Hello everyone, and happy holidays! I know I have been lost in oblivion for a few months and I do apologise. Life sometimes gets in the way, especially creatively when you are forced to think of other non-creative things! Anyway, I've come up with what I think are the best products, my favourites at least, that I've used this past year. Its been a busy year for Inspired Organics, and I scarcely realised that the blog has surpassed its one year anniversary. Many thanks to you dear readers for your support and to the fab companies that get in touch and enlighten me with their products!
Deciding on ten favourites is tough, but I had to look at what I keep returning to, the products I scrabble for in a skin emergency, the ones I can't live without. And yes, there's a few that are luxury items, but considering how long they last, how little is needed in terms of application and effectiveness, I have included them as well! Hope you enjoy the list and have had a chance to try some of these fabulous products yourself. Here's looking forward to an even better 2009!
Inspired Organics Ten Favourite Products of 2008.
1. Kimia Exquisite Rejuvenating Facial System. This two part system has by far been the single most impressive product I've used this year. The scent, the feel, the effect, its all amazing and worth the £69 price tag. Kimia is an English development, made here in the northwest of the country and has quickly gained an international reputation, particularly among the rich and famous. I guard it like gold in my bathroom, and use it as often, but as sparingly as I can!!!
2. Living Nature's Vitalising Cleanser. I have used alot of cleansers this year, from thick creams, to oils, to water only, and this one is my hand's down favourite. Upon rinsing off, the skin is immediately softened with the Manuka Honey ingredient and feels velvety smooth. This cleanser comes in two varieties, this one for normal/dry skin, and the Purifying Cleanser for more oily complexions. Living Nature is exceptionally pure and comes from New Zealand, so its probably my one selection that travels a distance to get to me.
3. Living Nature's Clear Lights Tinted Moisturiser. Earlier in the year I replaced my long standing favourite tinted moisturiser by Aveda as I discovered it contained parabens. It was not easy for me finding a replacement with just the right colour, consistency and coverage, but I have become a firm user of Clear Lights. Its lighter in application and feeling than the Aveda, and yet provides a coverage that I like, which means it evens my skin out, looks natural and doesn't feel heavy. And I know its helping my skin as well with the Manuka Honey and other pure ingredients. I like to mix the dawn light with the day light for my own colouring.
4. Akamuti's Pomegranate Seed Facial Oil. Pomegranate seed oil is another ingredient in Saaf's serum that I'll be mentioned further along, and using this pure seed oil on my skin has been very beneficial indeed. I use it at night, and you only need a small amount but its easily absorbed, not greasy. Recent studies have shown that pomegranate seed oil helps promote the growth and thickening of the epidermis, which can help revitalize the skin and resolve fine wrinkles. Buying it as a seed oil from Akamuti is very affordable and effective and fills in nicely when the luxury items just don't fit into the budget.
5. Saaf Skincare's Ultimate Moisture Face Serum. I was lucky to be introduced to the Saaf Skincare line earlier this year, another British company based in the north of England. This face serum was one of my regular favourites and put me onto the Pomegranate oil phenomenon. Another potent ingredient in the serum is Rosehip Oil which helps aid to skin regeneration, helps to boost levels of collagen and elastin, so helping to create the appearance of smoother, firmer skin. The serum is £29.99 for 30ml so slightly more affordable then my top pick, but still a little luxury.
6. Beyond Organic's Natural Eye Cream & Pur Skin Care's Organic Ginsing Firming Eye Cream. So this spot for eye cream is a firm tie, as I have loved both of these equally and continue to alternate between them. I find them non-greasy, easily aborbed, creamy (i like creams rather than gels, though you may disagree completely!) and good value for money. Both are hand made in Cornwall and Wales respectively and at £6.20 for 7ml and £6.99 for 15ml. you can splurge on both without too much guilt! 7. Raw Gaia's For Her Daughters Living Moisturiser. I have found a few really lovely moisturisers this year that I keep returning to, depending on the season. This one I really like as the weather gets a bit colder, the interior gets a bit drier. The uniqueness of Raw Gaia's products are the fact that they are raw, and minimally processed for a truly pure product. This moisturiser only requires a small amount which melts into your skin as you apply it. It contains the skin powergods Rosehip seed Oil, Cacao Butter, and Evening Primrose Oil. Handmade at £12.50 for a 60ml jar, I find this lasts for a good long time, and you can store in the refrigerator to keep it fresh.
8. Anita Grant's Lippy Pucker Lip Balm. I've used a few different lip balms this year including a very nice coffee flavour one by Ciccolatina. I've settle on Anita Grant's dark chocolate flavour, though they are available in other flavours and original as well.
9. Faith in Nature's Chocolate Shower Gel and FoamBath. I love chocolate, this is no secret and I like this because it smells chocolatey in the bottle, but not so much in the bath. It does leave you feeling silky soft and makes for a very luxurious bath. £4.70 for 400ml.
10. Neal's Yard Honey & Orange Scrub. This is a long standing favourite and I contemplated whether I should mention it or not, but it has stood the test of time for me, and I still use it, 10 years later. This might not be the best scrub for really sensitive skins, but my skin has been known to be sensitive and still, I love the way this totally exfoliates my skin and leaves it soft but never red or irritated. And I've always loved the neroli oil. £11.70 for 75g. So the happiest of holidays to all of you and I'll be back in a few weeks, looking into what's new for 2009!!