Like champagne and strawberries, moonlight and music or, um, reading and crisps, fig scents with sunshine is just one of those combos that works.
I like my fig to smell a little fresh, a little green and a little musky, so it was a given I'd fall for the Roger & Gallet Fleur de Figuier Fresh Fragrant Water when it launched last year (read about it here). This summer, the love affair continues, with the new Ultra Nourishing Oil, €26.95 for 100ml.
It's not just the fragrance (light, zesty and delicious) that makes this the perfect warm weather pick: oils are, hands down, my favourite body hydrators in the heat. Much lighter on your skin than a rich body butter, this one feels luxurious, is rapidly absorbed, intensely nourishing, seals hydration into the skin and leaves limbs with a pretty summery sheen - without feeling remotely greasy.
A blend of 10 plant oils including apricot, almond, avocado and grape seed oil, the ingredients here won't just moisturise your skin and make it more supple - they're packed full of antioxidants and anti-ageing properties, too, like vitamins A, E, F and K. Plus, there are no parabens, silicones, colouring agents or mineral oils in the mix.
As oils penetrate better on slightly damp skin, I use the Fleur de Figuier Ultra Nourishing Oil straight from the shower, after lathering up with the co-ordinating shower gel. As a side note, the brand's shower products, €9.90 for 200ml, are some of my favourites; not only is the fragrance range amazing but they're free from soap and sulphates, while still lathering up into a luxe and creamy foam.
The nozzle makes for speedy application and, as with all my favourite body oils, I run the excess through my hair and rub it into cuticles so I never waste a drop. I've also been drizzling it into my baths and it looks gorgeous with a drop or two smoothed over a faux glow, too.
Layering the products helps lock in the scent so it lasts much longer, and to keep the party going, I also keep a little purse spray of the fragrance in my bag.
Look for the brand in chemists, M&S Beauty Halls or online at Feel Unique. The products are genuinely lovely and represent good value for the level of efficacy and luxury you receive.
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