In love with… Lavender beauty treats
Hot summer sun leaving you more beetroot than blushing? Restore skin and inner calm with these botanically-boosting lavender beauty must-haves.
OK, so I know what you might be thinking. Dusty lavender bags, overpowering pomanders… poor old lavender has been somewhat misused in recent years. But there’s plenty of brilliant beauty buys out there now that put its fantastic botanical benefits to good use.
Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial properties combined with a gorgeous natural aroma make lavender an ideal ingredient for summer beauty. A relaxing evening bath, cooling facial spritz, beautifully-scented hand and facial cleanse… There are so many reasons to fall in love with lavender this summer, starting with these top Muddy-rated heat-busting summer beauty buys. And relaxxxx.
Lavande hand cream, L’Occitane, 75ml
Lavender is synonymous with L’Occitane and Provence. This classic hand cream is an international bestseller – with good reason. Cooling, moisturising and reviving for tired hands, it’s been my handbag and desk go-to for years. On light summer evenings, swap scented candles for L’Occitane’s heavenly lavender foaming bath (£27/500ml). Bon nuit.
Bee Good Wild Lavender & Comfrey set, 2 x 250ml
Muddy loves the gorgeous natural fragrances created by Hampshire beauty producer Bee Good. Founded by local beekeepers with an ethical ethos, this lovely set blends calming lavender and comfrey with antioxidant-rich aloe vera and other naturally moisturising ingredients like jojoba and almond oils. Use it as a handwash duo or as a refreshing, summer-scented revive in your morning shower.
Lavender Hydrating Mist, Jurlique, 100ml
Spritz this uplifting, botanical toning mist from Aussie cosmetics brand Jurlique to hydrate summer skin. Just one cooling spray after a walk or workout on a warm day is a truly refreshing tonic.
Rose & Lavender Hot Cloth Cleanser, Liz Earle, 100ml
Combining two of summer’s signature scents, this refreshing hot cloth cleanser from Isle of Wight-based beauty brand Liz Earle makes good use of lavender’s cleansing properties. Use it to cleanse make-up and environmental grime or combine with your favourite moisturiser for a restoring self-spa facial.
Hand Sanitiser Gel, Lavender Fields, 60ml
If you’ve never visited the Lavender Fields near Alton, Hampshire, put it on your to-do list this June or July. After a scenic, Insta-snap-worthy stroll around the gorgeous fields of bloom you can pick up loads of great gifts and locally-made beauty products like pure lavender soap, massage oil and lavender and mint lip balm. For a quick cleanse while out and about, we love this pocket-sized sanitiser that pleasantly masks the usually dominant alcohol aroma.
Muscle Sooth Spray, National Trust, 2 x 100ml
Lavender’s restorative properties are put to good use in this vegan-friendly pure essential duo. Made for the NT by West Sussex brand Tisserand, it’s blended with rosemary & may chang to warm and soothe tired muscles, aches and pains… The kind Muddy gets after a National Trust trek involving one or two unexpected gradients.
Lavender & Aloe Vera Deodorant, Neal’s Yard Remedies, 100ml
Love the hot weather – but find that it doesn’t always love you? We hear you, sister… Neal’s Yard’s beautifully fragrant Lavender & Aloe Vera deodorant is ace for helping to avoid pre- and post-work out sticky tees. If you suffer from a beetroot face after exercise/the slightest sun exposure (it’s been a long lockdown, people!), then the gorgeous Lavender & Aloe cooling cream (£7/30ml) will be right up your street.