Eve of St Agnes (possibly my favourite brand name yet) is a small but beautifully-presented organic skincare company, offering face and body products that are handmade in the UK. Founder Emma Heywood very kindly agreed to feature in the series and a peek inside her own NBC is sure to whet your appetite to find out more about her gorgeous range. I’ll be coming back to Eve of St Agnes in the next couple of days to review their Organic Body Silk (talk about names to win you over…!).
What does ‘naturally beautiful’ mean to you?
It is sometimes hard to feel naturally beautiful in this day and age, with so much pressure on young girls and women to conform to society’s perception of ‘beautiful’. For me, to achieve natural beauty, it’s all about feeling confident and embracing your own individual style and making the most of what you have got instead of worrying about what you haven’t!
What’s in your natural beauty cabinet?
As the owner of a skincare brand and having developed all of the products myself, I do have to say that my natural beauty cabinet is mostly full of Eve of St. Agnes products!
I developed the Organic Hot Cloth Cleanser as I always struggled to find an easy way of removing make-up and cleansing my skin without leaving my skin feeling tight and sore. I have suffered with very dry skin and eczema and used to get very sore eyelids even when using supposedly mild eye make-up removers. So the fact that the cleanser dissolves eye make-up and gently cleanses all in one was really important to me.
Another product that I always have in my cabinet and in my handbag for that matter is our Soothing Rose Body Balm which is a life saver when my skin is feeling dehydrated, or I need a balm for lips, face or hands.
Whatever products are available in my range, I use religiously, but I do like Weleda’s Citrus Body wash, with its refreshing lemon scent. It’s one of the few that I have found that doesn’t dry out my skin.
Something that I have recently been experimenting with is Moroccan Rhassoul clay. It’s an amazing 100% natural mineral clay powder formed by natural geothermal processes and volcanic activity, mined from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. It can be used as a face mask, face cleanser and shampoo. I have thick, long hair and have been using it for a couple of weeks; it has left my hair incredibly soft. I added a couple of drops of hemp oil to the clay and water mix. I haven’t had to use a conditioner afterwards which is amazing! It’s available from Natural Spa Supplies it does take some experimenting with and getting used to, but worth it, especially if your hair lacks body.
I frequently use store cupboard essentials for quick natural beauty fixes. Mix brown caster sugar with olive oil for a fabulous, invigorating body scrub that will really soften the skin, especially good for hard skin on the feet. Another quick treat is to mix half a banana, a tbsp of honey and half an avocado for a 10 minute moisturizing face mask to revive dry skin.
What or who do you think is naturally beautiful?
I think it is such a shame that young women feel the need to plaster on a lot of make-up, false eyelashes and hair extensions, more often than not masking their own natural beauty, so I am all for celebs that dare to bare and are seen in public without make-up or not afraid to admit to being less than flawless, such as Katie Perry’s movie documentary in which she describes herself as ‘bloated and with zits and looking ‘normal’!