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I really can’t believe it’s September already! And you know once it’s September, it’s only downhill from now on till Christmas. My latest natural skincare products post is mostly about looking after my skin (plus one hair care product). For some reason, and I don’t know whether this has anything to do with any other products I had used, the skin on my forehead was very dry in August. I had been testing a new product with a few acids in so I do wonder whether that could have been too much for my skin. Anyway, I managed to turn things around thanks to a few beautiful new products that I’ve discovered recently so I’m excited to tell you all about them.
Here are the natural skincare products that I loved using in August:
Key to ingredient lists:
- Ingredients known to have positive benefits
- Ingredients that may cause irritation (especially to sensitive skin)
- Ingredients considered potentially harmful/ toxic
Antipodes Moisture Boost Minis* (10ml + 15ml, £12)
Ingredients (Divine Face Oil): Persea gratissima (avocado) oil*, macadamia ternifolia (macadamia nut) oil*, buxus chinensis (jojoba) oil*, rosa canina (rosehip) oil*, tocopherol (Vitamin E), essential oil fragrances of ylang ylang, sandalwood and jasmine: benzyl benzoate**, benzyl salicylate**, citronellol**, d-limonene**, farnesol**, geraniol**, isoeugenol**, linalool**
Ingredients (Vanilla Pod Day Cream): Aqua (water), butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, squalene (vegetable) extract, leptosermum scoparium mel (Active 20+ manuka) honey, persea gratissima (avocado) oil, macadamia ternifolia (macadamia nut) oil, rosa canina (rosehip) oil, cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate, lecithin (vegetable) extract, vitis vinifera (Vinanza Grape grapeseed) extract, macro piper excelsum (kawakawa leaf) extract, gluconolactone, sodium benzoate, calcium gluconate, fragrances of vanilla and mandarin: coumarin**, d-limonene**, linalool**, citral**, geraniol**
* certified organic ingredient ** component of essential oil
My view: First of all, these two mini/ travel sized products are absolutely a bargain. Not only are they an excellent way to try a new product without spending money on a full-sized product or for travelling, but I’ve found they’re actually big enough to last you for quite some time. I only used mine in the evenings to boost hydration on my dry forehead and as you only need a few drops of the oil (following a spritz of floral water) and less than a pea sized drop of the cream (since your skin is already moisturised with the oil), I still have lots left. The oil has a very light texture and blends really nicely into the skin, giving the cream a wonderful base and acting like a serum. The Manuka honey in the cream then locks the oils in the skin, creating a protective barrier. These two products are simply working brilliantly together! Love, love, love!
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JOIK Moisturizing and illuminating BB cream – medium skin tone (50ml, £19)
Ingredients: aqua, butyrospermum parkii fruit butter, silybum marianum ethyl ester, glycerin, alcohol, argania spinosa kernel oil, triticum vulgare (wheat) germ oil, stearic acid, glyceryl stearate, cetearyl alcohol, olea europaea oil unsaponifiables, sodium lauroyl glutamate, sodium levulinate, sodium anisate, camellia sinensis leaf extract, plantago major leaf extract, vaccinium myrtillus fruit extract, tocopherol, xanthan gum, silica, glyceryl caprylate, oryza sativa powder, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, magnesium stearate, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, CI77492, kaolin, CI77891, mica (and) CI77491, CI77288, CI77491, CI77007, sodium phytate
My view: During the July heatwave that we had here in the UK, I tried to avoid wearing too much make-up and as my favourite Inika foundation had been slowly running out, I thought I’d try something with a bit lighter texture. This JOIK BB cream seemed to tick all the boxes and I’ve been really impressed with it. It has a very silky consistency which makes it glide across your face and means you only need a couple of drops to spread over your face. Personally, I apply it over a facial oil (currently it’s the Ooh! hemp seed oil) so my skin is already ‘primed’ so I literally use a couple of drops of the BB cream. It also contains natural UV filters, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, so it also provides a gentle natural sun screen protection. Brilliant!
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Alverde Tagespflege Aqua Hydro Pflege-Essenz – Day Care Aqua Hydro Care Essence (75 ml, €3.95) – vegan
Ingredients: Aqua, Alcohol*, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Parfum**, Fucus Vesiculosus Extract, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Linalool**, Limonene**, Citronellol**, Geraniol**, Citral**
* ingredients from certified organic agriculture ** from natural essential oils
Product description (translated from German): The Aqua Hydro Care Essence is the perfect base for every beauty care. The refreshing care formula with a hydro-complex of aloe vera from certified organic farming, glycerol and hyaluronic acid can improve the care effect of subsequent care. The natural formula with seaweed gives your skin an extra dose of moisture – for 24 hours. Your skin remains smooth and noticeably supple. The care essence absorbs in seconds and refreshes the skin.
My view: While this product is only available in Germany, I couldn’t not include it in my round-up. I got mine when I was visiting my brother in Hamburg back in May this year and it was sitting in a drawer until recently. It’s such an excellent value for money and it’s unbelievable that you can get such a brilliant high-quality product at such a low cost! I really wish I lived in Germany for that very reason – the access to (affordable) natural skincare products over there is simply unrivalled! (As a side note – I also think their systems around recycling and generally their approach to environmental behaviour change are ones to envy and something the UK should learn from!) This essence is NATRUE-certified (one of the best certifications a skincare product can get) and contains a high percentage of organic aloe vera (hence the organic certification) which has brilliant skin-soothing and hydrating properties. Together with the hyaluronic acid which locks in moisture into the skin
BUY FROM >>> DM (German website)
Bloomtown The Spring Blue Clay & Indigo Leaf Soothing Mask* (60ml, £12) – vegan
Ingredients: plant-derived glycerine, natural blue clay (bentonite), aqua, leuconostoc (radish root ferment filtrate), lactobacillus, urtica dioica (nettle) root powder, indigofera tinctoria leaf powder, cocos nucifera (coconut) fruit extract.
My view: If you’re looking for a reliable and affordable hydrating mask, then this clay mask is your new best friend. The 60ml jar is meant to last for 25-30 applications, so that’s £0.40p per application! It will be money well spent as the mask works like magic to soothe, hydrate and plump up your skin from within. I’ve now used it once a week for just over a month, and the dry skin on my forehead is no longer itching me or feeling tight. The mask gives this amazing warm feeling when it’s being applies on your skin (could it be the nettle or fermented radish root?) and thanks to the (plant-derived) glycerine, it doesn’t dry up like other clay masks which also means it washes off really easily. Afterwards, it leaves a lovely protective film on your skin and I’ve found that it also feels firmer and more toned. A true winner! This is the first time I’ve used a product from Bloomtown so I look forward to trying their other products.
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Creamy stuff Shampoo bar – coconut* (45g, €6.50) – vegan
Ingredients: Cocoyl sodium isethionate, sodium coco sulphate, corn starch, coconut oil, shea butter, glycerol, coconut milk powder, white clay, hops extract, squalene, lecithin, panthenol, natural fragrances (coumarin, benzyl benzoate)
My view: When I got this shampoo bar in the GreenEcoBox, I was a bit sceptical about whether it would work on my hair. I’d only tried one solid shampoo bar before (GK Natural Creations Silky Avocado Shampoo Bar with Rhasoul Clay and Silk) but it left me feeling quite disappointed. However, this shampoo bar is simply superb! It’s made by a Swiss company Creamy Stuff and contains a mix of mild surfactants to cleanse your hair and scalp, hop extract to stimulate your scalp’s circulation, and plant based oils and butters (coconut and shea butter) to nourish your hair and scalp. The bar is aimed at those with dry and thick hair but while my hair has a rather mixed texture (oily on roots, dry on ends), I’ve found it works quite well on my hair. It’s obviously in a solid form, making it ideal for travelling light (which is exactly what I did on our recent holiday to France).