Doves, bees and argan oil

Products I Love


Have just finished my last tube of Dr Organic Manuka Honey Foot & Heel Cream this week and have been enjoying that, though I do get annoyed because it’s so difficult to get the last little bit out, grrr! Never mind, at £5.99 for 100ml, it’s pretty good value and even more so now as Holland & Barrett are having a Buy-One-Get-One-Halfprice offer on it, so well worth a look. That said, I won’t be stocking up for now as I have a lot of other foot creams to try out and don’t want to crowd the dressing table too much, LOL!

I TOTALLY love love love the Carex Care Plus Macadamia Oil & Vanilla Hand Wash – the smell is amazingly delicate and I loved the colour – it’s pink. It’s very moisturising and feels very luxurious too. It’s just £2.19 for 100ml at Superdrug so don’t miss out. As a side issue, I really like the pump dispensers as I can get much more of the product out, I find. Is that just me?

The Garnier Hand Repair Intensive Restoring Hand Cream is very good indeed – though again, the tube means I can’t get all of it out. It’s for extra-dry skin so I’ve been using it at night and I think it makes a real difference to my hands. The smell isn’t overpowering either. At the moment it’s HALF-PRICE at Boots for only £1.99 for 100ml, so I can recommend this one. It’s odd really, as I usually avoid Garnier products as I’ve never got on with them, but this one bucks the trend.

I received the sample of Clinique Aromatics in White scent recently and was prepared to be utterly unimpressed (don’t really know why, though Clinique products have let me down in the past, so possibly that’s it). However, this scent is absolutely incredible and I am so in love with it! I would say it’s one for the evening rather than daytime, though I have been wearing it at the office and nobody’s complained, but honestly I can’t get enough of it. The price at Amazon is £36.95 for 50ml and I’m desperate to have this, even though I have loads of perfumes (I am a perfume tart, LOL!) and it’s too pricey for me!! I think I might have to pop some in my shopping basket at some point over Christmas though – it’s just too good to miss.

The surprise of the week for me has been the sample of Dermalogica Precleanse which I also received in a parcel recently (can you tell I’ve been Christmas shopping?!?) Again, I wasn’t expecting much but it’s so easy to put on, it feels wonderful on the skin, the fragrance is a very subtle floral one which I love, and it gave my skin an amazing glow after I’d washed it off. After drying my face, I rushed to my computer and bought a full size bottle. It’s £34.35 for 150ml and it’s arrived today, so I can’t wait to use it! And yes, I know I have weird standards, as I’ll pay this for a cleansing product that’s good for my skin but baulk at a perfume which is almost the same price. But that’s just the way I am – crazy but cute!…

Products I Dislike


Ah, Burt’s Bees. Oh dear me, Burt’s Bees!!!! I have no idea why, but I always have a problem with their products. I really try to love them – or even like them (honest I do) – but I just can’t do it and over the years I’ve been bitterly disappointed with every single one of their offerings. Yes, even though everyone sings their praises and they are good for the environment – the bee’s knees if you like (did you see what I did there?), I still hate them. Anyway, I have tried one last time (I swear it!) with their Citrus & Ginger Body Wash – as I love citrus products and ginger, so surely nothing can go wrong this time … Um, yes. This product is truly awful (sorry!). The scent is plastic and feels like something which wasn’t very successful in the seventies, and the consistency is very thin so it doesn’t lather easily. It’s £9.99 for 350ml so if you want to suffer then this is a bargain. As for me? I’m avoiding those pesky bees from now on …

Dove DermaSpa Body Cream is okay – there’s nothing really wrong with it though the scent is a bit sweet so it feels more like a teenage-focused product rather than one for adults. It’s disappointing as I usually rate Dove quite highly, but this does nothing for me. I don’t think it’s made my skin any smoother and I’ve used the whole tub now. The really positive point is that I can use all the cream as it’s in a tub, hurrah! It’s £7.99 for 300ml at Boots, but I won’t restock it.

And now – in shock news! – I have found a Montagne Jeunesse mask I really hate! Honestly I even rather liked the cucumber one that Mrs Strawberry Blonde didn’t like because of the smell. But this Argan Oil Mud mask is just awful. The smell is horrid and very medicinal, and I swear to you that as I put it on, my whole face recoiled in terror! Or that’s what it felt like. As there’s such a lot in each packet, I only used half and had to come back a couple of days later and use the rest of it up – honestly, I was all but crying when I entered the bathroom to do this (I can’t stand waste!) and now I’m just so pleased it’s finished. A brief round of applause for my courage here! Thank you … So, if you want a terrifying mask experience, it’s £1.00 at Boots, but I wouldn’t advise it.

In more Dermalogica news, I also received a sample of their Breakout Clearing Cooling Masque this week – well, I’ve used it and it’s nothing to write home about, though honestly it was hard to tell as there was so little of it in the sachet. Maybe today’s spot-suffering women have smaller faces or something? Well, I have a big head (oh, in so many ways!) and this barely covered my nose, hey ho. If you want to give it a go, it’s £16.15 for 75ml, but I’ll give it a miss.

A friend gave me the Champneys As Good As New Hand Cream for Christmas last year, and I’ve been using it in the downstairs bathroom – but then it got moved to the bedroom to be used as a foot cream as the top is so hard to open. It’s good for both, and moisturising enough, but there’s not much of a smell to it – which I prefer for hand and feet products. At Boots, it’s £6.00 for 75ml, and they’re doing a 3-for-2 indulgent body care product offer at the moment if you’re interested.

Have a fabulous weekend, and keep beautiful!

Anne Brooke Books




7 thoughts on “Doves, bees and argan oil

  1. kathylcsw December 4, 2016 / 1:24 pm

    I cut all my tubes open and scrape out every last bit. I put them in a baggie to keep them from drying out. I hate waste and won’t throw anything away until I use it all.

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    • annebrooke December 4, 2016 / 1:37 pm

      Ooh, that’s an idea – many thanks, Kathy – I’d not thought of that! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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      • kathylcsw December 4, 2016 / 2:21 pm

        I am very frugal. I even have a small spatula to scrape out every last drop.

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  2. Mrs Strawberry Blonde December 8, 2016 / 2:41 am

    Sorry I’m only commenting now… I’ve been more scatter-brained than usual over the past week. First of all, thanks for the mention. And thanks so much for the warning. I was tempted to buy the argain oil mask, but I’ll avoid that one for sure. What a dud! Yikes! I must say I’ve never understood the argain oil hype. I guess some celebrity must have started it… I only like one product with argain oil – Rightguard’s marula and argan oil body wash. It’s very nice, especially this time of year. It’s kind of my sleep-easy night time body wash. 🙂

    I must say I agree with everything you said about Burt’s Bees. I love the lip balm I picked up at Poundland. But I wouldn’t have picked it up if it had been more than £1 because so far Burt’s Bees products have failed to impress me. In all honesty, I often wonder how they’re still in business and who keeps buying their products…

    Oh, I had the same hand wash! I picked it up after my Imperial Leather Summer Sunrise hand wash was finished. Carex also does a cocoa hand wash. I want to try that one too. At the moment I’m working through my older hand wash stash (lots of Palmolive and Superdrug own brand) but I can’t wait to stock up on Carex Bubble Gum (no surprise here) and I want to try the cocoa hand wash.

    About tubes – I’m like Kathy. I cut them up too. That way I can literally clean them out. 😀

    Sweets, have you tried konjac sponges yet? Superdrug still does a 3 for 2 and their sponges are £1.99 each only. I’m 100% sure you’ll love them! I know about your skin issues, but have you ever had these awkward white bumps under your skin? I mean those bumps that look like they could become whiteheads within a day or two – but they don’t really develop into anything and they stay for months… I’ve always had several of them. I’ve had them for years. I always thought they were just extremely slow spots, but I’ve recently learned that they’re just keratin build-up thingies (and they’re linked to genetics and hormones) . Anyway, what I wanted to say is… since I’ve been using my konjac sponge, I haven’t had any new keratin bumps on my face. I still have two old ones (and I might take care of them over Christmas) – but so far the konjac sponge seems to be more effective than expected!

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    • annebrooke December 8, 2016 / 5:34 am

      Ooh, I’m off to get my sponges – thank you!!! And I’m so glad it’s not just me with Burt’s Bees as I’ve tried do hard and just don’t get it, LOL!! I’d not realised about the Cocoa wash – I love the sound of that – ideal for Christmas for sure 🙂 🙂

      Definitely avoid THAT mask, LOL!!!!!!


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      • Mrs Strawberry Blonde December 8, 2016 / 3:17 pm

        Get the sponges from Superdrug. Much cheaper than Boots. You can get 3 for under £4, whilst Boots’ only konjac sponge is from Champneys and it’s £6 for a single sponge. And what I’ve learned when I researched konjac sponges is that they’re all the same…

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  3. annebrooke December 8, 2016 / 3:59 pm

    Thank you, Mrs SB – I have just now bought them from Superdrug online and did the 3 for 2 deal – thank you!!! Looking forward to receiving them hugely 🙂 🙂 🙂


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