Organic skincare from France – Lady Green in the UK

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Fun, retro, organic, genuinely participative – that’s Lady Green, a revolutionary concept in organic skincare made for young women and girls and now in the UK. Lady Green is the first organic cosmetics line specially designed for young women. This fun French brand is genuinely participative, engaging over 200 girls and young women aged 12 to 25 in creating products that shaped the design of the brand to truly answer their needs.

All Lady Green products are certified organic by Ecocert and several have been proven effective with natural active ingredients in the product formulas, providing high performance on young skin.

Whilst the beautiful and innovative range of products is ideal for young skin and wins hands-down against many of the dull unisex and “medicated” marketing style ranges targeted at young people, there’s lot to discover within the range for any age, and any skin type, and our favourite at Vintage Hair Lounge is without doubt, the Fraîcher Céleste Cleansing Micella Water, which gently cleanses impurities and makeup from the skin and eyes so effectively, that we can genuinely recommend this product as the best makeup remover we have ever come across. It even removes our Eye of Horus Cosmetics range as an effective and gentle alternative to warm water as the brand advises, and therefore great for makeup artists who repeatedly utilise and demonstrate product on the back of the hand! And like many of the skincare products in the range, it comes in a pretty reusable tube, so fantastic for makeup brushes and tools at no extra cost.

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We are also impressed with the attention to detail shown by Lady Green for the beauty routines of any kind of skin. You don’t need to purchase every product in the range to suit your needs; a well chosen selection can tailor-make an effective routine for any skin type.

Take the Konjac sponges for example. These neat little devices, currently in 6 variations with different shapes, scents and properties, really assist in the skincare routine. Used damp on the face and then squeezed out and hung up to dry by their dinky little tags, the Konjac Sponges have much more to offer than a simple flannel.

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Konjac or “Amorphophallus konjac” is a perennial plant native to southeast Asia. It grows naturally in Vietnam, China, Indonesia, South Korea and Japan. It has been used as a food for over 1,500 years and is known for its medicinal and slimming properties. Asians have also been using it for more than a century as a beauty treatment for delicate and sensitive skin.

Lady Green has also recently added larger versions of the sponges that suit the body.

We could go through every product in the range singing their praises, but why not simply browse our range and try something new, for yourself or for a gift for younger members of the family. At Vintage Hair Lounge, we have always sought to source high performing ethical products that sit comfortably in the work we do and the values we promote, and it is a genuine joy to have discovered Lady Green.

Potential stockists will also be thrilled to hear that the brand has a vast range of stockist support, displays, training and a professional range suited to creating treatment services specifically for young women and girls.

Lady Green Displays Image : Lady Green on display at Vintage Hair Lounge salon at Vintage Nostalgia Show 2016

For more information about Lady Green in the UK and stockist enquiries please contact Sharon Holloway at our sister company VHL Distribution Limited hello@vhldistribution.com.

Main images used with the kind permission of Lady Green.

Vintage Perfumes make a British Comeback

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If there’s something we have longed for at Vintage Hair Lounge it’s the revival of British vintage beauty products, and we are delighted to now be working closely with Beauty Brand Development who have recently launched a Nostalgic Perfumes Collection of iconic scents from the 1950s to the 1990s all made in England.

Scent can be so infused with memory that the resurrection of the originals can evoke a time in people’s lives that connects them back to the eras they feel most nostalgia for, whether it be from their own youth, significant times in their lives, or the fond memories of family members who loved and wore the scents that can now be enjoyed once again.

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So let’s give you a quick run down of the collection and its history.

We start with Goya Black Rose from 1955 which became Goya’s most famous and most popular perfume it ever made. Goya began making perfumes in 1936 but the boom time for its perfume and cosmetics was the 1950s when post-war austerity gave way to a consumer led boom in luxury and fashion items that shaped the glamour of the era. Whilst Douglas Collins was the man behind the Goya collection, it was his son Christopher Collins that was able to advise Beauty Brand Development in their quest to revive the perfume to its original scent and packaging and introduce the perfume once again to a whole new generation of perfume and vintage enthusiasts. The original Goya Black Rose famously took four years to develop.

Although Goya began in London, by 1946 the brand began its move to premises in Amersham, where over 100 women worked on the factory floor, packing and checking the products by hand. The Amersham Museum still holds an impressive archive from the brand’s extraordinary past.

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Another iconic perfume borne of the Goya enterprise was Aqua Manda, first launched in 1947 but most famously associated with the 1960s and 1970s reflected in its accolade of the top selling perfume between 1969 and 1975. Its sister perfume Aqua Citra made an appearance between 1973 and 1975.

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So now we move to the later part of the 1970s and 1980s and an other iconic perfume, this time from Fabergé, Babe. Babe first appears in 1976, and quickly found its place in the hearts of women, as it became Fabergé’s largest selling women’s fragrance in its first year of issue. The perfume went on to receive two prestigious awards from the Fragrance Foundation in 1977 – Most Successful Introduction of a Women’s Fragrance in Popular Distribution and Best Advertising Campaign for Women’s Fragrance.

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And finally to the 1990s and another Women’s Fragrance of the Year (1992), Tribe. Launched in 1991, Tribe famously sponsored Take That’s first world tour in 1992, making it synonymous with “Cool Britannia” and the revival of a boy-band fan base of sassy young women.

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We commend Beauty Brand Development for painstakingly restoring these iconic British perfumes and thoroughly support their commitment to exploring our own British vintage beauty past. We are confident there are more gems in our past to bring back! Watch this space!

All images kindly provided by and reproduced with the permission of Beauty Brand Development.

Stockist enquiries, particularly vintage stockists interested in all or any of the perfumes and their associated products should in the first instance contact Sharon Holloway at VHL Distribution hello@vhldistribution.com.