I am really enjoying making my own beauty products at the moment, its so exciting trying out new recipes and making remedies from essential oils and from plants that I’ve grown in the garden. I love the little glass jars with hand written labels that seem to be breeding all over my house! But this week I thought I’d share with you the products that I love to use that I actually purchase. I’m trying to move away from chemicals as much as I possibly can in everything we use at home, and beauty products is always a fun place to start!
This is a product that I’ve bought time and time again for years. It’s base is ground almonds and kaolin, and it contains rose absolute, lavender and chamomile oils. It’s a thick paste, and I mix it in my hands with a little bit of water then use it to wash my face in the shower. I love Lush products in general, however some of them do cause a reaction on my very sensitive skin, but not this one. It’s really soothing, not drying, and my face feels really clean and gently exfoliated after I’ve used it. I’ve run out at the moment and I’m really missing it in the shower! It’s available from https://uk.lush.com/products/cleansers/angels-bare-skin for £7.25 for 100g, and it lasts for months as you only need to use a small amount.
Neal’s Yard Remedies are a family business that were founded in 1981 in Covent Garden, and have expanded over the years to provide a huge, wonderful range of organic, cruelty free products. I regularly use their shower gels, and like to try a different fragrance each time I buy. Currently in my shower I have their Rose & Geranium shower gel, which includes rose otto, geranium and ylang ylang essential oils. I love these gels as they are so kind to the skin, smell amazing, and, most importantly are free from chemicals such as SLS, which my sensitive skin doesn’t like. The Rose & Geranium Shower Gel is £14.00 for 200ml.
I was given a little pot of Neal’s Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm as a gift for my birthday back in March. It’s a multi purpose balm, but I use it for taking off make up. It’s so simple to use, I just massage a small amount into my skin, including over my eyelids, and remove with a damp muslin cloth or face cloth. The main oil in it is Wild Rose Seed Oil, which is wonderful for the skin, and it also contains essential oils of frankincense, geranium, rosemary, palmarosa and patchouli. It leaves my skin very soft and perfectly cleansed, and it even removes mascara really well, so I don’t find any need for an additional product. It costs £40 for a 50g pot which comes with a muslin cloth too. A beautiful product that has become a permanent fixture in my bathroom and I will definitely re-purchase when it runs out.
I discovered this cooling gel roll on very recently in a local shop, and after using the tester I had to bring some home with me. It contains organic aloe vera juice, and extracts of arnica, eyebright, ginseng, sea kelp, green coffee, white tea, chamomile and honeysuckle. It’s vegan and cruelty free. I keep it on my desk and it’s been fantastic on work days over the summer when I’ve spent ages at the computer and can feel my eyes getting tired, or if I need a pick me up to keep me going for a busy afternoon with the babies, when I need a nap but they don’t! It’s £15 for 10ml from www.tropicskincare.com
Ok, I’m cheating a bit here, as this is a product that I make but is also available for you to buy too should you wish to try it! I make a range of traditional cold processed soaps to my own recipe that I sell on my website, Bliss Botanicals. My favourite of my range, which won’t be a surprise from looking at the other products I use regularly, is my ‘Love’ soap, which contains coconut oil, shea butter, olive oil and rose geranium essential oil. I’ve formulated my soaps to be extra moisturising and of course cruelty free, and also free from palm oil. I have a bar of my ‘Love’ soap at every sink in the house, and I also use it in the bath. £4.75 for 100g from www.blissbotanicals.co.uk
What are your favourite natural beauty products? I always love to try new things..