If you know me well you’ll know I’m a little bit OCD. Like, when I first moved to Cape Town ten thousand years ago I remember knowing it was important that I be here, but feeling terrified at the same time. I then proceeded to drive my flatmates crazy by painting (and re-painting) my bedroom walls a whopping six times because it just didn’t look ‘even’ or ‘perfect’ enough. While I felt like I couldn’t control what was going on around me, I could sure as hell micro-manage the shit out of my bedroom walls and that went a long way to making me feel better. That and buying/testing almost every single foundation on the shelves in an obsessive bid to find ‘the best’. (For the record, it was L’Oreal’s Translucide which is now sadly discontinued.)
Anyway, I’ve definitely got a better grip on all that as I’m now acutely aware of when I start ‘transferring’ my feelings. The moment I start lining up my shoes with a spirit level, wipe down every shelf in my kitchen cupboards or feel my throat tighten up ‘cos I’m staying over at a friend who has four different shampoos open and at various levels of use as opposed to just one (‘How do people live like this?!!’) I know I’m under too much stress and need to make a plan.
Still, in saying that, you have noooo idea how much I appreciate a good cleaning product. Discovering stainless steel wipes felt sooo good! Being able to buy Febreze from the UK online is amazing. And now, I’m having a li’l love affair with Hey Gorgeous’ Apple Crumble surface cleaner.
For those of you who don’t know it, Hey Gorgeous is a local bath and body brand that offers all natural products using organic ingredients wherever possible and specialising in yummy scents like creme brulee, candy floss and caramel fudge.
Aside from body butters, scrubs and the like, they also make a delish-smelling Apple Crumble surface cleaner (R45 for 375ml). Ingredients-wise, it’s all natural vinegar, apple juice and essential oils and does a bang up job of cleansing surfaces and polishing mirrors and glass and yes, it smells exactly like an oven fresh apple crumble tart. Obsessively cleaning my flat over and over to the tune of Miley Cyrus’ Wrecking Ball while crying my eyes out never smelled so good! Kidding, kidding… I’m in a good place right now and am blitzing surfaces with a smile on my face. Except for that one time when I licked my mirrored microwave in a bid to see if Hey Gorgeous’ cleanser tasted as good as it smelled. (It doesn’t.)
Anyway, if you want to get your clean on but are totally over the blahness of ocean breezes, lemons and pine, pop on over to Hey Gorgeous’ Facebook page. I see the surface cleaner is being promoted there but isn’t available on their website just yet.
Happy cleaning girls! And if, like me, you’re somewhat secretly action packed with semi-obsessive control issues, please feel free to spill your guts in the comments section if only to make me feel better.