Today, you beautiful dreamers, I’m continuing my look at the best products – today it’s on the body – to take away on your next adventure…
One absolute essential for adventure hols is a decent sun protector, especially for children. My favourites include La Roche Posay Anthelios Dermo Kids 50+ SPF (£16.50, boots.com) aimed at fair and sensitive skins, and Green People’s Organic Children Sun Lotion Medium 25 SPF (£9.45, biggreensmile.com), which is fragrance free and contains organic shea butter, calendula and aloe vera.
For those with allergies to sun cream or with very sensitive conditions, a genius product is Kalme Undercoat (£9.95, skinshop.co.uk). It is simply applied before using sun creams or other products to help de-sensitise the skin and can be used on children.
Getting stuck-in is all part and parcel of active holidays, so it is essential to take an effective body wash to get rid of the day’s grime and sweat. Pack a moisturising formula and it can mean you can leave the bulky body creams at home. Dove’s Purely Pampering Nourishing Body Wash (£2.40, boots.com) with almond cream and hibiscus lathers up a treat and leaves skin soft and dewy.
Woods of Windsor Blue Orchid & Water Lily Moisturising Bath & Shower Gel (£8.50, woodsofwindsor.co.uk) is a great little luxury to have when on the road with its gentle fragrance and pretty packaging. It not only contains vitamin E to leave skin hydrated but it can also be used as a bubble bath for the kiddies.
Ideal for dirty little rascals are Child’s Farm natural and organic products for children, which now come in handy 100ml sized bottles in the travel-friendly Top to Toe Cleaning Kit. Included are a Hair & Body Wash, Conditioner and Bubble Bath (£9.35, childsfarm.com).
For really sporty holidays, products that help to ease muscles can be a good idea to soothe tired limbs at the end of the day. Aromatherapy Associates De-Stress Muscle Bath & Shower Gel (£37, aromatherapyassociates.com) may come in a small 55ml bottle but it packs a hefty punch with a little going a long way. Rosemary, lavender and ginger combine to warm and relax the body.
The Organic Pharmacy’s Arnica Soothing Muscle Soak (£35.95, feelunique.com) is ideal to use in the bath for general aches and pains. Decant some in a labeled bag and have a soak with a handful now and then throughout your trip.
Beyond Organic Skincare’s Foot & Muscle Reviver (£27.40, beyondorganicskincare.com) is a muscle rub and foot balm in one. It contains organic spearmint and rosemary and can help with sore feet, aching legs, back or any part of the body that has been overworked.
If you can’t bear the thought of leaving your body cream at home, then pack versions that either all the family can use or which can double up. Melvita’s new honey-based Apicosma Body Balm (£22, melvita.co.uk) is ultra-nourishing and gentle enough for all to use.
Blend Collective’s Hydrating Hand & Body Lotion (£19, blendcollective.co.uk) treats hands and body and is just the thing to keep you energised with its Sicilian lemon, May Chang and lime.
Meanwhile, Nuxe’s classic Huile Prodigiuese (£29.95, marksandspencer.com) is a multi-purpose dry oil that can be used on the face, body and hair, leaving skin satiny soft and hair glossy.
Meanwhile, Irish organic brand Voya’s Organic Voyager is a good option when keeping packing to a minimum (£32, Selfridges.com). The cotton wash bag keeps it simple with its 75ml body wash, body moisturiser, shampoo and conditioner. Small but luxurious.
Active holidays can often mean tired feet or worse still, blisters and cracked heels. The Organic Pharmacy’s Manuka & Peppermint Foot Cream (£19.95, feelunique.com) comes in a handy 50ml size and contains antiseptic manuka to keep feet in tip-top condition.
L’Occitane’s Dry Skin Foot Cream is rich in shea butter and can be massaged in to ease tired feet. It also comes in a 30ml travel size and can also double up as a hand cream (£8, ukloccitane.com).
A deodorant is another essential. Salt of the Earth Natural Deodorants are crystal deodorants that work by leaving a thin layer of pure alum, a traditional antibacterial mineral salt on the skin and come in travel sized roll-ons or sprays (£2.55, crystalspring.co.uk) – safe for even young teenagers to use.
Dove’s Maximum Protection Deodorant Cream (£5.30, boots.com) claims to protect for 48 hours – so ideal if your adventure takes you off the beaten track.
While No4711 Body Spray (£3.29, boots.com) is ideal for spritzing and refreshing when on the go. It has an uplifting scent and can be used all over to cool and refresh.
Talking of which, Mrs White’s Unsung Hero (£20, roullierwhite.com) is an eau de cologne with a twist. Ideal for exotic locations, it contains a natural insect repellent but, instead of the usual potent smell that repellents can have, this one has a lemon tea scent suitable for men and women.