Why You Should Dig In To Botanical Beauty

Green shoots: dig in to BOTANICAL BEAUTY and leafy scents for spring and beyond, says beauty editor Sarah Halliwell …

Versace SS19. Photograph by Jason Lloyd Evans

This spring, we’re getting green-fingered, and not only with seeds and soil. As beauty brands rush to make their offerings more vegan, natural and considerate of the environment, green is the obvious colour to ring the changes. We’re not taking this literally – a sweep of graphite green on the eyes can look amazing, as seen at Versace (above), but green eyeshadow feels a bit much. Love a bit of emerald liner on the lash line (Chanel’s Mare-Chiaro eyeliner), though. Beauty this season is truly garden-inspired: healthy-looking, sunwarmed skin, freckles and a whole lot of glow. And skincare’s getting greener by the day, with squeaky-clean credentials and ingredients like nettles and kale: new ranges like Elemis Superfood (the press release emphasises that it’s “not for consumption”), and Garnier Organic, with certified organic thyme and lemongrass, are striking a chord. Branch out into green perfumes too: forgo more obvious flowers and search out scents that capture dripping wet stems, fresh green leaves and earthiness. Grenson+Haeckels’ unusual Elizabeth Street is a blast of grass and lime, with some grounding hits of leather and spice (at www.grenson.com). Jo Malone London is bottling weeds and nettles, which look pretty but are about a concept more than reality; hemlock, for example, is a poison plant that has a notoriously bad, musty smell. I’d rather breathe in elegant hyacinth, as in Serge Lutens’ strange, cold iris Bas de Soie, or go for a smoky green like Chanel No 19 Poudre …

Down to earth 

The herb bed and hedgerows are the source for skin and haircare now. Garnier Lavandin Facial Oil (certified organic and vegan) is excellent value, while Irish brand Modern Botany’s super-natural spray deodorant, with lavender and eucalyptus leaf oil, smells great: it’s the perfect example of harnessing plant power. Try also Klorane’s nettle shampoo for oily hair.

Garnier Lavandin Facial Oil, €14.99

Elemis Superfood Vital Veggie Mask, €36

Avoca Tea Rose soap, €6.50

Jo Malone London Hemlock & Bergamot Cologne, €57

Moonlight Serenade eau de toilette, £150stg at www.net-a-porter.co.uk

Nars Matcha eyeshadow, €22

MAC lipglass, €19.50, at Arnotts


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