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.

~~~&&&~~~&&& RECOMMENDED? ~~~&&&~~~

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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IMG_0155[1] This fabulous pot of lip protecting gold was one of the products in my Beauty Advent calendar last year and probably my favourite product from that calendar.
~~~~~~~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.

Green Keratin Hyaluronic C Facial Serum

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I have bought a number of products from this company through amazon and so far not one has disappointed me. This is a highly concentrated facial serum and one of a number they make.

I bought these products at greatly reduced price through a site offering items reduced in return for reviews on amazon. They have recently changed the rues and now you no longer need to write a review and strangely the companies are responding by offering fewer products and making the deal less sweet!!

As a method of advertising it was great as I would never have bothered trying these products before ut having found them I have repurchased them.

~~~&&&~~ ABOUT GREEN KERATIN ~~~&&&~~~

I have never heard of this company before buying these through the reviewing site but now I have found them I have re purchased them as I have found them to be excellent quality.
The company first began to sell their natural skincare range in 2008 after Anderson Lira and fellow Co-Founder Glen Keeble began hand making skincare products for family and friends and met with great feedback.

“The idea was simple: to create effective organic skincare products out of the highest quality natural ingredients. Because, you only get out of your skin what you put into it, and your skin deserves the best.”
Their products are made with the highest quality, certified organic and natural ingredients. They promise their products are free from: parabens, Methylisothiazolinone, SLS & SLES, E.A, D.E.A, silicones and formaldehyde, artificial fragrances and artificial colourings.

Their products are handmade in a warehouse in London so a British brand which is always a plus for me.

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~~~&&&~~~ ABOUT THIS SERUM~~~&&&~~~

As I mentioned I have had a number of serums from this company and they all vary slightly as does the packaging. I think they change the packing and formulae from time to time.
Mine happens to come in an airless hard plastic bottle with push pump dispenser so you cannot see the contents . This does mean you are surprised when it comes to the end which is a bit annoying but this does keep the product very fresh and uncontaminated from air or light.

The serum is cloudy creamy colour and reasonably thick, not watery like some serums but slightly thinner than a body lotion.
It has none of the nasties mentioned before – Phenoxyethanol, Alcohol Denat., Sulphates, Parabens, Propylene Glycol, Silicones, Artificial Fragrance or Colouring

The serum is 92% Organic, made in Britain, cruelty-free, suitable for Vegans and anyone who wants natural cruelty free face products that work.

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

I have been using serums prior to my moisturiser for some years now a do like to buy natural products which have not had any ingredients tested on animals too.
I also like the products to feel like they are doing something to my skin, if not actually making me look younger then at least holding back from any more lines and winkles developing too fast.

The ingredients in this are not only natural but are there because they are naturally good for helping improve the condition of the skin in some way.
This serum has vegan Hyaluronic Acid Concentrate. This has become one of the most included ingredients in ant ageing serums in the last few years and is sometimes referred to as “The Fountain of Youth”. This acid seems to attract and hold moisture in the skin and also helps to soften and smooth the skin.

The Vitamin C in this is Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate which is apparently : “A far more stable Vitamin C derivative that overcomes the oxidation problems associated with ascorbic acid”. Vitamin C is a great antioxidant.
It also has Frangipani Extract which is both refreshing and helps condition the skin and also smells great too.plumeria flower

Organic Thistle oil which is a natural source of linoleic acid or Omega-6 fatty acid which comes from the seeds of Safflower. This is good for skin conditioning properties but is not at all greasy making it a good one for those with oily, combination and large-pored skin types.

Organic Rose Flower Water which comes from the flowers of the Damask Rose is perfect for hydration and moisturising the skin while being cooling and refreshing.

Organic Jojoba Oil is known for being a great skin emollient and skin conditioner.
Vitamin E which is both an antioxidant and skin conditioner.

I always wash and cleanse my face night and morning and after that I apply my toner. I then apply whichever serum I am using and let it soak in for a few minutes before applying my moistuiser or facial oil and make up if I am wearing any.
I found this serum was really light and fresh feeling and soaked in very quickly. It smells fresh and pleasant, kind of light floral and cucumber – like. I used this morning and night and found it really effective and it left my skin feeling fresh and tighter looking so the lines were less evident.

It was easy to apply, not gredamasc 1asy or sticky at all and it slid on easily . I found I didn’t need a lot at all, one push down of the pump, to apply all over my face and neck. I was careful around my eyes but did apply it around my eyes as well and the skin around my eyes, underneath especially looked much firmer and less dark and sallow.
This is not a face lift so I was not expecting to look years younger and indeed I was right to have no expectations of that fact but the serum is a lovely light refreshing moisturiser that really did make my skin look better while I was using it.

I always use high quality natural products so was not expecting this to have dramatic effects but I did hope it would make my skin look fresher, feel calm and well nourished and I did just that.

~~~&&&~~~ WHERE TO BUY AND WHAT YOU GET ~~~&&&~~~

This comes in an airless plastic bottle which holds 30 ml of serum. On the Green Keratin site they sell this for £14.95 and on amazon they sell it for the same price and postage is free with Prime if you are a member.

~~~&&&~~~ RECOMMENDED? ~~~&&&~~~

Yes this is a lovely natural serum from an ethical British company that I have found to be nice to use and effective as well.

WELEDA FIRMING POMEGRANATE DAY CREAM

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I have just finished this sample sized tube of Weleda Pomegranate Firming Day Cream so thought I had better write my views before I throw out the empty tube and forget how my skin felt after using this. It is no secret to anyone who regularly reads my views that I rate Weleda very highly and admire their ethics and honest approach towards their customers.

This pomegranate range is designed for those in the 40s to 50s age range and until the Evening Primrose range was brought out this was Weleda’s range that catered for the oldest age group. Personally I am happy with both ranges as they are both full of great natural ingredients to help ageing skin.

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If you would like to know more about Weleda and their ethics and how they were founded check out my other blog posts with Weleda products

~~~&&&~~~~~ ABOUT POMEGRANATE ~~~&&&~~~

Pomegranate is an expert in balancing extremes, stimulating and regenerating life and some of the pomegranate trees have been found to be over 200 years old.

Pomegranate seed oil is a powerful anti oxidant and has regenerative properties as it has a high polyphenols content. Pomegranate seed oil helps to revitalise skin cells. Skin appears tighter and smoother and is fresher and moisturised as well.

Weleda say :

From the age of 40 we benefit most from the positive properties of the pomegranate. At this life stage….as we grow older our skin changes – its vitality diminishes, the regeneration processes slow down and hardening tendencies can no longer be automatically counter-balanced overnight.

Pomegranate mediates between the young and mature opposites, allowing them to flow into one another, developing a framework for dynamic and regenerative effects on the individual. So the pomegranate’s seed oil stabilises and relaxes the skin in times of transition, bringing inner and outer beauty into harmony and encouraging us to look towards the future with serenity.”

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

You can buy Weleda products from a number on natural on line stores as well as from their shop in Derbyshire or from Weleda on line. You can also buy from one of Weleda’s Well being advisors around the country.

You get 30 ml of this firming day moisturiser for £25.95 which for an 100% natural product is actually a very decent price.

~~~&&&~~~THE POMEGRANATE RANGE ~~~&&&~~~

This is one of a number of pomegranate based products that Weleda make.This is the range and prices of the products from the Weleda wbsite.

Pomegranate Firming Day Cream 30ml -£25.95

Pomegranate Firming Eye Cream 10ml – £25.95

Pomegranate Firming Face Serum 30ml – £35.95

omegranate Firming Night Cream 30ml – £25.95

Pomegranate Regenerating Body Lotion 200ml – £22.95

Pomegranate Regenerating Body Oil 100ml – £22.95

Pomegranate Regenerating Hand Cream 50ml – £12.50

Pomegranate Creamy Body Wash 200ml – £7.95

Finally their late product in the range the wonderful body spray – Grenade Jardin de Vie 50ml – £19.95

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

I am bit older than the age range this product is aimed at but I have had a number of these small sample tubes over the years and even bought couple of the full sized ones. I tend to go for the Evening primrose range now though as that range is for the more mature lady which sadly is the age range I fit into.

I do love the smell of this product, which comes from the essential oils in the cream which Weleda describe in this way :

“ “The natural fragrance has been designed to hit a sophisticated note, subtly sensual, feminine and warming. Essential oil of davana lends an exotic, oriental character together with mellow base notes of sandal wood and neroli”.

It is fresh and uplifting yet also really exotic. It is so great that Weleda have made a lovely scent from this, a light EDT which I wear frequently these days.

The cream is a creamy colour and feel quite light on application. It soaks in very fast n leaves my skin feeling matt and not greasy at all at the same time it feels well nourished.

I always apply my day cream after cleaning, toning and applying a good quality natural serum. I eave ths to soak in before applying any make up if I choose to wear any that day.

According to Weleda this day cream has been created to:

  1. Reduces wrinkles and tautens.
    2) Protects from oxidative stress.
    3) Improves elasticity and resilience

I have found it does a great job of making my skin feel nourished and it never feels tight or sensitive and itchy when using this which some products do seem to do. We are lucky in that the area we live is not too heavily polluted with traffic fumes or industrial pollution bt I hope this is helping fight all the nsties in the environmant for me with its antioxidants.

My skin feels tauter and looks fresher but the lines and wrinkles are still there though they don’t seem to look any worse!

I love that it smells so fresh and uplifting as it cheers em up each morning when I apply this.

Apart from the lovely pomegranate oil this is carefully blended with golden millet, argan and macadamia oils which create this lovely light cream to nourishes and regenerate the skin.

This is all natural as I have mentioned but it is also suitable for vegans as all ingredients are plant based. This product has not been tested on animals and has no petrochemicals or GM ingredients and has no filler ingredients or parabens either.

Even though Weleda use all natural ingredients they are quite powerful and they suggest that you do a test on a small area for a few days when using something new. I have not had any issues with any of their products and I have skin that is prone to allergies and eczema but best be on the safe side.

~~~&&&~~~ RECOMMENDD? ~~~&&&~~~

I have found this an excellent day cream and would certainly recommend it to the 40s plus age range. For those in the menopausal age range then the Evening Primrose might be more suitable. There are other ranges for the younger ladies ( and men) too so check out their website.

INNARAH® VenoDefense™ Treatment Crème

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I was very lucky and received a small 15 ml size version of this product through Beautyontrial.co.uk. I have just finished this so thought I would share my thought.

Firstly I have never heard of this brand before trying this product and having seen the price I doubt I will be enjoying any of their other products.

This small pot costs $90 – it is an AMERICAN company and the full sized 50 ml pot costs $300.

“This all natural range of products is free of synthetic ingredients and will keep your skin glowing from within.” Manzoor H. Jaffery, Founder and CEO.

This product came beautifully presented in a white box with a magnetic closure lid. The small pot sat inside this on a bed of satin padding.It did look classy and at tat price I would expect it to.IMG_0124[1]

The product was in a small black plastic screw top pot which I liked as I could see exactly how much was left and could get every lat tiny bit out easily.

The cream felt light and soft and was absorbed into my skin very fast, didn’t feel tight or greasy but also didn’t really feel like it was doing anything much either.

According to the company :
“INNARAH® formulated the unique technology known as bio-fermentation to perfect its fermented anti-ageing formulas and signature VenoDefense™ collection using cutting edge ingredients such as Elk Antler Velvet, Ormus Gold, plant stem cells and Marine Phytoplankton.”

The ingredients are all natural and I list them here from their website:

“VenoDefenseTM: Propritary complex of anti-inflammatory ingredients that mimic the effects of snake venim and smooth the appearance of lines and wrinkles instantly and helps repair damage over time.
Magnolia Tree Bark: Powerful anti-inflammatory.
Chamae Rose: A rich source of Proanthocyanidins beneficial for skin purification, color, tone and elasticity. They are known for their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
Elk Antler Velvet: Power cell growth factors which aid in cell development and cell regeneration. EVA contains essential amino acids which are the building blocks of protien. Shields your skin from damaging effects of environmental aggressors and UV rays.
Sea Buckthorn Oil: Powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
Marine Phytoplankton: Provides essential oxygen to skin cells. A powerful immunostimulant, obtained through the combination of unique marine algae (red and brown algae) harvested on the unspoiled beaches of Brazil. Stimulates collagen production while it strengthens the connective tissues for firmer looking skin.
Alpine Rose Extract: Plant stem cells. Delays the senescence of skin cells.
Snow Algae Extract: Anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory.
Apolactoferrin: Increases natural hyaluronic acid production for immediate and long lasting hydration. Helps to eliminate dark spots.
Plant stem cells: Brightens skin instantly while it evens out skin tone.
Kuku Nut Oil: Long lasting hydration.”

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You can use this cream night and day and it is created with these ingredients to help delay the skin ageing, reduce redness, smooth lies and wrinkles and protect the skin from UV damage and other damaging environmental effects. It i also supposed to be anti inflammatory and help to brighten the skin.

I have used it now for a month solidly after my original short test for beautyontrial and I am happy wit how it feels but I cannot honestly say it has done anything more tan any other skin care product I have used recently.

Although it seems to be a nice enough product the price tag would make repurchasing

Weleda Pomegranate Body

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I love Weleda and really admire their ethics and I have yet to find a product of theirs that I do not like. I have been to a few Weleda events at their factory in Derbyshire and every time I have been welcomed and treated like an old friend.

If you would like to know about Weleda and their ethics and beliefs check out some of my other blogs on here.

~~~&&&~~~ ABOUT POMEGRANATE ~~~&&&~~~

Pomegranate is known to be good at balancing extremes, stimulating and regenerating life and some of pomegranate trees have been found to be over 200 years old.

Pomegranate seed oil is a powerful anti oxidant and has regenerative properties as it has a high polyphenols content. Pomegranate seed oil helps to revitalise skin cells. Skin appears tighter and smoother and is fresher and moisturised as well.
Weleda say :
“From the age of 40 we benefit most from the positive properties of the pomegranate. At this life stage….as we grow older our skin changes – its vitality diminishes, the regeneration processes slow down and hardening tendencies can no longer be automatically counter-balanced overnight.

Pomegranate mediates between the young and mature opposites, allowing them to flow into one another, developing a framework for dynamic and regenerative effects on the individual. So the pomegranate’s seed oil stabilises and relaxes the skin in times of transition, bringing inner and outer beauty into harmony and encouraging us to look towards the future with serenity.”

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

You can buy this from amazon, Weleda on line or from their shop in Derbyshire and a number of other sits on line. You can also buy from one of Weleda’s Well being advisors around the country. Weleda products are also sold in a number of other on line stores so do shop around .

If buying from Weleda you pay £22.99 for the 100 ml bottle, from amazon it is £16.51 and even cheaper from Farmaline.co.uk an online shop which has it for £12.55 which is nearly half the price.

Be aware tough that often discounted products have short dates on them which is okay if you want to use them straight away.  Some sites may not have the UK packing which may mean you don’t have instructions etc in English so just to let you know.

 

~~~&&&~~~ THE POMEGRANATE RANGE ~~~&&&~~~

Welda have eight pomegranate products and these are :
Pomegranate Firming Day Cream 30ml – £25.95
Pomegranate Firming Eye Cream 10ml – £25.95
Pomegranate Firming Face Serum 30ml – £35.95
Pomegranate Firming Night Cream 30ml – £25.95
Pomegranate Regenerating Body Lotion 200ml – £22.95
Pomegranate Regenerating Hand Cream 50ml – £12.50
Pomegranate Creamy Body Wash 200ml – £7.95
Grenade Jardin de Vie 50ml – £19.95 their lovely new all natural fragrance
Finally this product I am reviewing the body oil.

They also have body oils in ten different scents with different benefits if you find this is not to your taste or does not quite fit with your needs.

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

Really this is aimed at people slightly younger than I am and the Evening Primrose range is more suited to my age but this is a beautiful smelling oil which makes a lovely massage oil.

I love all Weleda’s body oisl that I have tried as they are all made using no preservatives, parabens or any mineral based ingredients in their products. They do not test on animals or allow any of their ingredients to be tested on them either.

As this is a natural oil it is really absorbed into the skin so that the benefits of the essential oils get down into the part of the skin it needs to work. Mineral oils sit on the outside of the skin and while they might act as a protective layer they don’t get beyond the outside layer so as soon as you wash they protection is removed. With natural oils they are absorbed into the deeper layers of the skin and work even after you have a shower.

This product has absolutely no palm oil or soy-derived raw materials. either and has been dermatologically approved so is not damaging precious forests. It is also 100% natural and suitable for vegans too.

This oil comes in a dark green glass bottle and holds 100 mls. The dark coloured glass helps to keep the contents protected from light damage, keeps the contents uncontaminated too and of course glass is recyclable.

This oil smells lovely. In fact it is so nice that Weleda have now a EDT based on this aroma too. The ingredients that create this wonderful scent are all there for a reason and one of these is to lift the spirits at the same time as it feeds your skin. This lovely rich oil is naturally scented with the fruity notes of orange and davana which is a bit like a mango smell and oriental scent of vanilla which are both sensual and exotic.

I admit I do dilute this oil a bit with sweet almond or jojoba as it makes it go a little further otherwise a bottle would only last me around five massages. I mix half and half so I get around ten massages from a bottle which become more reasonable.

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This oil is a combination of organic pomegranate seed oil, jojoba,,sesame seed oil, sunflower seed oil, wheat germ oil, macadamia seed oil, olive oil and millet seed extract, and it is jojoba or sweet almond that I use prior to applying this more expensive oil so I am not really diluting or contaminating it at all.

I also use this after my evening bath while I am still little damp and my skin is warm as I find that it goes further then.

I like this oil as it is specially good for sensitive skins and I am prone to eczema as well as very dry skin so this nourishes my skin as well as helping regenerate the cells and soothes any eczema pronec bits.

You can also add some of this oil to the pomegranate body lotion to make that a bit richer and make this oil go a bit further. You could also add some of this to any all natural unscented body lotion to make it more beneficial and smell good too.

Pomegranate has been proven to help regenerate skin cells so by applying this at night after my bath I am giving it the longest time absorb into my skin over night. It also mean that my body smells great in bed and I can enjoy the aroma as I drift off to sleep.

According to  Weleda from their website ,in tests on people it was found that:
50% Increased cell renewal Tested after 14 days
13% Increased skin firmness Tested after 28 days

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Yes indeed this is a lovely smelling , very nourishing natural oil. I love this and alternate this with other Weleda oils as I like the variation of scents and the different benefits from the different oils.

ISA Professional XANADU 24K Gold Vitamin C Serum Makeup Primer Hyaluronic Acid Vitamin E Rose Moisturizer and Foundation Primer

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ISA Professional XANADU 24K Gold Vitamin C Serum Makeup Primer Hyaluronic Acid Vitamin E Rose Moisturizer and Foundation Primer
ISA Professional XANADU 24K Gold Vitamin C Serum Makeup Primer Hyaluronic Acid Vitamin E Rose Moisturizer and Foundation Primer
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
 24K Gold Vitamin C serum Makeup Primer – PH balanced and easily absorbed. It brightens skin, combats wrinkles and dark spots while the vitamin E moisturizes.
The Rose Extract soothes the skin and gives the Xanadu serum its natural scent.
Hyaluronic Acid captures and holds up to 1000 times its volume in moisture to your skin.
The Perfect Serum for your face, made from Organic botanical extracts and leading-edge technology.
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WHAT I THOUGHT

This is a lovely  natural serum, not tested on animals that is beautifully packaged and lovely to look at as well – a bit like a Christmas ornament .

It is quickly absorbed and feels cool and not heavy or greasy at all.

It smells lovely too – gently of rose.

I apply a little on my cheeks to leave a few flecks of gold as it highlights and gives that party look.

It feels weightless on my skin and the subtle rose scent is lovely .

It can be used as a make up primer as well as a serum and although it didn’t make my make up stay put any better it did give that lovely sparkle from the gold flakes.

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Strongest points:

Real gold flakes
Lovey rose scent
Classy exotic packaging
Easy pump dispenser
not tested on animals
leaves flecks of gold on your cheeks if you apply generously
cool and easily absorbed
Nice eggs shaped bottle – easy to hold
Weakest points
Quite expensive
Not easy to find to buy – not available on amazon just now
Summary

A lovely cooling and gentle serum that soaks in quickly and does seem to have helped my skin show the wrinkles less.

Gluki Organics – Organic Mother hand and body moisturiser

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Gluki Organics – Organic Mother hand and body moisturiser

 

 

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GLÜKi certified organic Hand & Body Moisturising Lotion with Organic Kalahari Melon seed oil, Aloe Vera, Rooibos Leaf Extract, Orange Peel Oil and other botanical s that contain precious nutrients and essential Omega oils to naturally feed your skin. Rooibos Leaf Extract and Tocopherol (Vitamin E) Oil provide the skin with valuable nutrients and anti-oxidants.

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Organic ingredients are easily absorbed into your skin and also help the skin to start producing its own protective oils again. This is a very therapeutic lotion with Omega oils, vitamins and other micro-nutrients to help your skin feel and look healthier.

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The scent is from the natural ingredients and is a fresh, fruity aroma and truly lovely.

I prefer to use natural products on my skin as it is the largest organ in our body and does absorb all put on it including chemicals. This means that using lotions and oils that contain Paraffinum, Mineral oil or Petroleum Gel can clog the skins pores and stop the skin breathing as well as unbalancing the natural PH of the skin.

This is a really gorgeous lotion for hand and body and is a reasonable price for an all natural product I think.

99% natural ingredients
98% vegetable ingredients from organic farming
47% of total ingredients organic
Smells divine
Moisturises well
not tested on animals – ECO cert
Simple yet effective packaging

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This is a lovely gentle hand and body lotion that sells fruity and not too sweet that is safe for the most sensitive skins and is full of quality and effective ingredients. Contains organic Aloe Vera Leaf Extract, Kalahari Melon Seed Oil, Rooibos Leaf Extract and Orange Peel Oil which plant extracts are some of the most valuable and safest therapeutic ingredients for the skin.

All GLÜKi Organics products are also endorsed by Beauty without Cruelty and Phytotrade Africa and are 100% vegan.

Crabtree & Evelyn Verbena & Lavender hand therapy

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Sometime last year I had a number of different beauty boxes and have collected quite a few small tubes of hand creams which I am gradually working my way through. They are perfect for keeping in my handbag or to take travelling as they hold enough to last quite a few uses yet are small enough not to weigh my bag down too much.

~~~~~~ ABOUT CRABTREE & EVELYN ~~~~~~

Crabtree & Evelyn is a high end store selling bath and body products, fragrances, gifts and also some food stuffs and has a quintessentially English look about it despite the fact it began in New England in the USA. It is recognized as one of the best known and most-respected lines of beauty and grooming products in the world. The company now has more than 350 stores in countries all around the world particularly in the UK and USA.

~~~~~~~ ABOUT CRABTREE & EVELYN’S HANDCREAMS ~~~~~~~

Crabtree & Evelyn have a great range of scented hand creams that come in different size tubes a bit like toothpaste tubes. They come in different sizes 25g, 50g and 100g and the prices are £5 -£6, £9 and £10 – £15. They are not cheap but thy smell gorgeous and do rally seem to moisturise my hands.

Escentual have a great set of 12 of these small 25g tubes in a gift box for £22 which would make a lovely gift for someone and has twelve different scents in the box.

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Their hand creams are available in the following variations though some do come and go and I cannot see my Verbena and lavender one available on their website now.

Gardeners Hand Therapy – Created for hard-working hands, this is an extra-nourishing cream is blended with odour-neutralising herbs.

Pomegranate, Argan & Grapeseed Hand Therapy – A fruity and uplifting blend of pomegranate, nourishing argan, fig and Clementine.

Citron, Honey & Coriander Hand Therapy – a lovely fresh scented one blended with citrus oils and a touch of sweet honey.

Summer Hill Hand Therapy a more nostalgic aroma of florals from an English country garden.

Avocado, Olive and Basil Hand Therapy fruity and herby one with avocado and fresh sweetness of basil.

Pear & Pink Magnolia Hand Therapy -A lovely fresh blend of fruit and flower.

Rosewater Hand Therapy – a natural rose smelling one – smells like a rose garden.

Evelyn Rose Hand Therapy – Rose with elements of peach and peony.

Lavender Hand Therapy – Full of scent of English lavender with shea butter.

La Source Hand Therapy – their classic Hand Therapy, smell sort of sea like but nice and fresh.

Nantucket Briar Hand Therapy – an unusual one that combines rose with hints of vanilla and amber.

Tarocco Orange, Eucalyptus & Sage Hand Therapy – a combination of Tarocco Orange, Eucalyptus & Sage which sounds yummy.

Caribbean Island wild flowers – sounds fabulous and tropical scented

Verbena & Lavender Hand Therapy – the one I have several small tubes of and am reviewing . This is a lovely fresh herby combination of lemon verbena and lavender.

Thy also seem to have some other new varieties as well so plenty to choose from.

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~~~~~~ MY VIEWS ~~~~

I like the durable plastic polylaminate tubes as they don’t crack and split and weigh nothing at all so don’t weigh down my bag. They are very easy to squeeze the contents out all the way to the end so very little waste either. Once finished I recycle them in our usual plastic recycling bin.

I like the fact this is fragranced naturally with verbena and lavender and really smells like a combination of the two herbs. I grow these in my garden and love the fresh scent which I find uplifting and refreshing.

The moisturising element of this hand cream is macdamia nut oil, shea butter and palm oil which I am less thrilled about unless it is sustainably grown and bot palm oil from palms planted on the orang utans former forests .

This dos also have a lot of very chemical sounding ingredients but the writing is so small you will have to explore that yourself as it is giving me eye strain. Here are just a few, Caprylic/Capric, Triglyceride, Distearate, Triethanolamine,Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Behentrimonium, Methosulfate. There are also a number of parabens, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben. so if you have allergies to these then avoid these hand creams.

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I do like the way this feels on my hands as it goes into my skin easily leaving my hands feeling well nourished an yet not slippery and greasy like some hand creams do. It is quite a light feeling hand cream and not thick and heavy like Body Shop Hemp for example, it is more the texture of the Body Shop other hand creams. It is however heavier than a hand lotion but is absorbed quickly and leaves your hands smelling lovely and in my case of fresh herbs, lavender and verbena.

If I wash my hands late I can still feel the benefit of the hand cream on my hands and don’t usually have to reapply unless I have really scrubbed my hands when washing them.

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Sadly this is one of many companies who claim to be against animal testing but then add the extra little bit “ Except where necessary by a country’s laws!!!”

Seriously if you are against animal testing then don’t sell in those countries. This is no good enough and is conning people who genuinely want to avoid companies that allow testing on animals especially in those countries where the testing is even more cruel than others.

This is what they actually say:
“Crabtree & Evelyn is opposed to animal testing. We do not test our finished products on animals or conduct animal testing during the formulation process. We do not submit our products for animal testing by third parties anywhere in the world except where required by local law.”

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~~~~~~~ WHERE TO BUY ~~~~~

Crabtree & Evelyn products can be bought through a number of different places on line and in store. They are often in niche gift shops but at prices slightly above others. You can buy direct from their own on line store and through Department stores like Debenhams and House of Fraser as well as Marks and Spencer, Boots, and even amazon and ebay and other on line beauty sites. Prices do vary so my advice as always is to sop around and don’t forget to try the cash back sites too if buying on line and remember postage often has to be added as extra too.

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

I have to admit to quite liking these hand creams and have had a few over the years through different beauty boxes but I am not sure I would go and buy one knowing their dubious claims on animal testing when I know I an buy Weleda hand cream which is 100% natural and no way ever tested on animals for the same price . So I wouldn’t buy it but would use it is I was given it is the short answer.

Weleda Revitalising Evening Primrose oil

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I really love Weleda and their products and cannot shout their praises enough.

~~~~~~~ABOUT WELEDA ~~~~~~

This company was originally founded by Rudolph Steiner in 1921 in Austria as a pharmaceutical company . Weleda’s products are created using the principles of principles of anthroposophic medicine. This is a holistic approach based on products made using ingredients grown in balance and harmony with nature.

“A medical system that complements conventional medicine, anthroposophy takes a holistic approach and uses both conventional and anthroposophic medicinal products……. The therapy method of anthroposophic medicine is based on the balance between four organisational principles: the physical level; life forces level, or vitality; mental level and individual level or ego. The goal of therapy is to restore the necessary equilibrium when these four principles are out of balance.”

Weleda use only natural products and most are organic. They source their products from around the world and pay above fair prices for their ingredients.

They use no preservatives, parabens or any mineral based ingredients in their products. Thy do not test on animals or allow any of their ingredients to be tested on them either.

“Whether it’s through fair trade, biodynamic cultivation or the supportive development of our employees – sustainability is part of our roots.”

They are also committed to using eco friendly packaging which also gets the product to the consumer in the best condition.

~~~~~~ WELEDA AND EVENING PRIMROSE ~~~~

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This is one of Weleda’s newer ranges and includes quite a few products which include: Age Revitalising Concentrate, Age Revitalising Day Cream, Age Revitalising Eye and Lip Cream, Age Revitalising Night Cream, Revitalising Body Wash, Revitalising Hand cream, Revitalising Body lotion and this Body Oil as well as a couple of combined products in gift packs.

~~~~~~ BENEFITS OF EVENING PRIMROSE ~~~~

Evening Primrose is native to America and grows in pretty dry and infertile soil. It has been used by Native Americans for centuries as a tea for skin problems, healing wounds and other ailments.

The oil from evening primrose seeds contains high concentrations of essential linoleic acid and y-linolenic acid. This is something that keeps skin supple and our bodies produce less as we get older. Luckily for us evening primrose seed oil does a great job of protecting the skin against moisture loss, removing rough patches and promoting cell growth and regeneration so is particularly helpful in helping to stimulate the natural defence and restorative processes of mature skin.

~~~~~~ MY VIEWS AND EXPERIENCE USING THIS ~~~~

EN_Evening Primrose_Age Revitalizing_Body Oil_RGB-mediumFirstly this is a natural oil and so is readily absorbed into the skin as opposed to sitting on the skin like petroleum based oils do. This product has absolutely no palm oil or soy-derived raw materials. either and has been dermatologically approved.

This comes in a green coloured glass bottle and holds 100 mls. The coloured glass keeps the contents protected from light damage and glass is recyclable and keeps the contents uncontaminated too.

This is an 100% natural product and suitable for vegans and being Weleda it is not tested on animals anywhere in its production and nor are any ingredients at any time.

This oil smells gorgeous, so good in fact that Weleda have now a EDT based on this aroma too. The ingredients that create this wonderful scent are all there for a reason and one of these is to lift the spirits at the same time as it feeds your skin. This lovely rich oil is naturally scented with cardamom, magnolia, and sandalwood which gives a wonderfully exotic aroma floral and spicy yet still fresh and uplifting.

ep3This oil is for use all over your body wherever you feel it needs nourishing. As it is quit expensive – the 100 ml costs £22.95 – I use a good natural oil to moisturise after my bath then use just a little of this spread thinly after the basic natural unscented oil and that way I don’t need to use so much.

This oil is a combination of organic evening primrose oil, jojoba, wheat-germ oil,sesame seed oil, sunflower seed oil, wheat germ oil, macadamia seed oil, olive oil and millet seed extract, and it is jojoba that I use prior to applying this more expensive oil so I am not really diluting or contaminating it at all.

I like to apply this after my bath while still warm and slightly damp and the oils trap in that moisture. This oil really does scent my skin and so a I get into bed I smell really nice and it helps me relax as I read before going to sleep.

I find applying body oils after a shower or bath when I am still damp makes the best use of the oils, traps the moisture on my skin and the oils spread more easily too.

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This oil has been created to help increase firmness and elasticity, moisturise, regenerate and reactivate skin’s natural functions. I do find that my skin feels lovely and soft and looks healthy after using this and the smell is a real bonus.

When tested by humans this 70% of those in the test group agreed it provided intensive nourishment (self-assessment after 28 days) and 39% said it increased skin moisture when used for 28 days.

~~~~~~ WHERE TO BUY THIS ~~~~~

Being a Weleda product this can be bought from Weleda’s website or from one of their advisers locally. A site called http://www.dolphinfitness.co.uk has this for £13.95 with free postage – I am off to order some right now ! It is always worth shopping around and I found that just checking the prices on line.

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Yes indeed it is a lovely rich all natural oil with fabulous scent that really does make the skin smell great. I cannot believe I found such a bargain on the website I mentioned and have ordered a couple more from there!