Brand Review : Skin & Tonic London

issue five : a feast for gluttony

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A love story that began with a gin and tonic - and led to phenomenal untainted skincare brand... What more could you want? Let me assure you, Skin & Tonic has loads more on offer and deliverers our issue's; 'A Feast for Gluttony' requirements on a perfect little platter.

Simple, with a pinch of considered duality (gender neutrality and multifunctional) and no more than 7 ingredients per jar, provides us with a stable of effective products... many of which are (technically) good enough to eat. All of which, bring a sense of momentary indulgent stillness and calm as you inhale the aroma's (trust me, I've inhaled them all in my time).

What else I love about this brand is they really have considered more than just their ingredients. They haven't gone gluttonous on quantity, but rather have a small bevvy of beauties (there are currently 16 products in the range and an accessory or two) that meet the skin care and wellbeing requirements of the many. You see, that the thing about our skin is that we don't really need all that much to show it, love. It is our time and devotion to it that renders the best results.

Skin & Tonic sources from British and French farms and suppliers. When they do need to look further afield for their ingredients, they source from fair trade women's cooperatives in Sri Lanka and Ghana and they expertly handcraft small batches of their delectable 'cocktails' and serve them up in recycled glass bottles, with a twist of humour for good measure. They do a bunch of other really good things for people, planet and animals too, I just didn't want to ruin you for other brands vying for your attention.

Most of their products are suitable for a vegan diet too!

 

Here is my regular order off the Skin & Tonic menu

 

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Detox Beauty Oil

Much like in the pantry, oil is an essential ingredient in the recipe to great skin. I still hear people bulk in horror about putting oil onto oily/combination skin, but guess what? The 'right' oils are actually beneficial in balancing the skins own sebum production. It's the same premise as you needing good fats in a healthy diet...and this little recipe is filled with 'good fats' and edible ingredients.

I use this in my kit both as a serum for skin in need of some t.l.c as well as when I need to do a high-end editorial 'wet' skin look.

 

Tip:

Add a couple of drops to your daily moisturiser for a hydrating boost.

 

Ingredients:

  1. Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil *
  2. Cirullus lanatus (watermelon) seed oil *
  3. Nigella sativa (black cumin) seed oil *
  4. Citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot) fruit oil *
  5. Citrus aurantium amara (petitgrain) leaf oil *
  6. Tocopherol (vitamin E) **

 

*Certified organic, **Non GMO, 100% NATURAL. 99% ORGANIC

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Beard & Shave Oil

The fashion industry is the one industry where women are the majority and the pay-gap is in our favour. But just to show those men who are brave enough to play second fiddle for a change, I haven't left you out in the cold... This little bottle of beard oil is exclusively for your pleasure and lives amongst the razors and shavers in my makeup kit.

After all, it takes a real man to wear makeup and play dress up. 

 

Tip:

Ditch the beard and use it as a shaving oil.

 

Ingredients:

  1. Vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil*
  2. Carthamus tinctorius (thistle) seed oil*
  3. Argania spinosa (argan) kernel oil*
  4. Cedrus atlantica (cedarwood) wood oil*
  5. Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf oil*

*Certified organic, 100% NATURAL. 100% ORGANIC

Rose Mist

This fragrant mist is a kit essential and has been for quite some time. Skin & Tonic recommends that you can use it to set makeup, but I use it to refresh makeup and redistribute that floury - a.k.a powdery - look that can so easily creep up on all of us. 

Oh, and it also comes in a handy travel-friendly size. Perfect for the handbag (or standby bag).

Tip:

Spray around yourself to calm and cool your mood in those flustered moments of stress.

Ingredients:

  1. Rosa centifolia (rose) flower water *
  2. Glycerin **
  3. Leuconostoc/Radish root ferment filtrate
  4. Aloe barbadensis (aloe) leaf juice powder *

*Certified organic by the Soil Association, **Organic origin, 100% NATURAL. 96% ORGANIC

 
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Calm Balm

It can get hot in the kitchen, and by in the kitchen I clearly mean on set. Egos can be large and tempers can fly off the handle. As a makeup artist, my job is more than just applying a bit of product. In fact, I would say at least 50% of my job is managing moods. So much so, I often refer to myself as a psychologist with a powder puff. 

This Calm Balm is one of my secret weapons in my standby bag. I take a dollop of this and warm it up between my hands and let my model take a few deep breaths before we get started on the day. It's always a winner.

Tip:

Massage into dry, delicate or cracked skin for a hydrating moisture boost

 

Ingredients:

  1. Butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter*
  2. Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower oil*
  3. Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*
  4. Anthemis nobilis (roman chamomile) flower oil*
  5. Calendula officinalis (calendula) flower extract*
  6. Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract*

*Certified organic, **Non GMO, 100% NATURAL. 99% ORGANIC

 

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