Sonestia

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Sonestia use local ingredients where possible. All their fixed oils come from England: camelina and borage oil from Essex, poppy seed oil from Lincolnshire and hemp seed oil from Oxfordshire.

They use also locally-grown and distilled essential oils: blue chamomile, Roman chamomile, lavender, peppermint and rosemary.

Rosemary face oil

£14

Vegan

100% Natural

99% British

Palm oil-free

The Rosemary English face oil is a concentrated, antioxidant-enriched skin serum relieving dry skin.

• Blend of locally grown and cold-pressed oils

• Enriched with antioxidant and antibacterial Rosemary essential oil

• Fast absorbing oil for all types of skins, including combination and oily skin

• Rich in the essential omega 6 fatty acid, linoleic acid

• Ideal for men as well as it can be used as face and beard oil

• Use alone or in complement to your moisturiser

I have been using this all over my face instead of a moisturiser and it feels really soothing to apply. It smells so good and you only need to apply a small amount to your face. I have been using it before bed and it’s really helped with any dry patches/acne scars I have as it’s very moisturising and good for the skin it helps to heal it quicker.

Omega balance face oil roller

£8

Vegan

100% Natural

99% British

Palm oil-free

Essential oil-free

Keep your skin soft and moisturised with this concentrated, powerful and unscented oil. It’s suitable for all types of skin, especially sensitive and mature.

• Blend of locally grown and cold-pressed oils

• Enriched with natural antioxidant vitamin E

• Ideal for mature and extra-sensitive skins

• Rich in essential omega 3 and 6 fatty acids

• Use alone or to complement your moisturiser

• Safe around the eyes and during pregnancy

• Fragrance-free

This oil I have been using around my eyes. It’s so easy to apply as it’s in a roller and it’s safe to use around the eyes. I often wake up with dark circles or tired looking eyes so by using something like this each evening before bed makes a difference. It smells nice and makes your under eye area feel more refreshed.

Do you use a face oil at all?

Sarah x

Lily and Mortimer

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Lily and Mortimer No 8 – Sleep

The sleep oil has 4 great uses:

#1 Promotes Restful Sleep – The behenic acid in Moringa oil is known for its soothing properties relaxing the muscles and creating a sense of calm. Use No. 8 Sleep oil for massage or apply on the chest and temples for this sedative effect.

#2 Moisturizes Dry Skin – Moringa has amazing emollient properties that can help the skin retain moisture. It is also purifying due to it’s antibacterial properties helping to protect the skin against environmental damage and allergens. Protecting against premature aging and wrinkles.

#3. Speeds Up Healing – Keeping a bottle of No. 8 oil in your home first aid kit will give you a great remedy for scrapes, bruises. The oil can also help with fungal infections or acne scarring.

#4 Hair Care – put a couple of drops of No. 8 Sleep oil into your shampoo for a healthy scalp and hair.

I love how many different uses this oil has. I have been putting a few drops in my hair before bed to not only nourish my hair but also to help me sleep as when you move around on the pillow it left off it’s beautiful scent. It’s great to use on any dry skin too so I have been using it on my elbows and it’s really helped with my dry patches. I love the smell of it and the bottle looks so pretty and it’s easy to apply.

Sarah x

R10 labs

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R10 labs have created a great range of men’s skincare products that are really good for your skin.

The idea for R10 Labs started from the inspiration to create a natural skincare company for men suffering with skin allergies. If you suffer with allergies you have to be so careful what you apply to your skin, especially your face or any other delicate areas.

My husband has been trying out a few bits from their range:

5 in 1 super hydrating face moisturiser

£10

The moisturiser contains 12 Potent Concentrated Botanical Extracts, 5 Moisturising oils, 2 Synergistic Anti-oxidants for FIVE powerful actions:

Moisturise: Deeply moisturising Argan, Olive, Coffee and Cherry oil combine to provide your skin the nutrition it needs to maintain a healthy barrier to hydrate your skin even in extreme conditions

After-Shave: A unique blend of botanical extracts helps to reduce inflammation, redness and razor bumps caused from shaving

Anti-spot: Myrica Gale is hailed as a wonder treatment for people with sensitive skin due to its unique spot fighting abilities which specifically target acne and help treat blemish prone skin

Anti-Irritation: A unique blend of botanical extracts boosted by Copaiba Extract has a powerful Anti-irritation action, perfect for sensitive or irritated skin

Anti-Ageing: Two synergistic anti-oxidants fortified with Phytic Acid & Coffee extract helps to revitalise skin or keep young skin in tip-top condition

This moisturiser has so many great features mentioned above and really helps to enrich and protect your face.

Active performance face wash

£7

This face wash features proprietary LiquiCrystal Technology with gentle sugar based cleansers to power through dirt & excess oil whilst protecting your skin’s natural barrier.

Nick has been using this for a couple of weeks and has noticed that his face is softer as at the same time as cleaning the skin it leaves it really moisturised. It has really helped to calm Nicks skin after shaving. I even used a bit on my legs after shaving and was really impressed.

Hybrid IQ shaving gel oil

£8

This shaving gel oil is so easy to use and we both tried it out. It helps to give you a really close shave and you don’t need to use much. It also leaves your skin really soft as it’s oil based.

Their whole skincare range does not contain – ALL Petrochemicals incl Parabens, Sulphates (SLS SLES) or Ionic surfactants, PEG’s, Alcohol, Pthalates, Silicone, Urea, Synthetic Dyes or colours, Mineral Oils, Petrolatum, MI, MCI and are NOT Tested on Animals.

Have you heard of this range?

Sarah x

Organic Rose Geranium Eye and Face Cream

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Earthbits is a great site for natural skincare and make up. All of their packaging is plastic-free and completely recyclable, and they make sure that all our products are not just environmentally friendly, but they are also durable and high quality, to avoid unnecessary waste whenever possible.

They stock a variety of brands, one of which being Heavenly organics.

Heavenly Organics Skin Care founder, Mary-Anne created the business after she embraced an organic, vegan lifestyle and desperately struggled to find skincare that met both her ethical & skin’s requirements. Finding that so many products were laden with unnecessary and unpronounceable chemicals, Mary-Anne decided to make her own, just using a few, simple organic and natural ingredients. Friends began to use her skincare and the feedback was so overwhelmingly positive that a new enterprise began.

I have been trying out:

Organic Rose Geranium Eye and Face Cream

• Plastic Free

• Handmade

• Vegan

• Cruelty-Free

• Made in the UK

• Palm Oil Free

• Rich in Fair Trade Shea Butter

• Made with organic natural ingredients

With its astringent properties, rose geranium can also help reduce enlarged pores.  It is a balancing oil so can do wonders for balancing out uneven skin tone.  Being anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-fungal anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-septic  it is incredible with treating acne, blemishes and spots. 

The moisturiser comes in a really cute pot and you only need a small pea size amount to use over your whole face. Site is safe to use around your eyes too. Often face creams shouldn’t be used around the eye area and you have to use separate eye creams but this one can be used all over the face and eyes. It leaves your face feeling fresh and moisturised without leaving a sticky residue.

What face cream are you using at the moment?

Sarah x

Hydrosil – Turmeric butter and hypoallergenic milk salve

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I have tried a few things from Hydrosil before and been very impressed. Their products are designed for people with sensitive and dry skin and are suitable to be used on a variety of skin conditions. As I have sensitive skin and I am prone to small patches of dermatitis I am always careful about what products I use on my body.

I have been trying the turmeric butter and hypoallergenic milk salve which is safe to use as a daily treatment for dry or damaged skin. It helps to repair your skin as well as creating a barrier to protect your skin.

The two main ingredients are:

“Turmeric Butter

Turmeric Butter incorporates the potent actives from the ancient spice Turmeric.

It was used historically in both Egyptian and Indian cultures for use on inflammatory and dry skin conditions.

Turmeric is blended in a 100% organic butter base made from a natural essential oil from German chamomile (Matricaria recutita). This specially blended spice butter delivers superior fast-acting moisturization, skin barrier function and antioxidant benefits to dry, damaged and irritated skin.

Donkey milk

Donkey milk is the most hypoallergenic milk out of all milks and the one closest to human breast milk in its composition.

Donkey milk is high in amino acids and antimicrobial proteins, making it highly beneficial to dry skin conditions such as eczema.

Aside from Cleopatra’s routine daily bathing in donkey milk to stave off dryness and keep her skin soft, in Egyptian times donkey milk was used as both an ointment and drunk to help heal reactive skin conditions including eczema.

It has historically and in modern day been given to babies and children with allergies. The vitamin C content in donkey milk is almost four times more of cow’s milk. Donkey milk also contains more lactoferrin and lysozyme than cow’s milk. For this reason, it can help skin prone to eczema and helps calm skin irritation. “- hydrosil.co.uk

I have found using this salve on any dry patches on my legs has really helped and it soaks in well, not leaving you sticky or greasy. You only need a small amount and I had been using it once a day before bed and it seems to do the trick!

Sarah x