I\’ve got a lovely bunch of coconuts& there they are standing in a row. What? That\’s how the song goes? Oh. Well that\’s the new version inspired by pomegranates stellar rise to beauty glory.
It happens every once in a while an ingredient is discovered by some beauty genius, and before you know it every it\’s in every product on the shelves. Glycolic acid, salicylic acid, AHAs, Pro-Xylane, hylaronic acid are just some of the many examples, and recently there has been somewhat of a boom surrounding something called “minerals”, you might have heard of it. On the odd occasion, these trend products are natural, which adds just a hint of sweetness to their usefulness.
Which brings me back to pomegranates. High in, well basically every good thing known to man, and a powerful antioxidant, there are a tonne of products putting the benefits of pomegranate to good use&
SOTO Day Cream
If you haven\’t heard of SOTO yet it\’d be a good idea to keep an eye and ear (or perhaps even two of each) out for it. Launched just a few months ago in November, SOTO is new Australian skincare company whose first release is a certified organic range. And believe me, it is simply divine (I\’ll post more comprehensively on SOTO and its philosophies later, which are nothing short of inspirational, but now back to pomegranates). Each SOTO product contains a unique ingredient duo, two key players that work in harmony. In the case of the Day Cream the two are Siberian Ginseng extract, and Pomegranate Oil. The Day Cream employs pomegranate oil for its powerful antioxidant qualities, it is rich in Punicic acid which acts as your skins knight in shining armour, protecting it from the evil warriors of the day such as pollution and dehydration. Visit www.sotoskin.com for more information.
Get it for: 50ml $78
Burt\’s Bees Very Volumizing Pomegranate and Soy Shampoo and Conditioner
Certainly not a new product, but one worth mentioning nonetheless is Burt\’s Bees Very Volumizing Pomegranate and Soy Shampoo and Conditioner. Winner at the ACP Beauty Awards last year for Best Shampoo and Conditioner for fine hair, the pomegranate extract in the formulation works to gently but thoroughly remove all traces of build-up on the hair, thus giving each little hair the chance to be separated, voluminous and free.
All Burt\’s Bees shampoos and conditioners are free from sulphates and parabens, if you have never used a sulphate-free shampoo before, it is a unique experience. You don\’t get the foaming action you would with your normal products, so it\’s common to just keep piling and piling the product onto the hair trying to get that usual scrubby feeling, which isn\’t necessary, and won\’t work even if you tip the whole bottle on there. It\’s weird. But the end result is actually quite revolutionary. Once the hair is dry you\’ll notice that all of the grime and build-up have been removed, and all that\’s left is clean hair; not squeaky, stripped hair either. It\’s like a diamond cutter, blasting away at the flawed rock until every last skerrick of imperfection is gone, leaving just pure, natural, shining diamond. Or hair, depending on what grows out of your head.
Get it for: $16.95ea
Burt\’s Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with pomegranate oil
When it comes to lip gloss I\’m what you might call a bit of a hussy. I\’ll use any old stuck-to-the-front-of-a-magazine-bottom-of-my-handbag thing that\’ll give my lips a bit of sheen and a hint of colour. That said, lip balm is a whole different ballgame. When we\’re talking balm, I want some genuine hydration, long-lastability and gentle sheen. I\’m picky, because I won\’t use a balm with petroleum in it (which is something I\’ll touch on in the weeks to come), I don\’t want it to be too sticky and a sweet, light fragrance will really push it over the line. Burt\’s Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with pomegranate oil comfortably ticks all these boxes, and thus is quite the handbag staple. Pomegranate oil once again comes into play here for its antioxidant purposes and also for its high level of Vitamin C. Combined with sunflower, sweet almond and coconut oil, this one really locks in the turbo-hydration. It comes in a convenient click-top roller stick (technical term, I\’m sure you can tell), is deliciously scented (it smells very similar to those beeswax candles you buy from Tree Of Life) and while the balm itself is raspberry red it really only enhances your natural lip colour rather than adding any harsh colour.
Get it for: $6.95
Burt\’s Bees Naturally Ageless Intensive Repairing Serum
I know what you\’re thinking, I\’m involved in some sort of scheme to put the offspring of Burt\’s Bees\’ CEO through college, but I think you\’ll agree Burt\’s Bees are dedicated followers of the pomegranate movement, which is why they\’re featuring so heavily. I promise!
For me, Burt\’s Bees Naturally Ageless Intensive Repairing Serum is the hero product of the Burt\’s Bees range. I sincerely heart it. I have a couple of serums on the go at any given moment, and put this one into action when my skin is desperately dehydrated, or in need of a pick me up. Less like a cream or lotion serum and more like an oil& actually not â€˜like\’ an oil, it is an oil, Naturally Ageless is designed to be used on those areas cursed with fine lines; so around the eyes, on the forehead, in between the brows and down the lip lines. Antioxidant pomegranate oil and moisturising evening primrose oil are doing the work here. After a big night out a few drops of this beneath your moisturiser will work wonders, as will dabbing a teensy bit of it on smile lines and crows feet after a long day.
Get it for: $64.95
A\’Kin Pure Alchemy Cellular Radiance Serum
Another in the collection of oil serums I so enjoy is A\’Kin\’s Cellular Radiance Serum. With my love of radiance combined with all that I\’ve learned in the past few years about the importance of cellular care, this one sold me on the name alone, but its practice is also a real winner.
My love of oil serums started with rosehip oil, but like any typical Gen Y I\’ve always hunted for something more, and with rosehip oil, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, omega fatty acids 9, 3 and 6 as well as pomegranate extract this one is certainly loaded up. Pomegranate extract is high on omega 5 which works at a deep cellular level to improve the skin\’s texture and natural brightness.
I use this one every night, a couple of drops smoothed over the entire face and neck, I swear lights up your face immediately, and after a couple of weeks of use my skin was plumper, and had a natural sheen and dewiness.
Get it for: $39.95
Weleda Regenerating Body Care
Weleda\’s pomegranate products launched last month, and two products stood out for me. A couple of drops rubbed into each limb after a loose towel dry post-shower up hydration levels massively, thanks to the pomegranate seed oil, macadamia oil and jojoba oil. Most importantly though it makes you smell like a jungle princess, who emerges from the bushes dressed in artfully constructed hessian halter dress, with a loose sun-bleached braid and naturally golden skin. Or in short, it make smell good. Which makes it great for the day after your spray tan to hide that nasty odour. Or for any jungle trek.
Also worth mentioning is the Regenerating Hand Cream, super hydrating and wildly scented, it\’s great for your handbag and the occasional hand rub.
Get the body oil for: $37.90 and Get the hand cream for: $23.90
POM Pomegranate Juice
For all of the excellent nurturing, regenerating, antioxidant properties and its delicious smell, it\’s easy to forget that Pomegranate is actually a fruit, and it tastes damn good. Something POM have caught onto and bottled, literally. I have been sculling POM Pomegranate Juice for a couple of weeks now, and while the taste is initially quite tart and shocking (you expect it to be like something you\’ve tasted before, which it really isn\’t), once you\’ve adjusted it\’s bizarrely addictive.
What is your miracle ingredient? Do you love pomegranates? Does anyone just eat them as fruit?
Love and musings,