Natural ingredients are taking the beauty industry by storm. From oils and serums to styling tools made from eco-friendly materials, there are more natural products appearing on the market every season.
But what are the benefits of choosing natural products? Can they help improve the appearance and condition of your skin and hair? Here we’re going to take a look at some of the benefits of natural hair care, so you can choose your products with confidence.
1. No chemicals
Natural hair products are made from ingredients
that grow or are produced naturally. That means no synthetic nasties doing
damage to your locks. Ditching products that contain sulfates, parabens, and
silicones may improve the appearance and condition of your hair in the long
When you rinse a natural shampoo or conditioner
off your hair, you’re only putting safe ingredients down the drain. This can be
good for the environment, too.
2. Good for the environment
Choosing natural haircare is generally better
for the environment. Most natural hair products are made using sustainable
ingredients, while lots also use 100% recycled and recyclable packaging. Be
sure to research your chosen brand carefully, though.
3. Healthier hair and scalp
Healthy hair is within reach! Choosing natural
hair products can improve the condition of your strands in the long-term. When
you select naturally nourishing ingredients, your hair may become more
moisturised, less frizzy, and curlier.
What’s more, the drying ingredients found in
lots of non-natural hair products can dry and irritate your scalp. Using a
shampoo made from natural ingredients can help to hydrate and soothe your skin.
This means less itching and flaking too!
4. Can support your overall health
When you apply products to your skin, your body
absorbs them into your system. Choosing natural hair products means putting
only healthy ingredients onto your skin. Lots of natural haircare contains
ingredients like avocado, nut oils, and shea butter, which all boast health
benefits of their own.
5. No animal testing
Most natural haircare is also cruelty-free,
while products which contain chemicals have sometimes been tested on animals.
Research your chosen brand carefully to find out more about their practices.
Choosing natural products often means supporting the right types of brands.
6. The right ingredients for you
With so much natural haircare on the market,
it’s easier than ever to choose a product that’s right for you.
If you have dry, frizzy hair, look for something
with shea butter to nourish your locks. If your hair is weak and breaks easily,
try a natural product with magnesium or wheat protein for proven strengthening
benefits. At the same time, curly hair can benefit from hair care that contains
Choosing the right natural oil for your hair
There are three main types of natural oil we use
on our hair. The best one for you will depend on your unique needs. Here’s an
Argan oil. Super-popular in haircare for its conditioning benefits. Argan oil may make your hair sleeker, shinier, and softer. Just apply a drop after washing.
Jojoba oil. Jojoba oil is as good for your hair as it is for your skin. Use it to condition and help prevent hair loss.
Macadamia oil. The best for dry and frizzy hair, macadamia oil can also help protect against breakage and minimise split ends.
Have you been making your way through your moisturiser quicker than usual? It turns out, life indoors these past few months hasn’t been all too great for our skin. It’s also likely that with no real need to experiment with skincare during this period, you’ve been using the same old products for a little too long. When it comes to the face cream game, the best formulas out there are made up of advanced moisture-grabbing ingredients to give your skin that real boost and pick me up.
So, where to start on the search for a new face cream if you suffer from dry skin? Right here, with our top 5 from cheapest to luxury depending on what budget you’re working with this month!
This Super Lift Day Cream will help to restore your skin’s youthfulness and radiance with a unique cocktail of Shea Butter, UV filters and scientifically proven skin firmers. Hyaluronic Acid and a plumping tetrapeptide combined with radiance enhancer Hibiscus extract will also help to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles while simultaneously helping to rebuild natural collagen. With regular use your skin will look more youthful and feel ultra-smooth.
Envelop your skin in softness with Urban Veda’s nourishing Reviving Day Cream. Revive your complexion with this skin-softening and regenerating day cream. Rose damask locks in moisture, whilst Ayurvedic arjuna extract helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Packed with antioxidant-rich botanical extracts, this deeply hydrating day cream helps to counteract the damage caused by free radicals and support healthy skin renewal. Healing geranium, moisturising evening primrose and repairing rosehip work in harmony to hydrate dry skin and nourish the complexion. This rich yet fast-absorbing moisturiser leaves skin feeling more soft, smooth, firm and supple. This day cream also contains Ayurvedic arjuna extract which is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by deeply moisturising the skin. This baby is full of the best hydrating goodness!
Dermalogica’s next-generation moisturiser with Active HydraMesh Technology™ infuses skin with 48 hours of continuous hydration and helps protect against environmental stress. This best-selling moisturiser features a state-of-the-art complex that works on a molecular level to help reduce Trans-Epidermal Water Loss (TEWL) and infuse skin with 48 hours of vital moisture. This advanced technology also helps shield skin’s natural microbiome from environmental stress. A dynamic Hyaluronic Acid Complex with Mallow, Cucumber and Arnica distributes hydration throughout the skin, helping to lock in moisture for lasting hydration. It’s also formulated with naturally-antioxidant Grape Seed Extract, Vitamin C and Vitamin E.
Achieve a refreshed complexion with the philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar Moisturiser; a luxurious daily moisturiser that delivers all-day hydration. Developed using the latest scientifically advanced skincare, this innovative hydrator envelops skin in a veil of long-lasting moisture, which refines the appearance of the skin texture and pores as well as providing an enviable, radiant glow. The rich formula utilises a blend of Hyaluronate and Asian Fruit Extract, which leaves the face bright and energised. Expect an awakened complexion that feels calm and comfortable.
Instantly achieve glowing skin with Parisian aromatherapeutic beauty brand DECLÉOR’s Green Mandarin Sun-Kissed Cream; an anti-ageing moisturiser that revives skin’s luminosity with an antioxidant blend of citrus essentials oils extracted from Green Mandarin, Lemon, Grapefruit and Orange. Melting effortlessly into skin, it effectively replenishes and plumps skin with vital moisture from natural Hyaluronic Acid, whilst Beta-Carotenes get to work on re-energising tired, dull, lacklustre skin in need of a radiance-boost. Suitable for all skin types and tones, it softens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and prevents further ageing by shielding skin from environmental stressors. Bright orange in colour but blending into the skin with a sheer finish, it leaves you with an enviably luminous complexion.
The new feminine fragrance by Giorgio Armani. Giorgio
Armani, designer of timeless fragrances, unveils its new fragrance; My Way.
Through meaningful connections to others, one finds the path to the truest version
I AM WHAT I LIVE
MY WAY is inspired by the genuine search for meaning and
authenticity that lies outside oneself, ultimately creating a more profound way
of being. Through the influence of serendipitous encounters and new
experiences, one discovers one’s own multifaceted depths. Intimate yet
universal, “I am what I live” encapsulates this ethos.
FINDING ON HER OWN PATH
A fragrance for a new generation, MY WAY encapsulates
curiosity and connections, embodied by a woman looking for experiences that
challenge her preconceptions and take her into new, unchartered territory. She
seeks out meaningful, authentic ways of connecting with others. Through truly
learning from others, she reinvents and finds herself. Embodied by authentic
and unfiltered beauty, actor Adria Arjona. She is curious and open. Learning
from others, whilst discovering the world is how she forms a stronger sense of
self. “You can take anything away from me, but you can’t take away what I’ve
lived” Adria Arjona, Global Ambassador for MY WAY.
CAPTURING MEANINGFUL ENCOUNTERS OF THE WORLD
MY WAY is a contemporary floral fragrance with a fusion of white flowers at its heart. The fragrance is composed of the finest natural ingredients: Vanilla is sourced from Madagascar through an inclusive program that benefits local communities, while the Tuberose is harvested in India. In creating the notes, craftsmanship meets innovation, as the Tuberose heart is extracted using molecular distillation, allowing the perfumers to select the creamy, velvety facets tailor-made for MY WAY. The Orange blossom note is extracted in Egypt using an innovative, exclusive and entirely natural enfleurage process, whose cold extraction method infuses the Orange flowers in Orange essence. The artisanal approach finally translates in the manual weighing and blending of the fragrance’s concentrate in Grasse creates pure, highly-refined notes with enhanced radiance and naturality.
The Ever So Addictive Ingredients
BERGAMOT FROM CALABRIA & ORANGE BLOSSOM FROM EGYPT
The sparkling start of the fragrance. The orange blossom
note, extracted from hand-picked bitter orange fruits in Egypt, is created
using an entirely natural effleurage extraction process.
TUBEROSE & JASMINE FROM INDIA
The bright floral heart of the fragrance is a contemporary
interpretation of iconic flowers. The Indian tuberose flower is sourced and
hand-picked near Mysore, India, in the state of Karnataka.
CEDARWOOD FROM VIRGINIA, VANILLA FROM MADAGASCAR & WHITE MUSKS
The enveloping vibrant base of the composition. The vanilla is sourced through a sustainable and responsible program designed to support local communities in Madagascar.
Taking good care of your skin is one of the most
important things you can do for yourself. And it all starts from within. From
staying hydrated to eating a nutritious diet and choosing the right skincare,
healthy skin often means a healthy life.
We’ve written about skincare before, including
guides to adult
rid of dark circles, and banishing
blackheads. This is different. We’re here to discuss how you should be
taking care of your skin as part of your lifestyle. From the things you eat and
drink to the SPF you choose (yes, you really need to wear it) and the best
products for your rotation. Let’s get started.
Caring for your skin with hydration
You know how important hydration is for your
skin, but do you understand why? When you drink water, every part of your body
becomes better hydrated and healthier. Drinking plenty of water also helps
clear impurities and toxins at a cellular level, encouraging cell turnover and
leading to healthier skin.
Proper hydration can also aid healing, improve
skin tone, reduce puffiness, and prevent acne. Not to mention the many benefits
hydration can have on your physical health overall.
You can help boost your skin’s hydration from
the outside by using a quality
moisturiser every day. Look for skincare which contains hyaluronic
acid, which can hold 1000 times its own weight in water! This will help
lock in moisture and improve the appearance of your skin.
Nourishing from the inside out
Choosing the right foods to nourish your body
can have a considerable impact on the condition and appearance of your skin.
When you eat the right things and ensure you’re getting all your essential
vitamins and minerals, your body works at its best. This means better healing,
skin cell turnover, and blood flow, which can all contribute to skin health.
Take care of your skin by eating:
Yellow and orange fruits and
vegetables, like carrots, squash, and papaya
Leafy green vegetables like
spinach and kale
Beans, pasta, lentils
Fatty fish like salmon and
Choosing the right SPF
Using SPF every day is one of the most important
things you can do to take care of your skin. You should be wearing sunscreen on
your face every day, not just in summer but throughout the year.
UV rays are the most significant cause of fine
lines, wrinkles, and pigmentation. We’re sure you want to avoid these things
and maintain healthy-looking, smooth skin for as long as possible, and SPF is
There are lots of everyday
sunscreens available that won’t leave your face feeling greasy or stifled.
And these formulas work well under makeup, just like your favourite
moisturiser. So choosing a daily SPF has never been more straightforward or
exciting. Look for a broad spectrum product which will shield your skin against
UVA and UVB rays.
Finding products that suit your skin type
One last thing to keep in mind when you’re
planning new ways to take care of your skin – choose products
that suit your skin type. That cult skincare favourite might look great in
your bathroom lineup, but slathering your face with products that don’t suit
you is a sure-fire way to mess up your skin.
Oils are a big offender when it comes to this.
While oils can be great for dry and combination skin types, many people with
already oily skin can find themselves in a mess when they try these kinds of
products. Similarly, moisturisers and cleansers designed for acne-prone skin
might not be appropriate if you don’t suffer from blemishes. It’s all about
finding the right products for you.
So don’t read too many generic blogs and articles about the powers of products, but research ingredients and brands designed with your unique skin makeup in mind. And if you do love a magazine or blog, take their recommendations with a pinch of salt. Figure out your skin type and look for advice that relates to you.
Just in case you missed some of the summer’s best perfume launches, we’ve rounded them all up here for you. From Marc Jacobs’ newest innovation to Givenchy’s fruity new fusion, you’ll be adding these fragrances to your wishlist in no time!
The playful and unexpected new women’s perfume, Perfect, is a comforting floral scent that celebrates optimism, self-acceptance and originality. The perfect name was inspired by Marc Jacobs’ mantra: “I am perfect as I am”, which is symbolised by a tattoo of the word “perfect” on his wrist. Like his tattoo, Perfect is about embracing and expressing one’s true self. Modern, bright and feminine, Perfect is an unconventional yet harmonious clash of fresh floral and calming smooth notes. The fragrance opens with juicy notes of rhubarb and bright daffodil that reveal a comforting heart of almond milk. The fragrance finishes with a soft dry down of cedarwood and Cashmeran. Perfect as a gift for a for a friend or daughter to show them how much you care for them or even as a treat for yourself.
Here’s to the ones who dream big; a new generation of conquering women, strong, outspoken and empowered. Here’s to the leaders of tomorrow, glorious and luminous, igniting the flame of success and lighting the way for others. Here’s to the new Idôles, who daringly shine the path for others. To those, whose aura radiates with success and greatness, inspiring the Idôle that resides within each one of us. Now is your time, ignite this beam of light & become a trailblazing Idôle for others. The world will shine brighter because when you succeed, you inspire others to ascend to new heights. So, ignite the flame that resides in you. It is your time to embrace your power and inspire a generation. Be your own Idôle.
What makes you feel ALIVE? Every woman has her own answer. Inspired by living life to the fullest and finding your own way, BOSS ALIVE from HUGO BOSS empowers women on their path to success. Contemporary and confident, blending soft and bold notes, the BOSS ALIVE perfume fragrance leaves a trail of positive energy. Sparkling apple and plum top notes exude optimism, while a powerful floral heart of jasmine sambac reveals radiant femininity. The contrasting base fuses woody notes with a magnetic vanilla absolute, bringing comfort and confidence. A golden ornament surrounds the glass bottle like a piece of jewellery, while the nude pink juice captures the light, reflecting the aspirational, life-affirming nature of ALIVE.
Our Favourite Notes: Pear, Bergamot, Black Currant
Free-spirited. Romantic. Eternal. A spirited floral fragrance, ETERNITY Eau Fresh evokes the rush of intimacy and connection. The perfume for her is a play of fruit, flower and warm elements of musk. Jasmine and peony are at the heart with pear and cassis top notes, anchored by a base of patchouli and amber. The fruits and florals lend playful optimism to the iconic ETERNITY fragrance. Inspired by a flower garden, the pink bottle and scent celebrate romance, spontaneity and the eternal.
Our Favourite Notes: Sparkling Pear, Rose Essential, Musk
Irresistible Givenchy, a fragrance that definitely invites you to let go. A floral-woody and fruity fragrance that plays with the contrast between two opposite accords of luscious Rose and radiant Blond Wood. This effervescent Rose reflects the fragrance of a naturally irresistible woman with strong magnetic charm, so electrifying that we only want to follow her. She is radiant and draws you into a release dance with liberating vibes. An invitation to let go and reveal who you are. For her, life is a dance. #IRRESISTIBLEISYOU
Amazing Grace, the beloved, iconic soft-floral that’s always appropriate, classic and elegant is also now available as an eau de parfum. It features a heightened concentration of bergamot, rounded out by soft muguet blossoms and musk so you can enjoy this best-selling fragrance even longer. Eau de parfum offers an extremely fine quality and high oil concentration that truly lasts.
On the hunt for the perfect beauty gift for a makeup lover, skincare enthusiast or pamper fanatic? Look no further. We’re here to save the day with a handy dose of all-year-round gift-giving goodness to take the stress out of special occasion present buying. Featuring incredible gift sets from Dermalogica, Gatineau, The Organic Pharmacy and more, we’ve got you covered…
This gift set is perfect for someone who loves a good pamper. Containing three stunning Molton Brown body washes in scents Pink Pepper, Ylang Ylang and Rosa, bath time just got that much better. This pampering trio of bath and shower gels infused with enduringly feminine aromas allows you to luxuriously unwind with a beautiful collection of heavenly bathing moments.
Because Dermalogica’s Biolumin-C Serum and Eye Serum are better together. Perfect for luxury skincare fans, this Supercharged Vitamin C eye serum outsmarts visible premature skin ageing caused by daily eye movements and environmental stress. Its Lightweight formula delivers a highly bioavailable Vitamin C complex to the skin around the eyes to dramatically brighten and visibly firm. Paired with the regular serum that can be used all over the face, it’s the perfect combination!
Shopping for a makeup lover? This gift set contains some great products from Note featuring their Lash Master Mascara, Mineral Semi-Matte Lipstick in shade 03 and a Precision Eyeliner. The Lash Master Mascara is a volume-creating and curl sculpting mascara containing Vitamin E to nourish and moisturise the eyelash roots. The Mineral Semi-Matte Lipstick 03 has a velvety texture and provides a long-lasting high coverage with a semi-matte finish. Finally, the Precision Eyeliner ensures flawless application with its special and easy applicator.
A handcare gift set is always a winner especially right now with more frequent hand sanitising. Featuring a hand wash, hand cream, barrier cream and soap, a much-loved liquid glove pre-gardening lotion. It’s time to give those hard-working, green fingers some love and attention. Scottish Fine Soaps’ Gardeners Hand Therapy Gift Set is enriched with purifying tea tree oil and has a great subtle fragrance.
Featuring Gatineau’s Supersize Tan Accelerating Lotion, Supersize Golden Glow Gradual Tan, Body Buffing Mitt & Palm Print Tote Bag, this little gift set is the cutest. If you’re gifting a fake tan fanatic, this kit is guaranteed to be right up their street. Soothing and bronzing lotions paired with an exfoliating mitt and cute tote bag – what more could they ask for?
Our last gift set recommendation for beauty fanatics is this one from The Organic Pharmacy. This incredible set features their Carrot Butter Cleanser, Rose Facial Cleanser, Herbal Toner, Antioxidant Face Serum, Double Rose Rejuvenating Face Cream, Collagen mask & their Organic Muslin Cloth. With this, anyone can perfect their skincare routine with seven of The Organic Pharmacy’s best-selling beauty saviours.