My good friend recently went on a trip to America and she knows & shares my love for beauty products and discovering new things so she suprised me and bought back a bunch of unusual and cool-looking (& sounding) bits and pieces. She was visiting New England….Boston/Vermont/Salem areas so picked up these bits in small shops and pharmacies & ACTUAL witchery shops which sounded amazing! Now some of these brands are probably more well-known over in the US than here…..but none of these are brands that I saw commonly in the shops/malls/CVS’s when I was visiting America last year.
First up, I got some Soap Spells for ‘Fertility’ from Salem (home of all things witches and magic) which is just a soap bar infused with magnolia, lemon balm & herbs which will basically impregnate you as SOON as you use it. Jokes, aside…I’ve just been getting a gentle ribbing from my friends as to why I haven’t had babies yet with my husband, so this was just a hint-joke-thannng.(No, I haven’t used it yet). On a similar magical-type-witchy vibe is the Protection Bath Salts which are pretty standard bath salts made with mineral-enriched dead sea salts & pure essential oils that make your bath smell lovely and leave your skin nice and hydrated. I don’t believe so much in the protection bit, I think these are just tourist-shop type things that you get lured into buying whilst getting absorped into the history of Salem , but none-the-less…..fun and fitting, and they do smell lovely!
My favourite of the ‘Witchery’ treats is my Spell in a Bottle. You can get all different types of spells ; for love, luck, money….even a curse. I have the ‘Charmed Life’ spell which promises to makes my home a relaxing, lovely and laughter-filled place which sounds perfect for me as I had just re-moved BACK into my house. It comes with an instruction leaflet and all the ‘ingredients’ in the jar which you have to burn, smell, bury as requested. I will let you know iof this turns my home into this wondrous-sounding place…..here’s hoping!
Now onto the serious stuff ; SKINCARE! I absolutely love all these bits and the oldy-world packaging. Thayer’s Witch Hazel Pads have been an instant hit with me and although I initially suspected them to be a bit gimmicky…they are really great! Pre-soaked pads containing Witch Hazel, Aloe Vera, Purified water and Grapefruit extract that are a perfect on-th-go companion for toning, freshening and soothing the skin. I use them after my PM cleanse for that extra clean and they have been a great travel companion instead of taking around cotten pads & water/toner. I also have the infamous (now I know it is after having a quick Google) Bag Balm which hails from Vermont. It has been around (and unchanged in formula) for over 115 years and was a farmer’s balm that was used for ansolutely everything ; chapped skin, dry lips, winter skin flakes, even for cow’s udders and saddles! I love the cute tin it comes in and it’s a very rich emollient-based balm…and CAN be used anywhere although I’m typically carrying it my bag for lips n cuticles.
Lastly, and be no means least…..and actually the only brand I had heard of but not used, is the Mario Badescu Facial Spray. Have wanted to try this brand for SO long. This is a hydrating and refreshing spray that is made from rosewater, aloe vera & herbs that is perfect for giving your skin a boost when required, under or over makeup. I love this simple, no-fuss and clean packaging that Mario Badescu is infamous for ; it’s all about the product inside.