Our Top 4 Winter Beauty Routines

 From the everyday to Christmas Day, here are our top 4 products that are essential for creating a wonderful winter beauty routine.

 

Replenishing Facial Oil

In winter it’s not just the turkey that’s dry, the colder months can severely dehydrate your skin. Using a facial oil a few times a week, along with your regular moisturiser, will help to seal in moisture, protect it from environmental damage, plump the skin and of course assist with those irritating flaky bits of skin which pop up on your face throughout the winter months. Argan Oil naturally nourishes the skin, increasing skin elasticity, while Yarrow Oil naturally soothes, reducing inflammation.

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I also apply a drop or two AFTER my I put my make up on, to highlight those cheekbones and add a touch of Christmas sparkle.

Deep Cleansing Face Mask

Never underestimate the power of a face mask. Quick results, minimum fuss and soft, glowing skin – a real  shortcut to speedy skincare success, as well as being a bit of 'me time'.

To alleviate signs of parched, tight, winter-weary skin, smooth over your face and leave for 10−15 minutes, then rinse off, then gently dry your skin with a warm towel. Use weekly, or whenever your skin needs a quick brightness boost. 

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For overnight intensive treatment, I like to apply it generously over my face, avoiding the eye area, then I simply rinse it off in the morning.

Perfecting Face Polish

The combination of fewer daylight hours, central heating and cold dry air makes your skin even more prone to drying out in the winter.  By exfoliating you banish those dead skin cells, making way for new ones, as well as any dirt and oil trapped in your pores. Our Perfecting Face Polish is made from finely ground coconut shells bound in a lotion made with moisturising oils and soothing herbal extracts, creating a gently exfoliating skin treat. 

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After giving my skin a good buff, not only is my skin cleaner and healthier but it is better prepped to receive my moisturiser.

Nourishing Rose Day Cream

Skin sensitivity can often be exacerbated by cold, windy weather. To rehydrate chapped cheeks or soothe a red nose, reach for our Nourishing Rose Day Cream, where a little goes a long way with this moisturiser.

The rich hydrating cream helps to soothe, repair and nourish skin with the help of its Damask Rose Oil and Argan Oil. Apply all over and then pat on an extra layer where needed.

Your usual moisturiser may not be enough in this cold snap, so pull out all the stops when it comes to nourishing winter skin with a hard-working hydrator.

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Massage in to your face and neck with gentle upward strokes. For extra hydration, mix with a couple of drops of Replenishing Facial Oil for a beautiful glow.oil rose

 

Which products are your beauty must-haves this winter? Let us know in the comments below or tag us on social media!

 

An interview with Yoga Junkies co-founder Hannah Wisniewski

Yoga Junkies launched on 1 November with a mission to inspire women to be the best version of themselves through the power of yoga.

Their monthly box subscription contains 4-5 surprise yoga lifestyle products, delivered directly to your door.

We chatted to Yoga Junkies co-founder Hannah Wisniewski to find out more:

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Congratulations on the launch of Yoga Junkies. Tell us a little bit about what we can expect from your monthly subscription box?

Thank you so much. We are so excited to finally start this new journey!

Each month, our members will receive a stylized box containing yoga lifestyle products from all around the world. The items include a range of yoga equipment, vegan snacks, natural cosmetics, jewellery, and gemstones plus our very own Yoga Junkies magazine. We put a lot of love and hard-work into selecting extraordinary products to provide an amazing experience to our members.

We are currently working on more ways to bring value to our members. Soon they will be able to access free yoga workouts and videos, our online magazine about yoga, meditation, nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle, and the second edition of our e-book.

Our vision is to build a comprehensive online community for everybody who loves the yoga lifestyle.

Where did your passion for Yoga begin, and what were your influences?

I came across yoga through a workout program called P90X, about five years ago. I loved each of the workouts in the program, but it was the yoga one that especially caught my attention. Not only did it challenge me in different ways– targeting small muscles, concentration, balance, coordination – but it also completely transformed the way I felt inside.

A short time after, I decided to take a step outside my home and attend a few yoga classes every now and then. This is when I went from a purely fitness-oriented style of yoga to the more spiritual and meditative side as well.

When did you decide to dedicate yourself to yoga personally and professionally?

I had a fun and successful career in a promotion agency but always had this feeling deep inside me that I needed to search for something more. I had no idea what kind of fulfillment I was searching for, but I just knew that I needed to make a change to find it.

So, last year, I decided to quit my job and begin building my own business. I had no idea what I was going to do at the time, but that didn’t stop me. I just followed my heart and let the rest happen as I went through my days. Then, one night at about 3 a.m., I woke up and had only one thought on my mind – “I have to go to India to learn about yoga”.

One night when I was in India, I finally realized what journey I wanted to begin. My husband Tyler has always loved subscription boxes but always said that the good ones were only in America. As I was thinking about this in India, it became clear that we should combine yoga and subscription boxes to bring a new yoga lifestyle box to the Yoga Junkies of Europe. 

How does Yoga help you on a daily basis? 

My daily yoga practice has become a major part of my life. It has made an enormous impact on the way I think and feel in everyday life. Completing a flow or holding a challenging pose allows me to forget my surroundings and look deep into myself. Yoga helped me to become more confident and love myself from the inside out. I became stronger not only on the outside but also on the inside.

What if someone may feel intimidated by yoga? How can they overcome this?

I know that seeing pictures online of people doing crazy moves can cause someone to feel intimidated by yoga. But it doesn’t matter if you can bend like a pretzel or if you’re struggling to touch your knees – yoga is for everyone and that’s what we love about it. When practicing yoga there is only one rule: to listen to your body and do what you can according to your ability. Actually, one of the best things about yoga is that the community is so welcoming. It’s amazing! You’ll find out after your first yoga class that everyone is there to learn just like you. So, don’t be intimidated if someone is more advanced than you. Go up to them and ask them to help you and you’ll soon find yourself with a new friendship.

Why is yoga so important and beneficial for your health & wellbeing? 

Yoga improves flexibility, builds muscle strength, and therefore, helps to lose weight. It helps you to maintain focus throughout the day and improves your sleep at night. But yoga is not just a form of exercise, it’s an all-encompassing lifestyle that transforms not only your body but also your mind. It provides you with inner strength, self-confidence and it can also reduce stress. Plus, a daily yoga practice boosts your metabolism – and who doesn’t love that?

 How are diet and lifestyle integrated into yoga practice?

Not at all, and yet so much at the same time. There are no direct links between them, so anybody can practice yoga no matter what their plates are filled with, or how they live their lives. Still, through yoga, you become more aware, present, and mindful to what you say, think, and eat. Starting with small adjustments, yoga helps you get rid of unwanted habits and develop a healthy lifestyle.

A yoga lifestyle can be lived in so many different ways…

What are some great nourishing options after a Yoga work-out?

If the yoga session was challenging, it’s always good to start your meal with some healthy carbs. What you eat really depends on your preferences or the time of day. For morning practices, a nice bowl of oats with fresh fruit on top is a great way to recharge the batteries.

Also, fresh fruits or smoothies are a good way to nourish your body with loads of vitamins and minerals. However, it can be difficult at times to grab something to eat when you’re busy with life. Thankfully there are more and more brands developing healthy vegan snacks as an easy to-go alternative. We are always so happy when we discover new snacks that help us with our busy schedule, and now we can even share these amazing companies with our members.

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 To order your Yoga Junkies box, visit https://www.yogajunkies.com/

 To WIN a Yoga Junkies box, as well as Organic Surge Super Fresh duo, please visit https://www.facebook.com/organicsurge or https://www.instagram.com/theyogajunkies/

5 Night time Skin Care Tips for You by Ashley Parker


It’s no secret that night time skin care routines can make or break a person’s skin care routine.  Doing the right things before going to bed can either step up or decrease our skin care game.  Not only can we add new things to our routine, but often it is about refining what we are already doing.  In addition, being aware of those things that can step up our skin care game, and having it fit into our unique schedules.   So, what are night time skin care tips that can help improve our skin care?  That is why we created this list of night time skin care tips.

  1. Wash your face sooner than later. We all have our cut off time at night where we feel like we hit a brick wall of tiredness and the easy things such as washing our face, brushing teeth, etc. becomes more difficult.  Make a mental note to wash your face before the tiredness hits.  Sleep is when our body recovers, removing makeup and the daily buildup on the face will help prolong the repair process at night.
  2. Wash your pillowcase frequently. Why change a pillowcase frequently? Every day we touch different things that have bacteria and germs.  This then gets transferred to our face when we touch it.  In addition, any oils or dirt on the face gets transferred to the pillow when sleeping.  It is most important for people with acne prone skin to always have a fresh pillow to reduce irritation. 
  3. Use warm water when washing face. Despite what you may have heard, hot water can remove essential oils from the skin and cause dehydration and irritation to the skin.  Using warm water can reduce the chances of irritation.  Find the medium balance between cold and hot water when washing your face.
  4. Exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells, prevent breakouts, smooths skin texture, and even clear pores. Exfoliation is one of the most important aspects of a skin care routine, fortunately it can be done from home.  It is a vital tool for people with blemishes as it helps kill bacteria and can help prevent breakouts.
    Some additional benefits of exfoliation include helping clear clogged pores.  If you suffer from clogged pores, exfoliation helps prevent congested pores.  Most common areas of irritation are the chin, nose and forehead. 
  1. Use a soft cloth when cleaning face. Whether you are using a cloth or facial cleanser device, ensure it is soft and non abrasive.  Abrasive facial tools or cloths can leave scratches on the face unseen to the eye.  This can lead to further irritation of the skin.  Know your skin type.  If your skin is sensitive, using the softest cloth may be the best fit for you. Use a serum to help combat damage to skin.

    Moisturize. Sometimes people avoid using a moisturizer at night.  Using a moisturizer at night can help keep the skin hydrated and prevent dry skin build up on the face.  At night, the skin is most permeable.  This allows for maximum absorption of active ingredients for the skin.  After showering or washing your face, you want to lock in the moisture.  Use skincare that might include a moisturizer to do this. Don’t forget about your neck when moisturizing! 

 

Breaking bad habits - The Daily Essential Swap for Organic September

ORGANIC SEPTEMBER
It’s that time of year again!

So whether you are an Organic ‘nut’, only shop partly organic, or are only just converting to organic produce, we want to accompany you on your journey and help you make the switch from regular Highstreet skincare products to Organic and Ethical Produce and we can clearly recommend all of our products which:

  • Contain a minimum of 98% plant-based ingredients and a minimum of 10% of all ingredients, by weight, must come from organic farming.
  • Only use ingredients derived from renewable resources.
  • Never contain GMO, parabens, phenoxyethanol, nanoparticles, silicon, PEG, synthetic perfumes and dyes or animal derived ingredients.

Step 1: Save yourself precious time in the morning;

After a sprightly dog walk, I jump in the shower and cleanse my face and neck with a pump of Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser. I use this in the shower to save time, but you of course can use quite simply with a hot cloth over the sink. This is incredibly good at getting rid of any overnight oil build up (even with my oily complexion!).

In the past I have always used foam cleansers, with the logic that it was the lather that would prevent breakouts and oiliness, but these products actually made my blemishes worse as they stripped my skin of its natural oils.

Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser even removes the most stubborn eye makeup! Something I have struggled with in the past, and the panda eyes look being an all too familiar one! I also suffer from sensitive skin so in the past if even a smidge of product has gone near my eyes then it has instantly reacted; all of Organic Surge’s skincare is suitable for the most sensitive skin.

Step 2: A moisturiser which does what it says

After a quick hot lemon drink for cleansing, I use Nourishing Rose Day Cream for my face and neck; it’s true that a little goes a long way! Not only does it smell incredible and has a lovely light feel but the Argan oil nourishes the skin so deeply, your skin feels truly soft. The damask rose oil also calms redness which I am often prone to. Finally,  Palmarosa and geranium oils infuse  the skin with vital moisture for a luminous, supple complexion.

After using an organic moisturiser with super concentrated natural ingredients and no chemical nasties, you’ll see what you have been missing out on.

Step 3: Not all Deodorants are the same

Why should we put up with products that could be harming our skin and even our health?

Deodorant is one of those daily essentials that we don’t even really think about, and it’s easy to get stuck in a rut with the same old products. I myself was guilty of that, until Organic Surge brought out their Super Fresh Deodorant.
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Specifically formulated with a unique complex of naturally derived ingredients to gently target odour creating bacteria and keep you feeling fresh throughout the day, it omits an ingredient so commonly found in the majority of Highstreet deodorants: ALUMINIUM.

Many people are not aware of the difference between an antiperspirant and a deodorant. An antiperspirant uses pore-clogging aluminium to block the skin and prevent sweating, a deodorant simply kills the bacteria that cause body odour whilst allowing the skin to breathe.

I have been absolutely amazed at the difference switching to an organic Deodorant has made. As a keen runner, I was pretty sceptical about its effectiveness, but there hasn’t been any odour whatsoever and not a sweat patch in sight! I haven’t really suffered from sensitive skin under my arm pits, but applying deodorant after shaving was always excruciating painful and I just learnt to live with the sting! But after using Super Fresh Deodorant the sting just doesn’t happen anymore. I couldn’t believe it!

Step 4: A handy companion

Previously, I’ve been guilty of choosing a hand wash based purely on packaging – something that will look great in my bathroom. It’s always been a bonus if it claims to be ‘moisturising’. Yet I've discovered that although many Highstreet brands use a small percentage of moisturising ingredients in their hand washes, they can leave hands dryer than ever, partly due to SLS, which gives the bubbles but is in fact a harsh chemical. SLS strips the natural oils from the skin leaving it dry, out of its natural balance and more susceptible to damage. This time of year is a particularly important time to make the switch to an organic hand and body wash, now that the colder weather is on the horizon. Switching to Organic Surge’s Hand & Body Wash range (available in three fabulous fragrances) which are specially formulated to cleanse even the most sensitive skin leaves me confident that my hands will win the fight against winter this.


You definitely don't need harsh chemicals to keep your skin in check. Let nature take care of it, switch to organic and you won’t look back!

 

Are you stuck in a bad skin care habit? Use Organic September as an excuse to switch things around with these Organic Surge essentials. 

 

SPARKLE LIKE MARKLE! Wedding Skin Prep - The FinishingTouches

It’s never too early to begin prepping your complexion for your BIG DAY and that complete wedding day radiance you deserve!

Taking care of your skin in the lead up to your big day:

Establishing a regular skincare routine will help your skin find its natural balance, and skin loves consistency, so stick with your core set of products. Cleanse twice a day with the Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser to gently remove daily dirt and impurities. If you’re short of time with all the wedding prep, take it into your morning shower with you. The massaging action will stimulate blood flow in the skin, giving a natural glow to your complexion. hccThe Shea Butter naturally moisturises the skin, while the Orange Peel Oil naturally rejuvenates the skin. Don’t forget that skin regenerates itself every 28 days, so it won’t take long for you to notice an improvement in your skin’s tone and texture.

Just before your wedding focus on getting as much hydration into your skin as possible, which will have a naturally plumping effect on your complexion, as well as giving you the all-important glow. Be sure to try and drink the recommended 2 litres of water a day and for that additional hydration and comfort ; massage our Replenishing Facial Oil into your neck and face.

For a complexion boost, add a pump of Nourishing Rose Day Cream to the Facial Oil to refine your skin texture. If you do this before you apply your make up, being sure to massage gently on to your face, neck and décolletage, your skin will be a perfectly primed base for your foundation. The secret to long-wearing make-up is all in the prep, so be sure to cleanse and moisturise thoroughly.

Taking some you time and looking after your whole body:

Every bride’s dream is to have an all-over flawless complexion. Whether you prefer to bath or shower, Rose Whisper Hand & Body Wash & matching Hand & body Lotion safeguard your skin's natural moisture while cleansing and moisturising. Enriched with Damask Rose and Geranium essential oils & Organic Aloe Vera to naturally soothe and calm skin, this elegant, luxurious natural fragrance will last the duration of your big day.

Apply the hand & body wash to damp skin in the shower, with hands or a shower sponge. Lather well and breathe in the organic essential oil fragrance blend. Or for a softly foaming bath, pour a little into the bath directly under running water.

Gorgeous Rose Whisper natural hand and body lotion will complete the ritual: it’s super-hydrating and quickly absorbed and will leave your skin feeling soft, smooth and moisturised.

Finally, while you may feel tempted to stay up late finishing last-minute tasks, set yourself a bedtime curfew. Lack of sleep not only depletes your skin, it will make you feel sluggish and more likely to rely on sugary snacks and caffeine, all of which can contribute to dull skin and breakouts. Rest, relax and enjoy your big day.

If you have any pre-wedding beauty or de-stressing tips you’d like to share with us, please add to the comments below!!

 

 

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

 

 

Top Blogger Beauty Tips

Here at Organic Surge we’re big fans of beauty bloggers – we’re constantly impressed by their incredible knowledge and love of beauty. So we got together with some of the UK’s top beauty bloggers to share their beauty tips with you, dear readers. Take note!

 

“Take care of your skin! Find the products that work for you, cleanse well and make sure your skin is properly moisturised. Having a good base to start from makes applying makeup much easier.”

Estée, http://www.essiebutton.com/

 

“If you are going for a heavy, smoky eye with plenty of glitter or loose pigment, then start with your eye make up first before applying your base products. This will allow you to sweep away any fall-out without ruining your make up and then you can finish off with concealer and foundation to give a clean, fresh look.”

Milly, http://www.pearlsandpoodles.com/

 

“If you’re like me and don’t wear make up all the time, when giving your skin a break apply organic aloe vera over the face like a mask and allow to dry. It helps your face during the colder months, fights inflammation and acne and soothes and moisturises your skin. As it dries clear, no-one will know your new all-day skin benefit.”

LaaLaa, http://www.dolcevanity.com/

 

“Make up brushes make the biggest difference when it comes to the make up you use. Even if the product is not the best on the market, if you use it with the right brush you can make it work for you. For example, a fluffy brush like the Mac 217 is the only brush I use for eyeshadow application because it makes eyeshadow apply like a dream. Also, the Real Techniques Contour Brush is the perfect rounded edge contour brush for getting right into the hollows on the cheeks. They are both total must-haves and I wouldn't apply my make up without them.” 

Victoria, http://www.inthefrow.com/

 

“Always keep skin hydrated with a good moisturiser that suits your skin type - even if you're naturally very oily. A nourishing cream for night time and a lighter moisturiser with SPF for the day are two essentials in my skin care routine. Beautiful make up application begins with a smooth, primed base and even if you're not wearing make up it's important to use moisturiser to protect your skin as much as possible from the elements.”

Jennie, http://www.sailorjennie.com/

 

Many beauty bloggers are huge fans of Organic Surge - click here to find out what some of them have to say about Organic Surge products.

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