Tried & tested: On counter September

The BD team road-tests all the new and noteworthy products hitting stores this September.

ECOYA Coconut Milk & Sea Salt Limited Edition Madison Jar - Sam
What it is: A summer fragrance candle combining scents of ocean breeze, jasmine, gardenia, ylang ylang, creamy coconut and vanilla
My experience: Honestly, I’m yet to find an Ecoya scented candle that I haven’t loved and adored throughout its 80 hour burn time and this Coconut Milk & Sea Salt scent is no different. The combination of floral, oceanic and sweet flavours is both refreshing and calming and leaves my house smelling like a five star hotel spa in the Bahamas. As always the candle comes in the quintessential Ecoya white glass jar with silver lid that looks right at home in, well, any home!

Michael Kors Wonderlust Sublime Eau de Parfum - Issy
What it is: An oriential floral fragrance embodied in a beautiful gold bottle.
My experience: With notes of cardamom, amber, sandalwood and orange flower, this woody yet vanillery like scent is delightful. It lingers for the most part of the day, bringing this sense of warmth. The combination of all notes is on the lighter side, being suitable to wear for winter and into the summery months. The gold bottle complements the scent, bringing sophistication to the overall experience.

Circa Home Kitchen Alchemy™ White Tea & Wild Mint Fragrance Diffuser - Caitlin
What it is: A diffuser that is fragranced to help keep kitchens smelling cleansed and refreshed. 
My experience: I am a big fan of fragrance diffusers and as Circa Home has designed a Kitchen Alchemy range I couldn't wait to pop it on my kitchen bench. With top notes of wild mint, anise and bergamot; middle notes of white tea fig and lily of the valley; and base notes of white woods and musk, it gave off a fresh smell that did mask all other odours that arose when cooking. The bottle is in a frosted glass with silver top and wooden reeds that is a perfect accessory for any kitchen and couldn't stop receiving compliments from guests. 

Scunci Fashion Style Shape Clip - Rachel
What it is: A metal hair clip that is versatile for day or night wear.
My experience: This hair clip is my new everyday essential! It is the perfect accessory to add to any outfit and take it to the next level. I really love the cut-out design and gold-tone finish – it adds just enough ‘pop’ yet keeping minimal and chic. The grip is also perfect for me and my thick hair as I’ve had no dramas with hair slipping or falling out. It has truly been my savior on the days I haven’t had time to heat-style my hair and also on the afternoons/nights when I just need my hair away from my face. An absolute winner by Scunci!

Sisley Paris Restorative Hand Cream - Dragana
What it is: A complete, restorative hand cream that helps soothe, repair and rehydrate dry hands while strengthening damaged, neglected or tired nails.
My experience: Sisley Restorative hand cream hydrating skin and nail care is such a luxurious product, from the packaging to application I really loved the look and feel of this super hydrating hand cream. It was super absorbent, leaving my hands feeling so soft and smooth. My nails are slightly brittle so rubbing in the Sisley hand cream really improved the look and feel of my nail bed which was fantastic! My favorite hand cream yet!!

Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Vitamin Strength Serum - Tiarne
What it is: A vitamin-enhanced daily nail serum that helps strengthen and fortify nails and cuticles.
My experience: I have always been a fan of Sally Hansen products, and it turns out the Hard as Nails Vitamin Strength Serum is no exception. It absorbs super quickly into the nail bed and cuticles, and doesn’t leave behind a greasy or sticky residue. It also dries really fast, so you don’t have to sit around waiting. I have naturally long nails that grow very fast, so they do get a bit soft and break easily. However, thanks to this serum, my nails feel stronger, thicker and tougher. They haven’t chipped or broken since I started using the serum, and they’re just looking all around healthier and shinier. Very impressed!

Ultraderm Rapid Retinol Concentrate - Alicia
What it is: A retinol concentrate that is formulated with a synergistic blend of retinol, peptides, liposhield HEV melanin and other performance actives that work to rejuvenate, refine and illuminate the skin while reducing the visible signs of ageing.
My experience: I’ve been using this product for a few weeks now and have been applying in the evening after cleansing. A little goes a long way and only a few drops are required that I then gently press into my skin. I’ve found my skin feels firmer and my smile lines appear less visible. This is definitely a new staple in my routine!

Murad InvisiScar Resurfacing Treatment - Eleni
What it is: A smoothing and instant blurring treatment for scars caused by blemishes.
My experience: I have used this product for a few weeks now am and pm. I have noticed instant results. It sits so well under makeup and is almost like a synthetic silky primer, working to fill my pores, mattify my skin and provide a smoother texture. Overtime I found it helped to treat my blemishes, as well as help them to fade and seem more seamless on my face. My skin feels and looks more healthy as it helps to treat, fade and defend from future blemishes and environmental factors. I love all Murad products and this one is no different!

Elizabeth Arden Vitamin C Ceramide Capsules Radiance Renewal Serum - Lucy
What it is: Ultra-potent capsules that harness the power of vitamin C and ceramides to not only deliver optimal skin brightening, but also help nourish and strengthen skin’s natural moisture barrier for smoother skin to prolong its glow.
My experience: The Vitamin C Ceramide Capsules were great in helping me combatting my dry dull skin. They come in a jar that twists shut, and being that they are simply a twist and apply capsule; they are also very easy to use. I found that there was a lot more product in each capsule than I had expected, and there was enough to cover my face and neck at each use. They are unscented and the product was gentle on my skin, and after using nightly after my cleansing routine for only a week I could actually see the difference.

Schick Xtreme 3 Hawaiian Tropic - Sophie
What it is: A razor with triple blade design with pre and post shave lubricants for a closer, more comfortable shave.
My experience: Schick’s amazing collab with Hawaiian Tropics certainly peaked my interest. The colour of the razors are either blue or coral which is perfect for that tropical feel. Each handle is Hawaiian Tropic scented which is a fun touch to these razors, the triple blade design can flex and pivot which allowed me to get a super close shave. What I love is that the two lubricating strips are formulated with aloe and jojoba which helped reduce my skin getting irritated. Will certainly be stocking up on this collection!

Glasshouse Fragrances Magic Spell - Pumpkin Pie Triple Scented Candle - Rose
What it is: A triple scented limited edition candle in Magic Spell - Pumpkin Pie.
My experience: This is the candle I never knew I needed until now. The black and gold packaging of both the box and the jar is so beautiful and eye-catching – I’ve had so many people compliment it! The candle instantly reminds me of a delicious dessert and this is perfect for my sweet-toothed self. I love how intensely fragrant the triple scented Glasshouse Candles are; the top notes of coconut, orange and pumpkin; middle notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, cumin and maple; and base notes of caramelised sugar, musk and vanilla, of the Magic Spell candle is so warming and comforting. It brings a smile to my face every time I walk near or burn this candle!