As a baby, Josephine Fairley loved to create her own natural, home-made skincare; as an adult, she would go on to have a stellar career as a beauty editor in a world of high-tech beauty. But what if these polar opposites could meet?Read more
As 2018 draws to a close, what will you remember? I’ve been lucky enough to have just returned from a highly memorable visit to Heckfield Place, in Hampshire. It’s where Wildsmith Skin has its home, set within the cosy spa. Surrounded by woodlands, it has its own farm complete with market gardens replete with cabbages, chard and all manner of herbs, and orchards with chickens scratching underfoot. Being there, I was struck by the delicate relationship between nature and people, and how just the right amount of talent, hard work and imagination can amplify the beauty in both. Cue Jo Craven’s article in this month’s Papers, which focuses on the wonders of sculpture parks as she remembers being dragged as a reluctant Yorkshire teenager “to celebrate that primal urge we all have to make our mark in nature.”
Sadly, we can’t all down tools and head to heavenly Heckfield for a Wildsmith facial, so Clemmie Hambro and Michalis Christodolou have once again stepped up to give us their take on the DIY facial for a humorous yet practical approach to nature and beauty.
Beauty comes in all guises, as our Wild One interviewee, the advocate and academic Sinead Burke argues so successfully as she continues to champion diversity in fashion. But there’s nothing beautiful about hygiene poverty, the subject of our Beauty Matters feature. With the United Nations recently condemning the rise in child poverty in the United Kingdom (the fifth richest country in the world, lest we forget), describing it as a “social calamity”, it’s shocking that austerity politics should mean that families are going without basics like soap and sanitary products. A big shout out then for Dan Jones, who has written about his wife Jo Jones’s and Guardian columnist, author and broadcaster Sali Hughes’s endeavours to rally the beauty industry and public to donate household essentials to those most in need. This month Wildsmith Skin will be donating to Beauty Banks; we hope it will inspire you to do the same.
We also hope you’ll find beauty in these pages – and beauty everywhere you look over Christmas and New Year.