Waking up with orange blossom: Balance Me and Naked body washes

If you’ve read recent posts (see here and here) you’ll know I had a break from my usual routine to waft around in an Ibizan orange grove for a while. Apart from being left feeling totally and utterly spoilt, I was left craving the smell of orange blossom.

Aside from vaporising both petitgrain and sweet orange oils around the house (sadly my essential oil budget hasn’t quite stretched to neroli – orange blossom – just yet), I’ve been starting the day with a citrus hit in the shower too.

So I thought I’d share my two current favourites for bringing the orange grove to the bathroom.

First up, budget option Naked’s Orange Blossom body wash. Sulfate and parfum-free, this has a really soft, gentle fragrance and smells just like the grounds at the Atzaro. It’s available from the Naked website, or from Boots stores and many supermarkets nationwide for £3.99.

Ingredients: Aqua, Cocamidopropyl betaine, Sodium lauroyl sarcosinate, Sodium cocoamphoacetate, Coco glucoside, Glyceryl oleate, Chamomilla recutita extract, Citrus aurantium amara (Neroli) oil, Aloe barbadensis extract, Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, Citric acid, Glycerin, Potassium sorbate, Sodium benzoate

And secondly, Balance Me’s Seven Day Petitgrain & Green Myrtle body wash. Which, after a bit of poking around online, has possibly been DISCONTINUED. Which makes me mad. There’s a new ‘Citrus and Spice’ fragrance range on their website which I suspect is its new incarnation but it won’t be the same *stamps feet in toddler-like fashion*. I do highly rate Balance Me and it’s probably worth checking out Citrus & Spice, but if you wanted to try the original it’s still available, for now, on Look Fantastic, priced £10.25.

It combines antibacterial green myrtle with essential oils of petitgrain, bitter orange and neroli (the bitter orange tree treble whammy) for a really gorgeous green citrus that is one of my all time happy smells.

Ingredients: Aqua, cocoamidopropyl betaine, lauryl glucoside, disodium lauryl sulfosuccinate, sodium cocoamphoacetate, glyceryl oleate, coco glucoside, aloe barbadensis (aloe vera), cirtus aurantium amara (petitgrain) leaf oil, citrus aurantium dulcis (sweet orange) peel oil, myrtus communis (myrtle) oil,  citrus aurantium amara (neroli) flower oil, dehydroacetic acid, benzyl alcohol, citric acid, geraniol, linalool, limonene

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2 thoughts on “Waking up with orange blossom: Balance Me and Naked body washes

  1. I love neroli too and so good for your skin. Interesting that Naked describe their product as ‘parfum’ free. Parfum is simply a term that manufacturers can use to keep the blend in their products secret, it has no synthetic or natural connotations.

    • You’re right, but it can also be one of the nastiest offenders on ingredients lists. Because the generic ‘parfum’ allows you to keep certain ingredients secret, you can hide all sorts in there. Many fragrance ingredients are allergens, be they synthetic or natural. If you’ve got sensitive skin, you probably want to check you’re not buying a product that contains an ingredient you’re allergic to. Similarly, it allows some companies to greenwash their product. The label may boast that the product is natural or contains x% organic ingredients, but if the heinous ‘parfum’ is on there, you just don’t know for sure what’s getting through. I’m dubious about any ingredient that allows you to hide things from the consumer. I always feel more comfortable with companies that list all their ingredients.x

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