Fragrances often contain more questionable chemicals than skincare, so I gave up synthetic fragrances around the same time I made the switch to green beauty. Prior to that, I was a perfume junkie with a sizeable collection of weird and wonderful niche perfumes (I used to love brands like Frederic Malle and Comme des Garcons). I’ve been on the hunt for complex, interesting and long-lasting fragrances ever since, and this post will focus on some of my favourites so far.
Strange Invisible Perfumes:
One of the most respected names in green perfumery, Strange Invisible Perfumes create fragrances that are as sophisticated as their mainstream cousins. Created by Alexandra Balahoutis, these complex fragrances are handmade in Venice, California, and packaged in exquisitely-crafted weighty bottles. I’ve tested three or four of their fragrances, and my favourites so far are Aquarian Rose and Magazine Street.
Aquarian Rose is an airy, aquatic rose scent. The rose has good staying power, but it has a breezy quality that stops it from smelling like something your grand-aunt would wear. The aquatic quality of the scent comes from the unexpected addition of aniseed-y marjoram. I’m usually not a fan of liquorice/aniseed notes, but it is cleverly used to give the composition a warm yet refreshing herbal kick. Sandalwood gives it heft and staying power. This has been my signature scent for the last two years, and I love it. Despite being rose-heavy, the scent is very unisex. It is worth a try, even if you don’t particularly care for rose fragrances.
Most of my catchups with brands happen entirely by accident, and my recent catch up with Pedro Catalá from Twelve Beauty was no exception. He was vacationing in Australia with his partner, and I happened to catch up with him for brunch without any prior planning. Apart from being super friendly and charming, Pedro turned out to be the most knowledgeable green beauty insider I’d ever met. This is not surprising considering he has degrees and PhDs in botany, pharmacy and natural cosmetology. He also teaches cosmetic formulation at an Italian university, so he definitely knows what he’s talking about! We had a lengthy discussion about green beauty and ingredients (followed by a brief beauty shopping expedition). Pedro’s scientific and results-driven approach to green beauty was refreshing, and his products occupy a unique niche that combine green ingredients with cutting-edge technology. View Post
Founded by Australian acupuncturist and facialist Annee de Mamiel, UK-based brand de Mamiel uses the purest natural ingredients to create cutting-edge skincare formulas. The latest Beauty Heroes discovery features two products form their Atmospheriques line: a full size of the Intense Nurture Antioxidant Elixir and a deluxe sample of the Exhale Daily Hydrating Nectar. The products are worth a whopping $147 (USD), but they can be yours for under $39! Only a limited number of boxes are available, so sign up to Beauty Heroes now before it sells out!
Intense Nurture Antioxidant Elixir: Atmospheriques is de Mamiel’s pollution-proof line of skincare, and these products are designed to ‘repair and protect skin from oxidative damage caused by environmental stresses we encounter everyday.’ This particular product is an antioxidant rich treatment that hydrates, refines, restores and protects the skin. View Post
I discovered Lilfox in a Beauty Heroes box exactly a year ago. I’d loved Jungle Glow, the hero product, and called the box the best Beauty Heroes box I’d tried up until that point.
A couple of months ago, Madame Fox (aka founder Alexis Rose) got in touch with me and sent me a few more Lilfox products to try. After trying them on and off for the last two months, I’m glad to report that I love the overall feel and philosophy of the brand. Jungle Glow is still my number one product from the brand, but the Amazon After Dark Melty Jungle Cleansing Balm, their newest product, comes a close second. View Post
Beauty Heroes March Discovery featuring Siam Seas:
I’d heard great things about Siam Seas from other bloggers, so I was very excited to try this month’s Beauty Heroes discovery featuring this Southeast Asian-inspired line of skincare. The box features a full size bottle of their Yen Heal and Hydrate Toner and a trial size of their Morning Delight All In One Morning Cleanser.
Let’s start with the hero: the Yen Toner (RRP $90 USD). Although called a toner, the texture of this product feels like a cross between a toner and a serum. It wouldn’t be a stretch to call it an essence. The ingredient list boasts twenty-seven botanical actives, including plant-derived beta glucan and hyaluronic acid. This toner contains cucumber hydrosol and oil; and the overall scent reminds me of a spicy floral cucumber cocktail. I don’t love the scent, but I appreciate that it has a uniquely Southeast Asian flavour that’s so different from anything else on the market. View Post