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.

Top Party Tip
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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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. 

 

Getting the best from moisturising

With summer just around the corner, it’s never been more important to review your skincare routine. Moisturising sun kissed skin should be an integral part of your daily routine, yet it doesn’t have to be a chore. By making a few adjustments to your application techniques, you should notice a real difference in the results.

Now you can enjoy many of our skin care products for less in our Spring Skin Event.

Keep the hydration

To lock in the all-important hydration, apply your moisturiser while your skin is still slightly damp, as opposed to dry. The perfect time to do this is directly after cleansing with the Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser or after applying the Refreshing Face Wash. Catch the excess moisture before it evaporates!WASH

 

 

Help boost skin's natural rejuvenation cycle

For moisturiser to sink in you need to eradicate the dead skins which soon pile up. Buff away the dead skin cells by using Perfecting Face Polish 2-3 times a week. This will stimulate, smooth and rehydrate all skin types.

The oily skin myth

It’s a common misconception that moisturising oily skin will only exacerbate it, yet it’s just as – if not more – important  to moisturise oily skin as it can actually help to balance your natural skin oils. With its quickly-absorbed, lightweight texture Blissful Daily Moisturiser was designed specifically for combination/oily skin types as it blends natural hydrators, antioxidants and essential oils to balance oily and dry skin zones.

Find your perfect match

Never underestimate the power of using the correct moisturiser for your skin type. We have 5 formulations to choose from:glow

For Normal/Combination Skin try Blissful Daily Moisturiser for a healthy, smooth complexion.

For All Skin Types, our best selling Overnight Sensation Night Cream contains lavender essential oil to both calm the skin and relax your mind.

For Dry Or Mature Skin try Super Intensive Daily Moisturiser which contains a rich blend of nut butters, jojoba and grape seed oils to bring welcome moisture to dry and uncomfortably tight feeling skin.

For normal to dry or mature skin our luxurious, organic rose day cream is the way to go, with a rich, soothing, nourishing day time formula that helps to counteract fine lines, leaving even the most sensitive of skin hydrated

 

Immerse your skin with intense hydration using our Radiance Recovery natural Night Cream. For normal to dry or mature skin.

To find out more, click here.

Finally, how much should you use?

This is a common question for the Organic Surge team.  We recommend an almond-sized amount of moisturiser to get the best results.

 

Getting the best out of your Bedtime Routine

We shouldn’t need World Sleep Day to remind us that we all deserve a good night’s rest, after all it’s so important  for health and wellbeing, but it’s easier said than done.  Nothing affects how you look and feel as much as sleep, or lack of it. So, we’ve created a sleep meditation guide to help you to wind down and prepare for your great night’s sleep, so you can wake up feeling energised and ready to go.
  • Most importantly, stop using all devices one hour prior to sleep.
    Put all devices away in another room rather than keep them in the bedroom to discourage you from checking them during the night.
    Then, after you’ve finished your bedtime beauty routine, using Organic Surge’s restful essential oils found in products such as Lavender Meadow Hand and Body Lotion and Overnight Sensation Night Cream, which will help you to get your beauty sleep while caring for your skin, it’s time to prepare for some restful slumber.


    Lie in your soft warm bed and just take a few, long deep breaths.
    On the next inhale just hold the breath in for a moment and then let it go. Feel the wave of deep relaxation with each exhale.
  • Now is the chance to review your day. Take a few moments to do this.
  • During this moment, take a long deep inhale, then, gradually let the whole thing go.
  • Get a sense that with each exhale you let go of your waking self and this day and move into the freedom to sleep. No one to see, nothing to do, nothing you need to control but just let go of the day.
  • Start to count to four on the inhale, hold the breath in for two, and exhale for six.
  • Inhale 4 3 2 1.
    Exhale 6 5 4 3 2 1.
    (Repeat)
  • Now stay focused on your breathing.
  • Take one more deep inhale, and as you exhale sink down into your bed and invite sleep to come.

Refresh Your Skin Care Routine for Autumn

October is here and that means that nights are drawing in and the mornings are toe-stubbingly dark.

Flip flops are begrudgingly put away in the cupboard as the winter boots are unearthed, so it’s time for a skin care swap too. The treasured summer staples that have been keeping your skin balanced and glowing throughout the summer season now need to be updated with products which are more tailored to the fresher, chillier weather.

Here are five products to add to your routine, ready for autumn.

  1. Moisturise Moisturise Moisturise!

Organic Surge Super-Intensive Daily Moisturiser

The drier air we experience throughout October-February means that skin can quickly become dry so it is vital to switch to a more nourishing (not necessarily thicker) moisturiser. Most complexions will love the ultimate boost that our Super-Intensive Daily Moisturiser gives. Organic rose geranium essential oil is key to restoring skin balance and reviving a dull complexion. With the additional benefits of Aloe Vera to repair, sooth and moisturise, skin will feel and look super soft.

  1. Try a new product

Organic Surge Deep Cleansing Face Mask

There is little harm in experimenting once in a while with new products, and you can’t go far wrong with natural and organic products, so why not try a Facial Mask? Facial masks treat your particular skin type or condition, and if you’re prone to dry skin as the temperature drops, then a facial mask should easily hydrate your skin. If your skin is red or inflamed, then the mask should calm and soothe. If your skin is oily, the facial mask can help draw out impurities from the skin. Our Deep Cleansing Face Mask is made from Purifying essential oils, blended with soothing chamomile and ginkgo biloba to brighten and rebalance, leaving skin clean, clear and revitalised.

 

  1. Don’t Forget These Key Areas

Organic Surge Lavender Meadow Hand and Body Lotion
It’s easy to focus solely on the health of your face during the colder months, but there are other areas that require your attention in the colder climate, mainly your hands, which will be exposed to the elements just as much as your face. Lavender Meadow Hand and Body Lotion has an intensive moisturising action and is quickly-absorbed to provide comfort and hydration. Enriched with organic lavender and geranium essential oils, and moisturising vitamin E, shea butter and cocoa butter, this dreamy lotion works to prevent moisture loss leaving skin comforted and softened.

 

  1. Get your glow back!

Organic Surge Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser Enriched with Natural Shea Butter

 

Why should your skin only get a summer glow? Get your glow back and reveal smoother, brighter skin with our multi-award winning Natural Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser, with a new and improved formula making it suitable for vegans. This Hot Cloth Cleanser will gently remove dirt and impurities, harnessing the highest quality essential oils and moisturisers to care and clean to fully rejuvenate skin. The massaging action will stimulate blood flow in the skin, giving a natural glow to the complexion, enhanced by the gentle exfoliation from use of a cloth in the cleansing regime.

 

  1. Finally, Call in the big guns!

Organic Surge Replenishing Facial Oil Enriched with Argan Oil

If you feel that your moisturiser just doesn’t cut the mustard when it comes to all-winter-protection, then give it a helping hand with a facial oil. Perfect on its own, or dilute it down by mixing it in with your every day moisturiser, this luxurious yet lightweight oil instantly hydrates parched skin, without leaving a heavy pellicule. Using an uplifting blend of essential oils including soothing argan oil and yarrow oil, it will leave your skin looking and feeling comfortable, soft and fresh.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

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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.

Sleeping Beauty

By Organic Surge

 

We’ve been doing some research into sleep tips – how to get more sleep, as well as how to make it work better for you. Sleep is nature’s way of resetting and restoring our system: we can’t live without it. And the good news is that you can help the process along with natural organically-certified body care products that boost your body’s responses.



Organic Surge Overnight Sensation cream rests between a sleep mask and three lavender cuttings.

Replenish and renew

During sleep your cells rebuild and repair themselves and your skin renews itself – so good-quality sleep is essential to keep you and your skin fresh and healthy. This night-time magic also enhances your skin’s responsiveness to nutrients, which is why enriching organic night creams are work so well. Organic Surge Overnight Sensation Night Cream is a soothing organic moisturiser that uses cocoa and shea butters to nourish and rehydrate your skin and boost the natural benefits of beauty sleep. Relax, drift off – and wake to a brighter, more radiant you.

Organic Surge Gently Cleansing Shower Gel sits on the edge of a bath in a white, brightly lit bathroom wrapped in a towel

Essential aromas

Lavender has long been a top sleep tip to promote a good night’s rest – traditionally lavender flowers were tucked into pillows and apothecaries prescribed lavender oil to ease ‘griefs and pains of the head and brain’. More recently, research has indicated that the smell of lavender lowers the activity of the nervous system, easing anxiety and leaving you feeling more relaxed. Our organic skincare range uses lavender not only in the Overnight Sensation Night Cream but also in our Lavender Meadow Hand & Nail Cream. Apply both before bedtime to soothe your senses with a delicate and calming aroma. It makes sleep as easy as breathing.

Lavender Meadow Gently Cleansing Shower Gel rests in a shower, still wet

Soak or shower

Your temperature naturally drops during sleep – so stimulating the process makes you drowsy as well as boosting your chances of night-long rest. Sleeping in a cool room helps. But another top sleep tip is a hot bath or shower – this warms you up so your body experiences a sleep-inducing drop in temperature when you climb out. Organic Surge Lavender Meadow Hand and Body Wash, Hand and Body Lotion and Hand and Nail Cream all maximise the warming experience of a soak or shower by adding the soothing smell of lavender. Relax, enjoy and set your body clock for sleep. Naturally.

Organic Surge Comforting Hand and Nail cream placed on parchment paper next to a sleep mask, a cutting of lavender and a sleep diary.

Sweeter dreams


You may be getting enough sleep, but are you maximising its benefits? Here are three top sleep tips to make sure the effects of a good night’s rest are visible on your skin.

• Sleep on your back: lying on your stomach can constrict the blood vessels in the face, causing dark circles.

• Plump up your pillows: keeping your head raised can help prevent the fluid accumulation that cause puffy eyes.

• Threads of kindness: use a pillowcase with a high thread count that feels soft against your cheek and avoid fabrics or dyes that might irritate sensitive skin.

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