Why choose Organic?

We’re clearly passionate about organic. Our founder Alan MacKenzie set up Organic Surge after suffering from eczema and skin sensitivity. He was frustrated that he couldn’t find good-quality, genuinely organic skincare at an affordable price.

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We’re a small team, based in the Scottish Highlands. We’re proud to be fully independent and striving always to make the best products we possibly can – products that are good for your skin as well as for the environment – is the heart and soul of what we do.

We wanted to find out more about why you choose organic skincare and beauty products, and the differences you see after switching to organic. We were blown away by the response. We had an incredible 214 replies to our Facebook question and we want to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who contributed. So rather than hearing it from us, here are the top ten reasons why you choose Organic Surge skincare, bodycare and haircare.

 

  1. ‘Organic Surge beauty products don’t irritate sensitive and eczema-prone skin’ came up time and time again in your replies. We understand the challenges of sensitive skin. SLS, parabens and synthetic fragrances are the most common irritants in skin and bodycare products so it's safe to switch to Organic Surge, which is 100% free of these harsh ingredients. Plus, all Organic Surge facial skincare products have been clinically and dermatologically tested and are suitable for sensitive skin. Find out more about how we test our products to ensure they are safe for sensitive skin here.
  2. You share our passion for choosing organic because it’s better for the environment. We work with Ecocert’s global standards and ensure we use ingredients derived from renewable resources that are manufactured by environmentally friendly processes. We also work with Ecocert on ensuring our packaging is always reusable or recyclable. You can find out more about Ecocert’s standards here.
  3. You choose Organic Surge because we don’t use any of the chemicals you want to avoid, including GMO, parabens, phenoxyethanol, silicon, PEG, synthetic perfumes and dyes, and animal-derived ingredients (unless naturally produced such as beeswax).
  4. We were delighted that you said you choose our products because you like our honest approach. This is so important to us. We are a small team and don’t have a marketing department or even an employee dedicated to marketing. We put developing great performing products first and always try to be transparent and honest in everything we do.
  5. You like the way our organic products feel to use. A word that came up time and time again was ‘better’. We don’t use any synthetic fragrances in our products, only pure essential oils. Essential oils have been used for thousands of years for their skincare benefits and mood-enhancing properties. They also give our products their vibrant, uplifting fragrances.
  6. You try to eat organic, so why wouldn’t you choose organic for your skin, body and haircare too?
  7. Thank you so much Katy Beardmore for feeding back on the quality of our customer services. Coreen and Jenny, who look after our customer services, are based in our office in the Highlands. They are on hand by phone on +44(0) 1955 606 061 or email, at info@organicsurge.com , to help with any questions or advice, so please do get in touch.
  8. You buy our products because they are cruelty-free.
  9. Do you do your grocery shopping on Ocado? Several people told us that they loved being able to easily pick up their favourite Organic Surge products with their weekly shop. Caroline A Emerson is a busy mum who told us that choosing Organic Surge gave her peace of mind for her skin and family.
  10. You also told us that you choose our products because they last and offer great value for money. The quality of the products was mentioned in many of your replies – which we are delighted about. We love reading your product reviews – Alan personally reads every single one. We include them on our website so you can read first-hand, unbiased reviews and feedback on every product.

How to Look Good in Photographs


“In this selfie-mad era, looking and feeling good in photos doesn’t always come naturally,” says photographer Shaneen Rosewarne Cox. We caught up with Shaneen, who works as a fine art, commercial and product photographer, to discover her insider secrets and tips to help you to look your best in photographs.

“Photographs are a moment in time that enable us to revisit the past. And as the years pass, so the photos we have become more magical,” says Shaneen. But it can be hard to feel relaxed and look your best when you are in front of a camera lens.

Have you every scrolled through your camera roll to discover lots of great images of your pets or children, but none of yourself? If so, then read on for some great inspiration from Shaneen. Let’s make 2017 the year you start feeling good from both sides of the camera!

Here are Shaneen's top three tips and tricks to get the best from your selfies:

1. Look for natural light. If you are indoors, have a window facing you. Bathing your face in natural light is the most flattering way to be photographed... just be careful not to overexpose. If you tap the screen of your iPhone in different places you can adjust the exposure. 

 

2. Use a flattering angle. If you are taking a selfie, hold the phone up high and shoot down. You'll find the angle far more flattering. If someone else is taking the photo, turn your hips and shoulders slightly to the side to lose a dress size instantly.

3. Think about what else is in the frame. Ever loved a certain photo but regret not moving the dirty laundry out of the background? Scan every angle of your frame before pressing the button.

Happy snapping!

We’re dreaming of a green Christmas!

So all of us at Organic Surge want to thank our Facebook followers so much for contributing your suggestions for making our Christmas greener. There were so many brilliant tips that we thought we’d collate them into one easy-to-share list. Reading your feedback and comments really does make it all feel worthwhile for our team. Our founder Alan MacKenzie personally reads every single customer review and loves to hear from you.


Alan set up Organic Surge in 2006 after suffering from eczema and skin sensitivity. He was frustrated that he couldn’t find good-quality, genuinely organic skincare at an affordable price.

Over the past decade we have remained a small team and we are proud still to be based in Scotland and to have retained our independence. Making the best products we possibly can – products that are good for your skin as well as for the environment – is the heart and soul of what we do.

So here are our and your ideas for 11 quick and easy ways to make this Christmas an eco one.

1. Save ribbons and string from clothing labels to use to make home-made gift tags.

2. Upcycle old Christmas cards into new cards or gift tags rather than throwing them away.

3. Wrap presents in old newspaper or magazines. The gift guides in the Sunday supplements look fun and festive or newsprint with twine and a sprig of foliage such as rosemary from the garden looks elegant and sophisticated.

4. Use botanical decorations from your garden or foraged from the hedgerow rather than store-bought plastic. Look for pine cones, holly, ivy, mistletoe and fir branches. Herbs such as eucalyptus and rosemary also work a treat. We love this guide from the Seeds & Stitches blog about how to make a free and chic herbal Christmas wreath.

5. Choose a living tree than you can plant in your garden and re-use each year. The RHS have some simple guidelines for caring for your tree here https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=374

6. Freeze leftover food to eat at a later date. Here are 24 healthy recipes from BBC’s Good Food to inspire you to get creative with your Christmas leftovers!

6. Defrost your freezer in the run-up to Christmas. Not only will it work more efficiently but it also means you have space to freeze leftovers.

8. Switch the oven off 10 minutes before your food is ready to make the most of the residual heat (it will still keep its temperature).

9. Put a lid on your pan to keep the heat in so you use less gas or electricity to maintain the right temperature – and always choose the right-size burner or ring for your pan.

10. When shopping for Christmas food buy local and seasonal produce and choose organic if you can. You can search for your nearest organic Christmas market on the Soil Association's website https://www.soilassociation.org/organic-living/buy-organic/the-christmas-collective/find-try-and-buy/the-organic-christmas-market/

11. Discover our eco bundles. Buy a pack of six of any of our products and we give you one of the six free as an eco reward. Buying in bulk helps reduce the carbon footprint and the amount of packaging needed. Share your bundle with friends, family and guests as gifts. Find out more here http://www.organicsurge.com/pages/eco-bundles

 

 

Rose Whisper Vanilla Brownie Bites and Creamy Rose and Beet Smoothie

December is here! The last of the leaves have fallen from the trees and with luck we will be getting crisp frosty mornings and deep blue skies. The air here in the Scottish Highlands is breathtakingly cold but we are excited as the magic and sparkle of Christmas is just around the corner...

In the last of our series of recipes to celebrate the launch of our Rose Whisper collection we've collaborated with plant-based food-blogger and friend of the brand Bo from Bo's Kitchen.whisper

First up are Bo's Rose Whisper Vanilla Brownie Bites. We'll be sharing these around the office as a nutritious (and prettier!) alternative to the usual mince pies and chocolates. We've tested Bo's Creamy Rose & Beet Smoothie Bowls and confirm they are delicious (and so easy to make). The perfect healthy breakfast antidote to the excess of the season!

Rose Whisper Vanilla Brownie Bites

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Base 

  • 1.5 cup buckwheat 
  • 1/2 cup walnuts 
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder 
  • 1 cup dates 
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil 
  • 100ml water 

 

Filling 

  • 1.5 cups cashews, soaked in cold water overnight 
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted 
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk 
  • 1 lemon, juiced 
  • Pinch of Himalayan pink salt 
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 3-4 tsp rosewater 
  • 1/2 raw beetroot, peeled (walnut sized piece) 

 

  1. Line a small square baking tray or loaf tin with greaseproof paper. Pulse buckwheat and walnuts together in a food processor until crumbly. Add in cacao powder and dates and pulse until combined. 
  2. Add coconut oil and pulse until the dough starts to stick together. Slowly add water until the dough sticks together when you push it with your fingers – it should be slightly sticky. 
  3. Smooth out the dough onto your baking tray with your fingers, pushing evenly into each corner. Pop into the fridge to chill and wash out your food processor. 
  4. Make your filling by combining cashews, coconut oil, coconut milk, lemon juice, salt and vanilla in your food processor. 


Creamy Rose and Beet Smoothie Bowls

(Makes 2 bowls)

 

  • 4 frozen bananas 
  • 1 small, raw beetroot 
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight 
  • 1/2 pineapple 
  • 2 tsp rosewater 
  • 3/4 cup almond milk 
  • 1 cup water  

Toppings: dairy-free yoghurt, beetroot, persimmon, chia seeds, rose petals and cacao nibs 

 

  1. Add all ingredients to your food processor and blend on high until smooth.
  2. Pour into bowls and top with fruit stars, chia seeds, rose petals and cacao nibs. To make the hearts, add little dots of yoghurt to your bowl in a circle, then run through the middle of them with a chopstick.

Rose Tea & Raspberry Overnight Oats recipe

Cold and flu season is officially underway – and this winter we’re trying to prevent colds naturally. Echinacea is now widely available and we find it really helps if we start to take it as soon as we feel the first tingle of coming down with something. It is also believed to help shorten the life of colds.

recipeHoney, lemon and sliced fresh ginger is another favourite here with the Organic Surge team. Manuka honey hasn't been proved to be any more effective than raw honey so we love using our local raw honey. Being based in the Scottish Highlands means we are lucky to have a great supply of delicious heather honey close by.

With shorter days and what feels like never-ending to-do lists, the luxury of time seems in short supply at the moment. So we were delighted when this quick, easy and nutritious recipe for Rose Tea & Raspberry Overnight Oats from the inspiring Elisa from Happy Skin Kitchen landed in our inbox. 

Food blogger Elisa struggled with hormonal acne after moving to London in 2008 and was inspired to improve her skin and health naturally by changing her diet rather than turning to pills.

To celebrate the launch of our Rose Whisper collection, Elisa chose antioxidant Rose Tea for this nutritious, vegan and plant-based Overnight Oats recipe. You can find Rose Tea online or in select supermarkets and health food shops. Rose Tea is believed to have a wealth of benefits including boosting the immune system, relieving stress and anxiety and improving digestion. 

Rose Tea & Raspberry Overnight Oats recipe

  • 1 cup of porridge oats 
  • 1 cup of non-dairy milk of your choice
  • 1/2 cup of rose tea
  • 1/2 cup of fresh raspberries 
  • 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
  • a dash of cinnamon
  • Crush the raspberries with a fork until you have a compote consistency. Put all the ingredients in a bowl and stir everything together. Cover the bowl and place it in the fridge overnight. In the morning the oats should be creamy and thick. Top with fresh fruits, granola or coconut chips.

Rosewater & Cardamom Cake

By Organic Surge

To celebrate the launch of our new Rose Whisper organic bodycare range we've worked with three talents of the food world to create recipes to honour the delicate and delectable rose.

First up is food writer and stylist Lindsay from “Lindsay's Feast” who's created this Pinterest-worthy and truly delicious Rosewater & Cardamom cake.

Lindsay:

'Before the introduction of vanilla extract in the 17th century, rose water was the cook’s must-add baking ingredient. For the last few centuries rosiness has fallen out of favour, but thankfully, due to the increased popularity of Middle Eastern cuisine, rosewater has been thrust into the limelight once again. I have a weakness for it when it’s combined with ground cardamom, but it’s equally delicious with lemon, chocolate, almond, orange and even saffron.

This delicate cake is a perfect teatime treat. It stores well so can be easily made ahead of time. I like to decorate it with rose water icing, intensifying the rosy flavour.'

Rosewater and Cardamom Cake Ingredients For the Cake:

180g butter, cubed
150g caster sugar
4 large eggs
10 cardamom pods
100g plain flour
1tsp baking powder
250g ground almonds
30g ground pistachios
Zest juice of 1 lemon
1 tbsp rose water
Pinch of salt

For the Icing:

200g icing sugar
Juice of half a lemon
1tsp rosewater

For the Syrup:

2 tbsp sugar Juice of half a lemon
2 tsp rosewater

For decorating:

Dried rose petals
Chopped pistachios

1. Preheat the oven to 160C and line and grease a 23cm cake tin.

2. Put the butter and sugar into a food processor and mix until light and fluffy.

3. Using a pestle and mortar, break down the cardamom pods, dispersing with the shells and grinding the seeds to a fine powder.

4. Sift the flour and baking powder into the mixer. Add the ground cardamom, ground almonds, pistachios, lemon juice and zest, rose water and salt, then and pulse until the mixture is just combined.

5. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and place in the preheated oven for 45 minutes. Test the cake is ready by sticking a fork into the middle; if it comes out clean its ready, if there are a few crumbs on it, give it a little longer.

6. Five minutes before the cake is ready to come out of the oven, prepare the drizzle. Place the sugar, lemon juice and rosewater into a pan and heat gently until the sugar is fully dissolved. Remove the cake from the tin and place on a wire rack. Pierce holes evenly around the surface of the cake using a fork and pour the drizzle over the cake so that it absorbs into the sponge through the holes.

7. Once the cake is completely cooled prepare the icing. Combine the icing sugar, lemon juice and rosewater in a bowl and mix to a smooth paste. Add more icing sugar if you prefer it a little thicker, or less if runnier.

8. Pour the icing over the cake, allowing it to drip down the sides. Sprinkle over the chopped pistachios and dried rose petals.

Organic Surge Supports Campaign To Ban Plastic Microbeads

In today’s news it has been announced that a worldwide ban on the use of plastic microbeads in cosmetics should be imposed, something that has been demanded by MP’s.

These tiny balls of plastic are often used in shower gels and facial scrubs and they have even been found in Arctic sea ice and on ocean floors, and the UK government will consider a ban on microbeads in cosmetics if the EU does not legislate against them.

At Organic Surge we are proud to state that our products do not contain and never have contained any plastic microbeads, and we are fully committed to our products being made with skin-loving, naturally-derived ingredients and certified organic essential oils. These microbeads are extremely harmful to the environment and we back the call by MP’s for a worldwide ban on them as soon as possible. Organic Surge’s products are not tested on animals and are 100% free of harsh chemicals - no parabens, sodium lauryl sulphate, no artificial fragrances or colourants and no genetically modified ingredients.

Take a look at our range of shower washes, bath foams and scrubs and enjoy 10% off your purchase of any of these products by entering the code BRIGHTSKIN10 at the checkout when purchasing, and if you order one of our popular Eco Bundles you will receive a free gift of our comforting lavender hand and nail cream (worth £4.50).  You can also enjoy 10% off our Perfecting Face Polish and Face Wash by entering the same code at the checkout.

These offers expire on 31 August 2016, so order quickly to receive your discount or free gift.

We’re confident that once you try our products once, you will love them forever.

How do the A-list de-stress and unwind?

By Organic Surge

Nadia Narain is one of the UK’s most popular and best-loved yoga teachers. Kate Moss describes Nadia’s spirituality as awakening her body and soul. She counts Rachel Weisz, Sienna Miller, Sam Taylor-Wood, Jools Oliver and Luella Bartley among her students. We caught up with Nadia to discover her top tips on how to de-stress and relax.

OS: You help others to de-stress, but how do you unwind and relax yourself?

NN: Mostly by spending time with my friends and family. I also really like quiet time, so I’m happy when there is no one else at home and I can take a bath or just potter or read.

OS: Can you describe your typical day?

NN: My day usually starts around 6 or 6.30am. I love the mornings – it’s when I find the time to do the things I need to do. I start teaching at 9am… and some days that can go all day. I also teach a couple of evenings a week, so when I don’t I love to be able to come home early. My days are usually pretty full – as well as my yoga teaching I run a business selling organic aromatherapy candles and natural, plant-based perfumes so if I’m not doing one then I’m working on the other. On a good day I might get to bed by 10 or 11pm!

OS: If someone came to you feeling stressed, what three things would you suggest they do?

NN: First of all, slow down. Then take some time to pinpoint what is causing the stress and address the issue. The best advice I was ever given for someone who is having a hard time is to do one nice thing for yourself each day. Whether it's eating well, exercising, going for a walk or being inspired by art, you should make sure you do something that brings you a feeling of well-being. I’ve only just started to learn about real nourishment and kindness. It took along time, I used to be hard on myself.

OS: What is your favourite Organic Surge product?

NN: I love the creamy texture of the Tropical Bergamot Skin Perfecting Body Scrub. It's delicious and organic and I love that bergamot aroma! And I love the creamy cleanser, it smells divine

OS: Can you tell us a bit about your new DVD, Flow Yoga: Strength & Stability?

NN: This is my second DVD. My first one, Everyday Yoga for Stress Release, was a 20-minute sequence designed for anyone to fit into their daily routine. Flow Yoga builds on that but brings more awareness of how to develop strength and stability – not only physically but mentally too! In August the third one comes out and that is a beginners meditation dvd and some gentle movement for slowing it all down

In search of the rural idyll

By Organic Surge

Six months ago, writer Lindsay kicked off her high heels and left her fashionable London life in search of a slower pace in the English countryside.

Lindsay also finally realised her long-term ambition of starting a food blog – Lindsay’s Feast. Lindsay says: ‘I’m endlessly inspired by food stories, from the person who grew it to the person cooking it. Flavours are so unique to each individual and speak volumes about people’s personalities.’ Starting her blog was the opportunity to tell her story and interact with people who share her obsession with food.

We caught up with Lindsay to discover more about her search for a rural idyll.

OS: Have you changed your beauty routine since moving from the city?

Lindsay: I definitely wear a lot less make-up now I live in the countryside and it’s been wonderful for my skin. I’ve also shifted to more natural, plant-based products, so Organic Surge is perfect for me. Now that I have a small garden, I spend much more time outside in the vegetable patch using my hands. Being exposed to the elements means I need something that’s going to soothe my skin and the Organic Surge Gardeners Hand Scrub and Hand Cream have been a godsend. I use both products daily and I love the lime, basil and rosemary scent.

OS: Which Organic Surge products would you find it hard to live without?

Lindsay: I’m particularly addicted to the Extra Care Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser. I use it in the evenings after a busy day outside. It’s a very gentle product and leaves my skin feeling wonderfully fresh and vibrant. It works especially well with a soft muslin cloth.

OS: Are there things you miss about city life?

Lindsay: I miss having everything on my doorstep. I loved being able to meet friends for a spontaneous brunch or popping into a favourite deli on my way home from work. Having said that, I wouldn’t trade my current lifestyle. I love the simplicity of country life.

OS: What does your typical day look like?

Lindsay: At the moment I share my time between writing and working for the National Trust. When I’m working from home, I tend to wake up early to take my Labrador puppy, Jambo, for a long walk on the heath. One of the joys of our new life is sitting down at the table for meals on a regular basis. When I was working in London, I’d often have breakfast on the go and lunch at my desk but now we really take the time to enjoy our food and start the day with a healthy breakfast, like bircher muesli. I try to be disciplined and log a good few hours at my desk, but all too often good weather tears me away and by late afternoon I’m foraging in the countryside or working on the garden. The light evenings mean we can (weather permitting) enjoy dinner in the garden. I’m obsessed with cooking seasonally, so at the moment we’re eating lots of asparagus and artichokes.

Eat natural

Lindsay has created two super-easy seasonal recipes for us:

Bircher Muesli with Fresh Strawberry Coulis (serves 2)

For the muesli:

100g oats
1 tablespoon sunflower seeds
1 tablespoon flax seeds
350ml almond milk
Drizzle of maple syrup
Dash of vanilla extract
Squeeze of lemon juice

For the coulis:

A handful of fresh strawberries (or any berries you like)
Squeeze of lemon juice


The night before, put the oats, sunflower seeds and flax seeds in a bowl, pour over the almond milk, and add the maple syrup, vanilla extract and lemon juice. Mix well, then cover and put into the fridge overnight. In the morning, mash up the berries and lemon juice with a pestle and mortar or in a processer and drizzle over the bircher muesli.

Butternut Curry (serves 4)

1 large butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and cut into chunks
2 large onions (chopped)
3 cloves garlic (chopped)
2 x 400g tins chickpeas
100g red lentils
1 x 400ml tin chopped tomatoes
500ml vegetable stock
100g block of creamed coconut
2 teaspoons each turmeric, cumin, paprika, coriander, chilli powder, curry powder
Olive oil for cooking
A generous handful of coriander

Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan and then lightly fry the onions and garlic for about 15 minutes until transparent. Transfer this mixture to a side dish then heat some more olive oil in the same pan, put in all the spices and gently fry for 2–3 minutes. Return the onion and garlic to the saucepan and mix with the spices. Add the tinned tomatoes and vegetable stock and bring to the boil. Simmer for 5 minutes then remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly before blending it into a smooth mixture. Return to the heat and stir in the coconut block until it is completely dissolved. Then add the chickpeas, lentils and butternut, put the lid on the saucepan and simmer gently until the butternut is cooked to your liking (roughly 30 minutes).

Serve with rice and a sprinkle of fresh chopped coriander.

Eat your way to a smoothier skin!

By Organic Surge


It’s easy to be a fan of clean living when every day we can see the difference using organic and natural beauty products makes to our skin and hair.

We all enjoyed National Vegetarian Week and we are finding it so inspiring to see all the great new vegan, plant-based, healthy living and sugar-free bloggers, chefs, cooks and writers out there. With new books from Deliciously Ella, Detox Kitchen, Madeline Shaw, Hemsley & Hemsley and Amelia Freer, there’s never been a better time to add nourishing plant-based recipes to your repertoire or even to go full out new vegan!

Bo from Bo's Kitchen is the rising star of the plant-based food revolution and definitely one to watch. She’s a vegan blogger and photographer whose Instagram page is a visual feast of delicious and easy-to-make original recipes.

We caught up with Bo to find out more about her beauty routine and life as a vegan.

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Bo's top tips

OS: What is your beauty routine?

Bo: I cleanse and moisturise in the morning and cleanse, tone and moisturise in the evening. For cleansing, it has to be Organic Surge Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser. The pump dispenses just the right amount (so there’s no waste) and the texture is perfect for getting off every last trace of make-up. It’s brilliant value compared to other natural hot-cloth cleansers and it leaves my skin smelling like a bunch of roses! I also dry body brush as much as possible and do a hair mask at least once a week – I’m finding the Organic Surge 2-Minute Moisture Hair Mask is really fabulous.

Organic Surge Extra Care Products surrounded by smoothie ingredients
OS: What differences have you noticed to your skin and hair since you started using Organic Surge?
Bo: I’m very fussy about my skincare brands, but with Organic Surge I find my skin feels plumper and has a more even tone. I’m quite pale and can suffer from rosacea, but the Organic Surge Extra Care range perfectly suits my sensitive skin and the powerful ingredients (damask rose oil, shea butter, aloe vera, orange and geranium oil to name a few) mean I’m still getting a treatment every time I use them. I’m in love with anything rose and these products smell heavenly. The Replenishing Facial Oil is fabulous under the Nourishing Rose Day Cream – it sinks in quickly but leaves your skin soft all day.
OS: What is your top tip for a health-boosting food to include in our diets?
Bo: Spirulina and wheatgrass are my two top superfoods – both pack a nutritional punch to give you a huge boost and make you glow from within. I noticed a visible difference in my skin and hair after taking these superfoods with my smoothies. If you can’t get hold of them, my top tip is to drink lemon and hot water first thing in the morning – it fires up your digestive system and alkalises the body, which is perfect for healthy skin.

OS: When did you become a vegan and why?

Bo: I became vegan about ten years ago, just to see if I could do it. There aren’t any cons to the vegan lifestyle – sure, you have to cook a little bit more than before, but I think everyone should know what goes into their food. I have more energy than ever, work out every day, eat a huge variety of food and rarely get ill. It’s also very cheap to eat vegan – good for my wallet too!

You are what you eat

Bo has created  two super-easy and delicious breakfast recipes for us to start your day right.

A Picture of Cacao and coconut chia pudding next to Organic Surge Extra Care Replenishing Facial Oil
Cacao and coconut chia pudding

Chia seeds are little miracles for your skin – packed full of vitamin E, omega 3 fats, fibre, zinc, magnesium and protein, all of which help maintain a youthful glow. For the chocolate layer I added some cacao, which is high in antioxidants, increases blood flow to the skin and contains omega 6 fats which helps heal wounds and scars. Both of these superfoods combine in a creamy coconut milk mixture to make this deliciously healthy pudding.

1/2 cup coconut milk

1/2 cup water

2 tbsp cacao

6 tbsp chia seeds

1.Mix 1/2 cup coconut milk with 1/2 cup of water and add the chia seeds. Stir very well.

2.Split the mixture between two jars and add 2 tbsp of cacao to one jar. Mix well again. Leave both jars overnight in the fridge, or until all the liquid has been absorbed.

3.Layer your coconut chia pud and cacao chia pudding in your jar and top with raspberries and coconut.

Radiant Skin Smoothie Bowl next to Organic Surge Hot Cloth Cleanser and Rose Day Cream
Radiant skin smoothie bowl

This smoothie is actually a green smoothie bowl in disguise! It tastes sweet and creamy and boasts a whole host of skin boosting ingredients such as strawberries, beetroot, kale, avocado and flaxseed. The recipe makes enough for two bowls or three small glasses.

1 large handful of frozen strawberries

3 frozen bananas

1 large handful of kale (stalks included)

1/2 avocado

1 tbsp ground or whole flaxseed

1/4 cup coconut or almond milk

1/2 cup water

1 tbsp beetroot powder or 1 small raw beetroot

2 tbsp dairy free yoghurt

Toppings of choice: I used blueberries, kiwi, cacao nibs and shredded coconut

1.Add all smoothie ingredients apart from the yoghurt to your food processor or blender and mix until smooth. Pour into your bowl.

2.To make the pretty yoghurt topping, add small dollops of yoghurt all over your smoothie bowl. Stir with a chopstick of knife to make swirls. Top with fruit, cacao nibs and shredded coconut.

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