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Angela Langford: recipes for skin success

the Antidote to... unimaginative essential oil combinations

As befits a cook-turned-cosmetologist (she was a Masterchef finalist), Angela Langford’s products really do smell good enough to eat, loaded as they are with pure essential oils. Perhaps it’s her knowledge of good ingredient pairings coming into play, but the combination of smells in the products is spot on – the rose, orange blossom and aloe vera in the hydrating spray tonic, for example, is utterly intoxicating. You’ll find the recipes on her website.

Being a passionate and talented cook, Angela’s reasoning was that it seemed not unreasonable that creating skincare products is very similar to creating recipes; making skincare products means using the best ingredients you can find, heating, emulsifying or folding them into each other (albeit a bit more scientific than that), then ending up with a product that is good for you. And so Angela embarked on a journey that would see her being taught skincare production by the best in the business, travelling back and forth to the UK to complete her studies. What was originally just a hobby to supply some creams and oils to herself and her immediate family quickly escalated – and the Angela Langford brand was born.

Rest & regenerate night balm (which may be better for dry/normal skin rather than oily, as it does have an oily base) has a rather sludgy colour but its cocktail of avocado, macadamia and pumpkin are truly soporific. Facial oil is enjoying great popularity for smooth skin: Angela’s bloom & glow radiance restoring face oil may look violently orange in colour but its chia seed and sea buckthorn formulation smells absolutely heavenly. A little goes a long way.

Rest & Regenerate Balm, £39

Freshen Up Toner, £14

Bloom & Glow Oil, £20.50

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As befits a cook-turned-cosmetologist (she was a Masterchef finalist), Angela Langford’s products really do smell good enough to eat, loaded as they are with pure essential oils. Perhaps it’s her knowledge of good ingredient pairings coming into play, but the combination of smells in the products is spot on – the rose, orange blossom and aloe vera in the hydrating spray tonic, for example, is utterly intoxicating. You’ll find the recipes on her website.

Being a passionate and talented cook, Angela’s reasoning was that it seemed not unreasonable that creating skincare products is very similar to creating recipes; making skincare products means using the best ingredients you can find, heating, emulsifying or folding them into each other (albeit a bit more scientific than that), then ending up with a product that is good for you. And so Angela embarked on a journey that would see her being taught skincare production by the best in the business, travelling back and forth to the UK to complete her studies. What was originally just a hobby to supply some creams and oils to herself and her immediate family quickly escalated – and the Angela Langford brand was born.

Rest & regenerate night balm (which may be better for dry/normal skin rather than oily, as it does have an oily base) has a rather sludgy colour but its cocktail of avocado, macadamia and pumpkin are truly soporific. Facial oil is enjoying great popularity for smooth skin: Angela’s bloom & glow radiance restoring face oil may look violently orange in colour but its chia seed and sea buckthorn formulation smells absolutely heavenly. A little goes a long way.

Rest & Regenerate Balm, £39

Freshen Up Toner, £14

Bloom & Glow Oil, £20.50

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