NEW NATURALS – GREAT NATURAL BEAUTY PRODUCTS

I love trying new beauty products, particularly when they are chemical-free, cruelty-free alternatives to what I’m currently using. And with Equilibrio’s attendance at the Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair this past weekend, came a whole treasure trove of gorgeous smelling, prettifying pots and potions.

Here are some of my favourites from the fair and a few other natural products I’ve been trying over the past few weeks.

 

SKIN CREAMERY OIL-MILK FACIAL CLEANSER

Jill and I have been eyeing the beautifully packaged, highly rated skincare range for a while. I bought the travel kit so that I could try the full range of products and love every item in it. The Oil-Milk Cleanser is however a must-have. Firstly, the name is deceiving, the formulation is not oily at all but it does not foam. Secondly it does what it promises: it removes ALL makeup. I’ve tried so many cleansers that promise to do the same but fail and give me “panda eyes” (smeared mascara). The Skin Creamery Oil-Milk cleanser leaves my face feeling supple, not dry and not oily. For all skin types.

*local *natural *organic *vegan *cruelty-free

200ml, R320,  BUY

 

LULU & MARULA NOURISHING MASK AND POLISH

For a radiance booster look no further than this special mask and exfoliator. Made from French pink clay, Moroccan lava clay and various botanicals, one mixes this powder with a few drops of water (or yoghurt) to form a paste. I smear myself with the red concoction and watch it stiffen over the course of 10 minutes. After rinsing with warm water my skin feels smoother and not at all dry. Love it.

*local *natural *cruelty-free

100ml, R359, BUY

 

LULU & MARULA ENERGISING BODY BALM

When I visited their stall at the Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair, the ladies gave me a free sample of this body balm. I must admit, I thought it wouldn’t be for me as I’m not a fan of rich “balm-like” body treatments, they often make me feel a bit slimy. But who was I to look a gift horse in the mouth? I must say, this balm is different – besides its heavenly smell, it melts into my skin almost instantly and gives me a beautiful sheen that doesn’t feel gooey at all.  

*local *natural *cruelty-free

100ml, R270, BUY

 

LULA FOX LAVENDER & LEMON BOTANICAL DEODORANT

Since Jill’s post on natural deodorants, I’m been on a mission to replace my anti-perspirant with something metal-free. The problem is that many of the natural deodorants simply attempt to mask odours as they don’t stop you from sweating. After a few duds I’ve found this deodorant by makeup brand Lula Fox that works like a bomb, even after a sweaty session at the gym. I previously used a roll-on antiperspirant, so this balm that one scoops out of a jar and softens in your hands before you apply it took a little getting used to.  I love the natural anti-bacterial, deodorising essential oils and probiotics in this product that really work.

*local *natural *cruelty-free

50ml, R110, BUY

 

 

LULA FOX HYDRASHEER EYE SHADOW IN TOAST

I’ve been raving about Lula Fox’s Moisturising Lipstick for weeks. I’m obsessed with this lipstick and want it in every colour! But their eye shadow is excellent too. The formula is highly pigmented and long-wearing unlike many other natural makeup brands. I like the little single pots which allow you to buy only the colours you want and don’t waste space in your makeup bag. Available in lots of other colours to suit your skin tone. 

*local *natural *cruelty-free

R295, BUY

 

MERAKI ORANGE + YLANG YLANG PERFUME OIL

This botanical infused oil smells delicious and has none of the chemicals that many mainstream perfume brands contain.  It comes in a small glass bottle with roll-on application. Beautifully exotic without smelling too floral. Also available at Guillotine at 44 Stanley Avenue.

*local *natural *organic *cruelty-free

R150, BUY

 

JUICE BEAUTY GREEN APPLE PEEL SENSITIVE

Juice Beauty is Gwyneth Paltrow’s first choice in beauty brands. We also featured this excellent product in our Savvy in the City post a few weeks ago. It tingles for the first 5 minutes after application and then settles and stiffens. Its multi-action exfoliation and deep rejuvenating properties leaves my skin feeling fresh and purified. A great product when your skin feels grimy and needs a deep cleanse.

*imported *natural *organic *cruelty- free

50ml, R790, BUY

 

DAVINES OI CONDITIONER

My hair is colour treated and needs quite a bit of moisture. I’ve always used Pureology’s Hydra Mask but recently tried this Davines Oi Conditioner and find it equally good. The rich, nourishing formula contains Roucou oil which is said to have anti-aging (yes, hair ages too) and anti-oxidant properties. The product also has a lovely, uplifting fragrance. Recommended for all hair types.  For more recommendation check out our natural hair care post

*imported *natural *cruelty-free

250ml, R350, BUY

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