The latest in my peek inside the cabinets of the great and the good of green beauty comes from Annie of Hello Purple Clouds. Annie’s inspirational blog features great product reviews, homemade green beauty and a down-to-earth style of writing that makes me wish we could chat over a cup of tea. Maybe one day! Today she brings us a skin-saving green smoothie recipe, some skincare heros and a truly inspirational final note on real beauty.
Thank you so much, Annie!
1. What does ‘naturally beautiful’ mean to you?
It’s about being comfortable in your own skin and realising that true beauty is all about what lies within – a compassionate soul, inner peace, learning to love yourself with all your imperfections; these are what makes someone naturally beautiful. All the outside, superficial stuff is just window-dressing.
2. What’s in your natural beauty cabinet?
The humble avocado is a little treasure chest of goodness that is my number one health and beauty hero. Eat them and you are giving your body a mega-dose of super-nutrients; massage the oil into your skin and hair to nourish and repair. I start every day with an avocado, cucumber and lime smoothie and if I skip it for a few days, I immediately start to see the difference in my skin.
Lyonsleaf Beauty Balm is a relatively recent discovery for me but I am head over heels with this best of British product packed with home grown plant extracts and herbs. It’s a moisturiser, a cleanser, an exfoliator, a healer, a lip balm, a heel balm, a tamer of flyaways …. such a hero product.
Angela Langford’s A Little Lift Serum is a powerhouse of anti-ageing, firming plant extracts, including one known as ‘Nature’s botox’ that helps to hold the crinkly bits of my face in check.
Lulu & Boo Fruits & Vitamins Brightening Mask looks like liquid chocolate, smells deliciously fruity and delivers a huge shot of skin rejuvenating naturals that really leave my face looking brighter and refreshed. My Sunday night treat!
Bodhi & Birch: I can’t imagine my bathroom without the Rosemary Chi Himalayan Detox Scrub for its heavenly scent and the way it transforms my skin from lizard to lovely in seconds, and the Desert Rose Facial Oil which is absolutely the best facial oil I have ever tried, no contest.
Nathalie Bond Organics Rose Geranium Hand Balm gets smoothed on my paws a couple of times a week and a little miracle happens. I go to sleep with dry, rough hands and wake up with smooth, soft hands!
Herbs and homeopathic remedies form the backbone of my medicine cupboard. I have some chronic health conditions and manage to keep them under control pretty well with natural medicines.
3. Who are your natural beauty inspirations?
It is a constant source of joy to me that there are so many wonderful natural brands out there, many of them founded by one person who started at a kitchen table and have built their business with passion and determination. People like Ben & Vicky at Lyonsleaf, Angela Langford, Suzanne at Eden Be Natural and George at Bathing Beauty to name but a very few.
In the world of blogging, there are so many people who inspire me, such as Rae Strauss from My Zero Waste who is my green guru and really walks the walk for sustainable living; Sarah from Sugarpuffish who I love for her tell-it-like-it-is approach, amazing knowledge and humour; Ana from Ana Goes Green who really has her finger on the pulse of natural beauty and Liz from Wellmeaning Being who constantly inspires and grounds me with her words of wisdom.
To be honest, I could fill several pages with the name of bloggers and brands who inspire me. Blogging has brought me into contact with so many amazing people brimming with knowledge and enthusiasm and almost without exception, they are all welcoming, friendly and supportive; the green blogging community is fantastic.
4. Can you provide an image of something (or someone) that you think is naturally beautiful?
This a photo of my mum at 72 and, although I may be somewhat biased, I think it illustrates perfectly my definition of natural beauty. She isn’t young, slim and perfectly made up; her wrinkles and laughter lines are evidence of a life truly lived, full of laughter and happiness but sometimes tears and worry. Her beaming smile and warm eyes reflect her personality, great sense of humour and kind heart. She has that indefinable inner glow that makes beauty transcend age and physical appearance and I think she truly looks beautiful.