L to R: Balance Me, Spa Fabulous, Suti, Roques Oneil Therapie, Pure Lochside, Pai, Grown
B-A-L-A-N-C-E. Too fat, too thin. Too much, too little. Too much rain, not enough sun; not enough rain, sun-parched crop fields. Too much work, not enough me time. To sweet, too salty, too… Even we have our own healthy biological sweet spot: a PH of 7.4, which is slightly alkaline (PH 7 is neutral). Body too acidic? Bad news. Too alkaline? Dangerous.
So here are this weekend’s picks. All beautiful, balancing and two of them brand new. (Apologies for the dinner-by-candlelight quality of the pic taken last night, not great, but hope you discover some new favourites.)
BALANCE ME Rose Otto Body Wash Turn the shower into a Rose Otto and Rose Geranium garden with this silky smooth hydrating body wash. Most definitely a “Best of British” brand, Balance Me have just launched their new moisturising daily SPF18 and all the signs are it could become Balance Me’s hero product this summer. Rose Otto Body Wash £12.25/260ml Balanceme.co.uk
SPA FABULOUS Cleanse and Glow (Bliss) You can tell Neena Trehan’s Spa Fabulous range was created by an extraordinary facialist – her products are extraordinary. Skin that tends to be dry will love this luxurious organic cleanser. Contains frankincense, rosehip oil, jojoba, evening primrose oil and lavender to leave skin feeling velvety and nourished. Follow with Organic Cleanse and Glow Splash to balance the skin’s natural pH. £36/150ml
SUTI Rejuvenate Organic Face Oil Suits all skin types and hello, just look at this list! Rosehip Seed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Argan Oil, Tangerine Peel Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Bitter Orange Flower Oil, Jojoba, Carrot Seed Extract, Rosemary Leaf Oil. Gently massage onto face and neck after cleansing and toning at night and use in the morning as a moisturiser. £28. If you don’t know Suti, they’re British and have a beautiful, holistic approach to skincare – discover them here: www.Suti.co.uk
New: ROQUES ONEIL Therapie – Restore Aura Spray Feeling emotionally off-kilte? Energy flagging? Overwhelmed? This on-the-spot facial spray with floral wild rose “drifts on smoky, herbaceous billows of frankincense and white sage brightened with crisp, fresh citrus balsamic noted of cold pressed lemon and fragonia“. Centering and balancing, this will help bring you back to a better place. Size shown 30ml from the Therapie Discovery Kit which contains five pampering, healing treats £32. Michelle Roques-O’neil was voted one of the top ten aromatherapists in the world by VOGUE and her new Therapie range is available at Cult Beauty and on her website. Michelle’s Himalayan Detox Salts (in this kit) are very special, too – review coming soon.
PURE LOCHSIDE Organic Orange Cleansing Oil £11/15ml travel size. Love citrus oils but wonder if they’d actually work as a cleanser? This one does. Rub a few drops into your hands, wipe over face and off come the make up and mascara. This delicious smelling 3-in-1 Orange Cleansing Oil tones and moisturises as well. Also works as a shave oil. Scottish, green and all-in-all quite lovely, this breath-of-fresh-air range is here.
PAI SKINCARE Fragonia and Sea Buckthorn Instant Hand Therapy £16/50ml. Goodbye dry hands! Another winner from British brand Pai, this omega-rich, butter coloured hand cream happily tackles dry skin almost instantly. Contains Fragonia (an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, hormone balancing Australian bush extract) and Omega 7 from Sea Buckthorn (an orange berried bush which grows along the UK coastline). At ONG Bodycare (a treasure trove of gorgeous natural brands, so dive in!) and Pai Skincare.
New: GROWN Acai Berry and Borago Matte Balancing Facial Moisturiser for Combination Skin Oof! Bit of a mouthful. How Aussie organic brand have managed to pack so much into one slim tube, we have no idea. The stars of the show here are Omega 3,6,7 & 9, cranberry seed oil which protects the collagen network by utilizing astaxanthin which has 500 times the antioxidant power of Vitamin E, lycopene, a powerful anti-radical from tomatoes, and skin-conditioning borago (that pretty blue flower, borage, as we call it in the UK, also known as starflower). Anyway, adios oily T-zones! £43. Meet the glossy, gorgeous Grown family here, currently exclusive to Brummells of London. We already have our eye on a certain Watermelon and Vitamin Lip Balm…