WINTER SKIN RESCUE // AS Apothecary

A couple of weeks back on a really frosty Winter’s Night I was invited to the AS Apothecary shop opening in Lewes, Sussex.

I had been admiring AS Apothecary lovingly from afar for some time now, but turns out we had a mutual friend! So it was a pleasure to be there in person to introduce myself - mostly by basically fangirling over Amanda’s encyclopedic knowledge of plants and herbal remedies for all sorts of ailments.
..Infact, I was so
caught up in conversation that I was definitely, embarrassingly the last person to leave the gorgeous shop that night!

I left with a couple of goodies, which I’m featuring this week as my Winter Skin Rescue secret formula. Both are oil based, rich in nutrients and filled to the brim with nothing but goodness!

I’m personally a bit freaked out by oils on the face; mostly down to my fine hair which deems itself greasy within breathing distance of any oil residue. So I’ve kept the Facial Serum & Cleansing Oil to an end of day routine, and with all these Christmas Do’s this time of year, the make up has been heavy on the eyes and the nights have been late!

Nothing is too much of a match for this beautiful Cleansing Oil - it’s a joy to squeeze out from the pipette into my palm like science labcoat technician - but it is a very odd feeling rubbing a waterproof oil into my face to reveal nothing but a charcoal smear from my eyes to my chin.

There’s a slight panic on first use as I catch myself in the mirror - it forms a sort of barrier as it lifts the make up - & I’m thinking there’s no way this will all come off without residue. But it’s the exact opposite to my expectations - every, last, scrap of makeup comes off when combined with a steaming hot face cloth, and absolutely no residue is left on the face. There’s no dry-ness, itching or stinging - the end result is a soft, clean skin which feels nourished and bouncy.

The Facial Serum, Amanda proceeds to tell me, is full of some of their best and finest ingredients. From Rosehip Oil to Jojoba Oil - a free radical preventative, rich in antioxidants and full of Vitamin E for gorgeous clear skin. It’s intensely rich, smells divine and is best left to settle into the skin as an overnight serum.

AS Apothecary is unashamedly transparent about their slow, meditative process and approach to gathering by hand by respecting wildlife that's the intrinsic core to their making process. They use small batch methods, recycle and reduce waste where possible, use local and organic produce from East Sussex and even grow their wildflower ingredients themselves. 

For more information on their intricate making process, click here to their website: http://www.asapoth.com/test/ 

 

 

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KEEP IT CLEAN // Haeckels Seabuckthorn Facial Cleanser

I'm delighted to introduce you to the following Facial Cleanser, the Seabuckthorn Facial Cleanser from Haeckels - a recent discovery from one of my all time favourite local retailers, Workshop.

Handmade & full of the finest botanicals the Garden of England has to offer, Haeckels' heart lies in sourcing local plants and herbs through wild crafted practices and don't load their skincare products with synthetics; only natural botanicals from their Kentish Laboratory.

Haeckels hold one of only two licenses to cultivate seaweed from the shores of Margate within the British Isles and are deeply concerned with the responsibility this holds. So much so, that the seaweed has been made star of the show and is used throughout the range due to the rarity of the conditions in which it grows in. 

Fragrant and rich in application, this cleanser feels balancing, calming and toning to the skin, without stripping moisture from it. It's not massively foaming - perfect for dry skin tones like myself. 

It's scent is complex, fresh and intriguing; slightly medicinal and it's light gel-like texture packs a punch so only a small amount is needed to go a long way. 

Hackles never test on animals, only people (A+) & contribute to caring for and cleaning the coastlines in which their main ingredient grows (A++). The Seabuckthorn Cleanser comes in a 100ml brown glass bottle, meaning it's perfect for travel reuse &/or is easily recyclable.

I'm really excited about getting my hands on some more of their range - I've already sampled the stunningly scented Geranium Hand Balm, so I see a slight obsession coming on...

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Synthetic Free / Cruelty Free / Local / Handmade