Welcome to the final natural skincare favourites post of last year! It’s been one of the best thematic posts that I’ve really enjoyed putting together every month for you. I really hope you’ve found them helpful too. Please let me know in the comments below what other types of posts you’d like me to write on a regular basis or what type of products you’d like to see more reviews of.
Here are the natural skincare products that I loved using in December:
Fushi Really Good Vitamin E Skin Oil* (50ml, £20.00) – vegan
Many skincare products on the market boast about containing Vitamin E but in all likelihood what you actually get is a synthetic version of it (sometimes labelled as dl-alpha tocopherol) which is half as potent than the naturally-derived Vitamin E (d-alpha tocopherol). Whereas, this humble-looking oil from one of my favourite skincare brands, Fushi, contains high doses of Vitamin E (four mixed tocopherols: alpha, beta, gamma and delta, the highest amount available) naturally-derived from non-genetically modified olive oil and soya bean. This, in essence, means more nourishment for your skin. Vitamin E is renowned for its skin healing properties and is particularly recommended for scars and stretch marks, as well as to prevent wrinkles and fine lines due to its ability to stimulate collagen production. It’s also a great anti-oxidant but you do need to ensure you use the naturally-sourced Vitamin E. I must admit I’m not too fond of this oil’s smell so if you are, like me, quite sensitive to smells, you could definitely add a drop or two of your favourite essential oil. Overall though, I’ve found this oil has helped to minimise some old acne scars and when used as an overnight treatment, it makes my skin feel plump in the morning. It’s also a lovely solution to soften cuticles.
Ingredients: Tocopherol Acetate (D-alpha Tocopherol/D alpha tocopherol)1, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil*, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil**, Tocopherol (Mixed Tocopherols 95%)2, Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Peel Oil, Limonene, Linalool
* -Fushi oils, organic, virgin cold pressed & fresh from harvest
1 D-alpha Tocopherol. Naturally derived from non GMO Olive oil.
2 Mixed Tocopherols 95% Pure (ɑ-Tocopherol 0-15%, ß-Tocopherol at < 5%, γ-Tocopherol at 55-75% and d-Tocopherol at 20-30%). Naturally derived from non GMO soya bean.
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Inika Vegan Lipstick (shade: Naked Kiss)* (4.2g, £18.00)
This gorgeous lipstick was included in last month’s LoveLula Beauty Box and I’ve really enjoyed wearing it ever since I first tried it. It leaves a nice dusty rose shimmer and glides beautifully onto your lips (thanks to moisturising properties of shea butter, and jojoba, argan and avocado oils). It’s quite an understated colour but I’ve found it works for both day and night looks when it could be accentuated more with a slightly darker shade underneath.
Ingredients:Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Argania Spinosa Kernel (Argan) Oil*, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax*, Euphorbia Cerifera Cera (Candelilla Wax), Citrus Sinensis Peel (Orange) Oil Expressed*, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), May Contain (+/-) Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Mica, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742).
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RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-Up* (5.67g, £34.00) – non-vegan
OK, so it isn’t the most affordable product but having read multiple positive reviews by other green bloggers who literally hail it a ‘must have product’, I just had to try it for myself. It has a lovely ingredient formulation, with coconut oil, cocoa butter and jojoba oil acting as key moisturisers, making this product glide on beautifully softly onto your skin and keeping it that way all day long. For me, I’ve found this product works wonders as an under-eye concealer, to cover blemishes which the foundation may not be able to fully cover and to add an extra layer of coverage on my nose which tends to remain slightly pinky even after foundation has been applied. While it can be technically used as a foundation, the small quantity obviously means it wouldn’t be very long-lasting so for me, this is an indulgent treat to cover dark under-eye circles. Recently, I even used it on my 80-year old Grandma to show her the difference it would make to her dark circles after an eye operation and she was amazed with the results. I’d still argue it’s a bit too expensive for what it is (as in the ingredients that it contains) but it’s definitely a wonderful product!
Ingredients: *Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), *Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopherol(non-GMO), *Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, and may contain: [+/- Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Iron Oxides CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499]
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Madara Daily Defence Cream* (60ml, £15.00) – non-vegan
If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that eve since I started using face oils, I’m not a huge fan of face creams as they simply don’t hydrate my skin the same way that oils do. However, I received this cream in another LoveLula Beauty Box a few months ago and it made me intrigued. While the (most of) UK doesn’t really have harsh winters, your skin can still suffer as a result of sudden temperature changes, when moving from indoor to outdoor environments so I thought I’d test this cream on colder wintry days. There were a few of those days in December and I found this cream particularly helpful on mornings when I was leaving super early (before 6am) to go to the gym before work. Not using make-up until after my fitness class, I didn’t want my skin to be completely bare so this cream did come to the rescue. It does have a rich and slightly ‘sticky’ consistency (most likely due to lanolin) and it does leave a residue on the surface of your skin. Eventually it gets absorbed and while I haven’t tried it under foundation, I imagine it’d blend it quite nicely and eliminate the residue.
Ingredients: Aqua, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Decyl Cocoate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin***, Hydrogenated Macadamia Integrifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil, Lanolin, Behenyl Alcohol, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea-buckthorn) Fruit Extract*, Rubus chamaemorus (Cloudberry) Fruit oil Extract*, Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Aroma, Rubus chamaemorus (Cloudberry) Fruit Extract, Stearic Acid, Palmitic acid, Tocopherol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Sodium Phytate, CI 77492 (Iron oxide)****, Limonene**, Linalool**, Citral**
* Ingredients from Organic Farming ** Natural essential oils *** Made using organic ingredients **** Pure mineral pigments
100% of the total ingredients are from natural origin. 20% of the total ingredients are from Organic Farming
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Honey Therapi Skincare Rose Otto Hydrating Toner (100ml, £25.50)
Although I bought this toner (as part of a travel set) during Soil Association’s Organic Beauty & Wellbeing Week back in May, I only recently started using it. I just love rose toners and this one is really lovely to use under facial oils. In addition to Damascus rose water which has toning and skin regeneration properties, it also contains witch hazel water, an excellent astringent (i.e. it has the ability to remove excess oil from skin and reduce pores).
Ingredients: Rosa Damascena Flower Water*, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witchhazel) Water*, Aqua, Glycerin**, Alcohol*, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract*, Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Citric Acid, Aroma*
* Organic, ** Organic Origin + Naturally occurs in essential oils
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Terre Verdi The Bianco Organic Camellia Oil (50ml, £19.00) – vegan
Terre Verdi products have been on my list of brands to test for quite some time so I’ve been quite excited to try this Soil Association-certified organic oil. Camellia oil is a unique oil, rich in fatty acids, and has multiple purposes. It is suitable for dry skin, addressing fine lines/ wrinkles, as well as for healing stretch marks and scars. It can be used as both a face and body oil, and is also recommended as a hair conditioning oil. Personally, I’ve found it really great for my skin – it is extremely light, absorbs really easily and doesn’t clog up pores. It is recommended to be used during the day, rather than an overnight treatment.
Ingredients: Camellia oleifera (white tea) seed oil*
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