By Bess O’Connor
Finding skincare products that are perfect for you in every way isn’t easy. More often than not, you simply have to compromise on something – perhaps you like the scent of a product, but it’s too oily. Or maybe you love the texture of a cream, but it doesn’t hydrate quite enough. It’s a gamble every time you buy a new product and sometimes, it’s just easier to stick with the one that’s just ‘okay’ rather than spending more in the search for the ‘holy grail’ of cosmetics.
Luckily, there’s a new trend in skincare, where companies have created processes whereby you can customise your own products to suit you perfectly: you can choose the base and then add your favorite additional ingredients in the right quantities for you. This way, you’ll know that what you’re getting is something you are going to love and use more regularly.
The term “bespoke” once referred only to the world of fashion — namely haute couture and London’s Savile Row. But today, it has moved beyond fashion and into our beauty routines, with bespoke skincare products being the latest rage in beauty. Here are some of the most natural and organic bespoke beauty brands offering you exactly what you want and need.
Based on your own personal needs as assessed by a DNA analysis, this plush brand created by a doctor creates two unique serums that are designed for your skin only. These mainly serve as anti-ageing protection; one serum fights free radicals and the other boosts collagen, with active ingredients included that are directly proportionate to your unique needs. Housed in high tech flasks (which can also be personalised), this is about as luxurious as skincare gets.
Subtle Green is a unique, luxury and organic skincare experience that allows you to create your own customized moisturizer or serum. The first step is to choose your base depending on your skin type, according to their handy dandy guide. The second step is choosing the ingredients that best work together to focus on a particular concern you have. And step three is selecting a booster pack of essential oils to add some of what you would define as the most heavenly scent.
All their products come in high-quality violet glass to preserve the therapeutic qualities of the botanicals and essential oils.
Specialised skincare brand Astrid Naturals allows you to create your own special cream by first choosing a body or skincare product to customize. Select from their wide array of plant based butters and oils, active botanical extracts and essential oils; whatever works best for your own skin. At the end of the process, you can enjoy your very own artisanal, hand-crafted natural skincare products with all the goodies you love – you can even create your own label!
Micellar water is a huge trend in skincare right now. The combination of watery liquid and oil really digs down deep to clear out impurities from every pore. However, for organic beauty lovers, there’s a problem: the oil/water combo usually requires chemicals to allow the two to mix, and also to ensure the oil doesn’t go off in the water. Thankfully, Moroccan Natural has created a wonderful new concept, whereby you add your own portions of jojoba oil to an aloe vera base to create a makeup remover and skin cleanser that gets more intense the more oil you use. It also has a super long shelf life!
The brand also sells pure, loose rhassoul clay, so you can just add water to it in the palm of your hand to create a masque of the thickness you prefer and need. Ditto for its loose pearl powder: this ‘miracle ingredient’ comprised of nothing more than finely ground up pearls, can be added to your favourite facial oil or cream to give your skin a collagen-preserving, skin lightening boost any time you want it.
The customisation process with Crate 61 Organics is a bit more complex: it begins with a questionnaire that is sent to one of their expert formulators. If you’re looking to create your own personalized body butter, for example, their formulators will take your entire questionnaire into consideration when choosing the different essential oils and cold pressed organic ingredients to place in your very own, unique butter. Everything is done for you based on your needs and requests, and
You’ll begin with an online questionnaire takes absolutely everything about your complexion into account, from your age, your skincare worries, and the scents you like and dislike. Based on this, the company concocts the perfect product for you, be it a serum, moisturiser or cleanser, and in the end, you will even have your own, fancy personalized label on your bespoke skincare system.
You know your skin is in good hands with Jennifer Young; she is an associate member of the Royal Society of Medicine, she has a BSc (Hons) in Biology; is an experienced Microbiologist; a qualified and practicing Nutritional Therapist, a lecturer in nutrition, skin care and product formulation, a qualified Aromatherapist, Beauty Therapist and Product Formulator. She combines all her knowledge from all of these areas and applies them to your skin.
Customisation has moved a step further and it arrived at your beauty cabinet with Kozmetics. Founder Dr Magdalena Koziol offers skincare that’s created just for you. She personally will help you choose from watermelon extract (to protect from sun damage), Vitamin C (to remove brown spots and stimulate collagen), hyaluronic acid (to plump skin), rosehip oil (to stimulate collagen and reduce scars) and dozens more ingredients to create the one skincare product you’ll never want to live without. The best part? Prices start from £15.00!