From Dr. Bronner to Aurelia, Niod to Aesop, it seems more and more beauty brands are eschewing modern packaging for droppers, tin tubes and glass bottles - but the formulae inside the containers are far from old-fashioned. Here is our pick of the best vintage-inspired buys to hit the beauty sphere.
Aesop know exactly how to nail old-worldly packaging. Alcohol free, this mouthwash dislodges debris and gives breath a zingy freshness without the Aftershock-like burn.
A splash of this sparkling new essence across the cheeks, chin and forehead primes skin to absorb your chosen serum and moisturiser much better. The result is a
stunning radiance that'll encourage you to go foundation free.
The cork stopper and suspended rosebuds make this body oil one Instagram-worthy purchase. Avoid the chore of massaging in body lotion and hydrate your limbs fast with a few drops in the palm of your hand. It isn't greasy or sticky, so you
can dress almost immediately.
Don't let the word 'mud' put you
off. A light layer works like a vacuum on congested skin, drawing out
impurities such as oil, pollution and traces of make-up – but
that's not all. The oxygen delivery system acts like armour for your
skin, so free radicals simply bounce away.
Imbued with calcium, magnesium and thermal spring water water from Castéra-Verduzan in the Gers region, this toothpaste leaves teeth feeling satisfyingly squeaky clean. The fresh coriander and cucumber puts an organic twist on the classic
Forget what you think you know about bars of soap. Thanks to its vegetable base, this one won't leave your skin feeling uncomfortably tight and the enveloping orange
blossom scent will transport your mind to an idyllic Sicilian
village. Although housed in a plastic tube, their Apple and Pear
Smile Lip Balm is also luscious.
Treat parched or sunburned skin to a slather of this cooling gel and feel it repair itself almost instantly. The aloe calms down raging redness while the rose soothes,
comforts and hydrates. A definite travel bag essential.
A single scoop of L'Occitane's salt crystals will release a mega mix of essential oils – from bergamot to punchy mandarin – into your bath water, hydrating your
skin while you soak. The glass jar will provide a cool touch to any bathroom.
Pretty as a picture, Diptyque's super-silky, rose petal-infused face oil penetrates the skin's cells to nourish and strengthen at a deeper level. No congested skin, just a bolstered defence against the elements and a lit-from-within glow.
Those with thick hair are right to be
wary of certain styling cremes – they're often very heavy and tend
to crush any ounce of bounce – but the lighter-than-light texture
of this one will leave you with the glossiest, gutsiest lengths. And
that isn't even the best part, as each pump smells like a cross
between a sun-drenched English meadow and a Bajan beach – divine.
The beeswax in this hand cream
locks in moisture and banishes sandpaper-esque patches even in the
freezing winter months. It absorbs quickly and won't leave greasy paw
prints inside your notebook.
Bath oils are making a comeback
and this one from REN is as luxe as it gets. Watch your troubles
swirl away down the plughole thanks to the heady and relaxing
Moroccan rose and clove mix.