If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that I’ve become a huge fan of natural and organic skincare. Ever since I became aware of potentially harmful ingredients as well as learnt to decipher lengthy ingredient lists and, quite frankly, to cut through the marketing jargon on skincare labels, I now really enjoy trying out new products. Previously, I used to be so confused choosing which products to buy. Now, I know what to look out for in an ingredient list, which means I can choose products that are not only safe but, most importantly, suitable to my skin.
So here are my April favourites:
1. Pure Potions Arnica Rescue Salve
I’m literally the clumsiest person ever, bumping into every possible door frame and hitting myself on every furniture corner. To make things worse, my skin bruises “like a peach” so an arnica-based cream is a must have product for me. This one contains only the purest of ingredients, including the said arnica as well as olive oil and safflower oil (both known for nourishing properties), and it really does help with healing bruises.
This little salve is also perfect to keep close to hand when your little ones get bruises which they do so often, don’t they? My older son recently bumped heads with a friend while chasing each other at a birthday party and this cream really stopped the bruise (just under his eye as well!) from turning into that awful shade of purple.
Available from LoveLula.
2. Maggie Anne Nail Polish (Jasper shade)
I received this particular shade as part of the LoveLula subscription box two months ago and oh my goodness, I’ve been in love with this colour ever since. It’s a beautiful nude colour which everyone comments on whenever I use the polish, and the photos really don’t do it justice. I hadn’t heard of the Maggie Anne brand before but I’m so glad to have found it – not only are their varnishes free from the six commonly used chemicals (Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor and THTP), they are also so easy to apply and leave no streaks. Now I really need to get a nice bright colour from the range, in readiness for the summer!
You can buy this shade, along with many others, from LoveLula.
3. Zoya Remove Plus Nail Polish Remover
You really must try this nail polish remover – it has a gentle ingredient formulation, with no harsh chemicals used, yet it’s super effective at removing nail polish. Plus, it has this subtle gorgeous smell, unlike conventional acetone-based polish removers which are just so smelly and not particularly gentle on your nails. I’m now on my second bottle and I don’t think I’ll be switching to another brand anytime soon.
Available from LoveLula.
4. Humble Natural Beauty Rose & Frankincense Hand Cream
I’ve previously written about my contact dermatits on my hands and the hundreds of creams that I’ve tried over the past 20 years. Now I wouldn’t necessarily use this cream to help ease any flare ups (which I treat with raw shea butter) but it’s a good cream to use when I just need quick moisturisation as it absorbs really quickly and has a rather good ingredient composition. It also has such a lovely scent – a mixture of rose, lavender, amber, frankincense and musk.
You can buy it from LoveLula.
5. Fushi Really Good Cellulite Oil
I’ve been using this oil for just over a month now and I’m so pleased with the results. I can clearly see the texture and tone of my skin have changed, and it feels softer and smoother. This particular oil consists of a potent blend of oils renowned for their stimulating and circulation-enhancing properties: Gotu Kola (an Ayurverdic herb) which, for this oil, has been triple infused for extra strength, as well as Green Coffee bean oil and wheatgerm oil. I’ve used quite a lot every single night so the bottle is nearly nearly finished but I’ll definitely be re-purchasing – we’re going on holiday in August so I have a few weeks to tone up and shed that ‘orange peel’ on my thighs.
Available from Fushi.
6. Tisserand Destress Roller Ball
Parenting should come with a manual how not to get too stressed out, right? Everyone has their own ways of dealing with the pressures of the daily grind and aromatherapy is certainly one of many ways you can ease anxiety and nerves. This handy roller ball contains a blend of essential oils that have rebalancing, calming and soothing properties, including patchouli, orange, rose and geranium. I’ve been carrying it around with me for the past few weeks and every time I feel a bit overwhelmed, I rub it on my wrists and temples. It has a fairly intense but beautiful smell which really does calm me down.
Available from Holland & Barrett.
7. Ooh! – Oils of Heaven Organic Baobab Rejuvenating Face Oil
Ever since discovering facial oils last year, I’ve become absolutely addicted to them! After years and years of trying to find a face cream that would be suitable to my skin type (normal on cheeks while dry and red on the T-zone), I was close to giving up. Until I found Oils of Heaven oils – I’ve tried their argan oil, marula oil and now the baobab oil. It’s suitable for sensitive skin, especially prone to eczema and psoriasis as it’s high in Omega 3, 6 and 9. Honestly, if you haven’t tried a facial oil – you really need to try them. Unlike what you may think, plant-based oils absorb really well into your skin (providing your skin is damp which helps the oil sink in better) and don’t make your skin greasy. I love using facial oils under my foundation as it makes it super smooth to apply and leaves a nice finish.
8. PHB Ethical Beauty Botanical BB Cream +SPF 15 (Medium shade)
Talking of foundations – I have to say I’ve been really struggling to find a good natural foundation. I’ve tried a few other brands but unfortunately they would dry out too quickly while I was still applying them (this is because they don’t contain silicones) and then I found the PHB Ethical Beauty brand. I’ve tried two or three different shades of their foundations which were perfect to apply but sadly, neither of the shades suited my skin colour. However, this BB cream is just perfect for me. BB creams are a bit of a hybrid between skincare and make-up, aimed to even out skin tone and boost radiance. This one contains my favourite ingredient – rosehip oil as well as soothing aloe vera gel.
Available from LoveLula.
9. La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water
Last year, I read somewhere that you can use spring water to fix your make-up, which I liked the sound the idea of as it was a more natural option rather than conventional fixing sprays. However, there’s so many other benefits of spring waters. As they contain different kinds of minerals, they have real soothing properties and apart from using it on its own prior to applying facial oils (which helps the oil to absorb better), I’ve also sprayed it on my little one’s bottom to soothe redness. In the summer, this bottle will also be our saviour on hot days (if we get any, that is!) and on holidays, to cool down my kiddies.
Available from Feel Unique.