Thursday, 26 July 2012

Beauty round-up - fragrance, skin, hair and homemade salt scrub

New from Marc Jacobs comes Dot, which is not only a delicious fragrance but an absolutely gorgeous bottle. With a base of warming vanilla and a coconut heart, Dot – inspired by the designer’s love of polka dots apparently – is topped with juicy red berries and dragon fruit.

This is a perfume that will appeal to the young – I can already see my Dot stealing it away – but also to the rest of us who are past trendy teen perfumes. In spite of the fruity overtones it is a more mature (ahem) fragrance, light and easy to wear for daytime. So if she does whisk it away I’ll just have to whisk it right back again. Available at The Perfume Shop now.

The Keratin Therapy Pro straightener from Remington is part of a new hair care collection launching for autumn/winter that promises to care for your hair while you style it.

A protection sensor in the top plate gauges how much moisture is in the hair and automatically selects the best temperature to straighten without damaging. The ceramic plates themselves are infused with keratin, which the manufacturers say is released into the hair to condition and protect it – they claim it reduces damage and breakage by up to 57% when compared to a standard Remington ceramic straightener.

Impressive figures – I don’t know how they got them but leaving that aside, with a 15 second heat up, variable temperature from 160° - 230°C and floating plates that maintain constant contact with the hair, they do the job.

I haven’t tried the product myself yet but a stylist has used it on my hair and I was impressed at the performance, not to mention how soft and sleek my hair felt afterwards.

Jasmine Protective Fluid from Docteur Renaud is a new skin care product that offers three in one protection against sun damage, environmental pollutants and free radicals. It contains shea butter polyphenols to help detox the skin and jasmine, which is rich in antioxidants, as well as an SPF of 30 to help protect the skin from damage and ageing.

Use it daily under your usual moisturiser; the fluid is light, so shouldn’t leave a residue on the skin and it has a subtle floral scent.

Finally for today, I thought I’d share a simple beauty recipe with you. It’s for a sea salt scrub and it comes from Dr Lamees Hamdan, founder of luxury spa and skincare brand Shiffa Dubai.

You need:
½ cup fine sea salt
2tbsp almond or olive oil
Your choice of essential oils, such as lavender or geranium

Combine the fine sea salt with the almond or olive oil and add a few drops of essential oil, for example lavender or geranium;’ tea tree also works well.

Mix together and apply with your hands or a loofah on to damp skin. Then simply rinse away in the shower. Dr Hamdan says: “The recipe is very simple for the remarkable benefits it delivers.”

I haven’t tried it yet but will do soon. If you try it let me know how you get on.


  1. Salt sea scrub looks fab-must check out Dot too as I'm a Marc Jacobs fan. Thanks for these.

    1. No problem. I'm a big fan of Marc Jacobs too and it's not just the perfume he does so well, the bottles are gorgeous also. Thanks for your comment!


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