*This post is sponsored by Formula Botanica*
Last year I had the pleasure of attending the Formula Botanica Annual Conference in London where I got to meet Lorraine, founder of Formula Botanica and other members of the team who work together at this natural skincare online school.
I got to see first hand the passion that all of the students have for creating natural skincare products & we heard from some of their graduates too which was amazing – so many inspiring women running their own businesses using all of the information and knowledge from studying at Formula Botanica.
If you’ve not heard of Formula Botanica before, they are an online accredited organic skincare school who have over 4600 students in 129 different countries around the world. How incredible is that? A few of my favourite green beauty products come from graduates of Formula Botanica and there are plenty more that are on my list to try.
It’s so incredible that you can start learning how to create your own organic skincare business from anywhere in the world. To showcase some of the amazing products from their graduates, Formula Botanica sent me a box full of natural products from brands all around the world; Miami, Australia, Indonesia & Canada to name a few! I’ve been trying the products for around a month so I thought I’d go through each product, telling you all the details on the brand & founder, my initial thoughts on each product & also where you can get your hands on them too!
Jalue is the brainchild of Azerbaijani entrepreneur Jale Demirchi, who was immersed in Russian skincare heritage and the traditions of herbalism from birth.
Their Ice Therapy Cone is so, so different and intriguing – I’ve never seen anything like this before. It’s inspired by a Russian skincare tradition that dates back to Catherine the Great who was said to have applied an ice cube to her face, neck and décolletage every morning to preserve her beauty and refresh her complexion. Russians later improved upon this ritual by adding different skin beautifying herbs to the ice for the ultimate skincare treatment.
To start, you brew one of the herbal tea bags which are filled with chamomile, sage, nettle, rose and oak bark (there are four provided in the box), and leave it to cool. Once it’s cooled, you pour it into the silicone cone and then pop it in the freezer. Then to use, simply take off the lid and pop it out (like an Calippo ice lolly), and massage over your skin for a mini ice facial! Some of the benefits of ice therapy include reduced puffiness, calmer & tigther skin, reduced size & appearance of pores and glowing skin!
This has been so lovely to use around my eyes as I’ve been suffering really bad with my hayfever this year and my eyes are especially itchy, puffy & sore. I’ve been massaging this around the eye bone area and it’s so cooling and reduces the puffiness almost immediately. I can’t say I’d use this during the colder months but it’s definitely been a lovely treat over the last few weeks as we’ve had some really nice weather! I’d definitely need to use it more to notice the effects more over my whole face, but I just think it’s such an intriguing product! You can buy Jalue from Content Beauty, including refill herbal sachets.
Metta Skincare was founded by Anca Grigoras in 2013 in Australia and all of their 100% natural products are handmade in Melbourne. They have a staple range of skincare products ranging from balms to a body butter & oil. I love the idea behind their name…”Mettā is an ancient style of meditation that encourages loving-kindness with yourself and the world around you. Mettā Skincare shares much with this style of meditation. We wish to help reconnect your daily skincare routine to nature through a practice of loving-kindness for your skin”.
I’d heard of Metta but hadn’t tried any of their products until now. I’ve been using their Body Oil which is a lovely rich blend of grapeseed, macadamia, jojoba & sweet almond oil and is scented with lavender essential oil. It isn’t a very strong scent which I actually do love because sometimes lavender can be a bit overpowering and I usually apply oils before I go to bed and if I use anything too strong then my husband doesn’t like the smell! I’ve really been enjoying this oil and it definitely makes me want to try more from the range.
Skin Dewi is a sensitive skincare brand created in Indonesia by Dewi Kauw. Dewi created her range of products after her second daughter suffered with allergies and atopic dermatitis. Wanting to stay clear of prescribed steroid creams, Dewi started to make her own DIY products to use which led to her wanting to develop her journey into formulating her own skincare products.
There’s a range of products available from Skin Dewi and I’ve been using the Helichrysum Brightening Vitamin C Serum which is their best-selling product. It’s created with skin-brightening, pigment-lightening and anti-aging botanical extracts, actives and vitamin C to target uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation.
It is a really lovely serum – a very light lotion style consistency that sinks into the skin quickly. I don’t think this one is particularly that suited to my skin as I am only 25 so anti-aging isn’t really worth using right now and I don’t have any pigmentation either so I’m going to pass this onto my Mum as I think it’ll be a better fit for her skin. I’ve got my eye on their Balancing Face Emulsion and the Calendula Soothing Gel which I think would be the right fit for my combination skin.
I’ve loved all of the products I’ve tried from Lilfox Miami, I think their products are lovely, the packaging is sleek and so pretty and whilst they are a Miami based brand, their products are available at abeautifulworld. Created by Alexis Rose, Lilfox is a luxury botanical skincare brand, formulated with botanical extracts, exotic oils, unrefined plant butters, mineral rich clays and crystals. I love this quote from abeautifulworld – “If sexy did skincare this would be it”.
I’m a big fan of their Rainforest Honey Mask so I was excited to try the Bamboo Charcoal Masque. It comes in powder form which can be mixed with water, oils and hydrosols to create a liquid mask.
It’s made with rhassoul clay, dead sea clay, activated bamboo charcoal & fullers earth clay, along with raw cacao, turmeric root, marshmallow root, lavender, frankincense & gotu kola. I really like the consistency of this mask because it doesn’t dry too quickly on the skin. I like to keep it on for a while so I keep a toner nearby so I can spritz my face every few minutes. You can also mix a little bit of the Rainforest Mask in for extra hydration which suits my skin as I can get quite congested skin but also sometimes have dry patches so it’s a lovely mix.
Okoko are a Vancouver-based natural, luxury skincare brand who make radiance-enhancing products that relax the mind & promote glowing skin. When I opened their Sublime Balm, I was wowed by the colour – look at that gorgeous shade of orange!
The gorgeous orange balm has a huge range of uses – as a balm cleanser, an overnight mask, a highlighter for the face, as an exfoliator (mix with a little bit of plant powder or fine salt crystal) or just for anywhere that needs a little bit of extra nourishment. It’s formulated with an antioxidant-rich blend of astaxanthin, tomato oil which is rich in lycopene, and fermented willow bark. It also has mango & kokum seed butter, argan oil, sea buckthorn extract (which I guess is partly where the gorgeous colour comes from along with the tomato oil), and it’s scented with bergamot, jasmine, patchouli, neroli and geranium rose.
A little does go a long way with this balm which is great as it does come with a luxury price tag. I think this would be a skin-saver during the colder months, especially on my face as an overnight mask as my skin tends to dry out a lot during the Winter months!
What I love the most is that all of these brand owners have studied & graduated from the same or similar courses at Formula Botanica but have each created something so unique and different to one another. From luxury skincare to ice therapy and products specifically for sensitive skin, there’s such a huge variety to choose from.
If you’re interested in studying to learn about formulating your own skincare products then the Summer School enrolment is opening very soon at Formula Botanica! There’s courses on organic skincare, haircare, cosmetic science, anti-ageing skincare and more!
If you’re just a green beauty enthusiast like me and want to discover new natural skincare brands then head over to the Graduates section on their website! A few other graduates you may know of include BYBI Beauty, Wild Beauty Apothecary, Field Botanicals, Blue Labelle & Alexa Sky Botanicals.