Sunday, 8 June 2014

Bathing Beauty Anoint Facial Oil for Wise Skin review

Picture courtesy of Bathing Beauty
Background info

Bathing Beauty is a natural skincare brand created by former model George Jones. George now lives in Wales and hand makes her own line of skincare and body products. Bathing Beauty contains lots of cold pressed oils and many of the products are raw. Many of the ingredients that George uses in Bathing Beauty are organic and wild crafted.

In terms of anti ageing Bathing Beauty is not as advanced as I'm used to but I am pleasantly surprised on just how pure and simple Bathing Beauty is. It is lovely to give the skin a nice rest from all these anti ageing actives and go back to basics especially during a detox. Bathing Beauty is SO ultimately pure and the line is comprised of some very beautiful products.

I can't believe just how good value for money everything is. If you are on a budget and looking for pure natural luxury then seriously look no further than Bathing Beauty. Just do not underestimate the products like I did, just because a product does not contain tons of ingredients doesn't mean it will not work, it could be that the ingredients it contains are super potent and more effective.

I am incredibly impressed with Bathing Beauty as they are unbelievably pure and the brand uses no cheap fillers, cheap oils, preservatives, stabilisers or emulsifiers and doesn't even use natural preservatives, in fact. The result is an incredibly fresh, pure and natural brand resulting in beautiful skin.

As George hand makes the products herself, it feels like the products have been made especially for you, giving a personal touch.

This review is for the gorgeous Anoint Facial Oil for Wise Skin - the brand's anti ageing facial oil.

Product description

Rejuvenating Rose Absolute and Frankincense Facial Oil.

Cold pressed and raw blended, beautifully presented in a recyclable amber glass botttle, with precision dispensing pipette.

This oil supports Better Aging, with it’s prescriptive blend of Vitamin rich organic, Avocado, Borage and Olive Squalene oils.

100% natural, perservative free. Vegan

bathing-beauty.co.uk/anoint-facial-oil-for-wise-skin/

Packaging

Please note that the packaging has recently changed for the product and it now comes in a dark brown glass dropper as can be seen in the picture above.

Application

Bathing Beauty advises to apply 6-8 drops to the face once or twice a day and to gently press into the face, neck and under eye area.

Most recently I have been loving facial oils and used this at night.

Ingredients list

Olea Europaea, Heliathus Annus, Borago Officinalis, Persea Gratissima, Carteri Boswellia (frankincense oil), Rosa Centofolia, Tocopherol, *cinnamal,*eugenol, *linalool, *citronellol, *farnesol. * naturally occuring in essential oils
  • 100% natural.
  • Made with organic and wildcrafted ingredients.
  • Vegan
  • Free from water, preservatives and chemical additives.
  • Not Tested on Animals.
Shelf Life

12 months once opened.

Results and review

This Bathing Beauty face oil is considered to be the brand's anti ageing face oil. It is incredibly pure and it has the most exquisite rosy fragrance. The main note of the essential oils is the gorgeous rose absolute - Rosa Centifolia commonly known as the 'Cabbage' or 'Provence' rose. This is incredibly beautiful and after around half an hour of application the base note of Frankincense comes through. I really do find this face oil highly relaxing making it perfect for evening use.

Being a facial oil this is super concentrated and you only need a very small amount to moisture the skin. For those who are interested this oil is raw blended as the carrier oils are cold pressed. It is a beautiful golden colour (as seen below) and sinks into the skin easily.

Original packaging 
This facial oil contains only seven but wonderful ingredients: The carrier oils of nourishing and repairing Olive oil, Sunflower oil, Borage oil and Avocado oil. The essential oils of Rose Absolute and Frankincense. And finally the super powerful and protective Vitamin E.

Olive Oil is an emollient oil which is is very beneficial for dry skin types because of its essential fatty acids content, namely squalene. Olive oil has many antioxidant benefits for the skin and has an anti inflammatory action when applied topically.

Sunflower oil is also an emollient oil. Sunflower oil helps repair the skin's barrier, reduces inflammation and absorbs into the skin quickly.

Borage Oil is a rich source of the essential fatty acid gamma linolenic acids. Gamma linolenic acids help to produce healthy skin cells and acts as an anti inflammatory.

Avocado oil is a super vitamin rich oil which is high in antioxidants. Avocado helps to relieve dry skin and is super soothing and also repairing.

Rose Absolute and Frankincense essential oil infuse the skin with a beautiful scent as well as serving the skin with their therapeutic benefits.

The facial oil is stabilised with Vitamin E which helps to nourish and protect the skin from free radical damage.

I've really enjoyed using this gorgeous nourishing facial oil. It feels very pure and is ultra effective at getting rid of redness and irritation. My skin always feels plumped and incredibly moisturised. Whether you buy this for yourself or as a gift the lucky person using it I'm sure will love it and appreciate its purity. Once again truly impressed with this beauty from Bathing Beauty. 4/5 from me!

HGB Green Leaf Rating



 4/5 Great!

Price

-£25 for 25ml

Pros

-100% natural
-Contains organic and wildcrafted ingredients
-Highly effective
-Suitable for vegans
-Beautiful floral rosy fragrance
-Very good value for money

Cons

-Not widely available

Availability

Please visit the brand's online store

bathing-beauty.co.uk/anoint-facial-oil-for-wise-skin/

Bathing Beauty Mount Olympus sea salt body scrub review


Background info

Bathing Beauty is a natural skincare brand created by former model George Jones. George now lives in Wales and hand makes her own line of skincare and body products. Bathing Beauty contains lots of cold pressed oils and many of the products are raw. Many of the ingredients that George uses in Bathing Beauty are organic and wild crafted.

In terms of anti ageing Bathing Beauty is not as advanced as I'm used to but I am pleasantly surprised on just how pure and simple Bathing Beauty is. It is lovely to give the skin a nice rest from all these anti ageing actives and go back to basics especially during a detox. Bathing Beauty is SO ultimately pure and the line is comprised of some very beautiful products.

I can't believe just how good value for money everything is. If you are on a budget and looking for pure natural luxury then seriously look no further than Bathing Beauty. Just do not underestimate the products like I did, just because a product does not contain tons of ingredients doesn't mean it will not work, it could be that the ingredients it contains are super potent and more effective.

I am incredibly impressed with Bathing Beauty as they are unbelievably pure and the brand uses no cheap fillers, cheap oils, preservatives, stabilisers or emulsifiers and doesn't even use natural preservatives, in fact. The result is an incredibly fresh, pure and natural brand resulting in beautiful skin.

As George hand makes the products herself, it feels like the products have been made especially for you, giving a personal touch.

This review is for the amazing and award winning Mount Olympus sea salt body scrub.

Product description

Mount Olympus Award winning Sea Salt body scrub with fresh lemon and organically grown rosemary. Revitalising and uplifting. A zesty blend of fresh lemons, and organically grown rosemary, ground with sea salt and drenched in a vitamin packed blend of Grapeseed and Olive oils. Naturally scented with Lemon and Rosemary essential oils.

Award winning sea salt body scrub, with fresh lemon zest and organically grown rosemary.

Runner up in The Beauty Shortlist Awards 2014.

Exfoliating and intensively nourishing, there is no better way to give lack lustre skin the brush off and get glowing for summer.


Packaging

Beautifully presented in a recyclable glass jar with a black lid.


Application

The instructions advise to the whisk gently over dry skin then rinse but I prefer to massage into damp skin as the salt particles dissolve resulting in a milder form of exfoliation. The oils in the scrub seem to glider better over the skin when it is damp.

Ingredients list


100% natural.
Made with organic and wildcrafted ingredients.

Shelf Life

12 months once opened.

Results and review

Let me start by telling you this award winning body scrub is perfect for those trying to achieve a gorgeously smooth summer body. I regularly get my arms waxed and this is perfect for preventing ingrown hairs and it's ultra moisturising formula with grape seed and olive oils helps to moisturise the skin as it buffs. This doubles up as a relaxing bath soak too. The sea salts contain many minerals which help to nourish the skin even further.

This body scrub has a highly refreshing and uplifting scent of zesty lemon and organically homegrown rosemary.


If you use it as I do then as you massage into damp skin the salt dissolves and the oils moisturise the skin. The scent leaves the skin smelling beautiful and perfectly moisturised, there is no need to follow with a body moisturiser/oil. The scrub has a gorgeous smooth yet grainy texture.

At 400grams for under £20 this an absolute bargain as it will last you months and months. I've been using this scrub since January and I have loads left.

I honestly cannot fault this beautifully pure body scrub, it could not be better. The price is right, it's pure, natural, organic, handmade, has a gorgeous zesty scent and the smooth results it gives your skin it's no wonder this body scrub is loved by many. 5/5 from me!

HGB Green Leaf Rating



 5/5 Perfect!

Price

-£19.95 for 400g

Pros

-100% natural
-Contains organic and wildcrafted ingredients
-Highly effective
-Suitable for vegans
-Beautiful uplifting scent
-Extremely good value for money

Cons

-Not widely available

Availability

Please visit the brand's online store

bathing-beauty.co.uk/mount-olympus/

Saturday, 7 June 2014

The Body Deli Creme de la Rose

Background info

The Body Deli is a relatively new brand to the UK. It was launched exclusively in the UK by my favourite Organic and Natural online skincare store a beautiful world in early 2014.

The Body Deli is a range of superfood skincare made in California, USA. The brand uses lots of seriously fresh organic raw superfoods and clinical actives to deeply nourish the skin. The products are hand made in small batches. The brand is loved by many celebrities. I am a lover of American Beauty brands but I would have to say that the Body Deli is possibly one of the best advanced organic/natural brands I've come cross from 'across the pond'.

Rose is one of my favourite ingredients of all time and I recently wrote about the benefits of using rose in skincare in my magazine column for the recently launched bodhi luxe magazine. To read about the benefits of rose please visit bodhi luxe Ingredient's corner Rose

This cream is one of my favourite organic creams that I've tried of late. I wanted to use it for a long time before reviewing to fully appreciate this product. 

Product description

CREME DE LA ROSE is a luxurious rich and nourishing anti-aging facial moisturizer that is formulated to help accelerate cellular turnover, feed epidermal cells, restore elasticity and diminish the depth and intensity of wrinkles. BULGARIAN ROSE, COQ10 AND VITAMIN-A is used for its cell regenerating properties and exquisite healing aroma. GOJI BERRY extract is used for its amino acids and vitamin C content. For normal to dry skin types that are experiencing the effects of aging. Skin looks and feels younger with regular use. Enjoy the world’s finest facial cream.

WHY WE LOVE IT

CREME DE LA ROSE is our most popular product at Body Deli. It has become a cult beauty classic. Truly it is one of the most sensuous and delightful ultra-rich moisturizing creams available at any price. Each batch of CREME DE LA ROSE is handmade in small batches and takes over 24 hours to make. It is hand blended for over 3 hours to get the smooth as silk texture that delivers a refined and elegant skin feel.

Certified Organic Bulgarian Rose oil is one of our favorite ingredients that we use in CREME DE LA ROSE, at over 4000 dollars a pound it is our most expensive ingredient. Bulgarian Rose oil has been used for centuries for its exquisite aroma and its therapeutic healing and regenerating qualities. Did you know that pure distilled rose oil is the highest frequency biological substance?

Every living thing emits an electrical frequency which can be measured in megahertz; rose has a measured frequency of approximately 350 megahertz. The human body is measured between 62-78 megahertz. Rose in its purest form is a potent active ingredient to support cellular health.

Most of all CREME DE LA ROSE is luscious and delivers the complexion a more youthful and radiant appearance. It is the closest thing that we found to the fountain of youth in a jar.

FUNCTIONALITY
-Improved structural integrity
-Improved epidermal nourishment
-Improved skin elasticity
-Reduced wrinkles
-Improved skin firmness


Packaging

This cream comes in a glass jar.


Application

Apply a dime sized amount AM/PM to freshly cleansed face, neck and chest. Avoid direct eye area.

Ingredients list

(*) DENOTES ORGANICALLY GROWN - Antioxidant Micro-Clustered Ionized Water, Rose Damascena Hydrosol, Aqueous Solution of *Rosemary, *Lavender, *Rose, *Nettle, *Macadamia Nut Oil, *Meadowfoam Seed Oil, *Virgin Coconut Oil, Cetearyl Olivate and Sorbitan Olivate (Olive Oil Emulsifier), Shea Butter, Kukui Butter, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Coenzyme Q10, MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane), *Olive Leaf Extract, Goji Berry (Lycium Barbarum) *Rose Hip Seed Oil, *Carrot Seed Oil, Brown Rice Amino Acid Complex, *Calendula, *Comfrey, Xanthan Gum, Guar Gum, Vitamin E (Alpha-Tocopherol), Tocotrienols (Rice Bran), Vitamin A (Retinol Palmitate) - Lecithin Phospholipid Emulsion, Allantoin, Squalane, *Borage Oil, *Evening Primrose Oil, Tamarind Seed Extract (Tamarindus Indica), Lactobacillus/Kelp Ferment Filtrate, Colloidal Oat Flour, Beta-Glucosamine, Citric Acid, Rose Damascena Bulgaria (Otto), Sandalwood, *Rose Geranium, Ylang-Ylang, Zeaxanthin, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate (Natural Preservative System)

Shelf Life

12 months once opened

Results and review

This beautiful anti ageing cream is thick, luxurious and whipped to perfection. It feels ultra concentrated and not greasy in the slightest. When you apply it to your face it gives a beautiful dewy and radiant glow. For me it does everything I want in an anti ageing cream, it's packed full of anti ageing ingredients such as Coenzyme Q10 and antioxidants (see product description for more details of the ingredients). Immediately after application my skin feels perfectly hydrated, calm and moisturised. It has an extremely silky texture and feels incredibly smooth on the skin making the perfect base for makeup.

The cream looks wonderful like frozen strawberry yogurt in a jar. My only slight disappointment was that with a name like creme de la Rose I was expecting this to be seriously rosy but it isn't, it has a nice scent but I wouldn't say it is rose. I can't quite put my finger on the scent but it is mild but very pleasant.


I like to use this as a day cream as I prefer using facial oils at night. This is perfect to apply underneath a sunscreen. A couple of times a week when I think my skin needs an extra boost I will use this as a night cream for extra hydration.

I would say this is perfect for all skin types, if you have oily skin you can use less and if you have dry skin you can use more. A little does goes a long way which is great.

This does not break me out and has leaves my skin looking plump and feeling firm. Due to the ingredients contained it helps to speed up cellular turnover, plump the skin, reduce the look of wrinkles and stimulate collagen production. It feels very special when using after a face scrub or mask.

I would say this cream is excellent value for money and it lasts a very long time. It is £65/$75 and although expensive I'm surprised this isn't more to be honest, you get what you pay for!

I've never come across such an advanced anti ageing cream which is raw and organic. An extremely well done to a beautiful world for finding this and bringing this conventional and amazing brand to the UK. I would repurchase in a heartbeat. If you are looking for a raw, organic and anti ageing face cream then I think this will be the perfect choice for you. A perfect 5/5!

HGB Green Leaf Rating



 5/5 Perfect!

Price

-£65/$75 for 60g /2 oz.

Pros

-Highly effective & anti ageing
-Contains organic super foods
-Feels conventional & concentrated
-Provides great anti ageing benefits and results
-Suitable for all skin types
-Lovely scent
-Unisex
-Raw, natural and organic
-Makes skin look radiant, glowing and fresh
-Extremely moisturising & non greasy formula

Cons

-None

Availability

-UK stockist

a beautiful world

-USA stockist

thebodydeli.com/

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Therapi Rose Otto Enriching Ultra Radiance Cream


Background info

There seems to be a buzz (excuse the pun) in the skincare industry at the moment around honey. Therapi launched late last year (2013) and is becoming increasingly popular. Therapi offers timeless organic skincare which is 100% natural and certified by the Soil Association.

Therapi focuses on the therapeutic benefits of honey, propolis and bioactive plant extracts to nourish the skin. Therapi's products feel like they are of exceptional quality.

Honey has been used for thousands of years and has recently become a trend in the beauty industry with many brands going back to basics by using amazing ingredients like honey. I lovely Therapi and would like to add that they give 5% of their profits to bee conservation projects which I think is amazing.

Therapi currently has three lines to suit different skin types:

Rose Otto - for normal to dry skin types
Orange Blossom - for normal skin types
Lemon Myrtle  - for oily to combination skin types

This review is for the Rose Otto Enriching Ultra Radiance Cream

Product description

Therapi Rose Otto Enriching Ultra Radiance Cream is designed as a rich day cream which can also be used as a night treatment cream. This natural miracle cream contains rejuvenating propolis, rich in antioxidants, moisturising honey and vitamin-rich rosehip oil to deliver the skin a concentrated boost of organic nutrients to promote renewed radiance and vitality.

BENEFITS:

• Rejuvenates dry, damaged and mature skin with a concentrated dose of organic nutrients
• Formulated with moisturising honey and antioxidant-rich propolis to deliver intense skin nutrition
• Botanical extracts of rose give this organic moisturiser a heavenly scent
• 90% organic, certified organic by the Soil Association
• Collagen-boosting botanicals naturally promote skin renewal and natural radiance daily

SKIN TYPES: For dry, damaged and mature skin.

Source:www.naturisimo.com/

Packaging

This comes in a recyclable glass jar with screw-top lid and is housed in a 100% post-consumer paper box.

Application

HOW TO USE: After cleansing, apply Therapi Rose Otto Enriching Ultra Radiance Cream morning and night to face, neck and d├ęcolletage. Use daily in combination with Rose Otto Honey Gel Cleanser and Rose Otto Hydrating Toner for the ultimate bright and radiant complexion.

Ingredients list

Aqua, Rosa Damascena Flower Water*, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil*, Polyglyceryl-3 Poly Rice Branate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Mel (Honey)*, Propolis Extract*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract*, Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium) Flower Oil*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder*, Lecithin*, Magnesium Sulfate, Gluconlactone, Sodium Benzoate, Calcium Gluconate, Parfum*, Citronellol+, Geraniol+, Eugenol+

Shelf Life

6 months once opened

Results and review

This is a wonderful rich cream and has a luxurious texture which sinks in the skin beautifully. It is comparable to the Dr Hauschka Rose Day Cream with the way it is scented and the way it feels on the skin. This is described as a treatment but is a moisturiser suitable for everyday use. If you have dehydrated dry skin this moisturiser will be perfect for you. It provides a lot of barrier protection with the use of bees wax and rich emollients like shea butter and coconut oil.

This moisturiser contains organic rose hip oil, honey, sunflower oil and aloe vera which all deeply hydrate and rejuvenate the skin. It also contains super anti ageing organic propolis extract which is a resinous material that is collected by bees and has anti bacterial and anti inflammatory properties on the skin. Propolis also enhances collagen production resulting in a more youthful complexion.

My skin looks beautifully radiant and glowy after use. Although rich it feels really soothing and helps with sensitive skin. During winter this was a god send for me as it really protects the skin against the cold weather and winds. You only need the smallest amount and it is super concentrated and it lasts ages. Earlier in the year I used this everyday during the cold weather and now the warmer weather is here I have started using it as a hydrating mask. It quenches my skin's thirst and I can feel my skin just drinking in this gorgeous moisturiser.

Whether you use this a daily moisturiser or a treatment it will give you gorgeous glowing skin. I think it is a star product of Therapi's. Even if you do not have dry skin you can still use this a treatment in the way you would use a hydrating mask, just don't wash it off. I prefer to use this during the day time so the hydrating effects last all day long. I find it best to apply to the skin after toning when skin is damp to make this concentrated moisturiser go even further.

This smells similar to the cleanser of the rose otto range, it smells lovely, sweet and floral and has organic rose otto and rose geranium essential oils to give it a delicious sweet rosey-honey scent.

The packaging is just stunning, I absolutely adore Therapis use of elegant packaging. The white glass adds a true sense of style and pureness.

I cannot fault this beautiful moisturiser. I urge anyone with dry skin types to try it. I can see why this is one of Therapi's best sellers. I am going to give it a 5/5 rating because this really works. I would definitely buy this moisturiser again.

HGB Green Leaf Rating



 5/5 Perfect!

Price

-£35 for 50ml/1.7 fl.oz.

Pros

-100% natural
-90% organic
-Ultra moisturising
-Anti ageing
-Can be used as a treatment and a moisturiser
-Beautiful fragrance

Cons

-None

Availability

-For stockists please visit the brands website http://therapi.com

Therapi Rose Otto Nourishing Honey Gel Cleanser Review


Background info

There seems to be a buzz (excuse the pun) in the skincare industry at the moment around honey. Therapi launched late last year (2013) and is becoming increasingly popular. Therapi offers timeless organic skincare which is 100% natural and certified by the Soil Association.

Therapi focuses on the therapeutic benefits of honey, propolis and bioactive plant extracts to nourish the skin. Therapi's products feel like they are of exceptional quality.

Honey has been used for thousands of years and has recently become a trend in the beauty industry with many brands going back to basics by using amazing ingredients like honey. I love Therapi and would like to add that they give 5% of their profits to bee conservation projects which I think is amazing.

Therapi currently has three lines to suit different skin types:

Rose Otto - for normal to dry skin types
Orange Blossom - for normal skin types
Lemon Myrtle  - for oily to combination skin types

This review is for the Rose Otto Nourishing Honey Gel Cleanser.

Product description

Therapi Rose Otto Nourishing Honey Gel Cleanser uses nourishing honey and natural extracts of yucca to gently cleanse the face and remove impurities without any dryness. Rejuvenating rose otto and refining rose geranium essential oils create a beautiful therapeutic scent.

BENEFITS:

• Leaves skin clean and refreshed without dryness
• Formulated with honey, nature's miracle moisturiser
• 90% organic, certified organic by the Soil Association
• Contains honey and nourishing plant butters give you healthy, glowing skin daily
• Rich in nutrients and anti-oxidants to keep your skin looking beautiful, radiant and young

SKIN TYPES: For normal to dry and mature skin.


Packaging

This comes in a recyclable white glass bottle with dispenser pump. The bottle is housed in a 100% post-consumer paper box.

Application

Wet skin and gently lather Therapi Rose Otto Nourishing Honey Gel Cleanser in your palms before applying to the face and neck. Rinse off with warm water. Use in combination with Rose Otto Hydrating Toner and Rose Otto Honey Moisturiser for the ultimate bright and nourished complexion.

Ingredients list

Aqua, Mel (Honey)*, Lauryl Glucoside, Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Gluconolactone, Xanthan Gum, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Oil*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder*, Yucca Schidigera (Y. Vera) Extract, Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium) Flower Oil*, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil*, Cedrus Atlantica (Cedarwood) Bark Oil*, Sodium Benzoate, Calcium Gluconate, Parfum*, Limonene+, Linalool+, Citronellol+, Geraniol+ * Organic + Naturally occurs in essential oils

100% natural and 90% organic

Shelf Life

6 months once opened

Results and review

This is very mild lightly foaming gel cleanser. As you would imagine this smells like honey and roses and it contains an amazing amount of organic honey at 11%. This feels completely non drying and does not strip the skin of its natural oils thus preserving its acid mantle. It actually looks like honey as well.

It contains lots of beneficial organic ingredients such as honey which is a natural humectant. Honey helps to retain moisture in the skin, act as an anti inflammatory, diminish redness and irritation. It also has anti bacterial properties. It is highly nutritious containing many vitamins and minerals which help to deeply nourish the skin.

This cleanser also contains the antioxidant power house, seabuckthorn. It also contains soothing aloe vera and both of these ingredients help to nourish and repair the skin.

It contains a wonderful organic essential oil blend which works perfectly with the natural aroma of the large percentage of organic honey in this cleanser. The organic essential oil blend consists of rose otto, rose geranium, bergamot and cedar wood which makes for a beautiful floral and refreshing scent.

In my routine I have been using this as my morning cleanser and it always helps get rid of redness. I would recommend this for those with sensitive skin. After each use my skin is always refreshed, hydrated and never stripped.

I absolutely adore the packaging it looks very luxurious with its white glass bottle.

At £25 for 100ml I think this is very reasonably priced especially considering all the beneficial and good quality organic ingredients it contains. I am going to give it a HGB rating of 4 as I just wish it had a tad stronger smell of roses, other than that I can't fault it.

HGB Green Leaf Rating



 4/5 Great!

Price

-£25 for 100ml/3.4 fl.oz.

Pros

-100% natural
-90% organic
-Extremely gentle
-Non drying
-Refreshing
-Leaves skin feeling soft
-Diminishes redness

Cons

-None

Availability

-For stockists please visit the brands website http://therapi.com

Paula's Choice Earth Sourced Antioxidant Enriched Natural Moisturiser


Background info

Last year I was so impressed with the Paula's Choice Perfectly Natural Cleansing Gel and the Perfectly Natural Toner I had to try out the line's moisturiser. You can read my reviews on the PC Natural Cleansing Gel here and the Perfectly Natural Toner here.

Paula's Choice has been created by Paula Beguon also known as the Cosmetic Cop and cosmetic expert. Paula Beguon and her team review products from other brands and have their own brand called Paula's Choice. Nearly two years ago Paula's Choice released the Earth Sourced collection - a skin care system that claims to contain only natural ingredients with research proving they have superior benefit for skin. Paula believes that natural doesn't mean better, but it doesn't mean all natural-derived ingredients are bad and believes that there are both good and bad natural and synthetic ingredients. With the understanding that not all of Paula's products will suit everyones needs she created the Earth Sourced lines appealing to people like me who want natural products. Earth Sourced is for those who want to use natural derived products that are carefully formulated to be effective without causing irritation to the skin.

The Earth Source line currently consists of three products, a cleanser, toner and a moisturiser. Earth Sourced products are 98% to 99% natural.

Product description

What makes this product unique?

This innovative formula is a rich, yet surprisingly light lotion that perfectly hydrates your skin while treating it to a potent combination of antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients proven to stimulate collagen production and renew skin cells. Your skin will look younger and feel silky-soft like it never has before. This formula is based on a specialized, proprietary technology that truly captures the best of nature fused with science. Because of this technology, this moisturizer stands alone for repairing and rejuvenating skin. Using this moisturizer drenches your skin with antioxidants, preparing it for the next step in your skin care routine. Contains no animal-derived ingredients of any kind. Packaging is 100% recyclable

Who is this product for?

Earth Sourced Antioxidant-Enriched Natural Moisturizer from Paula's Choice is great for all skin types. It is specially formulated for those who prefer skin-care products made from natural ingredients that are proven safe and effective.

  • 98% natural
  • Antioxidant-rich formula stimulates collagen production
  • Rich yet surprisingly light texture nourishes dry skin
  • Suitable for babies and children
  • Leaves skin looking younger and feeling silky-soft
  • Ideal for those with rosacea, mild eczema, or sensitive skin.
  • 100% fragrance- and colorant-free
  • pH5

Source: www.paulaschoice.co.uk/

Packaging

The moisturiser comes in a green plastic tube which is 100% recyclable.

Application

I like to use this day and night after cleansing and toning. It's texture is quite light so it is perfect to use on top of a facial oil or serum to help lock in moisture. Due to this product not containing any essential oils I use to use this as an eye cream too. The brand state it is gentle enough to use on the eye area also.

Ingredients list

Aqua, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter (natural emollient), Glycerin (skin-repairing ingredient), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Canola Oil (antioxidant plant oils), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter (natural emollient), Propanediol (synthetic penetration enhancer), Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Seed Oil (antioxidant plant oils), Sodium Hyaluronate (natural skin-repairing ingredient), Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Leaf Extract, Malpighia Punicifolia (Acerola) Fruit Extract, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract (natural antioxidants), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (water-binding/soothing agent), Tocopherol (pure vitamin E/antioxidant), Hydrogenated Lecithin (natural cell-communicating ingredient), Thermus Thermophillus Ferment (natural water-binding agent), Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Seed Oil, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Oil (antioxidant plant oils), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (natural emollient), Arginine, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Proline, Threonine, Isoleucine, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Aspartic Acid (natural amino acids/water-binding agents), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum, Carrageenan (natural thickeners), Sodium Lactate (natural skin conditioning agent), Potassium Stearate (synthetic emulsifier), Sodium PCA (natural skin-repairing ingredient), Glyceryl Stearate (plant-derived thickener), PCA (natural skin-repairing ingredient), Silica (natural mineral thickener), Xanthan Gum (natural thickener), Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Potassium Sorbate (natural preservatives), Sodium Benzoate (synthetic preservative), Benzyl Alcohol (synthetic solvent), Phenoxyethanol (synthetic preservative).

Source: www.paulaschoice.co.uk/

Shelf Life

12 months once opened

Results and review

Sometimes it is nice to give your skin a rest from fragranced products. As much as I love a good fragranced cream sometimes some overly fragrant moisturisers can lead to some mild irritation.

This beautiful silky lotion is an absolute pleasure to use, it is extremely soothing, light but very hydrating, my skin just drinks this lotion in. Although not fragranced with essential oils this lotion to me has a very slight underlying almondy undertone which must be the natural scent of all the natural ingredients.

This truly is an advanced natural product. It is full of beneficial emollients and antioxidants used in high concentrations. Sodium Hyaluronate also known as Hyaluronic Acid is very high the ingredients list and is a key ingredient in this fantastic moisturiser. It is cooling to the touch and very refreshing, sinking in the skin beautifully. It leaves no residue and helps diminishes redness and inflamed skin. With it whipped silky texture a little goes a long way and it spreads over the skin very nicely.

This would be perfect for those with sensitive skin who are looking for a natural product without essential oils.

I would love to see this in airless packaging, Paula Beguon always states that you should look for a moisturiser in airless packaging so I am surprised to see her own product is not considering the amount of antioxidants it contains. The airless packaging would protect these antioxidants from the environment thus keeping the product fresher for longer.

This beautiful lotion is very gentle and yet effective it states on their website that is suitable for use on a baby too. I highly recommend this advanced multipurpose product. At £19 for 60ml this is an absolute bargain, I only wish it was organic.

HGB Green Leaf Rating



 4/5 Great!

Price

-£19/ $25 for 60ml

Pros

-98% natural
-Multi tasking - can be used on face, eye and neck area
-Anti ageing
-Contains lots of antioxidants
-Great for sensitive skin types
-Cooling, hydrating and refreshing

Cons

-Not widely available
-Not organic
-Not 100% natural
-Not in airless packaging

Availability

-UK:
http://www.paulaschoice.co.uk/earth-sourced-antioxidant-enriched-natural-moisturizer

In the UK Paula's Choice products are shipped from the companies warehouse in the Netherlands and usually takes 3 working days for shipping.

USA:
http://www.paulaschoice.com/shop/collections/Earth-Sourced/_/Earth-Sourced-Antioxidant-Enriched-Natural-Moisturizer/

Other Paula Choice reviews

Paula's Choice Earth Sourced Perfectly Natural Cleansing Gel

Paula's Choice Earth Sourced Perfectly Natural Refreshing Toner

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Vaishaly Signature Facial


It's not everyday people get to experience their dreams. On 19th March 2014 I experienced one of mine, I had a facial with superfacialist Vaishaly. I've had some facials in my time but nothing compares to this.

Vaishaly has her own line of organic and natural products which are some of my ultimate favourites. I discovered this beautiful range in 2006 at my local organic skincare store. On the day it launched in store I bought the Cleansing Balm and never looked back. I have been using Vaishaly products since 2006 and I can confirm that each one actually works. If there was only one brand of products I could use for the rest of my life it would be Vaishaly's.

Vaishaly's Signature facial is expertly prescriptive and will be completely different for everyone and depending on their skincare needs so it feels very personal.

Now for my facial experience. I had the facial as part of my 29th birthday in Vaishaly's super impressive skin clinic in Marylebone, London.

I was greeted by Vaishaly and some of her team. I instantly felt starstruck and felt extremely welcomed. Vaishaly looked absolutely radiant with gorgeous glowing skin.
Vaishaly and me
I was taken to one of the therapy rooms and the facial started with Vaishaly analysing my skin. Vaishaly asked for my lifestyle and dietary choices. I informed her that I had dry skin, after closer inspection I was informed that my skin was dry on the surface and oily underneath. Once the facial started any sense of anxiety from my busy lifestyle completely vanished.

Vaishaly cleansed my face and neck area with the beautiful aromatic Cleansing Balm. Once cleansed the facial proceeded with some extractions using a comedone extractor. This removes and clears any blocked pores. This was completely painless and felt as though my skin was getting a thorough deep cleanse.

Afterwards I underwent a gentle micro-dermabrasion to lift off any dead skin cells. Micro-dermabrasion is something I've never experienced before, it felt completely painless and I was excited to try it.

After micro-dermabrasion Vaishaly used by high frequency tool which helped to close any open pores, kill any bacteria in the skin and also smooth fine lines and wrinkles.

Now the deep relaxing part of the facial was Vaishaly's unique massage technique which made me drift off in a sense of heavenly bliss. Saying that Vaishaly has magic hands would be an understatement. I did not want this to end.

After the highly calming massage Vaishaly did some Reiki healing technique and cranial work which let me completely switch off and made me feel blissfully at peace. The exquisite essential oil blend in Vaishaly's organic product line such as Organic Ylang Ylang, Lavender, Geranium, Rose and Chamomile makes you feel in a state of intense euphoria.

The facial finished with some of the Vaishaly Day Moisturiser SPF15 dry/sensitive being applied to my face and neck, which is my favourite product of all time.

The result beautiful glowing skin. It is no wonder Vaishaly's facial is so sought after and used by so many celebrities. We all need to treat ourselves once in a while and something of deep relaxation it's a fantastic way to manage stress.

Vaishaly's signature facial is such an intensive treatment it's like having a mini facelift.  My skin is unbelievably soft, fresh, clear and looks visibly lifted in appearance.

If you're looking for a high luxury treat then I highly recommend you look into getting a Vaishaly Signature facial. But book in advance as it has a 3 month waiting list!

Price

Signature Facial with Vaishaly 55 mins £250
Signature Facial with Aestheticians 55 mins £100.

For more details about the facial, other treatments and skincare please visit the following webpages: