At this time of year I turn my attention to a rich organic, natural day cream. My criteria: hydration that lasts all day, no nasties and a magical ingredient or two that promise to give me younger, plumper skin. I now also insist … Continue reading
You’re no doubt familiar with shea butter (Butyrosperum Parkii) as an ingredient in many skincare products, especially natural beauty ones. It’s a top-notch moisturiser and skin superfood with high levels of vitamins and fatty acids and a host of benefits that have seen it rise … Continue reading
For a few months I’ve been on the hunt for a really decent all natural body moisturiser. I got off to a good start with Organic Surge Sweet Blossom Body Cream. It smells fabulous, a bit like sherbet, and has … Continue reading
If you have sensitive skin or a young child you really should try out Weleda’s Calendula Baby Care range. Products span from bath creams to massage oils and all are made using organic calendula, reputed for its healing effect on … Continue reading
If all that kissing under the mistletoe has left your lips in need of some TLC then read on for my natural lip balm round up. Considering how much of this stuff we get through, and the fact we swallow … Continue reading
I’d heard so much hype about A’kin’s Radiance Rosehip Oil, and rosehip as an anti-ageing ingredient in general, that when I was looking for a new face cream their Rosehip & Shea Intensive Moisture Antioxidant Creme was high up my list. … Continue reading
Don’t let the fact it’s advertised as a baby bottom butter fool you. This is an intensely nourishing moisturiser with a rich, buttery texture that’s great as a night cream, body and hand cream, even a lip balm.
Comprising just four ingredients (olive oil, hydrogenated olive oil, vanillin and chamomile oil), it smells slightly of white chocolate, not unlike Palmer’s Cocoa Butter, and the chamomile calms dry, irritated skin. Researching the product I even found a review of how it had helped a psoriasis sufferer, confirming its gentle, soothing properties.
I’m actually a bit slow off the mark with this one. Vogue reviewed it back in 2008 (followed by every beauty editor in the UK and beyond) but it only came to my attention when my friend Smooch was stocking up on it to send to a friend in Australia. It’ll cost a fortune in postage, surely? It’s worth it, came the response. I have to agree.
Try decanting some into a small travel pot and keep it in your handbag for dry skin emergencies.
Waitrose baby bottom butter £2.89 for 125ml
Natural credentials: Olive oil and vanillin with chamomile oil to calm the skin
Nuxe is a staple in the bathroom of many French women. Its Huile Prodigieuse has long been the go-to for adding shimmer to a Mediterranean tan and I’m very excited that they’ve recently launched a fragrance version. In general, I’m a big fan.
So when I hit the Paris pharmacies to pick up a face cream their new Bio Beauté range caught my eye (bio being French for organic). I decided that the Bio Beauté Smoothing and 24HR Moisturizing Light Emulsion with clementine cells was for me. And I was very taken in by the packaging promises:
- 98.8% of the total ingredients are from natural origin
- 72.4% of the total ingredients are from organic farming
- 87% of testers said their skin was more supple, 90% said more velvety, and 86% said smoother
I was also taken in by the big box which actually holds a rather small 40ml tube!
The cream, sorry, ’emulsion’, smells amazingly tangy (so avoid if you’re not a fan of citrus scents). Designed for normal to combination skin it strikes just the right balance of lightweight versus hydration, which some natural creams definitely struggle with. Great if you don’t like greasy creams or for use in the summer (especially under a natural UV cream). I like my face creams super rich so I will probably go for their dry skin version next time. But my skin feels very soft. I didn’t use it religiously day and night as suggested, but I would highly rate this as a natural face cream. And my face smells delicious!
Unfortunately you won’t find this on Nuxe’s UK website yet, but it is available on the French pharmacy website cocooncenter.co.uk (along with Weleda’s cold cream, which I highly recommended a while back). Delivery is €9.90 which is about £8 so might be worth it if you felt like stocking up. I’ve got a feeling the Nuxe Bio Beauté brand might have some real pearls amongst its products and I’ll definitely be picking up their emulsion for dry skin on my next trip (or asking my mother in law to bring some over!). I’ll chase them to see if there are any plans to introduce this to the UK market and update you here.
Bio Beauté Smoothing and 24HR Moisturizing Light Emulsion: Approx €16.90 for 40ml
Natural credentials: Clementine cells and poppy petals to moisturise along with pear seeds to smooth lines. 98.8% of the total ingredients are from natural origin and 72.4% are organic.
Available from: cocooncenter.co.uk
Happy New Year! Just back from Paris where the pharmacies are beauty treasure troves — I’m like a kid in a sweet shop. French women are always ahead of their skincare game and, like us, they are embracing natural and organic products. And amongst the goodies on display one in particular kept appearing: cold cream. Every brand from Nuxe to Nivea seemed to have repackaged this old faithful.
I plumped to try Weleda’s offering, which is 100% ‘au naturel’. As cold creams tend to be quite rich I used it as part of my nighttime beauty routine. The cooling properties were calming on my skin and the geraniol gave it a lovely rose scent. I’m not exaggerating when I say my skin felt velvety afterwards. Et voila! Another bathroom essential hits the shelf.
Weleda Cold Cream Visage: from £5.79 for 30ml
Natural credentials: 100% natural with beeswax, sweet almond oil and peanut oil.
Available from: Only French websites unfortunately. The best deal I found is here on Le Guide Sante, £5.79 for 30ml. I’ll follow up with Weleda and report back.
Update from Weleda:
The cold cream is available in the UK, but is specially imported in from Germany. This is priced at £10.61 for 30g and the postage and packing charge is £3.95, but this is free if your order totals £40.00 or more.
The cold cream is not available to purchase via our website, but can be ordered by telephoning Weleda Customer Services on 0115 9448200 (Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm).
Ciao! At the airport on my way to Italy I spotted November’s issue of InStyle which comes with three mini Ren treats: Gentle Cleansing Milk, Active 7 Eye Gel and Global Protection Day Cream.
Not only are these three the perfect travel size but they’re nasties-free and jam-packed with natural goodies to cleanse, soothe, protect and smooth your skin. Here’s the Joli Naturellement review…
The cleanser felt calming but, if I’m honest, I’m not sure it would stand up to removing heavy make-up. Probably a good one for sensitive skins or to gently wake up your skin in the morning.
The day cream, with extract of chamomile, is a great, nourishing, everyday moisturiser and smelt delicious. My skin felt hydrated for hours afterwards without a hint of greasiness.
But my favourite had to be Ren’s Active 7 Eye Gel. It’s incredibly cooling and definitely took out some of the baggage I was hauling around under my peepers! Tired eyes will love this.
The November issue of InStyle is on sale for the bargain price of £2 (normal price £3.90).
Full sized versions of these Ren products, costs and stockists are listed below.
Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk: £16.00 for 150ml
Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream: £27.00 for 50ml
Active 7 Eye Gel: £20 for 15ml
Natural credentials: Ren pride themselves on using only 100% plant and mineral derived ingredients and avoid anything synthetic.
Available from: In the UK, stockists include John Lewis, Marks and Spencer and Space NK. More info on Ren’s website: http://www.renskincare.com/AboutREN/WhereToFindUs.aspx