Many of us will have kicked off 2020 with a pumped up health and beauty regime, including some skincare resolutions. Eager to cleanse away signs of festive overindulgence, it’s the time to search out new nourishing scrubs and cleansers that will leave us looking energised and fresh-faced.
Make space in your bathroom cabinet for the luscious range of sustainable skincare products by UpCircle Beauty, which fit perfectly into a new year skincare routine. Not only do they make it easy to achieve healthy, glowing skin – they’re fighting waste and saving the planet too.
We delve into why they’re a brand to get behind and how they can help you look good, feel good and do good all at once in 2020.
Sustainable skincare that tackles waste
UpCircle Beauty grew out of a ‘wake up and smell the coffee’ moment – literally. As the founders mulled over the amount of coffee grounds that must be thrown out for landfill every day, they hatched a plan to rescue and repurpose as much as possible from London cafes.
Ever since, they’ve been giving coffee a new lease of life as high-quality, all-natural skincare products. Their collection – which is handmade in the UK – has grown to include products created from other would-be waste ingredients, such as brewed chai spices and olive stones.
As well as their love for using up leftovers, UpCircle Beauty keep everything about their products eco-friendly and sustainable – inside and out. They’re cruelty-free and vegan, organic and palm oil-free, and come in 100% recyclable packaging. It’s ‘all-round better skincare’ as they put it; better for you and the planet.
Which UpCircle Beauty products should you try?
Featuring face and body scrubs, face masks and serums, soaps and organic cloths, the complete UpCircle Beauty range will keep your skin in tip-top condition from head to toe. For a little inspiration on where to start, we’ve picked a handful of must-haves.
Sensitive skin loves this Coffee Face Scrub, made out of top-quality Arabica beans saved from artisan cafes. The coffee is rich in antioxidants, which protect and repair skin, while chamomile, rosehip, geranium and patchouli essential oils pack the floral punch.
The zesty edition of the Coffee Body Scrub is up there with the best smelling products in the heavenly scented range. It also contains sea salt, grapefruit and coconut oil, for a perfect balance of exfoliating and moisturising qualities.
An olive oil by-product that happen to be a powerful anti-inflammatory, olive stones are a prime ingredient for repurposing into rejuvenating skin products, which is exactly what this clarifying mask is. Made with white kaolin clay, coconut powder and baobab oil, it leaves your skin refreshed, fighting off blackheads and breakouts.
Every skin type can benefit from the Cleansing Face Balm. The core ingredient is apricot stones, another by-product, this time from the apricot oil industry and abundant in moisturising Vitamin E. Together with other skin-calming ingredients like blackcurrant seed, blue tansy and sea buckthorn oils, it makes a soothing balm that’s ideal for wiping away the day’s impurities.
Residual chai spices from Henny & Joe’s chai syrup are the ingredients that have been lovingly repurposed into this energising soap bar. It can be used on both your face and body, gently purifying through pink clay, which reduces redness and irritation, and reviving through organic cinnamon and ginger oils.
Don’t just take our word for it…
The reviews are in from Social Supermarket shoppers who received samples of UpCircle Beauty products:
“My face has never felt softer than after using this face scrub; loved the fact that it’s all natural and uses coffee grounds which would otherwise go to waste.” (Charlotte, London)
“Unsurprisingly, this looks like coffee grounds which was a little off putting at first but this was a brilliant exfoliator and the oils in it are very effective. Left my legs feeling smooth and shiny which is great, especially during these winter months. Would recommend!” (Catherine, Surrey)
“Recently installed this in my bathroom; lovely smell, especially the ginger, and left my hands feeling soft and very clean! Will be buying more.” (Carmel, London)
“First time using a face scrub like this and went in looking for a gentle exfoliator. This face scrub hit the mark and left my skin feeling cleaner and firmer whilst the subtle hint of lemon was a nice addition. Planning to use regularly from now on.” (Harry, Essex)
Watch Anna from UpCircle Beauty give the lowdown on one of their most popular products:
More brands to help your New Year skincare resolutions
Continue shaking up your skincare routine with fellow ethical and sustainable brands. Try the Good Wash Company, who donate 100% of their profits to local projects that improve the lives of animals and people, or lather up with The Soap Co. bars, which are handcrafted by blind, disabled or otherwise disadvantaged people.
Give your hands some TLC with You’re So Kind’s hand wash in dreamy floral scents like Jasmine and Honeysuckle – another company that donates 100% of profits, sharing funds between five UK charities.
For even more social enterprise brands that can help you hit your 2020 goals in a more mindful way, read our New Year’s resolutions post next.
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