November came and went by so quickly, I really can’t believe it’s already December. My skincare routine continues to be all about hydrating the skin and protecting it from the harsh effects of colder weather and central heating. But in this instalment of my monthly favourites, I bring you five products that have become an essential part of my daily skincare and beauty routine, regardless of the weather.
Here are the natural skincare products that I loved using in November:
Avril Foundation, shade: beige* (30ml, €8)
Ingredients: Aqua, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Simmondsia Chinansis Seed Oil*, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Alcohol, Lauryl Laurate, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Glyceryl Caprylate, Xanthan Gum, Parfum, Medicago Sativa Extract*, Silica, Tocopherol, Cellulose Gum, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sodium Phytate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Benzoate, Dendrobium Phalaenopsis Flower Extract, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, +/- CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, CI 77891.
*Ingredients from organic farming/ 98.97% of the total ingredients are from natural origin/ 12.47% of the total ingredients are from organic farming
A French skincare brand Avril kindly offered me to try out a few of their products and I was really interested to try out their foundation, having read positive reviews from other bloggers. The foundation has a fairly good list of ingredients (including organic jojoba oil, although only at 12%), although I’d prefer to see fewer synthetic colour ingredients (that’s those numbers right at the end). The coverage that this foundation gives is medium – and I wonder whether that could be because its consistency is quite runny – but it can be built up by using more product. The foundation works really well on top of my usual daily face oils, blending in smoothly, and underneath any finishing powder, leaving the skin looking dewy and fresh, and very natural as if there was no foundation at all. Overall, it’s a very affordable option compared to other natural foundations so I’ll definitely be repurchasing. This foundation is also vegan and hasn’t been tested on animals, and it’s certified organic by Ecocert. BUY NOW >>>
Avril Cleansing Oil* (100ml, €7)
Ingredients: Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, polyglyceryl-4 oleate, sesamum indicum (sesame) seed oil*, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil*, tocopherol, parfum (fragrance), limonene.
* Ingredients from organic farming/ 100% of all plant-based ingredients in the formula/ 89.5% of the total ingredients are from organic farming
Another item that I’ve chosen from the French skincare brand Avril was this cleansing oil. The ingredients are fab with organic sunflower, sesame and almond oils making up the most of the product. You really can’t ask for more when it comes to quality and at such an affordable price it’s a win-win situation. I’m a huge fan of oil cleansing, and I’ve waved that flag many times before, but I’m actually loving this oil only for removing my eye make-up. It does work on the rest of the face too and is efficient at removing make-up but its consistency is quite runny and you do have to use a bit of the product, unlike other cleansing oils, so in my opinion it’s not the most cost-effective for using as face cleansing oil. I’ve been looking for a gentle cleansing product for my eyes and this one has been just the right thing. It’s also vegan and not tested on animals. BUY NOW >>>
Balm Balm Frankincense Hydrosol Soothing Facial Tonic (100ml, £16.50)
Ingredients:Boswellia carterii water
If you’re looking for a product that you can use to soothe your tired skin, as a toner following a cleansing routine or spritz as a base underneath your face oil, then you really need to try Balm Balm’s hydrosols. I’ve previously written about their rose one in my March skincare favourites post and when it finished, I decided to try the other ones, first their chamomile one (it was nice but the smell was too overpowering for me), and now the frankincense one. It’s got a lovely and subtle natural fragrance, and I use it for all of the purposes mentioned above. Frankincense has soothing and rejuvenating properties, and I love the way my skin feels afterwards. It’s 100% organic and certified by the Soil Association. BUY NOW >>>
PHB Ethical Beauty Gentle Cleanser with Olive & Plum* (100ml, £13.95)
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Cocos Nucifera Oil (Coconut)**, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil (Sunflower)**, Cetearyl Glucoside, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)**, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot)**, Benzyl Alcohol, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera)**, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Butter), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil (Sweet Almond), Rosa Canina Fruit Oil (Rosehip), Olea Europaea Oil (Olive), Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil (Tamanu), Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil (Kukui), Punica Granatum Seed Oil (Pomegranate), Prunus Domestica Seed Oil (Plum), Tocopherol, Levulinic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum, Hippophae rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) fruit oil.
**Organically grown ingredients/ Contains 79.6% Certified Organic Ingredients
I really liked the sound of this cleanser when I was searching for a new one to add to my evening skincare routine, and it’s definitely lived up to its expectations. I use it as part of my double cleansing method (cleansing oil first, then cleanser) and it works well to remove any remaining impurities. It has a milky consistency and doesn’t dry up the skin, quite opposite actually – leaving it feeling supple and silky soft. Undoubtedly, that’s the effect of the hero ingredients of this product – plum oil and olive oil, but also those appearing higher on the ingredient list – such as aloe vera, and apricot and rosehip oils – many of which are certified organic. The cleanser is advertised as suitable for sensitive and eczema-prone skin and as someone with that sort of skin type, I can vouch this statement is true. The cleanser is also vegan and cruelty-free. BUY NOW >>>
Akoma Shea Million Soft Raw Shea Butter (50ml-250ml, from £5.97)
Ingredients: Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)
This Soil Association-certified organic shea butter is simply lush! I’ve spoken about my absolute love for shea butter so many times before and the amazing ways to use it. This soft version of my favourite butter is so rich yet so delicate when you apply it on your skin, giving it a very subtle shimmer. The only sad thing is that it’s a limited edition but I’m hoping Akoma will bring it back (or a similar version of it)! BUY NOW >>>
Have you used any of these products before? What are your current natural skincare favourites?
Disclaimer: Items marked with an asterisk were sent to me to test, some as part of my involvement in the LoveLula Accredited Bloggers Program. Nevertheless, all views expressed in this post are 100% mine and honest.