If, like me, your partial to lugging everything but the kitchen sink around in your handbag, always justifying the five lip balms, three lip glosses, multiple hand creams, mini moisturisers, body sprays and fully stocked makeup bag as basic everyday ‘essentials’ then you will be as pleased as I was to discover a true multi-purpose saviour from new UK beauty brand ASILI.

ASILI (Swahili for ‘natural’) offer products made from 100% natural and herbal ingredients. ASILI firmly believe in responsible cosmetics which are from fair sourcing and use ecological packaging. The first range from ASILI features Shea butter as the star (and only) ingredient. Each product is made from high quality, 100% pure unrefined organic shea butter, harvested in West Africa, which is responsibly sourced from a carefully selected and Ecocert certified organic cooperative. Naturally rich in vitamins A, D, F and E and unsaponifiables, unrefined shea butter is a true multi-tasker and has a host of healing, anti-aging and moisturising properties. Each pot of ASILI shea butter can be used to soothe and hydrate cracked lips and is perfect for dry elbows, knees, feet and hands that need a quick moisture boost. I was impressed to hear that it also makes a great rejuvenating hair mask and can be used to prevent and reduce the appearance of stretch marks. For a scented version ASILI also have a number of refreshing peppermint variations with added  lemongrass, eucalyptus, basil or lavender essential oils. Each pot of ASILI shea butter comes in an eco-friendly recyclable tin perfect for throwing in your handbag for on-the-go touch ups...we can feel ours getting lighter and less cluttered as we speak!

ASILI is available to buy online from their website here.