A Bewitching Night Cream

Twelve Beauty Complete Regeneration Night CreamTwelve Beauty Complete Regeneration Night Cream (50ml – £48)

Is a night cream really necessary or is it just a thicker version of a day cream? In the name of research I decided to try out Twelve Beauty Complete Regeneration Night Cream.

First impressions – the unction is presented in luxe-clinical style in a heavy glass jar with minimalist white and silver packaging. I like it. It is not heavily scented but gives off a subtly fresh aroma that reminds me of Continue reading

The Good Stuff – Jojoba Oil

Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis / Buxus chinensis)

The Jojoba is an evergreen bush that is indigenous to the deserts of Mexico and the Southwest USA. These days Argentina produces almost half of the world’s Jojoba and its cultivation is very beneficial for the desert environment.

The oil that is extracted from the Jojoba nut is truly a wonder. The first thing that you need to know about it is this: 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

Black Marketing

The more I have researched cosmetics, the more I have cottoned on to the sly marketing dodges that big beauty companies use to push their overpriced, cheap, nasty products onto our bathroom shelves. Here are a few of their sneaky tricks. Continue reading

Clash of the Cleansers

Who doesn’t love Eve Lom cleanser? The rich green oily goop. The heavenly menthol smell. The clinical, white packaging with just that touch of glamorous gold. The cute muslin cloth. The luxury price tag (£55). Vogue went so far as to call it the “best cleanser in the world” Ok well maybe that is pushing it. After all, there can’t actually be a “world’s best cleanser,” can there?

It makes me think though, what do I really require from a cleanser? Continue reading

The Good Stuff – Rose Hip Seed Oil

Rose Hip Seed Oil (Rosa Canina / Rosa Rubiginosa / Rosa Moschata)

The Dog Rose, Sweet Briar Rose and the Musk Rose are grown primarily for their rose hips. Once the shrub has flowered, the hips grow fat and red. When these are ripe they are harvested, dried, peeled and the seeds are pressed to produce pure rose hip seed oil. The finest rose hips are grown in Chile, on the unspoiled foothills of the Andes. Continue reading