My top 5 natural skincare products - May 2018

Welcome to my monthly blog series where I share and review my top 5 natural skincare products that I enjoyed using in the previous month.

So here are my top 5 natural skincare products that I loved using in May 2018:

Inika Baked Mineral Illuminisor* (8g, £33)

[disclaim]Ingredients: Mica, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Octyldodecanol, Hectorite, Squalane, Magnolia Officinalis Bark Extract, Lauroyl Lysine, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Potassium Sorbate, Aqua, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).[/disclaim]

Make-up has been the last beauty element that I’ve switched to natural alternatives but after three years of switching it was time to ditch my non-natural highlighter. As sad as it was (that highlighter really did give THE most amazing glow!), I knew it was about time I found my new glow (soul) mate. Now I don’t really like to use too much make up but I do like a subtle sheen on my cheekbones. I do think that once applied, a good highlighter can help to shape your face and brighten up even the most tired looking skin. As you may know, I’m a big Inika fan so it felt quite obvious to me to try their highlighter. It’s a pressed version which I prefer to cream ones so I went for the Baked Illuminisor rather than their Cream Illuminisor.

Overall, I’m really pleased with it. It gives a really soft glow without looking like you’ve dipped your head in a bowl of glitter but noticeable enough so you don’t feel like you’ve wasted your time or money on a highlighter that’s just a bit meh! (Unfortunately I’ve tried two natural highlighters, albeit cream ones, before and they were just that – meh!) The only small drawback is that it does have a fairly significant fallout and for the amount of money that you pay I’d would have expected this not to be an issue.


PHB Ethical Beauty 100% Pure Liquid Eyeliner – Black* (4.5ml, £12.95)

[disclaim]Ingredients: Aqua, *Hydrolyzed Zee Mays (Organic Corn Starch), Sorbitan Olivate, Iron oxides (CI 77499 CI77491), Mica, Leuconostoc /Radish Root Ferment Filtrate. [/disclaim]

If you’re after a natural eyeliner that is effective AND affordable then this one is a true winner. It has a very thin application tip which makes it really easy to draw a perfect eye flick. The formula is really liquid which can be a drawback as the eyeliner takes a bit longer to dry but this hasn’t been a problem for me even once. Overall, I’m really pleased with this eyeliner.


Homemade Anti-ageing Balm with Argan Oil & Shea Butter (ml, £)

[disclaim]Ingredients: Butyrospermum Parkii Butter*, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil*, Pelargonium Graveolens Oil.

* Organic [/disclaim]

Easy to make, affordable and with a simple but effective formula which you know is only good for your skin. The shea butter is my ‘miracle’ ingredient (check out my 25 ways to use shea butter) as it’s helped clear my and my son’s eczema so I use it whenever I can. Both shea butter and organ oil are naturally rich in Vitamin A (important for improving skin conditions, such as eczema and dermatitis) and Vitamin E (an anti-ageing ingredient). When combined together, they create provide deep moisturisation to rejuvenate dry, damaged or ageing skin – or skin that been exposed to sun (and wind) for a prolonged period of time. While the geranium essential oil gives a lovely rose scent to the balm, it also has benefits to your skin by regulating our skin’s sebum (which can be beneficial for both dry and oily skin). It also has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, and can aid the healing of marks and scars.


Make Skincare Make Face Refresh Floral Mist and Toner with Rose, Geranium and Lavender* (100ml, £10)

[disclaim]Ingredients: Rose, Geranium and Lavender Flower Water [/disclaim]

You’ll always find a toner in my bathroom these days and that’s a fact. It’s simply become one of my staple products. It’s an essential product for me to apply a facial oil (check out my tips on applying facial oils in my post Face oils – what’s all the fuss?) and I use it after cleansing too. Toners are also great for hot summer days for a quick refresh and pick me up. to hydrate your skin. This toner is super affordable, smells rather lovely and hydrates your skin instantly. The pink bottle is so gorgeous and I was immediately drawn to it when I opened the Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box which contained the toner (you can watch my unboxing video on my YouTube channel). My only bugbear is the spray nozzle dispenses way too much product in one direction rather than evenly across the face so I’ve resorted to transferring some of the toner into a different bottle.


Urtekram Organic Lavender Shampoo – Normal Hair (250ml, £6.69)

[disclaim]Ingredients: Aqua, aloe barbadensis leaf extract*, sodium coco-sulfate, coco-glucoside, glycerin**, lauryl glucoside, diglycerin, glyceryl oleate, lactobacillus ferment, lavandula angustifolia flower extract*, salix purpurea bark extract*, lavandula hybrida oil*, rosmarinus officinalis leaf oil*, lavandula angustifolia oil*, eucalyptus globulus leaf oil*, chamomilla recutita oil*, lysolecithin, polyglyceryl-4 caprate, xanthan gum, coco-caprylate, tocopherol, beta-sitosterol, squalene, sodium hyaluronate, sodium chloride, lactic acid, parfum, limonene, linalool. (* = ingredient from Organic Farming, ** = made using organic ingredients). [/disclaim]

You may have noticed that I rarely write about hair products on this blog. Well, the short answer is – this is because I’ve always struggled with finding products that work on my hair. And I mean always, ever since I was a teenager and my hair became oily during puberty. And this applied to both non-natural products I used to buy as well as natural ones that I’ve been testing over the past few years. I recently discovered the Beauty Kubes which I wrote about last month in my top 5 natural skincare products and at the same time I also bought this lavender shampoo from a Scandinavian brand Urtekram. One wash later and I was amazed how sleek it made my hair feel and look, and how it doesn’t tangle my hair while it’s being washed (despite us being in extra hard water area!). I really can’t believe I now have two great shampoos that work on my combination hair (oily roots/ dry ends) AND are natural as well!


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. Nevertheless, all views expressed in this post are 100% mine and honest. The post contains some affiliate links. [/disclaim]