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I was asked by Elle about some of my favourite products. Not all of them could be featured in the magazine. So here are all my answers below. Hopefully you will find some of these become your favourite too !
What is your favourite…
Facial cleanser – "Skin Juice Smudge Budge - It removes makeup and can also be used on the eyes. The balm formula just melts into your skin upon contact and leaves the skin feeling soft and hydrated. This is a great cleanser for sensitive skin"
Facial exfoliator – "Josh Rosebrook Active Enzyme Exfoliator – This is applied like a mask and left on for between 10-40 minutes. I love that you don’t need to rub it into your skin which is great if you are sensitive. You can visibility see the difference in your skin tone after you have used it"
Facial moisturiser – "This is a tricky one as I have a lot of favourites ! I change my moisturisers around a lot depending on how my skin is feeling. My skin is naturally dry so especially in winter I use the Josh Rosebrook Vital Balm cream during the day, and I go for the Maya Chia The Super Blend Pressed Serum Brightening Moisture Concentrate in the evening. "
Facial treatment product – "I really love Skin Juice Facial In A Jar. It contains natural fruit acids to gentle exfoliate and resurface the skin. You can really see the difference after using this mask "
Eye product – "I am currently using Maya Chia The Eye Achiever. This is a serum containing Vitamin C Ester, and I just love the round metal ball applicator. It makes it easy to apply and feels cooling around the eyes when you apply it."
Body Moisturiser – "I really love the Eco By Sonya Coconut Body Milk. My whole family use this. It really leaves your skin hydrated after only one use"
Body wash – "I don’t use body wash very often, I personally prefer an actual bar of soap. I use the Dr Bronner’s Pure Castille Soap Bars. The rose scent is my personal favourite"
Tanning product –" Eco Tan Face Tan Water hands down. This product is amazing, and a firm favourite in our store . it not only gives a beautiful natural colour to your face , but also has skin benefits that leave your skin glowing"
Natural deodorant – "Vapour AER deodorant - I love that this is a gel to powder formula rather than a paste, and you apply it straight from the tube so it easily glides on. It works really well also"
Hair shampoo – "I just love the Innersense Organic Beauty range. My hair is quite fine, so I use the Pure Harmony Hairbath. It provides a great lather for a natural product, and in my opinion is equal to any main stream salon brand that I have tried in the past. I really can’t keep this range on the shelf long enough !"
Hair conditioner – "I use the Innersense Colour Radiance Conditioner. I colour my hair and use a straightener so it can get dry. This provides a little more nourishment than the pure range without being too heavy for my fine hair"
Hair Treatment/mask – "I use the Innersense Hydrating Hair Masque. It provides a real extra boost of nourishment. I really need to try and use it more often !"
Styling product – "I use a couple ! All from the Innersense range. I use a little of the Sweet Spirit Leave in Conditioner to help detangle my hair after I wash it. Having fine hair it tangles quite easily. I then use I Create Volume all throughout my hair for added volume. If i am in a hurry and don't have time to blow dry, I Create Volume is also great to define curls and manage frizz as my hair is naturally curly"
Natural fragrance – "Josh Rosebrook Ethereal . I honestly never thought I would like a natural fragrance until I tried this one !" (note: this is temporarily unavailable from Josh Rosberook)
Foundation - "Gressa Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation. This provides such great coverage for a natural foundation, and doesn’t look thick or cakey. It leaves a lovely dewy finish without being to shiny, and a little really does go a way."
Lip colour –" oh that is tough ! on an everyday basis I tend to reach for the Skin Juice Guava Crush Lip and Cheek Tint , this smells devine, like raspberries and watermelon ! OR Nudus Lipstick in Halo"
Blush/bronzer – "Lily Lolo pressed blush in Coming Up Roses. It is such a pretty natural rose pink colour"
Top splurge item – "Maya Chia Highlight of the Day Illuminating Face Serum – This provides such a lovely sheen and glow to your skin. It is very versatile, it can be worn alone under or over makeup or mixed in with your foundation ."
Favourite organic treatment/spa – "I really just love a good old fashioned facial (using natural products of course) nothing fancy. It helps me to relax and the massage on your face increases the supply of oxygen to your face which means more blood flow. This helps increase collagen production !"
Lady Gaga has won "Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "Shallow" from the movie "A Star Is Born" at the recent 61st Grammy Awards. So what better time to recreate the " A Star Is Born " make up look from Lily Lolo.
Here is what you will need and how to recreate the look :
Using the Stellar Eye Palette apply the colour Nebula over the lid as a base. Then use Blissed Out in the outer crease and blend into socket and eye lid. Next sweep Solar Flare onto the brow bone.
To add some drama (Lady Gaga style) use Natural Eye Pencil in Black along the upper lash line and softly blend outwards.
Using Big Lash Mascara in Black , wiggle the wand from the roots of the lashes to the tips. Apply two coats without letting the first coat dry for maximum drama. Apply to bottom lashes for extra definition. Fill and define brows with the Brow Duo PencilOR pressed Eyebrow Duo powder.
Using Lip Pencil in Soft Nude draw an x on your cupid's bow and and trace the outer corners and bottom edge of your lower lip. Connect the lines and outline the rest of your lips. Soften the line really well with a lip brush. Finally apply Rose Goldlipstick to finish the look.
This lightly scented lotion contains organic rosehip, calendula and shea nut oils. This will leave skin feeling soft and hydrated without any greasy residue. Skin that is simply irresistible to touch ! Available in two sizes.
Help to prepare a healthy mummy to be with this juicy bundle of skin love. The gentle, organic body wash with calming aromas from mandarin and pink grapefruit will leave the skin feeling super soft and fresh.
Facial rolling has been used in Chinese skincare for centuries. Facial rolling increases circulation which can reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and help reduce puffiness and inflammation as the rolling action aids lymphatic drainage.
We asked Frankly Retro all about the Rose Quartz Roller. Here is what they said:
What is Rose Quartz?
First and foremost, gemstones are well-known for emitting certain energies and healing properties. Rose Quartz in particular, has been a staple in skincare routines for centuries, and is believed to have healing and anti-aging properties. The Rose Quartz is a beautiful rosy-pink stone from the variety of Quartz. The colour can vary from a very rosy-pink to pale pink hue. Known as the love stone, Rose Quartz is popular for vibrations of unconditional love, self-care, and healing (and overall, very beautiful tool to have in your beauty cabinet!).
Here are the benefits of using a Rose Quartz face roller:
Increases lymphatic drainage
Reduces fine lines and wrinkle
Reduces puffiness; giving a healthy appearance to the face
Eases tense facial muscles
Relieves pressure from sinus congestion
Assists in better absorption of skincare products
If you think your skin appears tired, or you just want to freshen it up before applying your skincare products, the rose quartz roller is perfect for you.
This lovely little flower is found in many natural beauty products, to assist with just what the name suggests, brightening your eyes! However because of the many benefits of eyebright it's great not only for our eyes but for all areas of the skin. Benefits include:
- Calms & soothes the skin
- Stimulates collagen -
Brightens - Is naturally anti-inflammatory which helps reduce the appearance of puffy eyes
- Helps to protect the skin by unclogging pores, perfect for those of us with oily skin
- The natural astringent qualities in eyebright is great to assist tightening the skin, helping with the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Want to give it a try? Check out our collection of products that include eyebright below.
Dr Bronner's liquid soap is an all natural liquid castille soap. This company is family owned and have been operating and making soap since 1858 !
What is the difference between Dr Bronner's soap and other commercial soaps?
Dr Bronners' explains:
Unlike most commercial soapmakers, who distill the glycerin out of their soaps to sell separately, we retain it in our soaps for its superb moisturizing qualities.
We super-fat our bar soaps for a milder, smoother lather.
We use natural vitamin E from sunflower seeds and citric acid from fermented tapioca to protect freshness.
We do not add any chelating agents, dyes, whiteners or synthetic fragrances.
We use pure and powerful high-quality certified organic essential oils.
Our liquid soaps are three times more concentrated than most so-called “liquid soaps” on the market, and they are only a few percent away from being a solid, which saves on packaging materials.
Our soaps are a superb value, costing less than less-concentrated, inferior detergent body-wash “liquid soaps.”
Our soaps are most popular for at-home washing, but they are also the soap of choice for many campers and hikers, as they are biodegradable and nature-friendly.
We also use better packaging; our plastic cylinder bottles are made from 100% post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic.
This soap is so versatile it has 18 different uses ! Here is a list below on all the different ways you can use it.
Face : 2-3 drops on wet hands, applied to wet face
Body: One small squirt on a wet washcloth, applied to a wet body
Hair: ½ tbsp in your hand, worked into wet hair, or dilute ½ tbsp in ½ a cup of water and work that into wet hair
Bath: Depends upon water amount, but roughly 2 tbsp soap in an average size bath. (Doesn’t bubble, but still cleans)
Teeth: 1 drop on a toothbrush. (Yes, it tastes like soap.)
Makeup Brushes: A small squirt onto wet makeup brush. Massage in gently and rinse.
Footbath: 1 ½ tsp in a small tub of hot water.
Dishes (hand washing): Pre-dilute 1:10 with water. Squirt on a scrub brush and scrub dishes.
Laundry: 1/3-1/2 cup of soap for a large load in a normal washer. Add ½ cup vinegar to the rinse cycle.
Mopping: ½ cup of soap in 11 litres of hot water
General Cleaning: ¼ cup soap in a quart of water in a spray bottle. Add ¼ tsp tea tree essential oil if desired.
Windows: 1 tbsp soap in 4 cups of water in a spray bottle. Follow up with pure club soda, or half vinegar/ half water.
Toilet: Predilute 1:4 with water in a squirt bottle. Add ¼ tsp tea tree oil. Flush toilet and squirt bowl thoroughly, sprinkle baking soda on the brush, scrub bowl, let sit 10 minutes, then flush.
Fruit & Veggie Rinse: 1 dash (approx ¼ tsp.) in a bowl of water. Dunk produce and swish. Then rinse in clear water.
Clearing Congestion: 1 tbsp in a bowl of steamy hot water. Breathe in mist with a towel draped over the head.
Dog Washing: Amount varies widely depending on size, hair type and length, and overall dirtiness. Wet dog thoroughly, then start to work in castile soap up and down their body until you have a good lather. Really massage it in down to the skin.
Plant Spray for Bugs: 1 tbsp in a 4 cups of water. Add ½ tsp cayenne pepper or cinnamon, if desired.
Ant spray (not on plants): ¼ cup tea tree soap in 4 cups of water. (This concentration will burn plants.)
We currently have the liquid soap available is six different scents and in two sizes.
Quiet Calm has multiple uses and can be used on both curly and straight hair. Here is how Shai Amiel recommends using it :
As a Leave In
“Quite Calm has been a very reliable leave in conditioner. It works great with all textures but I find it to be very efficient with dry and coarse hair.”
As a Hydrator
“Its extreme hydrating features really help define curls that have been dried out with previous products that left buildup.”
Alone or in Partner
“Quiet Calm works very well with Innersense Organic Beauty cleansers and conditioners or on its own.”
Try It Post Detox!
“I also recently loved its effect after I removed buildup with Harmonic Healing Oil. It is so rich and light! I’ve used it on all hair textures and found it to be very reliable.”
From Innersense :
"We formulated Quiet Calm with Certified Organic Shea Butter, Rice Bran Oil and Oat Kernel Extract for smoothing, hydration and protection and a bouquet of Certified Organic Orange Flower Oil and Frangipani Extract for a sense of quiet and calm. While curlies (and Oprah.com!) love it as a nourisher for textured hair, Quiet Calm Curl Control is just as loving on straight hair as a thermal protectant when blow drying! Our cream can also be used to reshape curls and eliminate frizz on second and third day curls. "