If you are one of those people who starts January with huge intentions & grandiose plans, might I suggest sticking to something small & realistic ? As we emerge into the busy world blurry-eyed
Like our skin, hair reflects the state of our general health. However, as they are dead cells, hair issues like splitting ends, discolouration, dry scalp or dandruff can be indicative of past or ongoing illnesses or nutritional deficiency. If you leaf through many publications, including the glossies, you will notice that hair that is glossy and in top condition seems to be trending lately and it is the trend that I wholeheartedly embrace, as part of my own daily self-care evening ritual.
Each oil in Alchemy formulas is organic, fair-trade, vegan & cruelty-free (part of PETA’s beauty without bunnies campaign) and is sourced either from the UK or India
I don’t know about you, but I have white envy of real women who posses long, thick, glossy hair (please make no mistake, this doesn’t include me admiring magazine or tv ads where glossy hair is achieved by clever lighting & editing ). Fairly often women who have naturally glossy locks come from the Arab countries, Latin America or India, so the fact that Alchemy founders are of Indian heritage comes as a natural advantage. Amandeep Panglin, one of brand’s founders, alongside her two siblings, decided to create Alchemy after noticing a gap in the market for multi-tasking hair oils – ones that can remedy damage already inflicted on hair & scalp, while also acting as a styling product. Amandeep & her siblings have been using oils on their hair since the young age, which allowed them to combine their childhood practises with modern knowledge & to create a line of products based on natural oils (no gimmicky or complex formulas, reading through which you get lost) to benefit both hair & scalp. In a way, they have always been working towards setting up their own business & in 2015 a dream became a reality.
Alchemy launched with just three products, Peppermint Beard Remedy, Grapefruit & Amla Hair Remedies, recently adding the Peppermint Brow Remedy to their range (you can also purchase sample-sized versions of the products, as well as limited editions of the products for special occasions). The brand combines Ayurvedic practise of hair oiling from India, where oils are used much more often than in the West, for scalp massaging. There is a notion that oils will make your hair greasy, but you don’t have to worry, if you use good quality oils in the right way for your own scalp & hair needs – more on this later.
Each blend was formulated to stimulate hair growth, treat hair loss, promote stronger hair, soften it, fight frizz, add shine or make hair more manageable naturally. We often want what we don’t have, but it’s nice to have a product that allows you to achieve the desired result, factoring your hair’s unique qualities, while ingredients used have long-term benefits & don’t jeopardise your wellbeing.
Every month I make notes about the new innovations on the beauty market. Armed with that I go out, try things out, get some samples or buy things straight away.
So, what is new on my shelves in January? Firstly, a face oil from my magical friend Michelle Roque-O’Neil. She now assesses your skin condition and mixes you an oil taking into account not only things specific to your skin, but according to the weather/season outside too. My winter oil contains jasmine, frankincense, rose, camomile and argan oils among other things. I put it on every night and my skin thanks me (and Michelle!) for it. For the morning I bought a Body Shop’s ‘nutriganics’ smoothing day cream (it contains babassu oil) which makes my skin velvety smooth to the touch. Yesterday I also got a free big sample (thank you February’s issue of Instyle magazine) of Origins Modern friction, which is a grainy scrub that doesn’t strip your skin but gets read off the dead skin cells and allows your skin to renew itself more effectively.
Foundation wise-and I like my face to look groomed but not apparently ‘made up’ I bought Becca’s luminous skin colour, which evens out my skin tone, gives me a bit of colour and makes me feel better.
One miss so far was from a brand called Yes to Carrots. My hair has been really fine lately and based on good advice I bought the ‘pampering hair mud conditioner’ but it made no difference at all. It only cost £5.49 but you don’t want to throw away an almost unused 500 ml bottle of something, do you? And you know what? It can be used as a shaving cream and it does leave a lovely sheen on the skin. Problem solved!
To continue with the hair, let me mention Shu
Uemura’s essence absolue nourishing