I love the change of the seasons here in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s time for the gentle letting go of lightweight clothing, and bringing knitwear and warm colours to the forefront of our wardrobes. Other such end of Summer joys include watching leaves fall in warm rain, long walks in nature and lighting candles in the evenings that draw in earlier. Embracing the changing of time and celebrating nature has been at the forefront of everything I do this time of year. Here is a roundup of my current self care and home rituals I have welcomed into my current regime.
SOOTHE THE SKIN
As we transition through the seasons, we may also notice changes in our skin. Mine is dry and parched at the moment, and I have increased my water intake. Nourishing my skin on a high-performance beauty level has been D’Still’s Rejuvenating Botianical Serum. It feels like a luxurious ritual to open up the bottle, and breathe in the array of natural oils inside. Key ingredients include Bakuchiol, a phyto-retinol oil said to improve the appearance of fine lines, stimulate collagen production and improve elasticity and hydration of the skin, plus other restorative and relaxing minerals such as Acmella Oleracea Extract, Co Enzyme Q10 and Seabuckthorn CO2 which between them hydrate, plump and nourish the skin. A little goes on long way with this luxurious oil, and I find a quarter of the dropper is just enough to provide a light base for my face. I apply a little more before bedtime and smooth over with a facial roller to wake up with a little morning radiance. What I love most about D’Still is that every drop feels like a treat to apply to the skin, even if I’m just blotting a little oil underneath my eyes for some hydration during the day. It really feels like skin food- that feeling when you know that you’re putting something 100% natural on your body. D’Still has now become a particularly important fixture in my self care routine.
Another product that is readily available- both on my desk and around the house- is Plantopia’s Face & Space Mist. The different formulas are designed to detox & purify (Clean Slate), energise & uplift (Positive Charge), rest & sleep (Lights Out), and- my personal favourite- relax & calm (And Relax…). I love the fact these are alcohol free, and never feel harsh or overpowering on the skin. Plantopia have devised a special blend of adaptogens such as turmeric, ashwagandha and ginseng, with essential oils like geranium, elemi and sandalwood which place your energy exactly where it needs to be. There is something ritualistic about this line, and I just love spraying these in an arc above my head to replenish my aura and rebalance myself. They’re only 100ml too, so perfect to slip you into a balanced mood on your air travels.
My pet poodles have been enjoying themselves in nature recently- swimming in the ocean, running in the forest and rolling in very dry grass caused by a recent drought. This unfortunately always leaves me with some very stinky (but happy) dogs. Rather than over-washing them (which can cause skin and hair dryness), I’ve been keeping them smelling incredible thanks to Norfolk Natural Living’s Dog Cologne range. Kind on the skin, these lightly fragrant scents such as Spring 91, Lavender, Coastal Walks and Rose Garden are made from natural ingredients all bottled by hand from the brand’s Norfolk workshop. The beautiful aroma seems to linger for a long time, which is good news for me when I have two exhausted dogs on my lap at the end of the day.
As environmental talk gear more and more towards the re-useable and recyclable products within the female health industry, this has resulted in a growing array of sustainable products available on the market. One of my favourite products is FAIR SQUARED’s Period Cup– which has a long positive eco checklist of things I like including cruelty-free and Vegan Society approved. The cups are comfortable to wear and created from natural fair trade rubber- the Hevea Brasiliensis tree in fact- which has advanced carbon sequestration abilities. This means they have a superior level of ‘climate balance’ than comparable products made of plastic or silicone. With an aim to reducing waste, the cup can be worn for up to 2 years- and is biodegradable too meaning the user can save on wearing tampons.
Everything is down to preference, and if it’s pads you prefer then I’ve been enjoying Organyc feminine care pads and panty liners. The pads are 100% cotton so feel really kind to the skin, and the hypoallergenic ingredients contain no harmful perfumes, dyes or wood pulp. I feel good when I have one of these in my handbag when I’m on the move, and they fit great thanks to their anatomic shape.
As I write this I am sipping a loose leaf chamomile tea made with Organic Reusable Tea Bags by Marley’s Monsters from Live in the Light. They come in a pack of two, with different sizes and are a really sustainable choice for tea lovers compared to disposable bags. These organic linen bags are easy to use, and allow me some freedom when mixing my teas. My creativity can really be unleashed with these reusable bags, and often I add in extra herbs from the garden such as fennel or mint. Live in the Light is my favourite digital marketplace to explore and shop exciting brands with organic, independent or sustainable values, and I always discover something new there. Live in the Light have a wide variety of stock, from crystals, cleaning products and sage sticks, to body oil, Vegan handbags and cacao powder.