I am big advocate of using natural, toxin-free (and even organic when possible) beauty care products for me and family. With more studies coming out every day on the shockingly harmful effects of the chemicals, preservatives, lab fabricated fragrances and cheaper ‘natural’ alternatives have on the functioning of organs of our body , I am more adamant than ever that those chemically loaded products from the brands that we all have grown up with and come to love (Johnson&Johnsons, Dove, Aveda and yes even Chanel )… no longer have a place in my home!
Did you know that anything that we place onto our skin goes straight into our blood stream? And take a look at this study I found while doing some research! It’s about time we understand we have choices, so join me in making educated decisions about what we place in and on our bodies.
The Red Cross and Environmental Working Group (EWG) conducted a study in 2004 that detected more than 287 synthetic chemicals in the cord blood of newborns. More than 180 of them are carcinogenic, 217 are toxic to the brain and nervous system, and 208 can cause birth defects or abnormal development in animal tests.
That said, with 24 retail locations across the UAE, Holland & Barrett is one of my go to natural beauty and health food stores that gives me piece of mind and has a great selection of super foods, supplements and vitamins, beauty care products and more.
What I love about their brands and products is that most of them are naturally based and even containing organic ingredients. I wanted to share my latest finds (and some of them at bargain prices..they have these amazing monthly deals that make going shopping that much more fun!)
1. B’atude Eye Contour Cream
This is a great high quality brand from Germany, but made in France. It’s a light, creamy eye contour cream that easily absorbs into the gentle eye area without that sticky feeling that some eye products leave behind! Perfect as a overnight treatment while you dream sweet dreams.
2. Manuka Doctor Facial Toner
This New Zealand based brand uses Manuka Honey, which is supposed to do wonders for the body and skin, in all of its skincare and beauty products- with Kourtney Kardashian being the brand ambassador. This is great toner for acne prone skin and black heads, however a little strong for sensitive skin though.
3. TanOrganic Self Tanning Oil
In Dubai we are blessed with an abundance of sun, but we all know that too much sun promotes skin aging and even some skin cancers – so a little goes a long way! That’s why having a great natural self tanner helps in more ways than one if you need to get some color onto the skin for a big event, wedding or just for an every ‘bronzed babe’ look
4. Argantus Argan Oil
If you haven’t heard all the rage about Argan Oil over the last year, then you must have been on another planet! This extremely nourishing natural oil (from organic Argan trees in Morocco) are filled with fatty acid that keep your skin supple, hydrated and looking youthful. I like to use it as a hair treatment, give my skin on my body a boost and use it in my homemade facial scrubs too! This is a good oil to use for the the kids skin after bath time- and they love the special massage that comes along with it.
5. Dr. Organic Snail Gel Facial Serum
Yes, as strange and disgusting as it sounds, snail gel is apparently one of the best anti aging ingredients out there. I never would have guessed years ago as I lie fascinated as a child on my grandmother’s pavement watching the snails slowly but surely crawl by with a trail of that slimy, sticky, ewwy…
Dr. Organic is a brand from the UK that has a great following and huge range of products. This Snail Gel facial serum is surprisingly enjoyable to apply on the face and has a wonderful lemongrass fragrance to stimulate the senses. On the box it say that “studies how that it increase hydration up to 32% within 4 weeks” so perfect for the dryer weather of our lovely Dubai winters!
And remember to check out their website www.hollandandbarret.ae to shop online at home while sipping on some tea, plus 15% off your first purchase if you sign up for their newsletter!