The onset of milder weather means our gardens, patio pots and window boxes should be blooming. So in honour of the darling buds of May, we’ve picked some of the best beauty products that harness the power of flowers. They’ll enhance your skin and boost your mood, too.
Florena Fermented Skincare
Firstly, a gorgeous new range of skincare which uses the power of fermentation to render precious oils and selected flowers. These include pink and white helichrysum, honeysuckle and jasmine with ten times more antioxidant power, to supercharge your skin. Vegan, with natural fragrances, the range caters for all skin types. There are day and night creams, hydrating face masks, cleansers and facial oils. They come prettily packaged in glass bottles, with petals suspended inside. From £4.99, Boots and florena.co.uk
Bayley’s Of Bond Street Antibacterial Handwashes
The new antibacterial range from this quintessentially British brand has been formulated using the original perfume archives of founder, William Bayley. Flowers feature heavily. Try Wild Bluebell & Water Lily, Rose & Raspberry or Orange Blossom & Honey, £3, nationwide
Floral Street Eau De Parfums
This British brand produce fragrances intended to emphasise the beauty of flowers in a modern, exciting way. Each fragrance contains 20% perfume oil and comes in a glass bottle emblazoned with a vibrant flower design. It’s a mini work of art. Packaging is designed with sustainable principles in mind – it’s all reusable, recyclable or compostable. Fragrances include Arizona Bloom, Iris Goddess and London Poppy. From £24, floralstreet.com
Ole Henriksen Wrinkle Blur Bakuchiol Eye Gel Creme
This new formula contains bakuchiol – a plant-based alternative to retinol. It also contains orchid stem cells, a great source of anthocyanins. These have an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effect on the skin. Orchid extract is also thought to help improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation. £42 from Boots.
L’Occitane Immortelle Divine Eye & Lip Contour
Tackles the fine ‘concentration’ lines we all get around the eyes and mouth. And shows impressive results at tackling dark circles too. (73% of users said theirs seemed less visible). This is the latest addition to the lovely Immortelle collection, all of which incorporate oils from the Corsican Immortelle flower. The Immortelle flower lives an exceptionally long life and its organic oils comfort and nourish the skin. £55, uk.loccitane.com
Dr Hauschka Soothing Day Lotion
Balancing, Soothing or Revitalizing; the three Dr Hauschka Day Lotions cater for all skin emergencies. For if you want to regulate oily areas, strengthen skin prone to redness and enlarged capillaries, or boost dull, dry skin with radiance. Packed with flowering actives from nasturtiums, dog roses, anthyllis and borage – take your pick! From £25, drhauschka.co.uk
REN Clean Skincare Moroccan Rose Otto Bath Oil
Lie back in a little bit of heaven! This delicate, sensually scented bath oil contains Moroccan Rose Otto oil. It’s pressed from rose petals harvested at dawn from the desert edge in Southern Morocco, and distilled the same day. Blended with Palmarosa and Geranium oils, it heals the skin and calms the mind. £32, renskincare.com
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