Algae – Why’s It In Our Skincare?

Algae – Why’s It In Our Skincare?

Algae has been used in skincare products for thousands of years! While you might be cringing at the thought of that wet, slimy stuff touching your leg in the sea, it is actually a miracle ingredient for your skin! Who’d have thought it! There are even entire skincare lines and brands dedicated to using algae and other marine ingredients. So why does it work, what is it and why’s it in our skincare products? Keep reading to find out’

Benefits of using algae

There a few studies that suggest using algae and seaweed have cosmetic benefits for us. It can stabilize minerals that aid in skin moisturisation. Another study suggest that algae and seaweed provide anti-acne properties without any irritation.

Ok, so the most notable benefit of algae is its ability to instantly hydrate and condition the skin. Products that contain algae will give you noticeably more supple, moisturised skin that it is super soft.

Algae is also an antioxidant, meaning it will protect your skin from free radicals that can cause premature ageing.

Just to add even more benefits it is high in essential amino acids, proteins and a huge variety of vitamins A,B,C and E! A superfood of the skincare variety!

If you suffer from skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis you might want to look at algae-based products. While replenishing your essential vitamins and minerals, it also rebuilds your skin and works super effectively. Algae lives on tidal plains, it must protect itself from dehydration and sun exposure. This is directly transposed onto the epidermis when applied topically.

We have a range algae-based skincare and vitamins on our website but these are a few of our favourites for you to try!

Cougar Platinum Snow Algae Body Wash
The main active ingredient in this body wash is the Snow Algae powder. This type of algae mimics the effects of calorie restriction and in this way improves the longevity of the skin cells. This innovative anti-ageing active ingredient is based on the extract of a unique extremophile algae species that has managed to develop survival strategies that enable it to grow on glaciers and in eternal snow. Using this wash results in the skin’s production of collagen starting again and rejuvenating to give you fresher and detoxified skin.

Anatomicals I Feel The Need Algae Face Mask
This Anatomicals face mask detoxifies the skin to dramatically improve the texture, leaving it feeling smooth, refreshed and youthful looking. A blend of mud, algae and mineral extracts from the depths of the sea deeply hydrate, repair and soothes your skin.

AB Crew After Shave With Antarctic Algae
This super-fast absorbing after shave cream combines repair-promoting Antarctic algae with protecting blue rock and skin friendly vitamins. The aromatic notes of desert sand and black rock will revive your senses and leave your skin feeling fresh and hydrated.

Thalgo Micronised Marine Algae
This is for anyone in search of pure concentrate of sea benefits for a sense of wellbeing and relaxation, or for effective help in weight management. A 100% natural sea bath to enjoy a concentration of thalassotherapy in the comfort of your own home! This product is ultra-rich in minerals and trace elements, that will promote wellness and encourage figure refining.

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National Fragrance Week – Our Favourite Fragrances

National Fragrance Week – Our Favourite Fragrances


It’s our favourite week of the year’ National Fragrance Week! What better way to celebrate than giving you a roundup of all our favourite fragrances over the last year. Don’t forget to let us know in the comments which ones are your favourites too!

Hugo Boss The Scent for Her EDT
BOSS The Scent for Her EDT is the newest offering from Hugo Boss and definitely one of our favourites. The new EDT is a lighter and brighter version of the original. With notes of pink pepper, green mandarin, honeyed peach and freesia you can be sure this will become your new signature scent. It’s just a bonus that the bottle is a gorgeous rose gold that will look stunning on any dressing table!

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YSL Y
YSL Y arrived on the scene at the end of last year and made a big statement! An authentic fragrance that captures the essence of the modern man. The fragrance is a white and dark fougere scent. With bright and fresh top notes of geranium lavender and white aldehydes but with strong and sensual base notes of incense balsam and tonka bean. Y is the scent of freedom.

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Jimmy Choo L’Eau
L’Eau was an offering from Jimmy Choo at the beginning of last year. A delicate and elegant fragrance that is beautifully feminine. Top notes of hibiscus flower and bergamot blend with sweet nectarine and floral peony at the heart. The fruity and floral notes are grounded by base notes of cedarwood and musk, embodying the sensual yet sweet contrasts at the heart of the Jimmy Choo woman.

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Joop WOW!
Joop introduced the scent that makes the man in spring last year. WOW! tells the story of a journey of transformation where the Joop man is groomed, turned into a powerful and confident gentleman with nothing to prove to himself or others. A fresh woody fragrance, WOW! awakens the senses with exquisite ingredients including bergamot, cardamom and warm vanilla.

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Nina Ricci Luna
Nina has found her alter-ego’ meet Luna! She is intense, bewitching, mysterious and captivating. Luna is Nina’s best friend, she is a temptress, she is captivating, daring and searching for mystery. The fragrance a beautiful, exciting and glimmering orange blossom and wild berries. The heart, noble and proud, the eternal flower, married with caramel creates a rare and precious fragrance.

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Kenzo World
Kenzo World is the most exciting bottle from last year’s fragrance launches. A daring eye that looks into the soul. Kenzo World has revisited the world of flowers and created a fragrance that celebrates diversity, freedom of thought and self-expression. An unprecedented encounter between peony, jasmine and radiant ambroxan crystals.

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Hugo Boss Hugo Iced
Discover a blast of ice cold freshness with Hugo Iced! A fragrance designed for the modern urban man, set to inspire him to embrace the fresh potential of every day. Compromising a unique blend of exhilarating ingredients that empower the wearer to take on the challenges of a daring and expansive world. Revitalised iced mint leaves will awaken the senses, wild tea aromas energise the soul and vetiver empowers your spirit.

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Elie Saab Girl of Now
Inspired by Lebanese delights, the fragrance opens with roasted pistachio and sparkling pear for an addictive top. In the heart, essence of bitter almond and orange blossom assembled together to create a new exclusive note the Ormond flower which reveals precious and gourmand facets. Tonka bean and almond milk blend together to leave a final almond trail while patchouli reinforces the ultimate Elie Saab signature.

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Jean Paul Gaultier Scandal
If you’re wondering where the legs went, here they are! Jean Paul Gaultier knows how to cause a scandal by staying true to himself. Scandal is a super chic fragrance that is feminine, intimate, powdery pink. During the day, a delicious fresh honey with wonderful gardenia and blood orange. At night, it’s a sensual and scandalous honey combined with patchouli: an addiction that is just so Jean Paul Gaultier.

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Paco Rabanne Pure XS
Explosive freshness and burning sensuality. Robust, manly, irresistible vapours that hover between the purity of raw desire and the pleasure of excess. Pure XS opens up, one handed, with a black lacquered cap. It is an untamed oriental, obsessively hot and fresh. Excess in its purest state.

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Mother’s Day Gifts

Mother’s Day Gifts


Running low on inspiration for Mother’s Day gifts? There are lots of ways to show mums you care, including a whole range of blissful beauty products. If you really want to impress, find a bargain on luxurious brands, and swot up on any favourites before you buy. Getting something you know she loves is guaranteed to bring a smile to her face, and earn you brownie points. Here’s just a few of our top picks to get you started.

Bath and body treats


Who can resist a luxurious soak in the tub? Busy mums are especially appreciative of any chance to ease out those aches and pains. Gifting some especially lovely bath and body products are sure to hit the spot when it comes to getting her something thoughtful that she wouldn’t buy for herself.
We love Baylis & Harding’s Jojoba Silk & Almond Oil Bath Gift Set with a shower creme and body butter presented in a quirky mini bathtub. Crabtree and Evelyn have gorgeous gift sets like the Summer Hill Body Care Duo, complete with an indulgent body wash and body lotion. Or, splash out for real with the Nuxe Beauty Treasures Collection, a pack of goodies designed to pamper from head to toe.

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Skincare gifts

There’s nothing better than splurging on luxury skincare, and they make a great gift if you have a few extra pounds to treat someone else. Take inspiration from top selling brands like Clinique and Elemis. Their gorgeous products will give any mum a spa quality treatment from the comfort of their very own home.
Check out Elemis’s Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser or their Soothing Apricot Toner. Alternatively, Clinique’s Clinique Superdefense Daily Moisturiser and Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel are firm favourites with beauty lovers everywhere.

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Luxurious makeup

You really can’t go wrong with a selection of indulgent makeup picks for any mum. When it comes to making your gift particularly special, opt for luxury brands and choose the kind of thing she’ll love most. It might be a fancy nail varnish, or perhaps a new lipstick.
To kickstart your search, look to brands like Lord & Berry and Daniel Sandler. Gift-worthy products include Daniel Sandler Watercolour Liquid Blush, and their Luxury Lipstick. Or, there are delectable products like Lord & Berry’s Matte Lipstick Pencil, and their Luxury Eyeliner In The Black.

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