Bathtime beauty with Natalie from Ivory Avenue

Bathtime beauty with Natalie from Ivory Avenue

Hi friends! I’m in NYC for the weekend and didn’t want to leave you high and dry without something to read on this fine Sunday afternoon, so asked my girl Natalie to write-up a post from my most favourite blog series: Bathtime Beauty! 

Hello hello! My name is Natalie, and I write a blog called Ivory Avenue. Ivory Avenue is a wild collection of beauty, fashion and lifestyle – though this is a rough definition. I really blog about whatever tickles my fancy.

Yardley London English Lavender Bar Soap, $3.69 // This smells amazing. I bought this when I was having an anxious moment while shopping. When hit with anxiety, certain smells (and especially lavender) help me calm down. 

I really like this soap because the lavender smell isn’t overwhelming, it’s actually really subtle and lovely. It makes me feel clean and fresh and just generally awesome.

Bleu Lavande Body Milk, $18.00 // I love this, though it is a really, really strong smell. Like, really strong. I wouldn’t recommend applying it in public, unless you’re ok with people wrinkling their noses and staring.

I, personally, love lavender, and I really like the strong smell. It’s a bonus that it’s also moisturizing, albeit a little greasy. If hands are very dry, this can really sting, so be careful.

The Body Shop Rainforest Moisture Hair Butter, $14.00 // When I bought this, I thought it was a hair mask. You see, I really wanted a hair mask since I didn’t have one, and in my head, hair masks would solve all of my head woes (like frizziness and dryness). The directions on the website leave much to the imagination: Apply Hair Butter and comb evenly through hair from root to tip using our Detangling Comb.” Well, first of all, I don’t own a detangling comb, let alone the one from The Body Shop. Do I wash the product out afterwards? How long do I leave it in for?

Luckily, the directions on the product itself are much more helpful. “After shampooing, smooth 1-2 hazelnut-size amounts onto palms and work through damp hair. Leave for at least five minutes. Massage with some warm water, then rinse thoroughly.” Isn’t that so much more helpful? But that left me wondering – is this a hair mask, or just conditioner? I mean, that kind of sounds like what I do with conditioner…

Either way, whatever this product is, I quite like it. It doesn’t have a strong smell, but what smell there is is pretty lovely. It’s made with pracaxi oil, manketti nut oil, honey, and olive oil – so all very good, natural ingredients. The hair butter is thick – it’s just like body butters, actually. I was a little worried I’d have the greasiest hair after using this, but luckily that wasn’t the case. It left my hair feeling really soft, but not heavy or greasy like I was expecting. It also helps with detangling, though that’s not really something I have a problem with.

Jouviance Purifying Cleanser (sample), $24.00 // What initially caught me about this is that it has panthenol which strengthens eyebrows and eyelashes. Wow, right? I’ve never seen a cleanser do that before. Then I got concerned that my moustache would suddenly turn into a beard. Don’t worry, that didn’t happen.

I expected it to be a regular cleanser to use after removing makeup, but no. This one is meant to remove makeup (and oil and impurities) as well. It always tones, soothes and moisturizers. Talk about a wow product, right? Well… Kind of. It didn’t actually remove my makeup. After trying to remove makeup using this, I had mascara everywhere. As a post-makeup removal cleanser, it’s quite nice, though! It’s very, very gentle, and I imagine those with sensitive skin would still be able to use this.

This is my first time trying anything from Jouviance, but now I’m really curious about their other products.

Philosophy Melon Daiquiri Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath, $17.00 // I don’t really trust products that are so many things in one. Like shampoo+conditioner. I mean, how can they be good at any of the above, if they’re trying to be so many things? I have to say, I like the idea of “happy hour in the shower”.

As a shampoo, it’s pretty good. I mean, it cleans, and it smells nice. It makes me think of summertime. It can be a little drying, and definitely needs to be followed by conditioner.

As a shower gel, this is quite nice. It’s actually my favourite use for this. It’s silky, and smells so nice. It’s so refreshing and fruity and yummy.

When using this as a bubble bath, you need to put quite a bit in the water to get bubble. Otherwise it kind of foams, but doesn’t bubble. It doesn’t really smell as a bubble bath, unfortunately. The smell fades very quickly. Luckily, the bubbles hang around for a surprising amount of time!

Also, super cute: there’s a recipe for a melon daiquiri on the bottle.

What have you been using lately, beauties?

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  • Great post Natalie! I love Philosophy’s 3-in-1’s, but I mainly use them as shower gels 🙂

  • Megan Joy

    I love your bath time posts so much! If you want a good hair mask the Macadamia one. It’s pricey but it lasts forever! try http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod2530251

    • Thanks Megan, I’ll have to keep an eye out for that! Sounds yummy!

  • Thanks for having me, Julie-pie. 🙂

  • Mmm, happy hour in the shower. Sounds great!

  • Amy D

    Great post! Definitely want to try the melon daiquiri 3in1. I’m currently using the Negies bath and shower gel by Lise Watier. It has a little perfumed smell but it’s perfect summertime breeze. Definitely a must try!