Beauty products that remind me of my first few years as a model: Elnett hairspray (I have been fumigated with this stuff to within an inch of my life); Eight Hour Cream from Elizabeth Arden (makeup artists used to use this sticky concoction for everything, including glossing eyelids and adding sheen to arms and legs) and Benefit’s Bathina Body So Fine, a creamy balm in a cool-looking tin that had to be applied with a vintage-style powder-puff. All of these have quite strong, recognisable scents and when I smell them now, I’m instantly transported back to 2001 and my first ever modelling jobs; standing having my hair tweaked and kohl pencil stuck in my eyes and trying not to fall over in ridiculously high shoes.
I have to be honest; I never really got all of the hype with Bathina Body So Fine. Yes it gave arms and legs a bit of a shine, but no more so than a dollop of Palmer’s Cocoa Butter. Nevertheless, I used to quite enjoy having it buffed on with that spongey thing; I’d usually be standing in a freezing cold studio or some godforsaken beach and would welcome a bit of a brisk rubbing down! There was nothing like a bit of Bathina to get the old circulation going. At any rate, I grew to love the smell of it; my first years as a model were an amazing time of travel and adventure and I don’t think I’ll ever forget the scents of the hair and makeup room! Melted hair extensions, Bumble & Bumble Prep Spray…
Anyway, to cut a long story short, Benefit have launched a new Bathina product. Soapy-smelling and girly, the new Bathina Scented Body Mist (“just confess, you’re obsessed”) is alcohol free, so you can spritz away to your heart’s content, even if you’re going to the beach or lying out on a tin roof. I think that Bathina smells like a good quality bubble bath; it’s comforting and peachy and completely frivolous. Not the kind of fragrance you’d wear to make a statement, perhaps, but if you like to create a boudoir atmosphere in your bedroom or bathroom, it’s just the ticket. It’s vintage feather boas and cute dressing table ornaments, paper-lined lingerie drawers and seamed silk stockings.
You can find Bathina Scented Body Mist at LookFantastic.com – it’s £24.50 with free delivery.
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