Over the years I have become increasingly aware of all the chemicals and nasties that are used in conventional moisturisers. Look on the back of even the most gentle of products designed for sensitive dry skin and you will still find such ingredients as Potassium Hydroxide, Sodium Chloride and the preservative methylisothiazolinone. I know they are all dermatological tested and safe for use, but that doesn’t stop me being just ever so slightly concerned about where they come from and how they are made. They are cheap, and convenient, often packaged in plastic and long lasting.
But really, this is my skin and for a few extra pounds I am happy to invest in something which is natural and kind, comes from ethical sources and smells fabulous to boot!
I’ve blogged before about my love of Spiezia Organics products. A few years ago I discovered their Rose and Vanilla face oil. A light, delicate smelling oil which glides onto the skin and left me feeling supple and radiant. At £31.95 for 50 ml it doesn’t compete with the supermarket brands, but I found one small bottle lasted me 6 months, and I really did get compliments after using it!
I’ve discovered a new wonder-product, purely by accident, when I was browsing a local market recently. Produced by Wild Sage & Co this Jojoba Balm glides lightly onto the skin and can be used for both face and hands. A little goes a long way, and the earthy slightly citrus smell is very pleasant. Priced at £16, the Jojoba Balm contains natural essential oils and moisturisers such as shea butter and almond oil which leave the skin soft and supple, getting rid of unwanted dry patches without being oily.
One of the joys of buying at local markets is the ability to speak to the people who make the products, learn about the love and care which goes into their production, and get to try before you buy. The lovely stall holder told me that Jojoba is the closest to our natural skin oils as you can get – I was sold! However if you can’t make it to a market or shop, then I would highly recommend this brand – they also have some delightful natural soaps all available to buy on their website. Added to that, the balm comes in a handy little tin which can be kept snugly in your handbag for those cold winter days. I’ll certainly be using this lovely product again!