Conran’s Body Scrub is the biz

Finding a decent face scrub is easy. Finding a decent body scrub, on the other hand, is much harder. Quite often they’re abrasive, cheap-smelling and have a nasty habit of ending up in places they’re really not welcome.

So it comes with some relief that I’ve discovered this fantastic Body Scrub from the new Conran Bath and Body Range. The scrub itself has a rich, woody, slightly spicy scent but it’s the texture that’s the thing. A cross between caviar, snow and a space-age gel it somehow melts on the skin whilst exfoliating it at the same time. It’s unlike any scrub I’ve come across and is currently a bathtime favourite.

Available from www.nivenandjoshua.com.

Festive Favourites No2: Kings & Queens Caspar Myrrh Shower Gel

You can see why in ancient times Myrrh was as valuable as gold. It has a warm, rich, resinous smell which I love all year round (I make my own incense and often include some of it in my blends).

Like many ancient ingredients myrrh has a wonderfully rich heritage. It was used by the egyptians as part of the mummification process, has been used as a ritual incense since Biblical times and has numerous medicinal uses.

This great showergel, by Kings & Queens, utilizes myrrh to give it a rich, warming aroma but it also also contains pomegranate, malachite and blue lotus and has a slightly spicy, fruity smell too. It’s absolutely perfect for this time of year and at a fiver is that rarest of things – a bargain that’s still fit for a king.

Available from nivenandjoshua.com priced £5 for 300ml

Want to freshen up your clothes before a night out? Here’s the perfect way to do it.

I love it when I come across genuinely useful products – ones that can actually improve your life in some way. This nifty Fragrance Liquid for Fabric from cult Japanese brand retaW is one of them.

Specially formulated for fabric it can be used directly on hats, scarves, jackets, overcoats, gloves, honking trainers, you name it, without causing the kind of damage that spraying eau de toilettes onto clothes can cause (staff at Abercrombie & Fitch take note).

This one, bizarrely named Evelyn (that’s the Japanese for you) is light and fresh with a zingy hint of bergamot and is antibacterial too It’s the perfect solution for when you’re going straight out from work and want to refresh your work togs. Your friends will still appreciate it if you acquaint yourself with soap and water now and then of course…

Available from nivenandjoshua.com, priced £15 for 120ml.

Grooming Guru Essentials: Mr Natty Frank’s Beard Elixir – the ultimate beard conditioner

If you’ve cultivated a facial forest, as I have, you’ll know that whilst it might be fantastically on-trend and a cost-effective solution to the exorbitant price of razor blades it isn’t entirely without its drawbacks. Not least, it can be prickly, flakey and occasionally (usually after a tuna sandwich or messy spag bol) faintly odouriferous.

The remedy for these beardy bugbears comes in the shape of this handy little beard and ‘tache conditioner. A concentrated elixir, it contains a blend of natural oils to lubricate and condition the beard and moisturise the skin beneath. What I really love about it, though,is the way it smells. With refreshing bergamot and pine and earthy vetiver and patchouli it manages to be both fresh and very sexy. Grrrrrr, as beardy types are inclined to say.

Mr Natty Frank’s Beard Elixir cost just  £7 for 10ml and is available from nivenandjoshua.com. Perfect for Movember too!

Grooming Guru Essentials are the products I genuinely love and have used as part of my own routine.

Happy Birthday Korres!

Greece might be bankrupt (only a sequel to Mamma Mia! can save it now) but it’s good to know what at least Greek skincare brand Korres is in fine fettle. In fact, the brand, created by George Korres in Athens and characterised by its use of certified organic ingredients,  has just turned 15.

If you’ve never come across it before make sure you check it out. I especially love the soaps (see this previous post), an the Basil Lemon Shower Gel and the Pomegranate Cleansing Wipes (both brand best sellers). The fragrances are fab too, especially the Saffron, Amber and Cardamon one, which is a snip at under  £25.

Anyway,  if you fancy helping the Greek bail-out why not have a look at the range? Korres is available to buy online from www.nivenandjoshua.com