Dr. Botanicals Ultra Repair Overnight Regenerating Treatment

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Dr. Botanicals Ultra Repair Overnight Regenerating Treatment

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I have recently applied to be a product tester for Dr Botanicals and I get to get the product free and have to pay postage only. I then use and review a few products from this brand and this is one I have been using for around two weeks now.

~~~~~~~~ ABOUT DR BOTANICALS ~~~~~~~

Dr Botanicals is London based vegan skincare brand. They use no animal products at all and believe that oils, plants and natural ingredients make effective skin care and that there is no need to add any chemicals.

The company was founded by Richard Walker in 2012 . He started with just a small range of Vegan products and was inspired by his father who first formulated Elderflower based skincare in the 1960’s.

Needless to say none of their products or ingredients have ever been tested on animals. They also use recyclable packaging for their products.

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~~~~~~~ WHAT THIS PRODUCT PROMISES ~~~~~~

“Our Ultra-Repair Overnight Regenerating Treatment is designed to iron out fine lines and wrinkles overnight leaving skin positively glowing by morning. Our blend of natural extracts provide nutrients for the skin to maintain good skin health for a more radiant complexion.”

~~~~~~ MY EXPERIENCE AND VIEWS ~~~~~~

I like the way Dr Botanicals products are packed as they come in classy looking old fashioned cardboard boxes. The brand name is in black text with its logo of a leaf. It looks minimalist but expensive. Each order comes with a card saying thank you for the order and explaining that they are the world’s Number 1 vegan skincare brand and use environmentally conscious packing.

This moisturiser is a night treatment with some great active ingredients which I will go into a bit later. The product comes in a glass jar with a screw top lid which is not only all recyclable but keeps the contents in good condition. I also kept mine in its original cardboard box to keep out any light which might damage the contents.

The disadvantage of the jar is that you have to use your fingers to get the product out each time so make sure you keep your fingers clean before putting them in the jar. You could of course use a small spoon or spatula to get the amount out that you need but I couldn’t be bothered to do that each time.

The actual contents are a cloudy dull creamy colour and the cream is very light feeling and not at all heavy and greasy which most night treatments are.

I apply this at night after I have cleansed and toned my face. I first apply my serum then after that has been absorbed I apply this product. It isn’t cream, it is a cross between a cream and a gel in txture and very light . It feels cool and fresh when I apply it and it soaks into my skin very quickly, so quickly that I almost feel that it should be richer and more greasy and in fact do tend to apply some facial oil after this has soaked in.

Dr BotaIMG_4675nicals tell you to: “Use the first two fingers of each hand, spread the moisturizer upwards and outwards from each dab on your face. Use a swirling motion to blend the moisturizer into your skin. It’s usually easiest to start at your neck, and work your way up your face to your forehead.”

I use this method religiously each morning and night when applying all my face products as that way you are defying gravity and encouraging your skin not to sag downwards. If you drag the skin downwards when applying any products then you are helping the downwards sag!

The ingredients that are the most active in this product are :

Carrot cell which is not only rich in mineral salts but also has plenty of Vitamin A and this helps to repair and rejuvenate the skin in the night.

It also has Olive Oil which is full of essential fatty acids and this help to restore and maintain a strong barrier for the skin against damage and distress.

Avocado Peptides in this cream help to encourage firmness and plumping while also helping to restore moisture in the skin.

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Obviously Dr Botanicals suggest that this works best in combination with their other products such as their cleanser, toner and so on but all my main skin care products are natural so I don’t have any worries about mixing this and my own other skin care products.

I have said that this feels very light and it also has a lovely delicate natural citrus sort of aroma which is not at all over powering but pleasant and refreshing and quickly disappears after the product has been absorbed into my skin.

This product is safe for most skin types including those with sensitive skin as it has no nasty ingredients in it at all. It is designed for normal skin but I have ageing , combination skin and find it is very pleasant to use though maybe a bit light hence applying facial oil after it has been absorbed.

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I can’t say my skin looks any better or worse that it usually does but I always use high quality natural skin products so I never rally expect any dramatic difference and I am just hoping that I can maintain my skin as it is and stop it looking too old any faster.

I think that this is a high quality product that feels nice on my skin but maybe as I am in the older age group I need something a bit more moisturising and this is why I use my evening primrose facial oil on top of this at night.

~~~~~~~ WHERE TO BUY AND PRICE ~~~~~

You can buy this direct from the DR Botanicals website and many of Dr Botanical products are also available on amazon and some other natural beauty sites. On Dr Botanicals it sells for £54.90 usually but is reduced to £25.90 at present but they charge around £5.99 for postage which I think is steep.

On amazon it is selling for £37.99 and if you are a prime member postage is free and in fact it will be free anyway as it is priced above the minimum for free postage.

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~~~~~~~ RECOMMENDED ? ~~~~~~~~

I got mine for the price of postage but I can’t say I would pay the full price for this as it is very expensive. It is reduced at present but with postage still costs a fair bit more than I want to pay. I am a bit spoiled as I do get a number of products at greatly reduced prices in return for my reviews so I have not paid full price for any skin care for a few years now so I find it hard to pay full price.

I feel it is probably a justifiable price for a truly vegan and effective skin product as fully natural products are always more expensive .

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The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Serum

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The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Serum

vitamin-e-moisture-serum-15-640x640Some time ago I was persuaded to host a Body Shop party and as a result I ended up buying quite a few products having been convinced by the Body Shop advisor that they were worth buying. This as one of those products and I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised with the quality and benefits of this product.

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Prior to attending the party where I was persuaded to host my own party I had no idea there was a party plan side of the Body Shop. If you host a party you get extra presents provided your party buys more than £100 plus and if others book a party from your party then you get even more.
They say that they will always beat shop prices but I am not so sure as I bought some things on line at 50% off and used a money off code and they were much cheaper so I would say that it pays to shop around and check in store and on line prior to going to any party.

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Body Shop of course was one of the first companies to fight animal testing and create products using Fair trade ingredients etc when it was started by Anita Brodick . It is now owned by L’Oreal and while they still trade under the Body Shop ethics L’Oreal’s own ethics are less great. They are also both under the umbrella companies of Nestle and Procter and Gamble. In fact L’Oreal own huge numbers of brands that you would not realise and is one of the biggest companies around.

While all beauty products sold in the EU are under the same ban and cannot be tested on animals and neither can any of their ingredients. L’Oreal state that they do not test any of their products or ingredients anywhere in the world on animals.

Body Shop now have removed all their shops and products from China and L’Oreal are working with the Chinese regulatory authorities to find other ways of testing that do not involve animals so things are improving slowly there which I am happy to learn. However they still do not have the official leaping bunny symbol on their products so obviously not PETA approved.

Body Shop are working on minimising their packing and state that their “pack-to-content ratio will never exceed 0.2 grams of packaging per gram of product” . They use paper and card that is from an FSC – certified source.

They do seem to be working towards reducing their impact on the planet by using low energy lighting in stores reducing heating and using more efficient technology. They aim to reduce their energy use by 50%.

If you look on their site they have a big article about their commitment to the planet which is quite interesting.

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~#~#~#~#~ WHAT BODY SHOP SAY ~#~#~#~#~

“This lightweight, pre-moisturiser treatment boosts the skin giving enhanced all-day moisture and protection. Formulated with protective vitamin E and moisturising wheatgerm oil. Leaves skin feeling instantly smooth. Follow with our selection of Vitamin E day and night moisturisers, as part of your personalised skincare programme.”

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This serum comes in a neat plastic cylindrical container with an air pump dispenser which has a clear plastic lid covering it. The air pump is great as it keeps the contents uncontaminated and dispenses just the right amount per pump. It also dispensed every last bit too as I have just finished mine and it is really properly empty.

The serum was a light pinkish colour and more like a light lotion than some serums I have used. I applied this to my face skin after cleansing and toning. It is a very light feeling product that was easy to apply and gently smooth upwards onto the skin on my face. I found I didn’t have long to wait for this to soak into my skin and then I could apply my moisturiser.

The serum main claim is that it has a boost of vitamin E which helps the skin maintain its moisture and is what ageing skin needs extra help with in order to maintain its elasticity. This serum is suitable for al skin types and ages as it is never too soon to start looking after your skin, I wish I had started earlier as now I have left it until I already have lines and wrinkles and can only hope to slow any further damage.

UV rays not only can cause skin cancer but also contribute to the skin ageing and does damage the skin’s natural reserves of vitamin E so using a product with extra Vitamin E should help your skin replenish its natural reserves and this also acts as an anti oxidant protecting the skin from damage caused by free radicals.

I am of the age when my skin is described as mature but I do also have a greasy T zone with enlarged pores. I have not found that this serum has made my skin greasy at all on my T zone zone area but seems to adapt to both types of my skin and keeps it all equally moisturised but not greasy. My make up stays put when I use this and doesn’t slide off during the day either.

This has Community Trade honey from Ethiopia but this aroma doesn’t come through at all and this serum doesn’t have much of an aroma at all. It smells slightly like a freshly washed baby, sort of baby powder and quite pleasant.

It does however have some dubious ingredients such as Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Dimethicone, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Disodium EDTA, Benzyl Benzoate, Isododecane, and others including fragrances. I do prefer products that are natural and environmentally friendly as well as not tested on animals but having bought this I was not going to let it go to waste.

I do have sensitive skin which s prone to itchy rashes and eczema hence looking for more natural products having said that when I used this I didn’t have any skin issues at all. I can’t say I noticed any major improvement in my face skin but I always use good quality skin care products and I think the best I can hope for is that I stop things getting any worse and that my skin keeps eczema and rash free as well as looking healthy and feeling soft, smooth and springy.IMG_4717[1]

This serum cost me around £12 when I bought it but I notice on line that it is no longer available and the new one is called Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil and for £16 you get 28 ml but this one comes with an eye dropper dispenser.

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The new Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil, Cool BB Cream, SPF 15 Moisture Lotion, Lip Care SPF 15, Body Lotion, Hand and Nail Treatment
Illuminating Moisture Cream, Eye Cream, Night Cream, Neck Gel, Cream Cleanser, Hydrating Toner, Hydrating Face Mist, Face Wash, Aqua boost Sorbet as well as a number of others as well.

#~#~#~#~#~ RECOMMENDED ? ~#~#~#~#~

I quite liked this serum but obviously buying it again is not an option. I have not tried the new product so can’t say what I think of that. I have a number of other serums to use before I need to look for another but the price is a fair one for a quality effective product so I might buy the new version in future.

CLARINS DOUBLE SERUM

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I am not a regular purchaser of Clarins products as I think they are quiet expensive compared to other equally efffective brands. I have a rather wealthy sister in law who has a bathroom full of Clarins products and rates them highly so I guess it is a matter of personal taste and opinion.

~~~~~~~ ABOUT CLARINS ~~~~~~

Clarins is a high end brand sold in most shops offering high end cosmetics and beauty products so you will find them in Boots or Debenhams, House of Fraser or similar shops.

The company was founded by Jacques Courtin in 1954 in Paris. He was masseur and created treatment oils he used in his salon and sold them to his clients. He soon had a loyal following of high end customers and the company went from there.

By 1980, Clarins was the top-selling luxury skincare brand in France and then by 1981 it found its way to the USA and by 1990 it was the top selling brand in Europe! Clarins is now sold in 150 countries around the world. Although the founder is now dead the company is now run by his sons so is still run by the same family.

Clarins ay thy are the ones to first create plant based beauty products and some of their products are 100% pure plant oils. They call their combination of plant ingredients as : “Aroma-phyto body care—a term invented by Clarins to convey the combination of aromatherapy and phytotherapy (fragrance + the power of plants).”

Clarins states they value socially responsible initiatives with their ethics helping society toward a more desirable future by cooperation and knowledge-sharing.

Theys were the first French company to stop testing on animals in 1987 . However this claim is not entirely honest and their products do NOT carry the leaping bunny symbol. When asked directly Clarins state :
“ ‘As a global company, we are committed to providing our products and services to our consumers where they live and to do so, we must comply with all legal requirements where we do business. Some countries unfortunately still require animal testing in order to validate the safety of cosmetic ingredients in products.”

My personal view is DO NOT SELL in those countries if you really stand against animal testing and that way if all companies followed that places like China might be forced to change.

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~~~~~ DOUBLE SERUM ~~~~~

This is not a new product and in fact larins are updating the formula and tis new one will be out later this year, although the lady at Boots today said anyone who was used to the old serum probably won’t notice any difference.

This serum is apparently a double system which is the result of Clarins’s 27 years of ant ageing experience. It has twenty plant extracts and these are, according to Clarins, the most powerful water and oil based anti aging ingredients.

~~~~~WHAT CLARINS SAY ~~~~~~

” More than just a simle serum, it is a complete age control concentrate with 20 plant extracts which stimulates all the skin’s vital functions. A double anti ageing performance for a more youthful appearance: firmer skin, rescued wrinkles, more radiant and even complexion, less visible pores.”

~~~~~~ MY EXPERIENCE ~~~~~

I have only used this a few times as had a few samples given to me in the shop some months ago and I have only just got around to using them.

On the card I was given instructions to fold the sample and mix the two components. One was a clear oil and the other an orange water based substance. They mixed easily and I believe that in the full sized product they are both in the bottle and you have to shake this to get a good mix of both and them mix tis in your hand before applying to your face ad neck. Each sample jus about gave enough for one use on my face and neck.

The serum smells lovely, a sort of sweet orange aroma and although you could tell it was partially oil based it didn’t feel that greasy and was absorbed into my skin quite quickly. I do find that natural serums are quickly absorbed into the skin whereas petroleum based products sit on the skin hence natural ones get into the skin better.

I was actually quite pleasantly surprised at how this made my skin look. It did tighten the sagging bits and I have enlarged pores on my nose area and this did seem to make my skin look smoother .

I was also pleased to find that I could apply my make up after some short time and that it didn’t make my make up slide off or become blotchy at all.237050118alt2

Clarins say that this serum is “a discovery inspired by two noel prizes” They use a Cangzhu extract which is a Chinese herbal medicine and this they say ” is able to activate the G protein which encourages cellular function.” This has be discovered through in vitro tests apparently and they explain it by saying that the “Cangzhu extract enables us able to activate this protein found on the cellular membrane which enhances messages sent to other cells by the other ingredients.” It is all beyond my scientific knowledge so I can’t say if this s likely or not. All I could find on Canggzhu was it was used medically for internal ailments and nothing about this in vitro discovery.

I found this to be an effective serum but I am not sure how much more effective than other serums I have used and many of those had a far smaller price tag and a less high end name behind them.

~~~~~~ CLARINS CLAIM ~~~~~~

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They also use a sample of around 200 women to test the product over four weeks of use and give their opinion of the products and how it worked for them.. This is what they gave as feedback:
After the first application 82% said their skin was more radiant, 73% said it was more toned and 88% said their skin looked smoother.
After four weeks 87% said their skin was firmer,88% more and fewer visible pores and 79% said it reduced their wrinkles.
The trial didn’t say the ages of these women and as the judgement of these things is subjective I take trials like this with a pinch of salt.

~~~~~~~WHAT IS IN THIS SERUM THAT MAKES IT SO GOOD? ~~~~~

Well I have mentioned the magical cangzhu extract but this serum has twenty plant extracts so let’s see what these are and what they do for the skin.
There is arnica which helps to decongest and revitalise the skin – it also helps prevent bruising so is healing too.
Green banana which is firming and reinforces the skin’s fibre network.
Kiwifruit which is almost a skin tonic by itself as it is known to help with rejuvenating the skin, firming, controls excess sebum, anti aging, helps fight acne, prvents sun damage, helps stimulate cell regeneration and lightens dark circles under the eyes.
Organic white tea which is a great atioxidant.
Pistachio tree extract which is also an anti oxidant and helps reduce environmental stress.
Marshmallow is there to soothe the skin.
Maritime pine boosts the skin’s oxygen levels giving a nice healthy glow.
Musk rose is also calming and helps boost radiance.
Bocoa or ironwood extract is an intense skin protector and also firms the skin.
The Cangzhu helps all these other extracts get into the skin and start their work

I rcognise a number of thes natural extracts from other natural based skin products I use more regularly so Clarins are not alone in creating a product using these but the Cangzhu I have not come across before and that is their secret ingredient in this mix.

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~~~~~~ SO DO I LOOK YEARS YOUNGER? ~~~~~~

Sadly no, but I honestly don’t think any cream or potion will make me look younger. Some may help he skin look fresher and tighten the skin tmporarily but a permennat effect will only ever come from surgery or injections which who knows what may occur. I am not prepared to inject stuff into my skin or go under the knife so I use what I can to help slow the skin aging process and try to keep it protected from the sun and other damaging elements,drinking lots of water and eating healthy foods.

~~~~~~~~ WHERE TO BUY AND HOW MUCH? ~~~~~~

You can buy this from Boots in store or on line and if you have a Boots loyatly card you will earn som points. It can also be bought from Clarins counters in most Department storres and if you search on line you may find you can buy it for less but on the whole the prices are prety similar in the main high street stores.

The re are two sizes on the full sized product; a 50ml bottle is about £70.00 and the 30ml bottle is £55.00 so the larger one is better value if you find you like it.

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~~~~~~~ RECOMMENDED? ~~~~~~

Yes I would say it is an effective product in the short term and I know many who swear by Clarins and this serum specifically. My sister in law who is 70 thinks this is wonderful as she does every Clarins product but I have to say, and I am not being unkind or nasty, she doesn’t look much younger so as she has used Clarins for years maybe it is not that effective. I think this is overpriced for what you get but it isn’t a bad product. I am not happy about the animal testing pretence so from an ethical point of view this is a product I will not be re buying. There are so many great skin care products made by small British companies I would prefer to buy from rather than big name companies like this.

It didn’t cause me any irritation at all and I do sometimes get rashes from some skin care products so that is another plus.

My skin did look a bit firmer and pores less obvious but I am not sure the effect was a lasting one.

Vita Coco Coconut Oil – multipurpose saviour

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I am a huge fan of coconut oil as it is a true multi purpose product and is also an all natural product. I don’t always buy this brand but if I am shopping in Holland & Barratt then this is the brand they carry and it is a high quality, organic, extra virgin coconut oil so I am always happy to buy it.

I also love their coconut water to drink so some shopping trips are just to buy a supply of both these to keep me going.

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I buy mine from Holland & Barratt in the shop but you can also buy from them on line. I’ ve seen it in some grocery stores too. H&B sell four sizes: 50 ml which costs £2.99, 250 ml which at present is half price at £3.49 but is usually £6.99 s if you want to try it get it now. The next size up is 500 ml which is £11.99 and finally the big size which is 750ml and costs £15.99.

It depends of how much you use as to which is best value. I use a lot so tend to go for the big size. You will see why when I explain what I use it for.

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~~#*~~#*~~WHAT DOES VITA COCO OIL LOOK LIKE ? ~~#*~~#*~~

This is called coconut oil but at room temperature is solid. It isn’t hard solid but is certainly not an oil. It does however have a very low melting point and just skin temperate will melt this within seconds.

As a solid this is a whitish looking cloudy product but as it melts it turns clear and colourless.

When you open the jar the smell of fresh coconut really hits you and instantly I am taken to the tropics, I was brought up in the West Indies so the smell of coconut is something that has great memories for me.

This brand is cold pressed and organic so the best quality natural sort of coconut oil you can buy.

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The tag line for this coconut oil is “ Eat it… Wear it …. Swear by it!”

I use mine for frying as it really does help the food not stick to the pan. I cook a lot of Asian food and coconut oil helps the flavour in these dishes too.

Coconut oil was proclaimed as being the healthy alternative to other fats but now they are saying it is worse than butter for saturated fats Coconut oil has 90% saturated fats while butter has only around 64%. However half of virgin coconut oil’s saturated fat is lauric acid. This is a medium-chain triglyceride which they say has a number of health-promoting properties, including helping to improve levels of “good” HDL cholesterol.

A Harvard researcher states “ “ I don’t think coconut oil is as healthful as vegetable oils like olive oil and soybean oil, which are mainly unsaturated fat and therefore both lower LDL and increase HDL.”

So everything in moderation as sensible people would say and I use a combination of different oils including the coconut when I want the benefit of the flavour as well as the way it cooks.

Some claim is helps weight loss while others dispute this. Personally I wouldn’t use it in huge quantities until there is a bit more research as heart health is just as important and I can lose weight by eating less and doing more activity.

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~~#*~~#*~~AROUND THE HOUSE ? ~~#*~~#*~~

If I have a squeaking door a little coconut oil will ease that

I use it to apply to my leather sofas as the sun is quite drying on the backs of these and I find coconut oil soaks in well and doesn’t leave a greasy feel once it has soaked in and really feeds the dry leather. It also makes them smell good too.

Anywhere you would use a light oil like on my sewing machine this oil works well as a lubricant.

I have used it to soften my leather shoes and even on leather handbags to keep them soft.

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I have used this as a massage oil and add my on essential oils. I find ones like orange and grapefruit work well with the scent of coconut oil and it is a great massage oil as it lasts well for a massage while some other oils just soak straight in. At at the same time it does soak into the skin during the massage leaving my skin feeling soft, smelling good and my muscles less aching.

Coconut oil is especially good on the feet as it is moisturising yet allows the skin to breath . I often apply this to my feet at bedtime and put on some light moisture retaining socks as this helps keep my feet nice and soft.

I don’t shave any parts of my body except under my arms and the legs below the knee. Sometimes I use my Lush shaving creams and sometimes conditioner but I find that coconut oil does a great job too. I use this especially when my under arms are a bit sore as it lubricates and also soothes the skin. In the bath or shower the coconut oil melts and being a natural oil it doesn’t harm the environment when it goes into the sewage system. Also because coconut oil has lauric acid which is a natural anti-microbial and anti-bacterial it also protects your skin if you do accidentally cut yourself.

I often apply a little melted coconut oil to the ends of my hair in between washes as my hair tends to be dry and frizzy. Even in damp weather this helps stop any frizzing. My hair time was the 80s when perms and curly hair was in fashion and I struggle with the sleek look these days.

I also use coconut oil as a deep conditioning hair mask before washing my hair and after this I do still use conditioner but t really does feed my hair and help to keep it softer and it actually looks shiny too. I always use a natural shampoos and conditioners as chemical ones are full of parabens and harsh chemicals that strip your hair of its natural oils.

IMG_4132I know many people swear by cleansing wipes and cleansing waters but I prefer using an oil based cleanser as it is gentler and doesn’t strip the skin of is natural oils. I particularly like oil based cleansers for around my eyes as it then easily wipes off all make up including mascara and doesn’t need scrubbing and rubbing. This coconut oil works a treat . I apply a little coconut oil which has melted on my finger tips and gently massage it in before using a damp warm cloth the remove all the make up and grime. I use the cloth rinsed out several times if I feel I need to. I find the bamboo clothes work best for me. Cleansing with oil works efficiently as coconut oil breaks up the water-resistant ingredients often mascara and shadow and so no scrubbing is needed just a gentle wipe.

Although the price of this coconut oil may seem expensive when you compare it to the price of some natural and other not so natural creams and potions you can buy for your skin it actually works out quite reasonable. You really do not need a lot to get great moisturising results on your skin. Coconut oil is rich in antioxidants and Vitamin E. Coconut oil, like other natural oils as opposed to petroleum based ones actually goes into the skin rather than lying on top. Because it is absorbed into the skin the coconut oil’s natural antioxidants help to combat the effects of ageing by preventing free radical damage. The Vitamin E also helps cell regeneration, helps fade dark spots and encourages the skin’s ability to produce collagen. This means that my skin feels much softer and smoother and looks healthier , especially hen I apply coconut oil after my bath and before bed. It really isn’t greasy at all as it soaks in really quickly.

When I m cooking I like the fact that when I push the excess off the spoon into the pan I then just massage the excess that is on my finger into my hands rather than having to wash them like I would with some cooking oils! If I run out of hand cream I just pop and get a small pea sized dollop out with a spoon and use coconut oil instead.

I make a great scrub with coconut oil as the base. One which helps with cellulite is just a mix of ground coffee beans finely ground and coconut oil which exfoliates my skin on my his and thighs and leaves my skin glowing and soft and smooth. Another scrub is coconut oil with salt and essential oils or you can use brown sugar instead of the salt and your choice of essential oils that enhance the aroma.
I wouldn’t suggest coconut oil as a sunscreen but if you have been in the sun then I find a mix of aloe vera gel to cool and coconut oil to soak in does help my skin feel soothed and less dry and stop it looking like dried up leather. I apply the aloe vera gel first then the coconut oil as thn thy both get absorbed to do their work.

I sometime apply a small amount of coconut oil under my eyes before bed as it is a great moisturiser and doesn’t sting or run into my eyes and it also helps my eye lashes and eye brows look better too.

I have also used a little coconut oil on my cheek bones and around my eyes to add a nice sheen or glow to my make up. It work well with Benetint on my cheekbones.

Coconut oil makes a great lip salve. I use Lush sample containers and keep some in my hand bag. It “tastes” lovely and is instantly softening and soothing and leave my lips with a subtle sheen. Once again I often apply Benetint first then coconut oil.

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Because coconut contains lauric acid which is not only antimicrobial but also anti bacterial it is perfect for cleansing make up brushes. I clean mine bout once a month using a mixture of coconut oil and an anti bacterial soap. I use a natural one from Lush as it smells great. The brushes I then dry in the airing cupboard if it is wet or in the sunshine when we have any. Keeping your brushes clean means that you will help prevent blemishes from bacteria on a dirty brush. The brushes feel soft and smell great too.

Apart from being great as a hand cream and for softening cuticles you can also use coconut oil around the nail skin when applying polish as then you wont get any polish on your skin. This is best done with a cotton bud as it you get it on your nail the polish will come off your nail too.

I bought some oil pulling oil at great expense last year and when I read what it contained it was actually basically coconut oil. Apparently they have proven with research that coconut oil can kill the Streptococcus bacteria which is what makes your breath smell. So before brushing you teeth just rinse a little coconut oil around your mouth and that should help reduce bad breath. It is also supposed to help whiten teeth. This is based on Ayurvedic medicine, known as gandusha in Ayurveda .
You are supposed to swill the oil around in your mouth for around 20 minutes. It is also supposed to help educe plaque and prevent or cure ulcers and so much more. Check out articles on line to find out more. I was skeptical but I don’t find it unpleasant and if I am home I just keep swilling it around in my mouth while getting on with other things around the house. Anything that might help with my awful teeth I am happy to try. Coconut oil works out much cheaper than the expensive oil pulling sachets which were just a combination of oils. I add a tiny amount of peppermint essential oil as it tastes better and of course I spit out the oil as it is full of toxins and yuk from in between my teeth etc. I spit into a tissue and throw it away as I try not to put too much oil down the plug holes as unblocking is expensive.

~~#*~~#*~~RECOMMENDED ? ~~#*~~#*~~

A whole hearted YES! Even if you don’t want to use it for cooking this has to be one of natures best multi purpose products. I love coconut and use this, coconut water from Vita Coca and also use shredded coconut fried in my rice, I bake with coconut both shredded and dessicated and also use a lot of coconut cream in Asian cooking . It is a wonderful natural product with so many uses . Coconut water from a natural coconut is sterile and has even been used for intravenous rehydration.

I wouldn’t be without my coconut oil and always have at least one jar in my cupboard. We used to use it for cooking in the West Indie when I was a child and I am so pleased it has become a commercial success as it is a fabulous product.

AVEDA INVATI THICKENING CONDITIONER

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We have an Aveda salon in Derby and from time to time I call into see if they have any samples. I would love to be able to buy more of their lovely products but they do have a very high price sadly.

~#*~#*~#*~~ ABOUT AVEDA ~~*#~*#~*#~

aveda: connecting beauty, environment and well–being.”

the art and science of pure flower and plant essences is the core of aveda. our beauty products are alive with the life force of plants, and contain pure essential oils. our solutions are so powerful we call them purescriptions.”

Aveda mainly make hair products but thy do also make other other beauty products such as face care, perfume and even make up.

Aveda was founded by a hairdresser in 1978 and today they have over 7000 salons world wide. Their products are all natural and clinically tested – not on animals. The products are made with ingredients harvested with respect for th environment.

~#*~#*~#*~~ ABOUT THIS CONDITIONER ~~*#~*#~*#~

This conditioner is designed for thin hair and is full of natural oils and butters. There is an intense version that has even more oils and butters than this one if you feel you need more.

It has something called densiplex which is an invigorating blend of Ayurvedic herbs, including ginseng and certified organic turmeric special to Aveda.

It also has soy protein and amino acids that mimic the hair’s natural growth and so stimulates the hair to thicken from within rather than coating each shaft with extra layers.

Arginine which comes from sugar beet as well as the soy protein they state has been clinically proven to restore strength and improve hair elasticity.

They have also added a blend of guar, palm and grapeseed-derived ingredients which all help to thicken the hair while organic kukui nut oil helps add natural shine.

~#*~#*~#*~~ MY THOUGHTS AND EXPERIENCE ~~*#~*#~*#~

My hair is actually very thick and course so I don’t actually have the kind of hair this conditioner is created for but I never like to say no to a sample and like to try new products so I used half of this tube and then let my husband use the other half as his hair is quite thin. I used all the second tube as I did quite like how it felt on my hair !

The conditioner is not that thick and gloopy and is a creamy sort of colour. It has a lovely fresh slightly citrus sort of scent . The thing I like about more natural conditioners like this is that they sort of melt on your hair as opposed to feeling slippery and slimy in my hair. This is because the natural oils and butter do melt and nourish the hair while cheaper High street brands rely upon silicones to make the hair feel smooth and shiny but these build up in your hair and so you have to use more and more.

Needlss to say you massage this conditioner into your hair and scalp after shampooing then rins it out as you do with any other conditioner.

I used to wash my hair daily and use tons of conditioner and I have gradually reduced my hair washing and apply natural oil like argan to my ends in between washes. I only use natural shampoos and conditioners and my hair is so much better and shinier. My scalp doesn’t itch as much and my eczema has gone.

This conditioner left my hair feeling soft and nourished but I can’t say it felt any thicker though I really don’t need that for my hair. My hair smelled nice and styled easily but I did still use my argan oil on my damp hair before drying and in between this use and my next wash. I did like the fact that it didn’t make my hair feel heavy which I found some conditioners have in the past.

My husband also has nice soft and pleasant smelling hair and I really cannot say it was any thicker but I suspect that you need to use it more than once or twice and also Aveda say it should be used with their exfoliating shampoo which I also had and did use and then follow that with their invati scalp revitalizer which I didn’t have.

I loved the way this felt on my hair both wet and dry and my scalp didn’t itch after using it. My hair did look healthy and had a nice shine so I was happy with the results for me but I m not sure how thickening it would be long term.

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~#*~#*~#*~~ AVEDA AND ETHICS ~~*#~*#~*#~

I like the ethics of this company. They only use natural plant ingredients and never test on animals.

Aveda claim to be the first beauty company with 100% post consumer recycled PET for skin care and hair styling. They use minimal packing and as much recyclable and post-consumer recycled materials as they can.

They also claim to be the first beauty company manufacturing with 100% certified wind power.

~#*~#*~#*~~ BUYING THIS ~~*#~*#~*#~

This is where I struggle with Aveda as their products are expensive. Even compared to other 100% natural companies they are expensive which is why I rely on samples to try their products.

This conditioner comes in three sizes. The travel size which holds just 40 ml costs £8, the 200 ml size costs £26 and the 1 litre size requires you to invest £95 which is a whopping amount to spend on a bottle of conditioner in my view.

You can buy this on line from Aveda or from one of their salons if you want to try it. If you are lucky they might have a sample or two

~#*~#*~#*~~ RECOMMENDED? ~~*#~*#~*#~

Well yes I think this is a great conditioner full of lovely natural ingredients from a great ethical company but I won’t be buying it any time soon as there are other equally effective 100% natural conditioners that I use that cost so much less than this one does.

Dr ORGANIC MOROCCAN ARGAN OIL HAIR TREATMENT SERUM

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~~~~~ ABOUT DR ORGANIC ~~~~~~

This is a brand sold in Holland & Barratt as well as other places where natural beauty products are sold. Dr Organic has a huge range using different base ingredients. The Argan oil range is quite vast and includes a multi purpose argan oil for face hair and body as well as special ones for hair, face and so on.

Other ranges include snail gel, Manuka honey, Virgin Coconut, Aloe Vera, Tea Tree, Pomegranate to name few.

Dr Organic uses premium organic, natural raw ingredients from around the world. The range is extensive and includes products for hair, oral and body care products to maintain your health and wellbeing.

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~~~~~~~ ABOUT ARGAN OIL ~~~~~

Argan oil comes from the nut of the argan tree grown in Morocco. In Morocco it s used to dip bread, to drip over foods such as couscous as well as a multi purpose beauty product.

The nuts are so tasty that goats climb the trees to eat them. Argan is also grown in China but it was Morocco where the benefits for skin and hair were used by the Berber women particularly and today argan is recognised as being a fabulous multi purpose oil.

Be aware though that not all products that claim to be argan oil are argan oil as many have just a small amount of this precious oil.

Dr Organic has argan as the top ingredient in the list so is argan oil plus some extra ingredients added for benefit not as fillers

~~~~~~~~~ WHAT IS IN THIS ARGAN PRODUCT ? ~~~~~~~

This argan oil hair treatment smells gorgeous and has orange fruit extract, clove leaf oil, geranium oil, lemon peel oil, patchouli oil, rosewood oil, wild mint oil, mandarin peel oil, vanilla fruit extract, spearmint oil, kukui seed oil, moringa seed oil, sacha inchi seed oil.

It smells almost like a Christmas pomander – the kind you make out of oranges with cloves stuck in them.

What is more important is that is all that is in this. There are no fillers, no parabens, no SLS, artificial colours, artificial fragrances or harsh preservatives.IMG_4094[1]

~~~~~~~~~MY EXPERIENCE AND VIEWS ~~~~~~

I love this product and use it after washing and conditioning my hair on wet hair before drying it. I also use it between shampoos an my hair at night as my hair is very dry and quite naturally curly. I apply this to my hair before I go to bed and in the morning it has all been absorbed and my hair is not at all greasy but looks healthy and smooth.

I have been making a real effort not to wash my hair as often as I used to. I use to wash it daily and found I was forever drying and trying to tame it. Now I wash it twice a week or every four days and use this a couple of times on my hair in between I apply it to my hair and not to my scalp and brush it with a tangle teaser brush to spread it through evenly. My hair has been in much better condition since using this regime and my scalp hasn’t had eczema so much either or been as itchy.

This argan product is rich in the extracts of other oils from Africa including kukui seed oil, moringa seed oil, sacha inchi seed oil. Desite being full of all these rich oils this serum doesn’t feel heavy at all and it is absorbed into my hair very quickly.

Other oils are in this serum for their gorgeous fragrances and these ones include the clove, orange fruit extract, geranium oil, lemon peel oil, patchouli oil, rosewood oil, wild mint oil, mandarin peel oil, vanilla fruit extract which combine to smell almost like a perfume in my opinion. If you don’t like the smell of cloves and Christmas spices then it might not appeal as much to you but I love it.

The argan oil is particularly good for skin and hair because it is a rich source of vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids and being a natural oil it is easily absorbed into the skin and hair.IMG_4095[1]

This is a product designed for hair but I see no reason why you cannot use it as a massage oil for the body. I always rub my hands over my arms after applying this to my hair to get the most benefit from the oil and of course there is always some still that soaks into my hands.

This product claims to de tangle hair, eliminate frizz as well as nourish and protect the hair from drying and heat and life generally and it also makes the hair nice and shiny and healthy looking too.

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This product has the Organic Certified symbol on the box and is cruelty free .

It comes in a brown and white box which is bigger than the bottle inside . It has two compartments in the box so looks like it should have two of the bottles in the box. The box is full of product information and has a Moroccan gold decoration on one side of the box. The bottle inside is frosted glass with a push pump dispenser which is covered with a clear plastic lid.

I found that one push of the pump gave me sufficient each time for my hair which though short is very thick and very thirsty for this oil serum. The bottle hold 100 ml and has lasted me for over a year using other products in between.

~~~~~~~ BUYING THIS ~~~~~~

My one was a free trial but this sells for £15.49 in Holland & Barratt and only comes in the one size 100 ml. At present any of the Dr Organic products including this are buy one get one half price so I will be replacing mine next week when I go into Derby as it is by far the best hair product that I have used recently. Argan oil works just as well but doesn’t have the lovely smell and is much the same price.

~~~~~ RECOMMENDED? ~~~~~~~

IMG_4098[1]Well I think it is obvious that I do recommend this as I love it. If you are doubtful as to whether you might like the smell why not ask if you can smell it in the shop. You won’t have to dispense any as the lid will screw off and you can sniff the contents then.

 

Bare Escentuals bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Gel Cream

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Just before we went away on our latest holiday I was in Boots checking out the various products. While browsing the Bare Minerals counter the young lady there offered me a chance to try their new foundation and applied this on to my face to colour match me. After this she gave me a few samples to try at home for myself. I took these away with me as they were flat and light and had an SPF in them which would protect my face even when I forgot to apply any sun protection.

~~~***~~~ABOUT BARE MINERALS ~~~***~~~

I have to admit I have tried a few of their products but as they are quite expensive I have baulked at actually buy any so far.

Their slogan is “ Be Original, Be Natural, Be Good” which I like as it says a lot in very few words.

Bare Minerals is part of the Bare Escentuals family which includes Buxom and MD Formulations, neither of which I have heard of before. They are in turn under the umbrella of Shiseido . The company is based in San Francisco and their products are based on natural minerals .

I am also happy to know that this company are cruelty free and not just “Unless the country laws require testing” they are genuinely cruelty free.

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~~~***~~~PACKAGING ~~~***~~~

My samples came in foil sachets each holding 0.75ml of the product which was plenty for two applications on my face I found.

The full sized version holds 35 ml and comes in an upside down plastic tube – it stands on its lid so that the contents are down where you want them even when I gets emptier . I like these tubs as I have discovered that if you cut the end off with scissors when I is “empty” I can still get around five or six extra uses from the tubes. I just cover the end with cling wrap at that stage!

The tube can be recycled through any plastic recycling scheme.

~~~***~~~ ETHICS ~~~***~~~

As I mentioned before this is a cruelty free company and this is their statement which I have checked with various animal rights sits and have found to be correct :
“Please feel at ease when using bareMinerals products as we do not test any products on animals. We also do not work with any manufacturers that do animal testing.
bareMinerals natural haired brushes are made of Goat and Pony. Please note that no animals are harmed in the process of making our brushes. For our customers who chose not to use animal haired brushes we do offer a variety of high end synthetic brushes.”

They do not use child labour at all either or do business with any company that does.

I cannot find any information about their use of recycled materials or if they are energy conscious in manufacture.

~~~***~~~ ABOUT THIS PRODUCT~~~***~~~

This comes in sixteen shades and the one I was colour matched as best for me was “Natural 05” and I have found it really is a great match and is almost invisible whilst at the same time giving my skin a naturally even tone.

This is one of those great combination products as it is not only giving the skin moisturiser but is also keeping it hydrated and giving a simple natural looking foundation as well. It is a BB cream, a CC and a tinted moisturiser all in one so perfect for those who do not ant to spend hours applying make up.

This product is made with: “olive-derived squalane, marine botanicals, hydrating humectants trehalose and glycerin, and coconut-derived ingredients to replenish, hydrate, nourish and condition. While unique water-encapsulations give skin that instant burst of hydration.”

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~~~&&&~~~ MY EXPERIENCE AND VIEWS ~~~***~~~

I don’t like heavy foundations and usually opt for a BB or CC cream as I find they keep my skin hydrated and do give a decent coverage or balance out uneven skin tones quite well. I do also use a mineral based powder when my T zone gets a bit greasy in summer but I don’t layer on a thick undercoat at all. I wanted something simple and quick to use while on holiday as my husband likes to get going and out and about early so we miss nothing!

The young lady applied this with their special complexion brush but I used my fingers while we were away but I do sometimes use a special make up sponge when at home as it does blend it better than fingers.

I found that I did still cleanse tone and apply a bt of moisturiser which I did before breakfast then applied this hen we can back to our hotel room after breakfast before I cleaned my teeth. I did sometimes mix some sun protection into the moisturiser if we were going out on sunny days but this does have SPF30 which does mean a small amount of protection which is handy.

I liked that this was so smooth and creamy to apply and that a little gave me a decent level of coverage. As it so closely matched my skin colour I really didn’t need to use much at all. I have five samples and these gave me round 10 to 12 days of use which I thought as excellent. By that sort of reckoning a 35 ml tube should give you at least 70 days but it dos depend of how much you personally want to use in order to get the depth of coverage you want.

The temperatures were pretty hot where we were and at times my face did get a bit shiny so I did apply a bit of extra powder to absorb the shine but apart from that this product stayed put and lasted me all day long.

If you were wanting to go out at night then I would suggest a re application but we are past night clubbing and we find that in America and Canada dressing up to go out to eat is not something they do unless you are going very high end and we don’t go high end especially since the £ has dropped in value so much! I applied this in the morning and cleansed my face at night before bed.

The young lady who applied the test product in Boots a that this was the only mae up that you could seep in and nit damage your skin. I didn’t test that claim as I always cleanse my face before bed but this might be useful to those who live it up at night ad are too tired after a night out to cleanse their skin.

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The nice thing about this product is that you can layer it to give a sheer to a deeper coverage so suits those who like a full coverage as well as those like me who prefer a lighter coverage. Obviously if you want a deeper coverage you will use more product and by using the special foundation brush you can blend it into different parts of your face s maybe you get a deeper coverage on your T zone and less on your cheeks or you cn apply a bit more over any skin blemish to cover that too.

Apparently they found that there was an average 215% increase in skin hydration after just one week in an independent U.S. clinical study of 62 participants. I never know what to make of these studies as I am not sure who they measure this or if I is just the participant’s observations so I take this with a pinch of salt.

I was happy with how this felt, lasted and looked on my face. I would buy this and might well do when I have finished some of the many bits and samples as well as full sized products I seem to have collected.

~~~***~~~ WHERE TO BUY AND PRICE ~~~***~~~

I found this in Boots and they sell the 35 ml tube for £27 Bare Minerals site has it for £28 and I suspect postage is extra. Debenhams and House of Fraser also have it for £28 while Escentual.com sells it for £23.80 with, I suspect extra for postage.

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~~~***~~~ RECOMMENDED?~~~***~~~

Yes I found this to be a decent quality and effective moisturising foundation which suited me as I don’t want a thick coverage. It matched my skin perfectly and should imagine with 16 shades most skin tones would be served well. There are certainly some very pale, almost alabaster ones and others pretty dark – one called Sienna looks to be fairly dark but as you can go and test it in store I would suggest doing that before buying.

WHISH LAVENDER BODY BUTTER

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This is one of three Whish body butter mini tubes I have received in one of my beauty boxes during the last year or so. I have stopped all my subscriptions as I have so many products to use and feel I should reduce my stash before treating myself to yet more.

~*~*~*~* ABOUT WHISH ~*~*~*~*~

I knew absolutely nothing about Whish before I got these little tubes and had never seen them anywhere in shops or on line. They are an America company with good ethics it seems

Jesse Werner had very sensitive skin that came out in a rash from all products he tried so he set about trying to find one that would not cause this problem. One day he came across a rich European cream free of harsh chemicals that worked for him. His wife used it one day and loved how it felt but was less keen on the smell. Jesse then set about trying to find one for her.

He began to research this issue and found that most bath and beauty products sold were full of chemicals. He decided to make his own and from this beginning Whish as born.

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They do not test on animal and they use all natural ingredients with no added sulphates, parabens, DEA, TEA, petrochemcals or phthalates and all the testing is done on willing human volunteers. Their packing and ingredients are earth friendly, many ingredients organic and they are leaping bunny certified.

~*~*~*~*~ ABOUT THIS BODY BUTTER ~*~*~*~*~

This body butter comes in a cylindrical container in the full sized version which holds 150 ml. My tube is a small upside down one which means the lid is at the end the contents are squeezed out from. My tube held 22 ml and is the same pretty lilac o lavender colour as the full size container.

This body butter is part of the Three Whishes collection of body butters which include these varieties:

As well as the lavender butter that I have sampled, this butter is available in the following scents/fragrances:
Pomegranate, Lemongrass, Almond, Coconut and Blueberry. They also have limited edition fragrances which include Acai and grapefruit, Blue Agave and Perfectly Plain but there may be others a different times.

~*~*~*~*~ WHAT WHISH SAY ~*~*~*~*~*~

“ For amazingly moisturized skin, we’ve created a truly indulgent body cream with a unique triple antioxidant based formula. This fully loaded lotion both softens and soothes the skin while also helping to replenish and firm. Such sweet softness.”

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All the Three Whishes body butters contain Organic Aloe, Organic Raspberry Butter, and Organic Shea Butter. They are great for repairing and rejuvenating antioxidant ingredients.

The ingredients that moisturise in this are :
Organic Aloe: which is a gentle and soothing, natural antiseptic with anti-bacterial properties, anti-inflammatory, and moisturising properties.

Organic Shea Butter which is a wonderful natural moisturiser with a high content of non-saponifiable fats which are by far the best natural skin moisturisers. It is also high in anti-oxidants.

Organic Raspberry Butter which is high in anti-oxidants which attack free radicals and is also a good moisturiser.

As well as these lovely natural moisturising ingredients this also has Organic Rice Bran Oil which is very high in tocotrienols; a super anti-oxidant that they believe is 30 times more powerful than vitamin E. Some studies have been said to show help for skin cancer and improve sun screen efficiency.

Finally this also has a great firming ingredient Organic Seaweed Extract: which is full of firming peptides and anti-oxidants.

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As I said mine came in beauty boxes so I had to do a little hunting around. From Amazon the full sized product can be bought for £13.70 which seems good value until you add the £6.12 delivery price. Birch box have got some Whish products but not this one but the lemongrass and pomegranate ones are £8.35 plus postage while th almond on s £1670 also plus postage. The Whish site is American so prices are in US$ and the body butters are all $18 but postage will be high coming from the States.

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I did love the smell of this it was sweetly lavender rather than herby lavender but not in any sickly or ‘old lady’ way at all. It is a pleasant calming fragrance and one I loved to apply after my evening bath and it soaked into my skin easily and left it smelling great.

I found the body butter no where as thick as a Body Shop butter, more like a rich lotion in texture. Because it is all natural it kind of melts into your skin and really soaks in leaving my skin feeling well nourished and yet not feeling sticky, greasy or slippery at all.

I have very sensitive skin so have to be careful what I apply and this has not caused me any itchiness at all nor did I develop any rashes as sometimes happens.th

I found this was very effective even on my dry skin areas such as my knees and elbows as well as making my skin on my legs look less dry and parched.

I like this body butter but would I pay £13.70 plus £6.12 for it? The answer is no as I can get other nice natural body lotions that are equally good for less. I might be tempted with the Birchbox price though!

Neal’sYard Garden Mint and Bergamot hand cream

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IMG_0148[1]Last year magazines were quite generous with their freebies and despite not being a fan of magazine I bought several just in order to get the free gift. I always looked at the price of the magazine and if that was an amount I would be happy to pay to get the “free” gift then I would buy it otherwise not.
I liked this hand creams much I bought four of the magazines which I then gave away but it meant this hand cream was actually not a bad price. These tubes were a good 50 ml size and this size sells for around £19 so you can see why I bought several of the magazines.

There were three scents of hand cream to choose on the magazines this one, a rose scented one and a geranium and orange one. So I chose two of each and abandoned the magazines at various places such as doctor’s surgeries, hair dressers and hospital waiting rooms as I was passing them or visiting.

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~~~&&&~~~ ABOUT NEALS’S YARD ~~~&&&~~~

I have only ever seen Neal’s Yard products in Debenhams or specific high end shops or on line and first came across them in beauty boxes.
Neal’s yard make natural organic health and beauty products and thy started in Covent Garden in 1981 so are a British company.

They state that : “ Our vision was to bring the expertise of the apothecary and our holistic approach to health and beauty to people and communities.” Thirty years ago they were one of a few companies making natural products free from chemical nasties and things like parabens. These days there are so many more companies making natural beauty products so we are lucky to have much more choice.
Neals’ Yard have won many awards over the years for their different products and are much respected in the natural beauty business.

Their products are packaged in simple tubes or old fashioned apothecary bottles and like Weleda their packaging is functional and ethical.

~~~&&&~~~ ETHICS ~~~&&&~~~

Neal’s Yard have very strong ethics and are not only against animals testing in any part of their products, they also believe in fair trade, organic farming, eco packaging, recycling, their factory is an eco building. They have collected a number of accreditation’s logos which cover everything from organic certification to sustainable wild-harvesting, fair trade, packaging from managed forestry, ethical business practice, carbon neutrality, vegetarian status and their stance against animal cruelty .
Compared to other high end companies selling similar products such as L’Occitane Neal’s yard are much more honest about their ethics and like Weleda they are ethical from the start to the finish of their products.

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This is one of a number of hand creams made by the company that sell in 50 ml tubes for £10. Three of the varieties I mentioned before but they also have a Melissa one, and some Bee lovely ones plus some had lotions and hand washes too.

All made with natural ingredients and they do smell gorgeous strong and yet natural not chemical and synthetic at all.

~~~&&&~~~ MY EXPERIENCE ~~~&&&~~~

I do love the smell of this one. It doesn’t really smell noticeably of either of the two main ingredients independently but somehow it has a lovely strong citrus aroma which is from the bergamot with a freshness that must come from the mint. It has a strong aroma, herby and not sweet and it really lasts on my hands for ages between hand washes.
It is a white colour quite thick cream but I find it goes in quite quickly into my dry hands. I only use the smallest amount as it is naturally rich and full of natural oils and butters to really nourish the skin.

This has glycerine for softening the hands, soya oil, sweet almond oil beeswax aloe vera, sunflower oil , Litsea cubeba fruit oil, all nourishing oils while the Niaouli leaf oil ( a kind of tea tree),Lemon peel oil, Bergamot oil Palmarosa herb oil, Vetiver oil, Garden mint oil all have medicinal benefits such as analgesic, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, anti bacterial and so on as well as adding to the wonderful aromatic scent of this hand cream.
I find that by using just around a cm of this cream squeezed out onto my hands and then massaged in leaves them feeling much softer , not greasy and smelling lovely. If I have been gardening or doing lots of house cleaning them I use around an inch ‘snake’ from the tube and spend a little longer massaging it in. I then do nothing for around ten minutes and this gives the cream a good chance to absorb and not get rubbed off onto anything I touch.

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After that my hands feel much less dry and look better too, a better colour and the skin doesn’t look or feel parched. Sometimes I spend time giving my cuticles a good massage with this and it does seem to keep them softer so that they are easier to push back.

~~~&&&~~~ BUYING THIS ~~~&&&~~~

You can buy this directly from Neal’s Yard or from some High end Department stores like John Lewis and even M&S. You can also buy it from Amazon but they charge £14.95 where Neal’s yard only charge £10.

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Yes indeed I would. I would happily buy this at full £10 price and wish I had bought more of the magazines at the time as I am now on my last tube. This s a high quality fair priced hand cream full of natural oils and great essential oils for extra benefits as well as creating that wonderful citrus, herby ,hint of sweet smell that is a really uplifting smell. The hand cream is beautifully rich and healing leaving my hands feeling nourished and soft but not greasy at all.
I really hope they do anther magazine promotion as I will buy the entire shelf !

Nuxe Honey Lip Balm – rich and nourishing

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~~~~~~~WHAT NUXE SAY ~~~~~~~

“This best-selling balm with Honey and precious oils is highly concentrated in ingredients that nourish, repair, soothe and protect even the driest and most damaged lips.
Thanks to its unique texture and subtle taste of refreshing grapefruit, it really is a beauty must have. “

~~~~~~ ABOUT “NUXE” THE COMPANY ~~~~~~

This company was founded in Paris after Aliza Jabès discovered NUXE, as a small formulation laboratory in Paris in 1990 ad used this s a start for the company we now know as NUXE The name comes from is a combination of natural and luxury.
Ms Jabès’s aim was to create” ultra-feminine skincare which would be based on a pharmaceutical approach: nature, innovation, evaluation, accessibility and sensory experience .”

She says her products come from here belief that the power of plants are the to effective natural beauty products.
She states her products are based on “5 fundamentals – nature, innovation, evaluation,
accessibility and sensory experience, that, day after day, inspire my beauty philosophy
and provide my focus for building the NUXE brand.”

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~~~ PACKAGING ~~~~~

This comes in golden coloured outer box with the product and company names as well as some product information. On the top is a beehive design in a gorgeous honey gold colour
Inside the box is a small glass jar with plastic screw top lid. The glass jar is slightly frosted and again the company and product name as well as the company logo are on the jar in English and French.

I actually prefer this jar to lip balms in lipstick versions as they stay fresher and don’t melt when the weather is hot either.
~~~~~ WHERE TO BUY AND COST ~~~~

You can buy this from the Nuxe on line for £9.50 and various other on line websites too. You can buy it in store from M&S and Boots where they have a 3 for two offer at the time of writing.
The jar holds 15 ml.

~~~~~ MY VIEWS ~~~~
This balm is a really thick and rich and full of lovely natural ingredients, the top one being beeswax followed by shea butter, olus oil, almond oil, grapefruit peel oil, an soya bean oil amongst others.

I find that a small wipe of my clean finger across the product gives me a good covering for my lips. If I apply this to my lips at night before I go to sleep I can still feel it on my lips in the morning so it really does protect and nourish my lips.

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I had quite sore dry lips in the winter and after applying this for just two nights they were back to normal which has never happened with any other lip product I have used.

I find this is perfect for applying to my lips if we are going out for a long walk, especially in winter a it stays on my lips throughout without feeling unpleasant. I usually find lip salves work for around half and hour then they seem to get tired and wear off.
Not only can I feel this as a soothing balm on my lips but the benefit of all the natural oils and butters actually gets absorbed into the lips thus healing them as well as providing a protective layer.

The balm has a pleasant ‘taste’ too. No I don’t eat it but the flavour or aroma that I detect on my lips is a combination of honey/beeswax and subtle citrus grapefruit flavour and is really a natural aroma and not plastic and synthetic like some flavoured lip salves are.
When my son was over from Canada staying for a few weeks his lips were very dry and sore from his week in the sun before he arrived here. I allowed him a smear each night and again after a couple of nights his lips were back to normal and not sore at all.

As I apply this I do get a sensation of the balm being soaked into my lips. It feels that something is happening to my lips, not a tingle but a certain sensation that something is working on my lips.
On the Nuxe website they suggest that you can also use this mixed with a little sugar and use this as a gentle exfoliant on your lips. You then rinse this off and apply a layer of the balm by itself to nourish and repair your lips.

Seriously this stuff is the best lip product I have found an I don’t think £9.50 is a silly price for this as I have been using it since December 2016 and allowed others in my family to try it too and I still have not used a quarter.

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Being a natural product this does have a shelf life but my pot says 05/2019 so it lasts well too. Obviously you need to make sure you use a clean finger or small spatula to get the product out as any dirt or germs added will mean that the product is tainted and will not be as effective or last as well.

I would also suggest that you keep this somewhere out of direct heat as it will melt and that may make the product less pleasant to use and may also mean it is less effective.
This is such a lovely rich balm that it is also very effective as an elbow softener and fantastic if your hands are really dry and sore to apply a little to the driest parts over night.

Nuxe products are 80% natural ingredients and the oils used are plant’s origin oils They don’t use mineral oils or animal-origin ingredients except from the hive. They don’t use parabens either and have natural preservatives .
~~~~~~ ETHICS ~~~~~

Nuxe state: “NUXE do not test on animals neither its products nor the ingredients contained in its products, then respecting the European law that prohibits the use of such methods.”
However according to ‘cruelty free kitty’ a website which looks at beauty companies that are cruelty free Nuxe is not quite as good as they claim.
“Nuxe is marketed as a natural brand that uses safe ingredients and botanical extracts. It makes some sense for a small, natural company to be cruelty-free, but Nuxe is anything but that! They’re big. They’re not all that natural. They also sell in mainland China, and not only online, as confirmed by their Paris headquarters. This is not a cruelty-free company.”IMG_0159[1]

~~~~~~ RECOMMENDED? ~~~~~
Yes I would. I think this is a wonderful natural healing lip product that can also be used on other patches of dry sore skin to heal them too.

Despite their dubious cruelty free ethics which always makes me cross. Either you are and there fore you should not sell anywhere that does test beauty products on animals or else don’t make the claim.
With regard to the naturalness of their ingredients, the product I have appears to be pretty natural but I don’t claim to be an expert of all the ingredients.

It is in a good effective protective packaging that I readily recyclable and easy to get all the contents out right to the very end.
It can be bought easily and the price is very fair for the quality of the product and the way it last so well.