Soap With The Spice Of Life
Organic brand Optiat comes up with some lovely innovations, and its new soap range is definitely on our shopping list.
Containing brewed chai spices, which have been used for tea, the spices are packed with antioxidants to protect skin, as well as properties to firm skin and reduce signs of ageing.
With spices including cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg and cardamom, the soaps are also anti-inflammatory and help to draw out toxins.
Choose from Fennel & Cardamom, Chocolate Charco...
Gorgeous Body Goodies
We love Mandara Spa, it's a well-priced brand, great quality, and it doesn't rest on its laurels, with lovely new products launched frequently.
The new Exotic Escapes collection is divine - it smells of faraway places, and works a treat at creating a bargain relaxing spa in your own bathroom. Our favourite product from the new range is Body Polish with Coconut Shell and Coconut Oil, £6 (Sainsbury's). It gently smoothes skin, leaving a perfect canvas for self-tan, instantly leaving skin more ...
Oil For Everything …
As you probably guessed, we love beauty oils. They work wonders on skin, hair and the body, correcting the dehydration that our poor outsides suffer, day in, day out.
Converting to oils doesn't have to be an expensive business - all you need is one good value, good quality oil, and you can use it for all your body's needs.
Take this Weleda Almond Oil, £16.95 (weleda.co.uk). It's rich and packed full of goodness, so it will work on the face - either by applying it neat, and it's just two ...
Travel Luxury At Bargain Prices
Molton Brown always shouts out quality and luxury - and not always affordable. However, we've found this fabulous four-piece travel collection for just £12 (qvcuk.com).
In a selection of gorgeous scents, for both men and women, the dinky bottles of bodywash are perfect for travelling. Or just lovely to pop on the bathroom shelf and use to perk yourself up in the mornings.
They're such lovely formulas, with every one smelling completely unique, in great non-spill bottles. Go on ... treat ...
For Skin As Soft As A Baby’s …
There are so many fabulous bodycare products around that sometimes we miss the obvious. Johnson's Baby range is great value, amazing quality and works wonders to keep skin youthful, supple and soft.
You may be surprised if you check out the huge range at Boots, there's something for every skincare need, and most is under £3.
We love this Aloe Vera Baby Oil, £2.09 (Boots), which is perfect for taking on holiday to soothe and hydrate skin that's been in the sun. Apply straight after a ...
Luxury Body Scrub … Under £5
There are few things better than a good scrub at dead, dry skin, revealing brand new bright, luminous, healthy skin underneath.
Self-tans and the build up of suncream can make skin appear dull, and of course, you need skin to be smooth and free of dry patches when applying tan.
There's no point in being half-hearted about these things, so this fabulous big tub of Vitamin E Sugar and Oil Body Scrub from Superdrug (£4.99) is perfect. You can scoop out handfuls and give yourself a scrub ...
Banish Lumps and Bumps!
It's that dreaded time when the tops of legs may well have to be put on show. And after months of keeping them covered up, the prospect is a little daunting.
If you've discovered lumpy, bumpy skin that you've been trying to ignore since Christmas, it's time to start looking after your legs, and you can make a difference. Really, you can.
Don't bother with super-expensive cellulite treatments - the cheaper versions often contain the same ingredients and do the same job for a fraction of ...
Gorgeous Summer Body Lotions
Body moisturising is really important at this time of year, as skin struggles to keep its hydration levels up with higher temperatures (hopefully!)
We've found three lovely budget body moisturisers that have a little added luxury, but definitely won't break the bank.
Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturiser, £6.53 (Morrisons) is a non-greasy spray on body lotion takes seconds to apply and is easily absorbed. The Aloe Soothe formula has a refreshing scent and is best if you have dry skin. ...
The Scent of Spring for Hands
Hand cream should have two functions - to keep hands moisturised and soft, and to smell amazing. This new Heathcote & Ivory Sweet Pea and Honeysuckle Hand and Nail Cream, £6 (heathcote-ivory.com) works on both counts.
It's non-greasy and sinks quickly into hands, so you can apply it on the move or while you're multi-tasking, and it also smells beautifully of springtime, with sweet pea and sultry honeysuckle.
At this price, you can pop one in your handbag and use it throughout the day.
Handy Spray Hydrator
Moisturising the body is essential during summer months - and winter, for that matter - but during summer, skin is more exposed to drying elements.
If your excuse is time, then that one doesn't wash any more, with this fab Lacura Spray On Moisturiser, a bargain £1.99 from Aldi. There are, of course, others on the market, but this one's brilliant value.
It comes in Aloe Vera, Cocoa and Pure Oat, and is a really simple case of spraying it on to skin and leaving it to absorb. By the time ...
Bargain Body Spray
We're all about saving time as well as money, so we love clever products that make our lives easier without charging the earth.
This brilliant Vitamin E Spray Moisturiser from Superdrug, £2.99 (superdrug.com) has a handy 360-degree spray so you can reach all areas, and it's infused with argan oil to make it extra hydrating on skin. A tip is to spray it all over (not on the face, though) while skin is damp after a shower or bath and distribute it evenly with hands - don't worry about ...
Pure Gold For Under £25
We don't often feature ranges that are a little on the pricey side, but we're more about value than just cheap prices, and we believe this gorgeous new range from Manuka Doctor is well within its rights to be called a bargain.
All four products in the range contain 24-karat gold, as well as manuka honey and lots of other lovely ingredients to make skin positively glow.
This is premium standard at affordable prices - the packaging is quality, the range is unusual and the standard of the ...
Bargain NHS Beauty Range
We love this new range, which amazingly is created by the NHS. My Trusty is a body and skincare collection which you can buy in supermarkets and chemists, and all the profits go back into the NHS.
It was created by Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust skincare scientists, who felt that what was available wasn't satisfactory. And the result is pretty fabulous.
Everything is £9 and under and products include My Trusty Sunflower Face and Body Oil, £9, Body Butter, £9, which comes in a lovely ...
Good Enough To Eat Bath Treats
There's something lovely about treating yourself to a new bath or shower cream - and Superdrug has the perfect range for a cheap treat.
Actually called the Treat Me range, Bath and Shower Soak comes in six choices, including Rhubarb and Custard, Salted Caramel, Honey and Ginger, Avocado and Strawberry, Mango and Coconut and Raspberry and Vanilla. They're beautifully creamy and smell amazing - literally good enough to eat.
Healthy Tan In Just One Hour!
It's that time of year ... to think about the first tan of the season. What we want is quick, easy, natural-looking and good value. Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan Mousse (£7.99, Superdrug) is all of those, and it comes endorsed by celebrities such as Kylie Jenner and Millie Mackintosh.
The secret is to blend the tan well and not try to go too dark with the first application. Keep it low-key and natural and build the colour as you need it. Happy tanning!