When I say 'tropical treasure,' I don't mean sickly-sweet coconut, pineapples and dancing hula hula girls! Quite the opposite. The understated yet expensive-smelling fragrance of Connock London's Kukui Oil Comforting Body Wash transported me to an exclusive Hawaiian spa retreat, where luxury reigns and skilled therapists work their magic under the shade of the palm trees. It's the kind of product I could imagine using post-massage in a secluded lava shower, surrounded by tropical island blossoms at an elegant island hideway.
As a child, founder of Connock London, Amanda Connock, says it was her father - a supplier of speciality ingredients to perfumers and the cosmetics industry - who first ignited her passion for the beauty industry. When she wasn't making her own perfumes from rose and cherry blossoms in the garden, she'd be blending scents in her father's office and listening to his stories of the exotic ingredients he'd unearthed in far flung corners of the world. It's this life-long passion which I believe really shines through to make this range truly special.
Kukui oil has been used by Hawaiians for centuries and traditionally newborn babies were bathed in the oil to protect them from sun, wind and harsh salt water. The body wash (a lovely moisture-rich gel in a pump-action dispenser) left my skin feeling extraordinarily silky soft, thanks to the papaya extract which really did dissolve dead skin cells. It was really soothing on my sensitive skin too, aided by the addition of the Aloe Vera, and Vitamin E.
The delicious scent lingers on the skin for hours afterwards, and I found the Body Wash made either a refreshing shower or a relaxing exotic soak at the end of a busy day. For a truly indulgent bath time, there's also an exquisite body oil in a beautiful glass decanter which turns the bath water milky soft, as well as a nourishing body lotion, creamy soaps, an exotically-scented candle and a multi-tasking Wonder Balm.
A stunningly well thought out range which delivers on style, efficacy and quality of ingredients. Highly recommended.
Connock London Kukui Oil Comforting Body Wash, £22.50 for 300ml. Prices range from £18.50 for the Wonder Balm to £42.90 for the Soothing Bath Oil.
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