We are have come to the end of September and also to the end of my collaboration with Emma from The Natural Beauty box. If you follow me on social media you may have already seen that Emma asked me to help her curate the September box, which had an Organic Beauty theme. The Natural Beauty box is a monthly subscription box that provides natural, organic and vegan beauty products each month based around a different theme. Organic beauty is a topic that can be confusing for people, which is why I have written a lot on this blog about the topic of organic certifications, what they mean and which ones are available. Including this post – Your guide to organic cosmetics.
There are some fantastic brands making organic products, so it was a lot of fun to put this box together. I handpicked every product in the box and they all carry the Soil Association or the new COSMOS organic logo, meaning you can be confident that the products are genuinely organic rather than just adding in some organic ingredients to the formula and claiming organic. I had a few brands specifically in mind for this collaboration from the outset and I was so happy with the results. Even though I was involved in the process, seeing all the contents together was a lovely moment. I have loved seeing all of your social media posts and comments, there has been a lovely of lovely feedback.
Herbfarmacy TLC Balm (£16 for 30 ml) – One of my all time favourite organic brands. Herbfarmacy has a gorgeous selection of herb infused skincare with a particular focus on some fantastic balms. I chose the TLC balm in particular because it is vegan friendly and suitable for the whole family. A fantastic multi-tasker that will be very useful this winter! See my full review here.
Tabitha James Kraan Clean conditioner (£32 for 200 ml) – Tabitha James Kraan has made a name for herself in hairdressing with her organic salon in the Cotswolds and her own organic haircare range. Natural and organic haircare is not easy to formulate and Tabitha is no doubt not just a pioneer in this sector but someone who is leading the way with carefully crafted formulas that work. The Clean shampoo and conditioner are relatively new additions to the range and the conditioner is packed full of beautiful ingredients such as rosehip, safflower and argan oils. The scent of this conditioner is absolutely amazing, like an expensive perfume! With notes of neroli, tangerine and ylang ylang. This conditioner really helps to detangle my hair without any of the usual silicones or petrochemicals.
Bentley Organic hand cream (£5.95 for 75 ml) – I think a good hand cream is a must have all year round, but especially in winter months. The Skin Blossom Rose and Geranium hand cream by Bentley Organic is a beautiful hand cream, nourishing but not greasy or sticky, so great for using during the day and leaves the hands really soft and silky. The light floral fragrance is also a real winner for me, it is delicate and feminine. It is also nice to be able to highlight a brand that are organic but very budget friendly, dispelling the myth that organic is always more expensive, although it can be there are some great options that won’t break the bank!
Odylique coconut candy scrub (Deluxe sample 15 ml – Full size is £25) – This scrub is such a treat and Odylique are a fantastic brand with some amazing products to explore. The coconut candy scrub uses sugar, coconut oil and poppy seeds to gently exfoliate the skin. It doesn’t leave a greasy film on the skin and rinses away beautifully, leaving smoother and softer skin behind.
Pinks Boutique trial size duo (Anti-ageing Serum and Hydrating deep cleanse melt) – A beauty box isn’t complete without some serious skincare and this duo from Pinks Boutique showcases some of the best that organic beauty has to offer. Kirstie the founder of Pinks Boutique is someone I have know for a long time now and her endless passion and enthusiasm for the industry is contagious! The Hydrating deep cleanse melt blitzes through make up, but unlike so many other cleansing balms on the market doesn’t leave a waxy residue, making it gentler on sensitive skin. The anti-ageing serum is a wonderful blend of oils that will nourish and protect skin, perfect for the cooler months ahead. Only a small amount is needed, don’t overload the skin as this serum is completely free of fillers and incredibly concentrated.
Greenscents All Purpose Castille soap (£2 for 60 ml) – I get so many questions on my blog and social media channels about naturally based cleaning products that work and several years ago I was delighted to discover Greenscents in a local health food shop. This minty all purpose castille soap is a fantastic addition to anyone’s kitchen or bathroom and can be used for so many different tasks. I use it for washing my make up brushes, for washing up, cleaning the bathroom and so much more. It cuts through dirt and grime and smells really fresh! It is 96% organic and palm oil free.
Some box bonuses – Also included was a sample of the face oil from Inlight, this company founded by Mariano Spiezia was at the forefront of the organic beauty movement. Odylique also included a sample of their Avocado 24-hour Replenishing cream. The last product is a sweet little sample of Shea Butter from Fushi, a great brand who offer a variety of products but also single ingredients perfect for DIY beauty projects or those that like a simple approach to taking care of their skin.
I hope everyone is enjoying their boxes and a big thank you to the brands that took part and Emma for asking me to get on board for the month of September. It was a pleasure to bring together this box with some of my organic favourites.