A recent arrival in the UK, but already with 10 forward-thinking years on the clock in its native Australia, Kora Organics offers credible organic skincare utilising indigenous plants. Founded in 2009 by model Miranda Kerr, the brand had an ahead-of-the-curve approach in what has become a very crowded market – with the desire for ethical and “clean” skincare now the norm, L’Oréal, Henkel and Procter & Gamble have all recently invested in own-label organic personal care.
Noni Glow Face Oil (£60 for 30ml) is a bestseller with good reason. A silky-textured, antioxidant infusion, it gives an instant hydrating and softening effect and is light enough to use both morning and night. Extracts of noni, rosehip oil and pomegranate oil supply a rich amount of essential fatty acids – I felt an immediate sense of comfort on application.
As a quick complexion pick-me-up, I’d recommend the Turmeric Brightening & Exfoliating Mask (£43 for 100ml). Taking both an enzymatic (via papaya) and fine-grain physical approach to exfoliation, and injecting an unexpected hit of peppermint, the mask left my skin calmer, smoother and brighter. It’s ideal for creating a silken pre-make-up canvas. I suspect that Citrus Mist (£30 for 100ml) does more for the senses than the skin, but it’s a joyous spritz of lemongrass and mandarin essential oils that are akin to a mood boost in a bottle – a desk drawer essential in my book.
Jane Cunningham is a beauty journalist and blogger. An early adopter of beauty blogging, she has been posting on her website Britishbeautyblogger.com for 10 years, providing (sometimes brutally) honest product reviews and beauty news. Cunningham collaborated with Marks & Spencer to produce a limited edition make-up range and is currently working with Makeup Revolution on an eyeshadow palette. She is also a creative consultant to beauty brands. @britbeautyblog.