Indulge in the Beauty of Natural Perfumes
I stopped wearing designer fragrances years ago, which was really tough as I had been using my signature scent for the past 10 years. Once I found gorgeously scented natural alternatives, I never looked back.
Most fragrances are made from a complex mixture of synthetic lab-created chemicals and contain some of the most toxic chemicals in the beauty industry. So although intoxicating and alluring, there could be untold numbers of unregulated ingredients in those products that are potentially harmful to human health.
Some time ago I was introduced to Sage Perfume Oils. Masterful compositions of natural essential and fragrance oil blends using only the highest quality ingredients, each perfume has been created to replicate the scent a precious stone would emulate. I opened the immensely beautiful handmade Japanese Washi paper box that reminded me of a vintage textile, took a whiff and smiled to myself: “wow!”
Talented Los Angeles jewellery designer, natural perfumer and artist, Sage Machado has created fragrances inspired by the gems she works with. She researched each gemstone to track down flowers and essences that evoke the shade and mood of the very gemstone. The result is scents that reveal multiple dimensions of the selected gemstone, which is embodied in each perfume’s divine richness, clarity and complexity.
Oils are what give any fragrance its scent. Traditional perfume is a mix of oil in a 75-90% alcohol solution. For example, Eau de Parfum has only 15 to 22% oil. Eau de Toilette contains 8-15% oil. Sage roll-on perfumes are 100% oil. Hand blended and made in the United States, there is neither alcohol nor water in these blends to dilute their purity or integrity. Also, the purity of these oils affords them the ability to work with one’s own body chemistry and enable the scent to become much more individual.
Constructed to wear beautifully from day into night, the scents add a sensuous depth and elegance with vivacity and refreshment and an imponderable measure of seductive mystery. From fresh and floral to subtle and earthy, to fruity and marine, the constructions are complex and sophisticated, yet with a unique edge of timeless modernity.
With 20 gorgeous scents in Sage's exquisite collection, it is hard to pick just one favourite. Truth is that I’m swooning over the entire collection, as each scent is irresistible and absolutely addictive.
The pocket-sized rollerballs stay on all day. Roll the perfumes over pulse points – wrists or behind the ears.
Stored correctly, the perfumes will last for decades. They will age much like a fine wine and enhance over time.
Coveted by perfumistas worldwide, the fragrances have rightfully gained a cult following amongst celebs and niche fragrance lovers. I always get compliments from people whenever I wear it.
Sage is one of the most lust-worthy natural perfume oil ranges I have come across – ever. So now is the perfect time to pick up a new, non-toxic signature fragrance. The scents from Sage are as deeply multifaceted as the individual wearer, from sexy and mysterious, to feminine and free-spirited, to girly and glam.
The Secret of Flawless Eyes
Peptides have been known to be one of the most important factors in any effective anti-ageing skin regimen. But each peptide produces a different effect.
Peptides are the little miracle workers that improve skin communication. They tell skin to repair itself. Want skin to produce more collagen? Use peptides. Want more moisture? Peptides.
Imagine the excitement, then, when I discovered that Youth Alchemy Eye by DERM iNSTITUTE has no less than 18 peptides, at a maximum concentration of 35%.
Among the 18 peptides in Youth Alchemy Eye are neuropeptides that reduce expression wrinkles; collagen boosters such as matrixyl 3000, heptapeptide-12 and tripeptides; dipeptide-2 to reduce puffy eyes through encouragement of lymphatic drainage; and even a peptide that reduces sensitivity to dermal stimuli.
Chalk up the effectiveness of this product to nano-gold and gold platinum peptides for ingredient delivery and cell targeting; the proprietary extract of lotus seed to repair; botanical herb extracts to boost antioxidants (such as glutathione) and reduce hyperpigmentation; and hydration-boosting botanicals.
Add to that such beneficial ingredients as yeast extract, proteins from wheat, soy and oats, hesperidin that fight dark circles and niancinamide.
The results are exceptional, and far better than any other eye cream I have used. This is a very potent eye cream that not only has reduced my fine wrinkles and lines, but has also firmed, tightened and lifted the delicate eye area. All in all, it has given my eye area a more youthful look and I could not be happier.
Truly ground-breaking, this exclusive peptide-filled serum makes younger-looking eyes easy to achieve.
A Vitamin C Powerhouse
I discovered the power of topical vitamin C about six years ago and if there is one product that I have to say I swear by, it would be my vitamin C skin booster.
While I am a fan of peptides and hyaluronic acid for their anti-ageing benefits, in my estimation vitamin C has proved to be the most reparative ingredient, as well as being the toughest fighter against free radicals that can leave the skin dull and saggy. The result is better looking and softer skin that keeps its natural glow.
For healthy, radiant skin there are few more potent anti-ageing skin care products than a vitamin C serum. Science has proven that it is one of the few skincare ingredients to improve skin tone and elasticity while preventing damage from free radicals. It also supports production of those essential ingredients collagen and elastin that help the skin maintain its plump and youthful appearance, and is an effective antioxidant against free radicals that come from harsh environmental factors such as UV rays, pollution and bad diet.
In topical application, the right vitamin C treatment can help rehabilitate the skin and lead to a healthier and younger-looking appearance.
Dr. Marko Lens, a leading plastic surgeon and internationally renowned authority in the field of skin ageing and skin cancer, is the founder of Zelens skincare brand. Whenever he launches a new product, I definitely pay close attention.
Zelens’ products combine powerful high-performance active biotechnology ingredients with the unique blend of plant-derived molecules that contain potent anti-ageing and healing properties. A highly advanced skin care range, it has been subjected to extensive independent clinical testing and international research institutes to prove both safety and efficacy.
Supercharged and vitamin-rich, Zelens’ High Potency Vitamin C Treatment Drops is potent and deeply penetrative, delivering high concentrations of age-defying nutrients to the skin’s lowest levels. Power C is a brightening free radical-fighting power force, enhancing elasticity, reducing dark spots and providing strong protection against those normal environmental factors.
This high potency concentrate contains 20% vitamin C to provide maximum efficacy. It is fortified with a proprietary blend of botanicals all rich in vitamin C themselves (broccoli, guava, acerola, kiwi, kale, blackcurrant) to help protect from environmental aggressors and free radical damage.
Zelens uses a stable oil-soluble form of vitamin C (ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate) at 20% concentration. This ester boosts collagen production, brightens the skin by inhibiting melanogenesis (the formation of pigment) and demonstrates strong antioxidant activity. Unlike ascorbic acid, vitamin C ester will not exfoliate or irritate skin.
Ultra-lightweight and non-greasy, the High Potency Vitamin C Treatment Drops glide effortlessly across skin, melting in to deliver a proprietary botanical blend that is rich in antioxidant extracts and vitamin C-packed oils.
Simply fabulous, the Power C drops are not just a vitamin C treatment, they are so much more. It is the ultimate anti-ageing treatment to brighten, smoothen and protect the skin. Add it to any skincare routine and watch the glow begin.
The Power of Collagen
Collagen protein has been a hot topic lately, promoted by TV experts and lifestyle bloggers for its myriad benefits.
Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies. It is found in our muscles, bones, skin and tendons. It is the main structural protein component of the body that acts like the glue and the main building block for cells, tissues and organs. It plays a vital role in the formation and maintenance of our bones, tendons, ligaments, hair, nails and skin.
Our bodies naturally produce collagen but as we age, that production slows down. By age 27, it is believed that collagen production begins to decrease by 1.5% per year, meaning that by the age of 45, we are actually producing 27% less collagen and by the time we reach the age of 60, collagen production is down by half. The reason is that as we age it becomes more difficult to convert the protein we obtain from chicken, fish and other foods into the collagen that benefits our skin, muscles and joints.
As a result, our stored-up collagen becomes depleted. This leads to the all-too-familiar common signs of ageing: saggy and wrinkled skin, stiff bones and joints, and more brittle nails and hair. It is therefore time to feed the superstructure of your body with powdered collagen.
The most effectively absorbed collagen comes from fish, which is up to 1.5% more efficiently absorbed into the body than that from animal sources such as beef and pork. Fish collagen helps to maintain the strength and flexibility of skin, nails, hair, gums, blood vessels, tendons, muscles, ligaments, joints and bones.
I’m a huge advocate of collagen, and my favourite product is Collagen Premium+ from NORDIC SUPERFOOD by MYRBERG.
The collagen used comes from wild fish caught in the Norwegian Sea. There are no additives or added sugar, and it has a neutral smell and taste. It is a 100% pure hydrolysed micro granulated powder, which is quickly absorbed by the body.
This high-quality collagen source comes with a wide range of health and beauty benefits, including improved skin texture and prevention of wrinkles; alleviation of problems with cartilage, gout and joints; increased mobility; bone healing and regeneration; and better skin, nails, hair and muscles.
The collagen product can easily be added to protein drinks, smoothies and juices, or can be sprinkled on porridge, muesli, yoghurt and similar products. It is especially effective with products high in vitamin C which helps to increase collagen production. It is suggested that for best results, one should ingest Collagen Premium+ with the evening meal.
Easy and effective, collagen powders should be an important part of one’s daily diet, and Collagen Premium+ is sure to improve the body from the inside out. Naturally.
Skincare has Moved into Stratospheric Levels
Cutting-edge, award winning and natural, la potion infinie cream is decadently effective and exquisite. To say I regard it as a must-try pro-duct is an understatement – I can no longer imagine my life without it.
Elegant both in texture and fragrance, this luxurious anti-ageing cream is made from 99.5% natural ingredients. After years of research in the field of anti-ageing, ARgENTUM Apothecary has formulated a powerful fusion that harnesses two vital ingredients: silver hydrosol and DNA HP, to offer super hydrating and restorative benefits that may visibly improve fine lines, wrinkles and the overall texture of the skin.
Silver hydrosol is the purest and highest grade (99.99% pure silver) of all the colloidal silver categories. It has a high content (96%) of ultra-fine, positively charged silver ions (Ag+), suspended in pharma-ceutical-grade purified water. It has powerful anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, with the ability to fight free radicals and promote tissue regeneration.
Based on the work of Nobel Prize-winning scientists, DNA HP is a natural marine-sourced ingredient, which has been extracted with extremely strict methods to ensure its quality and molecular integrity. It promotes cell regeneration, the production of collagen and elastin and reduces lipid peroxidation. Its high molecular weight results in excellent absorption, enabling optimum hydration.
The protective qualities of the violet glass and the naturally antibacterial properties of silver hydrosol have allowed ARgENTUM to use only the very mildest combination of two food-grade preservatives. Sodium benzoate is derived from the benzoic acid found in cocoa powder, cranberries, prunes and cinnamon. Potassium sorbate is derived from the ascorbic acid that occurs naturally in the European rowan berry.
ARgENTUM has patented la potion infinie to protect the pioneering combination of silver hydrosol and DNA HP. Each ingredient exercises a catalytic effect on the other, thereby enhancing their properties and optimising the potency of the formula. To guarantee proof of this patented formula in every jar, ARgENTUM has labelled each of them with a unique serial number.
I noticed the benefits from first application – the firming and tightening effects were immediate, and my skin appeared more radiant and plumped with a smooth-as-silk feel that is truly addictive.
Remarkably lightweight yet heavy-hitting, the cream deeply hydrates without the shine. Instead, it imparts long-lasting hydration in a revolutionary way. Its structure is such that it can penetrate intercellular space, thus promoting and increasing skin hydration by carrying 10,000 times its weight in water. This is unlike many other hydration products, which simply attempt to trap water within the skin.
The product may be used on the face, neck and the delicate skin of the eye area, making it the perfect one-hit wonder.
The signature scent, created by prominent Grasse perfumer Delphine Thierry who specialises in natural ingredients, is an intoxicating blend of citrus, rosewood, geranium, sandalwood and patchouli.
Made in France, la potion infinie is produced in very small batches to maintain purity and efficacy. The anti-ageing cream comes beautifully packaged in a luxuriously designed box, whilst the gorgeously designed violet glass jar protects the integrity of the ingredients.
For the ultimate indulgence, use la potion infinie together with the face oil l'étoile infinie to elevate the results dramatically.
Phenomenal, potent and precious, ARgENTUM is a beauty lust-have worth clearing space in the bathroom cabinet for.