If you're concerned about the chemicals you put on your skin, the source of ingredients in your beauty products and the general philosophy of brands you buy from, then you may be interested in skincare brand Elemental Herbology. They say: "We are 100% committed to sourcing only premium grade herbs, flowers, minerals and actives from the world’s most reputable suppliers. We support the responsible harvesting and production of all raw materials from the world’s most reputable suppliers, working with projects that regenerate the environment and local communities. We support the responsible recycling of all our packaging components and only use lipoanimated, SLS-free surfactants that are 100% biodegradable. Zero synthetic fragrance, artificial colour, mineral oils, sulphates, paraben preservatives and animal testing." So basically they're a good all-round ethical company! What's even better is that the products themselves are rather fabulous and provide a really efficient and effective result. I've fallen back in love with the facial cleanser I've had sitting on my shelf for a while, but if you're not familiar with the brand then the Elemental Herbology oil control kit is the perfect introduction.
This is the ultimate starter kit to help control oil and break-outs. It contains an anti-bacterial facial
cleanser and moisturiser, as well as a weekly mask and exfoliator. Ideal for
when skin is feeling congested and unbalanced, this kit contains everything you need to get it in tip top condition again. All the products are in sample sized tubes (50ml) to give you enough product to really test it out over a couple of weeks and find if it's right for you. You even get a muslin cloth to ensure you're removing all the dirt and grime from skin to leave it refreshed and clean. At £20 this is a really affordable way to test out a brand, whilst still getting plenty of product for your buck - I really wish more brands did tester kits like this so people didn't have to fork out loads of cash on products they gambled their skincare on. I've found the entire range to work well with my sensitive skin; it's neither too harsh nor too delicate, nor do the ingredients cause irritation or inflammation. If you're going away, need ideas for alternative festive presents or are just looking for a new skincare regime, I'd thoroughly recommend spending twenty quid with Elemental Herbology.
The Oil Control kit is currently available for £18 from Feel Unique