For all the Mums, Grandmothers and Vintage Vixens –
Crabtree & Evelyn
Quirky packaging, unique scents and luxurious textures, make Crabtree & Evelyn a good gift choice for the elegant ladies in your life – being mothers, grandmothers or vintage adoring friends. The hand creams are divine, buttery soft and creamy whilst the shower gels are gently cleaning the skin with uplifting bubbles. My favorite is the Tarocco Orange shower gel, a happy morning time scent which goes marvelously well with the zesty Verbena and Lavender body lotion. Very affordable prices (the hand creams start at €9)- you can find the products in Arnotts Dublin, Kildare Village and selected pharmacies.
For your Brother, Dad or the Healthy Gym Bunny –
Rituals Hamman Set
During winter i tend to spend more time taking long hot baths, rather then showers so stocking up on exfoliants, foams and shower gels are a must. I’ve recently discovered the Rituals counter in Arnotts and instantly fell in love with the scrumptious scents and the whole ‘bath ritual’ concept. The Hamman Secret set was something different that was missing from my bath collection – i went this time for awakening and cleansing eucalyptus and rosemary, for a truly therapeuthic bath experience. Amazing value – only €38 for four full sized products (currently 10% off the price in Arnotts Dublin), my pretty blue box of wonders was filled with an extra foaming shower gel, a Warming Ginger and Eucalyptus sea salt scrub (DIVINE!), an ultra moisturising cleansing Olive Paste and aromatherapy home fragrance sticks. The scent is unisex (my husband certainly approves) and would make a great relaxing gift for gym aficionados.
For my ultimate relaxing experience i leave the fragrance sticks in the bathroom, have a shower first to clean my skin with the moisturising Olive Paste (an Asian tradition – always clean the body before taking a bath) and pump some shower gel under hot water to create cleansing bubbles. Relax and enjoy the ambiance, finishing off with the an ultra warming scrubbing experience with the sea salt exfoliant. I guarantee you baby soft skin!
Budget Friendly – Nivea Gorgeous Beautiful Skin
The blue tin box of Nivea classic cold cream has always found a place in my home in some shape or other. My mum always taught me to clean my skin and moisturise from a very young age, so Nivea has actually been my first ever moisturiser. The cute tins were never disposed, they were cleaned and filled with nicknacks like pins or buttons.
I tend to pick up the Nivea sets every festive season, to have as emergency little stocking fillers or just for our own use. You see, sets are always better value – you tend to get more products at a discounted price. The Nivea Gorgeous Beautiful Skin Set for instance, has a good quality wash bag filled with a full sized shower gel (love their gel-oil hybrids), Powder Touch roll on, Nivea Soft moisturiser and rose shower puff. Only €10.99, bargain-tastic!