One of the best aspects of the green beauty industry is the growing number of small independent brands who are either creating new artisan/ handmade/ ethical/ vegan skincare products or offering a unique experience of trying out new products through subscription boxes. That Natural Hygge is one of these new online natural skincare and lifestyle shopping destinations.
Founded in September 2018 by Lou Williamson, That Natural Hygge offers a range of specially selected products that aim to help you achieve your ‘hygge’ [pronounced “hue-gah”] – a Danish concept of cosiness, relaxed state of mind, body and soul. In other words, simply what I need in my life right now, as a super-busy working Mum!
Lou initially started her journey into the skincare industry by launching a blog, The Beauty Bank about 18 months ago (in fact, on my birthday 25th February!) and we’ve been supporting each other’s blogs ever since. The green beauty bloggers’ community is simply so, so supportive! To this day, I remember when Lou followed me on Twitter and commented how useful she found one of my posts on how to avoid certain ingredients. I remember feeling very chuffed that someone not only reads my blog but most importantly finds it helpful.
Lou’s passion for luxurious and effective natural skincare means her online shop is carefully curated to offer you the best of the best, creme de la creme, so think gorgeous candles, powerful botanical serums and essential oil blends.
I hope Lou’s new business venture is a thriving success and I’d love to share with you my thoughts on what products I’ve been gifted by Lou to try out. These are the types of products you can expect to find in the That Natural Hygge shop so I’m sure you’ll find something for yourself.
Bodhi & Birch Super25 Botanical Serum (30ml, £75)
Product description: “A supercharged botanical fusion of 25 super seed, fruit, nut and berry oils, a perfect balance of superfood phytonutrients for gorgeously healthy, radiant skin. Formulated with an impressive who’s who of nutrient dense superfood oils boasting potent actives, powerful antioxidants, polyphenols, phytosterols, EFAs and vitamins to target principal signs of skin degradation and ageing. Leaves skin firmer, softer, stronger, smoother and healthier with a dewy radiant glow.”
Ingredients: °*Prunus Domestica (Plum) Kernel Oil, °*Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Oil, *Vaccinium Corymbosum (Blueberry) Seed Oil, *Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, *Coffea Arabica (Green Coffee) Seed Oil, °*Rosa Affinis Rubiginosa (Rosehip) Seed Oil, °*Opuntia Fiscus-Indica (Prickly Pear) Seed Oil, °*Passiflora Incarnata (Maracuja) Seed Oil, °*Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil, °*Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Seed Oil, °*Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, °*Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, °*Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, °*Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, °*Camellia Oleifera (Camellia ) Seed Oil, °*Moringa Oleifera (Moringa) Seed Oil, °*Brassica Oleraceae (Broccoli) Seed Oil, Squalane (Olive), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), °*Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Nut Oil, °*Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Oil, °*Nigella Sativa (Black Seed) Oil, °*Plukenetia Volubilis (Sacha Inchi) Seed Oil, °*Calodendrum Capense (Yangu) Seed Oil, °*Caryodendron Orinocense (Cacay) Seed Oil, °*Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Berry Oil, Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q10)
°Certified Organic *Cold-Pressed
100% Natural Ingredients of which 75.5% is Certified Organic
Suitable For Vegans/ Not Tested On Animals
My view: Those who know me and follow my blog will know how much I love facial oils and oil-based serums but my love for these has reached a new level of obsession, all as a result of using this gorgeous serum. Initially I thought the list was sooo long and I questioned how so many ingredients, in such small quantities, could actually benefit your skin (generally less is more) but the combination of all oils makes this serum so unique and effective. After using it exclusively in the evening for the past two weeks, I’ve noticed my skin is much smoother, plumper and softer to touch, especially first thing in the morning. I haven’t used any moisturisers over it just because I wanted to see the difference it makes to my skin on its own but I’d be keen to try it with another Bodhi & Birch face product. This is my first encounter with Bodhi & Birch and boy oh boy, am I impressed! It’s a rather luxurious product with a high-end price tag but since it’s so economical, it’s a true investment and actually good value for money. Christmas present from hubby is now sorted ?
ISUN Peptide Eye Cream (15ml, £58)
Product description: “Our light, regenerating & high nutritive, ultra-hydrating, buttery eye cream is ideal for thin, delicate skin around the eyes. Special plant peptides are included to help reduce dark circles and puffiness. UV protective phytoplankton extract protects DNA from damage. The cream is finished with the fresh aroma of soothing, cooling pure cucumber distillate. The skin around the eyes shows fewer signs of ageing and dry, thin tissues are hydrated. Fine lines are softened and Irritated skin is soothed and redness diminishes. Suitable for vegans.”
Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, Carrageenan, Squalane, Saccharide isomerate (plant sugar complex), Xanthan gum; Olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, Hydrogenated vegetable oil (olive butter); Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, Ruscus aculeatus (butchers broom) root extract, Chamomilla recutita (chamomile) flower extract, Centella asiatica (gotu kola) leaf extract, Helichrysum arenarium (helichrysum) flower extract, Uncaria tomentosa (cats claw) bark extract, Lycium chinense (goji berry) fruit extract, Jasminum officinale (jasmine) flower extract, Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root extract, Hemidesmus indicus (sarsaparilla) root extract, Ginkgo biloba leaf extract, Symphytum officinale (comfrey) leaf extract, Silybum marianum (milk thistle) seed extract, Camellia sinensis (green tea) leaf extract, Equisetum arvense (horsetail) leaf extract, Hypericum perforatum (St. John’s wort) herb extract; Glycine soya protein, Hydrolyzed oryza sativa (rice) bran protein, Glycerin, Aqua (rice and soy-derived peptides and SOD); Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, Sesamum indicum (sesame) seed oil, Calendula officinalis (calendula) flower extract, Symphytum officinale (comfrey) root extract, Symphytum officinale (comfrey) leaf extract, Echinacea purpurea herb extract, Ginkgo biloba leaf extract, Lycium chinense (goji berry) fruit extract, Centella asiatica (gotu kola) leaf extract, Hibiscus sabdariffa (hibiscus) flower extract, Lavandula intermedia (lavender) flower extract, Melissa officinalis (lemon balm) leaf extract, Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root extract, Helichrysum arenarium (helichrysum) flower extract, Nelumbo nucifera (lotus) stamen extract, Plantago major (plantain) leaf extract, Rhodiola rosea root extract, Aspalathus linearnis (rooibos) leaf extract, Rosa centifolia (rose) flower extract, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) extract, Camellia sinensis (green tea) leaf extract, Equisetum arvense (horsetail) leaf extract, Viola tricolor (violet) leaf extract, Euterpe oleracea (acai) fruit extract, Phyllanthus emblica (amla) fruit extract, Withania somnifera (ashwaghanda) root extract, Boswellia carterii (frankincense) gum extract, Silybum marianum (milk thistle) seed extract; Butyrospermum parkii (shea) oil; Tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate (vitamin C ester); Glycerin; Cetearyl alcohol, Cetearyl glucoside (vegetable wax); Populus tremuloides (aspen) bark extract; Daucus carota sativa (carrot) seed oil; Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil; Plankton extract (phytoplankton enzymes); Ubiquinol (COQ10), Squalane; Rubus idaeus (raspberry) seed oil; Ricinus communis (castor) seed oil; Hydrogenated lecithin; Calophyllum inophyllum (tamanu) seed oil; Euterpe oleracea (acai) fruit oil; Hippophae rhamnoides (seabuckthorn berry) extract; Sodium hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid concentrate); Superoxide dismutase (SOD)
My view: As with the Bodhi & Birch serum, this eye cream has a really loooooong list (I mean – have you even heard of cat’s claw and butcher’s broom plants?) and I do wonder how the ISUN formulators even came up with a such a lengthy formula! I received just a small sample of this eye cream but to be honest, it’s been more than enough to test as obviously the under eye area is only small. I’ve seen some reduction in puffiness and I’m hoping with time the dark circles under my eyes will disappear too. Also, here’s a bit of feedback for the ISUN team – it’s great to see a brand use glass sample containers however you may want to reconsider the tiny little vial bottles as it’s impossible to take out the eye cream which has a rather creamy consistency. It’s not the cheapest but 15ml will last a good year!
Alteya Organics Rose Jasminium Organic Instant Radiance Face Polish (100ml, £22)
Product description: “The microdemabrasion properties of this face polish effectively remove dead skin cells and gently unclog pores to improve overall skin texture and glow. This natural and organic exfoliant, with real raspberry seeds, helps instantly resurface and refine skin texture to reveal smoother more radiant complexion.”
Ingredients: Distilled Thermal Water, Silica, Rubus Idaeus Seed Extract*, Glycerin*, Punica Granatum Seed Extract*, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Trigonella Foenum Graecum Seed Extract, Punica Granatum Juice*, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glyceryl Undecenylate, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil*, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Extract, Jasminum Grandiflorum (Jasmine) Flower Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Litsea Cubeba (May Chang) Fruit Oil*, Linalool**, Citronellol**, Geraniol**, Eugenol**.
* certified organic ingredient
** naturally occurring in essential oils
My view: Alteya Organics produces natural and organic products containing a hero ingredient, rose essential oil which is carefully produced from roses grown in the Bulgarian Rose Valley, known as the world centre for rose oil production. This face polish, which has a brown/ pink muddy consistency to it, also contains real raspberry seeds acting as exfoliating beads. The polish is described as “gently removing dead skin cells” but I have to say I found it quite abrasive the first time I tried it. It’s definitely effective at doing what it promises to do but do use it liberally and with caution, especially if you have sensitive skin. Also, I need to talk about the smell of Alteya Organics products. This is the third Alteya Organics product that I’ve now tried and I must say they all have a very particular scent. I don’t know if it’s the rose essential oil (I doubt it though as I love Damascus rose oil) but my nose doesn’t seem to like their smell. Does anyone else think their products smell a bit… pungent? Otherwise, it’s a really lovely exfoliator.
100 Acres Rose & Lavender Bubble Bath (300ml, £14)
Product description: “Cocoon the senses in the soothing scent of rose and lavender with this comforting bubble bath from 100 Acres. Containing essential oils of rose, rose geranium, lavender, sweet orange, ylang ylang and roman chamomile, it relaxes the mind and body after the stresses of a long day. Relax in the rich bubbles and breathe in the blissful scent to de-stress and unwind. Crafted in the English countryside by 100 Acres, this luxurious bubble bath creates a rich foam and leaves skin beautifully soft and scented.”
Ingredients: Aqua, lauryl glucoside, sodium cocoamphoacetate, glycerin, disodium lauryl sulfosuccinate, sodium cocoyl glutamate, glyceryl oleate, coco glucoside, sodium lauryl glucose carboxylate, *pelargonium roseum (rose geranium) leaf oil, *lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower oil, *anthemis nobilis (roman chamomile) flower oil, *rosa centifolia (rose absolute) oil, *citrus reticulata (mandarin red) peel oil, *cananga odorata (ylang ylang) flower oil, *citrus aurantium amara (petitgrain) leaf/twig oil, *citrus aurantium dulcis (sweet orange) peel oil, *eugenia caryophyllus (clove) bud oil, styrax tonkinensis (benzoin) resin extract, parfum, benzyl alcohol, dehydroacetic acid, panthenol, **limonene, **linalool, **geraniol, **citronellol, **benzyl benzoate, **benzyl alcohol, **eugenol.
*natural essential oils
My view: As a born-again bath taker (if there’s such a thing!), I have a lotta love for bath products (especially bath salts), however I’m a little bit concerned about the ingredient list in this one. There’s a few allergens in there and having the sensitive skin that I have, I’m not sure if I want to risk soaking in such a concoction. I may use it as a shower gel first to see how my skin reacts.
Disclaimer: These items were sent to me by the kind folks at That Natural Hygge. Nevertheless, all views expressed in this post are 100% genuine and mine.