It’s that time again – time for my monthly natural skincare favourites. I can’t believe it’s April already, can you? And how miserable is the weather over here in the UK? Raining, cloudy, cold and absolutely depressing. So what better way to cheer ourselves up than with some lovely skincare products, right?
Here are my top 5 natural skincare products that I loved using in March:
Elsa’s Organic Skinfoods – Natural Deodorant (Ocean)* (45g, £10.00)
[disclaim]Ingredients:Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Maranta Arundinacea (Arrowroot) Powder*, Ricinus Communis (Castor Bean) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Magnesium Oxide, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candellila) Wax, Himalayan Pink Salt, Kaolin Clay, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Oil, Limonene, Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol, Citral. *Certified Organic, naturally occurring in essential oils. [/disclaim].
I was so pleased to see this deodorant in LoveLula’s Beauty Box last month. While I’ve only used it for a couple of weeks, it’s so good I just had to include it in my favourites post. It’s received great reviews from other people and it’s absolutely met my expectations. In fact, it’s exceeded them! Finding a natural deodorant that works and keeps your underarms smelling fresh for more than two hours is a real challenge. So as with any other natural deodorants I’ve tried in the past couple of years, I was a bit sceptical about this one too. I needn’t have though as this is such an efficient deodorant. The Ocean smell is simply beautiful, and has kept me fresh for a whole day without a need for re-application. My only issue with it is its packaging as it comes in a plastic tube/ stick.
Living Nature Firming Flax Serum* (13ml, £33.00)
[disclaim]Ingredients: Aqua (water), Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil**, Cetearyl olivate, Sorbitan olivate, Vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil, Caprylic/Capric triglyceride, Glucose, Mel (manuka honey), Phormium tenax leaf juice (NZ flax gel), Sclerotium gum, Calendula officinalis (calendula) extract**, Euphrasia officinalis (eye bright) extract, Parfum (fragrance)*, Daucus carota (carrot) extract, Rosa canina (rosehip) fruit oil**, Triticum vulgare (wheat) germ oil, Oenothera biennis (evening primrose) oil**, Glucose oxidase, Lactoperoxidase, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Hypericum perforatum (st johns wort) oil. *From natural essential oils: Limonene, Linalool. **Certified organic. [/disclaim]
The past two years have really aged my skin (thanks kiddos! ;)) coupled with the fact I’m now 35, so I really need to up the ante when it comes to anti-ageing skincare routine. Serums are a great way to basically “double up” the intake of powerful ingredients into your skin. Applied after cleansing but before moisturising, they are formulated in order to enable active ingredients to penetrate into deeper layers of your skin and work their magic. So as for this serum, I’ve been really impressed with it. It absorbs really well and has a light, silky, non-sticky, non-oily texture, meaning you only need a very small amount to apply on your face. This is exactly why it comes in such a small bottle as it’s so economical! Its main purpose is, as the name suggests, to firm your skin and I do feel like it’s starting to smooth some of the lines on my forehead. Its hero ingredient is the Harakeke Flax Gel which is a very unique ingredient native to New Zealand. It is a mild astringent (i.e. makes your pores contract), preventing your skin from losing moisture. It also naturally soothes, hydrates and cools, reducing skin puffiness and redness.
Madara Exfoliating Scrub Oil to Milk* (60ml, £24.00)
[disclaim]Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin***, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Aqua, Sucrose Laurate Esters, Sucrose Palmitate, Ethano, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Aroma, Tocopherol (VitaminE), Talc, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oïl*, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Oil*, CI77019 (Mica)****, CI77499. CI77491,CI77492 (Iron Oxides)****, CI77891 (Titanium Dioxide)****, Linalool**, Limonene** * Ingredients from organic farming ** Natural Essential Oils *** Made using organic ingredients **** Pure mineral pigments [/disclaim]
The more Madara products I try, the more impressed I am with this Latvian brand. This very unique scrub has definitely earned its spot among my favourites as it’s 1) really powerful yet gentle and 2) super economical as you only need a small amount. Don’t be discouraged by the price as you’ll be using it for months and months.
Maggie Anne nail polish – Maria (11ml, £10.50)
[disclaim]Ingredients: Ethyl Acetate 58.20% Nitrocellulose 14.35% Butyl Acetate 9.10% Acetyl Tributyl Citrate 7.00% Isopropyl Alcohol 6.15% Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride/ Copolymer 4.90% Etocrylene 0.30% 100.00% [/disclaim]
Maggie Anne’s nail polishes are one of my favourite toxin-free nail care ranges so when I decided I needed a new red shade to cheer me up on these cold days, it was an obvious choice of a brand. I went for the Maria shade as it promised to be “a modern take on classic red – it’s anything but boring!” It has a very deep, scarlet-like red hue with a rather nice shimmer – at the beginning I thought it was a bit too much but having worn it now a few times I’ve really taken a liking to it. It looks exactly like the picture below:
Miel Botanicals Prosecco & Rose Shave Soap* (80g, £10.00)
[disclaim]Ingredients: Sodium Olivate, Prosecco, Sodium Cocoate, Persea Gratissima, Butyrosperum Parkii, Sodium Castorate, Kaolinite, Pelargonium Roseum Leaf Oil [/disclaim]
Shaving soaps are just such a clever invention and I’m just gutted I hadn’t discovered them before. This very unique (prosecco in a soap? why not?) shave soap from an artisan Scottish brand is simply gorgeous. It’s best used with a shaving brush (vegan of course!) which creates a beautiful silky-smooth lather and gives a really easy and luxurious shaving experience. I’ve teamed up with Miel’s founder, Karin to run a giveaway so check out my post Zero Waste Shaving: Miel Botanicals Prosecco & Rose Shave Soap Review & Giveaway to be in for a chance of winning one of two sets of this gorgeous soap and a vegan wooden shaving brush.
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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]