Best of 2013: Body care

31 Dec 2013

The final Best of 2013 post, this one is themed around today's special date. New Year's Eve. Gone are the days when plans are made for all night parties and nights on the town, I'm old; even a quick tipple down the local is a bit too much for me - I'll take a Buffy marathon and tea over a hangover any day. So instead of spending the last night of 2013 binge drinking, I'm going to stay in and pamper. You know that feeling of getting into bed when there's fresh, clean bedding? It always feels better. I take any excuse I can get to pamper as often as possible and my body care stash is a little bit crazy. But there's a few products which stand out, from high-street to high-end, and their products I see staying at the heart of my body care routine for a long time to come.
Best of 2013: Body care
Lush Fair Trade Foot Lotion (Lush, 225g, £9.25): This isn't a product I ever envisaged having a spot in my top body care products of the year, but it definitely deserves its place. With Peppermint and Spearmint, which work to stimulate circulation, blood flow and give a cooled effect, and Arnica which helps with bruising and swelling, whilst Cocoa Butter and Almond Oil work to soften and hydrate the skin. It has a pleasant scent, not my favourite but it'll do, and it doesn't feel too heavy on the skin, sinks in easily and lasts forever. I've hardly dented the tub and I've been using it most nights for a long time!
Read my review of the Lush Fair Trade Foot Lotion (link)

Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme (Boots, 17g, £5.99): A favourite for many years, and probably many years to come. I've mentioned this product so many times, so I'll keep it brief. With Lemon Oil, both beneficial to the skin and also an incredible soft, the Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme is a buttery soft yellow balm like product, which makes looking after cuticles, elbows and knees effortless! Another product that really does last forever, and the scent never weakens; it always smells absolutely mouth watering. Love this, it's an essential, one of those products I'll share with the grandchildren in years to come!
Read my review of the Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme (link)

Antipodes Joyful Hand & Body Cream (Selfridges, 120ml, £29): I'm still holding out hope that Antipodes bring the stunning scent of Joyful into a perfume, it's delicious. The gorgeous scent of Joyful is all down to the formula and lovely list of ingredients. With nutrient-rich Avocado Oil, fantastic for boosting hydration levels to dry, tired and stressed skin. Then there's the premium bio-active ingredients, which include our fab Avocado Oil, as well as Wild Blackcurrant and Hibiscus Flower. On the skin it feels light, velvety soft and sinks in fairly quickly ensuring no residue product is left behind. Not my everyday reached for hand cream, but a firm favourite which is always beside my bed for a before-bedtime pamper.
Read my review of the Antipides Joyful Hand & Body Cream (link

Aromatherapy Associates Revive Morning Bath & Shower Oil (Space NK, 55ml, £39): Aromatherapy Associates, easily one of my most raved about and mentioned brands of the year, I think. My favourite of all products is the Revive Morning Bath & Shower Oil, which is the perfect refreshing scent to revive you in the mornings. Aromatherapy Associates use incredibly high quality ingredients, some of the finest ingredients you'll find in aromatherapy oils, to create really stunning products which are not only worth the price tag, but worth every last rave review, too. I couldn't be without my Revive Morning, especially in the colder winter months.
Read my review of the Aromatherapy Associates Revive Morning Bath & Shower Oil (link)

Bodhi Rosemary Chi Himalayan Detox Salt Scrub (Samsara Skin, 250g, £35): The Goddess of Body Scrubs is the phrase I used to describe this sensuous body scrub when I reviewed it back in July, and that definitely still stands. A true pamper product, nothing makes me feel more luxurious than when I use this scrub. Leaving my skin effortlessly smoother and softer to the touch, this pink salt scrub uses Himalayan Salt Crystals and reviving Essential Oils to create a nourishing, skin-smoothing, butter soft scrub. Incredible.
Read my review of the Bodhi Rosemary Chi Himalayan Detox Salt Scrub (link)

What body care products stand out for you in 2013?