Summer holidays are almost over, and its time to start thinking about packing up those books, finishing off summer assignments and preparing for another year of hard work and play!
When you're a bootstrapping student, finding natural and organic beauty products within your budget can be tricky. So here are our fave organic beauty essentials for students, and they are all under £20.
We've all been there...you've been having too much fun with your new flatmates, and consumed one too many vodka lemonades that you just want to collapse into bed rather than take your makeup off. We all know this is bad news for our skin...sleeping in makeup will lead to breakouts and clogged pores, so it's always worth taking an extra 2 minutes before hitting the sheets to remove your makeup. The least you can do is use a gentle facial wipe like this one from ECOCARE™ to remove makeup, oil and daily grime, to avoid blemishes.
Konjac sponges are made with 100% vegetable fibres and are brilliant for deep cleansing and gently exfoliating the skin. Use with a cleanser or on its own just with water to remove dead skin cells and bring the radiance back to your skin, very useful after too many late nights down the local student bar. Choose the konjac sponge best suited to your skin type:
- Aloe Vera is particular good for moisturising dry skin.
- Bamboo Charcoal is great for balancing oily skin.
- Lemon helps to brighten and tighten pores.
- Peppermint tones the skin.
- Lavender will soothe irritated skin.
- Rose will soften a rough, uneven skin texture.
These handmade lip butters with a hint of colour provide lips with moisture and a healthy shine, perfect for when winter hits. Organic jojoba oil help to moisturise and soothe the lips, whilst organic castor oil heals and protects from the elements. Wear alone for a subtle colour, over a lip pencil or lipstick to add shine and nourishment.
With a light coconut scent, this deodorant masks odour and allows the body to release toxins whilst keeping your underarms fresh. This is an effective natural deodorant for even the most active students. Free from aluminium which is found in most deodorants, and packed full of soothing natural ingredients such as Lavender and Aloe Vera.
Starting a brand new school year calls for a brand new lipstick, don't you think? These Couleur Caramel lipsticks are incredibly long lasting, come in a wide variety of colours and textures and have super bold pigments and bright colours. For a new statement look, try a bold matte red with a slick of black winged liner and lots of mascara.
This simple, light, fuss free moisturiser has a refreshing scent of peach and orange (from natural fruit extracts, not synthetic fragrance!) and provides the skin with a healthy glow and clearer skin. Suitable for oily and combination skin, it helps to balance moisture levels, heal blemishes and provides a long lasting mattifying effect, great for combatting that midday shine.
No time to wash your hair before your lecture? This dry shampoo will refresh your hair and leave it smelling fresh and fruity. The 100% natural ingredients include Bentonite clay, arrowroot powder and organic essential oils to absorb excess oils and provide volume to fine, limp hair. Yes, its a little pricier than drugstore dry shampoos, but this one will last SO much longer, as well as not damaging the ozone layer (most dry shampoos are aerosols), plus your scalp will love you for only using natural ingredients.
This concealer will correct and cover everything from dark circles to pigmentation to big red blemishes. It's a little cream pot of miracles and perfect for chucking in your bag for a quick touch up throughout the day. Use a shade lighter than your skin tone for a natural looking highlight, and a shade darker to contour your features. It's even available in a green shade to correct any red areas of the skin.
I think we can all agree that no makeup bag is complete without a mascara. This organic mascara contains 100% natural ingredients, with 85% of those being certified organic. Organic chamomile ensures the formula is safe and gentle for those with sensitive eyes, whilst sunflower seed oil nourishes lashes and helps them grow. Even coffee powder is used to help darken the lashes naturally without using synthetic dyes that could damage the lashes and make them brittle. Apply a few coats for extra drama and volume, or one coat for a simple, daytime look.
Wake yourself up in the mornings for that 9am lecture with this refreshing body, hand and face wash. It cleanses the skin without stripping away natural oils, and hydrates the skin with coconut oil and aloe vera. The gentle formula is free from SLS, parabens, synthetic fragrance and artificial ingredients, the peppermint essential oil will help wake up your senses and prepare you for the day ahead.