Formulated by renowned nutritionist Karen Newby, Alchemy Organic Super Blends are tailor-made superfood supplements comprised of some of the world’s most nutrient-rich plants. Each blend is tailor made to address a range of common wellbeing issues; including muscle repair, depleted energy levels, skin nourishment or digestive health. These neat little blends are expertly designed to conveniently support your diet and lifestyle and are comprised of only the most the most precious ingredients. Ethically sourced, organic and approved by the Soil Association, Vegan Society and Vegetarian Society.
Let's dive in to some of the delicious blends on offer.
1. Beauty Elixir
Great skin and hair starts from the inside out, and the nutrient rich Beauty Elixir from Alchemy Organic Super Blend is packed full of skin nourishing, hair growing superfoods. The combination of some of the finest organic ingredients helps the skin replenish and repair, starting with the huge boost of Vitamin C which leads to increased collagen production. We love the fact that you can easily add a spoonful of this miracle elixir into your daily skincare regime, with no fuss and before long you’ll start seeing results from the inside out.
2. Energy Elixir
We all get sluggish from time to time, which is why we love the natural boost that comes from the nutrient rich Energy Elixir from Alchemy Organic Super Blends. This little miracle pouch contains everything you need for an energy fix, without the need for caffeine. It contains Baobab, which provides calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, and phytosterols as well as having prebiotic qualities which can help to stimulate your “good bacteria” and ease any tummy troubles. Combined with pea protein and Camu Camu, a superfood packed with Vitamin C this is the perfect addition to any breakfast, and the antidote to Monday mornings.
3. Morning Elixir
The perfect way to start the day, the Alchemy Organic Super Blend is jam packed with nutrients to kickstart your mornings. A small dose of the Morning Elixir contains chlorella, which can help to support healthy hormonal function and lower blood pressure whilst keeping your heart healthy. You can also get a healthy boost from the spirulina, a powerful superfood that can help to lower cholesterol and boost your immune system. This is an especially great supplement for taking during the winter months, as it could help keep the sniffles at bay.
4. Sport Elixir
Be transformed by Sport Elixir’s blend of 6 organic nutrient-dense whole foods designed for post exercise recovery and repair. Sport blend contains pea and hemp plant proteins lucuma, wheatgrass, acai & camu camu; Pea protein contains all the essential amino acids plus brand chain amino acids, and hemp protein is a good source of Omega 3 to help support our joints. 20g provides over 7g of vegan plant protein to support lean muscle mass, plus a rich source of B vitamins, antioxidants, iron and magnesium to help support recovery.
All blends are Soil Association, Vegan Society and Vegetarian Society approved to make sure we provide the purest blends possible There are no added fillers, flavours or preservatives, sugar or stevia.
For an interesting way to mix up your breakfasts, why not try adding a spoonful of one of these incredible elixirs into overnight oats to give them a little extra something?
Ever since BB cream exploded into the beauty market in 2011, skincare devotees and trend watchers alike have been looking to the innovative Asian market for the next new beauty must haves.
Korea is known for being at the forefront of innovation, with South Korean women forking out almost twice as much of their cash on beauty products than American women on average. It's not just the women who are clued up too, research shows that South Korean men are spending more on skincare than those in any other country.
It's not just Korea leading the charge though, there are some incredible new offerings inspired by Asian trends and ingredients that are gathering a cult following. Are you ready to discover the best products on offer? We've picked some of our favourite beauty products to get you up to speed.
Established in 1985 by Dr Tor Lam Huat, creator of the award winning Singaporean brand Bio-Essence, Ginvera is the home of one of the most innovative, effective and gentle skincare scrubs around. Designed to clean impurities and leave skin silky smooth and blemish free, this cult product is a blackhead busting, pore cleansing exfoliant which leaves the skin visibly gorgeous and glowing from the very first use and beyond.
Must have product: Green Tea Exfoliating Marvel Gel
2. Bio Essence
The award winning Asian beauty export Bio-Essence has always been on the forefront of innovation in skincare. As one of the bestselling skincare brands in Singapore, this well established beauty brand has an impressive track record in creating “must have” beauty buys and cult products. Combining innovative skincare technology and tireless trend spotting Bio-Essence is constantly sourcing new ingredients and scientific solutions to create some of the most well loved, affordable and effective skincare brands around today.
Bio essence uses snail secretions, which are over 90% water, the slime is meticulously filtered multiple times to get the purest quality. The snail mucin's super power lies in anti-ageing. It helps to promote collagen & elastin, soothes and repairs skin and encourages hydration. It's regenerating properties means it's fantastic for treating dry skin, treating wrinkles and even stretch marks.
Must have product: Bio Energy Snail Repair and Smooth Cream
3. Ling Skincare
Created by New York facialist Ling Chan, Ling Skincare is provides a complete solution for all skin types. With her vast experience as an A-list skin specialist and a celebrity client list that includes Madonna, Uma Thurman, Naomi Campbell, Cameron Diaz and Gisele. Ling has used her extensive knowledge and years of practice to create a truly remarkable range. Ling uses a holistic philosophy merging traditional Asian beauty principles with State-of-the-Art ingredients. Blending the best of both worlds for maximum benefits to the skin.
Must have product: Apple Stem Content
4. Su-Man Skincare
Su-Man skincare is the product of celebrity facialist and renowned skincare expert Su-Man Hsu. Born out of a dissatisfaction with other products she was using in her A-list facial treatments, Su-Man took her love of natural ingredients and years of expertise to create this outstanding range. After 4 years of tireless research and development Su-Man has distilled all the magic of her signature facial into a capsule collection of exquisite products. This phenomenal skin care regime blends Taiwanese tradition with Western innovations resulting in a skincare solution that will purify, awaken and enrich the skin, reviving it and leaving it looking younger and more refined.
Must have product: Velvet Skin Brightening Serum
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For velvety soft skin, which feels like a dream, it's got to be Su-Man Skincare.
We absolutely love this luxurious skincare range, which is packed full of some of the most incredible ingredients. If you haven't discovered it yet, it's time to dive in and discover the magic behind the range that's creating waves in the beauty world.
Sometimes, taking your make up off at the end of the day is kind of a chore, but the Su-Man range makes it feel absolutely indulgent and even pleasurable. There are two fantastic cleansers in the range. The first is the Purifying Gel Oil Cleanser which is perfect for every day use. The product goes on to dry skin, which feels a little strange at first, but as it warms to your body temperature becomes silky and slippery. Massage into skin with little circles and feel the weight of the day melting away in your hands.
We like to use a clean, warm and damp muslin cloth to wipe away the product and clean the skin.
There's also an Exfoliating Facial Polish, enriched with stimulating coffee grounds which works best when you need a good deep cleanse, and should be used about 2-3 times a week.
Next up is the Rehydrating Toning Essence which is gently patted on to the skin after cleansing to balance it. It's packed with hyaluronic acid to replenish moisture and rose petal essence - to repair and soften the skin. This beautifully soothing elixir will leave your face feeling comfortably 'plumped up' and dewy.
The next step is the truly game changing Velvet Skin Brightening Serum. It really does what it promises to do, gliding on like liquid silk and softening the skin instantly. Shake up for use and apply a few drops to the face and neck for instant hydration. A few drop really does go a long way, and you'll be surprised how little you need in order to feel the effects.
Then we move on to the eyes. A small rice sized amount of the creamy, dreamy Awakening Eye Uplift Cream dotted on the sensitive skin beneath your eyes and smoothed over the eyelids should be massaged in a zigzag motion beneath the eyes and along the crow's feet. It helps to 'plump up' wrinkles and brighten dark circles with a skin lifting effect.
Finally, finish up with the Velvet Skin Moisturising Cream which has an incredible texture. This ultra-lightweight, easily absorbed yet turbo-charged anti-wrinkle moisturiser with powerful active ingredients helps to reduce the signs of ageing.
Feel the power of the potent peptides plus natural actives rosehip oil and dragon's blood extract combine to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, replenish lost moisture and quickly restore skin's elasticity and lustre. Like sumptuous damask velvet, this illuminates the skin leaving it feeling plumped, rosy, radiant and youthful.
We're currently offering the Awakening Eye Uplift Cream as a FREE gift when you purchase any two Su-Man Skincare products. Shop the offer now.
Last week, Orlando Bloom made headlines when a picture of him in a rather compromising position whilst on holiday with Katy Perry found its way on to Twitter. Other than the obvious, one of the most surprising (and reassuring) things was seeing one of the most famous women in the world relaxing on holiday with visible cellulite. If pop royalty like Katy Perry has the same body issues as the rest of us mere mortals, then there's hope for us all. It's totally normal, natural, and pretty much every woman has it or will have it at some point.
If you're not a fan of your dimples though, there are a few things you can do to reduce their visibility.
1. Women are more likely to store fat around the thighs and hips, and so we're more likely to see signs of cellulite in these areas. It's thought that one of the contributors to cellulite is rapid weight loss and weight gain, so if you're a fan of fad dieting, it's time to kick the habit, and instead focus on more sustainable long term weight loss solutions.
2. If you're fairly sedentary, that could be a factor too. Increase your exercise to increase blood flow throughout your body, and into those all important cellulite danger zones.
3. The myth that cellulite is cased by 'toxins' has no scientific basis, but you should ensure you're getting plenty of water and fresh fruit in your diet as dehydration and poor diet can all exacerbate signs of cellulite.
4. Smoking can effect the appearance of cellulite as it reduces blood vessel flow and can disrupt the formation of collagen which means the connective tissue in our bodies is damaged more easily and allows fat that's lying just beneath the surface to become more visible under the skin. If you're a smoker, it's a probably another good incentive to kick the habit once and for all.
5. Body brushing works for some, as the vigorous exfoliating motions can help to increase blood flow to certain areas. Try it every day for a month to see if you have any lasting effects. If not, there's no loss because your skin will be silky smooth and exfoliated.
5. Pick a cellulite busting moisturiser. We love this Body Makeover Cellulite Treatment from Cloud9 skincare. This fast absorbing gel leaves no residue and visibly reduces the appearance of cellulite (orange peel skin) within two weeks of regular use. With a key ingredient of Ivy, it’s powerful thermogenic properties begin to work immediately, to boost blood and lymph flow. You can feel the Ivy extract start to work on application; expect a tingling and warming sensation on the skin, which will disappear after a few minutes.
This, combined with the water reducing and soothing effects of Caffeine, visibly reduce the appearance of cellulite. Other ingredients such as Gotu Kola, Horse Chestnut, Grapeseed Oil Extract & Vitamin E leave the skin feeling firmer and revitalised, along with improving skin texture.
Have you had any luck busting cellulite? Let us know your cellulite home remedies in the comments below!
Overnight oats are oh so easy to prepare. All you need is porridge oats, your choice of milk and a little bit of creativity. Here are some of our favourites.
You will need a cup of oats, a handful of berries frozen berries are fine as they'll thaw overnight) a spoonful of honey and your choice of nuts and seeds or healthy blend.
We absolutely love the Alchemy Organic Beauty Elixir. The blend combines goji, acai and camu camu, also rich sources of vitamin C essential for healthy collagen production, with baobab, pea protein and wheatgrass to help repair and growth. A rich source of plant protein, vitamin C, beta carotene, vitamin E and iron.
Pop everything in a mason jar and leave overnight. The oats will absorb the milk and the liquid from the berries, leaving a vibrant chilled oaty breakfast in the morning.
There's no denying the banana is an awesome breakfast food. Rich in potassium and great for energy, you can add in slightly too ripe bananas for added sweetness without the need for honey. The raisins will also add sweetness and you can almost convince yourself you're eating an oatmeal and raisin cookie.
Put your oats, chopped banana, milk and a few raisins in the jar along with a few crushed walnuts for texture and leave overnight. If you need a little extra something in the mornings add a spoonful of the Energy Elixir from Alchemy Organic.
The perfect summer mix. Make up your oats as before, but add in chopped strawberries, mango and some dried coconut for crunch and added tropical taste. You can also boost the oats with a spoonful of Alchemy Organic Morning Elixir. This sumptuous blend of vegan plant protein and super nutrients is designed to support your daily diet and help you to feel naturally satisfied. It can be taken as a 10g shot with water or use 40g as a breakfast option to flood your body with micronutrients and help keep you satisfied until lunch. Morning Elixir is a rich source of vegan plant protein, fibre, iron and vitamin C. No fillers, no additives, no stevia just 100% organic plant power.
The oats go really beautifully with a nice herbal tea, so why not add in a TEATOX blend so you can feel extra virtuous?
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If you're looking for fresh beauty trends, then it's smart to keep an eye on the products coming out of Asia right now. Korean skincare is widely becoming the litmus test for products that work, and products that will end up on our shelves in the future. We have Korea to thank for the resurgence in BB cream and ultra hydrating (but spooky looking) sheet masks, but now there's a new trend coming out of Asia... and it's snails.
Before you click away, we're not talking about waiting for it to rain, heading out to the garden and grabbing a few snails to put on your face. This is about the nutrient rich secretions known as by its cosmetic name, snail filtrate which is currently making waves among skincare addicts.
Snail secretions contain some much loved beauty ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, glycoprotein, proteoglycans, and antimicrobial and copper peptides. You'll recognise these from the boxes of some of your best loved products, so you know how effective they are.
As snail secretions are over 90% water, the slime is meticulously filtered multiple times to get the purest quality. The snail mucin's super power lies in anti-ageing. It helps to promote collagen & elastin, soothes and repairs skin and encourages hydration. It's regenerating properties means it's fantastic for treating dry skin, treating wrinkles and even stretch marks.
Snails are usually cultivated in a lab, and the snail slime is professionally harvested and purified, so don't try a DIY treatment at home. Instead opt for a high quality product that has been produced to the highest standard.
We recommend Bio-Essence Bio Energy Snail Repair and Smooth Cream. A rich texture which rapidly gets absorbed into the bottom skin layer. Helps to balance, nourish and rebuild skin’s hydrating system. Contracts pores, refines skin texture and enhances skin’s smoothness. Replenishes collagen for a smoother and refined skin texture. Reduces appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, keeps skin firm and elastic. Soothes skin, protects skin from external damage. With natural anti-bacterial properties to help protect skin.
You can try it for yourself here.
Coffee scrubs are one of the hottest new beauty trends for 2016, and it's easy to see why. It's been credited with helping to alleviate tricky skin conditions such as eczema and acne and leave you with healthy glowing skin.
A quick Instagram search for #coffeescrub reveals thousands of beauty addicts proudly sporting coffee ground facials, but what is this trend, and how does coffee work to improve our skin?
Here are three reasons why you should be adding a coffee (or tea) scrub to your beauty arsenal.
1. Coffee is rich in antioxidants, and is well known for it's health benefits, but when applied topically these rich antioxidants can help to prevent premature ageing.
2. The stimulating properties of caffeine can help to tighten the skin and when used around the eye area can reduce puffiness. This is because caffeine restricts blood vessels, which reduces swelling and inflammation. This effect can even be seen to reduce dark circles under the eyes, but as with any exfoliating product you should be careful around this sensitive area as scrubs can cause irritation if they get too close to your eyes.
3. It's an excellent natural exfoliator. The fine grains naturally scrub away dry skin cells, leaving you buffed and gleaming. Natural scrubs are far better for the environment, as the super small grains are all eventually washed down the drain, so anything you put on your face ends up in the ocean. With the recent restrictions and US ban on the use of micro beads in exfoliating products it pays to keep it natural and ensure anything you use is ethically sound as possible.
Su-Man Skincare Exfoliating Facial Polish
Instantly illuminating, this exquisite energising oil based exfoliator is brimming with potent brightening and antioxidant extracts: camu camu, white lily and dragon's blood. Coffee grains gently buff away dead skin cells leaving the face refreshed and re-invigorated.
Coffee scrubs are dominating at the moment, but we predict the next new trend will be tea scrubs! Dirtea is a premium organic skincare collection comprised of natural topical tea treatments. The products are are tediously tested and feature unique recipes formulated to help clear acne, scarring, inflammation, stretch marks, cellulite, psoriasis, eczema, and more.
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Getting too much sun, is never fun. We all know that overexposure to UV rays can cause serious side effects, from premature ageing to skin cancer, so the best solution is to ensure you're always properly protected and avoid getting sunburned in the first place. That said, sometimes accidents happen, and occasionally we find ourselves a little bit sore after an afternoon by the pool.
Facial oils have long been the beauty insiders best kept secret. Don't be put off by the name, adding oils to your skincare routine doesn't have to mean greasy skin and breakouts. Facial oils could be the key to younger looking skin. The right facial oils can be easily added into your routine to plump and hydrate the skin, meaning that any damage and dryness that can cause fine lines and wrinkles is kept at bay. Instead leaving you with revitalised, healthy and nourished skin in its place.
We've handpicked 5 incredible oils to inject some much needed love and attention into your skin, to keep it glowing for summer.
1. MOA - Aphrodite Facial Oil
This gorgeous, soothing oil boasts a nourishing rosehip oil base. Rosehip oil is rich in vitamin A, C and essential fatty acids. It also has natural skin regenerative properties, which means it's a must have so healing and youthful looking skin. As well as the wonderful rosehip base, this night time cleansing essential has damask rose essential oil, especially helpful for dry, sensitive skin types prone to redness and blemishes. The organic yarrow essential oil helps to even skin tone and marshmallow leaf extract, which gently soothes and calms the skin.
Best for: calming and soothing
2. Suti Skincare - Organic Facial Oil For Night
Nighttime is the best time to use precious facial oils, as the skin can absorb all the rich nutrients and replenish and rejuvenate as you sleep. The Organic Facial Oil For Night from Suti Skincare is made up of Avocado Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, Jasmine & Patchouli and is made with 99% Organic Ingredients. This intensively nourishing Face Oil can be added into your normal nighttime skin routine to strengthen and promotes skin cell growth while you sleep.
Best for: nourishing & hydrating
3. Suki Skincare - Nourishing Facial Oil
If your skin is in need of a rebalance, the Suki Skincare Nourishing Facial Oil could be the answer. Containing jojoba, borage & hazelnut this luxurious oil blend matches the skin's own complex chemistry delivering perfect hydration for overall harmony. If you're prone to break out the oil addresses chronic to cystic, & flare-ups, oily t-zone build up, clogging, irritations, oil imbalances, redness, swelling & spots.
Best for: breakout prone skin
4. Aroma Works - Rejuvenate Face Serum Oil
Enriched with precious high quality facial oils including rose, frankincense & bergamot the luxurious Aroma Works Rejuvenate Face Serum Oil is designed to help combat signs of ageing.
Best for: combating ageing & fine lines
5. 1001 Remedies - Treasure Oil
1001 Remedies Treasure Oil is 100% natural and organic premium certified organic Argan moroccan oil. A much loved oil that has a proven track record in softening and soothing the skin. This multi-purpose product is rich in Omega 6, Polyphenol and Fatty Acid to help moisturise the skin & hair; helping reduce the signs of ageing and stretch marks.
Best for: versatility, this is a great all rounder
So are you ready to try a new facial oil? Shop the full collection of serums and oils here.
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