Mádara Cosmetics X Noora Shingler

I’ve been working with Natural Goods Company here in Finland to explore some of the best organic beauty brands out there. I’m excited to share that I’ve found a great line of products that not only use ingredients native to Finland but also help our skin fight against the effects of a harsh winter climate. They were recently launched in cooperation with Mádara Cosmetics by Finnish journalist and blogger Noora Shingler at Goodio Cafe, which you can read about here.

So, without further ado, I present: Mádara Cosmetics X Noora Shingler Pihlaja Drops, Pihlaja Daily Moisturizer and Nokkonen Daily Defence Body Lotion.

Pihlaja, Finnish for Rowan, packs a punch of vitamins in its berries. Their high content of Vitamin A and E give the oil an anti-aging effect and helps it protect us from free radicals.

The Glow Booster drops also contain fatty acid GLA (Gamma-linolenic acid) that our bodies naturally produce from LA (linoleic acid). Sometimes, though, when we have severely dry skin it might mean we have a deficiency of GLA. I don’t want to get too scientific here, but this stuff is great in treating a wide range of skin problems, from eczema to psoriasis to acne.

This, combined with Rowanberries’ natural astringent properties give the oil a moisturizing, energizing, and brightening effect for your skin while smoothing fine lines. And, of course, its organic, vegan and cruelty-free – music to my skin!

The Glow Booster drops paired with this daily moisturizer have really been a treat. I’ve been using them both in tandem for the past week and love how bright and smooth my skin looks and feels. This will definitely be a go-to during the winter months when the cold starts creeping in.


Nokkonen – Finnish for nettle – is the star of the show in this gentle yet deeply moisturizing lotion. You might be thinking, surely nettle (as in stinging nettle) has no place in a skincare product. The plant’s stem and leaves, however, have amazing anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, as well as a number of antioxidants. It’s long been used in natural remedies for skin conditions like eczema and has been proven to relieve itchiness and redness.

I have eczema and I love this lotion, so there’s at least that! It’s also fragrance-free, but the ingredients give it a slightly sweet smell which is really nice.

Its antibacterial properties, together with its protective antioxidants and other ingredients like the ever-so-lovely Shea butter, make this the perfect lotion for winter. You can buy it, along with the Pihlaja drops and moisturizer, from Natural Goods Company and use the code pennysfriends for 15 percent off your order.

What are your favorite beauty products for winter?



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