Healthy beauty habits
Avenues test-drives some natural beauty products.
Linden Leaves Herbalist: Olive Leaf and Cypress Flowing Soap
This body wash is more reminiscent of shower gel than a soap bar, but lathers like the latter. Its scent is more herb than floral, reinforcing the use of natural botanicals - olive leaf to heal, cypress to deodorise, and rosemary and chamomile to soothe.
Trilogy Mineral Radiance Mask
Face masks are not reserved for beauty salons and spas. This pottle of creamy, mineral-rich clay allows for regular home treatments. Twice a month, apply for five to 10 minutes, wash off with warm water and feel the deep cleanse. Oily skin will benefit from weekly use. Soak up the pohutukawa extract to tone and rosehip and evening primrose to hydrate.
Antipodes Moisture Minis: Divine Face Oil and Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream
This double act comes in a handy, travel-sized pack and lasts about three weeks. Dehydrated skin can benefit from the organic Divine Face Oil. It is rich in vitamins and the protective avocado oil leaves the skin looking shiny. The hydrating cream should be applied second for an extra moisture boost. The inclusion of manuka honey means the cream has antibacterial properties to prevent blemishes. Both products smell distinctively natural and, used together, leave the skin with a velvety finish.
The Body Shop Blueberry Shower Gel
The antioxidant properties of blueberries are well known and their inclusion in a shower gel benefits the whole body. This gel's ultra-fruity scent, reminiscent of lollies, is sweet without being overwhelming. It is soap free, but still lather rich for all-over cleansing.
Karen Murrell Fuchsia Shock Lipstick
The packaging says "nothing nasty touches my lips" and the ingredient list backs it up, with the likes of evening primrose oil to soothe and moisturise. This naturally scented lippy has a buttery, balm-like texture and, although long lasting, does not stain lips longer than desired. Fuchsia Shock is one of 17 colours.