You can tell how I feel about a beauty product by my willingness to share it with others. At the risk of making myself sound like a Scrooge, I tend to keep the things I love under lock and key. I have to practice restraint in order to keep my personal beauty stash from taking over my apartment, so I have developed strict standards that govern what I can and can't take home. Essentially, this means that only the products I am truly obsessed with make it into my bathroom. So when I realise my husband has taken a liking to my beloved $56 texturising spray, I quietly squirrel it away.
Sounds mean, I know, but... he has short hair. Believe me, to waste its magic on boy hair would be criminal. I've also hidden things from a former housemate who wouldn't stop sneaking my expensive purple toning shampoo (she was a brunette), and a shifty little sister with a penchant for both Chanel's Le Vernis and Urban Decay's Nude Palettes.
That brings me to French Girl, the organic beauty brand I am so enamoured with, I've hidden it ALL. Stocked by international retailers like Anthropologie and goop, the all-natural collection started out as a range of beauty products sold as an adjunct to handmade knits via an Etsy store. Founder Kristeen says she has been committed to creating products made with "exclusively organic, wild-crafted and sustainable ingredients" from the start, and considers the brand an amalgam of her life-long love of nature, French heritage and lifestyle.
The products are beautiful, minimal and effective and beauty editors are obsessed. With a re-launch coming later this year, French Girl is about to be everywhere.
Keep scrolling for my edit of the brand's best products.
Lumière Body Oil Duo ($108)
I'm so bewitched by these body oils, they've completely replaced all my old favourites. Usually, I detest shimmer, so believe me when I say, there is nothing sparkly about these. Each formula is based on skin-softening oils, and has mineral light-reflecting pigments added for subtle shine. As you'd expect, the effect is more glowy than glimmery.
Café Noir Body Polish ($51)
I'm no stranger to the cellulite-busting effects of caffeine, so I knew I'd love this body scrub. Made from sugar, ground coffee, vanilla and a cocktail of oils (feat. coconut, hemp and vitamin E), it helps to smooth lumps and bumps. And the smell! So much better than a cup of French press. I'd use it every day if I could.
Facial Polish ($29)
A finely milled brown rice powder and clay exfoliant, this travel-friendly formula is rich in antioxidants and beneficial oils. I can totally imagine Parisian women using it to gently polish and clarify their skin. Either moisten with water, or sprinkle into your regular cleanser to supercharge it.
Rose Lip Polish ($20)
A lush blend of sugar, shea butter and nourishing oils, this pink scrub gently sloughs away flaky bits, leaving lips smooth and supple. The perfect pre-lipstick treatment, the formula is spiked with rose, spearmint and peppermint essential oils for extra-fresh breath.
Sea Spray Jasmin/Neroli ($16)
Four types of salt (Himalayan pink, French grey, Epsom and Dead Sea) combine with coconut oil to create a mineral-rich formula perfect for encouraging natural texture. Spritz through damp hair and air-dry for low-key waves, or mist lightly through blowdried hair for instant second-day hair.