It is the north Indian winters that have us seriously indulging – be it in creamy desserts or creamy, emollient skin rituals that give a break from the minimalist , light summer routines.
Not just as an indulgence, it is also essential if you do not want to look like the last brown, cracked up , dry autumn leaf that fluttered to the ground. We want to look like a succulent, luscious rose in full bloom. Yep.
So, this winters it’s all about richly hydrated skin , deeply nourished from the inside-out and plumped up with a healthy, rosy glow. Think Kate Winslet from Titanic. It is also about having a natural sheen , without the overt gloss. Oily skin from heavy creams is always a no-no. We know that, no?
The trick really is in layering the hydration on , rather than drenching it in one heavy cream – start with an emollient natural body & face cleanser (Tip : a weekly body scrub of coffee / granulated sugar moistened with olive /coconut oil is great for sloughing off the dry -dead skin cells and get kiss ready skin!) , a thorough massage with a nourishing body butter or body oil , ultra-hydrating facial skin serums, moisturisers , cremes , lip scrubs+ balms – all topped with a chemical free sunscreen. There’s never too many layers, eh?
Here’s a Naturally Lush roundup of 9 squeakiest clean, ultra-hydrating, cocooned in all-plant goodness , luxury winter essentials from leading non-toxic skincare brands.
1.Custard Body Butter from Vért Fresh & Handmade Cosmetics ‘The Whips of pure plants extracts, cuts and peels of organic fruits, mixed herbal infusions, stirs of freshly squeezed juices and gorgeous hand blended fragrances define a Vert product.’
Indulge in a non-greasy yet super luxe body butter hand-whipped for hours to a perfect consistency, with a base of Custard Powder infused with Glycerine, Castor oil, Soya oil, Almond oil, Sunflower oil, Shea Butter, Cocoa butter.
Price – Rs.1000 , Buy at Custard Body Butter by Vert
2. Oat Milk & Shea Butter Face Wash from Vért Fresh & Handmade Cosmetics
This ultra hydrating face wash with Honey, Oats Milk, Coconut Oil Shea Butter, Aloe Vera Gel and Sea Salt is great for Normal to Dry skin & promises to maintain your skin’s PH balance , while effectively yet gently cleansing the skin.
Price – Rs.500 , Buy at Oat Milk & Shea Butter Face Wash by Vert
3. Ma Earth Botanicals Neroli & Ylang Ylang Body Oil ‘An Indian skincare and haircare organisation, handcrafting a luxury line of products using pure aromatherapy oils and the natural blessings of Mother Earth.’
Restore dehydrated skin with this light body oil rich in antioxidants and vitamins carefully formulated with healing and uplifting essential oils of Neroli and Ylang Ylang, apart from key ingredients of Oryza sativa (Rice Bran oil), Prunus dulcis (Sweet Almond oil), Helianthus annuus (Sunflower oil), Ricinus communis (Castor oil), Vitamin E. Ideal for all skin types.
Price – Rs.975 , Buy at Neroli & Ylang Ylang Body Oil by MaEarth
4. Ma Earth Botanicals 30+ Hydrating Cream
This deliciously rich and potent hydrating cream is a lush blend of Cocoa butter, Avocado, Apricot and Sweet Almond oils, as well as extracts of vitamin-rich and anti-oxidant botanicals like Aloe Vera, Clary Sage, Patchouli, Fennel,Carrot & Rose. This cream deeply penetrates the skin layers, restoring firmess and elasticity resulting in a smooth, clear texture and healthy glow. Ideally suited for 30+ skin.
Price – Rs.2,000 , Buy at Rich Hydrating Cream by MaEarth
5. Stay Wild Child’s Mandarin Lip Balm ‘Without the adulterations, the artificial flavours and toxic chemicals. Here you will find the wild, the raw and the original you.’
Enriched with Shea Butter & Olive Oil, this handmade , 100% vegetarian Mandarin Lip Balm is a delicious winter indulgence for a plump, hydrated, luscious pout.
Price – Rs.95 , Buy at Mandarin Lip Balm
6. Bare Necessities Rosy Cheeks Makeup Remover & Facial Cleanser ‘At Bare Necessities, we believe in creating products that care for the environment as much as they care for you. We only use organic, local and ethically sourced ingredients. Plus, all of our packaging is recyclable, which means nothing ends up in a landfill.’
I am a sucker for hydrating makeup removers and use Jojoba Oil to melt away the goop. So,coming across this delightful Coconut Oil & Rose Water Makeup Remover and Facial Cleanser is a Skin X’mas gift come true. It melts away the makeup , removes dirt and leaves the skin feeling squeaky clean, nourished and deeply hydrated.
Party the season away with this little yummy skin rescue in a bottle.
Price – Rs.150 , Buy at Rosy Cheeks
7. Pahadi Local Winter Pack ( Scrub + Oil) ‘Pahadi Local is an initiative that advocates Luxury in Simplicity. We identify and source wellness products native to the Himalayas, bringing the luxury and pureness of tradition from the Pahads, the magnificent Himalayas, to your doorstep.’
Orchard sourced Apricot Kernel Oil from Himachal Pradesh prevents winter dryness and keeps skin moisturised throughout the day. If used post shower as a body oil, Gutti ka Tel keeps you warm because of heat induction. Gutti Khal is a natural body scrub and exfoliated that rids the body of dry and flaky skin, experienced especially during winter. Mix Apricot Meal Scrub powder with milk or water or rose-water and make a paste. Use as body scrub.
8. Bon Organics Sunscreen with SPF 20 At Bio Organic & Natural we are inspired by the nature’s secrets towards longevity and healing properties riddled in its precious oils, fragrant flowers, gentle healing herbs, flavored spices and other valuable botanicals.
Winters means basking in the sun and that means you just cannot skip the sunscreen! An Auroville based enterprise, Bon Organics, promises an absolutely organic, , effective product experience with its 100% handmade sunscreen lotion. Ingredients include Organic Coconut oil, Organic Rice Bran oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Certified Shea Butter, Vitamin E, Jojoba oil, Grape seed oil, Zinc Oxide, Coconut Milk, Safe Preservative, Multani Mutti, Olive oil, Essential oils of Lavender, Ylang Ylang, & Chamomile
Price – Rs.425 , Buy at Bon Organics Sunscreen
9. Juicy Chemistry Argan Oil & Mango Butter Hair Masque ‘We carefully mix our ingredients in precise quantities and make our products in small-batches to ensure maximum effective shelf-life. Each product is handcrafted with the finest local produce and organic essential oils, to make your Juicy Chemistry experience a sheer indulgence!’The cold air can play havoc with your tresses, drying & dulling them out. This pre-shampoo ritual , a Hair Masque with Argan Oil, Shea Butter and Mango Butter can help heal dry, damaged locks. You basically massage a tiny scoop of the product (the jar comes with a spoon) onto the hair & scalp, wait for 30 minutes and shampoo away.
Other ingredients include Coffee Bean Infused Almond Oil, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin-E), Prunus Dulcis (Sweet Almond Oil), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Ricinus Communis (Castor Oil), Beeswax, Cedrus Atlanticus (Cedarwood Oil), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender Essential Oil), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary Essential Oil), Mentha Spicata (Peppermint Essential Oil), Matricaria Recutita (German Chamomile Essential Oil)
Price – 75 gms / Rs.680 , 30gms/ Rs.480 , Buy at Juicy Chemistry
Drop a comment below if you have a recommendation for a must-have all natural, non-toxic beauty product. And, this winter , look your naturally, luscious, hydrated best!