What: Barr-Co. Honeysuckle Hand & Body Cream
Why: I love this hand cream! The scent reminds me of warm summer evenings in the gardens where I grew up. It also has a grand texture, melts right into your skin and leaves them soft and moisturised.
Green Factor: More than 98% natural, hence nothing to complain.
Where: Gift from my friend Sarah
Also available in: selected stores like Anthropologie (USA, UK), Globus (CH)
What: Cowshed Apricot Nourishing Cuticle Oil
Why: I love, love, love Cowshed. Starting from the hilarious product names (check out their range!), the cool packaging, and in particular, the seriously high quality of all their products. And it’s all organic! This cuticle oil adds shine to my nails and helps me keeping any dry, stubborn cuticles at bay. Great in winter times!
Green Factor: All Cowshed products contain natural botanicals from sustainable resources containing the highest quality essential oils. Any questions?
Where: Babington House, Somerset (UK)
Also available on: www.cowshedonline.com
What: Roger & Gallet Hand & nail cream Gingembre Rouge
Why: Absolutely gorgeous scent, wonderful formula – and perfect size for my hand bag. My hand cream on-the-go.
Green Factor: 98% naturally derived ingredients. 100% distilled precious essences.
Where: Pharmacie De L’homme De Fer, Strasbourg (F)
Also available: Drugstores
What: Chanel Moisturizing Body Lotion “Coco Mademoiselle”
Why: Yes, I know, it’s not natural. But gosh, it’s so exquisite and delicate, and the consistency is just perfect. My Sunday morning treat.
Green Factor: Nope, really not. And sometimes I wonder why those expensive brands don’t use better ingredients. Palm oil, paraffin – really??? Makes me angry!
Where: Gift from my husband
Also available on: In pretty much every perfumery
What: Team Dr. Joseph Daily Skin Calming Cream
Why: Team Dr. Joseph is one of my absolute favourite organic skincare brands. Their products are amazing! And this face cream makes no exception. My sensitive skin feels nourished, soft and well balanced. Hooray!
Green Factor: Pure, natural & organic. Big thumbs up!
Where: Adler Mountain Lodge, Alpi di Siusi (I)
What: Omida Dr. Schüssler Lotion 1&11 Calcium Fluoratum & Silicea
Why: I slathered this one on my belly and thighs during my pregnancy. Is it good genes or is it this insanely pleasant body lotion, enriched with biochemical Schüssler Salts? Fact is: I don’t even have a trace of a stretch mark.
Green Factor: Contains palm oil and microplastics. These are not bad for you per se, but are environmentally harmful. Please change these ingredients!
Where: Hertenstein Drogerie, Lucerne (CH)
What: Tata Harper Revitalizing Body Oil
Why: This body oil smells like a spa (quite strongly so – either you’ll love it or hate it). I love that it’s made of all-natural ingredients that penetrate skin immediately, making it noticeably softer and smoother. So luxurious!
Green Factor: 100% natural & nontoxic
Where: Waterbury Pharmacy, Waterbury VT (USA)
Also available at: Sephora USA
Happy holiday season, peeps! There is nothing I don’t like about this time of the year. It encapsulates so many things I love: cozy nights at home, spending time with family and friends (even more special this year – first Christmas for our baby boy!), fun party invitations, decorating the home – and baking cookies. What I like even more than baking cookies, is decorating them. See what I came up with to decorate some chocolate sablés and orange cookies:
What: Pixi Makeup Melting Cleansing Cloths
Why: When travelling, my beauty routine has to be simple and efficient. Meaning: I don’t want to bring bottles of cleansers and tonics along. These pre-moistened cleansing cloths combine the two and are super handy. Infused with botanical extracts, they effectively remove even waterproof makeup.
Green Factor: The preservative listed at the very end is questionable (Polyaminopropyl Biguanide). If they changed that, there would be nothing to complain about.
What: Sabon Body Scrub in Green Valley
Why: This body scrub is based on natural sea salts and enriched with many different natural oils, leaving my skin so smooth and silky soft. Plus the “Green Valley” scent is to die for.
Green Factor: Without parabens and sodium laureth sulfates, and packed with really good natural ingredients. But just not entirely. If they could only change that.
Where: Sabon store in Le Marais, Paris (F)
Also available: Sabon stores worlwide. See list here.