Thursday, May 29, 2008
Living Nature has a men's range, which consists of:
Eye Gel for Men $36
Soothing Moisturiser $34
Soothing Shaving Cream $34
Soothing Aftershave Gel $34
Gentle Cleansing Shaving Gel $34
Skin Essentials - For Men $55 (travel-sized pack containing 50ml Gentle Cleansing Shaving Gel, 50ml Soothing Plant Moisturiser, and 50ml Soothing Aftershave Gel)
Skinfood makes products which are unisex, including a shaving gel. Skinfood products are not as natural as those made by brands such as Living Nature, but they are free of parabens, sulfates, mineral oils, and artificial colours and fragrances. Skinfood products can be bought at Foodtown, Woolworths, New World and Countdown supermarkets. Their products are:
Cleans All (cleanser) $9.95
Light Moisturiser $9.95
Nourishing moisturiser $9.95
SPF 15+ Moisturiser $9.95
Mud Masque $9.95
Shave Gel $9.95
Exfoliating Scrub $9.95
Body Butter $12.95
Aveda has quite a few men's products, but I don't think they're all available in New Zealand. There is only one Aveda concept spa in New Zealand (Bodyscape Beauty Therapy Day Spa) in central Wellington), and I believe they're the only shop in the country which sells Aveda products. They can deliver Aveda products to anywhere in New Zealand though - check out their website: http://www.bodyscape.co.nz/. Men's products listed on their website are:
Aveda Men Shampoo Body Bar $27
Aveda Men Shave Cream $41
Aveda Men After-Shave Balm $41
Aveda Men Purefume™ Tonic $129
The Herb Farm makes a Men's Moisturiser - $13.80 for 30ml, $22.20 for 60ml, $33.00 for 120ml. They also include Active Natural Deodorant ($10.20), Lime Shower Gel ($13.80), and Patchouli & Orange Soap ($7.80) as being part of their men's range, although these are not man-specific product (like, they don't say 'for men' on them, so I guess they're unisex).
Weleda has a Moisture Cream for Men ($15.90), Shaving Cream ($10.90), and Aftershave Balm ($25.90).
If you're after something that's reasonably low-priced but still pretty natural, you could try one of Primal Earth's Organic Shave Gels. They cost $9.99 each, and are available at New World, Woolworths, Foodtown and Countdown Supermarkets. Primal Earth was developed buy a Kiwi guy who had trouble with allergic reactions. The products do not contain: sodium lauryl sulphates, parabens, formaldehydes, genetically modified ingredients, synthetic fillers, ethoxolated ingredients, mineral oils, PEGs, petroleum or phalates. The shave gels are available in Menthol Cool, Aloe Hydrate, and Extra Sensitive.
Another low-priced option for shaving is Avalon Organics Moisturizing Cream Shave ($14), available in Aloe Unscented, Lavender, and Peppermint.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
I have a jar of UMF 20+ Manuka honey, which I use for putting on cuts and burns. I used to use it as a weekly facial mask, but now I use a clay mask instead.
At the end of October last year, Manuka honey brand Comvita launched Huni, a skincare range using UMF 20+ Manuka honey as a signature ingredient. To quote their website (http://www.comvitahuni.com/):
'Huni™ is made in New Zealand and the natural ingredients are free from parabens, sodium lauryl sulphate detergents, artificial colours and genetically-modified plant materials.'
The packaging is pretty funky, with hexagonal bottles (imitating the shape of the beehive - it actually took me a while to figure this out!) and colours that evoke honey.
The range consists of:
Everyday Cleanser $38.99
Any Time Toning Mist $28.99
Every Day Moisturiser $45
Every Night Moisturiser $48.99
All Day Body Lotion $35
Every Day Soaps (available in Every Day Kowhai Soap, Every Day Propolis Soap, and Every Day Royal Jelly Soap) $9.99 each
Every Day Whitening $48.99
Night & Day Serum $69
I found those prices on their website - they will probably vary from store to store. The products can be bought from Life Pharmacy and Health 2000 stores. I'm quite keen to try the Every Day Whitening, which is intended to help reduce the effects of pigmentation. I have quite a few red marks on my face from acne (which is now gone, but the red marks are still there, if you follow), and a product like this might help to fade them. However, it is intended for normal to dry skin, so I'm not sure if it would be too pore-clogging for me. It is also quite pricey, though I guess a little probably goes a long way, as you're supposed to apply it to specific dark spots, rather than over the entire face.
Another range that uses Manuka honey as a signature ingredient is Living Nature. A number of their body and haircare products contain Manuka honey, as do all of their facial skincare products (except for Night Radiance Oil), and men's products.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
I have tried Living Nature Balancing Day Lotion before. It's intended for normal to oily skin, and it's nice and light, and leaves the skin feeling pretty mattified. It's $45 at Hardy's, Health 2000, Farmers and selected pharmacies.
Another good option for oily or combination skin, which I used to use, is A'kin Unscented Pure Emergency Gel, $25.20, which is intended to cool and soothe the skin, but can also be used as a moisturiser on oily, sensitive or fragile skin.
Another A'kin moisturiser is White Tea & Aloe Vital Hydration Gel Creme, an oil-free moisturiser for combination and oily skin, $33.95. Akin products can be bought at Hardy's, Health 2000, Homestead Health and some pharmacies.
If you have dry skin, you might like to try Living Nature Nourishing Day Cream, $54, suitable for normal to dry skin, or Living Nature Rich Day Cream, for dry to mature skin, also $54.
Trilogy Ultra Hydrating Cream, $32.90, is another option for dry skin, and can also be used as a rinse-off face mask. Trilogy products can be bought at the same stores as listed for Living Nature.
If you are lucky enough to have normal skin, you could try Evolu Moisturising Day Cream for Normal or Combination Skin, $44, available at same stores as Living Nature and Trilogy (sorry, repeating myself a bit here). Or you could try Sukin Facial Moisturiser, $12, which is suitable for all skin types.
For sensitive skin, you could try the aforementioned A'kin Unscented Pure Emergency Gel, A'kin Unscented 24 Hour Pure Moisture ($34.90), or Evolu Moisturising Day Cream for Dry or Sensitive Skin ($44).
There's heaps of other options. For example:
For oily/problem skin: Miessense Purifying Moisturiser $51.95
For combination and oily skin: Evolu Moisturising Day Cream for Oily Skin $44, Antipodes Rejoice Light Day Cream Certified Organic $52.50
For normal to oily skin: Weleda Iris Moisture Cream $23.90
For normal to dry skin: Comvita Huni Every Day Moisturiser $45
For dry skin: The Herb Farm Rosehip Face Cream ($13.80 for 30ml, $22.20 for 60ml, $33 for 120ml), Trilogy Vital Moisturising Cream $43.90, Miessense Rejuvenating Moisturiser $62.95
For sensitive skin: Miessense Soothing Moisturiser $62.95
For all skin types: Natural Instinct Facial Moisturiser $12, The Herb Farm Rose Face Cream ($13.80 for 30ml, $22.20 for 60ml, $33 for 120ml), Kosmea Replenishing Moisture Cream $38.95
Monday, May 12, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
Other options for toners:
$15 and under: Sukin Hydrating Mist Toner $12, Natural Instinct Toner $12
$20 and under: The Herb Farm Rejuvenating Facial Toner $18.60, A'kin Orange Blossom & Chamomile Toner $17.90, Weleda Iris Facial Toner $18.70
$30 and under: Evolu Hydrating toner $30, Trilogy Hydrating Mist Toner $25, Comvita Huni Anytime Toning Mist $29.99, Antipodes Resurrect Facial Toner $24.00, Living Nature Nature's Hydrating Mist $29.00
$40 and under: Living Nature Hydrating Gel $38.00, Living Nature Extra Hydrating Gel $38.00
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
I also like Weleda's Iris Cleansing Lotion which retails for about $19.90 at Health 2000 and Hardy's stores. I've also tried Skinfood's Cleans All cleanser, but found that too pore-clogging, and Natural Instinct's Foaming Facial Cleanser, which I found too drying. However, it may be alright for someone with oilier skin than me. I have combination/oily skin.
There's heaps of great cleansers out there, at a range of different prices. To list a few:
$15 and under: Sukin Foaming Facial Cleanser $12, Sukin Cream Cleanser $12, Natural Instinct Foaming Facial Cleanser $12, Natural Instinct Cream Cleanser $12
$20 and under: Weleda Iris Cleansing Lotion $19.90, The Herb Farm Energising Gel Cleanser $18.60
$30 and under: Kosmea Purifying Cream Cleanser $30, A'kin Sandelwood & Neroli Pure Facial Cleansing Gel $28.90, A'kin Rose & Geranium Pure Creamy Cleanser & Toner in One $28.90
$40 and under: Living Nature Purifying Cleanser $38.00, Living Nature Vitalising Cleanser $38.00, Trilogy Cream Cleanser $38.90, Trilogy Balancing Gel Cleanser $39.00, Antipodes Hallelujah Lime & Patchouli Cleanser $37.50, Evolu Relaxing Cream Cleanser $35, Comvita Huni Every Day Cleanser $39.00
Please note that these prices vary depending on where you shop.