February 27, 2012
Perfume…aah. Perfumes have been around since earliest civilisations and there is nothing quite so evocative of memories and places than scent. So, what better place to start being naturally gorgeous than with one of life’s greatest pleasures?
The problem of course, with natural fragrance, is one of staying power. Unless, that is, you are still slathering on the patchouli oil of your long lost youth (or was that just me?!).
I’ve tried a fair few natural fragrances and aim to bring you some of the most delicious (though that will, of course, always be subjective) with a particular watch on staying power. And I’m kicking off with a zingy feelgood number from British luxury brand, Abahna. Founded and run by Ed and Claire Croft, Abahna is a family run business and together the couple are passionate about sourcing natural ingredients and creating products that enhance your mood.
Desperate to try their gorgeous sounding products, I ordered the Mandarin & Sicilian Bergamot Eau de Parfum 10ml spray, £15. Very pretty packaging, lovely atomiser… and wow, a heady Italian burst of spring! Instead of the light citrussy fragrance I was expecting, I got a full on top note mandarin peel hit, followed by the tangy bergamot. The scent stays strong and vibrant for a good while and then softens to a lovely warm, though subtle basenote which I can still detect after a few hours. Ideally I would re-spritz several times a day and I can see this being a summer favourite. Great value, too – the 50ml spray is £30, with a 50ml refill available for only £15.
February 19, 2012
Twenty five years ago, when I first started looking for products to use on my skin that didn’t contain harsh and unnecessary chemicals, the choice was very limited. Herbal products from the likes of Martha Hill and Body Shop were about as close as you could get and even they were still formulated with many undesirable ingredients. It was possible to find homemade pots of hand knitted lentil gunk in the occasional health store but genuinely natural brands like Dr Hauschka (launched in 1967) and Weleda (founded in 1921) were harder to find.
Now barely a month seems to go by without a new range of organic or natural skincare being launched. Oh, the choice! Natural beauty is global big business and one that has been growing at a rapid rate over the past few years. And despite the global recession, consumers are continuing to turn to natural and organic products because of health concerns about synthetic chemicals, such as parabens, sls, phthalates and aluminum salts. But I’m not here to bang on about the chemicals – you can check out the ‘toxic ingredients’ links on the right to find out more about the ingredients used in most personal care and beauty products. I simply want to share news and views on some of the many natural products out there. I’ll be covering everything from budget to luxe, babies to teens, yummy mummies to glamorous oldies – and I won’t forget the men in our lives. I may also wander off topic from time to time to include other tidbits that come under the general headings of natural and healthy!
So stay with me and let’s take a journey of discovery.