Long-time blog readers will remember the lovely Lydia from London Makeup Girl. Blogging as Grace London until last year, LMG was one of the first blogs that I read and Lydia was one of the original crowd of people that encouraged me to start blogging. Her blog was intelligent, eloquent and always very well thought out. In the current world of ‘press release cut and pasting’, LMG left a big gap. I have been trying to get Lydia to write guest posts for me for a while – her specialty/interest is/was organic/all things natural (genuinely natural) – something that I enjoy, but not a prerequisite for me to use/blog about. I know, however, that a large number of you are completely passionate about that area of skincare so I thought you’d appreciate another opinion and slightly more regular postings from that domain. Below is what I hope to be the first of many posts from Lydia. Who knows – maybe we can persuade her to come back to us. (PS: Just in case it needs saying – you can assume that I endorse Lydia’s reviews – I’d happily let her go skincare shopping on my behalf)
I’m Lydia and I used to write a blog called London Makeup Girl. Work and life has gotten in the way of regular blogging for me (I hear you – CH), but Caroline has kindly invited me to guest post on her turf about my favourite natural* skincare products.
Sometimes there seems to be a high-tech v natural skincare divide. I think it’s similar to how you might approach nutrition/diet – you can eat scientifically designed supplements and vitamins
or a variety of organic produce. In either case, you’ll likely be healthier than if you lived on nothing but junk food. A combination of the two is often no bad thing.
I like natural skincare because I prefer a gentle, long term approach to healthy skin. My skin also tends to react badly to too many silicones, and they are easier to avoid in natural brands. So,
that’s enough about me and my tao of skincare. The products I’m reviewing today are from MV Organic Skincare.
The Gentle Cream Cleanser is a thick cream cleanser – a bit thicker than a cold cream, and definitely more cream than lotion. I use one or two pumps on dry skin, but then I wet my fingertips to massage the cleanser over my skin as per the instructions. This makes it much easier to spread; if you don’t use damp fingers you’ll either drag the skin or need to use (and waste) a load of cleanser. It has a gentle citrus scent (from the mandarin essential oil). I remove with a wet flannel, and then splash with cold water. This cleanser takes off eye makeup efficiently (I don’t wear waterproof mascara, but it can remove a Bobbi Brown Gel eyeliner with no problems).
Water, Camellia (Camellia Oleifera) Oil*,
Cetearyl Glucoside, Vegetable Glycerin*, Olive (Olea Europaea) Fruit Oil*,
Coconut (Cocos Nucifera) Oil*, Glyceryl Stearate, Vitamin E non GM
(Tocopherol), Xanthan Gum, Honeysuckle (Lonicera Caprifolium & Lonicera
Japonica) Extract, With essential oils of: Rose, Chamomile and Mandarin *,
* Organically Grown
The Rose Smoothing and Protective Moisturiser is a thick white cream that has a subtle rose fragrance. I use half a pump for my face and the same again for my neck and upper chest. I find it applies best over skin that’s slightly damp with toner – I like the MV Organics Rose Hydrating Mist, Live Native Essential Mist MSM Toner or Organic Pharmacy Rose Facial Spritz. It’s a good base for makeup and doesn’t leave the skin feeling or looking greasy if you use the
correct amount. It’s also very good mixed with a couple of drops of facial treatment oil for drier skin; the MV Organic Booster oils work well, so does Sunday Riley Juno (review on that coming soon) and the De Mamiel Seasonal Oils.
Water, Camellia (Camellia Sinensis) Oil*,
Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Vegetable Glycerin*, Glyceryl Stearate,
Jojoba (Simmondsia Chinesis) Seed Oil*, Calendula (Calendula Officinalis) Oil,
Vitamin E non GM (Tocopherol), Honeysuckle (Lonicera Caprifolium & Lonicera
Japonica) Extract, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, With essential oil of: Rose
Otto and Rose Geranium
* Organically Grown
These are good, simple products; they are very easy and no-fuss to use, and are particularly good on inherently sensitive skin or skin that has been riled up by a change of climate or harsh skincare. I also like that you can purchase 15ml travel/trial sizes before you invest in full sizes.
*I use the term ‘Natural’ as shorthand for skincare based on plant
oils/extracts, often organic. I know, not everything
that is natural is good for you.