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Soap Corner | Mandara Spa Honeymilk Dream

We use a lot of hand soap in our house, it has to be said.  I'm always on the look out for nice hand soaps and my most recent find is this one from Mandara Spa, I have to give my sister credit for this find, I've spent a lot of time at her house lately with her new baby twins and washed my hands a lot!  I absolutely love this soap.  Its beautiful fragrance consists of acacia honey and almond and lingers on your hands long after you've dried them.    Its elegant packaging does not look out of place in an ensuite bathroom or downstairs cloakroom.  Alas, my own cloakroom is continually filled with small grubby handed boys who need to get mud/felt tip pen/chocolate/general boy germs off their hands, so this lovely soap is completely wasted on them which is why I've put it in my own bathroom just for me to use and they can continue to use the no-nonsense, anti-bacterial stuff!



Mandara Spa Honeymilk Dream can be purchased from Sainsbury's for £4.00.  There are two other fragrances to choose from but this is my favourite.

Maria
xx


Bodywash Collection | March

I seem to have quite a lot of bodywashes on the go at the moment, I hadn't really noticed it but my husband made a comment about there being five of mine and one of his in the bathroom so I checked, and its true, there is more of me in the shower than him!  He asked why I needed so many and I said that with bodywash it depends what mood I'm in, sometimes I'm in need of the luxurious Moulton Brown, other times I need the one for sensitive dry skin, it just depends.  Subsequently, it takes me for ever to get any empties which is why I never do regular empties posts, I just don't have enough empty stuff!

Anyway, I thought I'd give a quick run down of my bodywashes and let you know what I think of them, here goes:


1.  Aveeno Bodywash
This is a lovely product, its completely clear and doesn't smell of anything but its got all sorts of natural products in it and its excellent for dry and sensitive skin.  I've used it on the boys, one of my sons has eczema and this really helps.  They also do a fantastic handcream which is well worth a try (my sister-in-law recommended it and I haven't looked back).

2.  Fenjal Bodywash
I think I might be in a minority here but I love Fenjal products, the fragrance just lingers for ages.   This bodywash is no different you can smell it on your skin for a long time afterwards.  The bath oil is also very nice (but slippery!), although I'm not keen on the body moisturiser as it takes ages to sink in and I can't be bothered to wait for it.  I try to get Fenjal when its on special offer in Boots which it is quite often, then I stock up!

3.  Moulton Brown Gingerlily Bodywash
Ahh, Moulton Brown, how much do I love you?  A lot is the answer.  Gingerlily (or Heavenly Gingerlily as it used to be called) was the very first MB product I  had and I loved every last drop of it. I never buy it for myself but I always ask for it for Christmas and Birthdays and I've dropped strong hints about it being Mother's Day next week!  I got this one for Christmas and as you can see I've used about half of it.  I use this when I'm in a bad mood and when I'm showering after the gym (and sometimes I am in a bad mood after the gym it depends on how many stomach crunches I've been made to do!), it does always lift my mood and it does seem to get rid of the aches and pains (though its possible that's in my head, of course - lol).

4.  Argan 5 Super Creamy Bodywash
This is a relatively new find for me, I'm a little bit obsessed with Argan Oil products at the moment, in fact I'm in the process of doing a post on them, not sure if it'll be a blog or a video on YouTube I haven't decided yet, but suffice to say my latest addiction is for All Things Argan Oil.  Seriously, I see it then the next thing I know it's in the trolley/basket and that's it.  I don't even look at the price (though I should).  It was no different with this bodywash, I was in Waitrose, actually I only went in for a packet of blueberries and a litre of skimmed milk so heaven knows how I came out with this, but I did.  And, I am GLAD I did because its truly gorgeous and I love it.  The consistency is fairly thick but not splodgy (do you know what I mean?) and its brilliant for dry skin, it also smells lovely.  I think this one was nearly £8 but did see it the other day down to £5 as it was on special offer (another stock up!).  Anyway, highly recommended, and watch out for my review on the other Argan Oil products.

5.  Mandara Spa Honeymilk Dream Shower Cream
I own a lot of Mandara Spa products at the moment, I did quite well at Christmas!  Among other places you can buy Mandara Spa in Sainsburys, they do a wide range of products, body creams, washes, shower gels and those little travel size tubes as well which are great for taking away.  This particular one is the Honeymilk Dream, which is really beautiful, it feels very luxurious and it leaves your skin very soft and smells really pretty.  I bought my sister some for her birthday and she loves it too.  Sometimes you can get really good gift sets which are well worth the money as Mandara Spa is really good quality.

Overall, I think I prefer flowery bodywash scents to fruity ones, though anything with Mint and Tea Tree in it definitely wakes me up!

Do you have any favourites that you always go back to?

Maria
xx



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