Make spring cleaning a delight, not a chore with these gorgeous concoctions from some of our favourite beauty lines
When it comes to having a good old clear out, few things are more therapeutic or better at blowing away the cobwebs (literally). Without sounding too much like Monica from Friends, there can be something satisfyingly ritualistic about scrubbing the place clean – similar to a lengthy beauty routine on a Sunday night. So it comes as little surprise many beauty brands are branching out into household products – which smell sweeter and usually emit less toxic chemicals to make the whole cleaning process much less choresome and better for the environment to boot. These are some luxury lines that will make you, your partner or your flatmate want to get the marigolds out more often …
The beloved indie perfumery have teamed up with The Launderess to reimagine some of their most famous scents as blissful laundry detergents. Once you’ve washed your bed linen in Santal 33 (£47) - with its enveloping notes of sandalwood, leather and iris - you’ll wonder how you ever did without it.
The Gentle Label
This line are best known for their Soil Association certified organic Healing Balm (£12.50) - which soothes and heals all manner of ailments from cuts and stings to chapped lips. Their Home Care Kit (£27.07) - comprising Dish Soap, Laundry Liquid and Multi-Surface Cleaner - contains over 70% organic ingredients and is just as effective and non-toxic. The bottles also look good on your bathroom shelves.
This non-toxic beauty/household brand was founded by mother-daughter duo Marie Lavabre and Sophie Lavabre-Barrow. They noticed that while people were careful about using eco-friendly beauty brands, they were less fussed about the cleaning products they used. The best thing about these organic and aromatherapy-led formulas is that they don’t necessarily cost a fortune. We suggest stocking up on their Sweet Orange Washing Up Liquid (£3.50).
Mrs White was the founder’s grandmother and this eponymous 100% natural line is based on a collection of her tried-and-true household recipes. A firm favourite is their Legs Eleven spray (£15) to cool tired puffy limbs, while their ingeniously named Jean Genie denim wash (£15) will stop your favourite 501s from fading.
If you’re after a multi-purpose cleaner for you and your home, Dr. Bronner’s famous Pure Castile Liquid Soap (£6.15) does pretty much everything but turn the bed. Its gentle, biodegradable formula can be used on the body, as well as the dishes, plus it’s safe to wash your pets with, and even mop the floor – the list goes on (it’s perfect for taking camping or self-catering). Devoid of dye, fragrance or preservatives – it won’t irritate sensitive skin conditions either.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian
The crisp, delicate bouquets in Francis Kurkdjian’s fragrances are the perfect fit for laundry detergent. Treat your delicates to his Aqua Universalis Fabric Softener (€32) with breezy notes of Sicilian lemon and Egyptian jasmine. (Ideal if you don’t have the budget for his famous fragrances.)