What does organic beauty mean to you?
I was once told that up to 70% of what you put on your skin can get absorbed into your body – so choosing the most natural, healthiest products is essential. You wouldn’t eat all those chemicals and toxins so why put them on your face!? Having something organically certified gives you the reassurance that it is only the safest, most natural ingredients that you are using and putting into your body. With the increase in green-washing in the cosmetics industry, I think it is so important that people do their research into what they are buying but more importantly, it is up to brands to produce the best products that they can and to respect the environment that we live in and be as sustainable as possible.
Do you have any skincare concerns that the Wild Beauty collection has addressed?
I have always suffered with dull, dry and lacklustre skin and several of the Wild Beauty products contain honey from the Estate which has done wonders for my skin. Particularly the replenishing facial mask and body scrub which have had results like no other product I have ever tried! But overall the entire range has improved my skin condition for sure.
How important is a healthy lifestyle to you and what do you do to achieve it?
I’m a very strong believer in a healthy lifestyle. I try to be as active as possible; I live in a beautiful part of the world so am luck to be able to walk the dog 3 times a day in wonderful countryside and go for long walks on my days off. I also compete at Novice level in British eventing, so it is important I keep my horses fit and well trained, so this involves riding at least 4/5 times a week and competing at the weekends.
I try to eat a balanced diet, planning meals ahead, but I have to be honest and say I enjoy nothing more than eating out at least once a week, not to mention a chocolate bar a day however I know I am active enough to get away with it (at the minute anyway!).
Aside from exercise and food, I’ve also grown to become a big believer in having a better work life balance and taking time out to relax. I’ve found the best way to achieve this is by planning ahead and making sure I get some time off in the diary and sticking to it, whether it is my work calendar or my life calendar!! Healthy mind, healthy body.
Did you learn any beauty secrets or tips from your Mother?
Yes I did, and by far the most valuable beauty secret out there… NEVER GO TO BED WITH YOUR MAKEUP ON!!!
These days I couldn’t think of anything worse…but rewind 10 years at University after a night out…different story!
Rhug Estate puts sustainability at the forefront of everything it does – how do you incorporate it into your everyday life?
I recycle as much as possible and re use wherever I can, and I have more recently started to buy second hand clothes to reduce the impact of “fast fashion”. Whenever I purchase a product, whether it be food, skincare, clothing or something else, I will always try to opt for the most sustainable option.
How do you achieve balance in your life?
I am a country girl through and through and when I am not working, riding, or walking I like to go out with friends and eat lots of great food (and drink lots of great gin!). I also like to travel and see new places, try new things and get involved with anything sporty. A few years ago I managed to finish the worlds biggest obstacle course, running 20 miles with over 200 obstacles…it was great fun!!
What is your wild beauty escape?
I was lucky enough to live in the South of France for several years when I was younger, so for me it would have to be beautiful Provence where we spent many family holidays, or more recent escapes to Split in Croatia, and all the islands surrounding which are out of this world. Although you can’t beat riding in the beautiful Welsh countryside either!!