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


Marks & Spencer Floral Collection Shower Cream

M&S Floral Collection

My mother kindly bought me this shower cream pack from Marks & Spencer for Easter and I’ve had great fun trying them all out. I find I can always rely on M&S bath products and this is on the whole no exception. The pack, which only costs £6 (bargain!!), includes shower creams in magnolia, honeysuckle, rose, lavender and lily of the valley. Weirdly, you get two packs of the magnolia one which I think is a bit of a swizz as surely they could have added another English flower to the mix, e.g. bluebell or lemon balm?

Anyway, niggles like this aside, here’s what I think of them all:

Magnolia: I don’t think magnolia actually has a smell (at least ours doesn’t …) but what does it matter? This is a lovely balmy scent that reminds me of early summer afternoons in the garden.

Honeysuckle: this one is spicy and rich, and ideal for easing you into your morning. Somehow, it’s a very happy smell.

Rose: needs no introduction, but this is one of the best rose shower creams I’ve found, as sometimes they can be rather too light and with a bit of a forced perfume. No such issues here! I love this one and would buy it again.

Lavender: sadly, this is something of a disappointment, as I LOVE lavender and was therefore looking forward to using it. However, it just feels thin and the scent isn’t up to very much. I can’t recommend it – and I don’t remember saying that about anything lavender before …

Lily of the valley: this packed a punch – all spicy and zippy with that glorious scent of a perfect English spring morning! My favourite of the collection, and it put a smile on my face all day. This one is so definitely going on my Buy Again list!

All in all, this is a fun collection for you to add to your bathroom and should get you through the summer with a zing!

Anne Brooke Books




Sanex Sensitive Shower Cream

Sanex sensitive shower

I’ve been using Sanex shower cream for a while now and though I use other shower creams as well, I always tend to come back to it – mainly because it’s the product that is least likely to give me a break-out. It’s not hugely exciting but it does the trick and it certainly feels very moisturising and soothing, which is brilliant for me.

The bottle I buy is a lot whiter than this but I couldn’t find its picture so I’m afraid the above is the only one I could find. Okay, it’s never going to set the world on fire, but it’s brilliant at calming my skin down!

Anne Brooke Books