Goodness I’m shattered. I mean really, really shattered. I’m not about to go into a huge whinge about why I’m so shattered, I just wanted to set the tone. Because the beauty products I’m about to tell you about have all had quite a dramatic effect on my mood in the last few weeks, making me feel instantly uplifted and giving me a bit of an energy boost. Or a moment of relaxing, mind-soothing escapism, depending on the time of day.
(Admittedly most of this mood-enhancing happens in my en suite, in the twenty minute gap between one baby drifting off to sleep for a nap and the older one waking up, which is far from a glamorous spa escape in some luxury Maldivian hotel resort, but you have to get your beauty kicks somewhere!)
The Queen of Hungary Mist from Omorovicza (from £25 here*) has been a firm favourite for years and it lifts my mood whenever I spritz. It smells of orange blossom, feels refreshing on the skin and is – I should warn you – highly addictive.
Darphin’s Aromatic Cleansing Balm with Rosewood (£33 here*) is a truly indulgent little treat. It’s pricey for such a small pot, so you wouldn’t want to use it by the bucketload to remove a face full of makeup, but a small amount melted onto the skin as a luxurious massaging cleanse is a thing of utter joy. The smell is just beautiful.
And then NEOM’s new Energy Burst Bath & Shower Drops (£40 here*), which have become a key part of my shower routine. (Yes, I have a shower routine, but only because I’m trialling various things to do with my c-section scar such as plasters that need soaking off and tea tree oil that needs diluting and splashing on!) The Bath & Shower Drops from NEOM are excellent for the shower, you just dispense a full pipette’s worth onto your chest so that you can inhale the aroma as you do the rest of your showery things, and the scent is really zingy and happy and reviving. I’m always a bit sad when I have to rinse it off, but then I also have a tiny little perfume spritz with the same scent (£8 at Amazon Luxury Beauty here*) that I keep in my dressing gown pocket* for when my spirits are flagging.
What are your mood boosters? I’m building up quite a collection of them in my bathroom cabinet, though they’re mostly luxury aromatherapy oils and sprays…any budget suggestions that don’t smell like Magic Tree?