What: St. Tropez Gradual Tan Classic Everyday Body Lotion in Light/Medium
Why: The one and only self tan product I’m seriously addicted to. Since I’m rather fair-skinned, I reach for this one as soon as the sun comes out in spring, i.e. now. It gives me that instant healthy touch of bronze, but very gradually, very naturally. It never streaks and it only smells the tiniest bit. I use it about once or twice a week.
Green Factor: Erm… unfortunately not.
Also available at: Globus, Manor
What: Ligne St Barth Coconut Oil
Why: Just too good for my dry skin, so nourishing! And it smells like a tropical island. But watch out! Coconut oil naturally solidifies at temperatures below 25 °C. Simply reheat the bottle under warm water (does not affect the quality!) – or as I do: use it in summer (it’s anyhow a summer smell).
Green Factor: Yup, all natural!
Where: Art Deco Hotel Montana, Lucerne (CH)
Also available at: Look for spas with Ligne St Barth products
What: Maui Babe Amazing Browning Lotion
Why: This is not your ordinary self tan. You don’t just slather it on an let the lotion work its wonders. You rather put this one on BEFORE your sunscreen when you go to the beach. Then the lotion will work its wonders: it accelerates the sun triggered tanning processes in your skin. Amazing. Apparently it’s an old Hawaiian family recipe. But watch out and don’t wear white – it stains!
Green Factor: All natural Hawaiian ingredients. BUT, unfortunately they didn’t leave it at that: contains mineral oil. Why oh why?
Where: My bestie Inma brought me a bottle back straight from Maui.
Also available at: www.beautybay.com
What: The Ritual of Dao Shower Foam
Why: Mmmmhhh, what a treat. This gel transforms in a rich, creamy, moisturising foam as soon as you start massaging it into your skin. So relaxing. I always feel a bit like when I got this fabulous Turkish soap foam massage in a Hamam.
Green Factor: Errr… unfortunately not.
Where: Gift from my dear friend Claudia
Also available at: Rituals stores around the world
What: Cowshed Utterly Gorgeous Stretch Mark Oil
Why: OK, it’s officially a stretch mark oil. During my pregnancy, I just adored the whole “Utterly Gorgeous” range – and now I can’t stop using it as it’s sooooo good! Just slather it on wherever you like. Your skin will thank you.
Green Factor: 100% – like everything from Cowshed.
What: Burt’s Bees Naturally Nourishing Milk & Honey Body Lotion
Why: My dry skin needs its daily portion of a good moisturizing body lotion. This one is all natural, non-greasy and melts into my skin easily, leaving it well nourished. Not such a big fan of the smell, though… But since I like the formula I don’t give up on them and try a different scent next time.
Green Factor: Yes, yes!
Where: Migros, Länderpark Stans (CH)
Also available at: Drugstores
What: Caudalie Shower Gel in “Zeste de Vigne”
Why: I can’t repeat enough that your skin will thank you when you go sulfate-free with your shower gels. I really like Caudalie’s, and its “Zeste de Vigne” flavour is my favourite. It seriously smells good enough to eat.
Green Factor: All Caudalie shower gels are all ultra-gentle and plant-derived.
Where: Pharmacie De L’homme De Fer, Strasbourg (F)
Also available at: Drugstores
What: Roger & Gallet Fresh Shower Gel – Energising
Why: The shower gel to my beloved hand cream on-the-go I talked about ten days ago (link here). Smells just amazing, is made of natural ingredients, and is – of course – sulfate-free.
Green Factor: Formulated with precious naturally-derived essences.
Where: Perfumerìa Sabina, Gran Canaria (E)
Also available: Drugstores
What: Barr-Co. Honeysuckle Hand & Body Cream
Why: I love this hand cream! The scent reminds me of warm summer evenings in the gardens where I grew up. It also has a grand texture, melts right into your skin and leaves them soft and moisturised.
Green Factor: More than 98% natural, hence nothing to complain.
Where: Gift from my friend Sarah
Also available in: selected stores like Anthropologie (USA, UK), Globus (CH)
What: Cowshed Apricot Nourishing Cuticle Oil
Why: I love, love, love Cowshed. Starting from the hilarious product names (check out their range!), the cool packaging, and in particular, the seriously high quality of all their products. And it’s all organic! This cuticle oil adds shine to my nails and helps me keeping any dry, stubborn cuticles at bay. Great in winter times!
Green Factor: All Cowshed products contain natural botanicals from sustainable resources containing the highest quality essential oils. Any questions?
Where: Babington House, Somerset (UK)
Also available on: www.cowshedonline.com