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For my last post of Organic Beauty Week, I’ve been putting together a kit for autumn. Although the ‘bare-legs’ days are hanging on for now, I’m looking ahead to colder, more changeable weather and thinking about some seasonally-appropriate products.
As I’ve been so inspired by the brands highlighted by other bloggers over the last few days, I decided to restrict my autumn essentials to products from Soil Association certified, UK-based organic brands. There are some lovelies I’ve already used, some aspirational bits and an insight into my own ever-growing wishlist.
Cleanser: I’ve used and loved Botanicals Rose and Camellia Cleansing Melt. This winter, it might be nice to try the Mandarin & Chamomile version, which is particularly appropriate for sensitive or problem skin.
Toner: After a summer of roses and orange blossom, I’m ready for something a bit earthier and soulful. Balm Balm’s new Frankincense Floral Water sounds like the perfect option.
Facial oil: Luxury brand Inlight have been on my wishlist for a while and we all know I can’t resist a facial oil. What about one that’s described as “like the caress of a silk scarf by Hermes and smells like heaven on earth”. The Organic Daily Face Oil boasts vanilla, blue mallow, rose, lavender and evening primrose. For goodness sake. They obviously saw me coming. I’ll go and cut up my credit card now, shall I?!
Moisturiser: Earlier in the year, I tried out Therapi’s Rose Otto Propolis + Ultra Radiance Cream and was super impressed. It was such an amazing treatment for dry, lacklustre skin that I put it aside for Sept-Dec time when unsettled weather always plays havoc with my face. I’m so looking forward to getting it back out and will write more about it in the next few weeks. If you’re looking for a lighter option, I can’t rave enough about Pai’s Chamomile & Rosehip Calming Cream.
Intensive balm: Herbfarmacy’s Skin Rescue Balm is hard to beat in this category and I first wrote about it here (athough I’m going to break my rules and sneak in Lyonsleaf’s Calendula Balm too. It might not be Soil Association certified but it’s a marvel. And about as natural/organic as they get.)
Hand cream: Changeable weather leeches moisture out of my hands literally overnight. I love Spiezia’s face range but it was the Extra Rich Hand Balm that caught my eye today. There’s olive, sesame and wheatgerm oil for intensive hydration as well as sweet orange, comfrey and calendula to soothe any sore, cracked or chapped patches.
Lip balm: There’s so much on my wishlist from Lulu & Boo. I’ve popped them here because I’m a bit in love with the old-style apothecary tin their lip balm comes in and the fact I can’t resist a rose/vanilla combo. But to be honest, they could have gone in any category.
Body wash, body scrub and body moisturiser: For the shower, new to me brand Circaroma does a Calming Body Wash with white patchouli and rose flower that sounds divine. I get to hang onto my beloved rose but grounded by the autumnal smokiness of patchouli. For super smooth skin, I’ve loved using Odylique’s award-winning Coconut Candy scrub and will tell you more about that eventually. And finally, to moisturise, my top (aspirational!) pick has to be Pai’s Royal Jasmine & May Chang Replenishing Body Oil, billed as the “ultimate indulgence for sensitive and lacklustre skin” and packed full of omega-rich oils as well as Vitamin A and E. One for the wishlist…
Bath-time: Baths are such a big part of my cold-weather routine. Back to Botanicals for their Mineral Bath Soak, with a potent blend of pink Himalayan, dead sea and epsom salts and a blend of sandalwood, sweet orange, geranium, lavender & marjoram essential oils. Oh yes. Or, the ultimate indulgent (and premium-priced) bath milk from one of the most beautifully-packaged brands out there – Lucy Annabella. I want to take a Time Out, with soybean, argan and coconut oils scented with cypress, orange, juniper berry, geranium, marjoram and chamomile.
Shampoo, conditioner and intensive mask: For hair care, Odylique’s Gentle Herb Shampoo is cued up in my bathroom cabinet for when my current option runs out. I’ve also been using Neal’s Yard Remedies conditioners (currently Nurturing Rose) and loving them a lot. More soon. When cold weather frazzles my locks, I’d love to try out Lulu & Boos’s Shea Butter and Jojoba Deep Hair Treatment. It seems to contain ALL the hydrators!
Treatment products: For the inevitable winter cold, how about Herbfarmacy’s Easy Breathe Balm, which recently featured on Countryfile no less(!) and is packed full of eucalyptus, peppermint, spearmint and lemon tea tree essential oils, with marshmallow extract to soothe the skin. I will, of course, be trying not to get sick but how lovely to have something new to try if I do… You also can’t go wrong with Spiezia’s Calendula Ointment, which I’ve been using recently and will feature in full soon. Whatever hissy fit your skin is having, this will help.
Make-up: Although my make-up is normally based on the maxim ‘my face but better’, autumn always makes me crave richer, darker tones. While heavy black eye make-up terrifies me, a smoky brown eye could be a nice alternative, with Green People’s Night Forest eye duo of tawny owl and mink brown. And for lips, you definitely need a burgundy or plum shade. Perhaps Neal’s Yard Remedies Damson lip gloss , which is free from parabens, silicon and carmine, would do the trick.
What’s in your autumn kit?