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The world of skincare can be overwhelming. With so much choice out there, it’s hard to know where to start. To help you guys out, we are sharing the best natural and organic skincare products for every skin type.

To kick start this new series of blog posts, let's start with the most important step - Cleansing! Cleansing is an essential step in your skincare routine because it removes makeup, dead skin cells, grime and oil that can build up on the surface of our skin throughout the day. Cleansing morning and night ensures that our face is a clean canvas for the following steps in our skincare routines. Every cleanser contains specific ingredients and formulations that suit different skin concerns/types. To ensure that your skin is in the best condition possible, you should select a natural and organic cleanser that will work in harmony with your skin.

The Best Natural and Organic Cleanser for Normal Skin Types 

If you find that your skin doesn’t feel particularly oily or dry, you likely have ‘normal’ skin. This means you can opt for a cleanser that will remove daily impurities without having to worry too much about targeting specific skin concerns in your cleanser step. This allows you to select a natural and organic cleanser that will promote balance and glow. The Living Libations Best Skin Ever Seabuckthorn is a cleanser that will wake up the skin, whilst also balancing and restoring. The oil consistency works as an effective cleanser whilst leaving your skin feeling soft and looking radiant - who doesn’t want that?! The Best Skin Ever Seabuckthorn can also be used as a moisturiser and exfoliator as well, making it a 3 in 1 product that cuts down the clutter in your bathroom cabinet and makes a great travel companion too!

Shop Living Libations Best Skin Ever Seabuckthorn >> The Best Natural and Organic Cleanser for Dry Skin Types 

If your skin looks flaky, feels tight and doesn’t produce much sebum, you have a ‘dry’ skin type. To combat dry skin, you need a cleanser that will gently clarify the skin and not dry it out. The Camu Brightening Cleanser from Luxe Botanics offers a lightweight, creamy formula that dry skin will love. This natural and organic cleanser is the best for dry skin because it gently removes dirt and other impurities without disturbing the delicate lipid barrier (the skin barrier which minimises water loss and is essential in keeping skin hydrated and healthy). With Camu Camu and Green Tea extracts to brighten and refine skin tone, and Coconut extracts, Chamomile and Cucumber to calm and soothe. All the ingredients in Luxe Botanics’ skincare are sustainably sourced whilst being high in potency and performance.

Shop Luxe Botanics Camu Brightening Cleanser >> The Best Natural and Organic Cleanser for Oily Skin Types 

If your skin produces a lot of sebum that leaves your skin looking greasy/oily, you have an ‘oily’ skin type. Oily skin can lead to blocked and enlarged pores if it isn’t properly taken care of. Electing to use a gel cleanser will ensure that your skin is thoroughly cleansed without causing further congestion. The best natural and organic cleanser for oily skin is the Evolve Beauty Daily Detox Facial Wash because of the lightweight, gel-like formula. This cleanser, with delicate foaming qualities, has 98% Natural Ingredients, 71% Organic Ingredients and is Vegan-Friendly. Daily Detox Facial Wash contains ingredients, such as; Natural Goji Berry Extract, Moringa Peptides and natural sugars, to remove impurities and detoxify the complexion, as well as protect the skin against environmental aggressors.

Shop Evolve Beauty Daily Detox Facial Wash >> The Best Natural and Organic Cleanser for Sensitive Skin Types 

Sensitive skin is easily irritated and can be triggered by particular ingredients in skin care products. This means you should take extra care when selecting your cleanser product to ensure the ingredients and formulations won’t aggravate your skin. The best natural and organic cleanser for a sensitive skin type is the Evolve Beauty Gentle Cleansing Melt. This aptly named cleanser contains Baobab to nourish, heal and protect the skin and Vanilla to provide strong antioxidant properties. With 100% Natural Ingredients, 98% Organic Ingredients and no harsh chemicals, sensitive skin is in safe hands with the Gentle Cleansing Melt from Evolve Beauty. The thick, balm texture will soothe sensitive skin as it removes all traces of makeup, dirt and daily grime.

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Will you be giving these natural and organic cleansers a try?

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This week we are very excited to welcome Living Libations to our shelves.

Living Libations combines the highest quality, organic, wildcrafted essential oils to create their luxurious skin care, restorative essences, and replenishing elixirs. The formulas are made to nourish and replenish the skin without any synthetic ingredients. Each product has been carefully crafted to transform skin, body and hair by utilising the power of plants.

Living Libations puts purity and fair practice at the heart of their brand - with organic, fully potent formulas using ingredients that have been responsibly sourced. They are able to fully trace their ingredients from the plant growing in the field, all the way to the oil that makes its way through their door.

If you are looking for pure formulations, this is the brand to try. The CO2 extracted essential oils are highly concentrated and are extracted in the purest way without using heat or solvents, offering full potency without containing -

  • Fillers
  • Diluters
  • Artificial Colours
  • Petrochemicals
The Founders -

Founded by Nadine Artemis and Ron Obadia, Living Libations was created from the holistic approach to beauty. Nadine’s journey with green beauty began by mixing essential oils to recreate well-known perfumes during her school years, which later led her to create organic beauty balms, effective oral care, reviving elixirs and perfumes.

Utilising Nadine’s experience as an aromacologist, Nadine and Ron decided to work together and took their personal partnership to the co-creation of new perfumes and blends together, and it was from this that Living Libations was born. Their focus is tuning people’s senses to the adventure of living.

The Products - Green Papaya and Lime Mask 

The fruit-derived enzymes and sugar cane in this mask work as a gentle exfoliator to remove dead skin cells to reveal supple, smooth skin. With key ingredients such as Lemon Peel Extract, which helps improve the overproduction of oil, exfoliate, and remove dead skin cells, Pineapple Fruit Enzymes, which slough away dead skin cells to reveal a luminous complexion and Papaya Fruit Extract, which increases skin's radiance and improves the texture of the skin. If used regularly, the Green Papaya and Lime Mask will improve skin texture and help keep your pores clear.

SHOP >> All Seeing Eye Crème 

This organic and natural eye cream is rich in texture for deep nourishment around the delicate eye area. All you need is a pea-sized amount for both eyes to receive the soothing and moisturising benefits of the Aloe Vera, Avocado Oil and Herbal Infused Jojoba Oil. All Seeing Eye Crème can be used under makeup to prep your skin for concealer application, just ensure that the crème is fully absorbed so your makeup doesn’t slide around.

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EnsorCell Serum 

If you are struggling with some stubborn skin concerns, such as loss of elasticity, puffiness, redness, age spots or uneven skin tone, EnsorCell Serum is the product for you. The light, liquid-y formula sinks seamlessly into the skin to bring it back to life. It provides a glow to dull skin that has been overexposed to the elements and environmental aggressors (courtesy of plant power!). Skin is revived by the restorative, concentrated extracts from MSM infused essential oils that seep deeply into the skin.

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Rose Glow Serum 

All lovers of glowing skin, you need to try this serum! This silky serum works to soothe and soften the complexion whilst improving skin’s tone. Not only will your skin be feeling highly moisturized and hydrated, but you’ll be left looking radiant and dewy too! Key ingredients include; Neroli, to smooth the skin and reduce the appearance of scars and spots, and Rose Otto, a popular skincare ingredient that has been used for centuries on ageing skin. 'Otto' refers to the method used - rose petals are steam distilled for a purer and more potent effect - how cool is that?! We offer the Rose Glow Serum in either a 30ml or 3ml size, which means you have the option to give this serum a try before you buy.

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Zippity Dew Dab 

Zippity Dew Dab is a must-have if you’re looking for a natural option to treat pesky spots. This product is packed full of powerful, organic ingredients to help clear up acne, decrease the appearance of stubborn spots, as well as reduce the risk scarring left behind by the breakouts too. It contains Niaouli Essential Oil which contains astringent properties to combat blemishes without being too drying. It is a milder alternative to tea tree, but just as effective. Either apply as a targeted treatment to any blemishes or add to Best Skin Ever or EnsorCell Serum to further tone the skin.

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Seabuckthorn Shampoo 

The Seabuckthorn Shampoo is 100% natural with gentle, hair-loving botanicals that are suitable for all hair types. Your hair will be left feeling nourished, clean and shiny without feeling weighed down. With jojoba oil, coco-protein from yucca root and organic, virgin coconut oil to create a mild lather and soothing effect for your scalp. You can also use this product as a body wash or bubble bath when diluted and it is safe to use on babies and children too.

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Shine On Conditioner 

This 100% natural conditioner contains emollient oils and botanical herb infusions within a creamy formula to add shine and bounce to all hair types. The combination of the nourishing plant oils keep your hair conditioned without weighing it down. Shine On Conditioner is the perfect partner for the Seabuckthorn Shampoo, using these products together will keep your hair happy and healthy. You can use this after washing your hair on the lengths and ends like you would a regular conditioner, or,  you can apply Shine On Conditioner to dry hair between washing as a treatment for your tresses.

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Best Skin Ever Seabuckthorn 

One of Living Libations best sellers, Best Skin Ever Seabuckthorn is an all-in-one product that every skincare lover should try. It can be used as a cleanser, moisturiser and exfoliator that resets the skin back to its natural luminous state (sounds amazing, right?!). This product restores balance to all skin types. With key ingredients such as Seabuckthorn Oil (which is rich in omega fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins, palmitoleic acid and carotenoids), a bright orange essence that helps to clear the skin, calm redness and heal acne, and Jojoba Oil, a nourishing golden oil to condition and hydrate thirsty skin. We love this product for the versatility of being a multi-use product, you can even combine Best Skin Ever with other Serums, Elixirs, and Essential Oils to create your own unique blend.

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We hope you are as excited about Living Libations as we are! The products have been expertly blended to create pure, organic formulations with the purpose of working in harmony with your skin, body and hair. If you’d like advice on what products from Living Libations will work best for you, drop us an email at help@gloworganicbrighton.co.uk to get in touch - we’d love to assist you.

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There seems to be an overwhelming amount of beauty products that are released constantly these days. But, let's be honest we don’t need every makeup launch under the sun, it is better to rely on a small selection of products that you know and can trust to perform.

With the sustainable beauty movement spreading and a growing focus on plastic-free products, we thought we’d offer recommendations to create your perfect capsule collection of makeup for Spring that is sustainable and dependable. The point is to streamline your makeup stash so it contains a curated, yet versatile range of products that don’t compromise the planet.

Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation

For your base, we recommend the Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation. This is a luxury foundation in every sense of the word. Not only is the formulation luxurious with no synthetic ingredients, but the durable, metal compact means it comes beautifully packaged as well. Rather than owning a different foundation for every coverage option, opt for this foundation because the coverage is customisable, allowing you to tailor this product to your preferences/needs. Either apply a sheer layer for minimal coverage to even out your skin tone, or build it up for a medium-full coverage look. With a natural-matte finish, you won’t have to worry about your base moving around in the warmer seasons. If you want to minimize the number of products in your makeup bag even further, this foundation can be worn as a concealer too, due to the high coverage, creamy formula. This foundation, like the majority of products from Kjaer Weis, is plastic-free and refillable - how great is that?!

Shop Here ZAO Makeup Mineral Cooked Powder

Now we are rolling into the warmer months, a bronzer is a must-have for adding a bit of colour to our complexions. We love the Mineral Cooked Powder from ZAO Makeup because the baked formula blends into the skin seamlessly and has four shade options available. A recent release in this range is the shade ‘347 - Natural Glow’ which has arrived on our shelves just in time for Spring. This shade is a matte terracotta to add warmth for all skin tones - perfect to give a sunkissed look. A great thing about the Mineral Cooked Powders from ZAO Makeup is the fact that they are packaged in a bamboo compact and are refillable too. You can either purchase the full-size product and refill the compact once you’ve finished the product, or simply purchase the refill and place it into an empty palette available from ZAO Makeup. This not only minimises waste but is more cost-effective for you too. This bronzer can also be applied to the eyes to add a hint of shadow and naturally define the eyes for a more everyday look. ZAO Makeup is organic, natural and cruelty-free.

Shop Here Sappho Eyeshadows

For eyeshadow, rather than purchasing a palette where you might not use every shade, you can minimise wasted product by opting for individual shadows to create your own bespoke palette. This means you can select shades you know you will love and use. Sappho offers a range of shades (we think their shimmer shades will look beautiful during this season) that have deep pigmentation and a smooth feel that blend with ease. You can either slot these in the empty Double Eyeshadow Compact or the larger Square Compact that Sappho has available. Their empty palettes are made from 100% cardboard and are durable, yet lightweight. The eyeshadow formula from Sappho is vegan, organic and comes in 100% recyclable packaging.

Shop Here ZAO Makeup Volume & Sheathing Mascara

A recent launch from ZAO Makeup is their refillable mascaras - and we can’t get enough! Gone are the days of green beauty mascaras not holding up against mainstream alternatives. The Volume & Sheathing Mascara has a pigmented formula that gives the lashes intense volume without clumps. It is formulated without synthetic ingredients, and instead contains high-quality, natural ingredients that are safe for even the most sensitive of eyes. Packaged in bamboo casing with a refillable inner tube to reduce waste. This mascara is certified by ECOCERT and contains 100% natural ingredients with 20% organic ingredients.

Shop Here Gressa Lip Boost

We selected the Lip Boost from Gressa for your Spring capsule collection because of the versatile formula. They offer the moisture of a balm, the pigment of a lipstick whilst giving your lips the glow of a lip gloss. You can either apply it with a lip brush for full pigment or sheer it out with your fingers for a subtle layer of colour. You could even apply this as a cream blush to add a tint to your cheeks, the sheen will help give your skin a fresh, glowy look. For an everyday shade, we would recommend the shade ‘Bare’; a nude that offers a your lips but better shade that will go with every makeup look, or ‘Jolie’; a bright coral that I think is perfect for Spring time. The Lip Boosts from Gressa come packaged in a recyclable glass jar with an aluminium lid and are created using the cleanest, purest ingredients.

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A capsule collection of sustainable makeup is not only better for the environment but has the bonus of making getting ready in the morning that little bit easier too. By having a smaller range of products that consist of your go-to look, it means you’ll save time getting ready because you know exactly what is in your makeup bag. When we cut out the clutter in our makeup bags, we get the chance to create a full-proof, signature look with products we know we can rely on every day (and who doesn’t want an extra 10 minutes in bed in the morning?!). We recommend making seasonal switches to your capsule collection to suit the weather and seasonal colour changes.

Want to see the range of sustainable makeup we have available? Click here to take a look.

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Hyaluronic Acid is one of those ingredients that has risen in popularity recently as consumers have become more skincare savvy. It is all well and good for skincare companies to put Hyaluronic Acid in their products in response to the growing popularity, but you might be wondering - what does it actually do and why should I be using it in my skincare? We did the work for you and are bringing you 4 reasons you should include Hyaluronic Acid in your skincare routine.

1. Hyaluronic Acid works as a moisture magnet and helps our cells retain moisture

Don’t be put off by the word ‘acid’ - this ingredient isn’t a harsh as it sounds! Hyaluronic Acid is a ‘humectant’ which means it works like a sponge to retain moisture so the skin is left looking plump and hydrated. When this ingredient is applied to your skin, it attracts moisture to boost hydration to the surface of the skin. The moisture that is attracted comes from the external environment, the moisture from the air around is absorbed to leave your skin plump and dewy. Because of the sponge-like tendencies, experts recommend applying Hyaluronic Acid before your moisturiser, as close to the skin as possible to keep everything locked in.

2. Our bodies already produce Hyaluronic Acid naturally

Because Hyaluronic Acid is already a natural component of our skin, applying a synthetic version helps to restore the skin to boost moisture levels and prevent moisture loss. Hyaluronic Acid prevents loss of elasticity, plumps the appearance of fine lines and keeps the skin smooth and hydrated. But, as our skin ages, the natural levels of Hyaluronic Acid diminishes.This can lead to our complexions to looking dull, dry, uneven in tone with our fine lines being emphasised. By adding a Hyaluronic Acid to your skincare routine, you are adding a boost of hydration to your skin and helping the skin appear more youthful over time.

3. Hyaluronic Acid benefits all skin types

Despite being associated with dry skin because of its hydrating properties, all skin types will reap the benefits of Hyaluronic Acid. No matter what your skin type, your skin needs moisture. Because Hyaluronic Acid is lightweight and often gel-like which means it won’t feel heavy and greasy on oily skin types. Mature skin also favours the use of Hyaluronic Acid because it prevents loss of skin elasticity and diminishes fine lines over time. Another great thing about Hyaluronic Acid is that it works as an antioxidant and has been found to protect against environmental aggressors, such as pollution as well.

4. Hyaluronic Acid can be easily added into your skincare routine because it is an ingredient available in a range of skincare products

Hyaluronic Acid makes it easy to give your skin an extra boost of hydration when it’s used in the right way. Hyaluronic Acid can be found in serums, creams and facial mists so there is room for you to experiment with products to see what works best for your skin. If you want to deliver maximum moisture, your skin will especially feel the benefits of Hyaluronic Acid if it is applied to your skin in the form of a serum. This is because the skin-hydrating benefits can penetrate your skin on a deeper level and is easily absorbed. It is important to remember to apply your Hyaluronic Acid products before your heavier facial oils and creams to seal in your skin’s moisture.

 

We hope that this post has helped clear up any confusion about Hyaluronic Acid. It in an ingredient that is a must-have for anyone who is looking to boost hydration and glow in their complexion. Whether you decide to use a Hyaluronic Serum as an intense hydrating treatment for your skin, or you’d prefer to opt for a facial cream or spray where Hyaluronic Acid is a complimentary ingredient as you target other skin concerns too - there is something for everyone. We stock a range of skincare products that contain Hyaluronic Acid, click here to find out more.


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Who else is excited for Spring?! Not only does it mean we can put away our chunky knits and fluffy boots and enjoy the lighter evenings, but we can update our skincare routines to suit the seasonal change too. Different weather conditions can cause a slight change in skin concerns throughout the year. You don’t need to change your whole routine season to season, just make a few swaps to care for your skin periodically. Today we are bringing you 4 products to update your Skincare Routine for Spring.

Eco by Sonya Super Citrus Cleanser -

Kicking things off with a cleanser, the Super Citrus Cleanser from Eco By Sonya deeply cleanses the skin to give a smoother, more even complexion and is suitable for all skin types. 100% Organic and Natural ingredients have gone into this cleanser, working in harmony to ensure your skin is cared for using only the most nourishing ingredients. Aloe Vera works as a healing and anti-inflammatory ingredient to fight acne and soothe skin irritations, Lemongrass has antibacterial properties that help to fight acne-causing bacteria to prevent breakouts, and Australian Caviar Lime is packed full of gentle, natural AHA's to exfoliate and promote healthy skin. Use morning and night to keep your skin in the best condition possible and provide an even canvas for the rest of your skincare (this ensures that you are getting the most out of your products). Your skin will love you for adding this citrusy-scented, refreshing cleanser to your Spring skincare routine.

Ere Perez Moringa All Beauty Crème -

This newbie from Ere Perez just landed on our shelves a couple of weeks ago, and we're in love! This is a classic, all-round moisturiser, that melts into the skin. It hydrates the skin and gives a radiant finish, making it perfect for wearing underneath makeup for a glowy base, or for making your bare-faced day looking a little more hydrated and fresh. One of the key ingredients is Moringa, known to accelerate cell renewal with potent vitamin A and amino acids. The Moringa All-Beauty Crème has a lightweight feel, making it a great option for the warmer months because it won’t make your skin look or feel too greasy. This moisturiser has been formulated to be suitable for all skin types, even sensitive skin. It’s also Vegan and Cruelty-Free - winner!

Evolve Beauty Miracle Mask -

We love a face mask here at Glow Organic. Not only do they provide a targeted treatment for your skin, but they encourage you to take some time out to pamper yourself too. The Miracle Mask from Evolve Beauty works to brighten, exfoliate and regenerate, giving your skin a boost of radiance. The natural fruit acids help to gently shed the top layer of dead skin cells, using Glycolic acid from Sugar Cane to reveal brighter, smoother and plumper skin. It has a gorgeous, natural, fruity scent that reminds me of a tropical smoothie and is a surefire way to get you in the mood for Spring. Simply apply a thick layer to cleansed skin, leave on for 5-10 minutes and rinse with warm water to reveal that post-facial glow! This face mask is Vegan, Natural, Cruelty-Free and Eco-Friendly and comes packaged in a recyclable glass jar.

BYBI Beauty Supercharge Serum -

A serum is an essential step in your routine because their formulas contain high concentrations of skincare ingredients that penetrate your skin for better results. The Supercharge Serum from BYBI Beauty is a must-have for any skin type because of the light, yet potent formula. We love this serum for its energising and repairing properties from a high concentration of active botanicals; ideal for banishing winter skin symptoms. It feels almost like a dry-oil which means there is no greasy feeling, it glides onto the skin and sinks in very quickly. This serum contains Squalane, Prickly Pear and Jasmine oils to moisturise, soften and encourage skin cell rejuvenation, whilst Meadowfoam, Poppy Seed and Lemongrass oils work to balance and even skin tone, for a brighter complexion. Like all of BYBI Beauty, the Supercharge Serum is 100% Natural, Certified Vegan and Cruelty-Free. The cute, Instagram-able packaging is just an added bonus!

We hope you are encouraged to update your Skincare Routine for Spring with our 4 product recommendations. All of the products have been selected because they work well for all skin types and will help keep your skin in the best condition possible as the seasons change. If you want to check out our full range of skincare we have available on our website, click the link here.

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Green Beauty is a growing industry with more and more consumers making the switch from mainstream beauty to the environmentally-friendly, natural beauty alternatives. If you are new to the world of Green Beauty and found yourself a bit confused by all the different buzzwords that can be attached to products and brands, we’re here to help. We’re bringing you definitions of common words you’ll hear often when it comes to green beauty, to help you become a smarter consumer. 

Organic

This means that products are formulated with organically farmed ingredients. These ingredients are grown without the use of synthetic fertilisers, Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) or herbicides.

Certifications to look for

Soil Association and COSMOS - This is the international standard of organic cosmetics and to achieve this certification, 95% of all ingredients in any product must be organic. Everything is cruelty-free, sustainably sourced and traceable and follows green chemistry principles.

 

EcoCert - EcoCert has two levels of certification when it comes to Organic certification. One being ‘Natural Cosmetic’ which means a product has a minimum of 50% of all plant-based ingredients in the formula, and a minimum of 5% of all ingredients by weight must come from organic farming, and ‘Organic and Natural Cosmetic’ = which is applied to plant-based ingredients, for this certification there needs to be a minimum of 95% of all plant-based ingredients in the formula and a minimum of 10% of all ingredients by weight must come from organic farming.

Natural

This means that products contain naturally derived ingredients, or are of natural origin. Natural formulations use ingredients that already exist in nature. Remember there is also a certain amount ‘processing’ that needs to happen in order to create a beauty product in the first place. For example, almond oil must be extracted from raw almond nuts and would need to undergo a certain amount of processing in order to extract the oil from the nut. Some companies will use synthetically produced chemicals with their ‘naturally derived’ ingredient in their formulations as a form of preservative, to add scent or stabilise ingredients.

It is important to remember that use of terms ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ is not regulated in the beauty industry and is often used as a way to green wash consumers. This means that brands can claim that their product is ‘naturally derived’ or claim to be organic but only have 1 ingredient that is organic and natural, whilst the rest of the ingredients are synthetic. To avoid green washing, look out for certifications, but remember that this is costly and that small brands may not be able to afford this at the start.

Vegan

When a product is Vegan it means that it doesn’t contain animal ingredients or animal-derived ingredients. Often Cruelty-Free and Vegan are used interchangeably, but be aware that just because something says it is Cruelty-Free, it doesn’t mean it is Vegan too. Animal Derived ingredients can be present in beauty formulas which makes the products not Vegan-Friendly.

Some examples of animal-derived ingredients are honey, beeswax, lanolin, collagen and carmine. Make sure you are checking the ingredients list for your beauty products to ensure they are 100% Vegan.

Certifications to look for

Vegan Society Trademark - This certification means that the product is vegan and has to pass a number of checks to receive the Vegan Society Trademark. This certification ensures there is no animal testing or ingredients (or by-products) in the product.

Cruelty-Free

When a product is Cruelty-Free it means that there has been no animal testing at any point. For a product to be 100% Cruelty-Free, it means that no testing has occurred previously to any of the ingredients, no testing on the final product or during the process of creating the product.

Sometimes brands claim to be cruelty-free whilst allowing third parties to test their products “where required by law”. The brands that comply with these practices are not cruelty-free because animal testing is happening at some point, somewhere in the world, even though it hasn’t happened directly from the brand in question.

It is important to note that Cruelty-Free brands can be owned by parent companies that test on animals.

Certifications to look for

Leaping Bunny Approved - This is a global, gold standard for cruelty-free cosmetics and household products that require that no new animal testing be used in any phase of product development by the company, its laboratories, or ingredient suppliers. For this certification, brands make a voluntary pledge to not test their products at any point.

Other Green Beauty Buzzwords to look out for

Wild Crafted - Plants that have grown in the wild and not farmed by man. They have grown in their native habitat without human intervention.  Arguably better than organic as this is the most ‘nature intended’ way of sourcing ingredients.

Raw ingredients - This means the ingredient has not undergone any processing such as heat or chemical additions. The ingredient will still have retained its full benefits and nutritional content.

    Active ingredients - These are the ingredients in the product that give it the proposed effect for the user. For example, Hyaluronic Acid is an active ingredient that delivers deep hydration to the skin.

    Ethically/Sustainably Sourced - This phrase is referring to who and how the ingredients have been sourced. Ethically sourced usually refers to the workers who have harvested the ingredients and that they have been paid fairly under good conditions. Sustainably sourced usually refers to the environment, and that the ingredients have been responsibly sourced in an eco-friendly way.

      Non-Toxic - A phrase often found on labels that has no real meaning because this phrase isn’t regulated, it is often used as a marketing tool that taps into consumer fears. We avoid using this phrase because we think it’s a way of scaremongering. Natural doesn’t always equate to “Non-Toxic” because some natural ingredients can be toxic to us - i.e. deadly nightshade.


      We hope this post clarified the difference between some of the Green Beauty Buzzwords. All of the products we stock should be well outlined about what categories they fall under. If you still have questions or you want to find out more about any specific products, just get in touch get in touch by emailing us here.

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      We recently added an exciting makeup brand, Sappho to our line-up. What we love most about this brand is their clean, high-quality ingredients and luxurious formulas. Sappho’s ethos is simple - Clean, Conscious, Vegan.


      Sappho values creativity, performance, inclusivity, authenticity and transparency above all else. They are fiercely independent and stand for the fair treatment of animals and humans. A promise they have made as a brand is that they will get greener as they grow.

       

      About the Founder -

      Sappho’s Founder, JoAnn Fowler is an Emmy Nominated Makeup Artist with over 20 years of experience who has used her expertise to create high-performing, luxury, non-toxic products. You know you are in safe hands if a professional makeup artist has created the products. JoAnn partnered with experts in the field of green formulation to create innovative formulas with the finest of certified organic ingredients that are infused with phytonutrients.


      The brand was formed so JoAnn could offer organic, toxin-free, safe makeup alternatives for her clients to counteract the toxic chemically laden mainstream options that were on the market. Each product is created, tested and approved by makeup artists, so there’s an exceptional level of expertise that goes into each product.


      About the Ingredients -

      Now onto the ingredients, which is one of the main reasons why we are so excited about this brand.


      Sappho’s approach to beauty means that the quality and a transparency of ingredients is a high priority. Clean means that Sappho’s products are free from synthetic preservatives, parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, gluten and animal products and testing, to name a few! Instead, they use USDA Certified Organic oils, minerals and non-animal waxes, Phytonutrients, Eco-Certified preservatives and Vegetable Sourced Vitamin E. They use the power from Organic Plants and Flowers to create luxurious formulations with incredible performance.


      All Sappho’s products are Vegan, Cruelty-Free, Gluten and Soy Free and Organic.


      About the Products -

      Sappho is a brand that has got most of your makeup routine covered with a wide range of products that are suited for all skin types. We wanted to focus on Sappho’s best selling products and if you are looking for clean formulas for your base, they’ve got you covered!


      First up, the Essential Foundation. This foundation is perfect for every day because of the weightless feel and light-medium coverage. Your skin will be left looking flawless, fresh and dewy. The formula is infused with powerful phytonutrients and antioxidants and is created with a base of certified organic aloe juice and jojoba oil, plus a touch of shea butter for nourishing moisture. It has a 70%+ Organic Content and uses ECOCERT™, COSMOS™ certified ingredients. Sappho values inclusivity which means this foundation is available in 12 shades that range from very pale through to deep skin tones. It comes packaged in a glass bottle which not only offers a luxurious feel, but is recyclable too.

      FREE Sappho Foundation brush when you purchase the Essential Foundation (no code necessary) whilst stocks last.

       

      If you are someone who prefers a very light, sheer coverage, the CC Cream is for you. This offers a light veil of coverage to even out the skin tone. This contains an extra dose of organic aloe juice to hydrate, decrease inflammation, ease redness, and diminish the appearance of fine lines. This CC Cream can be worn alone or underneath your favourite foundation as a colour correcting primer and to reduce the look of imperfections. It contains no alcohol and also uses ECOCERT™ and COSMOS™ certified ingredients. The CC Cream comes in 5 broad-range shades ranging from the shades Fair-Dark and is packaging is biodegradable - how great is that?!


      The final product in their complexion line up is their Concealer. These are designed to conceal skin imperfections and discolouration. Made with deeply concentrated pigments and subtle highlights in a natural base that's light as a feather and smooth in texture. The lightweight formula means that this concealer doesn’t settle into fine lines and doesn’t feel heavy on the skin. Available in 5 shades, much like the CC Cream to cover a range of skin tones. This concealer is enriched with Flavonoids, Phytonutrients, and Antioxidants for skin-nourishing benefits. It comes packaged in a recyclable glass jar.


      There was just a small look into Sappho’s range of makeup products. Every product has been consciously curated with sustainability, performance and the consumer in mind. Sappho has got everything from complexion products, eyeshadow and mascara, to lip gloss, blush and bronzer. If their strong brand values and luxurious, certified organic formulations from this brand has got your attention, click here to check out the range of Sappho products we have available.

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      Valentine’s Day is one of those occasions that divides opinions. Whether you love or loathe it, Valentine’s Day is a nice reason to treat a special someone in your life or to give a friend a little reminder of how much they mean to you. We have selected a range of gifts that are not only a nice gesture but useful to the recipient too. No matter who you have in mind for a gift, we have got you covered.

      Gifts ideas for the woman in your life

      If the woman in your life is a makeup-lover, you are in luck because we have a couple ideas that we know she will love.

      Glow Organic Makeup Lesson 

      A Makeup Lesson is a great gift option because it allows the recipient to experience bespoke teaching that is tailored to their makeup preferences or style. We understand that everyone has their own relationship to beauty and our Makeup Lessons allow us to help you learn with products and shades that will work for you. Makeup Lessons are available in 1 hour or 2-hour slots and can be on a one-to-one basis, or for groups of up to six. Whether the recipient is looking to pick up the basics, or a new approach to their beauty routine, a Makeup Lesson is a gift that keeps on giving. It is a fantastic experience with the knowledge and skills gained going beyond the Lesson.

      ZAO MAKEUP - Eyeshadow Palette 'Clin d'oeil' No.2 

      Eyeshadow palettes continue to be popular within the beauty industry and the ‘Clin D’oeil’ No. 2 from ZAO Makeup is the perfect green beauty alternative to the mainstream palettes out there. This palette is 100% Natural, Vegan, Refillable and Plastic-Free - talk about ticking all the right boxes! With 10 beautiful, shimmering shades that are intensely pigmented and silky to the touch, it means the quality and application of these shadows is top-notch. The outer packaging is made from sustainable and durable bamboo which means it is travel-friendly and eco-friendly too, no plastic here! Any green beauty lover would love this palette and would enjoy experimenting with these stunning shimmers.

      Gift Ideas for the Man in your life

      Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to encourage the Man in your life to make some switches to Green Beauty and make time for self-care as well. Evolve Beauty is a great option for men because the packaging is sleek and gender-neutral.

      Evolve Beauty Radiant Glow Mask

      This mask contains cacao powder and clay to revitalise, purify and add radiance to the skin. It has a rich texture which makes the mask feel like a luxurious treat. Giving a face mask as a gift this Valentine’s Day will not only open his eyes to the world of skincare and self-care, but it is a great thing to do together as you watch tv or a film and encourages quality time spent together. 

      Evolve Beauty Body Wash

      Shower gel is a good entry-level product to gift the man in your life as an introduction to the world of Organic and Green beauty. The Evolve Beauty Shower gels come in two scents (African Orange and Citrus Blend) that that will leave him smelling great! Available in both Full Size and Travel Size, so there is an option for every budget.

      Gifts for your friend/Gal-entine’s gift ideas

      Gal-entine’s Day has gained popularity as a non-official holiday dedicated to celebrating our female friends. Treating a friend to something is a nice way of celebrating her and your friendship. 

      Kjaer Weis Lip Tint

      The Lip Tints from Kjaer Weis are a great lip option for every day. They can be worn as a sheer tint to the lips, or applied intensely for an opaque finish. With 10 universally flattering shades, there is a shade option for everyone. Opt for the shade ‘Dream State’ if your bestie loves a natural, yet polished look with a nude lip. Or, ‘Lover’s Choice’ if they love to make a statement with a deep red. The Lip Tints ensure that lips are left feeling soft and protected due to ingredients such as; organic beeswax, shea butter and jojoba oil. All products from Kjaer Weis come beautifully packaged in refillable, metal compacts.

      Corinne Taylor Himalayan Bath Salt Individual Sachets

      If your friend has been feeling a bit stressed lately, why not help her unwind with the Corinne Taylor Bath Salt Individual Sachets. Made using the purest salt in the world, Himalayan salt, these bath salts help to rejuvenate and stimulate to restore the balance of the body's energy levels. Available in different ingredient varieties for different needs, these Baths Salts are a must-have for anyone who has been having a hard time lately.

      If you want to treat someone to something this Valentine’s Day, but you’re still stuck for ideas, you can always purchase one of our gift cards. This allows the recipient to choose something for themselves that they really want and takes the pressure off you. Click here to shop our gift cards.

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      We managed to steal some time from Jené Roestorf's busy schedule to interview her about her brand Luxe Botanics. With a stunning new look and skincare formulas that merge science with nature and botanicals, we predict some huge growth for Luxe Botanics this year, and we are so excited to be on that journey with her! For anyone who hasn’t yet heard of LUXE Botanics, how would you describe your brand?

      LUXE Botanics is an intrepid natural skincare brand powered by the planet’s most transformative botanicals and leading edge green chemistry.

      We say intrepid because we believe in beauty activism. This means we are uncompromising in selecting botanicals with unparalleled, targeted skin benefits; in pioneering a new scientific standard in green beauty; and in our commitment to do good.

      What was the inspiration behind launching LUXE Botanics? Did you feel products like these were missing in the market? 

      I founded LUXE Botanics on the belief that nature is the ultimate innovator and wanted to design the most advanced natural skincare in the marketplace to reflect this.

      As a biotechnologist by training I am always questioning the status quo and looking for proof. The green beauty space, and the wellness industry as a larger whole, is a target for cynics, sometimes with good reason. I wanted to stand above the fray and approach everything through a scientific lens.

      The lack of scientific standards in green beauty means there is a gap in the market, which is why each of our botanicals are backed by clinical research and each of our powerful innovative formulations uses ground breaking green chemistry to avoid the harsh, potentially harmful compounds commonly found in skincare products.

      I love the new look! Was there a reason you decided to update it?

      Thank you! It’s been 10 months in the making. We’re so excited to be finally sharing with the world. We wanted to refine our look so that it would connect deeper to nature’s most powerful botanicals, from the abundant lands of Africa to the Brazilian Amazon, as well as reflect more strongly the intersection of nature and science in our award winning formulations, which is where LUXE lives.

      So you use 3 core botanicals in your products, could you tell us the benefits of these and why you chose to use these specifically?

      Our range focuses on three distinctive botanicals: Camu Camu, Kigelia Africana, and Marula. Each own a unique set of properties that are hyper targeted to work on specific skin concerns and each align with a way to give back.

      1. Camu Camu is an Amazonian superfruit with potent concentrations of vitamin C, helping to support cellular energy, fade the appearance of dark spots and repair skin from environmental damage. It is the heroine of our brightening line helping skin achieve its peak radiance.
      2. Marula nut oil, wild harvested and cold pressed by Masaai women in Kenya, provides an intensive burst of essential fatty acids and antioxidants to improve appearance of tone, firmness and elasticity to uplift skin. This is our hydrating line ideal for dry, mature skin.
      3. Kigelia africana is a tree native to Southern Africa, whose fruit possesses gentle yet potent purifying properties to address unsightly skin concerns and support cell regeneration. We call this our corrective line because it is ideal for repairing skin while calming inflammation or sensitivity.

      The Kigelia line is my absolute go to skin saviour, because this powerful extract saved my acne prone, hyper sensitive and prematurely ageing skin from harsh prescription medications. I would recommend it to anyone who has a similar skin type and skin concerns. 

      Tell us a little about your background and how that has helped you with launching your skincare line.

      I’m native South African, so my earliest memories are of roaming in the bush, exploring one of the most the diverse and vibrant ecosystems in the world. That wanderlust has never left me.

      Growing up I also had a fascination with science, which led me to study biotechnology and nanotechnology. I’ve since spent the better part of a decade working in clinical research on oncology and dermatology trials. 

      While I had a successful career, everything I could have wanted, a trip to Tanzania in my early 30s reawakened this love of nature, and I knew I had to get back to my roots.

      I think we can all relate to having such busy lives now that we feel disconnected from the natural world and other people. LUXE Botanics was about reconnecting with both. This primal understanding of the healing powers of nature, my scientific training and wanting to address the imbalance of social injustice I’d seen growing up in Africa. These are the individual parts which make up LUXE Botanics. While I come from a family of entrepreneurs, this is my first venture, but I truly believe that if you’re authentic about ‘why’ you’ve started your business, your values system and the problem you help solve for people, this is the bedrock of building a successful brand that extends beyond skincare alone. 

      I love that you have a social initiative and choose to support the local communities harvesting your raw ingredients. Could you tell us a little more about this and how it helps them?

      Yes! Beyond efficacy, the science, the botanicals, this is what makes me most proud about LUXE Botanics - nature’s ability to nurture others. Our strong commitment to sustainability means each botanical had to have its own way of giving back.

      Paramount is the wellbeing and livelihood of our harvesters, which is why we’re proud to source wild harvested, certified organic botanicals that enable us to work with local co-operatives to ensure fair trade standards which uplift our harvesting communities.

      As an additional layer on top of that, we are part of Buy1Give1, a global business community that’s inspiring positive change in our world through its philosophy of 1 for 1. This means with every purchase of LUXE Botanics, proceeds go directly to support community projects where we choose to focus on women and children. 

      So for example our Marula supports school child in Kenya with educational resources to progress academically and make a contribution to Kenya’s future. Camu provides children in Ethiopia with essential and basic nutrition to grow into healthy adults and Kigelia invests in the future women in Malawi providing business training to enable her to support her family and contribute to their livelihood.  

      This means that every time you purchase a product from Luxe Botanics proceeds from your purchase go directly to support,  and fully fund these community projects, one individual at a time. 

      If you could offer one piece of skincare advice, what would it be?

      Explore what works for you and don’t be afraid to experiment. Your skin is as individual as you are and it’s never going to be a case of one size fits all. Perfect example – for years I tried everything for my cystic acne, and then discovered Kigelia. While it is now my go to, I often use different combinations of our botanicals depending on the needs of my skin on any given day.

      If you’re finding your current regime isn’t delivering results, set yourself a challenge to pay close attention to your skin, carefully taking note of what is working and what is not. Learn your skin type and any skin conditions that you're prone to. Once you know your skin basics you should strive to become ingredient focused. Then take time to test out new products, commit to them and truly engage with your skin to find the right regime. When choosing your green skincare, you should no longer have to comprise on efficacy, your wellbeing or your values.

      Thank you, Jené! Shop Luxe Botanics
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      As a way to mark Veganuary, we thought it would be good to give you guys some Vegan dupes for some cult beauty classics. These vegan beauty products are great alternatives to a few of the big mainstream faves. We want to help you guys make the transition to green and vegan beauty as easy as possible and show you that there is a whole world of green beauty out there that doesn’t mean a compromise on products, quality or formulas.

      Ere Perez Beetroot Lip and Cheek Tint as a dupe for Benefit’s Bene-tint Lip and Cheek Colour

      Starting off with a dupe that is almost the same as the mainstream version. The Ere Perez Lip and Cheek Tint is a great vegan alternative to the Benetint from Benefit Cosmetics. Both products are multi-use as they are both intended to be applied on the cheeks and lips. Both products have a liquid formula that stays put for a long time, with a vibrant colour pay-off. One thing that is different with these products is the applicator. The Ere Perez offers a doe-foot as opposed to a brush, giving you more accuracy with your application. The Beetroot Lip and Cheek Tint is available in two shades, ‘Joy’, a cherry red and ‘Fun’, a fuchsia pink.

      Couleur Caramel Perfect Complexion Concealer as a dupe for YSL Touché Eclat

      Everyone has heard of the Touché Eclat from YSL, known for its ability to brighten areas of the face and disguise dark circles. The Couleur Caramel Perfect Complexion Concealer is a great alternative because it does everything the Touché Eclat claims whilst being Vegan-Friendly and Organic. With the same twist-up packaging and brush applicator, this is a very comparable vegan beauty dupe. The Couleur Caramel Perfect Complexion Concealer is available in 3 highlighting shades to cover imperfections and highlight the face.

      Couleur Caramel 263 ‘Deep Red’ as a dupe for MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick

      MAC Ruby Woo is one of those iconic lipsticks that every beauty addict has heard of, a true red that will suit everyone. If you are wanting a vegan alternative, we recommend Couleur Caramel’s Deep Red (263), the shade is almost an exact match to Ruby Woo with an intense red tone with a blue base. The lipsticks from Couleur Caramel are long lasting with intense pigment. They are also cheaper than the MAC lipsticks so this is a great dupe all-round.

      BYBI Babe Balm as a dupe for Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream

      If you are looking for a vegan multi-use balm, similar to the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream, look no further than the BYBI Babe Balm! This balm can be used anywhere to add a dose of hydration and moisture. It can be used on dry skin, nails and cuticles, as a lip balm or even as a glossy highlighter - the list is endless. Much like 8 Hour Cream, BYBI’s Babe Balm is multi-use with endless possibilities and is a must-have in anyone’s beauty stash. The main difference between these two products is that BYBI’s offering is 100% Natural, Cruelty-Free and Vegan, making it a no brainer to rotate this wonder balm into your routine.

      Evolve Beauty Gentle Cleansing Melt as a dupe for Clinique Take The Day Off Balm

      Most skincare junkies have heard of Clinique’s Take The Day Off Balm as a must-have first cleanse product to remove makeup and daily grime. The Evolve Beauty Gentle Cleansing Melt is a fab alternative to Clinique because it does exactly the same thing whilst being Vegan-Friendly and slightly cheaper too. The Gentle Cleansing Balm contains ingredients such as, Baobab Seed Oil, Sweet Almond Seed Oil and Sunflower Seed Oil to cleanse the skin and leave it feeling hydrated after use. The Gentle Cleansing Melt from Evolve Beauty makes the first cleanse step a breeze as it easily melts away makeup and daily impurities. It comes packaged in a recyclable, glass jar.

      Sappho Mascara as a dupe for Benefit They’re Real Mascara

      They’re Real Mascara is one of the Benefit’s most well-known products because it gives a volumized, false lash effect. Sappho’s Mascara is a great alternative to Benefit’s They’re Real. Sappho’s Mascara gives lashes volume, length and definition with a formula that is suitable for sensitive eyes. The main difference between these two mascaras is the fact that Sappho’s is formulated with the highest quality natural and organic ingredients whilst also being Vegan. Despite the full coverage jet black formula, the Sappho Mascara is easily removed with just water - no scrubbing or rubbing at the delicate eye area, yet another reason why this mascara is amazing!

      We hope our Vegan beauty dupes opened your eyes to the world of Vegan and Green Beauty. These are just some of the many alternatives to mainstream brands that are better for you and the environment. As beauty lovers, we don’t have to compromise our ethics to enjoy modern formulas, textures and shades.

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