About 6 months ago, I decided to make a real effort to go more natural- thinking beyond the food I ate but the things I put onto my skin and the products I used to clean my home. I’d love to say this was based purely on ethics but instead, it was because I started to notice issues with my skin and I began exploring natural skin care.
If you follow me on Instagram , you’ll see I have mentioned lots of natural products on my feed recently! Now before we go any further, I do appreciate that ‘natural’ doesn’t actually mean much when it comes to advertising and I’d like to do another blog post at some point talking about the difference between ‘natural,’ ‘organic’ ‘and ‘soil association approved’.
However, I feel it’s something I have only just touched the surface when learning about it and I am not an expert on the matter. I just wanted to take a moment to blog about it as it’s hopefully something I’d like to write more about. For now, I am just going to share what I’ve tried and what has worked for me! I’ve written about eczema and psoriasis before- it runs in my family and is also hugely connected to gut issues. Therefore, to me, it makes sense to think about what is on our dressing table as well as our kitchen table.
Sukin is an Australian brand who I have been absolutely loving lately. I mentioned them in my monthly favourites but they were the first natural product I started to use so I thought I’d give them a mention.
Sukin is a really affordable natural skincare range and uses lots of plant based ingredients. My favourite being the super greens detox mask (which contains actual kale!) They also do a natural, paraben free spray deodorant (which is the first I’ve seen as most are block deodorants). You can shop the whole range here at Holland and Barrats.
Samaya Pitta Cleanser
I met the owner of Samaya at a networking event and once I saw that this skin care range contained turmeric, I was hooked! The concept behind this luxury natural skincare is all to do with Ayurveda. Ayurveda is an ancient philosophy which looks at the body’s balance. Depending on your characteristics, you are classified as a ‘dosha’. You can figure out which one you are here. I am very much a pitta, due to my red skin and angry digestive system! So, I was recommended to try the ‘pitta’ cleanser, which contains jasmine flower extract and aloe vera. The ingredient list is extremely natural.
A range I love that is aimed specifically for those with Eczema is Pure Potions. I came across this at a bloggers event many years ago and was wowed by their eczema creams- which also doubled up as an intensive moisturiser (great for someone with dry skin like mine!). I recently rediscovered them when I found about their natural shampoos. One of my skin problems is angry spots around my hairline and I’ve started to think about whether I might need to switch to natural shampoo too. It is also recommended for scalp psoriasis.
Another haircare product I tried was Naturtint. I have previously tried organic hair colour when I visited a salon in London, but wasn’t aware it could be purchased as a home dye kit! Because my scalp reacts mildly to ammonia (I get lots of itching), I thought I’d give it a go-and I must say I don’t think I’ll go back to regular ones now!
The product smelt really lovely and I got none of my usual discomfort when using it. It was quite messy to apply (a thinner formula than most) but left my hair in a seriously amazing and shinny condition!
The only drawback is there isn’t as many colours in the range as most regular ranges, but for me it was worth the trade off!
Natural cleaning products are another area I’ve wanted to explore and Bio D kindly sent me some of their products to try. I’d never tried natural cleaning products and I’d wondered if they’d get the job done, but I was really impressed by this range. It smelt amazing and I was pleasantly surprised at not getting that ‘tight chest’ feeling that I usually get when cleaning! The range is founded by a Greenpeace member and 100% hypoallergenic. Using the range was a bit of a wake-up call to me about how many unnecessary ingredients are used in cleaning products and I am hoping I can continue to keep up my good efforts indefinitely.
I hope you enjoyed my first ‘natural edit.’ Next time, I hope to look more at the terms ‘natural’ ‘organic’ and ‘soil association approved’ as it can be a bit of a minefield. However, I’d also love any recommendations you have for natural products, especially make up as that’s an area I have not ventured into yet!