Sponsored Post: Nivea Stress Protect + White Chocolate, Lemon(cello) & Macadamia Cake

Last week I was asked if I’d like to review the new Nivea Stress Protect Deodorant. Easy peasy I thought and happily skipped off to reply saying yes please, why not, thankyou very much. However something I failed to notice at the time were the operative words ‘stress protect’ until I received a reply giving me directions of a stress test to see how the deodorant fared!
 
Nivea Stress Protect Deodorant Stick
 

My Stress Test

The best thing about the test was that it was to wear the deodorant whilst baking a cake – awesome! I get to eat a cake at the end of the test :) The bad news though, was that it was a pretty challenging recipe and I could tell just from reading it through I would be spending a good few hours in a hot kitchen.
 
The recipe was for a White Chocolate, Lemon and Macadamia Nut Genoise layer cake by the lovely Holly Bell, finalist from the 2011 season of The Great British Bake Off. (I have very nearly applied for it for two years in a row but so glad I didn’t after seeing the amazing creations they bake!)
 
Now I’m no stranger to baking but I had never made a genoise before (and had never made a praline either – how did that happen?!) but as I stood with two pans on the go and watched my cake slowly rise in the oven I did a little happy dance as things started to come together.
 
I made a few adjustments to the recipe, which called for a lemon syrup, and replaced it with home made limoncello which is essentially a lemon syrup plus vodka for a little kick :). Plus I had some praline left over which I’m going to sprinkle over ice-cream because it is truly delish!
 
brushing cake with limoncello syrup
 
So I applied the Stress Protect deodorant stick, got baking and three hours later (I kid you not, I would be a terrible contestant on any cooking show because I’d only ever have cake batter at the end of the time. Imagine the look on Mary Berry’s face as she declared I have a very soggy bottom- fail!) I had a finished cake which looked like this:
 
holly bell white chocolate, lemon, macadamia layer cake, genoise
 
And my underarms were completely dry! It felt as though the stick had created a barrier which stopped me from sweating and it felt moisturising and had a nice clean but subtle scent to boot. Would definitely use again. Then I sat down with a nice cup of tea and a slice of cake – the best results I could expect all round!
 

Effects of Stress

Different sweat
After heat, stress is the 2nd most common trigger for sweating* and is very different to the sweat produced from heat or physical exercise. It has a more rapid onset and smells much worse, making it harder to control. NIVEA Stress Protect is proven to minimise this stress sweat by up to 85%** and helps reduce the formation of body odour.
 
The deodorant contains a unique formula which combines two ingredients – Stress Protect Actives and a Zinc Complex – which work together to help provide protection in stressful situations. Added Avocado Oil also helps to care for and moisturise underarm skin.
 
Global Stress Study
NIVEA conducted a Global Stress Study to find out what most women get stressed about, although psychologist Dr Aric Sigman says stress is not all bad: “Stress is a much maligned and misunderstood aspect of our lives, and in itself is neither good nor bad. Most people think of stress as necessarily negative while in fact this is actually distress. Yet there is positive stress, created by the challenges that inspire and motivate us, which is ‘eustress’.
 
Economic Stress
In these challenging times, it’s not surprising that 44% of women around the globe believe their stress levels have increased in comparison to just 6 months ago***.
Luckily unemployment figures are falling**** as the most stressful life moment for women is either not having a job or losing their job ***.
 
Good Stress
Over half (61%) of women who feel stress can be a good thing believe it motivates them and makes them more productive***. Dr Aric Sigman goes on to say, “The cliché that women are better at multitasking is certainly not without foundation. Scientists have identified a pronounced female response to stress, which is to ‘tend and befriend’ – they are more likely to comfort and bond – while their male counterparts reach for their clubs as their blood pressure rises.”
Women are far more likely to deal with stress through support from their friends and family in comparison to their male counterparts***. Dr Sigman says, “In a stressful situation, women can produce the hormone oxytocin promoting nurturing and relaxing emotions, which counter the effects of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline.”
Over half of women (51%) confront stressful situations up front more so than men***.
 
Personal stress
When asked who causes the most stress in their lives, the majority of women nominated their partner***. This conflicts with men who said their managers were the no.1 cause of stress***.
 
NEW NIVEA STRESS PROTECT IS IN STORE NOW AT TESCO, BOOTS AND SUPERDRUG
Beiersdorf RRP: 250ml spray £3.29, 150ml spray £2.29, Sticks £2.49, Roll On £2.03
 
*NIVEA Deo U&A 2011
** daacro institute, TSST Test, Germany
***Positive Stress Index Survey Nov 2012 ICM Research
**** http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20691842
 
What’s the most stressful thing you’ve ever had to cook or bake? Does your deodorant stand up to the job?

 
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Everyday Baking – Chocolate Orange Profiteroles

OK, so these yummy profiteroles may not be on the menu every day (although I wouldn’t blame you if they were – they’re delicious!). But as a treat these chocolate orange choux buns are a nice way to have a special dessert. This is my second attempt at profiteroles and luckily they came out as they should – little light puffs of pastry :) (I say luckily because I believe if you don’t have the natural skill for pastry (like me) but can follow a recipe (like me) then you’ve got a 50/50 chance of it working out as it should and this time luck was on my side!)
 
chocolate orange profiteroles choux buns
 
chocolate orange profiteroles choux bins close up detail
 
They are filled with whipped cream and a little orange extract but you can also use a small amount of orange juice and the zest or even a little orange liquor. Do the same thing with the chocolate sauce and pour over whilst still warm and they taste like a well known orange flavoured chocolate haha! And as Dawn French is presumably not eating them anymore after her weight loss, these aren’t Dawn’s, they’re mine! :)
 

Home Made Meringues

Until Saturday I had never made a meringue in my life but I am super pleased with the outcome of these mini hazelnut chocolate meringues.
 
home made mini hazelnut and chocolate meringues
 
The meringues themselves were light, airy and had a marshmallowy white centre and were then dipped in melted milk chocolate, toasted hazelnuts and sandwiched together with whipped cream. Yum!
 
close up of mini home made mini meringues with milk chocolate, toasted hazelnuts and whipped double cream