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If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have picked up on how I’ve become besotted with a cat. This beautiful boy turned up on my doorstep three months ago, returning day after day and begging to be let in and fed. To cut a long story short, he wasn’t collared or microchipped, and he wasn’t neutered either. All that has been sorted and he now lives at Cassa Shaikh. My mum has named him Sonu, which means ‘beautiful’ in Punjabi. He is Sonu Shaikh and will forever be known as.

Now Sonu has taken the liberty of owning every room in the house…and every window sill he can climb onto, and every corner he can deposit himself in. This is why he features in the picture of the latest new collection from the house of L’Occitane. Ha, and I’ve just noticed the eau de toilette bottle is the wrong way round! Oh well, never mind…

Frisson de Verveine* is such a fresh and invigorating collection, bursting with citrus notes and perfectly light to wear for the summer. The unisex limited edition fragrance blends the best of citrus, green leaves and fresh fruits with extracts of Cucumber, Musk and Ceder Wood.

There are six items in total:

♥ Fresh Shower Gel (250ml/£14)
♥ Cooling Body Gel (250ml/£20)
♥ Refreshing Body Mist (50ml/£12)
♥ Bath Salts (300g/£16)
♥ Ice Gel for Legs & Feet (50ml/£20)
♥ Hand Cream Gel (30ml/£8)

In the sweltering weather we’ve been having, the Ice Gel for Legs & Feet with its rolling ball has been blissful to use on the back of the legs and the soles of the feet – definitely my favourite of the three samples I was sent to try.

L’Occitane’s Frisson de Verveine will be available in boutiques nationwide from July.

Oh and in case you were wondering, the rest of the pictures weren’t any better…like this one:

loccitanefrisson2It’s OK, he’s not being rude, he’s just catching some rays.

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Reverse hair-washing seems to be the latest hair trend. Does it really work or is it just a ludicrous and daft idea? My hairdresser and I seem to think so and the idea of using a conditioner first before shampooing is making my scalp itchy.

Something which claims to be kind to your hair and effective at removing impurities is Grow Gorgeous’s Cleansing Conditioner. It’s an 11-in-1 multi-tasking system combining foamless cleansing and deep conditioning in one step to rebalance the scalp and restore hair. It replaces your shampoo, which means it subtracts the process of stripping your hair of its natural oils.

As someone who finds it unavoidable to go more than two days without washing, using the Cleansing Conditioner could be just what I need. It also saves a few minutes in the shower – handy when you’re in a rush in the mornings.

A clever yet complex blend of oils from Macadamia, Jojoba and Olive make up the Fractionated Cleansing Oil Matrix which combines with an Amphoteric Cleansing Complex to bind to impurities, so that they can be rinsed away, whilst the scalp and hair hold on to the balancing oils needed to remain healthy. I have no idea how the science of this formula comes together but the logics of it makes sense. I just can’t figure out a dummies’ explanation to it, that’s all.

Grow Gorgeous’s product is gentle enough to use daily, suitable for all hair types and it contains no harsh detergents or other nasties. That’s very good news for sustaining colour, preventing premature ageing and a deterrent to allergies to name but a few plus points.

Grow Gorgeous has recently introduced two new additions – blonde and brunette to sit alongside its original version and with the colour functionality, its properties are boosted to 12-in-1. I went for the brunette for obvious reasons.

The formula for the coloured conditioners feature prismatic colour technology in order to enrich colour and provide unrivalled shine. Tiny metal derived prisms bind to the hair and reflect the light, naturally enhancing the colour present.

Impressed by its promises and thrilled that it’s sulphate-free, I plonked the Cleansing Conditioner in my shopping basket.

The method to using this special conditioner is simple: apply a generous amount to wet hair (usually the same quantity you would use for your usual shampoo or conditioner), massage into the scalp before smoothing through to the ends. Finally leave on for 3 minutes before rinsing out. The product looks like a rich shampoo but doesn’t lather (no sulphates, remember?) yet it is very easy to work with. I also use a comb to ensure even coverage and to detangle the hair. 

The first time I used the Cleansing Conditioner, the results weren’t great. My hair looked alright but my scalp felt like icky and in need of a wash. The next morning it was limp and lifeless. However, I wasn’t going to write it off immediately so persevered. I suspect the problem boiled down to estimating how much is ‘a generous amount’ and I have a feeling I used too much the first time. So for attempt number two, I used enough to massage into my scalp before adding a similar amount and running it through the remainder of my hair. This is definitely the best way to do it. 

After a blast from the hairdryer, my hair looked super smooth and felt splendidly clean, conditioned and good…and I mean, really good.

The next day was the real test, however. I discovered I just had to brush it through and then I was on my way. My roots did not feel greasy, there were no kinks in my hair despite tying it up before I went to sleep – this pleases me immensely. 

This morning I used it after a break of two days from washing and managed to get to work on time. Often I will wash and go in the morning but this can often leave my hair feeling dry and unfortunately I don’t have the time to spare to apply a hair mask. I know I should wake up earlier but I want my precious extra minutes in bed more.

If you’re used to buying high-street shampoos and conditioners, then £19.49 for this product may sound very steep. The original is £17.99  –  the coloured version just adds a tint and prolongs coloured hair. I thought paying nearly £20 was a bit far-fetched till I remembered I have shelled out nearly £30 each for high-end shampoos and conditioners. What? My hair has diva tantrums, OK?

Having said that, perhaps Grow Gorgeous has managed to tame it. The Cleansing Conditioner works to give me manageable results and luscious looking hair, in fact it has surpassed my expectations. I’m also relieved I didn’t throw £20 down the drain. I will carry on using Grow Gorgeous’s Cleansing Conditioner and hopefully it will have a long-term positive effect on my hair.

Grow Gorgeous also has a Hair Growth Serum which has generated a lot of interest. I am currently trialling this daily and will share my thoughts on Just Nice Things.

If you are interested in giving this a try, Grow Gorgeous’s Cleansing Conditioners are available online at Boots and in stores in 190ml sizes.