I'm a fan of products that are formulated with naturally-derived ingredients, whether for use on my own skin or the models and clients that I work with.
My belief in the curative powers of plant, flower and seed-based oils and extracts inspired my own skincare range which is formulated entirely with natural components – and is entirely free from parabens, silicones and synthetics. It may be an over-used word these days, but to me natural is all about products that are free from unnecessary chemicals, whilst still being effective, luxurious - and a pleasure to use.
It's so easy at Christmas time, however, to be seduced by over-blown packaging and eye-catching sparkle when it comes to gift-buying. But finding presents that are both natural and show-stopping is so much easier than it used to. More and more boutiques, department stores and online stockists are catering for those of us who want to keep things natural. Here are a few of the treats that I'll be not only be gifting – I would also love to find in my own stocking!
Neom Christmas Wish Scented Candle, £45. This three-wick, gorgeously-scented candle is definitely on my Christmas list. With a comforting blend of 13 pure essential oils including mandarin, cinnamon and tonka bean, this natural wax candle is guaranteed to put you in a festive, but relaxed mood. Stockist: Cordelia James, Rye, Hawkhurst and Lewes.
Ayu Scented Oil, £78, in Souq. Based on the traditional Ayurvedic healing, Ayu oils are not only deliciously scented and packed with Ayurvedic herbs known for their calming and cooling properties, they are also Certified Vegan. Souq is an intoxicating combo of rose, jasmine, musk and sandalwood that can be dabbed on pulse points or added to your bath. Stockist: Freepeople
Haeckels Seaweed Sailors Beard Oil, £35. I genuinely love Haeckels' products. Based in Margate on the Kent coast, Haeckels skincare, bath and body products are all created using seaweed. Not just for sailors, any man with a beard will love this hydrating aromatic oil! Rich in seaweed and vitamin E, it softens and adds a healthy lustre to coarse hair as well as moisturising the skin underneath. Stockists: Haeckels, Margate, Selfridges and Fenwick.
Alima Lip Tint Duo in Currant and Petal, £20. If you're looking for colour cosmetics that are packed with natural extracts, check out Alima. I applaud their ethos of using 'minimal ingredients for maximum impact'. All their products are formulated using the purest ingredients, contain no synthetic dyes, and are cruelty-free. These lip-enhancing tinted balms are highly-pigmented and contain soothing Cocoa Seed Butter, Castor Seed Oil, Candelilla Wax, Olive Fruit Oil and invigorating Peppermint Oil. Stockist: Content Beauty & Wellbeing
Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Scrub, £25. One of the best body buffers that I've tried, this deliciously scented gel-based exfoliator is made from bamboo stem and pumice which gently polish the skin which calming cocktails of botanicals oils leave skin smooth and deliciously scented. An ideal gift for the party season. Stockist: Liberty, London.
Frances Prescott Tri-Balm, £39. Last but not least, my multi-tasking skin balm makes the perfect present for gym buffs, mums-on-the-go, frequent fliers – in fact, anyone who wants to pare down and simplify their beauty routine. Packed with emulsifying beeswax, nourishing English Oil Blend and Sunflower Oil, and naturally exfoliating Pumpkin Enzyme, Tri-Balm cleanses, exfoliates and moisturisers in one. Stockist: www.FrancesPrescott.com
Model photography by Emma Sweeney. Styled by Shelly Vella. Hair and make-up by Frances Prescott. Still life photography (below) by Ian Skelton.