Suzanne's Summer must-have's

Onolla's Founder, Suzanne shares her holiday beauty hacks to help you feel fresh and fabulous this Summer.

I have a passion for travelling so much so I have managed to incorporate gallivanting into my professional as well as personal life. I have scoured the globe to find the best, most accessible to the off the beaten track spas and hotels, wound up in the most remote retreats and stumbled across the simplest, yet most stunning guest houses ensconced in nature in some of the wildest parts of the world. So it’s fair to say I have a finely tuned toiletry bag, or soap bag as some still like to call it (mine carries much more sophistication than a humble bar of soap! Though saying that, the soap bar is making a comeback due to its sustainability credentials and lack of packaging).

Here’s what’s coming with me on my travels this summer be it a spot of rewilding at Wilderness Festival  (my favourite festival where you need to look as well as feel good!) under canvas to further afield living it up under a five star four poster!     

Modern Botany 100% Natural Deodorant

I’ll start with a genuine must-have -BO basher! I wouldn’t use a conventional anti-perspirant never mind sell one to you because among other chemicals that raise a red flag for me, they contain aluminium salts, which act as a plug in your underarm by physically blocking the sweat glands. Not only does this feel unnatural in terms of stopping the body doing something it is smartly designed to do, this chemical has alleged links to breast cancer, skin disorders, hormonal disruption and even environmental concerns (in terms of their inability to break down post-disposal). While the jury is out, I’m not taking the risk especially when this is a natural star antiperspirant, while also being 100% natural, deodorising and suitable for sensitive skin. How? Using plant ingredients traditionally used for their anti-microbial, astringent and deodorising activity that naturally counteract underarm bacteria while reducing underarm odour. The secret of this formulation is the combination of 11 potent natural extracts that form a synergy to deliver natural and clean results. Straight in my cart!

Hot flushes can be increased with the stress of travel and temperature spikes, Menopoised Embrace Cool Aromatherapy Rollerball  releases the natural essences of wise Clary Sage, calming and balancing Geranium, refreshing Lemon and Cooling Peppermint to help take the edge off those moments of feeling overwhelmed and overheated. And breathe!

Travel Size Skincare

Mini’s where possible are a must, as travelling light is liberating. I’ve put together a collection of mini face, hair and body must-haves for our travelling needs for Onolla. A personal favourite of mine is the Olverum Travel Set, which consists of three 15ml bath oils to provide some relaxation wherever you are. Another favourite is the Rhug Wild Beauty 30ml Purifying Cleansing Lotion with Dandelion, and it is the ideal size for up to good 7 days away, 2 will give you a facial cleansing fortnight. It’s rich in antioxidants and nutrients and I particularly love it when I am wearing lots of sun cream because it contains organic papaya extract which is rich in natural enzymes, as opposed to aggressive acids that are in so many products now. This helps to remove dead skin cells and encourage cell turnover for brighter, smoother, less congested skin, effective yet gently.

Another option is our Limited Edition First Class Travel Edit, for those fortunate enough to be heading to holiday homes or simply going away for longer and with more room in the hold. It offers a box brimming with some our bestselling minis and starter sizes great for the summer. Plus it boasts a 15% discount than if you purchased the products separately.

A Mini Perfume Wardrobe

I would never lug a large bottle of perfume around with me when I travel, plus it’s nice to have a little capsule scent wardrobe. This clean, fine fragrance Discovery Set from Medeau, with a mini of each of their four gorgeous eau de parfums is just the ticket.  

I love AJA Botanicals by Tilly Wood, she’s like a little wood nymph and her products are testament to her magical ethereal being! She has combined natural perfumery with powerful botanicals with the guidance of specialist perfumers, using only the highest-grade essential oils and dynamic seed oils. The essential oils in her range of are therapeutic grade made by steam distillation or by CO2 extraction from flowers, berries, grass, roots, seeds, bark, fruit and herbs. Apply the Huile de Parfum, a handy travel friendly roller ball to your pulse points, like the back of your neck, décolletage, inside of your wrists, inner elbows, and behind your ear lobes to allow the perfume to diffuse off of you because it’s where your veins sit closest to your skin.

Amanda Harrington

Amanda Harrington is another fab female founder I admire both her business acumen as well as much as her products. She started out as a make-up artist so her products fuse make-up artistry and sunless tanning. I would add skincare in there too because these genius products are formulated with top notch skincare ingredients, from hyaluronic acid to collagen with enhanced tanning agents to gradually build a seamless sun-kissed glow for all skin tones. They are also Vegan and non-comedogenic - a must for me.  Amanda recommends having a relaxing, skin sloughing pre tan soak and scrub to prepare skin for a tan. I use La Eva’s fine, mineral-rich rose salt from the Algarve: ‘Fleur de Sel’. Just massage, soak, and rinse.

The must buy from Amanda’s range? The Tanning Drops which build your glow naturally, just like on holiday. The beauty is you can mix them with anything so I tend to mix mine with Elixseri Rescue Diver serum in the evening, for a double shot of hyaluronic acid and to ensure you wake up looking healthier than when you went to bed!  Remember to apply SPF during the day though and I slather up with my favourite Organic Pharmacy Sun Cream to keep my skin protected.

 Ipsum Best Skin Micropolish

I’m addicted to this instant feel-good fresh skin marvel – your skin looks healthier, brighter and glowier in one use. It’s particularly good for skin that feels congested due to summer sunscreens as this fabulous skin buff can be activated with water or even your cleanser. It will gently dissolve and the exfoliate the build-up of dead skin cells and impurities on the skin surface while the AHA and BHA enzymes work to deeply cleanse the pores, encourage cell renewal, plus boost hydration and collagen production. Another key ingredient is Lemon Myrtle – renowned for its properties as naturally antibacterial and anti-microbial. Summer sunscreen have no chance!

100% Unrefined Shea Butter

Shea Butter
has been used for centuries in parts of Africa as a natural remedy to help hydrate, protect and heal the skin. It also renews, conditions and softens the skin and hair, as well as helping to control skin inflammation conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and rosacea. I love Aviela, one of our newest indie brands, 100% pure, highest grade unrefined shea butter which is hand-made using centuries-old traditions, so all its minerals, proteins, essential fatty acids and, above all, original healing benefits are retained. 

The Shea Body Butter is the best product for flip flop heels as I call them! Those cracked heels that a pedicure only gets rid of for a few days. Massage the butter into your heels and along the sole of your feet and into the cuticles for a relaxing as well as nourishing feet treat. Cracked heels disappear.

If you need me to help you choose the best holiday or summer products for your needs, you can hire me! Seriously you can. I have just started our brand-new Beauty Regime Concierge Service for this very reason. Whether you need help with a specific skincare issue, product information or are in need of a total regime overhaul, me or a member of our team will help tweak and recommend the right products best suited to you. This service includes a 15 minute 1-to-1 meeting (in person or online) to identify your specific skincare needs, your bespoke shopping list with custom product and regime suggestions, and a 4-week follow up email. Less baggage in every sense!

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