This natural skincare favourites post for last month comes a little bit late (again! I’m sorry!) so I must, must, must try really hard to get myself organised this month so that this month’s favourites are published early in April. Hope you enjoy this post though and as always, let me know in the comments below whether you’ve tried any of these products and if you’ve liked using them.
Here are the natural skincare products that I loved using in February:
DIY Homemade rejuvenating facial serum (20ml)
[disclaim] Ingredients: Rosa Canina (Rose hip) seed oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil*, Boswellia Carterii (frankincense) Oil, Cananga odorata Flower (ylang ylang) Oil*, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil*.
* Organic [/disclaim]
This serum is so incredibly easy to make, nearly 100% organic and I’m simply in love with its aroma!! You can make it yourself at home at a fraction of the cost, without any special equipment or skincare formulation skills, all you have to do is blend some oils. The rosehip oil in this formulation has anti-ageing properties due to high contents of essential fatty acids, Vitamin C (vital in the formation of collagen), Vitamin A and E. The jojoba oil, on the other hand, is rich in Vitamin E (so has anti-oxidant properties) as well as Vitamin B (B1, B2 and B6) which promotes skin cell production. The addition of three essential oils not only adds an aromatherapeutic quality but also benefits the skin. Frankincense aids the process of skin cell regeneration, lavender soothes and invigorates, while ylang ylang has balancing properties. I tend to use it at nighttime, followed by another facial oil or sometimes on its own too. Waking up to soft supple skin absolutely guaranteed!
Check out the recipe in my post DIY Skincare – Rejuvenating and anti-ageing facial serums as well as my YouTube tutorial video:
Madara Brightening AHA Peel Mask* (60ml, £24.00)
[disclaim]Ingredients: Aqua, Lactic Acid, Glycerin***, Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender) Floral Water*, Galactoarabinan, Amorphophallus Konjac Root Extract, Potassium Hydroxide, Mica (CI 77019)****, Pyrus Cydonia (Quince) Fruit Extract*, Sambucus Nigra (Elderflower) Fruit Extract*, Aroma, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)****, Ethyl Lauroyl Arginate HCL, Xantan Gum, Limonene**.
* ingredients from organic farming ** natural essential oils *** made using organic ingredients ****pure mineral pigments [/disclaim]
If you’re skipping a regular exfoliation step within your skincare routine, you really need to put things right. This is because removing dead skin cells on a regular basis really does help to keep your skin in tip top condition and prevents your pores from getting clogged up, leading to breakouts. This AHA peel mask from a Latvian natural skincare brand, Madara acts as both an exfoliator and hydrating mask. It has a rather peculiar consistency (imagines slightly runny curdled milk) – this is undoubtedly due to the presence of lactic acid – so you really need a very small amount to distribute it across your face. The instructions state it’s not suitable for those with “hypersensitive” skin so I was a bit anxious about trying it but my skin reacted absolutely fine. The mask made my skin tingle a little bit at the beginning but this quickly went away. If you’re uncertain about using a peel mask, I suggest getting a travel size (available on LoveLula) and doing a patch test behind your ear to see how your skin reacts. I also kept mine on for about 5 minutes rather than the recommended 10 minutes. In terms of benefits to my skin – every time I take this mask off, my skin feels noticeably softer, plumper and reinvigorated. I’ve also followed it up with the Madara SOS Hydra Moisture & Radiance mask.
Isla Apothecary Neroli Body Oil* (100ml, £32.00)
[disclaim]Ingredients: Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) oil + Cocos nucifera (Coconut) + Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) oil* + Rosa canina (Rosehip) seed oil + Tocopherol (Vitamin E) oil + Citrus aurantium (Neroli) flower oil + Pogostemon cablin (Patchouli) oil + Boswellia serrata (Frankincense) oil + Citrus Aurantium dulcis (Petitgrain) twig oil + Citrus nobilis (Mandarin) oil.
Naturally occurring allergens in these essential oils: Citral, Geraniol, Farnesol, Limonene, Linalool. *Certified organic. [/disclaim]
I can only blame the LoveLula Natural Beauty Club Facebook group for making me want this product as a few ladies were raving about it and despite the high-end price tag, I just succumbed to try it out. The aroma from the oils and essential ois is rather specific and it took my uber-sensitive nose a while to get used to it. While I love patchouli and frankincense oils, the combo with neroli and mandarin oils can be overpowering at first. The oil itself is ever so light, it absorbs into the skin very easily and doesn’t leave any residue afterwards. Now that I’ve gone over the smell thing, I just love using it on my body after showering as it leaves my skin feeling silky smooth. You can also use it as massage oil, bath oil or even as a face oil. The only huge deterrent from buying it again is its price so I may attempt to recreate it at home myself. This oil is suitable for all skin types and especially mature skin.
Balm Balm Beauty Balm* (60ml, £16.50)
[disclaim]Ingredients: Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Borago Officinalis (Borage) Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Calendula Officinalis Flower Oil, Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Oil, Boswelia Carterii (Frankincense) Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens ( Rose Geranium) Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary Sage) Oil Citronellol*, Geraniol*, Linalool*, Camphor*, Limonene*
100% Organic *naturally occurring components of essential oils [/disclaim]
Hands up if you like a good old multi-tasker! Well, this cleansing balm is exactly that – a cleanser, an exfoliator, a moisturiser, a mask and so much more! So far, I’ve only tried it as a cleansing balm and it’s performed really well, removing all traces of make-up without stripping my skin off the good oils in our skin. Quite the opposite – it leaves your skin feeling soft, supple and hydrated. Such good value for money as well as that pot will last for a long, long time.
Akoma Refresh & Renew: Detox & Purifying Shea Butter Soap (114g, £2.83)
[disclaim] Ingredients: **Akoma Cooperative Raw Shea Butter olive oil, coconut oil, unrefined palm kernel oil, dried neem leaves, dried African Mango leaves, dried African Papaya leaves, dried African green orange leaves, green clay, oils of Bergamot & Geranium.
*Certified organic ingredients **Contains fairtrade organic raw shea butter [/disclaim]
Now I’ve spoken about my love for shea butter many times before (check out my post 25 ways to use raw shea butter) so when browsing through Akoma’s website, I just had to try this soap. I had stopped using liquid shower gels in favour of good quality soaps a long time ago so I’m always intrigued to try out new soaps. This one contains an interesting blend of shea butter, green clay, as well as tropical herbs and plants, and promises to detoxify your skin by exfoliating dead and dry skin cells. Whether it exfoliates your skin, I’m not entirely sure but one thing is for sure – it doesn’t dry up your skin. Some natural soaps leave that sort of feeling of dryness and I was anxious whether the clay would dry out my skin but that hasn’t been the case. At just under £3, it’s also great value for money.
Have you used any of these products before? What are your current natural skincare favourites?
[disclaim]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.[/disclaim]