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 and in the US from

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 and in the US from

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, but I know they are speaking to UK retailers, so hold your breath.

Available in the US only (sigh) from

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

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 in the UK and their own site for US/overseas

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 and on January’s site:

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 and but there is nothing like receiving the beautifully-wrapped black parcels from the woman herself:

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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