There are some beauty products that are basics that you always go back to, no matter how experimental you are with your skin care routine.
One such product for me is Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, in every version be it limited edition or classic, it smells amazing and leaves your skin soft, sumptuous and plump. I am currently using the grapefruit and patchouli limited edition version with a muslin cloth. I have very sensitive eyes and this gentle cream cleanser can be used over the eye area and does not sting. Very thorough and very gentle.
Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic is also a staple, floral-scented and more importantly alcohol-free, this is a joy to use and soothes the senses.
However, there are some beauty products that sometimes grab you and resonate with you so much so that you are willing to give them a try. One such brand for me is NIOD (non invasive options in dermal science) from the parent company DECIEM.
Unlike any brand I have ever been attracted to before , as I usually go for pretty packaging and essential oils, this product range looks different but in a good way – it means business, is professional and more importantly works.
I saw the Co-CEO of the company, the beautiful and knowledgeable Nicola Kilner, demonstrating the products. She never stops smiling, is so enthusiastic and translates something that may seem at first blush ‘complex’ into sheer simplicity and believe me when I say – this range truly is easy to use. I am on round two of the copper amino isolate serum (CAIS), multi molecular hyaluronic complex (MMHC) and the hydration vaccine (HV).
The products are a joy, the textures are unlike anything you have ever used before due to the incredibly low viscosity of the CAIS and MMHC, they sink into the lowest depths of the skin and do not sit on top of the skin. Radiance ahoy!
The HV is the ‘sealant’ and assists with any dehydration actively to build your skins water content. Younger looking skin beckons! This brand is one to watch.
I have always loved green, aquatic and citrus fragrances. Often described as individual and bold or crisp and lively, one thing is for sure the spectrum of fragrances falling into this category are increasingly sophisticated with new developments and techniques which means they can be softer, ozonic even subtle with a musky and sensual dry down.
One of my favourite classic fragrances is Chanel No 19, a beautiful concoction of floral and green notes with the legendary rose de mai (May Rose) and iris. It is a chypre but the dry down is muskier with the sensual, woody vetiver. I love to layer my fragrances on top of body creams scented with the same beautiful fragrance and Chanel No 19 body cream is rich and silky and leaves your skin so soft. The scent, when sprayed on top, lasts and lasts and wafts gently as you move throughout the day.Another love of mine, and a long-standing re-purchase, is Maison Martin Margiela Untitled. Galbanum, citrus, incense, cedar and jasmine. I distinctly remember it’s release into stores and nonchalantly walking past the pop up and having a little spritz which turned into an obsession a few days later when I popped on the pashmina I had worn on that day and the scent wafted up. I HAD to buy the fragrance and I have been wearing it ever since.
I was fortunate enough to go to one of the beautiful workshops with Josephine Fairley (via The Perfume Society) on How to improve your sense of smell and I proudly took Untitled ( a nearly empty bottle) as my fragrance of choice to show to the group, to pass around so others could share in its wonder and appreciate just what a beautiful scent it is.Bleu Paradis by Terry de Gunzburg is fresh, aquatic, ozonic and a stunning summer selection. Terry de Gunzburg has created some of the most extraordinarily unique and beautiful niche fragrances (in my opinion). You could easily fall in love with any of them. The bottles are such quality, heavy glass and simple aesthetics but it is the juice inside that exudes quality and individuality. Bleu Paradis has musk and amber in the base notes so the dry down is phenomenal on the skin, so elegant.