I’ve found a new bath and body brand that I’m really excited to share with you. It’s cheap and effective — the only catch is it’s a little more difficult for Americans to find. I think a lot of my posts are unavoidably U.S.-centric; I’ll dedicate today’s post to the Britons.
British company Anatomicals says, “[they] only want you for your body.” Their puckishly named products are packaged very simply (I’m reminded of the Mr. Men/Little Miss books), and almost everything they sell is less than $10 (£5) .
While I really like their products, I have to warn you, their website is not very user-friendly. If you visit their main page, the flash intro (with music) doesn’t seem to end unless you click “skip intro,” and then there’s still more flash you have to sit through. Their site is also separate from their online store, and everything is very, very content heavy. If you want to see it all for yourself, take the front door. I’ll try to link you directly to the most relevant parts, but the site is flash-based.
What I’ve tried:
Stop Cracking Up (£3, ~$5, 15 ml)
I’m an unrepentant chapstick addict. One day, just for fun, I should count for you how many times I reapply. I also have really picky lips, and until now, I would have said that nothing is as comfortable and restorative as “Moisturizing” (aka “blue,” “vanilla”) Chapstick. Stop Cracking Up is a moisturizing, clear lip balm with a very faint strawberry scent, and I’m pleased to report it makes the grade. It comes in a squeeze tube, so you’ll have to use your finger to apply, and it has a very liquidy gel texture, so I’m a little nervous to keep it in my purse.
No Old Bags Allowed (£3, ~$5, 15 ml)
This refreshing eye gel is supposed to reduce puffiness. I can’t speak to its efficacy, as puffiness is not a frequent complaint of mine, but it makes a great primer for concealer. If you are in the UK, without access to CVS Black Rice Eye Cream, I definitely recommend No Old Bags.
Help the Paw (£3, ~$5, 100 ml)
Help the Paw (not a pun ‘til you say it with a British accent) is the lightest-weight, most-moisturizing hand cream I’ve ever tried. It’s hard NOT to rave about. Usually, if something is quick-drying, it has minimal moisturizing power; if it’s moisturizing, it’s also greasy. Help the Paw is the only hand cream that I’m willing to apply during the day, because it dries so completely that I don’t have to worry about leaving smudges on my keyboard. This blows my mind.
If you are in the UK (or passing through Heathrow airport), you can buy Anatomicals in any Boots location. I think they’re also carried by Sainsbury’s, and a variety of boutique stockists. Anatomicals is available in a few random brick-and-mortar stores in Germany, China, and Scandinavia… the rest of us have to order online.
You can order from Anatomicals’ own website. Their shipping to the UK starts at £4.50, and to the U.S. it’s a whopping ~$17. By Google search I’ve found several etailers that carry Anatomicals with lower shipping worldwide, but nowhere I’ve personally ordered from before.