So it has been a little while since my last Primal Beauty blog post – sorry! I have been very busy testing out the latest and greatest products, getting ready for creating my Halloween and Christmas recipes, and I’m getting ready to vamp up my site bringing you a monthly newsletter packed full of discounts and giveaways!
I have been on a chemical free beauty regime for quite a while now and I am absolutely loving it – but anyway enough about me and on to the good stuff!
According to the Soil Association’s Organic Market Report health and beauty sales are up in the UK by 20%. It seems that people aren’t just concerned by what they are putting into their body but also what they are putting onto it too! Organic skincare products available on the beauty market are booming, new brands are popping up out of nowhere, and sometimes it can just feel so overwhelming that you don’t know where to begin. So as becoming a conscious yet savvy shopper can be tough I thought that I would share with you guys my top 5 organic skincare products! After all a Paleo lifestyle isn’t just about what we eat but the world that we are living in too.
The low-down: Can be used as a cleanser, gentle exfoliator, or mask. Contains wild rose seed oil, jojoba seed oil, beeswax, shea butter, hemp seed oil, and starflower seed oil. Uses some of my fave essential oils; geranium, frankincense, patchouli, and rosemary.
Pros: Comes with an organic muslin cloth that is super gentle on skin, you can use it in 3 ways – use all 3 for a full facial! I find this beauty balm super nourishing on my 30 something year old skin, it smells divine – like geranium and roses, leaves my skin feeling soft, smooth and plump, and helps to smooth my wrinkles too! I also found it great to use as a make-up remover especially around the eyes. Perfect for sensitive and mature skin!
Cons: Costs a bomb but due to it having 3 different uses I can live with the price tag!
Buy direct from Neal’s Yard Remedies.
2. Neal’s Yard Remedies – White Tea Facial Mist
The low-down: A calming facial mist infused with antioxidant white tea, aloe vera, aromatherapeutic essential oils, and Bach Flower Remedies.
Pros: Perfect for calming sensitive skin, super rehydrating, and the smell reminds me of honeysuckle for some reason – which is a good thing. It definitely relaxes and soothes the mind due to the flower remedies and essential oils. I use this as a toner mainly but on hot days it is the most luxurious way to cool off!
Cons: For the price I kind of wish that the bottle was a little bigger as it hasn’t lasted me as long as I had hoped, however the product itself is well worth the money.
Buy direct from Neal’s Yard Remedies.
3. Bodhi & Birch – Neroli Lucé Revitalising Face Oil
The low-down: This face oil contains grape seed, apricot kernel, and jojoba oil as a base. The Tunisian Neroli tones the skin, Frankincense to rejuvinate, and Sea Buckthorn oil for skin regeneration and acne control. Scented with Mediterranean orange blossoms.
Pros: Oh my word I call this my ‘liquid gold’, I really do – I use it morning and evening after my toner and before my moisturiser. Since using this product the elasticity of my skin has improved and my skin tone has evened out around my nose – I’m prone to a little difference in colour around that area. This is my favourite product to slather on my face and neck, especially before bedtime, as the scent is just amazing. This definitely feels like more of a luxury skincare product than all of the rest and I will cry when this runs out. It is supposed to be great for acne prone skin, can also be used as a cleanser if you have really dry patches of skin. Great for men too as a beard oil!
Cons: Obviously the price tag is pretty steep considering that you only get 15ml, I have been using 1-2 pumps twice a day for about a month and I still have some left so not that bad after all! I was hoping to see some improvement in my enlarged pores around my nose but haven’t although I have across my cheeks.
Buy direct from Bodhi & Birch.
4. Pure Chimp – Super Face Cream
The low-down: A vegan and organic nourishing face cream with a unique blend of repairing omega 3’s & 6’s. It contains hemp wax, sunflower oil, safflower oil, hemp oil, shea butter, banana extract, and sea buckthorn oil.
Pros: This is a very moisturising cream, I love that it uses hemp wax to keep it strictly vegan, and it literally smells of banana sweets. I found this great as a night cream and a good primer for my make-up. Great price. Oh and 5% of all profits go to charity!!!
Cons: Although it uses hemp wax you do get little flakes of the stuff so you really have to work the cream into your skin, I found it a little too heavy for a day cream and would like something lighter but it makes for a fab night cream. Although I love the banana smell I worry that it might not be for everyone.
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5. Green People – Age Defy+ Tinted DD Moisturiser SPF 15 in ‘Light’
The low-down: The UK’s 1st ever anti-ageing tinted daily defence moisturiser with sPF 15 to defend against UVA and UVB rays. Contains sea fennel stem cells to brighten, firm, and renew skin. Colour corrects and contains natural earth mineral pigments that adapt to compliment fair skin. (Vegan, 98.4% natural ingredients, 13.0% organic ingredients.)
Pros: Firstly apologies for the awful smudgy photo here haha! I do not know what happened but anyway… Wow… Just wow. I didn’t think that I would love a tinted moisturiser as much as I do this one. I have used a few BB creams in the past, and always been a YSL girl when it comes to foundations, but this really cuts the mustard. You can build up in gradual layers for light to medium coverage, it evens out skin tone, and it felt like it plumped out and firmed my skin somewhat. Being a mum of 3 I love products that you can just use in a hurry and without an applicator. I also set this with Green People Pressed Mineral Powder when I want something a little heavier of if I am having an oily face kinda day! Usually these sorts of creams just clog up my pores or feel sticky but this didn’t. The colour is natural and does seem to adapt as I have yellow toned but pale skin and didn’t look orange or dull from using it.
Cons: It almost matches my skin tone (which is rare) however it was a little too dark and I did get the odd bit of red like pigment coming out which I had to blend in. I’d like to see about £5 knocked off the price tag but hey-ho!
Buy direct from Green People.