Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare blog

We’re so excited to announce that we have won not one, but TWO awards in the Prestige category at the annual CEW Beauty Awards. The Oscars of the beauty world, each product is voted for by CEW members, who are a powerful community of executives within the beauty industry. It’s a huge achievement, and we’re thrilled to share it with you, our lovely customers!

 

Cleanse & Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser was up against strong competitors, but came out top as the winner of Best Classic Beauty Product, bringing the grand total of awards our cleansing icon has won up to a huge 125. We were also lucky enough to win the Best New Haircare/Styling/Colouring Product for our Botanical Shine™ Nourishing Hair Oil, adding yet another accolade to our haircare range.

Go ahead and snap up your own award-winner by following the links below – after all, you deserve a treat!

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Posted by Liz Earle Beauty Co. on April 26th, 2016
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As incredible as it would be, we haven’t really created a boat out of recycled Cleanse & Polish™ packaging. However, you can still easily visit our island home by taking the Wightlink or Hovercraft from Portsmouth to Ryde.

We are very proud of our home on the Isle of Wight. It offers a gentle and healthy lifestyle that is in keeping with our philosophy and our focus on natural beauty and wellbeing. From panoramic landscapes and iconic landmarks to beautiful beaches and charming villages, the Island is a treasure trove of stunning scenery.

We invite you to come and discover this magical botanical paradise for yourself – it is certainly our favourite place to find inspiration and ideas for all our creations. Don’t forget, you can also stock up on a few of your Liz Earle favourites while at our Union Street Store in Ryde, as well as at the beautiful Ventnor Botanic Garden, one of the islands most breath-taking destinations, which is also one of our stockists with a selection of handpicked botanical saviours.

If you can’t make it to the island, it’s not a problem – simply follow the link below to find your nearest Liz Earle store.

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The Liz Earle Team x

Posted by Liz Earle Beauty Co. on April 1st, 2016
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Women make our world go around – from our female farmers working around the globe to bring us the finest, ethically-sourced botanicals, to our talented beauty therapists, and of course our many loyal customers (the majority of whom are women). Join Liz in celebrating the people who’ve made, and continue to make, our multi award-winning brand truly unique this International Women’s Day.


Kim Buckland, Co-Founder of Liz Earle Beauty Co. 

First and foremost I have to mention Kim Buckland, without whom there would be no beauty brand! Over 20 years ago, Kim and I started our fledgling business from our kitchen tables, sending faxes long into the night. I owe so much to Kim, without whom our ‘Famous 4’ – Cleanse & Polish™, Instant Boost™, Skin Repair™ and Eyebright™ − would simply not exist!

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Geraldine Howard, founder of Aromatherapy Associates

Another inspirational woman, Geraldine Howard, founder of Aromatherapy Associates, encouraged my early love of essential oils and worked with me on the fragrance for the Energising Body range. Sadly, Geraldine passed away earlier this year after a long battle with cancer, but her legacy lives on in all the many precious essential oil blends she created.

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Learn more about our pure essential oil blend


Joanna Waddington, founder of Ace-Africa

Joanna Waddington, who founded the charity Ace Africa, is totally inspirational in every way. Together we’ve taken many field trips across East Africa, which in turn has led to my discovering new, sustainable sources of high quality botanicals for the range – like the East African shea butter used in Superskin™ Body Cream. Via Ace Africa’s innovative projects, Joanna is helping transform the lives of those affected by HIV and AIDS in some of the poorest regions of Tanzania and Kenya. Find out more about their work here.

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Liz x

Posted by Liz on March 8th, 2016
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From day one, we made a commitment against animal testing. That’s why our entire naturally active range is certified by Cruelty Free International (previously known as the BUAV) and bears the globally recognised leaping bunny logo.

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Did you know?

• We have never, and will never, test any of our botanical beauty products on animals. It’s been one of our key principles for the last twenty years.

• According to recent figures, 80% of the world’s countries still allow the use of animal testing for cosmetic purposes. Despite the availability of alternatives, countless animals are still subjected to cruel tests every day to bring a new eye shadow or fragrance to market.

https://www.crueltyfreeinternational.org

• 3,151 rabbits were used in skin irritation tests in 2011. Thanks to lobbying by Cruelty Free International, these are expected to be replaced with human skin tests by May 2016.

• The leaping bunny logo is the international gold standard for non-animal tested consumer products. Register online to receive Cruelty Free International’s complimentary guide to over 600 cruelty-free brands, including us!

• The leaping bunny symbol doesn’t only apply to beauty products, you’ll find it on dozens of certified household cleaning products too.

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Posted by Liz Earle Beauty Co. on February 29th, 2016
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Often, my clients pop in to seek a small escape from their world of work while they have their treatment. Being a facialist, I love having the power to restore their sense of equilibrium, however, I often see the signs of a lack of workplace wellbeing on my treatment table. Be it dehydration of the skin during a facial, stress or simply bad posture during a massage.

Maintaining good posture is something that’s so easily neglected, especially while under pressure and at the mercy of long hours. Try out my easy-to-follow, quick tips to decrease your chances of back pain in seconds.

  • Sitting straight and tall (just imagine a taut thread reaching from your head to the ceiling) engages your abdominal muscles, which in turn protect your back.
  • Mindful sitting also encourages more efficient breathing, increasing your oxygen intake which will help you feel more alert and productive.

Using a computer or laptop for an extended period of time can cause eye strain, headaches and even blurred vision, which means it’s incredibly important to look after your eye health while at work. After all, we’ve all heard the age-old adage that watching too much television will make our eyes square…

  • To keep your eyes from getting tired, it’s a good idea to ensure you give them a break from the screen every 2 hours for approximately 15 minutes. Get up and make a cup of antioxidant-rich green tea or get away from your desk and go for a quick walk.
  • For extra soothing power, why not keep a bottle of Eyebright™ on your desk for a screen-break treat?

Office air-con is a major beauty culprit. The skin is your body’s largest organ, acting as our protective coating and dealing with a lot of things, from central heating to air conditioning and varying weather conditions. Get around that tight skin feeling by following my tips below.

  • Hydration is key to helping your skin feel healthy, so keep a glass of water on your desk − you’ll be amazed how much more you’ll drink if it’s there. Keeping your body hydrated from the inside will show on the outside too.
  • If your skin feels dry and itchy, a spritz of Instant Boost™ Skin Tonic can help restore harmony and deliver an invigorating burst of freshness.

Feeling good at work doesn’t begin and end in the office. Even just making time to catch up with your girlfriends, or join in a gym class, will make a world of difference to your productivity once you’re back at your desk.

  • Be sure to make time for yourself and do what you enjoy, whether it be a walk, a bath or a film.
  • When at the office, keep your workspace clutter-free. Calm surroundings nurture a calm mind.

We all know how easy it is to fall into the groove of grabbing a take-away coffee each morning. Unfortunately, many people will find that this ‘quick and easy’ approach to the work lifestyle conflicts with their sense of wellbeing.

  • Stuck in a rut with unhealthy snacks? Keeping some nuts in your drawer and an apple on your desk will make it much easier to reach for the right options.
  • There’s no need to spend a fortune on a sandwich. Why not make your own lunch at home – it makes it far easier to prepare healthy food, plus your wallet will thank you!

I hope my workplace wellbeing tips will help bring a little calm to your 9-5.

Posted by Abigail on April 29th, 2015
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We loved this insightful article from Liz Earle Wellbeing on how to preserve fresh herbs and think you will too…

Liz writes:

I’ve been enjoying a steady stream of herbs from my kitchen garden and with autumn coming, now’s the time to get preserving them for winter. Many herbs are sensitive to frost and will wilt away when the cold weather hits. By preserving our herbs now, we can enjoy their full taste and aroma even if the garden gets snowed under later in the year. There’s something very special about being able to enjoy home-grown herbs (even from a pot or window box), without resorting to shop-bought, out-of-season stems or packets of the dried stuff (their flavour fades over time). Below are some of my time-tested techniques, which I stockpile now to make tasty suppers over the months to come.

Drying

Home-drying is the simplest way of preserving herbs, providing a much fuller flavour and more colour than shop bought ones. To air-dry herbs, make sure they are clean and dry and remove wilted leaves, then tie them together in a small bunch using string or a rubber band and hang them upside down in a warm, well ventilated place until they start to crumble in your fingers. This could take up to a month. Above the oven is perfect and looks very romantic! Or if you’re short on time, spread your herbs out on a baking tray, or baking parchment, and put into the oven with the door slightly ajar at 150 degrees C (or leave overnight in the plate-warming oven of an Aga). Once your herbs are dry, store in an airtight container, such as a tin or jar.

As some herbs such as basil, parsley, coriander and rosemary don’t dry as well, try these methods below:

Freezing

Leafy herbs, such as parsley, dill, oregano and marjoram, all freeze well. Spread clean dry herbs on to a tray to ‘open freeze’ in the freezer. Once frozen, pack into freezer bags or boxes. The frozen leaves can then be crumbled into soups, sauces etc. as needed throughout the year. Note: don’t freeze basil as its tender leaves will bruise and blacken.

Herb butters

Herb butters are also an excellent way to freeze and preserve fresh herbs such as parsley, thyme, coriander and mint. Simply mix a handful of your chosen freshly chopped herb into half a standard pack of softened butter (around 125g). Then roll your herb butter into a log shape, wrap in Clingfilm and freeze. Once frozen, chop your herby log into thick disks of delicious butter and wrap individually, before storing long-term in the freezer. Or to make smaller individual portions, pack the herb mixture into ice cube trays, ready to pop out little squares of botanical butter as needed.

My family favourite is parsley and crushed garlic butter, pre-made and ready to use. So tasty baked onto crunchy fresh baguettes to make the most delicious garlic bread.

Oil and vinegars

Plant oils provide an excellent way of preserving delicate herbs that would otherwise be damaged by drying or freezing, such as basil. Pack your chosen herbs into very clean, dry jam jars, layering the herbs as you go with cold-pressed olive oil. As well as preserving your herbs, you’ll get the added bonus of a wonderfully herb-infused olive oil, perfect for dipping breads or drizzling over cheeses and salads. To get even more of a culinary ‘kick’, this method also works well with white wine or cider vinegar. I love hunting out pretty vintage glass bottles and jars for my herbal infusions, always much appreciated as gourmet Christmas gifts (forward planning!).

This article was originally published at Liz Earle Wellbeing. For more of Liz’s advice and lifestyle features, click here.

Posted by Liz on October 6th, 2014
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Hello!

What a summer we’ve had… I don’t want it to end!

I’ve been spending most of my time on the Isle of Wight which has been dreamy, enjoying morning runs, evening walks and lots of fresh food. I also went to a music festival in Devon called Somersault which was magical – there was the most amazing wellbeing area where we could have treatments and practice yoga. Jack Johnson was performing, who I was actually really privileged to meet a few years ago when I treated him to a facial (a memory I could live over and over again!). The weather was absolutely on our side and of course I had all my LE essentials with me… I used up an entire Instant Boost Skin Tonic spritzer to keep cool and refreshed, and my Botanical Aftersun Gel was invaluable for our sun-exposed arms and legs.

I headed to Jersey for a friend’s 30th – what a party we had! It was on the beach at St Ouen’s with a BBQ (lots of fresh veggies and salad for me!) and fabulous company. I treated birthday girl Nina to some party essentials – our Radiant Glow Bronzer and Sheer Lip Gloss in Apricot, a gorgeous shimmering shade that’s perfect for summer.

This month’s lifestyle tip – My sprializer is working a treat! My favourite thing to make with it has to be ‘courgetti’ – ribbons of courgette cut to look like spaghetti! I’ve been adding pesto or homemade tomato sauces to mine. Has anyone else entered the world of spiralizing?

My latest healthy discovery is making my own flavoured water. I’ve been doing this either at home or in the office. My favourites so far are mint, cucumber and lime or strawberry, cucumber and lemon. They’re fun and nutritious!

This month’s skincare tip Superskin Body Cream is my summer 2014 hero. This luxurious cream has given my legs and arms a gorgeous glow – and me the confidence to show them off!

This month’s make up tip – I’m still addicted to our Radiant Glow Bronzer. This multi-tasking bronzer can be used to give skin instant radiance, or individual sections can be used on eyelids or cheekbones to highlight and contour.

Here at Liz Earle, August was all about our Retail Conference. We brought all our retail teams home to the Isle of Wight to discover our amazing eco-friendly headquarters, meet the teams and unveil our vision for the next six months. I’m excited about what’s in store!

Enjoy the last days of summer,

Sarah x

Posted by Sarah Carr on September 3rd, 2014
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After a summer of Pimm’s and Champagne, why not sidestep the fuzzy head and quench your thirst with a delicious botanical mocktail? Packed with skin-loving ingredients like juicy pomegranate, uplifting mint and zesty lime (and not a splash of alcohol), a jug of this ruby-red elixir is just the thing to brighten up late summer soirees, and keep you refreshed and invigorated all weekend long.

What you’ll need

Jewels of one pomegranate

Two large handfuls of mint

Two fresh limes

One litre sour cherry juice

Cubes of finely diced ginger

Method

  1. Scoop out the pomegranate jewels and place at the bottom of a large jug.
  2. Add the mint.
  3. Quarter the limes and squeeze their juice into the jug; add the squeezed quarter to the jug too.
  4. Using the blunt end of a rolling pin, gently crush the fruit and mint.
  5. Add a scoop of crushed ice and top up with the sour cherry juice.
  6. Add the cubes of finely diced ginger, give it a quick stir and you’re ready to pour!
Posted by James on August 22nd, 2014
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From day one, our homeland has been the beautiful Isle of Wight, just peeping across the water as you gaze longingly out from Portsmouth Harbour. Dubbed ‘the island’, our tranquil yet energising home inspires us in so many ways  – from the concept of the range itself (which was born here), to our very first store on Union Street which opened in 2002, to our state-of-the-art eco-office, The Green House, nestled behind the seaside town of Ryde. We are passionate about the island and love sharing its secrets with our customers. When I first joined the company, I even wrote a fun handbag-sized ‘Passport to the island’ for those who wanted more ideas for things to do when they visited us. Many continue to make pilgrimages across the globe to see us (only last week I met a New Zealander who returns here each year!). In fact, we were often asked – in those early days – ‘Do I need to bring my passport?’! Our treasured gem is truly on the map now, and many of you visit for family holidays or for chill-out time, to re-energise and restore.

Here are some top tips, whether you’re glamping in Dorset, surfing in Newquay, walking in the Lake District, or abseiling in the Cairngorms:

  • Cleanse every night – Daily sebum, grime and suncream build up over the summer months when we tend to be more active and outward-bound, and the humidity affects how much we perspire, so many of you are rightly scrupulous about cleansing during these hotter months. When you’re on holiday, try to take a few moments each day just to massage, massage, massage after cleansing – this helps increase circulation and elimination of toxins. A sure-fire way to achieve glowing, healthy-looking skin throughout your holiday.
  • Reach for Instant Boost Skin Tonic spritzer – On hot sticky nights, this is everyone’s ‘go-to’ to cool, calm, refresh and fragrance skin. Try behind the neck and at the top of the back, for extra refreshment on nights when the humidity is zapping you. The soothing aloe vera base is also great to calm sun-exposed skin, gently and lovingly. The aroma (rose-scented geranium) is sheer heaven – and feels very British in essence.
  • Switch up your moisturiser – Some people prefer a richer moisturiser (such as our heavenly Superskin™ Moisturiser) when the summer months leave skin feeling parched, others prefer stepping down to Skin Repair Moisturiser Light. Our moisturisers are hardworking and flexible, allowing you to step up/down with ease, without losing those famous results.

  • Make bath time your sanctuary – Try to carve out 5-10 minutes of total me-time while you’re away. Enjoy a bath filled with Orange Flower Botanical Body Wash, escape to exotic climes with one of our Creamy Shower Nectars, or take a few minutes to indulge in a trusty treatment mask, to revive, calm, rehydrate and brighten skin in minutes.

  • Restore balance with Superskin™ Concentrate – It takes seconds to apply (with the clever rollerball or a few drops from the pump), absorbs in minutes, and you wake up with baby-soft, radiant skin. No matter how tired you are, your skin won’t show it.

  • Add instant glamour with our colour classics – A quick slick of our Strengthening Nail Colour works wonders with a tan, and ‘dresses up’ even the most pared-down outfit. For lips, just a dab of our Sheer Lip Gloss, married with the Coral shade of our multi-tasking Healthy Glow Cream Blush, highlights a bronzed complexion. You only need a few select finishing touches to showcase your glorious Liz Earle healthy-looking skin.
Share your favourite UK travel tips here! And your own holiday skincare secrets… have a beautiful British summer!
Posted by Caroline on August 21st, 2014
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Hurrah – we’ve waited for the summer, it’s here and it’s been rather glorious so far, hasn’t it? However, there are those moments when we experience little seasonal emergencies: hot sticky nights when you can’t sleep, irritated eyes, heat bringing out more blemishes than usual and dehydrated skin. These can all be pesky downsides to the wonderful summer months, but our products prove that there’s always an answer in nature…
  • Do remove your SPFs at night – It’s important in the summer months to always use an SPF during the day time, but it’s also really important to remove it properly at the end of the day too. Not only do we have the usual build-up of pollutants, dirt, sebum, dead skin cells and sweat sitting on our skin by evening, but SPFs may also clog up the pores a little too. Be really thorough about where you cleanse – face, neck, décolletage and behind the ears/back of the neck. I usually go for an extra-generous pump and a half of Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser in the evenings in the summer months to ensure everything is thoroughly removed. Use a muslin wrung out in cold water too as a final skin freshener. 
  • Keep your eye SOS in the fridge – Instantly cooling to sore, puffy eyes, Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion is one of our summer favourites to refresh, cleanse, brighten and revive the delicate eye area. Brilliant in the fridge for extra coolness, steep two cotton wool pads in Eyebright and hey presto! Really cooling eye compresses. It’s oil-free and suitable for contact lens wearers (speaking from experience).
  • Try our summer wonder worker – Our Botanical Aftersun Gel is brilliant on hot sticky evenings, as a skin-calmer after sun exposure, or to cool skin after waxing or shaving. One customer I know calls it ‘air-conditioning for the body’! Packed with a high percentage of soothing aloe vera juice, this also contains high-altitude lavender from Mount Ventoux in France – an amazing tonic for the senses. I use this on my children too.
  • Keep skin spotlessly clean – Obviously, summer brings the extra issue of increased perspiration, so cleansing is vital to keep skin clean and fresh. If you need extra help to keep blemishes at bay, then try our Gentle Face Exfoliator too. I use it in the shower twice a week.
  • Do you or don’t you wear make-up on the beach? It’s a big question I’m often asked by you and my answer is – do what you feel most comfortable. Personally, I go bare-faced apart from my SPF, adding just a touch of colour if needed with a neutral shade of Healthy Glow Cream Blush on my cheeks and lips.
Please share with us some of your favourite Liz Earle summer tips. And happy holidays, whatever you are doing, home or away….
Caroline X
Posted by Caroline on July 28th, 2014
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