Once upon a time in my career-driven youth, I found myself working in Russia. In the middle of winter. It was so very exotic and foreign to me, and so exciting!
My boyfriend of just a few months (now my husband) left everything behind in Australia to meet up with me in Moscow when I wrapped up the project I had been working on. We travelled for several days on the Trans-Siberian railway to Lake Baikal in Eastern Siberia. It was such a beautiful, untouched part of the world to explore, and also one of the most romantic experiences of my life.
Now, many years and many kids later, it was nice to have fond memories rekindled by a wonderfully-fragrant delivery from Natura Siberica – an organic beauty brand which has just launched in Australia.
Originating in Siberia, the high-performance products are formulated with unique Siberian ingredients including pure, natural and organic flowers and herbs which have been wild harvested, meaning they are gathered in their natural Siberian environment at just the right time. The responsibly-sourced native ingredients have been used for centuries for health and beauty by locals and even Russian royalty. And they are made from amazing stuff. Think about the harsh winters they’ve had to survive!
There are 26 products in the new range, including shampoos and conditioners, body and bath products. I have been using the Oblepikha Siberica hair mask for severely damaged hair and have found it has made a difference to my hair – it’s much less frizzy after washing and noticeably smoother after drying. I have also been using the softening
cream soap which smells divine and has a lovely silky feel to it. It also looks much more glamorous in my bathroom than our usual soaps.
The Natura Siberica range uses Siberian Pine Nut Oil as the base for all of its creams, conditioners and shampoos to protect against the harmful effects of sun, wind, cold and extreme environments. And you can really notice the difference.