Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Love your Hands

Soft hands 2

We hope you’ve all been keeping your tootsies in tip top condition since our last post, Super Supple Summer Feet.  Today we want to get hands on!  Here are a few reasons why…

  • Hands are one of the first things people notice about us after our face
  • The skin on our hands is exposed to harsher conditions than any part of our body - from the elements to cleaning products
  • Hands are one of the first parts of our bodies to show signs of ageing - and one of the most difficult areas to hide it
  • Well groomed hands and nails are always attractive and will get you noticed for all the right reasons!

At CutECOsmetics we’re big advocates of using skin-kind, paraben-free products on our hands to keep them soft, smooth and well nourished.  You can never be too young or too old to start looking after your hands… the important thing is to do it, today!

Here are some of our favourites for daily hand tlc…


CutECOsmetics Hand Creams

1. eos Cucumber Hand Cream, £7  eos (evolution of smooth) is renowned for its amazing lip balms - and believe us when we say your hands will love the contents of this sweet spherical bottle just as much! Infused with moisturizing shea butter, oat extract, and a generous helping of antioxidants and vitamins C and E. Also available in Berry Blossom & Sheer Petals fragrances.

2 Love & Toast Honey Coconut Hand Cream, £10.95 A lightweight lotion that’s rich in moisture, with Organic Aloe, luxurious Shea Butter, Safflower Seed Oil, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Avocado Extract, Olive fruit, Green tea.  The Honey & Cocunut smells of sweet honey, sugared vanilla, violet & sandalwood. Also available in Sugar Grapefruit.

3. Nougat London Helping Hands Fig & Pink Cedar Mini Travel Set, £6   A perfect travel, desk or handbag companion, this set of 30ml minis will treat your senses and your skin. Enriched with hydrating Almond and Macadamia oils, comforting Comfrey and Vitamin E and a blend of Lemongrass and Bergamot oils.

4. Skin Blossom Caring Hand Cream, £4.95 This easily absorbed cream contains a special blend of plant oils fight dryness as Shea and Cocoa Butter restore skin, while Rose Geranium restores and protects.

Top Tips for hand care:

  • Avoid harsh soaps that can strip your skin of natural oils
  • ALWAYS wear gloves when washing up or using cleaning products
  • Sunscreen is just as important for hands as it is for your face: use it daily, all year around
  • Apply hand cream regularly throughout the day to keep skin moisturised

Once a week, treat your hands to some deluxe treatment… gently exfoliate your hands with exfoliator such as Deep Steep Organic Sugar Scrub with Lavender and Chamomile, slather on a thick layer of hand cream or body butter, pop on some cotton gloves and leave them on overnight. Wake up with baby soft hands! If you can’t face sleeping in gloves, do this while you watch a movie one evening (at home… it might look rather odd in the cinema!").

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Super Supple Summer Feet

We’ve really been enjoying the nice sunshine this week and if you’re anything like us as soon as the sun is out the entire summer is spent in flip flops or barefoot.  This is all well and good however this can damage the skin on your feet. The constant exposure to the air can cause the sensitive skin on your heels to dry out and leads to cracked heels, which as we know are not the prettiest sight.

So here are a few tips for looking after your feet in the summer.

  • Remove dry skin – if you’re lucky enough to be jetting off to the beach, walking in the wet sand will naturally exfoliate the feet on your skin (we knew there was a really good reason for booking that holiday!)
  • If you’re not so lucky then at home soak your feet in warm water for 15-20 minutes, then use a pumice stone to gentle scrub your heels removing the dead skin. It’s easy peasy to make your own foot scrub using Sea Salt, Olive Oil & your favourite essential oils. There are some great resources online to guide you through making your own remedies.

·    This 100% natural foot polish contains a circulation-boosting blend that is loaded with extracts of Peppermint, Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree and Spearmint as well as a touch of sweet, natural Vanilla. The polish is brilliant at exfoliating with Walnut Shells to slough off dead, dull skin and Jojoba Oil to moisturize.

  • Rinse and dry your feet.
  • Liberally apply a foot cream, balm or lotion – our personal favourites are:
·     Lulu and Boo Melissa and Mallow Foot Balm – it contains Organic Marshmallow to soften, moisturise and sooth tired achy feet, combined with the antiseptic qualities of Organic Lemon and Tea Tree Essential Oils. As with all Lulu & Boo products it smells divine.

·  Or alternatively Balm Balm’s 100% Organic TeaTree Foot Balm will certainly do the trick, containing Shea butter, sunflower, beeswax, jojoba, calendula & tea tree essential oil. A great value option as well.

  • Make sure to apply plenty, pull on a pair of cotton socks to sleep in and your feet will thank you for it in the morning.
  •  Try to avoid wearing backless or open styles all summer to avoid losing the moisture from your feet, use the pumice stone at least twice a week & apply a daily moisturiser/balm to your  feet.

·     Gwdihw’s Twinkle Toes Balm is great to give your feet a quick lift packed with Marigold Flowers, Coconut and Olive Oils, Beeswax and Essential Oil of Lavender.
Deep Steep Candy Mint Foot Cream will really leave your feet feeling energized and it’s 100% Natural formula is perfect for daily use 

 We’d love to hear any of your foot care tips! We're looking forward to the natural exfoliation of the beach next week!

Friday, 10 August 2012

Sprout Skincare: a UK first at CutECOsmetics!

Sprout Group

CutECOsmetics is thrilled to bring the 100% natural Sprout skincare range to the UK.  We’ve fallen head over heels for this US brand, who’s products are handmade in small batches, using the purest ingredients available, to ensure optimum quality every time.

Not only are the adorably packaged products a pleasure to use; every ingredient is either certified organic, Fair Trade, or sourced from small family farms, PETA certified and Vegan Friendly.  Impressive? We thought so too!

The ‘mother’ of the range is Sprout Shea Butter Cream. Rich and therapeutic, this is made with wild-harvested shea butter, organic extra-virgin coconut and olive oils.  Our dehydrated Summer skin is thanking us for it (ps it smells di-vine!).

Other gorgeousness:

  • Sprout Body Scrub - with demerara sugar & organic shredded coconut
  • Sprout Exfoliant - with oats and almonds
  • Sprout Cleanser - with organic rosewater, glycerine & tea tree
  • Sprout Makeup Remover - with sweet almond & jojoba oils
  • Sprout Toner - with apple cider vinegar & essential oils
  • Vegan Lip Balms - choose from citrus, cinnamon, cocoa & peppermint

Have a closer look at Sprout!

Monday, 6 August 2012

Olympic Beauty Giveaway

Who else is on fire with Olympic fever?!  We’ve been so inspired we’ve decided to give away some of our favourite Olympic Beauty Products - Gold, Silver & Bronze could all be yours!


The prizes, worth more than £45 in total, are:

Lily Lolo If Eye Were a Winner - Limited Edition metallic mineral eyeshadows in gold, silver & bronze.

Lime Crime China Doll - eyeshadow palette reflecting the colours of the Olympic rings!

Love & Toast Lip Glaze - Crush Rush, a shimmery coral bronze shade.

To enter, simply like our Facebook page, share & leave a comment on our Olympic Giveaway post before 12 August, when the winner will be announced. 

On your marks, get set, GO!

If you’d like a closer look at the prizes, you can view them on our website.