In a world that’s become increasingly perilous, we have learnt to become more mindful about what we put into and onto our bodies. Little wonder, we are drawn to products that are made with natural ingredients.
We feel safe using products made with natural ingredients. They are usually formulated free of parabens, chemicals such as sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, and artificial colouring, all of which can cause irritation and allergies. And for even greater peace of mind, such claims to safety are supported by stringent and independent third-party consumer and clinical testing.
Shopping is retail therapy for many but caring for yourself with natural products is what every self-love routine requires. Raffles City Singapore is where to achieve both objectives, thanks to two new arrivals.
Elemis, the British skincare brand well-loved for botanicals-enriched formulations powered by clean and innovative technology, enjoys a loyal following of actresses, singers, models and makeup artists. With five different ranges to target myriad concerns such as anti-ageing, nourishing and balancing, Elemis seeks to bring about overall wellness in your body, mind and spirit.
Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream draws on the nutritional benefits of algae, which packs in vitamins, minerals, amino acids and polysaccharides to bring about firmer, brighter and smoother skin. An anti-wrinkle day moisturiser that took 7 years to create, this has an ultra-lightweight gel-cream texture that goes onto skin easily and quickly.
Meanwhile, made with up to 17 different varieties of organic English roses — hand-harvested in the UK, no less — is Elemis Pro-Collagen Rose Cleansing Balm. Massage this soothing formulation, which transforms from balm to oil to milk, all over face and neck to dissolve makeup and impurities. Suitable for all skin types, it even doubles as a weekly 10-minute facial mask.
Turned on by the idea of all-natural? Palem — named after the Indonesian word for “palm tree” — stocks lovely and lightweight clothing fit for your next beachfront staycay. But what we love as much as the label’s tropics-friendly designs are the responsible materials with which they have been crafted. That’s why the pieces are so breathable, absorbent, and soft on the skin!
Leading the selection of natural fabrics is organic cotton. Derived from plants that aren’t genetically modified and grown with natural fertilisers that don’t harm the surrounding ecosystems, organic cotton also requires less water to produce than traditional cotton.
Organic cotton features in Authentic Shades, Palem’s latest collection of dresses and shirts in a gorgeous palette inspired by indigotier leaves, marigold petals, pomegranate peel and alkanna tinctoria roots. A collaboration with craftsmen in Jaipur, India, who are esteemed for their traditional natural dyeing techniques, Authentic Shades doesn’t just make you look better but seeks to make you feel healthier. Unlike chemical dyes that can contribute to skin and lung problems, natural dyes are non-allergenic and non-carcinogenic. And since they come from natural sources such as plants and minerals, they are biodegradable and can be reused as compost. What’s not to like?
This article is part of a 12-part series on style, art and culture, published in collaboration with Raffles City.
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