Now that I have been writing about beauty consistently for over five years, it is always fun to go back and revisit brands I have spoken about previously. In this case the brand Beauty Kitchen which I reviewed shortly after it first launched. Beauty Kitchen have gone from strength to strength in the last few years, securing a presence on the British high-street with their partnership with Holland and Barrett.
The first Beauty Kitchen store was founded in Glasgow by Jo Chidley, a qualified herbal Botanist who wants to get more people using 100% natural beauty products, in her own words “Not because they feel they should, because they really work!”. Something I like about Beauty Kitchen is that the brand doesn’t take itself too seriously, which a lot of other beauty brands and the industry in general can. Beauty Kitchen is a bit of an antidote to some of that seriousness, providing products that are natural, affordable and effective, without being complicated.
The Beauty Kitchen range has expanded substantially since I first reviewed it, but many of the principles have remained the same, as has the quality. The brand is now a certified B Corporation, which is a not for profit that certifies brands that are using their business as a force for good. The brand also pays a lot of attention to the sustainability of its packaging using precycled and carbon neutral options.
I have been testing out quite a few products from the beauty kitchen range, rather than make this a really longwinded review I thought I would start with the products I started testing first. the Seahorse Plankton range. This range is infused with micro-algae which is the star ingredient, for active cell stimulation. The range supports the Seahorse Trust, sadly due to pollution and other environmental concerns these beautiful creatures are endangered. Something I fell in love with straight away is the unique scent that runs through the range, featuring immortelle, chamomile and mandarin. It is really quite addictive and makes using these products such a pleasure.
Seahorse Plankton Everlasting Radiance cleanse gel* (£14.99) I actually started testing this cleanser in the summer months and felt so gorgeously refreshing in the heat! This is a non foaming gel, which makes it non stripping. It has glycerine and shea butter to moisturise and hydrate, it will remove light make up and leaves the skin feeling really fresh. This will be on my shopping list for next spring and summer, I particularly enjoyed using it as a morning cleanse, its heavenly on sticky skin. This cleanser leaves the skin feeling really soft and clean.
Seahorse Plankton 5 minute miracle mask* (£14.99) Is a gorgeous creamy mask, featuring white kaolin clay and sweet almond oil as well as algae to stimulate the skin. This is my go to mask for an easy midweek pick me up, it perks up my skin and feels pampering to use. It doesn’t set hard on the face, making it easy to remove.
Seahorse plankton High definition facial oil* (19.99) This face oil is easily one of my favourites at this price point. It has a base of sweet almond oil. seaweed and the Seahorse plankton extract which is a potent micro-algae. This oil also contains a really beautiful blend of essential oils, including Frankincense, Immortelle, Angelica, chamomile and lavender. I love the ritual of applying this facial oil, but also how lovely and smooth it leaves the skin. This would make a fantastic introduction to facial oils as you only need a couple of drops massaged in to the skin. The texture is very light and the oil itself has a light blue hue, thanks to the chamomile.
Seahorse plankton Beauty boosting BB Cream* (£14.99) The BB cream is a light coverage perfecting product, it blurs and enhances rather than feeling like a mask. Although this only comes in one shade, it does seem to have the ability to adapt somewhat to your skin tone, so for example I am using in winter now my skin is a shade lighter and I also used it in the summer when my skin was slightly darker. If like me you need a little but more coverage than this BB provides, it sits well under mineral power foundation and makes a nice base. If you are a very fair English Rose complexion I would try and test this first before buying.
I think Beauty Kitchen products offer phenomenal value for money, if you are a regular Body Shop or Lush shopper I urge you to try them out because their ingredients and ethics are absolutely fantastic at a similar price point. Beauty Kitchen products are cruelty free and many of the products in the range are also vegan. You can find out more at www.beautykitchen.co.uk.