Winter beauty splurge

Organic Pharmacy Resculpting Gel

Organic Pharmacy Resculpting Gel

In the woman’s magazine calendar it’s around this time of year the obligatory ‘Little Black Dress’ diet and workout is resurrected with keen intention. Exercises to ‘banish bingo wings’ and ‘smooth down your silhouette’ in time for party season are being published as we speak so it’s a good time to bring forward The Organic Pharmacy Resculpting Body Gel. It’s not a new product but following a recent trial, I’ve just squeezed the last drop from the tube and I must say, I was really really impressed.

From the cooling sensation on skin to the luxurious feel of the gel, it’s been my daily treat for the last few months. To make it effective, it’s packed with a plethora of circulation-boosting and skin-smoothing ingredients such as green coffee (coffee seed before it is roasted),  horse chestnut, pomegranate, kigelia, mountain ash, figs, chilli and peppermint.

The Organic Pharmacy says that “tests showed a decrease in thigh and waist size by 1-2 inches within 3 weeks.” While I didn’t drop a size I certainly noticed much much smoother skin.

Overall I fell in love with it and looked forward to using it every day but there’s a catch – quite a big one – it’s really expensive (£89.95 to be exact). This is indeed a lot to pay for a body cream but I expect it comes with a lot of research and development into the efficacy of formula and ingredients.

So while I don’t want to be responsible for the potential hole in your purse, it genuinely is a great product and if you’re planning a winter sun holiday it could be just the beauty splurge needed to feeling more confident in your bikini.

Out now: Bamford Bath and Body

Bamford Bath and Body Rosemary Polish

You can always tell a good beauty collection by the quality of its body scrub and this is exactly why the new and very beautiful Bamford Bath & Body collection is worth getting your fingers into: the Body Polish (£32) is a dense mixture of oils (sesame and olive) with a salt and sugar mix for an intense and thorough scrub. No slippery mess, just gorgeous smooth skin.

The Bamford team unveiled the updated collection at the majestic, Connaught Hotel in Mayfair, London last month. It’s now on shelves with new packaging that’s more environmentally friendly, new aromas and a few new products, all certified by the Soil Association; lots of beautiful products to get excited about!

Best of all, is the Organic Baby collection (also certified by the Soil Association) and free from talc, artificial fragrances and detergents such as SLS. The Organic Moisture Balm would be perfect for baby botties.

You can find Bamford Body at Bamford and Daylesford stores in London and Gloucestershire, Liberty’s in London and Barney’s in New York.