I like Rituals. I especially like the last two collections, the Laughing Buddha and Indian Summer, but I think this time Rituals has outdone itself with a makeover of their Hammam collection*. I’m not familiar with the original but the new collection is nothing short of divine and it’s right up my street as I bloody love hammams.
To me a hammam is the ultimate cleansing and beautifying treatment. It’s a tradition that has stood the test of time, centuries old yet undisputed and thankfully still part of local culture in countries like Turkey and Morocco (which I am envious of).
Fortunately Rituals’ new look Hammam collection brings a taste of a hammam to your private bathroom. The Hot Scrub is now available in a bigger, transparent jar to keep skin smoother and softer for longer, while the Hammam Body Mud has been reformulated with mineral-rich Rhassoul Clay, to nourish and revitalise.
There are nine products in the range of which I’ve been indulging in four. Hammam Olive Secret (£8.50/150ml) is a shower paste that is the same colour and consistency of Vicks Vapour Rub but that it cleanses and prepares the skin for exfoliation. It contains eucalyptus so be weary if you’re not keen on the smell. I love it and it’s just what is needed as the days are getting colder.
The Hammam Hot Scrub (£19.50/250ml) is a favourite of mine as I love a good scrub and this certainly lives up to my expectations. It contains natural purifying sea salt, warming ginger and eucalyptus. The scrub is quite potent, allowing the scent to boost your mood and unblock your sinuses if you have a cold but it’s also of a gritty texture which makes for an effective treatment.
There is also a foaming shower gel courtesy of Hammam Delight (£8.50/200ml), which is enriched with eucalyptus (yep, that again) and rosemary, and Spark of Hammam, a nourishing body lotion (£12.50/250ml).
I am keen to try some other bits from the vast range such as the scented candle, fragrance sticks, bath oil and the body mud, so I will be hot-footing it down to my nearest Rituals shop and filling my basket.
The renewed Hammam collection is out now at Rituals stores and online as well as selected House of Fraser and John Lewis stores.
Other brands have followed suit with their imitations and sadly they’ve done very little to sway me. They either sting my skin or don’t take off make-up efficiently and gently.
Well now I think my opinion has changed quite drastically. Garnier may have come up trumps with its Micellar Cleansing Water* that is not only accessible but also a third cheaper than the big fella, Bioderma.
It comes in a 400ml bottle and costs a very reasonable £4.99. According to its label, it claims to contain 200 uses. Well I’m not counting but I very much doubt that is true and probably should be removed from the packaging as misleading.
In case it wasn’t obvious, Garnier is French too and unlike Bioderma which can only be bought online (‘cept in Harvey Nichols), this product is very easy to find in retailers like Boots. Taking off eye make-up is a breeze and it’s effective in shifting the most stubborn cosmetic residue plus it’s gentle on the skin and feels refreshing and hydrating. It’s hypoallergenic and not perfumed, so it shouldn’t cause a reaction though if you have incredibly sensitive skin, it may be wise to carry out a patch test.
But the biggie here is, if I were blindfolded, I couldn’t tell the difference between Garner and Bioderma.
I am pleasantly surprised and impressed with Garnier’s take on the humble micellar cleansing water. It is great value for money and does the same job as Bioderma but for a fraction of the cost. What’s there not to like?