Summer is well and truly here - and it feels so good! Even though grey clouds are sneaking back in above us in Dublin this weekend, the temperatures are still balmy and warm and plenty more sun can be expected, as can BBQs, weekend walks and holiday adventures. We’re being naturally drawn outside, whether to the garden and the seaside, to soak up the energy and nourishment offered to us by the Sun and the Earth as midsummer rapidly approaches.
The summer season brings with it peak energy levels and abundance for all in nature, including us. The hedgerows are full and buzzing, and that spirit, that has the birds singing and the bees busily buzzing, should be ample within us too.
The warmer weather calls for everything to be lighter and brighter – seasonal eating draws us towards fresh salads and ripe strawberries, we’re pulling on short sleeves and sundresses, intuitively reaching for lighter linens and cotton, and it feels as though our make-up and beauty routine needs to be lighter too. We're sloughing away all things heavy and dense to be able to feel the full optimism and exuberance of summer.
Everything feels as though it needs to be easy, effortless and joyful, so we instinctively leave behind heavy creams and bases for tints and sheer, light make up, while also spending time buffing and perfecting our skin so that we can feel confident showing it off at its very best all summer long. We want healthy, glowing, subtly-gleaming limbs to poke out of pretty sundresses and floaty short sleeves.
This is the time of year where Retinol products come into their own, where we’re reaching for Vitamin C to brighten, Hyaluronic Acid to plump and hydrate, and SPF to offer protection from long days under the sun.
We’re moving towards lighter serums and gel-textures to keep our skin feeling fresh and unburdened during the day. We love a formula with an SPF built-in to help keep our morning routine simple, and we’re also practising thoroughly cleansing (aka double cleansing) to be sure we’re removing all traces of make-up, SPF, shine and grime from our faces at the end of each day.
For the ultimate glow from within focus on getting plenty of quality sleep, and eating lots of seasonal, organic fruits and veggies, with plenty of clean water to hydrate and keep skin luminous all summer long.
Superfood Cleansing Balm, €59
A silky smooth organic cleansing balm packed with superfood ingredients to nourish skin and effortlessly remove every trace of make up and SPF. This balm makes cleansing every evening a joy, not a chore, and will leave your skin feeling nourished, soft and hydrated while enhancing your sense of wellbeing.
Lactic Acid Brightening Cleanser, €59
We love, LOVE to reveal a radiant glow with this gentle lactic acid exfoliating cleanser from Agent Nateur. Formulated with premium and organic ingredients to revive most skin types, even sensitive, without irritation. Use it to brighten dull skin, refine texture, and reduce the appearance of imperfections. Leaves skin silky, supple, and youthful.
Exfoliating Peel Spray, €59
An innovative, easy to use organic peel spray that allows you to exfoliate your skin to silky perfection in just a minute or two. Spray it on and rinse off to reveal instantly smoother, softer and more radiant skin. It's a gentle, natural formulation for all skin types and perfect for overhauling skin in an instant before a date night, work event or BBQ.
THE ORGANIC PHARMACY
Hyaluronic Acid Serum, €45
The ideal serum for summer days, this feels light and cooling on the skin, absorbs quickly and leaves skin feeling soft, hydrated, plumped and glowing. Use it morning and night. We like to use this instead of a face cream on warm summer days to add moisture and refine without weighing skin down. A firm favourite for year round glow!
EVOLVE ORGANIC BEAUTY
Climate Defence Facial Cream SPF30, €39
A new launch just in time for summer, Climate Defence is an un-tinted, reef-safe, non-nano Zinc Oxide based SPF30 cream to provide broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection while nourishing and perfecting the skin. With Lingonberry Stem Cells to protect, Prickly Pear to soothe and Hyaluronic Acid to plum and hydrate. For an easy and comprehensive morning skincare ritual.
SUMMER MAKE UP
This time of year calls out for pretty, sheer and dewy make up with just-bitten colours for lips, and healthy subtle shades for cheeks. We love a low-key vibe and seek out formulas that will bring juicy-fresh colour that looks natural, glowing and effortless, whether we’re heading out to work or out on a summer date night.
True Skin Serum Concealer, €35
We love how this cleanly formulated, lightweight concealer delivers silky, blendable coverage to just the areas we need it. Enriched with Vitamin C it helps protect skin from environmental damage, while Mastic resin mattifies and refines. It really helps to reduce the appearance of blemishes and discolouration while leaving skin looking bright and flawless.
Lychee Corrector Crème, €38
A youth-enhancing skin tone corrector in a lightweight crème formula that is perfect for brightening under-eyes and about the face. Helps to balance and even your skin tone while enhancing natural radiance. Like a full night’s sleep in a bottle, this formula will illuminate and wake up the skin, making you look more glowing and radiant. Youthful and super hydrating. With delicious lychee & vitamins E & C.
Super Serum Skin Tint SPF30, €56
This multi-award winning, bestselling skin tint is a lightweight, clean serum that fuses skincare, makeup and sun protection into one easy step. Non-nano zinc oxide offers natural, safe sun protection while Hyaluronic Acid, plant-based Squalane, and Niacinamide provide hydration, plump the skin, even skin tone, soften fine lines and blur imperfections. It dries down to a natural, dewy, luminous finish. Beautiful!
OLIO E OSSO
Lip Balm, No. 2 French Melon, €31
These little balms are some of the best clean beauty options ever for lips and cheeks. They glide on to give just a hint of subtle healthy colour, while softening and hydrating, and leaving a hint of sheen. We cannot get enough of them! Once converted, you will never look back. Available in a range of shades but we love this bright, juicy melon shade for a perfectly pigmented blush of luscious colour to summer cheeks and lips.
Last Looks Creamy Blush, in Seashell, €29
We love this luxurious organic and vegan blush to add flawless, buildable colour to cheeks and lips. Powered by natural and organic plant-derived Phyto-Pigments and age-defying serum, antioxidant-rich technology, this is a high-performance blush to deliver a healthy, natural looking flush that flatters any skin tone.
Fullest Volumising Mascara, €33
Instantly hydrate and plump lips with this super-conditioning balm gloss from The Organic Pharmacy. With Hyaluronic Acid it instantly hydrates whilst antioxidants protect and condition lips for a glossy, juicy finish. We love that it's organic and sustainably made, so you can feel good about what you are putting on your lips. Comes in a wonderful selection of flattering colours, like this bright Coral.
SUMMER BODY CARE
We’re showing off our limbs this season more than at any other time of the year – sea swimming, fluttery dresses at BBQs, outdoor yoga – so we’re spending time loving caring for every inch of our beautiful bodies.
From spending a couple of minutes dry brushing in the morning, to using Retinol all over, and finding the perfect summer nail colour for fingers and toes. We want formulas that glide over our skin and leaving it feeling silky, ultra-moisturised and glowing.
Super Charge Copper Skin Brush, €79
A super charge Copper Body Brush to wake up the body and restore electromagnetic balance. With ion-charged copper bristles and natural horsehair to encourage accelerated lymphatic drainage and the removal of toxins.
Use it to exfoliate your skin while, reduce the appearance of cellulite and encourage a radiant glow.
THE ORGANIC PHARMACY
Organic Self Tan, €52
An organic and vegan self-tan that has been developed using a unique DHA. Derived from Sugar Beet, rather than manufactured synthetically, the DHA in The Organic Pharmacy’s Self Tan is an Ecocert approved organic ingredient and is free of parabens and synthetic dyes. It contains Shea Butter, Aloe, Jojoba, Vitamin E and Coconut to condition, care for and protect skin with every application. It has a pleasant scent, is easy to apply and delivers a beautiful golden-brown tan.
All Natural Coconut & Argan Body Butter, €21.99
We love using this rich, deeply nourishing body butter all over the body - on face, hands, limbs, feet and lips. Made in Europe and packaged in a recyclable, plastic-free tin, this ultra-pure, organic Body Butter is lusciously silky and moisturising with just 5 pure and natural organic ingredients. Leaves even the driest skin feeling nourished and smooth and lusterous. Coconut, Shea Butter and Cacao provide deep and long-lasting moisture. Use it to give skin a healthy, happy glow at any time of the year.
A lush organic body oil that helps to firm and rejuvenate skin, improving elasticity and locking in hydration. We love that it deeply hydrates and firms while improving texture. Bio-Retinol stimulates collagen and helps keep skin all over looking youthful. With Hyaluronic Acid to soften, plump and moisturise. The uplifting natural scent make this such a joy to use after showering in the morning, and leaves limbs glowing with health.
A bright, bubble-gum pink shade.
Once its sandal weather, it's nice to jazz up toes with a bright pop of summery colour. This nail lacquer with a gel-like patent shine finish from Butter London gives up to 10 days of chip and fade resistant wear and is also free from the 10 most common toxins usually found in nail polish. Fruit Machine is a bright, head-turning bubble-gum pink that looks beautiful against sun kissed skin and on the beach.
Want to see more clean and natural beauty buys for summer. Dive into our summer collections below to shop all our favourites for a healthy, happy summer.