Saturday, 28 June 2014

The Summer Essentials Kit is here

We are delighted our exclusive Summer Essentials kit is finally here. This 12-piece set is a curated selection of our favourite natural and organic beauty products all perfectly sized for travel and presented in a limited-edition beauty bag. This is also the perfect festival companion or to try before you invest in full size products.

What's in the Kit 
The Summer Essentials Kit contains products worth £30::
Hurraw SPF15 Lip Balm, 4.3g: A creamy lip balm with 10% non-nano zinc oxide to give your lips the extra protection they need.
Skin Blossom Caring Hand Cream, 75ml: A rich but easily-absorbed organic hand treatment cream that leave hands and nails beautifully soft.
Green People Sun Lotion SPF25, 20ml: A water resistant sun screen that provides a high level of UVA and UVB protection.
Green People Sun Lotion SPF15 Tan Accelerator, 20ml: 3 layers of sun protection in one - UV protection, antioxidants & tan accelerator!
Dr Bronner Liquid Soap Citrus, 59ml: A multi-use 100% natural and biodegradable castile soap with a refreshing citrus fragrance.
Elemental Herbology Cell Plumping Facial Moisturiser SPF8, 15ml: A lightweight yet ultra hydrating daily moisturiser.
Weleda Cleanser & Toner, 10ml
Caudalie Divine Legs Tinted Body Lotion, 5ml: Gives your legs an instant sunkissed glow.
Caudalie Divine Oil, 3ml: Multi-use miracle oil for body, hair, nails, etc
A'kin Lemongrass Shampoo, 8ml: A mild and refreshing natural shampoo for daily use.
A'kin Leave-In Conditioner, 8ml: A gentle natural conditioner for daily use.
Lavera Calendula Mattifying Balancing Cream, 1ml: Protects your skin and boosts hydration. 

Shop here for: Naturisimo Summer Essentials Kit, £14.95

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Bloom & Blossom - Behind the brand

Bloom and Blossom Skincare for mother and baby


Bloom & Blossom is a premium skincare range for new mothers, mothers to be and babies formulated using the minimum number of ingredients to achieve maximum results as well as being free from animal testing, parabens, SLS, phthalates, artificial colourants, synthetic fragrance or petrochemicals. Here we catch up with co-founder Cristina Moss.

So tell us a little bit about your own history and experience, and what sparked your interest in natural beauty? 
I have had a passion for business from a young age, taking my first steps as an entrepreneur aged 14 when I set up my first business selling homemade jewellery at craft fairs and market stalls. I have always been a big beauty junkie, but my passion for natural beauty was sparked by starting a family and wanting only the purest products available.

And how did the idea for Bloom and Blossom come about?
I set up Bloom and Blossom with my sister-in-law when we spotted a gap in the market for a maternity skincare range that was completely natural, safe to use, delivered the same exceptional results as premium non-maternity beauty brands and looked super stylish on shelf.

Pregnant and new mums really do care about what they put on their skin; they want to understand the ingredients, know that they work and most importantly know they are safe. At the same time they want indulgent, solution focused and stylish products that are also competitively priced. From this Bloom and Blossom was born!

What have you found to be the most challenging part of setting up and launching Bloom and Blossom?
Managing to create good work/ life balance is extremely challenging when you run your own business, especially with a toddler running riot! The key for me is loving the job I do. Working late nights and weekends is more than worth it when we see the direct results of all our hard work – from amazing customer feedback to our products looking great on shelf.

There are lots of brands on the market. What do you think sets yours apart from the others?
Our brand philosophy of MINIMAL INGREDIENTS = MAXIMUM RESULTS is what makes us so different. Our products contain the fewest number of ingredients possible (ranging from 5 – 15 in total) to deliver exceptional results. Each product features a unique numerals design that states how many ingredients are in the product, what each ingredient is, why it has been selected and what it delivers. Something clear, simple, sophisticated and natural.

Also being The Duchess of Cambridge’s maternity brand of choice is a pretty unique attribute!

If you had to choose, what’s your favorite Bloom & Blossom product?
It has to be our Soothing Nipple Balm – it doubles up as an amazing lip balm and I keep one in every handbag.

What is your top maternity beauty tip?
Its an obvious one, but invest wisely in one or two really effective anti stretch mark products  - remember stretch marks are much easier to prevent than cure. Other than that, try and put your feet up above heart level as often as you can to reduce swelling. And I always say a spray tan goes a long way in making you look and feel great – especially when you’re pregnant.

Are there any plans to further expand the existing range?
Yes! We have purposely kept the Bloom and Blossom range compact to ensure each and every product we create is developed individually with the attention to detail required to create something exceptional. We have been working hard on the new collection and have some fantastic new products in the pipeline. I cant reveal all of them, but I can tell you our fabulous fragrance-free baby wash will be hitting the shelves in time for Christmas!

What is your career mantra?
We have a poster in the office that says “Work Hard and Be Nice To People” - I think that pretty much sums up my career mantra!

Who do you admire, and why?
I am still in awe of all our amazing Olympians and Para Olympians and the inspirational sporting legacy created in the UK following the Olympics last year. Makes me very proud to be British!

If you could treat yourself to one thing this month, it would be....
A spa weekend at Whatley Manor and a huge bag of Pick & Mix sweets!

Shop here for: Bloom & Blossom

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Indulging Beauty Bag

It’s fair to say we are now fast approaching Christmas, a time usually associated with over-indulgence in many forms. Too many late nights, too much food and far too many glasses of wine (or tipple of your fancy) for many of us are not things our bodies will be thanking us for come January. But one indulgent treat you will be thankful for is this month’s Beauty Bag; a selection of beautiful goodies for you to sample and enjoy.

Winter means we can once again enjoy one of my favourite things, nice hot bubble baths. Our Beauty Bag includes Ila Bath Soak for Pure Relaxation, £9.60. A beautiful brand with beautiful products, Ila offers 100% natural products for face, body and for your well-being. This Bath Soak blend, containing calming vetivert and petitgrain and softening apricot, will surely result in a deeply calming treat. Follow with the gorgeous Dr Hauschka Rose Body Moisturizer, £24 a light but nourishing body lotion with a subtle rose scent. Dr Hauschka aims to support the skin - the body's largest organ - as a whole, supporting its every need, on every level and laying the foundations for healthy, radiant skin. This product isn’t overly thick and leaves no greasy residue so makes a perfect everyday moisturiser.

It is at this time of year you might find that skin gets drier; neither cold weather nor central heating is our skin’s friend! Our Beauty Bags contain the brilliant Balance Me Cleanse & Smooth Face Balm, £20 from the brand passionate about aromatherapy. Although a daily must have, that doesn’t mean this product is boring; Balance Me believe that everyone deserves a little bit of luxury in their everyday lives and it shows with this cleanser. All Balance Me products are results driven too; this cleanser is 100% natural and still has a sophisticated formulation that delivers on performance.
If oils and serums are more your thing, then we also have the brilliant S5 Renew Serum, £52. The range is designed for stressed skin (whose skin isn’t at this time of year?!), packed with powerful, clinically proven bioactives from the Planet’s 5 most extreme ecosystems. This particular serum from S5 harnesses arctic bioactives and targets fine lines and wrinkles. 

If deep expression lines and wrinkles are a problem for you, then you will also love the Melvita Naturalift Youthful Complex Eyes &Lips, 26 which is also included. Formulated with potent plant actives, herbal extracts and essential oils, Melvita products are a pleasure to use. This targeted solution gently works to help reduce wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes and lips; if only solving all problems were this easy!

You will also get 2 sample sachets, from the wonderful Jurlique and Caudalie; both of which I am sure you will enjoy. So even if your body isn’t treated as well as it should be in the coming weeks, at least you know your skin, from top to toe, will feel truly loved.

Want to get your very own Indulgent Beauty Bag. Simply spend £40 or more at Naturisimo and enter code BAG40 at checkout. What are you waiting for, SHOP NOW!

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Caudalie Beauty Elixir fashion makeover

For the first time, Caudalie Beauty Elixir is getting a high-fashion makeover courtesy of acclaimed fashion designer L’Wren Scott. 

The clothing designer has designed 50,000 limited-edition flacons with a design based on her 2013 Fall/Winter collection inspired by artist Gustav Klimt. The result is a sexy, graphic package that makes this elixir even more attractive. The formula is based on a recipe found in a book of spells for the youth elixir used by Queen Isabella of Hungary in the 17th century to lure the 35-years-younger King of Poland with her radiant complexion. 

Since its launch in 1996, over two million bottles of this cult bestseller have been sold. If you’ve ever used Caudalie Beauty Elixir on tired skin, then you know how addictive it is. The blend of myrrh, rosemary essential oil, lemon balm, peppermint, orange blossom, rose and grape pulp extract tightens pores, fixes makeup and makes skin look radiant. Inspired by the brand’s  ‘Beauty from the Vine’ ethos, the spray smells like a breath of fresh countryside air. No wonder the product is a essential staple among A-listers and beauty editors.  

Shop here for: Caudalie Beauty Elixir L’Wren Scott Limited- Edition (from £9.50)