beautyofhistory

A lover of history and beauty searching to link the two together

Category: Bathing Products

Surprise Loccitane Gift

There is nothing quite like being gifted a beauty product. My best friend turned up to my door today to hand back a DVD (Friends with Kids, great film) and also gave me this L’occitane Verbena Discovery Kit ! Totally what I need after a stressful few weeks of non stop revising and panicking over this exam! The Verbena line at L’occitane is definitely a fragrance for some people. As soon as your lift the top off a bottle you are hit with a wonderful sherbet and lemon scent. Perfect for summer and I will be using this the morning of my exam to kick start my day. Thank you to my wonderful friend for always being there and remembering my absolute love affair with L’occitane!

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The Perfect Budget Weekend Away Pamper- from Boots!

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So I have just returned from a relaxing weekend away in Leicester which was much needed due to a stressful week at university. Meetings, presentations and a general hectic schedule left my body aching and in need of a pamper. Of course as a student I do not really have the funds to go for a spa day or the know- how of what to get done so I decided to do some pamper shopping of my own. Before I checked into my hotel I found a local Boots store and went in with a £10 budget to buy some mini goods which I could use in the evening before bed. I over spent by £2.79 but I think it was well worth it. Considering if I purchased all of these products in their full size form would have set me back £36.25 I think it was a bargain!I was pleasantly surprised at what I found and the value of it too! So lets jump in to what I bought!

shower gel

Champney’s Citrus Blush Mini Shower Gel (50ml) £2.50

I love, love, love this shower gel. I remember using it a few years back but couldn’t remember the name of it until I found it in Boots. A little goes a long way and it is just heavenly! I love anything citrus and this is the perfect example of a well balanced citrus shower gel, not too fruity or sweet this one is just right. Full Product £6.00.

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Sanctuary Mini Spa Essentials Body Scrub (50ml) £2.50

This product has a nice zingy scent and works well as a daily body scrub, I wasn’t overly impressed but for £2.50 it worked better on my face as an exfoliator. This is great on the body to relieve stress and just generally smooths the skin. As a luxury product I thought it was well worth the purchase. Full product price is £5.50.

 

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Champney’s Distant Shores Mini Body Butter (50ml) £2.50

This is a beautifully textured body butter with a really light and fruity scent. I love the size of the tub especially as I am not a huge fan of big thick moisturisers but this is perfect as I will probably use it up over the course of the month. I love how it sinks into the skin quickly and leaves your skin noticeably softened. Big thumbs up for this product. The full size version costs £10.

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Sanctuary 5 minute Thermal Detox Mask (15ml) £3.00

This for me was my hero product of the haul. I wanted something completely different from any other mask I have ever tried and knowing the wonders of Charcoal I thought I would give it a go. It goes on warm and heats up on the skin which does feel odd at first but I promise you it does not burn. I left it on for the full five minutes whilst I sipped Rose wine in the bath and when I took it off I was amazed. It left my skin super soft and visibly clearer. I would definitely purchase this again but perhaps the full size version (£10.50) as the sachet was difficult to open.

hair mask

Natural Collection Samphire and Sea Minerals Hydrating Hair Mask (10ml) £1.00

This was my bargain of the lot, a hair mask for £1.00. I wanted to try something cheap and cheerful and I was not disappointed. Lovely texture but not too thick, smells devine! Great gift idea if you are on a budget or girls night in treat.

wipes

Simple Kind To Skin Facial Cleansing Wipes (7s) £1.29.

I do not recommend these as a luxury pampering product, I merely include them as they are what I purchased in the haul and I forgot to pack my cleanser (bad Emily). They worked well, but I do not use these on  a daily basis. Full size £3.25.

Take A Break?

As it is now the summer and for those with families the children have broken up from school for the year and it is now the summer holidays. Deciding what to do in these months of (fingers crossed) sun we can chose to do many different things. For me personally it is a time to let go of stress and focus on myself. As a history student I have been opened up to a whole new world of studying and one of these new studies has been social history. I have been fascinated with how holidays and time off began and what people of the first ‘summer holiday’ thought to do in this time off. For England, the nineteenth century was one of change and development of the Industrial Revolution beginning in the late eighteenth century. Working hours increased but there was a general understanding that an emphasis on the nuclear family was necessary for England and therefore more children went to school and the weekend, bank holidays took on a new meaning.

So what does this all have to do with beauty? Well by the early 20th Century the world saw the rise of fashion brands such as Chanel (1909)  and Dior (1946). Now these brands were and still are high end brands, names which probably never left the lips of an average family in Industrial Britain. Women of the eighteenth to nineteenth century would rely on natural products and home made beauty recipes. Some interesting ones I have found including face whitening creams including milk, lemon juice and white brandy!!

I love how the women of England and indeed throughout Europe had their own ways of re-creating a cheaper version of the expensive lotions and potions sold to the upper classes. It makes it all very real when walking into a department store now and be able to think of the journey these amazing high fashion brands have gone and how they have inspired others to join in the world of beauty!

Summer Shea Butter?

I adore Shea Butter but when it comes to deep moisturising in the summer I get somewhat stuck.  But thankfully L’occitane have a formula of making Shea Butter sink into the skin without making your skin overly greasy. Both of these products are must haves both beside your shower and in your handbag.

                   

I feel I should look deeper into Shea Butter and how and where it comes from. Through simple research, L’occitane source their Shea butter  from  Burkina Faso, Africa which has been a staple beauty secret for generations. I love how this simple product has transformed the beauty industry into what really works. But its uses have spread wider in history and have even been used as a protective layer for sacred sculptures along with, erm blood! The Ancient Mali Empire which expanded over the 13th to the 17th Century was a West African Empire and it is fascinating that even as early as 1200 they recognised the protective properties of Shea Butter.

Seven Deadly Sins of Beauty Tag

I’ve seen this tag everywhere on YouTube and on blogs and so I am so excited to finally be able to do the Seven Deadly Sins of Beauty Tag.

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L’occitane Mousse De Roses Shower Gel Review

As you can tell from the bottle which I have owned for a little over a month now I am absolutely in love with this shower gel. This expertly created Rose scented piece of shower heaven comes from a favourite beauty brand of mine which is L’occitane. The French company are famous for producing high quality soaps, perfumes, creams and other bathing beauties which are backed up by three main commitments: Authenticity, Sensoriality and Respect. I love how far this shower gel goes even living in a hard water area I get a good lather out of it. I also love how it lasts as a sent on my body for a good few hours so this is definitely my summer favourite shower gel. Read the rest of this entry »