I love summer, I really do. The Irish summer? Not so much... Give me blue skies and sun and I'm a happy camper, slathering on my SPF like a good child and fully expecting to be drenched in my own sweat because hey, it's summer and a bit of sun puts me in good form.
What does not put me in good form is grey, sticky, clammy weather. No. This makes for an angry Karen. I get cranky, fidgety, flustered and uncomfortable in general when I feel clammy and have a general air of misery. And if I have to walk anywhere when I'm clammy, you'd better not be the person I'm going to meet because I moan like a child with a pained face and fan myself wildly with whatever's closest to me. Menus are the best for that in my vast experience. They're light and make a good breeze.
There are certain brands and products I love year round but even more so when it comes to summer. The first brand is one of my all time favourites and it's Dove. Love is like a dove from above with a glove. Mr. Big said something like that but I'm pretty sure he wasn't talking about Dove shower or haircare products. Without fail, the scent of Dove products make me instantly feel clean, cooler (physically, not in the hip, cool way) and refresh me instantly.
I picked up some of their hair products last week in Tesco when I saw they were half price and couldn't wait to have a shower first thing the next morning, ready to go to work smelling squeaky clean. Em, I usually am squeaky clean and all, just to clarify that there. The nourishing oil care range has the traditional soapy scent that I love so much and it's the icing on the cake that it leaves my hair so soft and bouncy after using it. Containing nutri-oils (whatever they are) and argan oil, it tames the frizz down a bit and I totally have sleek, swishy hair when I dry it and that's without using any of my regular hair oils. Each one of the bottles above were under the €2 mark which is bargainous.
When it comes to shower products to help me feel fresh and clean, I like blue or green shower gels. Anything that is mariney or that has the word aqua in the name will be in my shopping basket quicker than you can say I'm meltingggggg. This Ocean fresh scent is absolutely perfect for clammy days and it makes me feel positively lovely. This was also on sale in Tesco for around €1.50. I always stock up on shower gels like that when they're on special offer.
Dove deodorant is never off my armpits (don't you hate seeing that word typed out?) and I keep a bottle of it at all times in my drawers at work. My desk drawers. A quick spray and clam be gone!
There is nothing and I mean nothing like a spray of something gorgeous to help perk your mood up and in my case, get rid of le clam. The Scent Of The Summer By An Absolute Mile for me this year has been Essence Eau de Musc from Narcisso Rodriguez. You can read my full review here but let me tell you that I owe this mirrored bottle a lot. It's saved me from melting at work on many a day and it's a firm favourite amongst all the girls in the office. When I want something a bit lighter, I lash on my Adidas Pure Lightness body spray that I stock up when I'm in Spain because you can't get it here but I felt I had to tell you about it as it's a crucial element in Me Not Being Clammy. When it comes to body sprays or spritzes, I follow the same logic as choosing my shower gel and find that I veer towards sprays that are blue, green or even clear, I'm mad like that.
What are your favourite products for keeping the clamminess at bay? Let the record show that I didn't die of the Clam Factor last night as I had all of these beauties on hand to help me stay cool.