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Organic Beauty Week

I don’t know if it is intentional or not, but London’s Fashion Week is coinciding with Organic Beauty Week this week and I thought I would share my own insight into organic beauty and put forward some of my favourite skincare products and rituals for your consideration ( a separate post on my favourite September products is to follow later this week ).

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My own journey of switching from mainstream cosmetics to natural and organic ones was inadvertently started in my childhood, when I used fresh fruit and vegetables from my parent’s country house garden to design my own face masks and raided honey jars to apply to it to my lips. When my kids arrived the subject of what to put on their skin, in order to nurture it gently, became even more pressing and then my own experiments followed.

Organic means commitment to the whole production process, from start to finish, whether it concerns your food or skincare. It helps to look for the Soil Association Logo on the products that you buy because it guarantees that you buy a truly organic product ( as certification is expensive for small, niche brands in particular, not all natural and organic brands are certified, so please don’t worry if you don’t see a logo – just talk to brands and learn more about ingredients and production process – we all learn through dialogue ) and not the one pushed on you by clever marketing, plus by brands keen to jump on the organic bandwagon, without actually switching her whole production practises around.

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Now, several years down the road my bathroom is predominantly filled with natural and organic brands that smell beautiful and truly nurture my skin. I know many beauty brand founders and am lucky to learn from them and believe me, their knowledge is not only vast but fascinating – they won’t bombard you by the facts that you don’t understand. I can see the difference in my skin and while I still use some mainstream products, I can now smell the difference with my eye closed. Choosing organic is much more than being good to the planet. It is about engaging with the whole community of people who work with the planet and its seasonal cycles, using nature as a guide.

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Life is stressful enough already but choosing to use organic skin and haircare, as well as the products you use to clean your home is bound to make a difference to how you look and feel. It doesn’t have to be about a major overhaul, it’s about making the first step towards choosing food, skincare and products that is right for YOU. Not everything that is called organic is, so do take the time to read the labels and shop online or in-store at retailers that would happily educate you and give you facts that you can ponder, without it sounding confusing. One small step can lead to big changes that ultimately benefit you, so I hope that this week will give you plenty of food for thought – drop by Content in Marylebone, Wholefood Market or check out plenty of samples and offers on Naturissimo. Have a look at the information on the Soil Association website and remember, skin is your biggest organ, so what you put on it is much more than skin deep – it does have an impact on your long-term health!

Naturya nutrient-rich power foods

We live in the world when even the out of season food seems to be available 24/7. Instead of eating foods ‘in season’, like our ancestors, when the produce is at its most nutritious, we seem to be consuming food irrespective of its nutritional content. Another noticeable trend is that many of us eat more or less the same things day in, day out, call it the comfort zone or the sense of habit. My latest discovery-Naturya nutrient-rich power foods-have certainly helped to introduce more variety to my daily dietary staple (not that yours truly ever believed in dieting) and the fact that each one comes from a different country or region, where that food is celebrated and appreciated, will certainly help you get back on a nutritional track.

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Naturya is a brand that was founded by two friends in 2009. Their office is based in Dartmoor’s rolling heathland and each of their products is packed in the purpose-built and Soil Association approved unit in Wales (the brand has Soil Association certification as well). The idea behind the brand is to allow you to experience the world’s most popular superfoods ( every single ingredient product is designed to enhance your diet) in the privacy of your own home. Each product is nutrient rich, additive free and I can vouch for the three that I have tried-

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Pinks Boutique September Beauty Festival & products

September signals not just the beginning of autumn in its full glory, but also the time for Pinks Boutique, an organic beauty brand, to host Organic Beauty Festival in partnership with Spas and salons around the UK, raising awareness of what truly organic health and beauty products and brands stand for. I am sure you keep on hearing about the issue of ‘green washing’ that has been gaining momentum and dividing opinions in the last year.

While many brands put words ‘natural’, ‘biological’ and ‘organic’ on their packaging, unfortunately it doesn’t mean that the product in question doesn’t contain harmful substances, so the consumer needs to be more aware of this, in order to make a truly educated choice. Organic products, be it for beauty or well-being, are free from synthetically manufactured chemicals such as SLS, SLES, petrochemicals and synthetic emollients, like liquid paraffin or mineral oils. While I am not going to preach on the subject, as I use products from both sides of the spectrum, I certainly favour organic brands more and more. I tend to choose the ones that are certified by Soil Association, UK’s leading organic certification body (its stamp of approval means that the product that you are buying contains pure, natural, at times even raw, organic ingredients which don’t contain any pesticides, thus you can be sure that whatever you use on your skin isn’t going to put toxins into your blood stream) or its European counterpart Ecocert.

Kirstie Sherriff, co-founder of Pinks Boutique says that ‘demand for organic beauty products is on the increase, but there can be a world of difference between a beauty product that has been certified and one that is merely described as ‘organic’ on the label.

So far I have only tried two of Pinks Boutique products, but both of them are the brand’s best-sellers, namely Hand Balm and Rose Crystal Bath Soak, both of which are particularly needed at this time of the year, when the heating goes up and the temperatures outside start to drop.

Rose Crystal Bath Soak (100% natural, 200g, £25):  it is 100% natural with mineral crystals, infused with 0.75% organic oils that will relax you body and put your mind at ease. It combines Himalayan mineral crystals and Dead Sea Salts, as well as Epsom salts that are known for their detoxing properties. The salts are infused with essential oils of rose and lavender, allowing you to let go of all the worries of the day and rebalance your body’s mineral composition as well. When you open the glass jar, you see pink salt crystals and dry rose bulbs and inhale the subtle aroma. Add two or three teaspoons to running bath water, let it dissolve a little and then immerse yourself into the bath for a 15-20 minute soak, book and candles are optional.

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Ingredients: Sodium chloride (Himalayan mineral crystal), maris sal (Dead Sea salt), magnesium sulphate (Epsom salt), pelargonium graveolens flower oil*, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower oil*, cymbopogon martinii flower oil*, cananga odorata flower oil*, rosa centifloia (rose) flower oil*, geraniol**, citronellol**, limonene**, linalool**, farnesol**, citral**, benzyl benzoate**, benzyl salicylate** (**Natural constituents of essential oils.) (*Certified organic. **Natural constituents of essential oils.)

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Hand Balm (87% organic, 100% natural, 50g, £20): this balm was developed to hydrate your hands, as well as promote cell regeneration. Our hands are one of the first body parts to show our age, so it is a good idea to show them tender loving care, especially as they do so much for us on a daily basis. It contains neroli oil, shea butter and vitamin E, which will benefit your hands greatly, especially if they tend to be dry or if you get cracked skin as well.

You only need a tiny bit of this wonderfully rich balm (ideally apply it to your hands before bedtime and let it work its magic overnight) and it adds a wonderful sheen to your hands almost immediately, combined with a heady neroli, ylang ylang and sweet orange aroma.

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Ingredients: Shea butter (butyrospermum parki) – organic sunflower oil (helianthus annus) – organic apricot kernel (prunus armeniaca) read more