Natural Luxury? A focus on Girl Undiscovered
As a huge fan of any skincare line with an emphasis on natural ingredients, I was really excited when I first came across ‘wild-harvested’ New Zealand brand, Girl Undiscovered.
Created by a group of women with a passion for natural ingredients, the brand goes one step beyond organic, to a sustainable and never mass-produced approach.
Using ingredients grown without pesticides by family-run businesses, Girl Undiscovered’s ethical ethos to beauty also extends to their packaging- with bottles and jars made from glass, and caps made from recycled and recyclable rPET plastic.
I first came across the brand at the beginning of this year when they began selling on UK-based beauty site Cult Beauty, and I’ve been a fan since investing in two of their products over the summer.
Girl Undiscovered Soaked in Sunshine Body Elixir Oil (£44 for 100 ml, Cult Beauty)
First up was the highly summery Soaked in Sunshine body oil. From its oh-so-pretty rose gold cap to its liquid amber-like contents, this product caught my eye for post-shower moisturising.
Like all products in Girl Undiscovered’s lineup, this body oil is cruelty-free as well as 100% natural, and contains a seriously moisturising blend of coconut, jojoba, olive, avocado and moringa oils for a blast of nutrition on my dry autumn skin.
Despite its rich hue this surprisingly smells of nothing more than its ingredients.
In one sense this is a thoughtful touch for the essential oil sensitive who are often overlooked by body care companies. But in another sense this is something of a wasted opportunity for essential oil lovers like me who might enjoy an accompanying scent that would further to the magic that is the aesthetic of this bottle.
Beyond the look and ingredients, though, this oil is lightweight, and has so far lived up to its nourishing claims on my dry ski. While not a dry oil, it is equally not greasy on my skin- instead leaving a slight sheen that absorbs over time
Housed in a glass bottle with a paper label, this product arrives stored in a cardboard box which has little inspirational messages hidden around it- an insight into the obvious care that has gone into the overall line.
Further evidence of this is the thoughtful stopper (something I’ve never seen before) that comes in the top of the bottle, ensuring none of this oil is wasted in transit.
Great for: Moisture plus a dewy glow.
Not-so-great for: The money. Because at £44 for 100 ml this oil does rival the ouch factor lot of luxury brands price-wise.
Girl Undiscovered Pink Skies Beauty Balm (£27 for 15 g, Cult Beauty)
Next was the brand’s multi-use product, the Pink Skies balm. Now on my daily use list not just because of its soothing cinnamon scent this balm is also ultra moisturising formula is perfect rough knees and elbows, as well as dry lips.
Containing olive fruit, coconut and sweet almond oils as well as beeswax, this little pot is a powerhouse post bath or shower and great for keeping in my handbag too. Antibacterial propolis and moringa oil make this great for use on problem areas too.
I’ve included the full list of ingredients at the bottom of this post.
As an added bonus this pretty balm is gorgeously cinnamon-scented; great for fans of a warm, spiced fragrance although the tingling effect that comes with it means I wouldn’t use around eyes etc.
This balm also leaves quite a sheen in its wake, which is great for cheekbones but possibly not what you’d want on other dry patches on the face. Its general nourishing goodness and beautiful scent mean I use this all the time, however.
Great for: Moisturising elbows, nails, lips and hair.
Not-so-great for: Matte fans, since this leaves a sheen behind.
The full list of ingredients:
Soaked in Sunshine: Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Macropiper Excelsus Leaf Extract, Limonia Acidissima Bark Extract, Propolis Extract, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Oil, Melia Azadirachta Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil
Pink Skies: Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Beeswax /Cera Alba, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Propolis Extract, Limonia Acidissima Bark Extract, Melia Azadirachta Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Oil, Macropiper Excelsum Leaf Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil.