March | Beauty Brand We Love
Skinvestment products that prioritise sustainability
It's no wonder Wildsmith Skin has won 2 Beauty Bible awards
A beauty brand that more than meets The Calendar Magazine’s measure of ethical and luxury excellence is Wildsmith Skin. This sensorial skincare spin-off from the secluded Hampshire haven, Heckfield Place, is guided by a philosophy of nurturing the deep connection between plants and people. Wildsmith Skin calls it ‘radical botany’: biodynamically-grown, plant-derived bio-actives, botanicals and minerals for a results-driven, planet-friendly approach.
Our particular favourite is Active Repair Nourishing Cleansing Balm which also counts among its fans beauty industry veteran Anna-Marie Solowij.
“This really is a ’skinvestment’: a price-justified, luxe level cleanser. In a 200ml jar, it lasts much longer than most (it took me nearly 6 months to hit glass, and, generally, balm cleansers come in 100-150ml sizes) so cost per use is justified (there is a 100ml version though economies of scale are in favour of larging it). But size isn’t everything: at the end of the day (and the beginning), this is such a pleasure to use. A dollop of the jelly balm turns to a silky oil during massage (it works brilliantly with a gua sha) and is easily removed with a hot cloth. The scent is authentically natural – a blend of recognisable herbs including mint, camomile, and lavender. For a cleanser (usually the least sophisticated formula as it is not designed to stay on the skin) this one is impressive: 16 different plant oils with protective, calming, soothing, exfoliating, antioxidant, and anti-microbial properties. No wonder it’s won 2 Beauty Bible awards.”