Under The Skin

 

When it comes to choosing skincare and makeup products that are clean, sustainable and high performing there are so many options available. However there are some products that are under the radar and definitely worth knowing about. I have come across three new and notable brands that are definitely worth trying – Kjaer Weis, Inlight Beauty and By Sarah London. All three brands share a common ethos and that is to create beauty products that are natural, ethical, sustainable, good for your skin/body and are high performing.

You may already be familiar with the luxury makeup brand Kjaer Weis. Their makeup is certified organic, has unique sustainable packaging and is formulated without parabens, silicones, petrochemical emulsifiers and synthetic fragrances. Most conventional makeup brands contain a lot of the fillers and ingredients that Kjaer simply will not formulate their makeup with. When it comes to lipsticks, it is actually very important to choose a brand that won’t comprise on ingredients – because conventional lipsticks contain some toxic and nasty ingredients like lead, carmine (crushed up beetles) as well as other heavy metals that are quite detrimental to your health. Which is why I love Kjaer Weis makeup, it’s luxurious, high performing, sustainable and most importanlty formulated without harmful ingredients. Their innovative and intelligent packaging is an important aspect of the brands ethos to be a sustainable brand. All products can be refilled, so wastage is minimised. It’s very clever if you ask me! Their creamy, dreamy lipsticks are not only nourishing on your lips, they also come in a variety of stunning shades. “Good for the world. Great for your skin”.

As I mentioned above conventional lipsticks contain undesirable ingredients and so do most lip balms/glosses. If you look at most lip balms they either contain petroleum jelly (petroleum jelly does include carcinogenic compounds), mineral oil and synthetic fragrances – ingredients that should defineately be avoided. Personally these are ingredients I avoid and don’t want to use on my skin. Instead you should opt for lip balms that are plant-based and formulated with skin loving oils that help to soothe and protect your lips. By Sarah London has a wonderful multitasking and organic lip balm. It’s made with three ingredients, coconut oil, apricot oil and beeswax. It’s a smooth, moisturising balm that also doubles as a lovely hydrating and protecting balm for cuticles, hands, elbows and other dry areas on your body. The brand is a transparent and pride themselves on being honest and open about all their organic ingredients and never testing on animals.

When it comes to taking care of the skin on our body we often neglect it as we focus solely on our face. It is important to direct attention and some tender loving care to the rest of the skin on our bodies, to help repair and restore our skin especially in areas we don’t often pay attention to. I recently switched to using a body oil because of the benefits and ability to deeply moisturise and nourish my skin. As well as having the benefits of firming and toning the skin as well. Which is why I love using Inlight Beauty, this barnd has been on my radar to try and I have always been intruiged by their natural meets scinec formulations. This award-winning beauty brand have a beautiful body oil, Firm and Tone. As the name suggests it is ideal to help tighten, tone and ease water retention. Made with an abundance of powerful plant actives and herbs this body oil is brimming with natural goodness for your skin. This silky smooth oil is fabulous for post travel swelling, swelling in general and also a great detoxifying treatment for cellulite. It contains some notable and detoxing herbs that stimulate circulation and are also effective at cellulite prevention. Oil-based formula means a high concentration of active ingredients – no fillers just pure organic, cold pressed oils and Inlight’s Bio Lipophilic Matrix®. Founder and formulator Dr. Spiezia comes from a background in medicine, medical herbalist and is a renowned skin expert. Inlight beauty combines ancient alchemy and modern science techniques to maximise the energy and beauty of each ingredient, bringing beauty to life.

These three products are from Rêve En Vert Rêve En Vert (REV), an eco sustainable company that is passion about bettering the world through the medium of beauty, fashion and lifestyle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOXWALLA + TWELVE BEAUTY

 

 

The April Boxwalla showcased two unique and incredible products from the Twelve Skincare line: the London Mask (my absolute favourite) and the Ideal brightening Corrective Serum. Both products are outstanding and demonstrate Dr Pedro’s talent at creating plant based products that perform.

The London Mask is like no other, this pretty pink mask will have you masking every other night. An impressive mask that effectively treats skin. Typically most clay based masks dry out the skin or leave it feeling tight and stripped. The London Mask provides skin with moisturise and has a soothing effect. I found the mask works to combat dullness and redness as well. Formulated to treat the most sensitive skin types this lush mask has been very effective on my oily skin. All skin types will benefit from this mask, as it was inspired and created by Dr Pedro to help combat the stresses and pollution of living in London. With an abundance of gentle yet powerful plants this mask delivers a detoxing yet soothing result. A great mask to pop on the end of the day that aids in eliminating daily toxins and pollution build up as well proving skin with a brighter complexion.

The second product featured is the Ideal Brightening Corrective Serum. Like all Twelve Beauty products this serum delivers hydration, potent herbal ingredients and skin loving results. As the name suggests it has been formulated to treat and correct a variety of skin concerns making it a multitasking serum. This smooth serum consists of 12 effective herbs that work in harmony together to help treat dark spots, acne scars, sun damaged skin as well as the brightening tone and complexion of the skin. It has a creamy, gel like consistency is light weight and easily absorbed into the skin. An ideal evening treatment that can be layered with a face oil or moisturise and making it a perfect corrective skin booster. The results from this serum are powerful and will amaze you. Nature delivers results and Dr Pedro has formulated a brilliant product that harnesses the power of herbs and plants, that works!

 

BOXWALLA + MODERN ORGANIC SACRED SKINCARE

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The theme for the June Boxwalla Beauty Box is MOSSAIC and features two full size products from MOSS (Modern Organic Sacred Skincare). Relatively new to the brand I was so excited when I found out The Boxwalla was featuring MOSS. I have always wanted to try the MOSS products and I’ve been really drawn to the formulations of the products. The products showcased are the Beurre Céleste Cleansing Balm and the Illumina Vitamin C Treatment Serum. Founder and formulator Celestyna Higgins comes from an interesting background in astrophysics, fashion and yoga. Her diversity and worldly knowledge have allowed her to create some of the most pure, powerful and active skincare that helps treat a mosaic of skin issues and types especially adult acne as well as mature and sensitive skin types. A natural skincare brand that is effective and performs.

MOSS’s mission is to deliver truly effective, luxurious skincare that doesn’t contain “fairy dust,” toxins or fillers of any kind. A synergy of natural ingredients mixed with skincare actives like ceramides, peptides that are effective and non-toxic.

After my first cleanse using the Beurre Céleste Cleansing Balm, I was immediately impressed and in awe of the results. I’m not usually drawn to cleansing balms but this exceeded all my expectations and actually “wowed” me! This honey infused rinsable cleansing balm is like no other and does not require you to follow with a washcloth. It is specially formulated with raw neem honey, macadamia nut oil, sunflower seed oil, kokum butter, lemon myrtle, seabuckthorn pulp extract and without the use of any preservatives. The ingredients have been carefully selected to allow the cleanser to permeate and aid in the reconstruction of the skin’s barrier. Never stripping your skin or leaving any residue behind. It also doubles as a nourishing mask and gives skin a brightening glow. I love using this in the evening as a cleanser and as a mask in the mornings, a truly impressive and unique cleansing balm.

The Illumina Decongesting Radiance Concentrate is another impressive product. As someone who has quite congested skin and is prone to breakouts this multitasking serum is absolute perfection for my skin. It’s a gentle (retinol free) yet high performing serum that has a high concentration of Vitamin C (4 x the usual amount of Vitamin C) derived from Sodium Ascorbic Phosphate – which means it’s a stable form of Vitamin C and will not oxidise.

Formulated with pumpkin enzyme, moth bean (a natural retinol alternative), plant ceramides, Vitamin C and a selection of other beautiful botanical extracts that allow skin to be gently exfoliated, promoting collagen as well as providing skin with anti inflammatory and antibacterial relief. The benefits don’t stop there, it also aids in the soothing and purification of the skin, making it a great treatment for skin that is inflamed (perfect for breakouts and acne). I’m excited to add this to my evening routine and see the benefits. I am so impressed with how Celestyna has created such an innovative and natural product that delivers results. It is recommended that you start using the serum once a day to once a week. Then proceed to using it every two to three days for glow skin.

The date for the this box has been extended to June 5th, a great Beauty box with some seriously impressive products! Head to the Boxwalla site to grab your box!

LA VIBES

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Los Angeles is one of my favourite cities to visit, the sun is always shining and the streets are lined with gorgeous green palm trees. With the weather being amazing for majority of the year, you can definitely soak up the California sun and chill by the pool.

I’m always excited when I visit, because LA has some of the best vegan and pressed juices places. On this recent trip I discovered some new delicious vegan places as well as revisiting some classic favourites.

Classic favourites are: Moon Juice, the best one is in Melrose Avenue. The store itself is open, bright and inviting and they have a fabulous collection of green beauty products and other cosmic juices, snacks and drinks. Another favourite is Tea by Alfred, as the name suggests it’s all about tea. There is also Kreation Juices, this place is next level cold pressed juice AMAZING! I have never seen so many healthy, creative and nutritious juices, and smoothie options in one place. They also have cafes too, their menu as well as juices are inspired by Persian cuisine (YUMMM).

New places I discovered, Beaming Smoothie Juice and Bar. This place has the best vegan cookie ice cream, full of protein and very very scrumptious. Another new favourite of mine is Erewhon Market, this place is the epitome of health and exceeded my expectations. I spent an hour alone in the kombucha and pressed juice section, there are so many options and what they don’t compromise on is quality. All the products in store are exceptional. You can find teas, food, supplements, beauty products, chocolate and other products. A must if you’re in LA.

LA has so much to offer, there are incredible fashion/lifestyle stores, the latest eco beauty, fabulous restaurants and bars. And if you’re into health and well being this is definitely the right town for you!

BORN AGAIN BODY

MEET THE MAKER: BORN AGAIN BODY

I had the opportunity to meet with Jess, the founder of Born Again Body. We spent the day at the beach, soaking up the sunshine and moisturising ourselves with her refreshing and unique Skin Tonic.

The motivation behind Born Again Body came while Jess was living in Bali and  experienced how basically every body lotion and cream she applied simply melted or glided off because of the hot and humid conditions. After lots of research and development she created a very unique solution, a hydrating skin tonic, which has all the moisturising benefits and withstands heat and humidity – conditioning your skin.

Spending the day with Jess in the sun and heat, I was able to experience the benefits of the tonic first hand. The product feels absolutely AMAZING – fresh, light and hydrating. I really like that this moisturiser is a tonic and not a cream – and can be applied within seconds. Although originally designed for hot summer conditions, it can be effortlessly and used all year round.

Enjoy the interview below.


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After living in Bali, your idea for Born Again Body was born. Has the lifestyle and culture in Bali influenced Born Again Body?

Bali was such a special, uplifting and life-changing time for me. The simple lifestyle, complex culture and yet beautiful landscape all had a huge impact and influence on the direction of Born Again Body. While I was living there I found it so hard to look after my skin, particularly living under the harsh sun. Most of the products I found were either full of toxic ingredients or were too thick and greasy for the humid climate. Having spent most of my days outdoors I needed a product that was lightweight, non-greasy and preferably natural. It had to complement this kind of active lifestyle. For me, being outdoors and in nature is so important; it re-energizes and inspires me. Which has become the ethos behind the Born Again Body brand and the essence I’ve tried to capture in our signature product.

How important are the ingredients you have chosen for the Hydrating Skin Tonic?

The ingredients I chose for the Hydrating Skint Tonic have been carefully thought out and researched. I didn’t want to jump on the latest beauty bandwagon, I didn’t want to use the latest beauty craze ingredient. I wanted to use trusted, reliable and natural ingredients that actually work and have stood the test of time. Hence why some of the main active ingredients include aloe vera, cucumber seed oil, vitamin E, rose oil, green tea and jojoba oil. This combination not only performs so well together but each individual ingredient plays its own important role in hydrating and replenishing the skin.

What is your approach to beauty?

Less is more. As I’ve gotten older I wear less makeup because it makes me feel more confident, I’m less concerned about other people’s opinions of me and I want my skin care products to be super simple and no fuss. You also start to become more comfortable in your own skin and accepting of your “flaws”. What you think are your flaws are actually so beautiful and unique and what makes you different.

The Hydrating Skin Tonic is such a unique product. What is your favourite way to use it?

I love the simplicity of it. Like I said I’m all about products that are no fuss and are easy to integrate into your lifestyle. Through the colder months I’ve been spritzing it on my face during the day for extra hydration. And then during the warmer months I love the ease of jumping out of the shower, spraying it all over my body and within a minute my skin is nourished, hydrated and feeling smooth without that greasy feeling.

What is your beauty routine?

A beauty routine to me encompasses not only looking after what’s on the outside but also what’s on the inside. It’s about taking care of your body as well as your mind and heart. Every day I make sure I get up and move in some way; a walk along the beach, a hot yoga class or just stepping outside to get some fresh air. Plenty of sleep and staying hydrated also does wonders for the health of your skin. And the good ol’ cleanse, tone and moisturise has been a faithful routine of mine since I was quite young.

 

 

 

 

 

VOTARY

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I have wanted to try Votary for a while and was so excited when I finally got my hands on two of their cult beauty products. The Rose Geranium and Apricot Cleansing Oil and the Votary Intense Night Oil.

Votary are a luxe British brand, famous for their oil cleansers and face oils.  The products in the Votary line are cold pressed natural oils that have been extracted from plants, flowers, fruits, vegetables and seeds. No fillers just pure plant based ingredients.

I have been using the Rose Geranium and Apricot Cleansing Oil, as my cleanser for over a month. I immediately fell in love after my first cleanse, it really is an effective oil cleanser that works so well on all skin types, especially oily/congested skin like mine.

I pump the oil into the palm of my hands, I take a moment to inhale the soft aroma.  As I inhale the scent of fresh apricots with the subtle hints of rose, I feel an immediate sense of relaxation and apply the oil to my skin. I love oil cleansing in the evenings (maybe because I have more time), I find it’s a great way cleanse all the daily impurities and pollution that have built up during the day on my skin. It’s also a really great way to end the day by connecting with the ritual of applying the cleanser, delicately massaging it and removing it with a hot towel.

It’s a beautiful oil cleanser, that gives a great deep and nourishing cleanse. It is a great product to try if you’re new to oil cleansers or need an oil cleanser that suits skin on the more oilier or nomination side. The grape seed, apricot kernel, rose geranium and chamomile oils provide the skin, with anti-inflammatory, wound healing, antiseptic and essential fatty acids (omega-6).

Votary’s Intense Night Oil, is AMAZING! This is the most luxurious face oil/night treatment I have used that is clean and plant based. It contains Retinoid (Vitamin A) in an oil-soluble form and is a great natural alternative to the harsh retinol products that are on the market. Retinoid aids in renewing skin and helps with pigmentation/dark spots. It also stimulates collagen production and new blood vessels in the skin.

Packed with active plant botanicals like rose-hip oil, avocado oil, paracress, tomato seed oil and rose. These ingredients work simultaneously with the retinoid to provide antioxidants, help improve elasticity and the tone of skin as well aiding in the regeneration of skin. I have loved using this as an evening treatment, I can definitely feel the active botanicals working on my skin. I have seen a notable difference in some pigmentation I have, it has also improved my issues with congestion. I can also see how it has helped with the overall tone of my skin as well.  I love the results and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a clean, active product.

 

BOXWALLA + EARTHWISE BEAUTY

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Beauty subscription boxes are all the rage at the moment,  they are a great way to try new brands and products. Not all boxes are the same, why? Well some are just full of fillers and crappy samples you just don’t need!

Boxwalla is not your average subscription box, you won’t get fillers or samples you’re never going to use. Boxwalla is a carefully curated, well thought out and offers you a variety of products you are definitely going to LOVE! It starts with their box, it is made from cotton handmade paper. Making it a tree free box, it’s also made by a small family owned company in India who have been making tree free paper for generations. The Boxwalla box is designed to be reused and is 100% recyclable.

They have a few boxes: there is the film box, food box, book box and the the beauty box. The BEAUTY BOX, has a great variety of niche and effective green beauty brands. This month the Boxwalla beauty box unveiled three gorgeous products from Earthwise Beauty.

One of the many great things BOXWALLA does, is introducing you to some really amazing brands that are passionate about crafting their creations. Meet Earthwise Beauty, organic skincare products that are healing, unrefined, unique and potent: Nap in the meadow, Farizad’s veil and the Ruby facial oil.

I tried and recommend following beautiful ritual to protect, heal and nourish your skin:

Firstly start with the Nap in the meadow, an aloe base face serum. It’s refreshing herbaceous scent is simply calming. It is lovingly made with the purest essences and essential oils that help hydrate and heal skin. Once applied you can instantly see it clears your complexion. Then it can be layered perfectly with the Ruby facial oil.  The scent of this oil is absolutely divine –  think tropical guava and fresh florals. The gorgeous aroma is highly addictive – you will want to apply this everyday! Optionally this face oil can be effortlessly mixed with Farizad’s veil, a zinc oxide powder, to create your own natural, non-toxic and non-nano particle sunscreen (30 SPF). All three products were designed to complement each other. The serum and oil are suited for all skin types – in particular for oily skin, like mine. They are absorbed with ease and help regenerate and rejuvenate your skin.

Thank you BOXWALLA for introducing me to these lovely skin treats from Earthwisebeauty.

Here is a sneak peak of the AUGUST BOXWALLA featuring Odacité Skincare and Henna Organics.

Meet the Maker: Buddha Body Care

 

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Interview with Buddha Body Care

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Sandra, the visionary and maker of the lovely products from Buddha Body Care. There is so much care and love behind each luxurious product.

How do you start Buddha Body Care? 

I started Buddha when I became frustrated that good quality organic skincare brands didn’t seem to have a holistic approach to their business. I didn’t think it was good enough to just be ‘organic’ and ignore environmental impacts of the beauty industry. What’s the point of being organic and good for us if it deprives another species of its environment and possible extinction, how selfish are we! For example the degradation of the Orangutan habitat for Palm oil production just isn’t good enough and at some point we have to make a conscious choice. My other passion in life is hiking, I’m talking serious hiking, like 1000km trails, so I spend a lot of time in nature and enjoying nature all over the world and I’m fiercely protective and passionate about protecting what we have, because unfortunately I’ve travelled to parts of the world that have been devastated by humankind.

What is the brands philosophy?

The Buddha philosophy is best summed up by our Mandala. Mandala’s are intricate and complex and created from the centre outwards, but their message is simple. The Mandala is a metaphor for ourselves and for Buddha it symbolises that true beauty comes from within, our products support and encourage true beauty by being pure, simple and honest.

What is your favourite Buddha Body Care skin care product?

At the moment my favourite Buddha skin care product is Rose Therapy Serum, I absolutely love it!

What are your favourite skincare tips?

Be adventurous with products, use them to multitask. Buddha Rose Therapy Serum contains certified organic Argan Oil as its main ingredient so any residual oil can be run through your hair. Our Fabulous All Over Oil really can be used anywhere and Buddha Pure Organic Rose Mist will hydrate, tone and refresh, you can even use it as a room spray.

What is your current skincare routine?

I always remove my make up with Buddha Divine Cleansing Oil, wash with Organic French Clay Facial Soap (morning and night) finish with either Rose Therapy Serum or Rose hip Replenishing Oil (evening) or Nourishing Rose Moisturiser under make up and exfoliate once a week with Buddha Gentle Exfoliating Powder.

Check out the full range of products and experience the amazing benefits of Buddha Body Care, your skin will love it!