Sanex and Starflower


I’ve loved Sanex Dermo Sensitive Shower Cream for ages and always have spares in stock. Especially developed for sensitive skin and approved by dermatologists, this shower cream contains lactoserum, an ingredient rich in milk proteins which helps to leave skin feeling comfortable and soft. Dermo Active 3 complex delivers the 3 key benefits to keep skin healthy: 1 Deep Moisturisation: for a soft and well hydrated skin; 2 Protection: improves your skin protective barrier: 3 pH Balance: restores skin’s natural pH. I use this shower cream every day – it’s great for my extra-sensitive chest and upper back and definitely keeps problems at bay. It costs £2.50 for a 500ml bottle at Sainsbury’s so a real bargain.


The Baylis & Harding Jojoba, Silk and Almond Oil Cream Hand Wash is really quite nice – and I chose it because Jojoba and Almond are both very good for the skin. It’s fairly moisturising and I like the smell, but my real problem is that the bottle is so large that I have difficulty fitting it on my bathroom sink! Yes, I know that’s a First World Problem, but it does put me off it, so I probably won’t be buying another one. If you have an enormous sink (lucky you!), then you can find this product at Superdrug for £2.15 for 500ml.


I’ve taken Evening Primrose & Starflower Oil 1000mg tablets for ages. High strength GLA (Gamma Linolenic Acid); rapid release soft gel capsules; contains vitamin B6 which contributes to the regulation of hormonal activity. Holland & Barrett Cold Pressed Evening Primrose Oil and Starflower Oil Capsules 1000mg plus Vitamin B6 Evening Primrose Oil and Starflower Oil provide the fatty acids Linoleic Acid (LA) and Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA). Not all fatty acids can be made in the body so must be supplied through diet or supplementation. These tablets have seen me through the worst excesses of my nightmare period years, and I still take them now I’m menopausal. I just think they’re really good for female health issues. They cost £9.49 (currently half-price) for 90 tablets at Holland & Barrett, but you can get them cheaper elsewhere if you shop around, I think.


I take a teaspoon of the Pukka Elderberry Syrup each day, in the morning. Elderberry juice, manuka honey 14+, trikatu and thyme, along with the other herbs in this syrup, have long been used to help support seasonal health. This concentrated broad-spectrum syrup contains the highest organic grade, sustainably cultivated herbs, carefully selected to bring you the full potential of nature’s goodness. It includes ginger as well which is brilliant for me, as I use this to help stave off colds and sinusitis nightmares, and I think it (a) works well and (b) makes colds etc shorter if I do succumb. Plus it tastes fantastic, though it’s a dark red colour, so be careful not to stain anything! I make sure I wash the lid and bottle after I’ve had my dose to keep the stickiness away, LOL! You can find this at Amazon for £10.63 for 100ml, and I have already stocked up again.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Anne Brooke Books


Three Face Masks and a Handwash


Have had a great time this week trying things out. I picked up three Montaigne Jeunesse face masks up for only £1 each at Sainsbury’s last week, and I’ve also just finished my lovely bottle of Carex Love Hearts Handwash.

The face masks were fabulous on the whole, and I shall definitely be getting more of them! At only £1 per go, it’s a real bargain, and I think you can probably get 2 uses out of them even though the packet is only supposed to be for one use. There’s just loads in it so next time I’m going to make it last for two masks – I hate waste!

Anyway, my total favourite was the Creamy Coconut one as it was so soft and gentle on the face and it made my skin feel amazing. The Blemish Mud was also good, and a very close second – no drying feeling at all. The third one – the Argan Oil mud – was the one I was looking forward to most, as I love Argan Oil, but it was actually the most drying of the three, and though it didn’t do anything negative to my skin, it’s not one I’d buy again. But I love the whole Montaigne Jeunesse range and I shall be buying more.

Of course, you can’t really go wrong with a Carex fun handwash and this one’s a real winner. It actually does smell of those wonderful Love Hearts we all used to eat when younger – or I did anyway! – it lasts for a while on your hands. I’ll pick up another when I’m next in Sainsbury’s for sure.

All best!

Anne Brooke

Bathtime fun: Carex Complete Chocolate Orange Fun Edition


I thought it was about time to have some fun with my new skincare regime, and this caught my eye when I was in the Guildford Tesco stores yesterday. It’s meant to be for children, but hey middle-aged women can be fun-loving too! And we probably need to have more jolliness in our lives than they do anyway, LOL.

I’ve always had a soft spot for chocolate orange and I have to say the smell is totally AMAZING – it really does smell as if you’ve just unwrapped a Terry’s Chocolate Orange and are about to taste that first gorgeous segment. Okay, the fragrance doesn’t last long on your hands, but it’s been brightening up my day for a few moments each time I use it and that can’t be bad. Also, if you need a fix, you can just sniff the dispenser and still get that essential smile!

My only issue is: please could they bring out a chocolate mint one too?…

Anne Brooke