Monday, 4 July 2016

New thinking, newer practices - and skincare brands I'm loving


I have so much to blog about I honestly don't know where to start. I cannot tell you how much I am loving the industry at the moment. There is so much great newness coming out of the US in particular, that I can't wait to get it on my face, get it on client's faces, talk about it, talk to retailers about them. It's just exciting. After a couple of years down the *argan oil and sheet masks* black hole (kill me now), it's so welcome.

All of these brands, besides springing out of the West Coast (and beyond) have one thing in common: they all invoke a sense of calm to the skin and mind that seems to fit perfectly in both the current world - and they all blend beautifully into treatment rooms when used in conjunction with hi-tec brands.


Leahlani Skincare is based in Hawaii (as you do) and contains some beautiful serums, oils and and balms, none of which have disappointed thus far. My most-used products in treatments are the Champagne Serum and Bohemian Ruby Balancing Toner.

If you're in the UK you can buy Leahlani at www.reinaorganics.com/leahlani and in the US from www.leahlaniskincare.com


Mahalo Skincare is another Hawaiian-based brand (erm thanks Hawaii!) that comes prepared in beautiful hand carved glass-in-wood packaging and again like Leahlani is made of beautiful raw, natural ingredients that you literally cannot wait to get on your skin. My most-used products are currently Vacation Glow and the Mahalo Balm.

Mahalo is available in the UK from www.alyaka.com and in the US from mahalo.care


OK I know it's not brand new, but: I've nearly used up my goop Perfecting Eye Cream, and I've used either this, or Tata Harper's Restorative Eye Cream on all of my clients, who love both of them. Still not here and they don't ship to the UK (idiots), but I know they are speaking to UK retailers, so hold your breath.

Available in the US only (sigh) from goop.com/perfecting-eye-cream


Josh Rosebrook is based in LA and this Hydrating Accelerator is so beautiful that I almost want to selfishly keep it to myself. You have to smell it to believe it. 

He is in select stockists in the US and is available in the UK from abeautifulworld.co.uk/josh-rosebrook


Kypris have been on the blog before but they have just released a couple of new products including a cleanser and SPF, both of which I'm loving so far. The 1000 Roses oil is beautiful for facial massage.

Available in Selfridges and on CultBeauty.com in the UK and their own site for US/overseas kyprisbeauty.com/cleanser


January Labs' Restorative Tonic Mist, along with May Lindstrom's Jasmine Garden, has come to the treatment room with me every week. Its aloe and calendula base make it great for misting pre/during and post treatment. January has also given me exclusive access to her professional peel for use in my treatments. 
Available on cultbeauty.co.uk and on January's site: januarylabs.com/restorative-tonic-mist


Treatment talk would not be complete without mention of The Blue Cocoon. It has literally been used on everyone mid/post-treatment (unless contra-indicated) to the same response, which generally involves a low-level, contented exhalation of breath.
The May Lindstrom range is available in a few stockists in the UK including CultBeauty.co.uk and naturisimo.com but there is nothing like receiving the beautifully-wrapped black parcels from the woman herself: maylindstrom.com

Since I've been back in facials I've been using my clients as additional testers (with their knowledge - obviously) and they are also loving what I'm using. I'm always careful what I mix and match, you can't do a serious peel and then rock up with some random serums with conflicting ingredients, so I've been 'tail-ending' with some slightly more natural brands and the results are amazing.

I have more posts planned this week with details of products used in the treatments, including the hi-tec gang, tomorrow.







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42 comments:

  1. Yes so many beautiful brands that I LOVE!

    You can get Leahlani in Europe at Reina Organics (to avoid the tax!!) v. reasonable shipping. http://reinaorganics.com/

    & You can get Mahalo in the UK at Alyaka (have shopped with & awesome service) http://www.alyaka.com/

    xxx

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    1. OOH great shout thank you! Updated accordingly! x

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  2. I really like Leahlani and Josh and I buy it @sonatural
    http://www.sonaturalbeauty.com/ (great amd personal service)
    From Kypris I'm in ♥ with the Moonlight Catalyst, will be definately a re-purchase

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  3. It's so wonderful to hear about your latest discoveries, your excitement is contagious! Happy 4th from a Stateside fan!

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  4. OMG I'm so happy to see some of our local brands (Mahalo Skincare & Leahlani Skincare) mentioned on your blog, sometimes Hawaii is thought of as strictly a "cool vacation spot", but we really have so much more to offer❤️

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    1. Hawai remains to this day my most wonderful trip. Wonderful islands and wonderful people. No wonder you make wonderful skincare...

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  5. I just discoverd Mahalo and Leahlani and I love them!!! Champagne serum, the morning is more glamorous.
    In Europe, we can buy Mahalo and Leahlani at http://www.eminessences.com/ (to avoid the taxes indeed) and for fast shipping.

    I like that their is some news brands, quite good and gentle.

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  6. Really loved this blog post! So many new things to research and try, thank you :)

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  7. I love, love, love Blue Cocoon after getting it in the Cult Beauty box. Didn't think I would initially but I'm a convert. It helps calm down my skin and the smell is just divine at night when it really helps me relax. Just ordered Jasmine Garden -can't wait☺☺

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    1. Jasmine garden is beautiful (I got mine in the recent beauty box). Have always been skeptical about the essence/toner step, but it's lovely.

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  8. Oooh it's all very exciting !!! :)

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  9. I bought both of your recommendations from Leahlani skincare, plus the Honey 3 in 1. As soon as my wallet recovers, I'll be investing in the Blue Cocoon too!

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  10. I must be the only person who is repulsed by the smells of blue cocoon (May lindstrom) & blue moon (Sunday Riley). Why would I want to spread something that smells of chocolate all of my face when I'm trying to cleanse/treat? πŸ˜•

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  11. Would breastfeeding be a contraindication to Blue Cocoon? I got it in the previous Box and am dying to use it...

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  12. So glad I'm not the only one who eye rolls at argan oil :-)

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  13. Please please how do we get on your wait list for facials? I'm 40 in November and I want to ask hubby to book you πŸ™πŸ». I'm skin care obsessed since I starting reading your blogs and hubby is now stealing all my stashed goodies too 😫

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  14. How do we get on your wait list for facials. I'm 40 in November and your on my birthday wish list πŸ™πŸ»

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  15. Ooooh, these all look so interesting! X.

    Amylaurenxo.blogspot.co.uk

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  16. Caroline, as a 51 year old woman I am lucky enough to just now start to see signs of aging. Your blog and YouTube channel have been a lifesavor! I saw you mention your hall of fame and/or recommended products list posted? I saw in some of your content you were developing one but can't seem to locate it! Thanks! Your "new" loyal follower

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  17. Goodness, how interesting/exciting to see you feature all these brands that those of us green beauty bloggers/youtubers have been gushing over for a few years now! I love it! Mahalo in particular is one of my absolute tops, in addition to In Fiore and Uma. It's really so exciting to see what has been a relatively bifurcated world between eco and conventional beauty slowly merging! xoxo from a fan of yours in Boston <3

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    1. I agree with you Mercedes, I do love too that the two worlds can function in junction. I feel there is so much "good vibes" coming from these new brands, I use them for a large part because of that. And they are brilliant, sometimes you want a good high-tech product, like Dermalogica or others, but sometimes just a nice and gentle product that can make you dream. I love the smell of the Mahalo products, I can just imagine a hammock and a cocktail. So yeah, very good news from the Beauty sector. Now, I just have to book an appointment with Caroline!!

      https://www.facebook.com/scienceofsophia/

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    2. Hello. Does anyone know where in the US we can purchase these products? Thank you.

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  18. I always check your site to see what I should check out. Thanks for sharing your expertise!

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  19. Hi Caroline,

    You have been the biggest champion of the Biologique Recherche P50 lotion that I know of on the Internet and I learnt about the brand/product from you. I am considering purchasing it but am hesitant because i hear it is such a potent product and I am nervous that I may have an adverse reaction to the product given I have sensitive skin. I am curious as to whether you use this on your current clients when doing treatments at the Teresa Tarmey's space. If not, why not?

    Maria

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  20. Hi Caroline,
    If you had a choice...
    The Blue Cocoon Beauty Balm by or The rare Indigo Beauty Balm?
    I have combination / hormonal acne skin that scars easily and
    I'll be in NY next month so thought of treating myself to one of them.
    Many thanks
    Tamara

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    1. Depends what you need it for.

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    2. So ideally looking for something that soothes spots and helps with healing?
      I love balms too, so was wondering if either of the two might be suitable?
      Many thanks.

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  21. Caroline!!!! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and love of skincare with us! Very much appreciated!

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  22. So glad to see some of the green lines I have been loving. Have I missed (or blind) where I can get on a waitlist with you? I might be in London in the coming weeks and thought the stars could align. I can't seem to find an email add. Apologies if I am just stupid.

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    1. Treatment appts open up again in August for September :) x

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    2. Thanks for responding! I am still not sure on my Europe trip. Could fall into Sept. Will you provide the contact info when you open up? Can't seem to find contact info for you? I'm sure you will in Aug and will look out for it. If the stars don't align I'm hoping to find something in Paris and will look at reccs on that blog post.

      Also a sincere thanks for your skincare advice. We have different skin types but I abide by your principles and steps and it always sets things straight with my skin! Thank you!

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  23. So many products, only one life! I'm bowing out of the Caroline Hirons experience. The PV50 lotion was money down the drain when it caused my skin to produce multiple cysts like I have never had before. The equally expensive Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser ended up drying my skin and not doing much for the blackheads at all. It would be better if we could get samples to try as well!

    The only thing I'll keep is the hot face washer which is a relaxing 'Aahhh' moment every night and the double cleansing (which I was doing anyway). I'm sticking with Peter Thomas Roth for cleansing and acid toning and Clinique for the oil cleanser, moisturisers and makeup.

    Farewell. It wasn't all bad - it did confirm that some things I was doing were right!

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    1. Hi Lizzy.
      I'm sorry the P50 and Tata cleanser didn't work for you. It happens.
      Seems a bit odd to to then list a lot of things that DID work for you and say 'I'm off'.
      You speak as if you've been paying a monthly subscription like Weight Watchers and not getting your money's worth.

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    2. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ you kill me Caroline! I tried lots of acid toners ,had a reaction, use less. I don't blame you!!! We all have different skin. Great to try things. I palm them off to my mum. She's v happy! Xxx

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    3. Lizzy, skincare is so specific. I don't think you can blame someone for a particular product not working. By the way some Tata Harper does not work for me but some of her products do. It's trial and error with skincare. Some of the cleaner lines are more difficult to get samples, but Sephora now carries Tata Harper and RMS and other cleaner lines. Some of the small boutiques will also give samples. The TH serum scent drove me mad - allergies! But the essence and eye cream are fine. I have heard of others not agree with BR as well.

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    4. "You speak as if you've been paying a monthly subscription like Weight Watchers and not getting your money's worth."
      Caroline, I think I am entitled to a published reply to that statement. The fact is I had been paying a lot of money and it hasn't been worth it, but not for any lack of effort on my part. You have influence in the industry and it would be well-used getting skin care companies to provide samples of their products at reasonable prices for people to try. It is also worth sticking with what works for you, as I think you have said yourself. The PTR cleansers are - gasp! - foaming and they work for me, for instance, and I was using these before I took your advice. It happens.

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    5. Of course it happens. There are no guarantees. I've never said otherwise. And for the record, no-one asks companies for samples to be available to customers more than me. The fact is, for smaller brands, they are too cost-prohibitive. It's around £20,000 to do a small run of sample sachets, minimum. Smaller brands just don't often have that cash available at the beginning.

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    6. It's not like Caroline is responsible for getting you samples, there are many websites that do and brands are starting to sell more and more travel kits and sample sizes. Caroline provides the recommendation (a free service) and lists what skin types and concerns it suits. It is then up to you to decide if you want to invest in it or not. she is always upfront about cost and always includes brands at lower price points. She gives you a ton of info to make an informed decision and a great forum to discuss your results. I am sorry to hear that some of her reccos didn't work out (as some did not for me either, though most did) but that is hardly her fault for just offering the information out there!

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  24. I think you need to be a beauty product junkie to get the most out of this blog!

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