Joanna Evans rounds up what’s new and noteworthy in the world of natural health and beauty
Moisturising After Sun with Insect Repellent, $20.30 / £16.00 (3.4 oz / 100 mL)
Natural and organic skincare brand Green People has just launched this two-in-one after-sun and insect repellent, a travel-friendly solution for soothing the skin after sun exposure and protecting you from bug bites at the same time.
While most insect repellents contain the dreaded DEET (N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide), a chemical linked to an array of adverse effects, from allergic reactions to seizures,1 this one uses Citrepel75, a natural ingredient derived from the oil of lemon eucalyptus, to keep biting bugs at bay. It’s said to protect the skin from midges, ticks, black flies, leeches and mosquitoes for up to four hours after one application.
Hydrating aloe vera and calming chamomile are also included in this vegan and 85 percent organic formula, which is pregnancy-safe and suitable for children aged six months and up.
Also check out Green People’s brilliant natural sun cream selection, which includes the newly reformulated Scent Free Sun Cream SPF 30 ($36.90 / £29.00; 7 oz / 200 mL) and Organic Children Scent Free Sun Cream SPF 30 ($31.80 / £25.00; 5.3 oz / 150 mL), both ideal for protecting sensitive skin.
See WDDTY Members’ Offers for a special Green People discount for WDDTY subscribers
Stress Faace Moisturiser, $42 / £34 (1.8 oz / 50 g)
If your stressed-out lifestyle is taking its toll on your face—whether that means dryness, dullness, dark spots or redness—this new “holy grail” moisturizer from no-nonsense natural skincare brand Faace could be the answer.
It’s packed with skin-boosting botanicals like deeply hydrating cacao and shea butters, brightening Japanese rice bran oil, and antioxidant-rich marula oil, but the star of the show is Neurophroline®, an active ingredient derived from the wild indigo plant. Studies have found it blocks skin cells’ production of the “stress hormone” cortisol and visibly reduces signs of stress, such as dark circles and redness, after one month of use.2 I found I looked more well rested after a few days’ use.
The do-it-all moisturizer also contains niacinamide, a form of vitamin B3 known to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation (dark spots), blotchiness and other signs of aging skin.3
With a calming fragrance of jasmine, ylang ylang, geranium and patchouli along with a lovely, creamy texture, the product is a joy to apply morning and night.
Beam & Balance, $25.05 / £19.95 (180 sprays / 0.9 fl oz / 25 mL)
Keep your vitamin D levels topped up when the sun isn’t shining with this new immune system–supporting vitamin spray. A single spray in the mouth provides just over 1,300 IU of vitamin D3 and 33 mcg of vitamin K2, which works in synergy with D3 to contribute to healthy bones.
The vegan formula contains no sweeteners or unnecessary additives; the vitamins are delivered in a simple base of MCT oil (medium-chain triglycerides from coconut) and natural peppermint oil. It’s suitable for most people 12 years and older, but not recommended for those on blood-thinning medication like warfarin.
The Cacao Club
Daily Drinking Cacao, $41.63 / £39.00 (8.8 oz / 250 g)
Taking the humble hot chocolate to a whole new level, The Cacao Club Daily Drinking Cacao is not made from powder—it’s 100 percent cacao (the whole bean) finely ground and blended with a range of traditionally grown, ethically sourced and organic active ingredients.
Available in four varieties, all slightly sweetened with natural date powder, there’s Calm to ease anxiety with ashwagandha, hawthorn berry and Siberian ginseng; Sleep to support rest and recovery with skullcap, passionflower and chamomile; Intimacy to facilitate pleasure with rose, cinnamon and cayenne pepper; and Focus to enhance productivity with sage, rosemary and Brahmi.
Simply melt in a saucepan or blend with hot water or nut milk for a delicious nutritive tonic, or sprinkle it onto smoothies, chia pudding, porridge or ice cream.
Looking for a mouthwash that’s fluoride-free, alcohol-free and made with all-natural ingredients? These tick all the boxes
Freshening Mouth Wash, $20.98 / £13.58 (8.5 oz / 250 mL)
This concentrated formula is meant to be diluted with water, so a little goes a long way. Certified organic by ACO (Australian Certified Organic) and USDA (United States Department of Agriculture), it includes breath-freshening spearmint and peppermint essential oils, antibacterial thyme extract and soothing aloe vera juice.
PerioBrite Natural Mouthwash, Coolmint, $10.99 / £11.99 (16 oz / 480 mL)
This dentist-formulated mouthwash contains a hardworking blend of herbs, nutrients and essential oils chosen to help fight bad breath and support healthy teeth and gums. Stand-out ingredients include coenzyme Q10, known to improve gum disease,4 and the natural sweetener xylitol, which can reduce plaque build-up and tooth decay.5
North American Herb & Spice
OregaCARE Swirl & Swallow Mouthwash, Mint, $8.49 / £7.95 (8 oz / 240 mL)
This unique mouth cleanser and body tonic in one is designed to be swirled in the mouth then swallowed. It contains high-quality wild, organic oregano oil and juice, which the company says is beneficial not just for oral health but for overall health too. Other ingredients include wild sage essence for its antibacterial properties and wild mint essence for a fresh flavor.