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Tried and tested: Body wash

Time to clean up your act. Everything we do for the next few weeks is about getting ready to self tan, so let's start with sparkling-clean skin. Washing away impurities means your exfoliant doesn't have to work so hard. As I am weeks ahead, I can tell you that it's worth the trouble: I am rocking an amazing tan . . .

OLAY Body Wash plus Body Butter Ribbons, €7.49 * * * *

Well, it's very cool at the start: two different coloured ribbons of soapy goodness -- one the fragrant wash, the other body butter -- to mix together in your palm to bestow moisture and cleanliness on yer bod. It smells good and feels good, but I'm not sure if there's a softening of skin.

THE BODY SHOP Sweet Lemon Shower Gel, €6.50, * * * *

Nothing like the zest of lemon to start off your day. I loved the citrus freshness of this gel, and felt that it really helped open my eyes as much as it cleaned my skin. I wasn't mad about the scent though; I felt like someone was going to be moved to dash a bottle of gin over my head. I'm saying that like it's a bad thing?

LACURA Macadamia Oil Body Wash, €0.95 * * * *

This is as good as anything for which you'd dole out way more: it smells good, and leaves you feeling really clean and silky smooth. Like, seriously silky. Better hurry to Aldi and pick up yours, because I may nip over there and snap up a case of this.

JO WOOD ORGANICS Langa Cleansing Body Mousse, €17 * * *

Well, this is fun, squirting mousse all over yourself like you're an ice-cream sundae in search of whipped cream. But then you realise that a little bit of this does not go a long way. Not economical, but entertaining.

PHILOSOPHY Unconditional Love Perfumed Shampoo, Bath and Shower Gel, €22, * * * *

Ooh, I'm so scared of putting anything that's remotely soapy on my hair! The gel was fine in the shower and bath, very bubbly, if way too fragranced and I was pleasantly surprised to find that my head did not look like it had been thatched. Won't be making a habit of it, though.

LIZ EARLE Orange Flower Botanical Body Wash, €12.25 * * * *

Gorgeous! I dispensed way too much the first time round. So much lather! So luxurious! I didn't regret it, not really, but don't want to use this up too quickly. The scent is light but lovely. Really, really good.