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Travel Essential: Aveda Sun Care Hair and Body Cleanser

Since I was 11, I’ve been very lucky that my parents owned a house in eastern Spain in between Alicante and Valencia. For the last 15 years or so, I’ve gone out there at almost every given opportunity and for as long as I can remember, we’ve had a bottle of Aveda Sun Care Hair and Body Cleanser there.

My mum used to buy it and now Aveda kindly send me one every year on request as I will never go near a swimming pool or ocean without knowing it’s at hand. Why? Because it’s the best post chlorine/salt-water cleanser out there. It works in both hard and soft water to remove that nasty grotty feeling from both skin and hair; also perfect at removing sunscreen too.

Of course there are plenty of hair and body products out there but what makes this so special is that it’s been specifically designed for post-sea/pool cleansing. Corn-derived chelator removes minerals and chemicals from chlorinated water which leaves skin dry and can discolour hair. Babassu oil also removes chlorine, salt and product build-up whilst tamanu oil helps put back the moisture. The full list of ingredients are at the bottom of this post.

What I love even more than how it makes my skin feel, is what it smells like: neroli, ylang-ylang and cistus (type of flower). Together these organic oils make it smell like oranges in a bottle; from the leaf to the juicy fruit – it’s an ayurvedic aroma experience from start to finish; like summer in a bottle.

You only need a tiny amount depending on the hardness of water (really hard, mineral rich water sometimes needs a little more) but afterwards your skin feels restored. Always use a good, non-greasy moisturiser if you’ve been out in the sun and water Vichy’s aftersun is a great go-to for that.

Aveda Sun Care Hair and Body Cleanser is £19.50 here from John Lewis.

Aqua, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, sodium coco sulfat, decyl glucoside, sodium lauroyl lactylate, babassuamidopropyl betone, polysorbate 20, oryza sativa, bran wax, dehydroxanthan gum, cyamopsis tetragonoloba gum, gar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, glycine, callophyllum, inophyllum, See oil, Cocos nucifera oil, helianthus annuus See oil, camelia oleifera seed Extrakt, tocopherol, maltodextrin, limonene, linalool, citronellol, geraniol, Benzyl benzoate, sodium chloride, potassium sorbate, sodium gluconate, salicylic acid, Benzoic acid, phenoxethanol

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