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Welcome to my series of monthly blog posts where I share my top 5 natural skincare and beauty products from the previous month. My skin has improved dramatically since switching to natural skincare products, while my son’s eczema has completely healed, so I’m on a mission to spread the word about the benefits of natural skincare products as well as raise awareness of reading ingredient lists and labels much more consciously.
Here are the top 5 natural skincare products that I loved using in October 2018:
Beauty Kubes shampoo cubes (27 cubes, £8.50)
Ingredients: Tapioca starch*, Sodium cocoyl isethionate, Cocos nucifera milk powder*, Sodium cocoyl glutamate, Inulin, Panthenol, Urtica dioica leaf powder, Glycerin (Palm-free; from a rapeseed source), Citrus aurantium dulcis peel oil*, Cedrus atlantica wood oil*, Cymbopogon schoenanthus oil*, Tocopherol, Maltodextrin*, Carthamus tinctorius seed oil*, Simmondsia chinensis oil*, Helianthus annuus seed oil, Acacia senegal gum*, d-Limonene**, Citral**, Citronellol**, Eugenol**, Geraniol**, Linalol**
Organic ingredient* Occurs naturally in essential oil**
My view: These are simply a godsend as my fussy hair (oily roots, dry ends) tends to have a love-hate relationship with haircare products of any sort. I’ve tried the no-poo method, various natural shampoos, shikaki powder, shampoo bars but nothing works as well on my hair as these magical cubes. They clean the grease off my roots, not stripping the natural oils though, leaving my dry ends really soft and frizz-free. The only annoying thing is that one cube is too much for my short hair and half is too little so I do struggle to crumble just enough for my hair without wasting too much. Otherwise, I simply love love love them! (so much so that I’ve now bought two extra boxes as the deliveries have been a bit slow due to high demand). There’s also an option for those with normal to dry hair, as well as hair and body wash for men. These guys also own Eve of St. Agnes skincare range which I’m really keen to try out soon. Oh, and obviously these cubes are such a great zero-waste alternative and brilliant for travelling!
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Miel Botanicals Prosecco & Rose Shaving Soap* (£10.00)
Ingredients: Sodium Olivate, Prosecco, Sodium Cocoate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) oil; Butyrosperum Parkii (Shea butter), Sodium Castorate, Kaolinite, Pelargonium Roseum Leaf Oil.
As you can see from the picture above, this soap has hardly been used. But that’s not because I never use it but simply because it’s so efficient! I’ve been using it at least 3 times a month for the past seven months (to shave underarms and legs) and there’s still so much product left. One of the reasons why I love this soap so much. Another reason is the velvety feeling that it leaves your skin with, it’s so gentle and soothing. I can’t recommend shaving soaps enough and if you do decide to switch from shaving gels, make sure you also get a shaving brush as it helps to distribute the soap on your skin, whilst preparing your hairs for shaving. It’s a great investment which your skin will thank you for, as well as the planet since the soap comes in reusable tin.
You can read more in my full review of Miel Skincare Prosecco & Rose Shaving soap.
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PHB Ethical Beauty Liquid Eye Liner* (4ml, £12.95)
Ingredients: Aqua, *Hydrolyzed Zee Mays (Organic Corn Starch), Sorbitan Olivate, Iron oxides (CI 77499 CI77491), Mica, Leuconostoc /Radish Root Ferment Filtrate.
My view: I’ve recently started using a bit more eye make-up for work than before and this eye liner has been my trusted friend in lifting up my eye and making them look more opened up and generally enhancing the shape of my eyes. The application tip is simply superb, very precise and allows you to create a perfect cat-eye look. Another bonus is that it’s vegan, cruelty free and Halal certified.
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Natura Siberica Hand Cream (75ml, £3.95)
Ingredients: Aqua, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Octyldodecanol, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Saccharide Isomerate, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Oil(*), Pinus Sibirica Seed Oil Polyglyceryl-6 Esters(PS), Vaccinium Macrocarpon Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sorbus Aucuparia Fruit Extract(WH), Geranium Sibiricum Extract(WH), Hesperis Sibirica Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract(WH), Larix Sibirica Needle Extract(WH), Crepis Sibirica Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract(WH), Abies Sibirica Needle Extract(WH), Amaranthus Spinosus Seed Oil(*), Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Xanthan Gum, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Parfum, Cl 19140, Cl 15985, Geraniol, Linalool.
(*) – Issued from organic agriculture (WH) – Wild Harvested Siberian Plants Organic Extracts (PS) – Siberian Pine Oil Derivative
My view: After trying out a sample of this cream, I completely fell in love with it. Initially I was a bit worried whether the last few ingredients would cause an allergic reaction to my eczema-prone hands but interestingly my skin has been absolutely fine. The cream has just the most lovely scent and is super absorbent, leaving a protective film on your skin. The low price tag makes this cream super affordable which means I can smother my hands in it numerous times throughout the day!
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Khadi Ayurvedic Aromatherapy Face and Body Oils – Viola* (100ml, £12.90)
Ingredients: Oryza sativa oil (Ricebran Oil), Sesamum indicum oil (Sesame Oil), Helianthus annuus oil (Sunflower Oil), Asparagus racemosus (Shatavari), Hemidesmus indicus (Sarsaparilla), Glycyrrhiza glabra (Liquorice), Viola odorata (Violet), Vanilla planifolia (Vanilla), Tocopheryl acetate (Vitamin E), Santalum album (Sandalwood), Cananga odorata (Ylang Ylang), Cedrus deodara, Prunus dulcis (Almond), Triticum vulgare (Wheatgerm Oil), Daucus carota sativa (Carrot), Onosma hispidum
My view: Oh, how I’ve forgotten the beauty of oils! Having not used body oils for a good few months (as I was testing a few cream moisturisers), I’m so pleased to be using this product which smells simply divine! The blend of oils is just perfect, making this oil very light, absorbent and non-greasy. Rice bran oil, in particular, is an interesting ingredient here. It contains high quantities of squalene which resembles human sebum, the skin’s natural moisturiser, so the rice bran oil is well-tolerated by most skins. We then have these interesting Ayurvedic herbs – shatavari, Sarsaparilla and Onosma hispidum, which have cooling and anti-oxidant properties.
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