I still remember packing up my bags when I officially moved back to Canada after two years in London. On my way to the airport, I had two suitcases – one was full of clothes, the other one was filled with food and beauty products that I knew I wouldn’t be able to get back home. It’s a little bit silly, but along with the scent of the city, the beautiful architecture, the history and Primrose Hill, what I miss the most about England is the great brands sold in Boots and Superdrug. Every year since leaving, I fly back to England and I make sure to stock up on my favourite products.
Batiste is one of those products. While it’s now available in Canada, it’s a lot more expensive than it is in the UK, so I usually pick up a couple of bottles of my favourite dry shampoo anyway. It sounds insane to fly these back across the Atlantic when I can pick them up in my local drugstore, but there are so many amazing Batiste scents that are available in the UK and that we don’t get over here…I always end up buying them anyway! Saying that, I pick up Batiste’s ‘Wild’ in Winners the other day for the very reasonable price of $7.99! I haven’t cracked that one open yet, but I vaguely remember using it over the summer and loving the scent. The great thing about this is that it’s cheap and it really works. I can’t see myself using any other brands, as they tend to be expensive or rubbish.
I am currently using the scent ‘Cherry’, which I got over the summer while in Oxford. It’s advertised as ‘fruity & cheeky’. I don’t know about the ‘cheeky’ part of it, but it’s definitely a lot fruitier than the original batiste that you will find on the shelves of your local Shoppers Drug Mart. To be honest, a big part of the appeal with the different scented versions of Batiste is the gorgeous packaging of the bottles – they really are a pleasure to look at.
All the UK ladies will be familiar with how the Batiste dry shampoo works, but I thought I’d mention it anyway because it’s not a go-to brand in Canada (yet!). It’s super quick and incredibly easy. I usually just brush my hair as normal, and then spray the dry shampoo on my roots. If my hair really is in need of a wash but there is no time to jump in the shower, I also spray some product on the rest of my hair. I wait a little, and then brush out the product until all the white residue is gone. My hair is brown, and it can sometimes take a lot of brushing, but it’s definitely worth it!
It’s a real life saver – I woke up yesterday morning, and realised that the water had been shut down for the day… I wasn’t too happy about it as I had skipped washing my hair the night before. Batiste worked wonders for my greasy, disgusting hair and made it acceptable for me to go out in public. The scent can be a little strong, but it’s not something that bothers me as it fades with time. If it bothers you, check out the original version!
If you find your hair hard to manage when it’s clean, it’s also a great way to give it a bit of texture and volume. My hair can often look flat when it’s freshly washed and I find that Batiste dry shampoo works miracles in that department too! I just use as described above, but I don’t use as much product and make sure that I work it into the roots with my fingers.
I would love to know what you think about dry shampoo and which brand you use! x