Galina Loves: face cloths

When it comes to washing our faces, we all have different preferences. Some just use their nimble hands. Some love their Clarisonic, others prefer Foreo. But there[...] read more

Wild for A.S. Apothecary Beauty Balm Concentrate

Sometimes it’s hard not to feel drowned in by the amount of new beauty launches and to choose wisely, not impulsively. But the older I become, the better I understand not just myself, but my skin & body needs, so they are the ones to dictate my skincare choices, not the marketing or advertising. As consumers we also develop affinity with certain brands, which makes us keep an eye on their new launches & A.S. Apothecary is one of those brands for me. Amanda Saurin‘s latest launch, Wild Beauty Balm Concentrate No.30 came about ‘over a series of months, meetings & musings’, including with yours truly. Once I tried one of Amanda’s early samples of the balm I was intrigued, after using the launched balm for about a couple of months, I can now say that it has become tightly woven into the fabric of my daily skincare routine.

Unscrew the lid, close your eyes & take a few deep, slow breaths, inhaling the indulgently flowery, uplifting scent that brings an almost instant feeling of calm & comfort. Open your eyes & continuing to take deep breaths, dip your finger into the smooth surface of the balm (and feel the satisfaction, as it sinks into a rich texture, releasing its aroma even more).

Amanda developed this balm over months, testing & refining it tirelessly, trying to create a product that will nurture not just your skin, but your soul as well. Several moons ago, when I visited Amanda in her studio in Lewes, well before she opened her beautiful store, I showed her a multipurpose balm that I use for healing the skin. I stock up on it in Moscow during my visits, as I came to rely on it due to its multiple purpose use, but it has a big minus, as its texture becomes too runny when it is warm, which led to quite a few accidents during my travels in the past. A lovely, but in someways imperfect product (and not 100% natural), which clearly gave Amanda some food for thought & the end result of her creative process continues to blow me away with its nurturing loveliness. As I was writing this post & exchanging e-mails with Amanda, it was important for me to incorporate her wise & creative voice into the conversation about this product, as noone understands the process behind its birth better than she does.

‘I also find ridiculous pleasure in opening the new pot and pressing my finger hard onto the surface, feeling it give way to reveal the soft buttery interior…’[...] read more

Latest skincare launches from Josh Rosebrook on ABW

In America Josh Rosebrook & his skin & hair care products have a cult beauty following, but it would be fair to say that he also is steadily building a loyal following on the British shores as well. In part, because Josh is very vocal on the subject of being a genuine artisan who works alongside the nature and not against it. Our bodies are amazing creations with the power to heal itself, if only we listen attentively to the signals it sends us and Josh harnesses the power of plants, nuts, fruits, herbs, stems and leaves in order to create skin and haircare products that will assist our bodies and skin functioning at its best. It is an added bonus that Josh’s products smell so beautifully that they help slow down the time and make you fall back in love with your skin due to the daily skincare rituals.

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My own discovery of Josh’s products started, interestingly enough, with haircare, when I bought samples of his ‘Deep Nourishing Shampoo‘ and ‘Deep Nourishing Conditioner‘ on A Beautiful World website. They smelled beautifully of plants and oils and didn’t lather up my hair in the way that regular shampoos do, but my hair and scalp appreciated the products ( just make sure you wash the products off thoroughly, otherwise your hair might look greasy ) and I pondered trying the skincare as well.

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This July Josh added two new skincare products to his range ( which are available to order via ABW ), a Tinted Nutrient Day Cream with SPF 30 and a Herbal Infusion Oil Cleanser and both products had me at a sniff, even before I packed them in my skincare summer kit ( I don’t pack lightly when it comes to skincare and make-up when I travel, but this year was a turning point in some ways, more of which later ).

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 Josh Rosebrook Herbal Infusion Oil, 60 mls, £34 (available in sample size also, priced £3.95 )


According to Josh, daily process of cleansing the[...] read more