I’m a lucky old bunny. I get sent all sorts of stuff to try out and invited to some really nice places. This month was awash with lovely smelling things and sweet treats too. Here are my top recommendations for June:
Persil’s new range of washing up liquid
The range comes in four different smells: Apple Fizz, Lemon Burst, Pink Blush and Orange Crush. The pink one is obviously the best colour (cough), but the Orange Crush has an amazing smell. My favourite by far.
I thought the fragrances were lovely – I could see that some people would think they were overpowering, but I’d much rather my kitchen smell gorgeous than of old baked beans, frankly. The new bottles cost £1.00 for a 500ml bottle, which I think is good value too.
Garnier’s Ultralift Challenge
There was much hilarity comparing my wrinkles to those on the card (you’re supposed to choose the picture resembling your wrinkles, and then see if they improve over the time of the challenge – demonstrated below by the lovely Davina): ‘you’re number 10, Mum!’. ‘I’m bloody laughing you berk, they’re LAUGHTER lines’. Luckily, I didn’t have any crows feet when I finally looked sensible, so found it a bit difficult to compare, whatever my horrible children might have insinuated. I did, however, think the cream was really nice (although maybe it was a bit rich for me as I found myself a bit shiny by lunchtime). Garnier’s UltraLift Day Cream is £9.18. Check out the website for details: http://www.ultraliftchallenge.co.uk/
The Oy! range for teenagers from Green People
We were divided over the smell (‘kind of fruity and minty and a bit like hospitals’ was the Death Wish Child’s opinion, although I actually liked it), but you can’t fault their green credentials (they’re free from all those nasty chemicals, preservatives and synthetic fragrances) and the efficacy of the products. Ain’t no zits on us! I’d particularly recommend the Unisex Wash & Shave £11.25 for new teenage shavers.
Check out their website here: http://www.organicyoung.com/home/1233
The gorgeous First Aid Beauty range
Fresh in from the US of A is the rather lovely new range from First Aid Beauty. I especially loved the 5-in-1 Face Cream SPF30 (£28) and the 5-in-1 Eye Cream Age Delay (£22). They smell nice, even though, spookily, they’re chemical- and fragrance-free, made my skin feel really soft, and the SPF got a really good workout as I tested this while I was in Dubai. Not greasy in a hot climate either.
Very impressive and I’m loving the retro packaging (apparently it’s known as ‘apothecary chic’, dahling). Available in selected Boots stores and from www.boots.com.
Seek them out!
Shark Steam Mop available from JML
I was dubious that I’d actually find much use for this little steam cleaning thingy, but then we moved house, and it got a proper testing cleaning all our wood and slate floors before we moved out. It was great fun to use (the teens were in stitches as you kind of have to pump it up and down to get the steam out), but hey, anything that encourages teenagers to steam clean floors is fine by me.
Our verdict: impressive! When you’ve got animals, sometimes just mopping the floor isn’t enough. This clever little thing is filled up straight from the tap and then the steam really gives the floors a thorough going over. It’s even got an attachment so you can go over carpets too. Priced £99.99 and available from JML and Argos. Click on: http://www.sharkclean.co.uk/
Rowntree’s New Sharing Bags
The Death Wish Child favoured the Jelly Aliens, The Mad Professor stole the Sour Faces, but they’re both wrong. The Very Berry Jellies are LUSH and the best ones by far. And I don’t care what they’re called, I didn’t share them. So there.