the Reads: Skin

Black magic

the Antidote to... plastic beauty packaging

Recently I’ve taken a bit of a walk over to the dark side as I’m really loving both the glut of artesian, natural, wild-crafted essential oil skincare ranges and their bold, dark packaging. Not only is this because the bottles look so striking in the bathroom but also because glass acts as a natural preservative, protecting the delicate oils and ingredients from degradation. As organic beauty products aren’t pumped full of the same chemicals and preservatives found in others, their shorter shelf-life means a bigger need for protection. Facialist Antonia Burrell kindly shared this fascinating 7-month long cherry tomato experiment, which shows this theory in action and underlines exactly why she uses violet containers. With one tomato kept in white glass and the other in MIRON violet – the results speak for themselves.

My favourite brands are all founded by really inspiring, knowledgeable women. I had the pleasure of meeting Sodashi founder Megan who made my personalised aromatherapy blend, which she used to awaken my chakras. Although a personalised blend isn’t available online, you can grab an individual balancing oil, £39 each (or, if you feel like splurging, the kit is a great investment). Each oil contains a unique blend to awaken different senses; you can even put on your littles one’s heart chakra as a sleep tight kiss goodnight oil (they had me at the name). Another Sodashi product I’ve fallen for is the Rejuvenating Serum, £96.60 – it restores lost moisture and gives the sought-after healthy glow that normally comes from within.

A few of my other favourites pictured here are the exquisite Annie de Mamiel oils. The classic Altitude Oil, £26, is a travel must-have as it contains natural antibacterial oils and makes a flight smell a lot fresher, while the Seasonal Oils, £67 will take your skin and mindset into the new season (they’re all individually blessed, to boot). Cult Beauty also have some dark and interesting goodies. Model-turned-skin-doctor May Lindstrom has designed truly special products that have a medicine woman feel to them, such as the Honey Mud, £64 and the  Blue Cocoon Beauty Balm, £125. The price tag may seem hefty, but it works wonders on stressed-out or sensitive skin conditions such as rosacea and eczema.

Odacite oils are little gems designed to be used a little bit like skin supplements. Add a couple of drops to your regular moisturiser depending on how your skin is behaving that day or week and you’ll find the individual smells ring true with what you need, from £25.

Recently I’ve taken a bit of a walk over to the dark side as I’m really loving both the glut of artesian, natural, wild-crafted essential oil skincare ranges and their bold, dark packaging. Not only is this because the bottles look so striking in the bathroom but also because glass acts as a natural preservative, protecting the delicate oils and ingredients from degradation. As organic beauty products aren’t pumped full of the same chemicals and preservatives found in others, their shorter shelf-life means a bigger need for protection. Facialist Antonia Burrell kindly shared this fascinating 7-month long cherry tomato experiment, which shows this theory in action and underlines exactly why she uses violet containers. With one tomato kept in white glass and the other in MIRON violet – the results speak for themselves.

My favourite brands are all founded by really inspiring, knowledgeable women. I had the pleasure of meeting Sodashi founder Megan who made my personalised aromatherapy blend, which she used to awaken my chakras. Although a personalised blend isn’t available online, you can grab an individual balancing oil, £39 each (or, if you feel like splurging, the kit is a great investment). Each oil contains a unique blend to awaken different senses; you can even put on your littles one’s heart chakra as a sleep tight kiss goodnight oil (they had me at the name). Another Sodashi product I’ve fallen for is the Rejuvenating Serum, £96.60 – it restores lost moisture and gives the sought-after healthy glow that normally comes from within.

A few of my other favourites pictured here are the exquisite Annie de Mamiel oils. The classic Altitude Oil, £26, is a travel must-have as it contains natural antibacterial oils and makes a flight smell a lot fresher, while the Seasonal Oils, £67 will take your skin and mindset into the new season (they’re all individually blessed, to boot). Cult Beauty also have some dark and interesting goodies. Model-turned-skin-doctor May Lindstrom has designed truly special products that have a medicine woman feel to them, such as the Honey Mud, £64 and the  Blue Cocoon Beauty Balm, £125. The price tag may seem hefty, but it works wonders on stressed-out or sensitive skin conditions such as rosacea and eczema.

Odacite oils are little gems designed to be used a little bit like skin supplements. Add a couple of drops to your regular moisturiser depending on how your skin is behaving that day or week and you’ll find the individual smells ring true with what you need, from £25.