This stuff should be in your first aid kit, never mind your bathroom. I’ve never come across a bath product quite like this before. And I mean that in an incredibly good way. I used this for the first time about a week ago after I was feeling a bit, well, shit for want of a better word. It made me feel SO much better. I swear this stuff has truly magical properties!

Described as a herbal blend to put a spring in your step after a tiring day, MOA’s Green Bath Potion includes refreshing peppermint, calming fir needle, detoxifying fennel and sweet birch to help ease muscles, so you can understand why it worked a treat when I was feeling under the weather. I imagine it would be incredible for helping to cure a hangover!

It’s an extremely potent scent that comes across as slightly menthol and will leave your bathroom/entire house smelling peppermint-y. 2-3 capfuls are are all you need and I like that the potion emulsifies in the water and doesn’t sit on the top like a lot of bath oils. It means it doesn’t leave a slippy film on your bath afterwards which is always good!

It’s worth noting that due to the level of essential oils in the formula (this stuff isn’t messing about, it wants you to feel the full effect of the oils) it’s not to be used as a massage oil. Use it purely as a bath potion as intended. It’s also worth noting that it’s not suitable for pregnancy.



Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) Seed Oil, Mentha Piperita (peppermint) Oil, Foeniculum Vulgare (fennel) Oil, Laureth-3, Simmondsia Chinensis (jojoba) Seed Oil, Achillea Millefolium (yarrow) Extract, Abies Sibirica (fir needle) Oil, Betula Lenta Bark (sweet birch) Oil, Tocopherol, CI 75810 (chlorophyll).

I’d reserve this stuff for when you’re feeling under the weather/hungover as it’s sure to make you feel so much better. You can pick a bottle up for £27.50 from the Magic Organic Apothecary here.




I’m big on supporting smaller independent skincare brands. I often think about the courage and ambition that it must take to start your own thing, so I automatically love hearing from brands that I otherwise might not have heard of. Point in case is Ermana, a small skincare company set up by an ex-buyer who had a passion for aromatherapy and wanted to put her own brand out there. Ermana is a range of natural products that are hand blended in Glasgow.

I was sent the Cleanse Balm to try, which I was thrilled about as cleansers are probably my favourite skincare product to talk about. When you first open the pot you’ll be surprised by the scent. I was expecting something heady and aromatic, but instead I was greeted with a rich, nourishing balm that smelt like chocolate orange, which I personally adore. It’s funny because I tried the Sunday Riley Blue Moon Cleansing Balm recently that also smells like chocolate orange.

In terms of texture it reminds me of the Suti Cleansing Balm, in that like most natural/organic handmade cleansing balms, it’s quite gritty at first until you melt it in between your hands – not something that bothers me at all personally, but if you’re used to more silky balms it might be something that takes you by surprise. It also doesn’t emulify, again, not something that bothers me, but if you’re used to the likes of OSKIA Renaissance Cleansing Gel, Clinique’s Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm etc. it’s just something to be aware of.

Ingredients wise, there’s a very small INCI list which I like – nothing is put in purely for the sake of it. It’s the bare bones and a formulation that let’s the ingredients do the talking. Mainly composed of cocoa, shea and coconut butters it’s a very nourishing and rich balm. It comes with a muslin cloth to remove, but I personally can’t stand muslin cloths. Give me a flannel any day! They hold their heat much better. I used a flannel to remove this and felt it did a wonderful job. Afterwards my skin was left clean, smooth and balanced.


Ingredients: Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), Theobroma cacoa (cocoa butter), Cocos nucifera (coconut oil), Prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond oil), Cera alba (beeswax), Citrus paradisi (grapefruit), Ferula galbaniflua (galbanum), limonene.

If natural skincare and supporting small, independent businesses is big on your list of skincare priorities Ermana would be a great place to start. The Cleanse Balm I tried is £24.00 for 60ml and is available from the Ermana website here.




How lovely is that name? Bath Jewels. Such a lovely way to describe these beautiful bottles of heavenly bath and shower oils from Aromatherapy Associates. For those not too aware of Aromatherapy Associates, the brand is a result of two incredibly talented women called Geraldine Howard and Sue Beechy, both of whom are leading aromatherapy experts with over 30 years experience.

I’m a big believer in the power of aromatherapy, having done a brief stint of training during my beauty therapy courses. I think they’re incredibly effective at being able to enhance our physical, mental and emotional well being – there’s not much a hot bath with a beautiful oil infused with the very best essential oils can’t cure. That was a long winded way of putting it, but I’m sure you get what I mean!

The Bath Jewels set is a trio of three 9ml Aromatherapy Associates bath and shower oils:

Deep Relax Bath & Shower Oil – I’m very familiar with this heavenly oil. I used it after I completed my first half marathon to help sooth my muscles, and my god, did it work. Touted for promoting a sense of peace, tranquility and a restful night’s sleep, it’s full of soothing and relaxing chamomile, vetivert and sandalwood.

Revive Morning Bath & Shower Oil – I prefer to use this one as a shower oil, as I use it in the morning as the name indicates. Revive Morning is an uplifting concoction of grapefruit, juniper and rosemary and is perfect if you’ve had a crap sleep/have a big day ahead.


De-Stress Mind Bath & Shower Oil – Rubbish day at work? Nothing gone your way? De-Stress Mind has got your back. It’s not a sleep inducing oil like Deep Relax, instead it seems to help you breath, assess the day, then move on. It’s an interesting blend of frankincense, wild chamomile and rosemary which they say helps focus the mind and restore clarity. I’d be inclined to agree!

The only thing I will say about bath oils, and that’s bath oils in general, not just Aromatherapy Associates, is that I do find them a nightmare to clean up after as they tend to stick to the bath. They also float on the surface of the water, which is great from a moisturising point of view, as they lightly coat your skin as you get out, but sometimes I want a bath treatment that’s more dispersed in the water if you get what I mean? I think the solution might be a bath milk, which I’m going to do some research on. I’ll keep you posted.

The Aromatherapy Associates Bath Jewels trio is £28.00 and is available from the Aromatherapy Associates website HERE.

Provided as a PR sample, but all my genuine thoughts above and a brand I’ve spent my own hard earned money in the past, and will undoubtedly continue to do so in the future.




Picture the scene. I’m at the CEW product demonstration evening – an evening where brands that have entered themselves into the awards go to showcase their products to CEW members. I was there representing a brand I was working for at the time, when a lady comes up to my stand. We get chatting and all of a sudden I notice her name tag, Louise bloody Young. I had a serious fan girl moment, so much so that I grabbed my makeup bag from underneath the table just to show her how many of her brushes I had. It would be safe to say Louise Young brushes are my absolute favourite brand of brushes – LY37 and LY24 have been staples for as long as I can remember. So yeah, a serious fan girl moment ensued. We swapped details and have kept in touch. Recently she sent me a few bits from her colour range, all of which are incredible, but the item I want to talk about today is the Essential Eye Palette.


So to start off, the palette consists of 5 natural matte shades which are encased in a slim compact. The case comes complete with a huge full lid mirror and high quality brush. The obvious comparison to draw here would be with the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette, but here’s why I think the Louise Young Essentials palette is slightly better:

  • The shades are darker. There’s nothing wrong with the Naked Basics palette at all, but on the whole the shades included are a lot lighter than the ones you get in the Louise Young palette, which I prefer, as I like to do a slightly contoured eye for my day makeup.
  • There’s the ‘pop’ shade at the end. A nice terracotta shade called Sislet which at first I was unsure about, however the more I use it, the more I realise just how versatile it is. I find it works best when layered underneath other colours. It would also be brilliant if you have green eyes.
  • The quality of the brush. As you would imagine, the brush quality is second to none, which you’d expect as Louise makes the absolute best brushes out there.

The shadows are very, very pigmented, so you only need to pick up a minimum amount on the end of your brush. I also love that all the shades are completely matte, not a hint of shimmer in sight, which is handy as it means they can also be used on brows. I actually packed this for a week away and realised just how much it cuts down on the makeup I usually take away with me.

On to a breakdown of the actual shades:

  • Ting – a brilliant base shade and highlight colour that I usually sweep across my entire lid, right up to the brow bone. It’s very similar to Bleach from the Urban Decay Naked palette.
  • Maowi – the shade I use over my lid and my brows – it remind me of Omega by MAC – i.e. the perfect brow shade for blonettes.
  • Pom Pom – a slightly darker shade that Maowi that can be used to build up shadows and turn a day look into an evening look when used on the outer corners of the lid. Stunning.
  • Black Bear – jet black. Highly pigmented. Works best as a liner.
  • Sislet – what I would describe as a terracotta shade. As mentioned, this is surprisingly versatile and works best when layered underneath other shadows.

Ting, Maowi, Pom Pom, Black Bear, Sislet

Overall, I think this is a truly brilliant palette. It’s expensive at £30.00, but when you consider the quality and multiple uses you can get out of it, it’s actually a rather good deal. You can pick up the Louise Young Essential Eye Palette from Beauty Bay for £30.




You know when you come across a product and you think “why the bloody hell has no one thought of this before?” Well, that was my exact thought when I discovered the OSKIA Rose De Mai Massage Candle – a beautiful smelling candle that melts down into a luxurious body oil.

I like to use it on evenings where I’m having a bath and a bit of a pamper. I light the wick just before I get in, then by the time I’ve got out, just enough oil will have melted to do a whole body application. The just warm temperature of the oil seems to nudge my muscles into the perfect state of relaxation and prepare me for the land of nod. It’s honestly just so, so heavenly.

A blend of soy bean, beeswax and coconut oil make it an extremely hydrating and nourishing treatment – perfect for limbs that get a bit neglected this time of year. It just feels so indulgent, almost like you’ve cocooned your skin in cashmere – a feeling that lasts a good 24 hours after application, which I see as a testament to the quality of ingredients used.

Other things to note? It has a beautiful delicate rose aroma, it lasts for absolutely ages and a final point, the pot can be rinsed out and re-used for things like storing makeup brushes, stationary, even flowers as Space.NK demonstrated recently!

The OSKIA Rose De Mai Massage Candle is £34.50 and is available from Space.NK and