Botanical Beauty: The Plants Behind Your Favourite Products

Natural extracts from flowers and plants are on the rise in beauty products – but what do these ingredients really do and why are they used? Positive Luxury is here to explain.

 

Rose

Rose essential oil is packed full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that help create supple and radiant skin. Its inbuilt anti-inflammatory properties make it ideal for tackling redness and blemishes and mean it will soothe rather than irritate sensitive skin. Plus, its scent is pretty dreamy too!

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Alexandra Soveral
Floral Rain Hydrating Face Mist

Fountain of Youth
Micro-Dermabrasion Exfoliator

Weleda
Wild Rose Deodorant

Aura Soma Pegasus Parfum
Parfum 11

Avantage
Creamy Cleanser and Makeup Remover

Aeos
Gentle Cleansing Lotion – Pink

Lavender

Lavender has been used for generations as a natural calming remedy – from providing a stress-busting quick fix to aiding sleep. Look out for this traditional scent in bath gels and body oils for beauty products that double up as nourishment for the mind and skin.

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Kiehl’s
Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil

Alexandra Soveral
Workaholic’s Blend

Seascape Island Apothecary
Unwind Body Lotion

Neal’s Yard Apothecary
Lavender & Myrrh Mouthwash

Aeos
Refreshing Hydrating Mist

Weleda
Lavender Creamy Body Wash

 

Jojoba

Jojoba oil (pronounced ho-ho-ba) closely resembles the sebum created by skin glands, making it a perfect natural moisturiser. Many vitamins and minerals naturally occur in the substance, including vitamin E, copper and zinc. Technically a wax rather than an oil, it seals in moisture to keep your skin or hair hydrated for longer.

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Fountain of Youth
Rejuvenating Night Cream

Aeos
Enriching Moisturiser – Pink

Weleda
Everon Lip Balm

Malin + Goetz
Jojoba Face Scrub

Weleda
After Shave Balm

Avantage
Supreme Hydration Repair Creme

 

 

Geranium

Sharing similar properties to Rose oil, Geranium oil is a natural astringent, meaning it induces contractions in skin cells to add plumpness and reduce fine lines. It’s innate antibacterial properties help protect you from infection – making it ideal for cleansing products or to tackle acne.

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Alexandra Soveral
Midnight Oil

Aeos
Realive Serum

Neal’s Yard Remedies
Geranium & Orange Bath Oil

Aura-Soma Pegasus Parfum
Parfum 39

Alexandra Soveral
Angel Balm Cleanser & Mask

Seascape Island Apothecary
Refresh Hand Wash

 

Peppermint

Most commonly found in dental products for its fresh flavour, peppermint can also be used to refresh and revitalise the skin by increasing blood flow to brighten and even out skin tone. Although those with sensitive skin should be aware that its invigorating properties can sometimes cause irritation.

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Seascape Island Apothecary
Peppermint Lip Balm

Neal’s Yard Remedies
Peppermint & Lime Deodorant

Alexandra Soveral
Volcano Ash Transformative Face Mask

Malin + Goetz
Peppermint Shampoo

Malin + Goetz
Peppermint Bar Soap

Weleda
Plant Gel Toothpaste


Avocado

The fatty acids that make avocados a superfood are also beneficial for your skin, helping maintain moisture and create a smooth complexion. Avocado oil can help reduce dark marks, prevent breakouts and prevent wrinkles, while its also super-nourishing for hair too. Try it as a pure oil for a powerful conditioning boost.  

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Neal’s Yard Remedies
Avocado Oil

Kiehl’s
Strengthening and Hydrating
Hair Oil-in-Cream

Fountain of Youth
Absolute Nectar Nourishing Massage Oil

Kiehl’s
Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado

Malin + Goetz
Recovery Treatment Oil

Neal’s Yard Remedies
Vitamin E & Avocado Night Cream

 

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Sophie Corfan