My most vivid memory of growing up was my grandmother’s bathroom. Everything from the towels to the silk flowers that sprouted from every surface were a potent peach colour. She stockpiled pretty little bottles of oils and creams that were never used but whose sole purpose was to show off their pink labels or rose coloured ribbons. Even discarded stuffed animals that matched the required pantone were incorporated into the design.
The best bit of the bathroom was the enormous peach-coloured bath. When it was filled to the brim with hot sudsy water, it felt like you were sloshing away inside a seashell. After soaking and scrubbing for hours I would go to bed each night feeling cleaner than I ever had before.
Since then, I have always been drawn to products which promise to make you squeaky clean. Living in London, a city where I spend 30% of my time breathing in the murky exhausts of double decker buses, the evening ritual of stripping away the pollution and grime, before snuggling into bed with a good book, is one I treasure.
I discovered Christophe Robin’s Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt from an article by a writer who has the kind of thick tumbling hair that a Disney princess would envy. This woman has so much hair she cannot wash it more than twice a week otherwise she would spend the majority of her time in a perpetual state of drying. Washing it therefore requires something that is going to do an industrial clean.
When you open the generous size pot which the scrub comes in (do not be fooled, a little of this product goes a long way) you are met with a pleasant waft of eucalyptus, an ingredient that was created for hot steamy showers. The product itself looks like a heavy duty paste but when you rub it into wet hair it emulsifies into a thick, luxurious, frenzy.
“The seasalt, which is a natural exfoliant, looks after your scalp, while the almond oil and other menagerie of plant extracts makes your hair cashmere soft“
This is not a shampoo you need to lather, rinse, repeat. One application, followed by copious amounts of your conditioner of choice (perhaps something with a peach label that is lying around), and you will be in good shape. The seasalt, which is a natural exfoliant, looks after your scalp, while the almond oil and other menagerie of plant extracts makes your hair cashmere soft. Use it as a weekly treat for hair that needs some love and affection in the coming winter months.
I have recommended this product to friends who have bleach blonde pixie crops or oodles of natural curls. All of them are as obsessed with it as I am. It is certainly not cheap at £38 a pot, but if you have money to spend and, like me, you like your clean squeaky, this product belongs in your bathroom. Peach towels optional.
Christophe Robin is available at Space NK. 250ml costs £40.