I was recently perusing Boots chemists for some good natural beauty finds (word had it that Batiste had an eco dry shampoo called Nude stocked there) when I happened upon a new brand I had never heard of – Good Things. Unfortunately most natural beauty companies distribute their products through the internet since they tend to be small companies therefore I’ve not had much luck finding good brands at the local pharmacy. However, when I read the front of the Good Clean Fun Freshening Polish (with superfruit extracts strawberry and cranberry) label “no parabens, no SLS, no mineral oil, no animal ingredients,” I was intrigued. At £4.99 how can you go wrong? I purchased it and home the facial scrub went with me.
Good Things Facial Skincare was developed by Award-Winning UK Beauty writer Alice Hart-Davis. Although developed with young skin in mind, the Good Things range uses superfruit beauty boosters in gentle yet effective formulations. A lot of care and attention went go into Good Things formulations. For a full list of all of the superfruits and more ingredients read here. Another good sign about the formulations is a comparatively short ingredient list. My only slight bug bear about the formulation – fragrance is listed half way down. This is pretty high up the list in my books. There is no legal definition for fragrance so it could really contain a whole myriad of evils. When I discovered this I wasn’t entirely surprised. The product does have a really strong fruity smell. It reminds me of the fluoride I used to get at the dentist when I was a kid, or hubba bubba bubble gum (both happy childhood associations).
In summary I think this is a good line for teenagers. I think older consumers will like it as well because regardless of skin type everyone needs a good cleansing and these products won’t overstrip your face. If I had a teenager I would rather buy them Good Stuff as opposed to Clearasil, Oxy, or other teen brands. Considering how sensitive teenage skin is the last thing then need is a bunch of synthetic chemicals to further irritate their skin. I never did find that Batiste dry shampoo in the end. Oh well, that’s a blog for another day. But I did start reading Alice Hart-Davis’ blog and I think you’ll like that too.