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Basking in the bathroom
7:00am Saturday 17th August 2013 in Lifestyle
Pamper your way to faraway climes from the comfort of your bathroom. Lisa Haynes rounds up the best in travel-inspired beauty.
If your getaway to Bali was shunned in favour of Bognor Regis, or trip to the Seychelles postponed (until further notice) for Skegness, don't despair.
Now you can escape to your dream destination using your bathroom cabinet as a passport to travel.
The beauty shelves are packed with exotic products that draw on local ingredients and fragrances that immediately evoke the essence of the destination, whether that's Argan oil from Morocco or green tea extract from the Far East.
"Exotic products are often rich in essential oils and natural ingredients, which each have a unique aroma that can affect your mood and emotions," explains Pattree Bhakdibutr, founder of Thai beauty brand Erb.
"As with perfume, fragranced products can transport you back to a certain time in history, to where you first smelt that specific scent, whether that be a holiday or childhood memory.
"For me, the jasmine used in our Eastern Treat range reminds me of the Thai temples where flowers are used to make garlands as an offering to Buddha."
Time to book in for some global escapism? Lock the bathroom door and take your senses on a long-haul journey.
:: Caribbean cruising
Drift off to the Eden that is Martinique - the Caribbean Island of Flowers. With extract of lime, mango and cocoa butters, Aveda's Caribbean Therapy range is an instant catalyst for transportation to the tropics, from £14 (0870 034 2380/www.aveda.co.uk).
:: Tahiti glow
Say 'Aloha' to the exotic Soleil des Iles range - and to Tahitian beauties' velvety skin and shiny hair with the star ingredient, monoi oil, made from soaking fresh Tiare flowers in coconut oil, products £10 each (thisisbeautymart.com).
:: Marrakech mode
SteamCream fragrances may not be evocative of Marrakech but one look at the rich moisturiser's brightly printed Babou and Marrakech tins and you'll instantly feel like you're exploring sun-soaked riads, souks and narrow bustling pathways, £12.95 each (www.steamcream.co.uk).
:: Island escape
Immerse yourself in a warm bath and pretend you're wallowing in the azure blue Indian Ocean with Mandara Spa's Island Paradise range, with uplifting grapefruit and lemon ingredients, currently from £2.50 (Sainsbury's).
:: Global gathering
Embrace the heritage of Morocco (think bitter orange) and elegance of the East (delicate, oriental cherry blossom) with Marks & Spencer's Global Escape range including everything from bath foam to candles and diffusers, from £3 (www.marksandspencer.com).
:: French affair
Les Senteurs Gourmandes has the monopoly on evocative fragrances. Spritz the Vanille Violette Eau de Parfum, which uses the emblematic flower of Toulouse crystallised in sugar for a sweet but fresh scent, £22.50 (www.marksandspencer.com).
:: Thai tonic
Luxury Thai beauty brand Erb takes its name from the old Thai expression 'erb-im', which refers to the radiant glow of Thai women. Engage in your own Thai beauty rituals with the aromatic Eastern Treat products, from £19 (www.erbasia.com/uk).
:: Mediterranean moment
Picture yourself in an outdoor shower surrounded by rolling Italian hills as you lather up with Palmolive's Mediterranean Moments Shower Gels with extracts of apricot from Italy, £2.19 (supermarkets nationwide).
Tried & tested
Sam Wylie-Harris receives some heatwave respite with a cold blast blow-dry.
With the mercury soaring and my scalp feeling hot and bothered in the muggy heat, a cold hair treatment sounds like the perfect remedy to chill out. The new Freeze Dry Finish at Paul Edmonds salon has been designed to leave your tresses 'polished, glossy and feeling ultra luxe' and the four-step process takes approximately one hour. With thick, shoulder-length hair that has a tendency to frizz at the first sign of humidity, I put my head in their hands and relax into a comfy reclining chair at the wash basin. After a cooling rinse, Shu Uemura Essential Drops are applied to my scalp - one drop down the centre of my hairline, two either side, and a couple at the back. As they're massaged in for two to three minutes, to allow the oils to penetrate, a subtle scent of peppermint fills the air but the cooling, tingling sensation eludes me. According to my stylist, the more sensitive the scalp, the bigger the tingle. My hair's then rinsed again with cool-ish water and Kerastase shampoo is applied. After two washes, conditioner is massaged into the ends, followed by a soothing head massage. Back in the salon, my stylist towel-dries my hair and applies a couple of drops of Shu Uemura protective oil to the ends, and spritzes the roots with Kerastase Volumactive. This is followed by a blow dry with warm air to smooth and set my tresses, and finally a cool blast to bring out the the shine and close the cuticles. I leave the salon feeling cool, calm and collected with soft, well-groomed hair. However, it wasn't quite the Eskimo treatment I'd expected. Perhaps a cold conditioning treatment straight from the freezer might have done the icy trick.
:: Freeze Dry Finish, £20, with blow dry, from £45, at Paul Edmonds, London (www.pauledmonds.com)
:: Shu Uemura Art of Hair Essential Drops Purifying Blend, £29.50 (www.feelunique.com)
Buy it now
Dive in to Mavala's high summer Pacific Dream collection. The set includes six shades, inspired by white beaches, blue seas and exotic cocktails. The travel-friendly 5ml bottles are £4.50 each (www.lookfantastic.com).
:: Lock down
Can someone please invent a magic hairbrush? British women suffer 20 years of bad hair days during their lifetime, and each one results in them feeling moody for at least four hours and 26 minutes, according to a recent survey by the Travelodge hotel chain. On average, women across the UK are waking up with unruly hair at least three times a week. Cheryl Cole, Kelly Brook and Kate Middleton come top of the list of celebs whose hair women would most like to replicate.
:: Recessionista alert
Get this season's Next Top Model look with a free styling session. TRESemme, sponsors of Sky Living's Britain And Ireland's Next Top Model, are holding hairstyling events across the country in selected Superdrug stores. Choose from three on-trend looks showcased in the series - loose up-do, side plait or soft glamorous waves. For locations visit TRESemmme UK's Facebook page.
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