Natural Beauty Products

I’m committed to using the most natural beauty products I can. I have sensitive skin and definitely notice a positive difference when I use ‘free-from’ and organic products on my face and body.

Over the past few years I’ve started to work more and more natural products into my beauty regime taking inspiration from my late Grandma Vikentia who used olive oil to soothe limbs and rosewater for perfume, so I thought I’d share some of my top tips with you all.

From left to right, here are my recommended top natural products:

1. Childs Farm Hand & Body Lotion: Ok…so technically this product is designed for babies and children, but it’s so good I like to use it on my own skin as well. I religiously keep a bottle of this hand cream in my handbag as it leaves my hands silky soft and is such good value at just £3.99.

Childs Farm’s products are made from naturally derived ingredients and are so mild they can even be used on eczema-prone skin. This beautifully scented hand cream contains grapefruit and organic tea tree oil and might just make you want to lick your fingers (don’t)!

2. Childs Farm Detangler For Flowing Locks: I love my curly locks, but the downside is how easily they tangle. This is SERIOUSLY the best detangler I’ve found for my thick wavy hair. I spray it from top to tip, gently comb or brush it through, then add serum and mousse for a curly, natural look. It’s perfect pre blow dry and straightening too. Nothing works like it on my hair.

I also love that it contains tea tree oil to deter head lice – a bonus for any parent with young children and kids too of course!

3. Optibac Probiotics: I swear by the Optibac Probiotic products. I add the Optibac One Week Flat (pink packaging) supplement to goat’s milk and drink it daily as part of a one week course. As a result my IBS has completely disappeared and I no longer suffer from stomach bloating. I use the green packaged supplement which is stronger if I’m ever on antibiotics.

The supplement contains friendly natural bacterias that improve digestive health by providing a more balanced environment in your stomach and intestines. All of Optibac’s products are natural and contain no added colourings, flavours or preservatives. The range also includes supplements that are specifically designed for infants and pregnant women.

4. Konjac Sponge Pure Puff Sponge: The term ‘miracle product’ is often bandied around too easily, but I genuinely do believe that the Konjac Sponge deserves to sit firmly in that category. I first heard about the Konjac Sponge through my good friend Nomita of Your DIY Family recommended and I have used it ever since, recommending it to all my friends who are now equally as devoted!

I remove my make up and use the sponge as a final cleanse for my face.

Created from a 1500 year old Japanese tradition, Konjac Sponges are made from 100% natural vegetable fibres and are designed to cleanse and balance skin. They come in a range of different products for different skin types. The pure puff sponge, which I use as part of my beauty regime, is suitable for even the most sensitive of skin. It’s so simple to use too, simply wet the sponge and massage into your face to stimulate circulation and new growth of skin cells. The sponge is priced at £7.99.

5. Olive Oil: Being Greek, the benefits of olive oil were drilled into me from an early age. It has been used as a skincare remedy since the age of the Ancient Greeks and is renowned for its moisturising properties.

I use it instead of baby oil on the boys as a post-bath time massage treat and I also find it works wonders on stubborn dry elbows too! Ideal in and out of your body then! I’ve also started using it as a moisturiser. Non-greasy, my skin absorbs the olive oil and looks better than ever thanks to it! 

6. Lemon: My DIY obsession! I start my morning off using lemon as a natural toner, mixing it into warm water and gently patting it onto my face using a muslin cloth.

Packed with Vitamin C, the lemon juice evens out skin tone, reduces blemishes, tightens pores and brightens overall complex! An all round winner in my eyes!

7. Coconut Oil: 

Another product raided from the kitchen cupboard! Coconut oil is extremely versatile and can be used for everything from mosquito bites, sunburn and even reducing stretch marks!

I use it on a weekly basis as a intensive hair conditioner. I simply warm some in between my hands and then massage into my hair, leaving it for an hour or two if I can, before rinsing. As a result my hair is more manageable, less prone to breaking and much shinier too!

8. Lavera Roll on Deodorant : 

So many of today’s deodorants contain nasty chemicals. I find it really frightening that I could be putting such harmful toxins on to my skin on a daily basis (certain chemicals contained in deodorants have been linked to causing cancer and alzheimer’s), which is why discovering the Lavera Roll on Deodorant (£8.95) was such a godsend!

It is made using natural plant extracts and organic essential oils; has a refreshing scent; and most importantly is extremely effective – keeping my underarms fresh all day. It honestly works.

I’d love to hear which natural products you are using as part of your routine? Let me know in the comments!

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25 Responses

  1. Catherine

    Thank you. I’ve been looking for some natural deodorant for ages but haven’t quite had the confidence to take the plunge with any. I’ll be sure to try Lavera now.
    I’m also a big fan of coconut oil, we used it a lot for baby massage and couldn’t live without arnica spray, waleda cream and camomillia.

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  2. Amanda

    Oh I think I may need to try the Optibac, it sounds amazing! My IBS is out of control, even avoiding my usual triggers isn’t helping, so I’m definitely up for trying something new!

    I love pure Potions skin salve for the eczema on my hands which gets so bad that the skin blisters, cracks and bleeds. I’ve found when it flares up pure Potions is the only thing I cam use that a) doesn’t sting and b) actually heals the slim really quickly.

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  3. Petra

    I love Lavera’s roll-on deodorant too! I’ve tried different scents but my favourite is definitely Lime.
    I never thought of using lemon as a natural toner but I should really give it a try as my skin is prone to breakouts. Thanks for the tip!

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  4. Michelle Reeves (bodfortea)

    This is such a useful post – I’m so going to try the coconut oil which I think would be the perfect conditioning treatment for my curly hair too. Please tell me it smells of coconut too? My all time fav beauty product smell! Thanks for linking this fab post up at #sharethejoy x
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  5. Tarryn @ maternallove

    Great tips here! I will definitely be trying out lemon as a toner and coconut oil in my hair. I love using natural products there are far too many chemical and nasties in cosmetics these days and sometimes it is the simple things that really work!

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  6. Megan - Truly Madly Kids

    I love natural products too! We swear by coconut oil here too – my daughter has demetitus of the scalp and its the only effective solution.

    Also my son has exzcema so anything not organic and natural results in a flair up.

    I love rosalena facial oil. I also love Jason hair and shampoo – no nasties on my hair!

    I use aloe vera deodorant for the reasons you state above as well.

    Going to try lemon juice on my face too!
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    • honestmum

      Oh we love Jason hair and shampoo and will try the facial oil, natural deodorant really works and is the safest things to put on our skin x

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    • honestmum

      I do already sweetie, I love it, my Mother in Law drummed it in to me years ago and really makes a difference to digestion and complexion xx

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  7. Erin @ Nourishing My Scholar

    Love, love love the natural beauty products! I have never tried the lemon on my face before, but I am going to give it a try. Thank for sharing 🙂
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  8. Renee @ Mummy Tries

    Loving this post hon, and I use a far few of these myself. I also alternate between organic argan oil and organic jojoba oil on my face in place of moisturiser. Works wonders on problem skin xx
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  9. Rachel

    Im not great with my beauty regieme to be honest. Is it terrible to admit I’ve been known to remove make up with baby wipes?I do love this summary however as more natural products definately appeal to me. And lemon for a toner how clever, I’ve never heard of this before. I usually have a few in the bottom of the fridge so there’s really no excuse now!
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    • honestmum

      Not terrible, I did it myself at a hotel recently when I forgot my make up remover, not great for everyday and a make-up expert once told me wipes, even make up wipes can create lines. Not sure if that’s true but made me stop buying them. Really is good and if it stings using a tiny amount with water. Great in warm water first thing in the morning to cleanse generally too x

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  10. MamaMuse

    I use Coconut Oil on Loen it’s great I discovered Kokoso Baby it’s fab.
    Have you tried Arbonne? Someone has given me some samples it’s supposed to be 100% natural but I’m dubious it’s just another direct sell product?
    Mamamuse
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  11. Fiona @ Free Range Chick

    Ok, so I wanna know – coconut oil or olive oil? (I realise you use them for different things). When I honeymooned in Kefalonia (oh my goodness, I miss that place), I bathed my hair in olive oil most days, as well as using it on my skin. I smelt like a salad the entire time, (this was possibly due to me eating Greek salad at least twice a day too), but it was sooooo good on my hair. Buuuut, I’m now a coconut oil convert. I use it as moisturiser on my face because of you, and it is regularly applied to my hair. I also use it on the kids, and I love how it smells on them.

    Vicki, I NEED the konjac sponge in my life. My face hates me some days, especially with the amount of make-up (that I don’t need) that I apply, and then scrape off in a very harsh manner. Seriously, why does it have to be so awful to remove? I’ve been using coconut oil to remove my make-up actually, and it works really well. I need some help with getting a good routine for make-up removal, but I am better these days. I never used to bother taking it off when I was in my 20s. So gross.

    Great products you’ve recommended here, Vicki. My friend Holly (of Curlbomb.com) would like this post xx
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    • honestmum

      Oh so glad you like this, I’ve used olive oil in my hair (you made me laugh about the salad, I find the smell goes away when used on skin but not hair) so using it as a leave in conditioning treatment is ideal. So glad I’ve inspired another coconut oil devotee, it is the best thing, I use it as a face moisturiser and a hair treatment which like the olive oil, I wash out after an hour or two. My hair is too long to sleep with it in wet, even in the summer but if you fancy it, the results are even better. Konjac is ah-mazing, so glad I read about on Nomita’s blog, it’s incredible. Thanks for your comment chick x

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