What: Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Radiance
Why: Seriously? I still don’t really get the whole concept of primers. Do you really need them? If I feel like fancying up my make-up routine, I go for this one. If nothing else, it gives me a super nice glow.
Green Factor: Oops, no.
Where: Sephora, San Francisco (USA)
What: Dior Cheek & Lip Glow
Why: Incredibly pretty, subtle and weightless colour that gives you this post-exercise glow. Without the exercise, it is. The texture is a gel which dries into a seamless, flat stain that you can’t even feel on your skin.
Green Factor: Errrr… unfortunately not… The cute package pulled at my strings. Guilty!
Where: Boots on Piccadilly Circus, London (UK)
Also available at: Perfumeries, Sephora, department stores
What: Caudalie Shower Gel in “Zeste de Vigne”
Why: I can’t repeat enough that your skin will thank you when you go sulfate-free with your shower gels. I really like Caudalie’s, and its “Zeste de Vigne” flavour is my favourite. It seriously smells good enough to eat.
Green Factor: All Caudalie shower gels are all ultra-gentle and plant-derived.
Where: Pharmacie De L’homme De Fer, Strasbourg (F)
Also available at: Drugstores
What: Team Dr. Joseph Daily Vitalizing Eye Treatment
Why: And another one from Team Dr. Joseph, one of my favourite organic skincare brands. This is a wonderful eye cream: rich and intensively moisturising, and at the same time sinks into my skin immediately. Love it!
Green Factor: Yes, yes, yes!
Where: Adler Mountain Lodge, Alpi di Siusi (I)
What: Bioderma Make-up removing micelle solution Créaline H2O TS
Why: Simply one of the best make-up remover of all times. Works even on waterproof make-up. Simple handling and so gentle on sensitive skin.
Green Factor: Fragrance-, alcohol-, and paraben-free, and it’s hypoallergenic!
Where: Citypharma Du Four Bonaparte, Saint-Germain-des-Près, Paris (F)
Also available at: pretty much any pharmacy in France
What: Clinique Almost Powder Makeup SPF 15
Why: I have been using this powder makeup for *years*. Whenever I’m in a bit of a hurry, this is what I turn to. It comes with a little brush, and with the help of it the buttery smooth texture blends to a seamless, incredibly light, satin-matte finish.
Green Factor: Nope, unfortunately not natural.
Where: Marionnaud, Länderpark Stans (CH)
Also available in: pretty much every perfumery
What: Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup SPF 15
Why: Simply the best makeup I’ve ever used. Not your usual foundation. It’s lightweight, still magically evening out all imperfections, leaving a glowing, dewy complexion. I’ve never received more compliments.
Green Factor: A sad no…
Where: House of Fraser, Bath (UK)
Also available at: www.feelunique.com
What: Ringana Tooth Oil
Why: When you once start checking the list of ingredients of ordinary tooth paste, it scares the hell out of you, which is why I was looking for an alternative. This tooth oil is based on the tradition of the ayurvedic oil-pulling and sucks the toxins out of your mouth, leaving behind a clean, antiseptic oral environment. My teeth have even become whiter and my gums have greatly improved.
What: Tata Harper Replenishing Nutrient Complex
Why: I pretty much love every single product I’ve tried so far from Tata Harper. They’re *a-ma-zing*!! And this facial oil may even be my favourite. It just gives my skin that extra oomph to look healthy, glowing and dewy all day long.
Green Factor: 100% natural & nontoxic
Where: Waterbury Pharmacy, Waterbury VT (USA)
Also available at: Sephora USA
What: Roger & Gallet Fresh Shower Gel – Energising
Why: The shower gel to my beloved hand cream on-the-go I talked about ten days ago (link here). Smells just amazing, is made of natural ingredients, and is – of course – sulfate-free.
Green Factor: Formulated with precious naturally-derived essences.
Where: Perfumerìa Sabina, Gran Canaria (E)
Also available: Drugstores