Top of the Shops: We Share our Favourite Products
Posted on: Monday 14th May 2018
Our personal selection of our favourite 'must-have' products from our hand selected nutrition and luxury natural and organic beauty ranges.
really stand out from the 'Natural' crowd as they are so pure that you can eat them… although we don't recommend it as they are designed to make your skin amazing and not to taste good! Every single ingredient used is organic or wild harvested and has an active reason for being in the product. You won't catch sight of water used as an ingredient in any of their botanical formulations, all designed with care and attention to feed and nourish the skin. This is only a small range with only one cleanser, one day cream, one night cream suited to all skin types with their herbal 'adaptogenic' formulations meaning that they are designed to rebalance any skin type to reveal glowing and beautiful skin. The Abloom Treatment Oil
really is a miracle as oil which can be used not only as a facial oil but also a body or hair treatment oil too. Containing Ashwaghanda, an adaptogenic that we often recommend as a supplement to support the nervous system and adrenals when it comes to stress and anxiety, used for the skin it de-stresses the tightness in the skin improving elasticity. Turmeric is another key ingredient addressing inflammation in the skin and improving the tone of the skin, reducing pigmentation and combating acne. White sandalwood aids the removal of toxins whilst Indian Sapsarilla purifies, cleanses and improves the texture of the skin.
It's hard to find excellent quality aloe vera juice, with most on the market containing some preservatives that we definitely would not want to consume, ironic that these are used in supposed 'health' food products. Most people have heard of the many benefits of aloe vera juice both for the health of the digestive system, nutrient absorption and its ayurvedic cooling properties, but also in relation to stimulating collagen production and also promoting healthy hair growth. However, Aloe Ferox
is the not so well known bigger brother, also known as Bitter Aloe or Cape Aloe and Ferox meaning fierce in Latin. It is researched as being much more powerful than aloe vera juice, whilst still retaining the same cocktail of nutrients and enzymes responsible for its medicinal benefits
Often described as pond water due to its look and taste (we're really selling it), this big jar of green power powder packs a punch! The formula is a classic unchanged formula that was created byDr Schulzehimself with the most perfectionist attention to detail in terms of the both the formula and the quality of the ingredients. He's not just looking at Organic or Wild, he's concerned with exactly where in the world is the cleanest place to grow the ingredients so those lucky enough to consume it, will benefit from the best nutrient profile. An example of this is growing the ingredients using volcanic waters on sea beds to water the algaes direct from the mineral rich rocks whilst at the same time providing them with cover them to protect from any minimal air pollution. We love his style! Naturally providing high levels of B vitamins, vitamin D, antioxidants and detoxifying chorella and spirulina, this really does energise, alkalise and make you feel great. Also given recent fame via the power of the media as a man claimed that taking the Dr Schulze formula everyday was his secret to living past 100… of course, we make no promises!.
Our favourite food product is… Raw Health Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with Mother – £2.99
You've heard the latest buzz of fermented foods such as kefir or sauerkraut, but don't forget this quiet and modest yet hugely beneficial vinegar that has also been around for centuries. The Mother bit is confusing but all that means is the complex web of enzymes and beneficial bacteria that form during the fermentation process and sit at the bottom of the vinegar making it cloudy. This is much like the scoby used to make kombucha (also called the mother). It seems to work wonders for joint pain and arthritis and working to rebalance certain bacteria that produce enzymes that break down chondroitin from the joints so by working on the digestive system, this in turn supports the joints. More than that, we get great feedback that it really works! Also, a source of malic acid which is a critical nutrient in the bodies production of energy. Digestively, it used in relation to acid reflux, optimal nutrient breakdown and nutrient absorption. Also used topically for skin and hair, not to mention the immune system. Is there anything that this little bottle of wonder doesn't do? Just add a dessert spoon of the vinegar to a small glass of cold water and drink just before your main meal to help with nutrient absorption or take each morning for a daily cleanse.
is like no other on the UK market… a unique formulation providing high levels of the very well researched Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS-1 strain, usually only found in American probiotics. Not only containing high levels of the best quality probiotics on the market, this also contains the unique FS2-60 prebiotic , offering full spectrum oligosaccharides and plant derived inulin to nurture all of those gloriously beneficial flora. Our bacteria should be seen as an essential organ as without it, we would not survive. Its many roles include converting our nutrients from our foods, manufacturing new nutrients for our bodies to use such as B vitamins and vitamin K giving them symbiotic status, protecting our intestinal lining as our first line of defence and modulating our immune system to name just a few. When we nourish our microbiome, we nourish our whole body!
You'll see a common theme here that this is the wisdom of our Grandparents was something to be respected as yet again we pick an age old remedy. Even if the science wasn't there to prove the theories, they sure had tools on hand to support good health naturally. Epsom salts
are only called salt as they are similar in appearance to table salt (sodium chloride) whereas the scientific name of Epsom salts is magnesium sulphate, so an entirely different substance. So called 'Epsom' as one of the earliest discoveries was in Epsom back in Shakespeare's day. Magnesium and sulphur are two essential nutrients for the health of our bodies with magnesium being a key co-factor in a huge number of enzymatic functions in the body, especially relating to both energy production and sleep. Sulfur supports detoxification pathways in the liver too which goes hand in hand with the heat of a warm bath and switching your body into 'rest and digest mode' for eliminating toxins and the perfect nights sleep. We only supply the highest grade Epsom salts and recommend using a double handful of salts per bath and bathing for around 20 minutes, 3 times a week. We also love them as an ingredient to make your own exfoliating salt scrub too!
Whilst soaking in that Epsom salt bath, why not transform your bathroom into a heavenly aromatherapeutic spa experience. Olverum, meaning 'true oil' is a cult classic scent of blended herbals created back in 1931. Franz and Edith Klein pursued their passion to find the perfect therapeutic oil using a blend of the finest singular herbs from their ancient garden, bequeathed to them by Cistercian apothecaries. Initially given to their friends as Christmas gifts, the response was overwhelming but in 1943 production had to be halted during the war as limits in the supply of finest essential oils made it impossible to produce and Franz refused to compromise on quality. Burying the secret recipe in their monastic garden, it wasn't until 1948 that production resumed and their son, Peter, devoted himself to bringing this luxury blend to a wider audience, whilst retaining the quality, passion and original recipe of his parents. Feel the warmth of the bath envelop your whole body, inhale… and relax!
An unchanged classic from a firm favourite brand. Dr Hauschka
is a well known brand name in the cosmetics world, although not a cult product or beauty bloggers latest must-have, this product remains unchanged and stands the test of time. They don't make a big deal about the fact that they source biodynamic ingredients, it's packaged in glass, they use organic or wild crafted ingredients where possible or they believe in harnessing the rhythmical power of nature… but all of these things are core values at the heart of the brand making it one we absolutely love.
Despite expanding into mainstream markets, they still stand true to their roots and their ethics remaining a privately owned company and not selling out to a global manufacturer (like pretty much all other mainstream brands), and so retaining their outstanding quality. We love their Soothing Cleansing Milk
which contains anthyllis, jojoba and almond oil to gently cleanse and maintain the skins naturally protective acid mantle. We recommend using a little between two cotton pads soaked in a little warm water and placed over the eyes to emulsify and remove eye make up without the need to rub this delicate area. Then cleanse the whole face using the rich and creamy milk, splash with warm water and use the Dr Hauschka muslin cloth for a slight exfoliation, always working from the middle of the face out in gentle sweeping movements. Finally spritz with the Facial Toner to refresh and soothe the skin. Get your glow on!
We've loved this product since it first launched last year but it seems we are not alone, de Mamiel Exhale Daily Hydrating Nectar
having just won the Tatler Beauty Award in 2018 for the best SPF. This light formula provides a matt finish with a barely there tint to even out skin tone yet is fluid like in consistency making it easy to apply and not leaving a white residue. The formula is ideal for
holidays where you want slight coverage and a flawless 'no make up' look complete with UV protection but without the 'shiny' appearance of normal SPFs. Back to day to day UK usage as a daily moisturiser… make up sits on top perfectly as this creates an almost primer base and protects from pollution so we're ready for amazing skin whatever the weather. The formula is packed with antioxidants, Raspberry Seed Oil, Prickly Pear seed oil, Quercetin and Tocopherol creating a champion antioxidant rich blend for skin regeneration, combining with heavenly essences of flowers for an aromtherapeutic and empowering morning ritual.
Hurrah for the Hurraw! lip balms
. The perfect pocket must have for the summer months to leave lips lush. Raw, Vegan, Organic, Cold Pressed, Ecocert, tested on humans, never grainy, long lasting and pocket melt proof. The Sun Balm is a clear balm and the only one of the range containing an SPF to protect and provide long lasting coverage during the summer months. The silky smooth formula contains hints of vanilla and soothing chamomile combined with rich antioxidant oils such as Red Raspberry seed, Sea Buckthorn and Pomegranate Seed. The SPF is from non nano zinc oxide providing broad spectrum UVA and UVB coverage to protect the lips whilst we enjoy the sun.
Living Nutrition Kef-Flamex
combines a wonderful blend of true superfoods in a fermented formula to activate and unleash the power of the ingredients whilst also providing a probiotic benefit. Most of todays chronic conditions are as a result of inflammatory processes being activated in the body which can be as a result of poor lifestyle and diet and further exacerbated by the stress. This clever little formula includes one of our favourite medicinal anti-inflammatory foods… the almighty reishi mushroom, anciently revered as the mushroom of immortality. Turmeric, green tea and ginger are also combined to provide further anti-inflammatory support, not to mention their huge antioxidant compounds including curcuminoids and ECGC. As well as activating anti-inflammatory pathways, this is also designed to support liver detoxification and clearance including dandelion, fennel and nettle to ensure a whole body support. Not only including these highly prized ingredients… they are all then fermented using a kefir-kombucha complex ensuring that the ingredients are bioavailable for the body to use and also providing natural probiotic support. What is not to love!
The heady Rose de Mai oil from Grasse, France
, fills the room with this decadent scent when the candle is lit. Pouring the candle oil onto the skin feels quite unnatural at first but on contact with the skin the warming, nourishing and heavenly scent creates the most perfect and indulgent body and massage oil. The purest natural base oils of the candle include beeswax and coconut oil to smooth and soothe the body and soul. Following use, the beautiful scent of the oils leaves a delicate and feminine perfume to engage the senses and relax the body and mind.