Five of the best organic face and body oils
La Puerta Botanical Body Oils & Bath Salts
First doesn’t always mean best, but in this case it’s a good rule of thumb: founded in 1940, the wellness resort Rancho La Puerto was the first true fitness resort and spa in North America, set amid 4,000 private acres of beautiful gardens, mountains and meadows (a real tonic for mind, body and spirit). Inspired by the Ranch’s famous scented gardens and natural setting, it also has its own line of wellness products, La Puerto Core Essentials, which, naturally, contain sustainably harvested, eco-certified ingredients and blend plant-based medicine with aromatherapy.
The Botanical Body Salt & Oil Duos are designed to let you create two spa rituals at home via a bath soak or body scrub to exfoliate the skin, followed by body oil to nourish, hydrate and condition. Choose from lemongrass, eucalyptus, lavender, rosemary and mountains sage.
Angela Langford Bloom & Glow Face Oil
When passionate cook Angela Langford started making her skincare line, she found that creating skincare products was very similar to creating recipes. As with cooking, making skincare products includes using the best ingredients you can find, heated or emulsified or folded into each other to end up with a nourishing product. Angela embarked on a journey of skincare education… and Angela Langford Skincare was born.
This range offers tailor-made solution to each individual skincare concern. All products are organic, vegan, cruelty-free and made by hand in Pembrokeshire, and use the finest ingredients from nature to feed your skin. They also offer a free personalised sample pack; on the basis of a short Q&A, Angela will personally send you products she thinks are best suited to your skin.
Their award-winning anti-ageing Bloom & Glow face oil is great for nourishing, repairing, softening, brightening and boosting radiance to your skin making it ideal for all skin types. Chia seed and sea buckthorn are blended together to deliver high levels of essential fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants, which improves skin’s elasticity, calms inflammation and restores radiance.
Bloom & Glow was also voted by Good Housekeeping as number one in their Nourishing Face Oil Testing and was marked a 91/100 during lab and independent testing.
Olverum Bath Oil
Originally created in 1931 in Germany, Olverum was a cult product known only to a small number of devotees for several decades. Then in 2015 under British ownership, the oil was relaunched with new contemporary packaging – but it remains true to an original formula that has stood the test of time. These days, the main stockists are Liberty, Olverum.com and Fenwick.
The unique and highly concentrated, therapeutic bath oil contains 10 pure essential oils including eucalyptus, lavender, lemon peel and geranium, carefully blended to work together.
Olverum bath oil can help with deep relaxation, stress relief, soothing aches and pains – even colds and flu. And due to the high concentration of essential oils, one tablespoon is all you need in your bath to reap the benefits. The 125ml is enough for 25 baths, the 250ml for 50 baths, and the travel size enough for nine heavenly soaks.
Aromatherapy Associates, Support Lavender & Peppermint Bath & Shower Oil
Founders Geraldine Howard and Sue Beechey started out as therapists in the early 1970s before deciding they wanted to share the benefits of aromatherapy with a wider audience. And so, in 1985, Aromatherapy Associates was born.
Today, they continue to hand-craft and individually tailor each new formula. Using the highest concentrations of natural ingredients they ensure the formulations are the gold standard of essential oil blends, for a truly exceptional sensorial experience.
Support Lavender & Peppermint Bath and shower oil is no exception. Originally created for a client with sensitive digestion, it is laden with soothing peppermint and high-altitude grown lavender. Together they can ease sunburn, dissolve tension headaches and counter moments of over-indulgence.
Haeckels Rosehip + Seaweed Suspension Oil
Haeckels was founded in 2012 by Dom Bridges who was a volunteer Margate beach warden and wanted to create simple, hand-crafted products that showcased the surrounding coast’s natural ingredients. It was hoped that the products themselves would then promote Margate’s heritage of healthy coastal living. Bridges began by collecting seaweed and local botanicals along the coast and bringing them bring back to his family kitchen to experiment – until his wife Jo told him it was time to get a proper lab and turn a passion into a business.
Using the restorative power of Bladderwrack seaweed with pure Rosehip oil they created an exceptionally light-textured oil that soothes and hydrates the skin. Rich with valuable vitamins, minerals and amino acids, the 3.5 per cent seaweed extract has HA-like properties which can help tighten the collagen fibres and keep the skin’s structure healthy and intact. It’s also antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and skin-rebuilding, making it a natural essential to include in your skincare routine.