roger & Gallet Fleur De Figuier

The inspiration for the scent is both the bark and flowers of the fig tree along with the fruit itself and you end up with quite a strange, but absolutely beautiful combination of scents which is milky, fruity and woody all whilst remaining fresh thanks to the inclusion of grapefruit and mandarin.

Essentially, the citrus fruits are carefully blended with fig leaves and pulp, caraway seeds, musk, fig milk and cedar to create the essence of the Mediterranean in a bottle. The scent itself, not being an Eau de Toilette or a Eau de Parfum doesn’t last the longest time on my skin but I layer with the beautiful Replenishing Body Lotion  to get as much longevity as possible. With the combination of both products I can, if I put my nose against my skin, smell it all day long. The body lotion isn’t just a product to enhance the Eau Fraiche though, it is a beautiful moisturiser in itself  which does a more than adequate job on my parched limbs.

The Eau Fraiche is available in two sizes, the 30ml is £16 and the 100ml is £32. The Replenishing Body Lotion is £12.50 and also in the collection are soaps, £13 for three, and a shower cream which is £9.

This is truly beautiful and wearing it just helps to extend that beautiful Summer we’ve just had.

I would recommend Escentual as a retailer since the prices are a little cheaper than those listed above.

*Disclosure – PR Samples*

We don’t hear much about the brand Mary Kay do we? I don’t know why and it wasn’t on my radar at all…but that said, the name is really ringing a bell with me. I know the company has been around a long time, fifty years I believe, so perhaps it’s something from my childhood that my Mum used, I’m really not sure, but anyway, these products are my first experience of Mary Kay and I’m liking what I’ve tried!

Starting with the stunning Beauty That Counts NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss in Celebrate. Now that’s quite a mouthful, but the “beauty that counts” portion means that £1 from the total cost of this lipstick goes to charity when you buy it. It costs £10.

Mary kay NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss in Celebrate

Mary Kay NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss in Celebrate

 

NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss in Celebrate

Isn’t that pretty? The two swirled colours are called Cream & Sugar and Pink Parfait.  The gloss itself is a neutral sheer shade with a teeny bit of shimmer and is really moisturising and non sticky, it’s a really lovely every day lip product.

Mary Kay  NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss in Celebrate

And then I want to show you the Translucent Loose Powder (£18).

Mary Kay Translucent Loose Powder

 

Translucent Loose Powder

This powder is ever so slightly off white, and promises to be completely translucent making it suitable for all skin tones from the palest to the darkest. Obviously I can’t test that out as I’ve only one skin which is pale, but it certainly works on me. It’s incredibly soft and velvety. I do have to be careful not to use too much but with care this works really well and sets my foundation beautifully. To be fair, it does say in the info to use a very light hand in applying…as is the case with most powders!

It’s also one of those powders that diffuses light and therefore can appear to “soften” any imperfections.
Translucent Loose Powder
Oh and a final shout out to this little beauty which served me faithfully in the recent heatwave.

Minty lotion for hot legs and feet, sheer bliss and a very decent £8 price tag too.

All in all, I like the things I’ve tried and will be keeping a closer eye on this brand, who knows what hidden gems may be lurking in their product catalogue, I’m off to look!

http://www.marykay.co.uk/
*All items were provided free of charge for review purposes*

I’ve been having a little Google and I’ve realised that FuturePrimitive, whilst new to me, have been around a while. And indeed I have read about them on blogs in the past but somehow forgot about them. Here we are though and back in May I had a bit of Birthday money burning a whole in my pocket and the time was right.

FuturePrimitive Soap Co. make soap as the name would suggest. But they make hand make the soap in the traditional method, cold process. The inspiration for the products is taken from nature in most cases and there is a general catalogue of twelves scents, with various Limited Editions coming and going and you have to be quick if you want those. There are some foodie scents too (which are my very guilty pleasure, as I’d love to be sophisticated, but if I’m honest if something smells of cake or sweets, I’m sold), but largely, the scents are based on essential oils. Add in  organic, fair trade, unrefined butters and you’re looking at some beautiful stuff. Along with soaps, there are aromatic oils, scrubs, bathing grains and body whips, and I’m pleased to see whipped soaps have been added to the range this week. I loved whipped soaps and they’d be my top choice for body cleaning every time.

So at the time of my first order I couldn’t choose what to go for so I picked up a few samples.

I grabbed the Sugar Buff Scrub, Body Whip, Soap and Aromatic Oil in St Ives Bay.

FuturePrimitive Soap Co.

FuturePrimitive Soap Co.

The scent is described as “Softly lapping waves of azure blue. A warm, salty sea breeze, mineral rich seaweed and a hint of Mediterranean Orange Zest”. It’s a lovely fresh scent and one that I’ve really enjoyed using.

I also bought the same sample products but this time in the scent Chocolatier.

FuturePrimitive Soap Co.

FuturePrimitive Soap Co.

The scent of this range is described “Dark artisan chocolate made in an old back street shoppe with tiny leaded windows. the scent of the orange-infused pure cacao chocolate with Fig syrup, Tahitan Vanilla Beans and West Indian Almond“. Oh this smells lovely. It’s pure chocolate orange for me, you know me, I’m a bit rubbish with scents and the nuances of fig, vanilla and almond are lost on me, but it’s still gorgeous.

A little review of the formulas of the products I tried.

The Sugar Buff scrubs are perfection. The perfect blend of oils, butters and sugar. They scrub really well without being too harsh and you can feel the slightest hint of the oils and butters on your skin after your bath or shower, that’s not to say they leave you oily, they don’t, they leave you feeling soft and moisturised.

The soaps are rich and creamy and a quick rub over a shower puff generates a huge amount of lather and I don’t find them at all drying.

The Body Whip moisturisers require a bit more talking about. Both are light and fluffy and mousse like but the Chocolatier one was especially so, the texture was like nothing I’ve never tried before and I think you can see on the photo up there that the texture is literally like that of a chocolate mousse. It’s sublime. However, with both of the Body Whip’s the slip on them is far less than I’m used to and it takes a short period of getting used to. When you rub it in, your hand will just stop being able to rub it in, so then you just grab a bit more. It’s a strange sensation when you’re used to the more synthetic products you can buy it really is only a case of getting use to it, it’s lovely. Also, I do find they do leave a sticky residue on my skin that disappears in time. I don’t mind this but if it’s a feeling you can’t bear then you might want to avoid these.

The Aromatic oils are lovely and just add a final step to the layering process, and I’ve also heard suggestions of adding them to a scent free shower gel if you’d prefer to wash with shower gel rather than the soap.

With my first order there were a couple of sweet little freebies included.
FuturePrimitive Soap Co.

FuturePrimitive Soap Co.

So enamoured have I been with the samples I bough, it wasn’t long until I bought a few full size products to try out. The Ethereal Seas Body Whip, Sugar Buff and Soap.

FuturePrimitive Soap Co.

FuturePrimitive Soap Co.

Ethereal Seas is describe as “A cool British Seaside breeze laced with flora. Hints of spicy Basil leaf, freshly-grated Lime Zest, buttery wood notes and cranesbill leaves.”

I’ve not tried these out yet as I’m just on the last of my Chocolatier bits, but they smell glorious 🙂

This time my free sample was Strawberry Sugarcane Soap. Yum.

FuturePrimitive Soap Co.

Prices are £5.50 for the soaps, £10 for the body whips and £10.50 for the sugar buffs. Soap samples are £1.50 and can do me for about a fortnight, the sugar buff samples are £4.75 each and the body whip samples are £4.50.

Such a lovely range, and really different. So do head over and check them out if you like beautiful hand made, home grown products!
http://futureprimitivesoap.co.uk/

Hopefully you are all fully aware of the French Pharmacy promotion over at Escentual? If this has somehow  passed your notice you can read more in my previous post.

Bioderma Atoderm Nourishing Creme

I’ve been trying out the Bioderma Atoderm Nourishing Creme for the last couple of weeks and can highly recommend. This is a body cream for dry, very dry and sensitive skins and it moisturises like a dream. It’s fragrance free and I’ve been using it on my daughter Lola who has very dry skin at the moment, as well as myself. It contains anti-dehydrating agents which basically hold water in the upper layers of the skin keeping skin well moisturised.

Although Bioderma isn’t included in the French Pharmacy promotion as such (there aren’t standard discounts off all products in the range) I can share with you a discount code you can use on any Bioderma products until Sunday 31st March.

For 10% off all Bioderma products, enter “BIODERMA10” at checkout.

Head over to Escentual before all the offers expire this weekend!

*PR Samples*

19. 03. 2013

I’ve been aware of Posh Brats for a long long time now and lusted after many of the products but for some reason I hadn’t got round to placing an order.  All products are made in their own workshops in Cheshire and products are all cruelty Free, responsibly sourced and make use of natural ingredients from UK suppliers. And lets not forget the scent list. Good lord, I think maybe actually that might have been one of the reasons I’d not placed an order, I couldn’t decide what to try from the lengthy and quite frankly amazing scent list.

I was absolutely delighted when they got in touch and asked if I’d like to try out some of the products. Oh yes you bet I would.  I was asked what kind of scents I like but given the problems I have make making decisions I decided to leave it up to them what they sent!

And here’s what arrived.

Introducing Posh Brats

Tuscan Olive Castile Shampoo, Butterfly Nectar Body Creme (sample size), Shakespeare’s Quill whipped sugar scrub and pineapple smoothie fizzy bath bomb.  All in all, a good sample of the different products and scents available.

I’m going to start by talking about the Shakespeare’s Quill Whipped Sugar Scrub £7.

whipped sugar scrub

Oh my god. I die. This is amazing. Certainly this scent won’t be for everyone, but it is for me! Firstly, the scrub is formulated with moisturizing butters, natural scents, british sugars and exotic oils. This is not harsh and it doesn’t leave you coated in oil either. In short this is perfect. It lathers gently and  and moisturises and leaves skin smooth. But the scent. Described as Aged Parchment, dust, old wood, red wine, black pomegranate and ancient book leather.  For me I get leather and wood, not so much red wine or pomegranate. It is divine. Makes a wonderful base for Jo Malone’s Earl Grey and Cucumber Cologne I might add.

Next up, the Tuscan Olive Oil Castile Shampoo £5.  Unfortunately this wasn’t for me.  Designed for dry hair, but apparently suitable for all, this just wasn’t my cup of tea, scent wise or performance wise. I’m not put off though, I’m rather fancying the sound of the Poison Apple Vitamin Shampoo and  Raven Moon Vitamin Shampoo. I think it was the Olive Oil I wasn’t so keen on.

Next the Pineapple Smoothie Fizzy Bath Bomb £2.25. Gorgeous. Gorgeous! Bright yellow, fizzy and pure sweet pineapple scent. Farewell Lush. I found a cheaper more fabulous brand thank you very much. I rather have my heart set on trying out the Pistachio Gelato Bath Bomb!

Finally the Butterfly Nectar Body Creme Sample. For a sample this is very generous, especially given how little product you need. The formula is beautiful. It spreads easily, you need very little, it’s strongly scented so you can still smell it on your skin hours after application, but it doesn’t leave you greasy. This isn’t on the site at the moment sadly, but there is a Whipped Sugar Scrub in this scent. The scent is beautiful.  Vanilla Sugar, Vanilla Bean, apricot, ginger flowers and plumeria blossom. It’s glorious, but very very sweet. Almost the exact opposite of the Shakespeare’s Quill scent.

All in all, shampoo aside, I’m so delighted with everything I’ve tried. So delighted I’m filling a shopping basket to place an order as I type (flitting between blogging and shopping). There’s going to have to be some editing of my basket though because so far I’ve got BooBoo Baby Cakes Whipped Sugar Scrub, Bubblegum Boudoir Whipped Sugar Scrub, Butterfly Nectar Whipped Sugar Scrub, Dea Lacrimea~Goddess Tears Whipped Sugar Scrub, Fudge Ripple Ice Cream Whipped Sugar Scrub, Lupercalia Whipped Sugar Scrub,  Pistachio Gelato Whipped Sugar Scrub, Magic Mushroom Whipped Sugar Scrub, Ocean Mist Soap Cloud, Old West pine tar Soap, don’t even get me started on the fragrance oils, or the fact that they stock the fabulous Villainess products (if you’ve not heard of them, google!).

All in all a thoroughly enjoyable experience and one that will without a doubt have me returning time and time again for more gorgeous smellies. There’s certainly a scent for everyone and the products are good quality.

Highly recommended. Do head over and have a look at www.poshbrats.com.

*Disclosure – Products were provided free of charge for review purposes*

I really like Dove products. They are affordable, they smell nice and they generally do what they claim to do.

Now there are some new products in the range, the Purely Pampering range.
Dove Purely Pampering

There are three scents in the range, all lovely, Shea Butter and Warm Vanilla, Almond Cream and Hibiscus and Coconut Milk & Jasmine Petals. They each come in  a Body Wash, Nourishing Lotion and Body Cream.

The Body wash lathers nicely, and leaves skin clean and soft feeling and then there are the lotions and the body creams. As you would imagine, the lotion is a lighter formulation, with the cream being a heavier more moisturising formula. Although I find both very moisturising.

The nice thing about this is that the scent really lasts on them too. My favourite is the Coconut Milk & Jasmine scent, which is unfortunate as my sample appears to be a prototype or something, there was no information on the back of the bottle and I would estimate it was only about a quarter full. Still, I’m not grumbling really, because the prices are great. Definitely budget friendly. Well I assume so anyway, the Body Washes are £2.40 each.

I can only find the Body Washes in stock online at Boots at the moment, and not the lotions and body creams, but I assume they’ll be in stores soon.

*Disclosure – PR Samples*