This month, Caroline S. Asante - Velvet’s eco fashion, beauty and lifestyle columnist - turns her attention to clean personal care products
As we head into spring and the days bring more daylight - a welcome relief to what has felt like a prolonged winter to me - thoughts turn to a renewed sense of self. Included in this month’s column are clean beauty products which are also made in the UK. We often forget about our oral health as part of an ethical lifestyle, so make your teeth Happier with a new all-natural toothpaste. Hydrate winter-worn skin by using a hand-made organic overnight face oil by newcomer Laura Skincare, support The Soap Co., a clean beauty brand with a purpose: all products are crafted in the UK by people who are blind, disabled or otherwise disadvantaged. Click the product link to read their incredible story.
An all-natural vegan and cruelty-free solution to achieving greater-length healthier lashes and luscious brows, Moon Boost can be used to repair and strengthen your natural lashes if you use (like I do) lash extensions regularly. Well worth the investment.
* Moon Boost Lash & Brow Enhancing Serum by Luna Nectar Organics, $75, lunanectar.com/12859847/checkouts/496a69d6a3ca0007f24d9b67a0ce5a61?locale=en
Recently launched is skincare line By Laura. Using a combination of natural and essential oils - including frankincense, dubbed ‘liquid gold’ for your skin - this luxury night oil delivers vital amounts of vitamins E and A (Retinol) to relieve and condition your skin, leaving it glowing with radiance for the day ahead.
* By Laura Luxury Night Oil, £18 on pre-order now (launch date April 6), by-laura-skincare.myshopify.com/collections/frontpage/products/overnight-glow-serum
Happier is a new toothpaste brand that is 100% vegan, cruelty-free and sensitive-teeth-friendly. Infused with papaya fruit extract, which aids with whitening and prevents new stains from sticking to your teeth, it comes in a non-single-use-plastic tube - bonus.
* Happier Toothpaste, £12, happierbeauty.com/products/happier-toothpaste-single
Did you know most of us will use 300 disposable plastic toothbrushes during our lifetime? More than 4 billion plastic toothbrushes are produced each year globally, with the majority ending up in the ocean and landfills, taking an estimated 400 years to decompose. As a non-plastic alternative, try Bambooth®: made from panda-friendly sustainable bamboo, it has BPA-free nylon bristles, a 100% biodegradable handle and zero-waste travel packaging.
* Bambooth® toothbrush, £4.99, available in adult and child sizes, bambooth.com/shop
Maintaining a daily hand hygiene routine may cause dryness. This 100% vegan and eco-certified luxury handwash by The Soap Co. is brilliantly hydrating. My favourite is Black Oud and Jasmine: enriched with vitamins, natural bee-friendly borage and calendula, it leaves the hands feeling silky smooth. The bottle is plastic-free and made out of infinitely recyclable aluminium with a compostable bio-film label.
* The Soap Co. Black Oud and Jasmine Luxury Hand Wash, £19, thesoapco.org/collections/plastic-free/products/hand-wash-eco-plastic-free
This Mad Hippie skin quencher is powered by vitamin C, one of the most powerful antioxidants in any effective skincare regimen, combined with ferulic acid, a natural antioxidant found in the cell walls of plants and konjac root, which helps to soften and smooth while forming a thin protective barrier. A must-have product to replenish and feed your skin.
* Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum, $33 plus shipping, madhippie.com/products/vitamin-c-serum?variant=25481970120
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