There’s a period in March that can extend into early April if we’re really unlucky with the weather, when we’re so desperate for spring that we start making all kinds of changes before it’s entirely wise to do so.
Like taking a walk at lunchtime without a coat because there was some watery sunshine. (It’s hard to chat when your teeth are chattering.)
Or leaving the tights at home because IT’S SPRING DAMMIT only to find that skimmed-milk blue legs are even less attractive when alive with goosebumps.
Or is that just me?
But one change we can make to herald the imminent arrival of the sunshine is swapping our wintery, spicy, vanillary (it’s a word, I swear) shower gels for something a little more seasonally appropriate.
I hadn’t used it in years but there was a bottle of Orange Flower Botanical Body Wash in a stash of Liz Earle I bought from QVC a while back and I started using it last month in an attempt to leapfrog ahead to warmer times. I’d forgotten just how much I love the smell of oranges and this is a nice blend. The zinginess of bitter orange and sweet orange peel are offset by gentle florals like lavender and geranium, as well as patchouli and tonka bean for a little depth. It’s very fresh, light and uplifting.
If you’re looking for a bit of springtime sunshine in the shower, I’ve put some more recommendations below:
Ones I’ve tried:
- Naked body washes in rose or orange blossom, £3.98 – fresh, budget-friendly, one-note floral scents; I tend to repurchase these about this time every year. Not as high a concentration of essential oils as other products but free from irritants like SLS and parabens and a good option for travelling because you wouldn’t be seriously out of pocket if you accidentally left them in a hotel bathroom!
- Balance Me Super Toning Body Wash, £10.25 – A refreshing mix of juniper, bergamot, geranium and lavender with an emphasis on toning ‘troublesome’ areas that might be more on display… I’m also a big fan of the shea-rich Moisturising Body Wash for dried-out summer skin, although the fragrance notes are on the woody/rooty side with benzoin and patchouli in the blend.
- Faith in Nature Shower Gels, £5.45 – Another nice budget option as you get a whopping 400ml for the price. For a sunshiney vibe, I’d steer you towards the citrusy Grapefruit and Orange or perhaps Hemp and Meadowfoam, with its notes of ginger, lemongrass and mandarin. You can see my review of the chocolate shower gel here.
- Organic Surge Fresh Ocean Shower Gel, £4.35 – Notes of lemon, lime and rosemary do conjure up a kind of seaside, cliff-top walk freshness. I’ll be reviewing this in full soon. I’m also hankering after the Citrus Mint because the two things together make me happy.
- Burt’s Bees Peppermint and Rosemary Body Wash, £9.99 – This is a full-on menthol fest, complete with top-to-toe tingling (be prepared on a colder morning!), but the rosemary keeps the scent just green enough to avoid toothpaste territory. Read my review here.
- Bodhi Palmarosa Verde Purifying Bath and Shower Therapy, £23 – I’ve loved the scent bombs of Bodhi’s Pep Noir and Jasmine Falls, now I’m hankering after a summery version. This one caught my eye because of the blend of palmarosa, geranium and damask rose and the quote “Embrace sunny mornings, freshly mown grass and the scent of budding blossom in the air”. The perfect walk-in-the-country vibe.
- REN Rose Otto Body Wash, £17 – This seems to be the granddaddy of the rose-scented products. I want in on it! The Independent said it’s like “standing in a rose garden in the rain”. Not naked presumably. Might be safer to have that experience at home behind closed doors…
- Lavera’s Lime Sensation or Rose Garden Shower Gels, £6.45 – I’m sensing a theme here with the heavy emphasis on citrus and rose. I reviewed the Coconut Dream Shower Gel here and I’m keen to try more from the range.
- Gielly Green Lemon and Muguet Body Wash, £12 – This body wash also contains sea buckthorn, neem and argan oil, making it a skincare powerhouse. What is muguet? Who knows?!* Do I want to smell it? Yes.
- The Body Deli’s Moroccan Mint Body Wash, £16 – The mint here is combined with rosemary and sweet orange for what must be a really refreshing shower. I keep hearing good things about this brand. Although I can’t help thinking that photography so tantalising it’s making me want to eat my skincare products is not a great idea.
- Deep Steep Tangerine and Melon Body Wash, £7.95 – Deep Steep makes me think of Sarah at Sugarpuffish and every time I read her reviews I think that I must try the brand. Fruit-salad shower anyone?
- Melvita’s Shower Dew or Shower Zest, £10 – I’ve been loving Melvita a lot recently with reviews of two great products to come. Shower Dew is a blend of fresh roses and Shower Zest has a citrusy vibe including orange, lemon and mandarin. Don’t make me choose.
- Essential Care’s Ylang Ylang and Orange Bodywash, £9.50 – I imagine the combination of the citrus with an exotic floral will make this smell like far-eastern holidays, which seems reason enough for testing it out.
*Ohhhh. Wikipedia says muguet is Lily of the Valley. How lovely. Definitely want this now.
Liz Earle Orange Flower Botanical Body Wash; £12 for 200ml; available from selected John Lewis stores and the Liz Earle website.
Ingredients: Aqua (water), Decyl glucoside, Citrus aurantium amara (bitter orange) flower water, Glycerin, Acrylates copolymer, Quillaja saponaria (soap bark) extract, Avena sativa (oat) kernel extract, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Lavandula hybrida (lavandin) oil, Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, Citrus aurantium dulcis (sweet orange) peel oil, Pelargonium graveolens (geranium) oil, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf oil, Litsea cubeba (may chang) fruit oil, Cinnamomum camphora linaloolifera (shiu) leaf oil, Pogostemon cablin (patchouli) oil, Dipteryx odorata (tonka) bean absolute, Cymbopogon martini (palmarosa) oil, Origanum majorana (sweet majoram) leaf oil, Pseudevernia furfuracea (cedar moss) extract, Evernia furfuracea (treemoss) extract, Coco-glucoside, Glyceryl oleate, Phenoxyethanol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Sodium hydroxide, Citric acid, Citronellol, Citral, Methylisothiazolinone, Coumarin, Sodium benzoate, Hydrogenated palm glycerides citrate.