Here at Green Living I’m loving the Lucy Annabella range of organic body and beauty products and I’m not the only one. Based right here in Northern Ireland, in Co. Tyrone in fact, and set up by Colleen Harte, the brand is now stocked in upmarket stores including Harvey Nichols, Blow beauty bar in Covent Garden, Arnotts and Avoca.
I caught up with Colleen recently to find out more about her products and she told me that the company may not even have existed if it hadn’t been for her nature-loving grandparents. It was them who inspired the young Colleen to look to nature when it comes to beauty, and her granddad’s childhood nickname for her – Lucy Annabella – was the only choice when it came to naming her brand.
Colleen makes everything by hand in her workshop in Co. Tyrone, formulating all the blends of her essential oils from scratch, ensuring it’s all organic and natural. She knows exactly where all the ingredients come from, whether it’s rosemary from Russia or essential oils from France and Madagascar.
Equally important to Colleen is the packaging – eco and organic brands can often suffer from worthy and dull packaging, but not Lucy Annabella, which is why the ladies at Harvey Nics are snapping up her bath milks and body treatment oils, moisturisers and candles. In fact, she plans to extent the range of Home products offering ‘healthy products for a healthy home’ and has taken the innovative step of seeking crowdfunding to do it. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the video to find out more http://www.lucyannabellacrowdfunding.com
When it comes to buying organic and natural beauty products Colleen says that if you don’t understand any of the ingredients on the label, don’t buy the product. Wise advice for green goddesses!
I’m currently trying out the Argan & Bergamot Organic Treatment Oil which is working magic on my skin at night. For the full range, visit www.lucyannabella.com.
Eye and Dry!
If you have summer allergies or suffer from dry or cracked skin around the eyes, check out Skin Shop’s Dry Eye Gel (£6.95 from www.skinshop.co.uk). It’s an anti-inflammatory and moisturising gel which is free from nasties such as SLS, parabens and perfumes (which can irritate already inflamed skin).
I tested it on my hubby as he suffers from allergies which make his eyes red and sore, with inflamed, flaky, itchy skin. He says it works a treat (unlike just about every other product he has tried) and I can see the difference myself.
I’ve just sadly finished a lovely tub of Desert Star moisturiser from Argan Organics, from £17.98, from makethemostof.co.uk/argan-organics-desert-star-skincare
Argan oil has become quite the thing over the past few years, being used in hair care products as well as facial moisturisers and body lotions.
I’ve been using this on my skin every morning and evening for the past few months and it’s proved to be a really good everyday moisturiser.
Argan Organics products are hand made by Aileen Smith in Scotland – she’s passionate about healthy, natural skin care and, along with the facial moisturiser the range also includes a face serum, eye serum and a décolletage smoother.
Each product is hand blended by Aileen with a mixture of organic prickly pear seed and argan oils, combined with chia, rosehip, watermelon, evening primrose, safflower, pumpkin and vitamin E oils. As with all Green Living recommendations, they’re also free from parabens and SLS.