Summer Esssentials Round-Up

20th July 2012

Mary Linehan looks at products designed to maximise the summer experience

Ancient Heroes

Natural skin and body care range, Korres, is – for me – synonymous with summer. The fact that this is a Greek brand (very Olympics-friendly!) and that it uses a wonderful array of exotic, natural sun-kissed ingredients would be reason enough, but it’s also true that the Korres formulations are damn near idyllic.

They do what they say on the pack and the fragrances are wonderfully evocative of a week spent sunning and relaxing on a sun-kissed island. They certainly lift your spirits (and don’t we need it)…

Core formulations include oat proteins, aloe vera, almond oil and shea butter. Quite honestly, what’s not to love about ingredients that boost hydration, soothe and nourish the skin and even protect from uv and free radical activity thus helping combat signs of aging and, at the same time, lift your mood to near heady holiday heights?

There are 12 variants in the shower range, including Fig, Citrus, Jasmine and Mint Tea, nine of which have matching milky moisturisers. The most recent addition is the lightly tropical Coconut Milk Shower Gel and Body Milk (pictured above), rich in fresh coconut and vanilla – it’s delicately sweet and not at all cloying, a delightfully summery ticket to shower paradise.

Korres Coconut Milk Shower Gel and Coconut Milk Body Milk retail at £10
and are available from Waitrose and Harvey Nichols.

The Point Of Pencils

The best thing about pencils is how user friendly they are. Easy to carry around, they make first-class holiday companions. The formulation doesn’t usually suffer too much in excessive heat and, even if they are slightly soft, you can pop them into the fridge to cool them down.

Clinique’s nourishing lip balm – The Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color – is the plump and perfect example. Its novel shade-matched ‘crayon-esque’ packaging delivers sheer hints of colour that glide on for a light natural blush, but they’re also rich in soothing and nourishing butters and oils, including shea and mango seed butters and jojoba seed oil, each plentiful in antioxidants to help protect and repair delicate skin.

The ergonomic design means that all you do is twist the base, pretty much like a lipstick, to turn up more product – and you don’t have to worry about a bulky sharpener.

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm (£16) comes in eight shades (for all skin tones) that include Chunky Cherry, Whole Lotta
Honey, Fuller Fig and Mega Melon.

Find them at Clinique Counters nationwide.

Hair Care Au Naturel

Ogario is a natural range of shampoos, conditioners, a nearly-new own brand from a funky independent hair salon in Islington – and it has turned my view of natural hair care on its head. Practically every hair and scalp problem is addressed – shine, bounce, dehydration, pollution damage, split ends, chemical overdose, flaking scalp in need of nutrients to encourage a growth spurt – all thanks to the abundance of naturally derived proteins and pro-vitamin B5 that is combined with a variety of therapeutic plant extracts for hair and scalp… plus at least eight active aromatic essential oils per product.

There are two variants comprising shampoo and conditioner – Revive and Shine with Rooibus & Nettle for all hair types; Hydrate and Shine with Moringa Seed and Honey for chemically treated hair – which worked a treat on my own colour-challenged locks; and a fantastic award-winning hair masque – Restore and Shine with Avocado Oil, Lavender and Sage for an intense nourishing treatment.

Ogario Shampoos retail at £14.50, conditioners at £18.50 and the Masque £28.50. Ogario
also does gift-wrapped sets and has a subscription offer on a 12 month supply that saves you 20%.

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