Rejuvenating, Anti-Inflammatory, Guilt- und Gluten-Free Skincare

How to see your skin (and hair) through autumn and winter months, keeping it supple, healthy and smooth. Absolutely suitable for men!

If you follow my doings and musings over on Instagram, you couldn’t have missed this very popular “flatlay” showing some of my current skincare:beautycalypse-instagram-flatlayAnd while I’m not talking about make-up in today’s post (this comes next!), I’m talking about products that will amaze you with the most precious oils in the most lightweight and multi-functional textures. Excited yet?

5 time-tested tips on transitional skincare routines,
My skincare calendar for October, November and December.

And now, let’s dive in – head first!

less is more
Rose Serum for hair and scalp

Itchy scalp remedies boom during colder months, don’t they?

I don’t know about everyone else’s causes for itchy skin, but for me it’s the beanie stress. Generally, my scalp is challenged by the hard Berlin water on a daily basis, but when mechanical traction aka a beanie starts getting involved, problems get out of hand.

Having experienced the beneficial effect of an Ayurveda-inspired oil scalp massage last winter, I went looking for a good scalp oil. While I think that pure, high quality oils such as sesame oil, argan oil, broccoli seed oil to name a few work just fine, I went shopping for an oil blend on purpose, seeking an extra boost.lessismore-roseserum-reviewI’ve known the holistic Austrian brand with the sympatic name less is more for about a decade now, and I’ve been using their styling spray for a while. Now my hair has grown so long styling is not possible (only braids and updos, but forget about waves or volume), and I stopped using any styling product at all. However, as I went looking for a scalp treatment, less is more were number one on my list. I’m so happy it was a lucky shot!

The Rose Serum (30 ml, €30, got mine here) can be used in the lenghts or on the scalp, as you like or as you need. I use it prior to washing for a simple scalp massage – and after washing, I take literally two drops, not more, and run my hands through the lenghts to disentangle the locks. lessismore-rosenserumThe serum is free from gluten or any grain extract, vegan-friendly, cruelty-free (but of course there are essential oils in the formula, so it might not be ideal for those with specific contact allergies).

*Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot Kernel) Oil, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, *Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Rosa Rubiginosa (Rose Hip) Seed Oil, *Parfum (100% pure and organic essential oils incl. Limonene, Linalool, Geraniol, Citronellol, Citral, Benzyl Benzoate, Farnesol, Eugenol, Benzyl Salicylate, Benzyl Alcohol, Iseugenol), Tocopherol (Vitamine E), *Citrus Nobilis (Tangerine) Peel Oil, *Pelagonium Graveolens, *Rosa Damascena Oil // *ingredients from organic farming.

Discover the whole range over at less is more.

More Beauty Made in Austria:
Susanne Kaufmann

Change of season is stress for our skin. Thankfully, my skin is none as reactive as it used to be before I redesigned my whole life in a holistic, healthy way, but still, dryness and blemishes are her favourite ways to tell me she needs extra attention.

Now, I love the calming signature treatments by Susanne Kaufmann, I think they are quite brilliant. What sets them apart from many other treatments are not just the efficient products but also the extra calm atmosphere with no world/spa/meditation music.

Thanks to the fantabulous Stue Hotel SPA we Berliners finally got our Susanne Kaufmann counter back in town.

susannekaufmann-rangereviewThe Austrian company focuses on products and treatments inspired by the rich Alpine Flora. Offering solutions for sensitive, blemished, fragile, oily, combination and couperose skin, the Susanne Kaufmann organic treats spans 60 products that include skincare, herbal teas, salts, essences, men skincare, and hair products (the latter was new to me).susannekaufmann-healingearthmask-essence-reviewThe range is mostly vegan-friendly (I’d say it’s vegetarian-friendly), cruelty-free, organic and the essential oils used are free from allergens. Several products contain wheat-based ingredients such as wheat protein though, so I had to have a closer look. 

The products I’m using right now are the Healing Earth Mask (50 ml, €46) and the Pillow Spray Calming (75 ml, €20) with lavender. The Healing Earth Mask is one of the softest, gentlest kaolin-based masks out there. It’s not vegan though as it contains some honey and beeswax.

The Pillow Spray Calming is perfect! Designed to subtly scent your pillow, it’s also great as room fragrance. The smell is sublime, very light, not too sweet – more on the herbal side of the rich lavender aroma.

Discover the range over at Susanne Kaufmann organic treats online shop.

I would definitely recommend looking into the Susanne Kaufmann organic treats range if you need quite effective skin care, if your skin is particularly sensitive, or mature, or blemish-prone. If you have to avoid wheat/grain-based products, you’ll have to check the ingredients. The range is cruelty-free but not 100% vegan-friendly. However, my next skincare highlight is perfectly vegan!

Manuka Honey Alternative:
Manuka Essential Oil

Manuka honey has been all the craze recently. However, I find manuka essential oil to be not just a more ethical aka animal-friendly option but even a more powerful one.

I discovered this 100% leptospermum scoparium essential oil by Optima Naturals (5 ml, €17) at ecco verde, and could not resist.

Manuka essential oil is considered safe and non-allergenic in literature and is said to be much more gentle than its close relative, tea trea essential oil; it does indeed smell much finer (it has a mild, slightly medicinal/ balsamic, herbal scent). A rich source of sesquiterpenes, its health benefits read like a dream come true: anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antimicrobial, antihistamine and antiseptic, it’s also soothing, cicatrisant and cytophylactic. I’m a fan of this lovely natural remedy after it worked wonders on mosquito bites during warmer summer days and has helped cure an allergic reaction to a shampoo that suddently had wheat protein, my Nemesis, added to the formula.manuka-essential-oilI’m being cautious of course, but so far I’ve been successfully experimenting, adding a few drops of this oil to my less is more hair and scalp Rose Serum and to this brand new, luxurious oil blend:

Alpine Pure Oil,
by TellurideGlow

Just for the record: I receive several dozens of product testing suggestions from companies each month.

So far, only two of such requests have come to fruition because there was something deeply genuine about the companies and the founders. And TellurideGlow is one of those two companies. Located in eponymous Telluride, Colorado, the young company has developed a rich, lightweight, multi-purpose, high calibre oil serum: Alpine Pure Oil. And I had the opportunity to test it.

Aromatherapy blended into skincare, precious oils and silky, non-greasy texture… The “Holy Grail” oil serums are having quite a moment right now, aren’t they? The intensely hydrating Alpine Pure Oil (60 ml, $45) is a blend of 24 precious oils including argan, baobab, moringa, tamanu, plum seed and lovely essential oils such as neroli, frankincense, sweet orange and roman chamomile. The bright orange oil absorbs quickly, leaving the skin feeling silky and soft. I find that my mineral make-up sticks really well when my skin is prepped with Alpine Pure Oil. Oh and the heavenly scent! It makes each application pure pleasure.tellurideglow-alpinepureoil-review

As I wrote in my post on dry and blemish-prone skin, a facial massage that goes from quick to extensive, depending on my time schedule, is a vital part of my skincare routine, morning and evening. While I’ve been using a Santaverde serum in summer, I was already looking for a richer texture to use in autumn and winter, as Telluride Glow founder reached out. Serendipity or synchronicity? I don’t know, but I’m very impressed with the product: it’s deeply hydrating, feels supple and soft, the aroma is heavenly, and inflammations as well as mosquito bites are not just soothed – itchniness and pain stop dead after application. The company is also completely transparent not just about the complete ingredients list but also about the origin of each ingredient; extra bonus points for using recycled and earth-friendly shipping materials and for supporting a national anti-food-waste nonprofit.

Virgin Coconut Oil*, Golden Jojoba Oil*, Rosehip Seed Oil*, Argan Nut Oil*, Evening Primrose Oil*, Baobab Oil*, Geranium Essential Oil*, Lavender Essential Oil*, d-alpha-tocopherol natural vitamin E oil (500 IU/G), Pomegranate Seed Oil*, Watermelon Seed Oil, Pumpkin Seed Oil*, Cranberry Seed Oil, Plum Seed Oil, Maracuja Oil, Moringa Seed Oil, Ylang Ylang Complete Essential Oil*, Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil*, Tamanu Nut Oil*, Neroli – Orange Blossom Essential Oil*, Frankincense Essential Oil*, Roman Chamomile Essential Oil*, Sweet Orange Essential Oil*, Mica. * Certified organic.

Website: TellurideGlow

TellurideGlow returns soon in my BEAUTYCALYPSE Brand to Watch series. Meanwhile, I’m suggesting that you, my lovely US and Canada-based readers and Europe-based shops and distributors, get your hands on some Alpine Pure Oil. For Europeans – get in touch regarding shipping before you order.
❗️UPDATE! Glorious gift with purchase in October: a free travel size.

Speaking of hands

Le Soin des mains

I like to keep my skincare as minimalistic as possible, and so the precious, ultra-rich Rahua Body Lotion has been putting in overtime doubling as hand cream ever since I first purchased it. However, the bottle size is not travel-friendly, and I needed a travel buddy.

I first saw a review of the absolution product over on beautyjagd a few years ago, but it wasn’t until a huge summer sale on ecco verde that I actually thought of this very hand lotion (40 ml, €16):absolution-lesoindesmains-reviewUsually I don’t trust formulas with lots of glycerin and I must admit that I simply overlooked it while shopping. However, maybe due to Berlin’s near tropical weather conditions, maybe there’s not as much of it after all, I haven’t experienced any dryness or “addictiveness”. Nori extract and licorice are also not your standard hand lotion heroes and supposedly help reduce UV damage. The Zinc-enriched hand lotion is almost balmy, absorbs ultra-quick, and has a subtly medicinal, slightly ginger-like scent that I find relaxing. I think it’s a keeper for a hand lotion in my pocket makes a lot of sense in autumn and in winter – because of course, washing hands is the best flu protection.

Aqua ( Water), Rosa Damascena Flower Water*, Glycerin, Dicaprylyl Ether, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Bentonite, Arachidyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Arachidyl Glucoside, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Benzyl Alcohol, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Extract*, Cinnamomum Camphora (Camphor) Bark Oil, Levulinic Acid, Tocopherol, Xanthan Gum, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder*, Fagus Sylvatica Bud Extract*, Equisetum Arvense Extract, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Oil Unsaponifiables*, Euterpe Oleracea Pulp Powder*, Sodium Levulinate, Tremella Fuciformis Polysaccharide, Maltodextrin, Pogostemon Cablin Oil*, Dehydroacetic Acid, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Quartz, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Bud Oil*, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil*, Benzoic Acid, Linalool**, Eugenol**
* certified organic/ ** from natural essential oils skincare-favourites-autumn-2016

Have a happy and healthy October, green gang!💚



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7 Responses

  1. I am very thankful that you introduced the Alpine Pure Oil to me. It’s such a pleasure to use it especially during cold days and by the before I am going out for a run. I simply massage it into the skin in the morning and wait for a couple of minutes before I go outside. For the moment this is totally enough for chilly, wet days. Perhaps in winter I have to add something heavier. In the evenings I enjoy the pleasant scent. So calming!

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