Simplicity at its best: new launches from Mallow and White

Lately I have been having many conversations about skincare routines, in part, a consequence of a collaboration that I have been doing with Bio-Extracts. Or maybe it is the fact that festivities aren’t far away and we are starting to pay more attention to how our skin looks, before we get down to celebrating the end of this divisive year. I have never been a fan of complicated skincare routine and truly believe that less is more, a sentiment that is shared by Joanna White, founder of Mallow and White. Joanna uses no more that six ingredients in her products and this year has seen a steady growth of her young brand. Now I want to introduce two of her new skincare ‘babies’ to you – SOOTHE and RESTORE cleansing oils, as well as Blossom Balm, her creative collaboration with beauty blogger Amber, aka Amber’s Beauty Talk.

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Joanna actually launched three cleansing oils – there is also REVITALISE for mature skin, but I have been testing two of the above since October and have to say that it’s been the case of ‘like’ at a first sniff and a much deeper appreciation the longer I used the oils. I tend to use cleansing oils in the evening, to properly and thoroughly cleanse my skin, getting rid of make-up and pollutants, massage my face and make skin ready for the serums or creams or oils that I apply as part of my evening skincare ritual.

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Joanna is not the one to rush to expand the range because it is often expected in the beauty industry – I call it the ‘false novelty bandwagon’ – so ‘developing a trio of cleansing oils was done in order to complement and complete the products that are already on offer and result in a simple, paired down and effective set that is all you need for your skin – cleansing, gentle exfoliation and moisturising. I realise that there are other steps that can be added, but for me, these are the basic essentials ( it is all I use!). As the whole idea of the products is simplicity in ingredients, I wanted the range to be simple too’.

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Sooth Cleansing Oil is fragrance free and was developed with sensitive skin in mind. When I opened the bottle and inhaled, I could clearly smell the freshness of cucumber notes and that was very special, as I don’t know many face skincare products with this smell.

The two star ingredients of the Soothe cleansing oil are the Rice Bran Oil (Oryza Sativa) and the Cucumber Oil (Cucumus Sativus). Joanna loves the softness of rice bran oil, which is also known as an oil suitable for irritated skin. She also added Apricot Kernel Oil in the mix because of all of its wonderful properties, but it was equally important to make sure that the oil smelt nice, even though it is unscented. ”(Maybe brands don’t use it precisely because its scent would clash with other fragrances they are using?)”. Cucumber oil was an obvious one for Joanna – it smells beautiful, but also has various properties she was looking for, including skin’s nourishment ( Omegas 6 and 9), it ‘spreads’ easily and absorbs fairly quickly into the skin to help moisturise, as well as cleanse. ”On a more technical note, it contains phytosterols, and studies have shown that these help stimulate the regeneration of healthy skin cells. I figure this must be good for those with sensitive skin,” – adds Joanna.

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I apply a few drops of this cleansing oil to my fingers first and then spread it all over my face, gently massaging it. If I am going to shower, I leave the oil on for a few minutes and then cleanse it off with a damp flannel, leaving my skin nurtured, soft and sample. While I don’t have sensitive skin, as it becomes colder and radiators are working full blast, my skin becomes dryer, so using this cleansing oil supports my skin’s matrix and gently cleanses make-up and daily pollutants off.

The oil’s pale yellow colour is easy on the eye and feels richly nourishing, yet not at all greasy, for those of you who are wondering about trying oil cleanser for the skin. I also recommend that you check Mallow & White website for tips on the best way to use each product, as this oil cleanser can be used three ways. Click here to find out more. There is also additional information on key ingredient benefits, as well as the full list of ingredients, which is as follows: Cucumber Seed Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Apricot kernel oil, Jojoba oil.

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Joanna’s products don’t contain mineral oils, SLS or other harsh sulphates which are harsh abrasive cleaners and all of her products are hand-blended in small batches, in order to maintain maximum freshness, in Hertfordshire, where she lives.  They are also vegan and tested on friends, not animals and if you think or know that you have sensitive skin, Joanna recommends that you do a patch test first.

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Face oil loving from Aromatherapy Associates

Sunshine has been kind to us lately and while luxuriating in its rays ( not forgetting to apply and re-apply sun protection ) it might be useful to re-assess face care products you use, for example swapping your serum & moisturiser combo for a face oil like Aromatherapy Associates Soothing Face Oil, which promises to calm and comfort your skin.

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The brand has been going from strength to strength since its launch in 1985 by Geraldine Howard ( she trained as a beauty therapist under aromatherapy doyennne Micheline Arcier ), who, alongside her team slowly and consistently has been building up a loyal customer base by creating products that don’t follow trends, instead they provide you with handy tools to suit your mood, energy or skincare needs with the help of essential oils and active botanicals.

The soothing face oil that I have been using lately is a nourishing blend of

coconut, jojoba seed, rice germ, baobab
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Summer face oils from de Mamiel and Bodhi

Summer is a gloriously happy time of the year but the heat and the sun play havoc not just with our hair but with our complexions as well. In addition to upping our sun protection to safeguard our skin (sometimes it leads to your pores being a bit more clogged than usual, particularly if you re-apply it during the day on the beach, as advised by dermatologists), it helps to switch to lighter skincare formulas but would you use a summer face oil? If the thought hasn’t crossed your mind or you have some misconceptions about them, I have been testing two face oils this summer, =&0=& =&1=& and =&2=&, with great success (my way of saying that those two are definite beauty keepers).

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de Mamiel Spring Facial Oil-my liquid sunshine in a bottle

Oils have been used all over the world for centuries to nurture skin, hair, nails, bodies and yet, many women I know are reluctant to use them, convinced that they will make their skin look and feel greasy. Well, with all due respect, let me explain why I disagree.

I have been using face and body oils for a few years now and while not all of them are made equal-in my view a lot depends on the quality of oils and the energy and skill of the practitioner who mixes them- some oils are exquisitely special and the latest launch from Annee de Mamiel, will be my case in point here.

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Annee’s name has been popping on my radar for a while and we have at least one good mutual acquaintance, yet we haven’t met in person so far. People who used to see Annee for treatments at Home House in the past always talked highly of her, yet did so in hushed tones, almost afraid that other people will learn their secret. But Annee not only does treatments ( currently practising at Beauty a La Carte when in London ), she makes seasonal face oils and her latest, spring facial oil is launching in the UK on March 20th. Luckily for you, my dear readers, I have been using it for about a month now and even though spring’s arrival has been slow, my skin feels and looks grateful already.

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The oil itself looks like liquid sunshine-a rich, amber like yellow with a hint of chestnut. It has a gentle smell of sun and flowers, so it not only works on your skin, it has a deep effect on you via your senses. The oil, contained in the dark glass bottle, in order to best preserve its contents, is hand blended and packs a powerful punch of antioxidants and Omegas that will help to rejuvenate your pasty skin after the harsh winter and give it the much needed-and welcomed, might I add !!- glow.

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Oils of:

juniper ( detoxifying ),

grapefruit ( revitalises & uplifts the senses ),

lavender ( relaxing and healing for the skin ),

geranium ( helps to lift the spirits and balances the skin ),

thyme ( powerful antiseptic and very beneficial for immunity in general ),

rosemary ( stimulating for mental clarity & stiffness of muscles ),

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