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From a bargain day cream to a luxe fragrance, there’s plenty to tempt you this summer, whatever your budget.

British luxury fragrance brand Tom Daxon has a new fragrance out – Midnight Saffron (from £105). Lavender, saffron, jasmine and amber combine to create a warm, spicy, unisex cologne that’s really quite distinctive. See www.tomdaxon.com.

Itchy, dry scalp or super-sensitive skin? You’ll want to check out the award-winning Dermikelp range. As the name suggests, the key ingredient in all Dermikelp products is an extract taken from sustainably sourced brown sea kelp (Ecklonia maxima). Not only is it extremely gentle, this type of kelp is a powerhouse of nutrients that have been shown to benefit skin and hair. The shampoo and conditioner in the Hair Essentials Starter Kit (£24.99) are designed to soothe itchy, dry scalps and boost hydration. Together, they leave hair feeling softer and healthier. The Body Essentials Starter Kit (£38.99) includes a body wash, lotion and soothing cream to treat sensitive, irritated or dry skin. See www.dermikelp.co.uk.

 

I get offered some eye-wateringly expensive beauty products to try but can honestly say you don’t need to pay megabucks for decent skin. I’m currently loving the Botanics Organic Hydrating Day Cream (£9.99) and Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm (£10.99). They’re packed with active natural ingredients, such as cocoa butter, jojoba oil and organic rosehip extract. A little goes a long way, so I reckon each one will last four to six months. By my reckoning, that’s less than 18p a day for instantly softer, smoother, plumper skin. How’s that for a bargain? See www.boots.com.

A new season seems like a good time to sort through your makeup bag and bathroom cupboards. For a start, ditch anything that’s been open for way longer than its recommended Period After Opening (PAO) date. (Check for a little icon showing an open tub or bottle and a number of months.) It may seem like a waste to throw products out, but the PAO is there for a reason. Not only do products become less effective as they degrade, they can also go ‘off’ and harbour bacteria, leading to irritation.

 

Some products, such as perfume, can last for years, but do always check for changes in colour, texture and fragrance.

If you do need to get rid of anything, empty the contents into the bin and check whether the bottle or tub can be recycled – most can.

You might want to give your makeup bag a clean with a squirt of hand soap before repacking it. If the time has come to treat yourself to a new bag, there are some fabulous ones on the market at the moment. Just take a look at this little lot:

 

  • Jungle Decorative Make Up Bag, White Stuff, £15
  • Gold Honeycomb Make Up Bag, John Lewis, £18
  • Folk Doves Make Up Bag, Rex London, £7.95
  • Alphabet Wash Bag, Oliver Bonas, £24
  • Slogan Clear Pouch, A Gift From The Gods, £7
  • Floral Love Wash Bag, Oliver Bonas, £25
  • ‘Wake up Nice’ Conscious Living Organic Cotton Pouch, Paperchase, £8
  • Ariba Palm Pouch, White Stuff, £15
  • Plant Lady Cosmetic Bag from Primark (Price TBC).

 

 

 By Kate Duggan

 

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