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My favourite body lotion - La Mav

I get asked a lot what my favourite organic skin care products are, and in particular, whether I have a brand that I favour. I have decided this year that I'm going to be giving a little bit of an insight in to what's in my own beauty & skin care regime. For those who know me, I have a sensitive nose and sensitive skin. There has been a large amount of trial and error before I found the products I was comfortable with. The same products may suit you, or you may find your skin loves something completely different. Our consulting naturopath favours the La Mav skin care, I favour Beauty & The Bees and Zkin.

What's my favourite body lotion?

I do a couple of things in my regime to look after the skin on my whole body. At least once a week, I lather myself head to toe (including my hair) in coconut oil. I let it soak in for a few minutes and then jump in the shower. While strictly not a body lotion, it's certainly a skin care treatment, and it's part of what I do along with a dry body brush whenever I remember.

When my skin is feeling just a little bit dry, or I just feel like a couple of minutes of 'ME' time, or I'm just hanging for the scent of Lemon Myrtle, I will grab my pump bottle of La Mav Nourish Body Moisturiser and apply. Spending 15+ years with an ultra sensitive nose and removing everything with a smell from my life was difficult and leaves me overly sensitive to smells (and creates emotional issues) so whenever I can, I use products that have essential oils in them that I either tolerate or LOVE. I LOVE Lemon Myrtle. It reminds me of eating lemon sherbet as a kid. I know, dreadful stuff, but the aroma is just divine. It's a thin milky cream that rubs in easily.

When my skin is really dry, I step it up and use the Beauty & The Bees Body Butter Bar (formerly called Skin Salvation). It looks like a cake of soap but it's not. It has over 20 different uses and makes the perfect travelling companion. It's really great at soothing irritated skin and itchy patches. It's too dear to use every day, and applying over your whole body takes a few minutes as you run the bar over your skin and it slowly melts on to your skin. However, it's an absolute lifesaver when your skin just feels horrid. In winter my shins can get itchy to the point where I scratch them in my sleep and wake up being driven insane. Ever since I started using the Body Butter Bar, it's never happened again. Total lifesaver.

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