Spring Is In The Air by Kate Duggan

Meet your new spring essentials, from a multi-tasking moisturiser to an eco-friendly toothbrush…

Regular readers may remember that I was lusting after Connock London’s new fragrances before Christmas. Well I’m happy to say they didn’t disappoint. Manuka is my new go-to perfume. As you might gather from the name, it’s based around honey, so has a rich, comforting scent. Lemon and mandarin add a burst of citrus freshness, jasmine and other florals add romance, and warm amber, vetivert and musks provide warmth and tone down the sweetness. The result is a rich, grown-up fragrance, which is unlike anything else on the market and perfect for spring/summer. A real signature scent, it’s £75 from www.connocklondon.co.uk.

With winter finally behind us and longer days stretching ahead, it’s time to start thinking about sun protection again. If, like me, you barely have time to cleanse and moisturise in the mornings, let alone add anything else to your routine, a moisturiser with SPF is your friend. I’m currently using Manuka Doctor’s Apiclear Daily Defence – a moisturiser, primer and SPF 20 lotion in one. It’s suitable for all skin-types, helps to blur fine lines and wrinkles, and contains hyaluronic acid and manuka honey to lock in moisture. It’s £24.99 from www.manukadoctor.co.uk and Holland & Barrett stores.

Trying to cut down on your plastic waste? Bamboo toothbrushes are all the rage right now. If you want to try one, I recommend the Humble Brush (see www.thehumble.co). The handle is made from sustainably grown bamboo, which can be composted when you’ve finished with it (as long as you cut the head off). It’s ergonomically shaped, and the nylon bristles are better for your teeth than other synthetic bristles. As if that wasn’t enough, every brush sold helps to provide children in need with oral care products and support. It’s £4 from Boots, Superdrug, The Co-op, Holland and Barratt and other retailers.

Concentrated products are another way to cut down on plastic waste. Men-ü’s Shower Gel is so concentrated that one bottle can last up to six months, which makes the £26.85 price tag a bit more bearable. It contains Pro Vitamin B5 and Vitamin E to help keep skin healthy and avoid dry patches. And the citrus, mint and menthol scent is a welcome boost in the mornings. While the shower gel is aimed at men, I find it to be pretty unisex, so have been nicking my partner’s most mornings. See www.men-u.com.

I’m a huge fan of Bobbi Brown’s Extra Lip Tints (£25.50 each). They fall somewhere between a lipstick and a gloss, and give lips a subtle, natural colour, while adding moisture. It seems other customers are in agreement, as three new shades were added to the collection back in January. Bare Nude, Bare Raspberry and Bare Blackberry have joined Bare Pink, Bare Melon and Bare Popsicle. I find Bare Nude perfect for the school run and nipping to the shops. It adds a hint of colour and plenty of shine. See www.bobbibrown.co.uk.

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