The fashion industry has been riding high on a tide of diffusion lines for some time now; Kate Moss for Topshop, Giles Deacon for New Look, even Sex and the City stylist Patricia Field has designed an up-and-coming range for Marks & Spencer. It’s about time the beauty bods caught up with the trend for all things high street. Hooray then for the new Good Works range: 18 products priced from £6 to £12, which promise to bring affordable, quality aromatherapy to the mass market.
As former beauty director of Vogue magazine, Kathy Phillips, used her considerable insider knowledge and commercial clout to found her original range, This Works, in 2004. With products carefully crafted to combine pampering and practicality, the range uses only ‘therapeutic standard’ aromatherapy oils at levels that promise real benefits. However, quality comes at a cost, with many prices hovering around the £30 mark. In association with Boots, the new Good Works range offers an affordable alternative. There’s also a philanthropic edge, with £2 from each £8 bottle of Good Karma Shower Gel going towards Kids Company, which offers support to at-risk children in Britain.
What’s the verdict then? Well, being a charitable sort, I plumped for the shower gel. The delicious infusion of rose, cedarwood and jasmine immediately calms my tired body and busy mind. The gel has a thin consistency but lathers well and leaves skin feeling squeaky-clean but without the drying effect brought on by harsh detergents in some shower gels. Top marks. The whole range is also on offer at Boots at the moment, with a third off normal prices. Go on, treat yourself!