I’ve had quite a few people ask me about the skincare, hair and bath products I use. It has taken me a while to find my favourites, it was so difficult to let go of what I was used to before becoming more aware of animal testing and started moving towards more natural products. I have felt such a radical difference in my hair an skin -it was definitely the right choice to make! Anyway, this post is completely unsponsored, I bought these products out of my own free will with my own earth money and they form part of my daily beauty and hygiene routine.
• The Victorian Garden Rosemary & Vanilla Moisturizing Shampoo and Argan & Vanilla Hair Conditioner
These products are quite pricey – the shampoo retails for about +/- R105,00 and the conditioner currently retails for +/-R75,00 – it last very long and smells so unbelievably good that you might want to eat it. It is also the only natural hair shampoo and conditioner that does not dry out my hair or leave it dull. The shampoo has a delicious Vanilla and Rosemary fragrance and contains unusual blends of botanical extracts to restore and repair the hair and add shine and lustre. pH balanced, the shampoo is mild and can be used daily. The conditioner is amazing, it nourishes the hair and helps repair damaged strands while improving strength. It contains vital vitamins to boost scalp health and is fragranced with pure vanilla oil. The pure Argan oil in this shampoo is what gives it its magical capabilities! Available at The Victorian Garden Online Store or online at Faithful To Nature.
• Africa Organics Marula Hair Treatment Oil
This stuff is incredible! You can use this oil in two ways – massage it through your hair as a hair treatment and rinse it off or use a few drops on the tips of your fingers to control flyaway hair during styling. Either way, it’s nature’s answer to synthetic silicones. I love heating it up and leaving it in my hair for a few minutes or even overnight – depending on how damaged my hair is, it is an incredible hair treatment! At +/- R80, it is not too badly prices compared to similar products on the market. Available online at Faithful To Nature or Wellness Warehouse stores nation wide.
WEN Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner
If you’re looking for a natural, sulfate-free way to get gorgeous, healthy-looking hair, WEN cleansing conditioner may be just what you need.
The unique formula provides all of the benefits of five separate steps in a single, natural product. A single bottle of this cleansing conditioner is able to replace your shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioning masque, detangler and leave-in conditioner. It does all of this without weighing down your hair or stripping it of its natural, healthy oils.
The lather-free formula contains no harsh sulfates, which means it is suitable for all hair types and textures, including color treated or natural hair. Instead, the WEN Sweet Almond Mint cleansing conditioner relies on natural ingredients that are proven to improve shine, texture, strength, moisture and manageability.
A few of the most notable ingredients include glycerin, which provides moisture; chamomile, which helps to calm and soothe the scalp; wild cherry bark for extra conditioning; rosemary extract for a soothing and cooling effect; and panthenol, which is a proven ingredient that helps to strengthen the hair shaft and increase resilience.
Switching to WEN cleansing conditioner will provide a you with a deep, thorough cleanse while leaving your hair moisturized, voluminous, shiny and healthy. Available online at Guthy Renker.
BATH & AFTER PRODUCTS
• Earthsap Wild Rose And Vanilla Body Wash
Earthsap’s Wild Rose & Vanilla Body Wash is rich and foamy. The delicious scent of rose and vanilla embraces your senses, leaving you feeling relaxed and at ease. Meanwhile, the pure coconut oil and other natural botanical extracts nourish and hydrate your skin from head to toe. If you’re looking for a little natural TLC for your skin, this non-toxic body wash is a gentle way to wash all the stress and dirt away. Great for people who suffer from sensitive skin or eczema. They have so many options available! Available online at Faithful To Nature at R62 for 400ml.
• Universal Vision Himalayan Bath Salts
Bathing with Himalayan crystal salt is a wonderfully calming and cleansing experience that will leave you feeling replenished and energised. Simply pop one of these beautiful pink crystals into your bath water, then lie back and enjoy the healing, therapeutic powers of this cleansing, mineral-rich stone. Soothes skin irritations, reduce dryness and ease aching joints and muscles. Available at Pick n Pay, Wellness Warehouse or online at Faithful To Nature R45 for 1kg.
• The Victorian Garden Chamomile And Lavender Foaming Bath Oil
This is a lightly foaming soap-free bath oil that contains ingredients especially chosen to combat stress. It is excellent after a hard day’s work to calm the nervous system and induce sleep. R85 – Available at The Victorian Garden Online Store or Faithful To Nature. They also have one that is aimed specifically at pregnant ladies!
• Soil Uplifting Coconut Bath Salts
This is my ultimate me-time pampering product! Grapefruit and lemongrass oil will help to remove unwanted toxins, while peppermint oil will bring relief from stress and help you unwind. Indulgent, but also effective! Available at Faithful to Nature for R125
• Rain Savannah Body Butter
I don’t think anyone can ever understand the obsession that I have for this product – I love everything about it, from the packaging to the fragrance and feel – it is just perfect. The Savannah Body Butter retails for about R150 for the 150ml and will last you between 1-2 months, depending on your level of addiction – trust me when I say that you will want to apply and reapply if the fragrance is something you love. You can purchase in-store or online.
• Victorian Garden Rose Pelargonium & Sweet Orange Roll-On Deodorant
This is one hell of an expensive deodorant, but it is the only one that works for me! It is extremely important to use a 100% natural deodorant that is effective, gentle on the skin and completely non toxic. This uplifting, floral fragranced deodorant offers safe and very effective protection, with a special blend of feel-good essential oils. R77 online at The Victorian Garden
• BOM Jasmine & Coconut Solid Perfume
I still love my Elie Saab perfume, but this is more for every day use. It has the scent of jasmine blossom and palm trees swaying in a gentle balmy breeze. BOM has created a luscious solid perfume with a blend of jasmine and coconut oils, in a smooth base of beeswax and marula oil. It’s packaged in a beautifully carved hardwood container, and free of any harsh synthetics. BOM’s Jasmine and Coconut perfume is the perfect summer fragrance, but it smells so damn good that I use it all year long! R145 at Faithful to Nature.
• Naturals Beauty Essential Collection Gel Cleanser
Naturals Beauty Gel Cleanser is a gentle facial wash for normal/combination skin. Removes all impurities as well as make-up, without leaving the skin feeling dry. Moisturising oils nourish the skin, whilst pure botanical extracts give antibacterial benefits to the skin. If you’re mindful of the environment and/or on the lookout for a skincare range that works, have a look at Naturals Beauty. They have a huge range of products for different skin types and concerns and are very affordable. You can find their products online here or on Faithful to Nature, at Wellness Warehouse and in many health and gift shops around SA. +/- R70,00
• Naturals Beauty Essential Collection Cleansing Milk
I use this as an make-up remover – it gets rid of even the most stubborn liquid eyeliner! The milk cleanser has a creamy, thick consistency(it is not at all runny and watery like you would expect a milk cleanser to be, it is more like a lotion). Just dab some on a piece of cotton wool and there you go! You can find their products online here or on Faithful to Nature for +/- R80. Read my full review here.
This has become my absolute must-have skincare essential. It is gentle on the skin, but very effective and smells amazing. I love that it does not dry your skin out like many other facial exfoliators, instead it leaves your skin feeling moisturized, soft, clean, smooth and absolutely glowing. It has a fine texture, which to me is the best as I feel like it has better exfoliation properties and does not feel like I am damaging my skin.
At R85.00 this product is not only extremely affordable, but works better than most of the well-known, expensive products I have been using over the years. You can buy it online at Faithful-to-Nature or The Victorian Garden. Read my full review here.
• The Victorian Garden Rose & Chamomile Toner
Victorian Garden toners are all alcohol free and designed to awaken, revitalize and cool the skin. Sprayed onto the skin’s surface and allowed to dry, they act as a pre-moisturizer and balance the skin’s pH. Rose and Chamomile, high in vitamins and nutrients, provides a fresh nutritional tonic for a dry skin. The smell is out of this world – Rose geranium is a firm favourite of mine!
• Naturals Beauty Essential Collection Day Cream
A luxurious, moisturising cream with nourishing, hydrating and cell stimulating properties. Firming, energising and anti-wrinkle actions comes from the Baobab Extract and Oil (containing omega 3,6,9), Soybean Oil (with lecithin), Avocado Oil (vitamins A,E,B), Cucumber Extract and Sutherlandia extract which keeps skin healthy and are ideal for all skin types. I love that it moisturizes my skin without leaving an oily residue. You can find their products online here or on Faithful to Nature for +/- R97
• Eco Products Boabab Oil
This is my latest favourite discovery! I get very dry skin during winter, especially around my eyelids and nose. I have not have a problem since using this amazing product! Just add a few drops to your regular face and body creams or add it to your bath to get the benefits of regular Baobab Oil, I even added it to my hair conditioner. Baobab oil is a very effective moisturizer and is made from the seeds of the baobab tree. The seeds are cold pressed and filtered. Cold pressing ensures that the valuable properties in the oil are not destroyed as could happen in a heated press. Buy it online at Faithful to Nature or at health stores, Wellness Warehouse and pharmacies nationwide for +/- R110 for 30ml, R140 for 50ml and R220 for 100ml.
• Dr Organic Dead Sea Mineral Night Cream
Dead Sea salt contains over 20 essential minerals, some of which do not exist in any other sea. This unique formulation of organic Dead Sea minerals offers a number of skin care benefits, which include nourishing and remineralizing properties. The inclusion of bioactive organic marine extracts give this rich overnight cream both healthy-aging and antioxidant properties, which help the skin appear both firmer and younger looking. This is my ultimate Night Cream…. I simply cannot go without it ever again!! Available online at Takealot or Dischem stores nationwide for about R219
• Naturals Beauty Essential Collection Hydrating Mask
I am addicted to this product. The masque applies smoothly and the moisturizing effect is visible for a full week. I love it. This is a hydrating and purifying masque which will remove impurities from the skin, soothe, moisturize and nourish it. The chamomile extract have calming and protective properties and the anti-oxidants provided by Rooibos extract and Vitamin E to keep skin healthy and younger looking. Ideal for all skin types. Read my full review here. You can find their products online here or on Faithful to Nature for +/- R69. Very well priced!
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