Magic Soap

Dr Bronners Magic SoapDr Bronner’s 18-in-1 Hemp Peppermint Pure-Castile Soap (also available in Eucalyptus; Almond; Rose; Tea Tree; Lavender and Citrus 236ml £5.49)

First of all, I love the label. Its claims put me in mind of the kind of thing that might have tripped from the lips of some snake-oil salesman out of Huckleberry Finn. Here are just a few extracts:‘Absolute cleanliness is Godliness! Teach the Moral ABC that unites all mankind free.’… ‘100% VEGAN. HEALTH IS OUR GREATEST WEALTH.’… ‘Shakespeare’s Hamlet, 1606: “Act well your part, complete the great full-truth task, there all the honour lies”.’… ‘All-One! All-One! Exceptions eternally? Absolutely none!’

The soap itself feels silky on the body.

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A One Stop Beauty Pot

Herbfarmacy-skin-rescue-balm-grainyHerbfarmacy Skin Rescue Balm (30g – £11.75 or 15g – as part of ‘Totally Balmy’ 3 x 15g balm kit £18.50)

I recently flew long haul from Sydney to London – via Korea. I stayed overnight in a hotel in Seoul but my bags were checked all the way through to London. So everything that I managed to cram into my tiny carry-on case had to work double time: long t-shirt and leggings work as pyjamas, scarf works as wrap / headrest, inflatable pillow works as footrest, iPad works as book / music / video player, and so on.

Imagine my joy at discovering a mini size pot of Herbfarmacy’s Skin Rescue Balm. This rich, thick unction works as a Continue reading

A Storm in a B Cup?

Orico-Full-CupOrico Full Cup Bust & Neck Enhancing Elixir (30ml- £27)

Orico’s Full Cup claims to ‘enhance breasts by 2 to 4 cm after 6 weeks of use’. Seriously, body oil (unless perhaps you’re drinking the stuff) can’t make your tits bigger, can it?

Having had breast cancer, surgery and reconstruction, I am in a unique position to road test this product. After six weeks will my real, right breast grow bigger than the left, reconstructed one? Skeptical I am – but this I have to try. Continue reading

Iris investigates: Dr Hauschka Rose Garden Kit

Good Glamourista Iris tests the latest and best natural cosmetics…

wild roses by Nicolae Grigorescu

Wild Roses by Nicolae Grigorescu

Dr Hauschka Rose Garden Kit (Rose Day Cream 5g; Firming Mask 5g; Rose Body Oil 10ml; Rose Body Moisturiser 10ml; Hand Cream 10g – £19.95)

This little bag of trial size products from Dr Hauschka will make a wonderful gift to your self if you have been overdoing the party season and are in desperate need of a rejuvenating home spa treatment.

Normally the Dr Hauschka kits come in very practical little silver tins but the one I got was actually in a smart fabric makeup pouch. After a terribly busy week of roasting my body on the beach, Continue reading

Glamorous Gift Sets for Christmas

Bond Street Christmas by Jessica JonesDon’t fret, don’t frown. Stress-free Christmas shopping is simply a matter of matching the right person with the right present. The Good Glamouristas have pounded frosty pavements and almost drowned ourselves in potions, oils and creams to come up with the ultimate pick of this year’s gorgeous natural beauty gift sets. All you need to do is read our guide, force down another mince pie, reach out a languid finger and click. Continue reading

Know Your Nasties: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate & Sodium Laureth Sulfate

Jane Russell enjoys a nice soak in Sodium Lauryl Sulfate in a 1954 publicity photo for ‘The French Line’

Our ongoing guide to the top toxic ingredients in cosmetics.

SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) and SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulfate)

What are they?

SLS and SLES are foaming agents commonly found in shampoo, shower gel, soap, bubble bath, toothpaste and other foaming products. 

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The Hues of Bliss More Brightly Glow

Ophelia by John Everett Millais – Tate Gallery, London

The Good Glamour guide to spas, facials, massage treatments and general fabulousness.

Some days, being a beauty blogger feels like nothing more than sitting around in saggy-bum leggings with a muesli face-pack on, hunched over my laptop, whistling into the geranium-and-rose-petal-scented wind. Other days, my cup overruns with special and gorgeous treats. Like today. I have been invited to sample Oskia’s Renaissance luxury face & body treatment. I purr the words: ‘rrrrenaisssance luuuxury face and body trrrreatment’. It cheers me up no end, I can tell you.

Oskia Renaissance Luxury Face & Body Treatment (90 mins – £105)

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It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Give a Gift That Won’t Give Her Breast Cancer

buy the Chemo Chic Project's essential handbag kitIf you’ve been anywhere near a department store in the last couple of weeks you will not have failed to notice that it is Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Now I don’t wish to sound churlish but, having been through it myself, I am personally looking forward to a month when I am NOT aware of breast cancer. That said there is no doubt that this annual event has done masses to raise consciousness of breast cancer in the public mind, in terms both of understanding and acceptability.

When I was a young(er!) woman, breast cancer was an affliction with a great deal of shame attached to it. Continue reading

A Balm For All Reasons – Neal’s Yard Wild Rose Beauty Balm

Neals Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm - a versatile balm with nothing toxicIt horrifies me to admit that I remember when Neal’s Yard first produced their line of natural skincare. In the eighties Neal’s Yard Remedies were more than just beauty products, they were lifestyle accessories. I used the striking cobalt blue bottles to adorn my bathroom like some kind of DIY Yves Klein installation. The use of cobalt glass dates back to Victorian apothecaries – blue bottles contained medicines but also household cleaners and poisons.

They lost their way a bit in the nineties, replacing blue glass bottles with blue plastic and adding more and more product lines with ingredients of variable quality. In recent years though, Neal’s Yard Remedies has rebuilt its reputation as a leading natural, ethical mid-market brand and has gone so far as to produce some thoroughly outstanding products. Which brings me to…  Continue reading

In Conversation: Margo Marrone

Margo Marrone began her career as a pharmacist. In the course of her research she was shocked to find how many toxic ingredients lurk in the cosmetics that we use every day. Margo founded The Organic Pharmacy with her husband Franco in 2002. The Organic Pharmacy and their make-up range Organic Glam have become trailblazers in covetable, natural skincare. Jessica Jones chats to her about cosmetics and carcinogens.  Continue reading