Sunday, 9 February 2014

Ambre Botanicals Raw pure skincare

Ambre Botanicals
Background info

It's no secret that I love raw food and I also love raw skincare.
I discovered Ambre Botanicals when my gorgeous friend Galina was raving about how she loved the brand's hand cream. You can read Galina's review here.

If you are looking for seriously pure 100% natural skincare where everything is actually plant sourced, then look no further than Ambre. Not only is every ingredient derived from plants 100% of the ingredients are  raw. Ambre Botanicals products are simple and yet very effective. Their formulations do not contain any water, synthetic chemicals and are extremely potent. Ambre Botanical products are made by hand in small batches in London.

What I love most about this brand is that they are raw. To be classified as raw, ingredients must be raw at source and not heated up to beyond 38°C/100.4 F as beyond this temperature the essential vitamins and enzymes begin to breakdown, die and thus lose their potent benefits.
Raw ingredients are more active, some people consider the ingredients to be alive. I always noticed a great difference in my skin when I use raw skincare. I get better results, it makes more sense really as a cleanser, oil, cream or moisturiser that contains raw ingredients will be far more active on the skin than a cream that has been boiled to death.

This article includes reviews for the brands eye catching:

  • Rosemary, Thyme and Mint Invigorating Herbal Bath Oil
  • Mango and Carrot Seed Extra Concentrated Hand Cream
  • Pumpkin Seed & Kokum with Fruit & Nut Oils Face Cream
  • Gentle Face Soap with Avocado, Shea, Rice Bran, Calendula and Sandalwood 

Product descriptions

Rosemary, Thyme and Mint Invigorating Herbal Bath Oil

Essential oils transforms a pleasurable bath experience into a heavenly one. This delicious, invigorating blend of Rosemary, Thyme and Mint essential oils helps to relieve stress, mental and physical tiredness, clear the conscience and improve breathing problems; whilst the base blend of Safflower, Macadamia and Castor nourishes, soothes and softens the skin. Bliss!

Will suit: All types of skin, including sensitive.

Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

How to use: Add 4 to 5 teaspoons of oil into warm or hot bath water.

Mango and Carrot Seed Extra Concentrated Hand Cream

Our hands are more exposed than any other part of our body, to pollutants, age spots, wear and tear from work. This cream is formulated to give hands the best care and protection possible — to moisturise, nourish, heal and revitalise, making them feel smooth, silky and happy.

Carrot seed oil is a natural source of beta-carotene or pro-vitamin A, an ingredient that reduces free-radical damage and removes toxin residues from the skin. It is also excellent to help the healing process of the skin — it soothes and relieves dry skin conditions. The oil that we use for this cream is not distilled, but pressed under low temperatures, resulting in exceptionally potent, thick and earthy oil.

Cold-pressed mango butter, luxurious fat of mango seed is packed with vitamins and glycerides of essential oleic and stearic acids. It gives the skin a soft emollient feel, and has an excellent healing quality.

Not containing any water, this butter-cream is very rich — a little will go a long way.

Vitamin & Essential fatty acids content: beta-carotene, vitamins A, B, C, D, F, E, minerals; Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids; Lecithin.

Will suit: any skin, will especially benefit dry chapped winter or garden hands.

Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Pumpkin Seed & Kokum with Fruit & Nut Oils Face Cream

This cream is an extremely concentrated, generous blend of the finest, undiluted and unheated, pure plant oils and butters, rich in vitamins and essential fatty acids, and formulated to nourish, rejuvenate and hydrate even the most dry skin.

Cold pressed Pumpkin seed oil we use for this cream has high zinc, protein and polyunsaturated fats content, and helps to heal and sooth the skin. Pumpkin seed butter is rich in vitamins A, E & C, fatty acids and antioxidants; it is perfect for rejuvenating and revitalizing dried and damaged skin.

Borage oil is the richest sources of essential fatty acids - gamma linolenic acid (GLA) available to man - up to 25%. This helps to encourage mobile joints and tissues, and to re-establish and maintain normal skin function. It is also a fantastic source for linolenic acid, vitamins and minerals. It is obtained from the dark brown seeds of the Starflower by the simple cold expression.

Seabuckthorn oil is extracted by steaming from the plant’s berries that are rich in vitamins and minerals. Because of this, the oil is well credited it with reducing fine lines, regenerating skin cells, and improving immune activity and healing of skin injuries.

Cupuacu butter, the rain forest’s answer to Shea butter, a semi-solid triglyceride, is an excellent emollient that has been shown to significantly increase skin hydration and reduce transepidermal water loss. It has a tremendous capacity for water absorption and offers proven skin moisturizing benefits that help restore the skin’s natural humidity and elasticity.

Easily penetrated into the skin, Cupuacu delivers blend of luxurious active oils of Passion Fruit, Avocado, Borage, Pumpkin seed, Seabuckthon and Rice Bran into the inner layers of the skin. Together they feed and hydrate, heal, rejuvenate and revitalize skin, making it smooth, silky and strong.

Not containing any water, this cream is very rich — a little will go a long way.

Vitamin & Essential Fatty Acids content: Vitamins A, D, C, E, B1, B2, B6, K; Gamma Linolenic acid, Linolenic and Oleic Acids - Omega 3 & 6; Palmitoleic Acids, Palmitic Acids, Folic Acids, Amino Acids, Lipids, Minerals, Protein, Lecithin and natural antioxidants.

Good to: Moisturise and nourish, rejuvenate, sooth and heal the skin.

Will suit: All types of skin, including sensitive.

Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

How to use: This cream is best to use in the night when body works hard to regenerate itself.

Gentle Face Soap with Avocado, Shea, Rice Bran, Calendula and Sandalwood

This mild, gentle natural cold process soap is made from the most luxurious pure cold-pressed natural ingredients: Avocado butter is a rich source of essential vitamins, lecithin, phytosterol, chlorophyll and amino acids; moisturising and conditioning Shea butter; extremely gentle and nourishing, rich in vitamin E Rice bran, Sunflower and Soya bean oils; and Coconut and Palm Kernel oils that provide a high quality cleanse. This soap is for everyday use and for all skin types including dry and sensitive skin.

Good to: provide gentle everyday cleansing.

Will suit: All types of skin, including dry and sensitive.

Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Source:Ambre Botanicals website

Packaging

The packaging comes in protective brown glass jars and bottles which protect the precious ingredients from UV light. The labels are recycled so all in all very environmentally friendly.

Application of products

See product descriptions above.

Ingredients lists

Rosemary, Thyme and Mint Invigorating Herbal Bath Oil

Safflower Oil (Carthamus Tinctorius), Macadamia Oil (Macadamia Integrifolia), Castor Oil (Ricinus Communis). Botanicals: Rosemary, Lemon Thyme. Non-GMO Natural Vitamin E (D-alpha Tocopherol), Rosemary Antioxidant (Rosmarinus Officinalis). Pure essential oils of: Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis), Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris), Spearmint (Mentha Spicata). Components naturally occurring in essential oils: Limonene, Linalool.

Mango and Carrot Seed Extra Concentrated Hand Cream

Mango Butter (Mangifera Indica), Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii), Carrot Seed Oil (Daucus Carota Linn), Sunflower Oil (Helianthus Annuus). Non-GMO Natural Vitamin E (D-alpha Tocopherol), Rosemary Antioxidant (Rosmarinus Officinalis). Pure essential oils of: Benzoin, Petitgrain (Petitgrain Bigarde), Lemon (Citrus Limonum). Components naturally occurring in essential oils: Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Cinnamate, Citral, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool.

Pumpkin Seed & Kokum with Fruit & Nut Oils Face Cream

Pumpkin Seed Butter (Cucurbita Maxima), Kokum Butter (Garcinia Indica), Pumpkin Seed Oil (Cucurbita Maxima), Starflower (Borage) Oil (Borago Officinalis), Passion Fruit Oil (Passiflora Incarnata ), Sea Buckthorn Oil (Hippophae Rhamnoides), Rice Bran Oil (Oryza Sativa), Avocado Virgin Oil (Persea Americana), Hazelnut Oil (Corylus Avellana). Non-GMO Natural Vitamin E (D-alpha Tocopherol), Rosemary Antioxidant (Rosmarinus Officinalis). Natural Vitamin A (Retinyl Palmitate). Unscented.

Gentle Face Soap with Avocado, Shea, Rice Bran, Calendula and Sandalwood

Pure natural saponified oils and butters of: Avocado Butter (Persea Gratissima), Unrefined Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii), Rice Bran Oil (Oryza Sativa), Castor Oil (Ricinus Communis), Sunflower Oil (Helianthus Annuus), Soya bean Oil (Soja Hispida), Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera), Palm Kernel Oil (Elaeis Guinensis). Non-GMO Natural Vitamin E (D-alpha Tocopherol), Rosemary Antioxidant (Rosmarinus Officinalis). Calendula petals. Sandalwood powder.

All of the above product contain absolutely no chemical ingredients or preservatives, artificial colour or fragrance.

Fragrances from 100% raw natural high grade cold pressed essential oils.

Source:Ambre Botanicals website

Shelf Life

12 months once opened.

Results and review

Rosemary, Thyme and Mint Invigorating Herbal Bath Oil

This gorgeous eye catching bath oil is just perfect. I mean seriously just look at the stunning bottle below with natural herbs floating around inside. I could stare at it all day. Since having the product, many people that entered my bathroom picked up the bottle and said "wow what's this?"


As for the product itself it is a luxurious bath oil. I usually tend to go for floral bath oils but this is totally different to anything I've ever tried. The essential oils of Rosemary, Thyme and Spearmint give the bath oil a lovely cooling and uplifting effect. The emollient oils of Safflower, Macadamia and Castor oil make the skin of the body so soft. I also like using this to bathe my feet due to the bath oil's skin softening properties.


When using this bath oil there really is no need to apply any body moisturisers afterwards as this is moisturising enough depending on how much you use. You can also use this in the shower, just massage into wet skin, leave on for  a few minutes and rinse with a soap or shower gel.

As with any bath oil ensure that you clean the bath after use so you don't slip in the bath.

Mango and Carrot Seed Extra Concentrated Hand Cream

I think this is my favourite Ambre product that I've tried. This gorgeous emollient balm is highly nourishing. You only need a very small amount. It has the most gorgeous fresh scent which is not too over powering. A few weeks back due to the cold weather I was really struggling with my dry lips so I decided to try this as a lip balm and much to my relief it worked, my dry chapped lips were healed in a matter of a few days. This product doubles up and makes for the most perfect lip balm.


This hand balm has the most beautiful texture due to the Mango butter it contains. It also contains  Carrot oil which is rich in vitamin A which helps to deeply rejuvenate the hands. Unlike most hand balms on the market this one doesn't contain bees wax and the skin eventually readily absorbs all the oils so you are not left with that greasy feeling. 

This hand balm feels remarkably healing, deeply moisturising and comforting relieving any dryness. I prefer using this at night to wake up to baby soft hands and gorgeously soft lips. Due to all the oils this contains at 60ml this will last you far longer than your regular hand cream. It is so so concentrated you only need the tiniest amount. It is superb value for money. You can always tell when products are high in antioxidants as they have colour, this is an orangey colour due to all of the beta carotene it contains. 

Pumpkin Seed & Kokum with Fruit & Nut Oils Face Cream

For anyone where essential oils are of a concern with sensitivity you should try this face balm. It is Essential Oil free and rich in exotic butters and oils such as Kokum Butter, Passion Fruit Oil, hydrating avocado oil, anti ageing and antioxidant power house seabuckthorn oil and vitamin e.
This is a very rich balm, it spreads well and feels extremely nourishing. It makes a perfect makeup primer and base for mineral makeup. It's so gentle you can also use it around the delicate eye area. This comes in a 30ml and although it might seem small this is such a concentrated waterless balm it lasts ages making it excellent value for money.




Gentle Face Soap with Avocado, Shea, Rice Bran, Calendula and Sandalwood

I've never been the type of guy to use a soap. As my skin tends to be on the drier side soaps always seem to strip the little oils I have in my skin however, this little facial soap is very kind and delicate to the skin. It smells gorgeous like Sandalwood and does not leave the skin feeling stripped. Instead it leaves the skin lovely and soft and never tight. This is extremely good value for money as it's 50g for £10, superb if you are on a budget. It foams up excellently and it's a true pleasure to use. Guys might be pleased to know you can also use this to shave with so it doubles up as a shaving soap.
This little soap is excellent when used with a facial brush. I use Sisley Gentle Brush for Face and Neck which helps this soap create a great lather which is perfect for a wet shave and also daily cleansing removing every bit of dirt and grime whilst leaving the skin soft and perfectly clean, there really is no need to use a toner after using this product.

Overall conclusions

I really enjoy all of the Ambre Botanical products. Each one is different and unique to anything I've ever tried before. This range is unisex and appeals to everyone. I would definitely buy everything again, especially the hand cream as it also makes for one fantastic lip balm. These products are absolutely perfect for the winter. I love the fact they are 100% raw and completely vegan. It is so difficult to find a decent balm which is free of bees wax these days. As it's nearly spring time these would make the most perfect products to use whilst on a detox as they are so unbelievably pure.
The brand offer generous travel sizes for people that may want to try before investing in the full sized products.

So glad that Galina introduced me to this brand, next I really want to try Cupuacu Rich Moisturising Body Butter, the Fifteen Fresh Oils Extra Nourishing Body Moisturiser and their Luxurious Oils Blend Vitamins & Fatty Acids Rich Face Serum. 

I highly recommend Ambre Botanicals and you won't be disappointed with these raw, luxurious and pure products. I'm so impressed with all of the products featured in this article I have rated them a whopping HGB rating of 5 leafs. I'd buy all these products again in a heart beat. The brand brings something unique to the market and they are remarkably different to anything else out there. I'm so impressed I've added this brand to my Star Products they are that good!

HGB Green Leaf Rating



 5/5 Perfect!

Price

-Rosemary, Thyme and Mint Invigorating Herbal Bath Oil - £18 for 150ml
-Mango and Carrot Seed Extra Concentrated Hand Cream - £17 for 60ml
-Pumpkin Seed & Kokum with Fruit & Nut Oils Face Cream - £23 for 30ml
-Gentle Face Soap with Avocado, Shea, Rice Bran, Calendula and Sandalwood - £10 for 50g

Pros

-Raw
-100% natural
-Safe, pure and effective - they actually work
-Products contain pure organic ingredients
-Anti ageing
-Suitable for all skin types
-Extremely concentrated
-Superb value for money
-Unique and brings something different to market

Cons

-Not widely available

Availability

-For stockists please visit here 

9 comments:

  1. Looking like a lovely brand! love the packaging as well! :-)

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    1. Hi Audrey,

      Thank you for reading. It is indeed a lovely brand so pure and perfect. A true delight which I love. I think you'd love it xx

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  2. Great review Danny! I've tried the face soap and body butter and loved them x

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    1. Thank you reading Sandra. I have never tried the body butter but its on my list to try. Ambre truly is one amazing brand not surprised you love them x

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  3. Wonderful detailed review, I love this brand as well, hope they add more to their line up soon :)

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    1. Hi Clare,

      Thank you for reading. I know you cannot get better than this brand. It is so unique and unlike anything I've ever tried. Truly remarkable formulations x

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  4. I love the sound of the hand cream and the bath oil, I can see why people commented on it when they visit Xx

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    1. Hi Ana,

      Being the huge balm fan you are you'd love the face 'cream' balm. It's non scented too so would be perfect for your sensitive skin type. xx

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  5. Great review, the products look lovely especially the bath oil! x

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