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Discover how Laurence and Aleksandra created a natural skin-care brand

This February as part of our self-care month, we launched some beautiful natural cosmetics from Origanic. We chatted with the founders, Aleksandra and Laurence to find out why they started a Natural Cosmetics and Skincare brand and discover some great self-care ideas and tips!

How the story began...

It all started when Laurence met Aleksandra.

 

Laurence had been struggling with bad skin and had tried many therapies, ointments even strong medication. Despite all his efforts, his eczema, pimples and red skin returned. Then he met Aleksandra, who is passionate about natural cosmetics, animals and the environment and who introduced Laurence to a healthier way of living. The rest is history!

 

Seeing the great results gave them the idea of starting a natural cosmetics range in the Netherlands and Belgium. Their mission is to sell beautiful and natural products that are good for people and good for the environment – and at the same time, support small scale, local manufacturers who create sustainable, natural or vegan skin care products.

Origanic founders Laurence and Aleksandra

“It didn't take long before I started using natural products and after trying various different things I finally have my skin under control. At the same time, I must recognize that not only what you put on your skin matters, but also your lifestyle, diet, age, and stress levels greatly influence your skin condition.”

What does self-care mean to you?

 

I don’t have a strict definition for self-care – for me it means regularly caring for your skin and also your inner self, and following a well-balanced lifestyle. It can include skincare rituals every morning and evening, physical exercise, mindfulness, minimizing stress and following a healthy diet.

Why is it important to have a self-care routine?

 

We are becoming busier, with a lot of different tasks on our agendas. These tasks include doing things for work, business, family, children, partners, pets… and not giving time for ourselves! Reserving some ‘me time’ in the daily schedule gives us a chance to regularly care for our bodies & minds, which in turn, helps us to develop a habit of listening to our needs and caring for them.

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Why is it important to have a self-care routine?

 

We are becoming busier, with a lot of different tasks on our agendas. These tasks include doing things for work, business, family, children, partners, pets… and not giving time for ourselves! Reserving some ‘me time’ in the daily schedule gives us a chance to regularly care for our bodies & minds, which in turn, helps us to develop a habit of listening to our needs and caring for them.

What are some tips for a happy skin-care routine?

 

A happy skincare routine includes products that are best suited to your individual skin needs and with the right composition of the ingredients and scent create positive feelings and effects on our skin.

Why should we consider natural cosmetics over commercial ones?

 

Natural skincare products tend to be better for the skin as they contain natural, skin- friendly composition of the ingredients and milder preservatives (if any). They avoid harmful substances like parabens, SLEs, plastic, synthetic colours or strong detergents that may often cause irritations, allergies or even contain cancer-evoking ingredients.

 

For us, it is also important that products we are using are vegan, cruelty- free, are plastic-free and ideally with glass packaging that is fully recyclable – so to respect the environment we live in and the resources around us.

What are your favourite Origanic products?

This is a very difficult question! Our skincare routine changes throughout the year, depending on the season and what our skin needs at that time.

If we think of the all-year rounders, we love MOKOSH nourishing and moisturizing Fig gel to cleanse the skin, smoothing face cream and serum Fig to enjoy smoothened skin

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We also love our less waste Origanic body brushes as they also help us to achieve smoothened skin, help with detox and are perfect to create your “me time” ritual.

…and our candles to create relaxing and cosy atmosphere.

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For our body care we enjoy the elegant smell of the Green Coffee & Tobacco body scrub and body balm, making the skin super soft and smelling beautiful the whole day.

Learn more about treating yourself with natural care products in our blog post here

Origanic is offering swap-studio members a 10% discount on any product in the range.

 

Create your own self-care ritual pamper yourself this month by using this code: ‘SWAP10’

(one claim per customer).

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