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!

 

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. 

 

For the love of Roses



Guest blogger Stephanie from Expert Home Tips is here to tell us about her love-affair with roses.

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There’s just something about the rose. Elegant, feminine and with a whole list of benefits for mind, body and soul, this really is nature at its best!

All roses have properties that benefit the body, but there’s none quite as special as the Damask Rose. It’s the oldest species of rose known to date, with its use dating as far back as Grecian and Roman times, when it was used to perfume baths.

It’s the Damask Rose that can be found in the Organic Surge Radiance Recovery Night Cream. Its addition, in the form of essential oils, has many beneficial properties for skin that make this a stand-out product.

Besides smelling great, here’s what the addition of Damask Rose Oil can do for your beauty regime:

  1.  Helps acne-prone skin

 When pores become blocked with excess sebum, bacteria builds up, and this combination causes acne. For people that suffer from spots regularly, keeping bacteria at bay is essential.

The damask rose has antibacterial properties that make it an ideal treatment for acne-prone skin. It’s capable of completely destroying Propionibacterium acnes - the bacteria that leads to acne.

Organic Surge Radiance Recovery Night Cream could just be what your troublesome skin’s been in need of.

  1. Promotes younger-looking skin

There’s no need to invest in Botox if you choose a skin product containing Damask Rose. High in antioxidants, rose protects skin from sun damage that causes ageing, including wrinkles and sagging.

Additionally, antioxidants work to soothe and calm stressed skin, helping it to regain that youthful firmness we all chase after.

  1. Calms redness & soothes sensitive skin

For those with sensitive skin, redness can be a real problem. Many people presume oil would aggravate such skin - Rose oil, however, does the opposite. As it’s 100% natural and has anti-inflammatory properties, it actually works to soothe and calm skin.

This reduces redness and signs of irritation to leave the skin looking and feeling balanced.

  1. Intensely moisturises dry skin

Choosing a product that is moisturising enough for dry and damaged skin, but light enough to prevent breakouts can be difficult. This is where the Damask rose in the Organic Surge Radiance Recovery Night Cream comes in.

Rose oil makes skin more permeable, meaning the product is really able to sink deep into the skin and work its magic. As it’s also 100% natural and extremely light, it won’t clog the pores – Rose is an extremely versatile ingredient suitable for most skin types.

  1. Tones and tightens skin

One of the reason rose water features so much is toner, is due to its astringent qualities. It has a tightening effect on capillaries, which helps to reduce the appearance of pores as well as brightening the complexion.

The addition of Damask rose to a night cream is extremely clever, as it will lead to a supple and taught complexion in the morning. What better way to start the day!

If you love the scent of Rose as much as I do, (a lot and a lot) there’s another flower I’d also recommend exploring - the Rose Geranium.

Despite its name, the Rose Geranium isn’t actually a rose at all, however you’d be forgiven for thinking it was. One sniff is enough to fool you – it has the same, feminine floral scent, with some citrus added in for good measure.

If you fancy seeing just what this wonderful flower can do, you can try it in the Organic Surge Daily Care Refreshing Face Wash.

 

Incorporate Rose Geranium into your beauty regime today to benefit from:

  1. Mood-boosting effects

The Organic Surge Daily Care Refreshing Face Was has a truly stunning scent. In fact, the aroma of Rose Geranium alone can produce a mood-boosting effect, reducing feelings of stress and anxiety.

These are the kind of feelings you want products to promote during your beauty regime. Whether you have two minute or two hours, take a few minutes to be at one with yourself and feel utter relaxation with Rose Geranium.

  1. Stabilises both oily & dry skin types

The reason we experience dry or oily skin is due to and imbalance in the secretion of sebum – the oil that lubricates the skin’s surface.

One of Rose Geraniums most valued properties is perhaps its power to rebalance this mechanism when the skin is struggling to do so itself. Balanced sebum secretion means clear pores, and clear skin as a result.

  1. Clears and soothes acne-prone skin

Similarly to the Damask Rose, Rose Geranium also has anti-bacterial properties. This makes it an ideal ingredient in a face wash, ensuring skin is completely cleansed, and all traces of bad bacteria removed.

Washing the skin with a product like Organic Surge Daily Care Refreshing Face Wash gives acne-prone skin the best chance possible to keep pores, and skin, clear.

 

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Stephanie Cvetkovic is a fan of doing things a little differently. Whether that be cleaning lime scale with lemons, cleansing with coconut water or upcycling umbrellas, she loves living sustainably and making the most of what she has.

 

 

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.
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