JANUARY is a prime time to join the gym as we look to offload the pounds piled on with Christmas excesses.

While the current cold snap might make it harder to get out of bed before work, these trendy fitness bags will definitely make the journey more bearable.

Meanwhile, our Beauty Editor puts natural deodorants to the test.


with Jane Atkinson

  • Sweaty Betty Icon luxe kit bag, £98 from sweatybetty.com – buy here

This Sweaty Betty Icon luxe kit bag expands to fit an array of fitness essentials, from your trainers and wash bag to a hairdryer and straighteners.

The padded shoulder bag is the ultimate accessory for when you are on the go but are also determined to get in your trip to the gym or class.

While the various pockets come in handy for separating undies, face masks and shower caps. The sleek black design complements most work outfits, too.

  • Kin Yoga studio bags, £38 from kinyogamats.com – buy here

Yogis will love these cushy, compact Kin Yoga studio bags because they come with a specially designed zip holder for your mat.

As well as two handles, there is a long, removable shoulder strap, which is very comfortable, bringing you seamlessly from everyday use to studio.

The bags come in three colours – black, taupe and a subtle blush pink. The brand also makes gorgeously patterned yoga mats to match (£38, kinyogamats.com).

  • The Boux Avenue Sport high-shine duffle bag, £40, from bouxavenue.com – buy here

The Boux Avenue Sport high-shine black duffle bag puts a feminine stamp on the standard sports brand with his bright pink, adjustable strap.

I was surprised by how much the roomy bag could actually contain, allowing me several changes of clothes and my extensive range of hair products for the shower.

Online orders arrive beautifully packaged in pink boxes and tissue paper, making them ideal gifts.


with Gabriella Stein


  • GoBo Natural Aluminium Free AHA Deodorant, £9.99, 50ml from amazon.com – buy here

This clever roll-on uses pH altering glycolic acid to kill smelly bacteria that causes body odour, so you don’t have to worry about any strong scents, good or bad.

The gentle exfoliating acid also helps prevent ingrowing hairs as an added benefit. I love the water-like consistency as you don’t notice it on your pits like the thicker creams, and it doesn’t stain clothes either.

It has replaced my go-to antiperspirant, and I can’t see myself swapping back any time soon.


  • Natural Aluminium Free Coconut Deodorant, £13 57g fromkoparibeauty.co.ukbuy here

Perfect for even the most sensitive of underarms, the cocktail of anti-bacterial sage-oil, hydrating coconut oil and soothing coconut water condition arm pits while also combatting unwanted odours.

The Beach scent is my favourite, but there are six to choose from, including unfragranced.

The mess-free stick consistency takes the guesswork out of how much to apply and is great for topping up on the go, which you’ll need to do if you’re a gym regular or prone to sweating, as it didn’t last the full day.

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LUXURY – AKT deodorant balm is £18 from aktlondon.com

LUXURY – AKT deodorant balm, £18, 50ml from aktlondon.com – buy here

The thick consistency took a while to get used to but you only need a pea-sized amount, so the tube will last ages.

If you don’t like getting your hands dirty, The Applicator, £26, which is also from aktlondon.com, is a must. I love the fact it is plastic- free.

There are three scents, which are gorgeous, last all day and raked in the compliments. However, I will be saving them for when I feel like a little dose of luxury.

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