Back in November a couple of my friends came over to visit me and Vanaya. As well as showering Vanaya with gifts they also got me an advent calender. It wasn't the usual chocolate calender but a beauty calender from Holland & Barrett. As a new mum this was the perfect gift. I could open a door each day and discover a beauty treat which was also health conscious too. Each day opening the gift was like a little bit of self indulgent excitement. Something that I could look forward to which wasn't baby orientated. I think every mum should get a beauty calender even if its not December!
I was really impressed with the products and many of them were full size products too. If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen the gifts I received each day and here I want to share the top five products which I have loved to use.
1. Trilogy Rosehip Oil
I have used Rosehip oil in the past and I love it as a night oil for my face. It evens out my skin tone and also nourishes and hydrates my face. This time I also used it to rub onto my stomach. I find this really useful for reducing the darkness of the stomach after child birth especially the linea nigra which develops during pregnancy.
2. Miaroma Grapeseed Oil
This is such a great non greasy oil which is also fragrant free and I've been using it to massage Vanaya. I like to give Vanaya a massage with the oil followed by a bath and I find it leaves her skin feeling so soft after the bath.
Grapeseed oil is a carrier oil too and therefore can be used with essential oils.
3. Sukin Facial Moisturiser
This is a great non-greasy moisturiser which I love to use in the morning after my shower. It feels great on my skin and a small amount goes a long way.
I've previously used Sukin hair products which have been great for my hair. So I love this brand.
4. Weleda Skin Food
I'm a big fan of Weleda products. They have a great ethos and Weleda have been around for so long which gives me a greater sense of security in the safety of their products. I use this skin food on my feet and it is amazing. My feet are no longer dry and they feel soft and smooth.
5. Miaroma Eucalyptus Oil
I've been meaning to buy some eucalyptus oil for sometime so when I opened up door 19 and found the oil I was so happy. I've been using the oil in my diffuser at night which helps if we are feeling a bit bunged up. Apparently it can also help to reduce a fever and has many other benefits including reliving joint pain as it is anti inflammatory and even soothes asthma symptoms. Working with essential oils taps into your sense of smell which has a grounding effect to make you feel stable and calm.
Do you use natural beauty products? What is your favourite brand and why? I'd love to hear your thoughts so let me know in the comments below. Love, Jaina P.S. I hear there is a clearance sale and a penny sale on at Holland & Barrett so if you are interested in using any of the products mentioned above be sure to head to a store on their website now. Disclaimer: This blog post is based on my own experience and it is not an advert for Holland & Barrett or any of the other brands mentioned above. Also my thoughts are based on experience and therefore do not replace the advice of a professional health expert. If you have a specific health issue please consult your health practitioner.