Summer is just around the corner, and the thought of having to bare my winter limbs has me in a bit of a panic. I loathe lying in the sun/going to the beach, so I have to fake it when it comes to tanning/not looking like Powder. Today I’m going to run you through some new additions which I think are brilliant: a wash-off bronzing lotion, a body butter that smells like summer in a tube, and a body oil so glorious, you will never want to wash it off.
CHANEL N°5 Fragments D’Or*
Have you ever seen anything so beautiful? A bottle of pure, golden heaven. It’s so beautiful, in fact, that I can barely bring myself to use it! This sumptuous body oil is part of the CHANEL N°5 Holiday collection, and if you really want to spoil someone this Christmas, then look no further.
The body oil is generously perfumed with the iconic N°5 scent, and contains delicate flecks of golden glitter to illuminate the skin. When I say ‘generously perfumed’, I mean it – this oil is as potent as the EDP, which is incredible. In my experience, fragranced body oils tend deliver a more diluted version of the original scent, but this offering from CHANEL is the real deal – you will definitely be able to forgo applying the EDP on top. If you are a fan of N°5, then you will absolute adore this, and it will make for a very luxurious addition to your fragrance and body care routine.
This product launched on 9 November 2017 and will be available while stocks last. It retails for R1,530.
Another fabulous discovery by my Mom (she always finds the best stuff)! This wash-off tanning lotion is the perfect winter-spring/summer transition product: leaves the skin with a lovely, natural colour, it helps blur out imperfections and doesn’t have that tell-tale self-tan smell. It lasts for 24 hours (or until you have your next shower) so it’s ideal if you’re not a fan of traditional self-tanning lotions, and you also don’t need to worry about ending up with streaks/dark patches – if you make a mistake, you can just wash it off and start again. It dries down quickly, and once it sets, it won’t transfer onto fabrics, so your clothes are safe. Admittedly I have not put it to the test on a super hot day, so I don’t know if it streaks/runs if you get a bit sweaty, but I am sure that it will hold up well.
The colour match is perfect for me so I haven’t had to apply more than one layer, but I would advise that if you want to build it up, work fast in order to avoid any potential patchiness. If you’re very pale and want something a bit less bronzey, then I would suggest mixing it with another body lotion to dilute the colour a bit.
Retails for R200.00.
This is not a new product, but the packaging has been revamped: it used to be housed in a tub, and it’s now packaged in a more travel-friendly squeeze tube.
I have really been enjoying using this. I wouldn’t normally gravitate towards something so sweet, but the gentle milk and honey combination is so delicious that I can’t stop myself! It smells soft and summery, like school holidays, basically. It sinks in quickly and does a great job of keeping the skin supple and hydrated, and it has the added benefit of extending the life of any self-tanning lotion which may have been applied. And it’s cheap as chips: only R59.95.