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Super Natural Discoveries

Amber Macintosh

After finishing the judging on this years Beauty Shortlist Mama & Baby Awards I am compelled to tell you about some of my amazing finds. Natural. Luxurious. Effective - this is what I look for in great products and these ticked every box:

Dr Jackson

A gorgeous selection of natural beauty and organic herbal teas, which are science led and packaged in distinctive apothecary style bottles. My favourite of these was the Coconut Melt which I use to remove my make up, on my kids to moisturise their faces and on my husbands dry feet. I love a multi-use balm and this one is a winner! www.drjackson.co.uk

Villiers London

Clean, fresh skincare and home fragrance which is well priced and no nonsense. I love the candles and reed diffusers, their scents are green and herby - rosemary and bay being my favourite. Within their body and skincare range is a natural deodorant which is amazing! Take it from a busy yoga teacher I have tried and tested many deodorants on my quest to find something totally natural and yet effective. This is it! www.villierslondon.com

Juno Skincare

Oh, I don't know where to start. Every single product in this collection is wonderful to use and I quite simply love Juno as an entire skincare range. This is rare, if you are like me you probably have masses of different products you work between. Juno have changed all this for me and with exceptionally hormonal skin I have noticed over time a real calm down in my flare ups and a fresher, less congested completion. If only this had been around in my teens! www.junoskincare.com

One Seed

Fragrances that will blow your mind! No, I am not being dramatic, these are like nothing you have ever smelt before and I am going so far as to say life changing! From the packaging to the feel on the skin these luxurious perfumes and multipurpose elixirs wrap you up in layers of natural unadulterated fragrance. With a young daughter it is incredibly important that her choice of scent is not made from synthetic ingredients so I was thrilled to introduce her to One Seed, the travel size roller ball is perfect for her to apply. Currently One Seed ship from Australia but it will be no time at all before they are here in the UK so watch this space and I will keep my ear to the ground. www.oneseedfragrance.com

 

 

Going Natural

Amber Macintosh

Going natural is a long journey, it takes time and commitment. Eight years ago I left my London life and job at Estee Lauder to bring up our children on the Wiltshire border. The country move inspired a gradual change in lifestyle, blogging about the new wave of natural beauty brands, buying organic (dipping into home grown produce - still a work in progress!) and beginning to take a real interest in where our food, particularly meat, was coming from. I completed my yoga teacher training, adopted a plant based diet, dropped chemical toiletries, especially deodorant, and invested in a water filter system and Swell bottles to avoid plastic. Last year I had the metal removed from my teeth in favour of composite and used Wild Nutrition supplements to help aid the natural elimination of heavy metal toxins. You can't aim for perfection when we live such modern lives and little improvements should be celebrated if you wish to adopt a more natural lifestyle. I am currently trialling natural toothpastes and will be looking for the best washing and home detergents - would love your advise and comments. I highly recommend a book called The Naturalista for those looking for natural inspiration and to kick start a naturally healthy lifestyle in 2018.

Whilst natural skincare obviously isn't anything new - Weleda and Neal's Yard Remedies are over 90 years old - the explosion in popularity started as I left London and has been driven in the last few years by the popularity of nutrition and the wellness community on social media. During this time Beauty Blogger, Fiona Klonorides, has been championing independent natural brands in her blog, The Beauty Shortlist. Fiona has been my 'go to guru' when seeking out natural beauty that really works, so I was thrilled to be a judge for her 2018 beauty awards. 

After ten years working in beauty, four of these with Creme de la Mer, I am a hard taskmaster when road testing products. Here is my mantra which I apply to everything I buy for myself and my family: NATURAL > LUXURIOUS > EFFECTIVE. It is important to note here that luxurious does not relate to the price of the product, just the way a product feels - we all want to see natural skincare become accessible for every family. Equally it needs to work, I will not choose natural before efficacy, our products must do the job!

During the Beauty Shortlist testing I have had the privilege of using some utterly fantastic natural beauty, which I will be sharing with you on this blog and up now on my Instagram, starting with Willowberry

 

Natural Facial Oils - 3 of the Best

Amber Macintosh

For thousands of years indigenous people have used natural oils on their hair and skin from the seeds and nuts found in their local habitats, with beautiful results. Even so, growing up with a greasy skin made the idea of using facial oil slightly terrifying. Thankfully this changed when I was sent to review a Darphin facial whilst in my first job as an intern at Elle Magazine, twenty years ago. Many botanic oils were layered on my skin and each one sank in, which is when I realised my skin was dehydrated, not oily - the results had me hooked and I have loved facial oils ever since.

THREE OF THE BEST - NATURAL FACIAL OILS

THREE OF THE BEST - NATURAL FACIAL OILS

As I am a judge on this years Beauty Shortlist awards a total of twelve facial oils have been sent to me for testing. Three of my favourites so far come from Oilixia, whose products celebrate rare botanicals from around the world, Inlight organic skincare from Dr Spezia and newcomer By Sarah London. It's the latter, launched today, that I want to focus on.

Most facial oils contain essentials oils, which carry their own individual benefits and vibrant fragrances, but which can also sensitise the skin. In addition, to make a product smell great most facial oils include variations of lemon and geranium oils (listed at the bottom of the ingredient list) which can be an irritant for certain skin types. If the body is under pressure from external assault, pregnancy and the ongoing use of strong medication being the most noticeable, then essentials oils may be unsuitable to use. By Sarah has instead used delicate, all natural, organic plant based oils. You might even say this oil is simplistic, it doesn't contain a nut oil from a far flung exotic tree but instead goes back to basics with almond, pumpkin and apricot kernel oils. These are hand crafted and feel absolutely wonderful on the skin, sinking in fast and nurturing the skin very gently. Each oil is carefully labelled on the front of each By Sarah bottle; what you see is what you get, I love this back to basics approach.

I would highly recommend this oil, putting emphasis on the merit of using it on temporarily 'stressed out' and/or sensitive skin. By Sarah Organic Facial Oil launched today, it is £16.50 for 10ml and £38 for 30ml. 

Healthy Skin

Amber Macintosh

Our faces share with the outside world our health and happiness, emotionally and physically. When we feel well it shines through radiant skin.

I fell in love with skincare when I went to work as the Communications Manager of Creme de la Mer 13 years ago. I went on to work for other skincare brands within the Estee Lauder stable, but this one has and will stay with me, I use their new formulation of moisturiser, soft cream, every day. For my body I swear by Aurelia probiotic skincare (you will find a blog about this and the importance of dry body brushing further down). The kids and I both use natural brand Weleda, I love their almond range in the evening as my daughter and I have sensitive, reactive and spot prone skin and we cleanse with de Mamiel balm. 

Whist I wanted to share my go to skincare brands I also need to remind us all that this is only half the story. How we hydrate, nourish and rest our bodies will be a deciding factor in our skins radiance, flexibility and ultimately how our skin ages!

Over the next few weeks I will be tackling SKIN in depth, something I have wanted to do, but especially now, as I will be trialling beauty products over the next few months as a judge for the Beauty Shortlist awards 2018. For more than 7 years Beauty Editor, Fiona, has unearthed budding new skincare and makeup brands and championed the market leaders who carry natural, organic and/or green credentials. 

I hope you enjoy the next few posts, particularly one I am preparing to write on problem skin; my own skin journey as been fraught so a 'selfie' here has been hard! xAmber

 

 

Beautiful Aurelia Bodycare

Amber Macintosh

If you've been to a yoga course with me you will know I encourage body brushing; it increases circulation and improves natural lymph drainage. Finding a beautiful body wash and moisturiser to complete the routine isn't easy so I was excited to try Aurelia's New Restorative Cream Body Cleanser and their Firm & Replenish Body Serum. 

The sulphate free wash is creamy and even in hard water leaves skin feeling hydrated. The serum appears as a cream straight from the pump but becomes lightweight, melting as it touches the skin. It envelopes you in a silky freshly scented layer that instantly absorbs, so throwing on your clothes straight away is not a problem. 

Aurelia, renown for creating the first probiotic skincare range, combine ethical, sustainably sourced bio organic ingredients. In this body collection Aurelia use steam distilled essential oils, suitable for use during pregnancy. They also combine the unique moisturising benefits of their signature African botanicals, Boabab and Kigelia, which deliver Omega 3,6 and 9. I recommend you give this new botanical bodycare a try, it lives up to it's promises and truly nurtures body and mind.