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

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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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.

~~~~~ ETHICS ~~~~~~

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.

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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.

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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!

Natural Beauty from Myanmar

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While we were on holiday in Myanmar I noticed most of the women and and children as well as number of men had a yellow patch of something on their faces. I asked our local guide what it was. He explained that it was called Thanakha and was a make up which also worked as a sun protection and as a bonus smelled good too.

 

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We saw this for sale as a piece of wood that needed to be ground which looked like hard work so I asked where I could buy it as a powder. He said that it was available in markets in some places but the wood that you ground yourself was better. I decided I would go for the powder regardless and was lucky enough to find some in pots in one of the hotels we stayed at and then again in a market so I have two lots.

Thanakha cools the skin, prevents sun damage, clears up acne and can even reduce fevers and headaches if swallowed. I haven’t tried that though. There is virtually no research to prove any of these claims but the Burmese people certainly all have beautiful skin and look really young for their age. One 2010 Thai study found that “extracts from thanaka bark showed strong anti-inflammatory, significant antioxidation, mild tyrosinase inhibition and slight antibacterial activities.”

IMG_9949Some women managed to produce the most amazing art with their thanakha while others just put a splodge of the stuff on each cheek which looked a bit random. Some applied it to their arms as well as sun protection and for the scent.

You can buy this on amazon and also there are some beauty products made using thanakha sold under the name shwe pwi nann which are apparently available through ebay.

Apparently thanakha powder mixed with kusumba oil which is also from Myanmar is effective in hair removal making the hair root become weak and loose its strength and then after a time the hair will fall off a bit like men going bald. For hair removal you need to make sure you get grade A thanakha as it is stronger while grades B and c are okay to use in cosmetics.IMG_9952

The kusumba oil can also be bought on ebay. The oil comes from the seeds of the kusumb tree grown in India, Pakistan and other countries in Asia like Myanmar. It is said that this oil Kusum oil is used in hairdressing and to promote hair growth i seems to counter the idea of using for hair removal ! The oil is also used for cooking and lighting as well as in traditional medicine for skin problems such as acne, itching, and burns and even as massage oil to relieve the pain of rheumatism.

 

 

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The kinpun I have looks and even smells a bit like ground coffee beans. The Kinpun is the tree grown in dry regions, and its botanical name is Acacia cocinna. First, dry hard and dark-brown Kinpun beans are boiled, cooled down and sieved and to make a shampoo from Myanmar dark hir this liquid is mixed with the liquid collected from soaking the tayaw bark. I cannot use tis shampoo as it is for dark hair an makes dark hair darker and shiny.IMG_9943

I have kinpun beans ground which I have use as a body scrub and I add this to my natural shower gels or soap. It is quite a gentle scrub as my kinpun is quite finely ground. If I had ground it myself I guess I could have left it coarser.

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I mixed mine with my coconut oil too and a little shower gel and this made a lovely moisturising scrub which left my skin feeling clean and smooth and looking very well cared for. I usually make my on body scrub with ground coffee beans and coconut oil – with or without shower gel and so I just replaced the coffee with kinpun and it worked well.

 

 

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TheIMG_9939 Tayaw is a kind of small tree or shrub and its botanical name is Grewia Polygama. For the shampoo they use just the bark in small pieces. This is soaked in water for around 15 to 20 minutes then you mix it up with your fingers to get a slippery slightly frothy mix and this is then the shampoo you use for washing your hair.

The bark is beaten till flat and the flatter the bark the more foamy your shampoo mix becomes . If you have dark hair then you can add the kinpun but if like me your hair is light then they suggest adding some lime juice to lighten it , cure and prevent dandruff and any itchy scalp.

Personally as I can’t used the kinbun which is the soapier I found that using a good natural shampoo then the tayaw worked best for me and the Tayaw worked well as a natural hair conditioner making the hair soft and pliant and therefore easy to comb.

Although this shampoo is still widely made at home by many Burmese people these days you can also buy it ready made in plastic bags in the markets. There are also small modern packets of Tayaw-Kinbun shampoo made with modern machines by local manufacturers sold in bottles. I didn’t buy any as it was the one with kinbun so only god for dark hair.

 

Traditionally Burmese people consider hair washing to be auspicious and so on the Myanmar New Year Day, the young people pay their respects to the aged by washing their hair and cutting their nails.

I love finding out about natural beauty products traditionally used by other cultures and we have started to learn from these over recent years. If you think about argan oil, shea butter and tea tree to name just a few that are now used widely in beauty and toiletries world wide.

Weleda Birch Body Scrub

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It is no secret that one of my favourite companies is Weleda. They not only make fantastic 100 % natural products but they also have a very ethical business using only ingredients that are sourced from people and places who are paid above fair prices for high quality, organically grown, natural plant ingredients.

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

This company was founded by Rudolph Steiner in Austria way back in 1921 originally as a natural 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.”

They use 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.

“Whether it’s through fair trade, biodynamic cultivation or the supportive development of our employees – sustainability is part of our roots.”IMG_9869[1]

~~~~~~~ WELEDA’S PACKAGING ~~~~~~

The packaging won’t win any prizes for luxury gift giving. Weleda are not into unnecessary packing and create the best, most eco friendly packaging that will deliver a high quality product in good condition to the consumer. All their packaging is 100% recyclable.

They are also constantly trying to reduce their carbon footprint and to reduce their energy usage and use as much renewable energy as possible and in 2013 50.7% of their direct energy and 94.3% of the indirect energy used in Weleda factories came from renewable resources.

~~~~~~~ ABOUT MICROBEADS ~~~~~~~

I have written about how bad for the environment microbeads are before but I do feel that this is an important ecological message and worth repeating.

These tiny little beads of plastic are found in a number of brands usually in exfoliants. Surprisingly often high end brans and despite the fact the UK government have promised to phase these out companies have until 217 to remove them and obviously products made outside the UK are not bound by this law so you need to be careful what you buy if you are concerned.

Microbeads can be disguised behind a number of names including, PE, PP, PET,PMMA AND PTFE, all different forms of plastics. I always buy natural based exfoliants that use sugar or salt or crushed seeds as the exfoliator. Weleda in this scrub use tiny beads of natural wax which is unusual and more about that later.IMG_9870[1]

Microbeads are so small that they end up in our waterways and oceans and as they are insoluble and not biodegradable they can cause damage for years . These beads end up being ingested by fish, fish eating birds, sea and river mammals and cause immense damage to the marine environment. Evidence has been found recently that these microbeads have been ingested by hermit crabs, sea cucumbers and others which live deep in the ocean so the impact of these tiny beads is even worse than previously thought .IMG_9874[1]

~~~~~~~~ ABOUT BIRCH BODY SCRUB ~~~~~~

Part of a Russia sauna is to be beaten with birch twigs but thankfully we don’t have to suffer that to get the benefit from Birch as this scrub is made using organic silver birch which contain flavanoids which help to flush out toxins from the body.

Also in this scrub organic rosemary which is a great skin stimulant and also Butcher’s Broom which is great for toning and is also anti inflammatory. Extracts of these are combined with apricot kernel oil which is soothing and moisturising and organic sesame oil which is full of protective anti oxidants.

This scrub exfoliates using micro beads ….. no not those horrible plastic one … these are micro beads of natural wax ! These gentle exfoliating beads are made from pure plant wax using castor oil seeds, carnauba wax from the carnauba palm and Australian bees wax.

As you rub this product into your warm wet skin all the dad skin cells are gently scrubbed off and the outer skin layers have their circulation stimulated but even better all the natural oils and waxes in this moisturise the skin and lave it feeling smooth and moisturised and healthy.

Besides all these benefits the scent in this product is also natural and beneficial. The lovely refreshing citrus essential oils of grapefruit and orange lift the spirits while the woody notes of cypress and cedar wood soothe and calm.

This lovely body scrub is PH balanced and the cleansers are plant based and made from coconut and sugars which are dermatologically tested and safe for sensitive skins. Everything in this product is environmentally safe and biodegradable.IMG_9871[1]

This is a lovely gentle scrub so doesn’t leave my skin feeling dry or itchy yt it does keep it looking fresh and healthy.

I absolutely love the smell of this, it is really fresh and uplifting and stays on my skin even after I have dried myself and I always feel glowing and clean after using it. I use this on my body and thighs and the tops of my arms. For my feet I tend to use a pumice based scrub or something made with ground nut or seed shells as I feel they need a bit more scrubbiness than this has.

~~~~~ HOW MUCH FOR HOW MUCH? ~~~~~

This comes in a green upside down tube so it sits on the dispensing end. There is 150 ml in each tube and on the Weleda site it costs £9.95. Allbeauty.com have it for £8.45, Naturismo for £8.96 and iHerb for £7.46 so as always shop around as prices do vary.

~~~~~~~WHERE CAN I BUY THIS? ~~~~~~~

You can buy this from the Weleda website or from their shop in Ilkeston which is in Derbyshire or from other natural beauty or health websites if I want to make up an order to the amount needed for free shipping. Amazon sell number of Weleda products too.

Weleda also have wellness advisers who can sell you products. They will do a party to demonstrate the products and you can ask for specific things such as products for the body or baby products etc as the theme if you want to. They are all very well informed and can advise on the benefits of each product.

birchI also buy some Weleda products from a small health shop in our local town also stocks Weleda products so I have no problem buying any of their products.

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

Yes I would indeed. It is a lovely gentle yet invigorating natural pleasant smelling body scrub. I personally wouldn’t use it on my feet but you may have baby soft feet in which case it would work well.

It is not a lot more expensive than comparable natural scrubs and I don’t find it gets used any quicker than other scrubs.

This is a 100% natural product that is not tested on animals and not harmful to the environment at all and as with all Weleda products everyone involved in creating this has been paid fairly for their contribution so I feel it is a very fair price.

Weleda Wild Rose Smoothing Day Cream

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I am a huge fan of Weleda products and have been lucky enough to be invited to a couple of their Open days in Derbyshire to visit their beautiful organic garden as well as try so many of their products and we always get a nice goodie bag to take home with us too.

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

Weleda was started by the Swiss philosopher and educationalist Rudolph Steiner and some others in in 1921. Steiner believed in healing the body using natural products and healing the person not just dealing with the symptoms. It is all about balance, in the body and with the earth. The method of healing Steiner created is known as Anthroposophic Medicine and it aims to stimulate the healing process of the person by bringing mind , body and spirit into balance. Weleda products are also used in homeopathy as well as they are all natural plant based products that contain no preservatives or petroleum based products .

Weleda’s ethics have continued to this day to be working in balance with nature. Thy pay more than fair price to their suppliers and grown a lot of their own ingredients in their organic gardens in Germany, France and here in Derbyshire.

Their products are 100% natural with no added fillers or preservatives or petroleum based oils in them at all.

I could write for pages about their philosophy and ethics but will stop here.

~~~~~~~A BIT ABOUT PACKAGING ~~~~~~~

Weleda don’t make posh packaging. They look functional and practical so they can be overlooked by purchasers of natural and organic beauty and skin care products. They are not sold in an upmarket way so those who like their skin care in fancy packages will probably overlook Weleda as they tend to look practical and functional and to me don’t shout ‘quality’ which I think they are.

They are concerned with the environment and are constantly working on improving their packaging to be more environmentally friendly while at the same time protecting the contents and keeping them fresh.

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~~~~~ WHAT WELEDA SAY ~~~~~~~~

“Effective skin care for your thirties, to protect against the first signs of ageing
Borrow the velvet smoothness of rose petals and maintain the youthful vitality of your skin, for beautiful radiance, every day.”

They call the wild rose “ The untamed beauty with harmony as its strength” So this cream is created to balance the skin specially after the age of 30, when the skin is becoming gradually more demanding and dry, “the strength of our Wild Rose Skin Care range takes effect.”

~~~~~ ABOUT THE WILD ROSE ~~~~~~

Roses have long been associated with beauty, skin care, healing and of course perfume. Rose essential oil is expensive still and that is because it is costly to extract and an amazing three million flowers are needed to produce one litre of rose oil.

Wild roses are better for healing purposes as cultivated ones give out all their vitality while wild ones keep it within according to Weleda. Wild roses usually have a lot more scent too.

Roses are balancing, the rose oil soothes the skin while the aroma harmonises the mind.

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~~~~ABOUT WILD ROSE SOOTHING DAY CREAM ~~~~

This rose scented day cream is sold in tubes of 30 ml and this will cost you £20.95.The tube sits on the nozzle end and it has a screw top plastic lid. The product comes out really easily and I managed to get all my product out by cutting the tube at the sealed end; I always do this and often get at least six more uses out of any creams by doing this.

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

This is a much lighter cream than the night cream of this range but it smells just as beautiful. I found I quite light and very easily absorbed. It is rather too light for me as my skin is much more mature . The cream is aimed at those of around thirty plus while I am double that now.

I got some free sample tubes in one of my goodie bags and was not going to waste them or even share them as they smell so fabulous. I find these little sample tubes I collect great for when I am going away as they take up so little room and last about a week per tube.

IMG_9804I loved the smell as I applied this onto my face and it felt lovely and cool and uplifting too. Weleda say this will help the skin regenerate and it will help reduce fine lines, dryness and dull skin. It not only made my skin look fresher but also also left it feeling soft and smooth and smelling gently of rose.

The rosy day cream is suitable for vegetarians and is natural and gentle and suitable for sensitive skins. However Weleda do say if you are trying something new with essential oils then sometimes thy can cause a reaction so it is best to do a patch test on sensitive skin just in case. I have not had any allergy or irritation from using this or indeed any other Weleda product but it is always better to be safe than sorry.

I used this for around a month with all the small sample tubes I had and did find it was nice on my skin. I applied it each morning to my face and neck and used it after cleansing and toning my skin first. I left it to be absorbed while having my breakfast then applied make up if I wanted to.

I can’t say I noticed I looked any younger but my skin certainly looked no older and as I always use high quality skin products on my face I think what I have is as good as I will get at this stage. This cream with its rose essential oil is created to help the skin cells regenerate as well as adding moisture,it did help to soften the smaller lines and my skin did feel nice and soft and felt smoother to touch than when using some creams. It wasn’t greasy either, just nice and soft and cool as well as smelling lovely n subtly of natural rose.

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This is not the only Rose based product Weleda make. Thy have an entire Wild rose range all aimed at the thirty plus age range.

This day cream with 30 ml costs £20.95 as does the Smoothing Night Cream,and facial lotion in this range. Th eye cream costs the same but you get just 10 ml of that in a tube and finally there is a face mask which they discontinuing and this was £16.95 and is now £8.45 but after this month will no longer be sold.

~~~~~~~ REOMMENDED ? ~~~~~

Yes I would. Personally I use the more intense range for older people which is the Evening primrose range but this is a lovely light but effective day cream for those showing the first signs of ageing skin.

It is 100% natural and suitable for vegetarians. The packaging is environmentally friendly and nothing sold at Weleda has even been tested on animals at any stage or by any one now or in the past.

Weleda Calendula Toothpaste

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en_calendula_toothpaste_rgb-mediumI first used this product after getting a tube in a goodie bag from a Weleda open day fr bloggers that I was invited to. I have mixed feelings about fluoride in toothpastes and do rather yo yo between them.

My dentist told me I should use a toothpaste with extra fluoride in it as my teeth are not great ad have weak enamel. When my children were very young I lived in Australia and we were encouraged to give our little ones fluoride tablets which I duly did. My daughter’s teeth are fine but my son’s teeth though strong are quite discoloured as a result and he has had to have then sorted as an adult at some expense.

~~~~~~ ABOUT WELEDA AND ANTHROPOSOPHICAL MEDICINE ~~~~~~

Many people know Weleda for their baby creams and body and face creams but they were originally a natural pharmaceutical company and indeed when Rudolph Steiner started the company in Austria in 1921 that was his focus. 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.”

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~~~~~~~~ WELEDA AND THEIR IDEALS ~~~~~~~

Welda 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.”

~~~~~~~ WELEDA AND PACKAGING ~~~~~~~

Weleda is committed to reducing packaging as much as possible but that has to be balanced with creating packing that gets the product to the consumer in good condition and that keeps it in good condition. They are constantly working on packaging solutions but they aim to create packaging manufactured from sustainable materials and be recyclable once its packaging life is over.

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They are also working to reduce their energy usage and use as much renewable energy as possible.
50.7% of their direct energy and 94.3% of the indirect energy used in Weleda factories came from renewable resources in 2013.

This toothpaste comes in a cardboard outer box and inside the tube is metal. Both are in an orange colour to suit the calendula name of the product. The metal tube is okay but quite heavy and sometimes if you squeeze careless ly it can end up crooked and crumpled and has occasionally cracked along a crease which is annoying. Weleda have changed some of their products in tubes to recyclable plastic but not sure if this one is due for a change or not. The plastic is lighter so makes it more eco to transport.

~~~~~~~~~ WELEDA TOOTHPASTES ~~~~~~

Welda have arange of toothpaste but as yet I have only used the Calendula one but as I do like this I think I will try the others in the future. There are for different 75 ml toothpaste which all cost £4.50 per tube. There is the Ratanhia which is root from Peru and has calming myrrh and refreshing essential oils of peppermint and spearmint, with calcium- based cleansers . The next is Salt toothpaste which has sea salt, extracts of ratanhia root, myrrh and chestnut bark as well as oil of peppermint . Next we have Plant gel toothpaste which is their most gentle toothpaste and this has extracts of myrrh and chamomile , silica to gently clean without damaging enamel and peppermint and spearmint essential oils for freshness, and ratanhia root extract . Finay we have the Calendula one I will be reviewing here.

There is also a children’s tooth gel which comes in a 50 ml tub and costs £3.50. This is very gentle and designed for first teeth. Like the adult version this also has extracts of organic calendula flowers , silica and natural flavours of fennel and spearmint. There is nothing harmful so it doesn’t matter if children swallow it and like the other Weleda toothpastes it has no fluoride either.img_72481

~~~~~~MY EXPERIENCE OF WELEDA CALENDULA TOOTHPASTE ~~~~~

I wasn’t at all sure what a calendula based toothpaste would taste like as calendula flowers have an odd sort of taste/fragrance in my view but I need no have worried as this tastes of fennel or licorice so as long as you like that flavour you will find this quite pleasant. I found it odd at first not to have a minty fresh after taste in my mouth but you do get used to it and for people who hate the taste of mint this is a perfect alternative.

When I was living in Australia I use a lot of homeopathic medicines and if you are using these you need to ensure you are using an all natural toothpaste. I really struggled to find any in Australia at the time and eventually found an Aussie brand in a health food store. This toothpaste would be perfect it is free of any peppermint and has a pleasant and fresh-tasting fennel flavour and is 100% natural and indeed suitable for vegans too.

In all Weleda products all ingredients are there to do something useful and beneficial to the body. This calendula toothpaste every ingredient contributes towards fresh breath. The calendula is anti-inflammatory and helps to soothe sensitive gums. The calcium mineral provides the scrubbing ingredient and is gently abrasive while the natural essential fennel oil ha a nice fresh, pleasant licorice like taste.

The toothpaste is a lot less abrasive than most high street brands and certainly doesn’t tingle in your mouth like some minty fresh ones do. It feels creamier on the teeth and doesn’t froth up like most commercial brands. I find that when using a Colgate toothpaste for example my mouth is so full of froth that I end up feeling like I have a mouth full of suds!

I use an electric toothbrush and find that this toothpaste is great when using that but with a normal toothbrush I do kind of feel that I need to brush a bit more but maybe that is because I have used commercial brands for many years so I was used to a more abrasive tooth brushing experince.img_72491

This has been certified as natural dental care and is also free of sugar, artificial sweeteners, surfactants, synthetic preservatives, flavours, colourants, or raw materials derived from mineral oils.

I clean my teeth at night last thing before bed and after my breakfast every day but also after lunch if I feel like my teeth are feeling furry or my mouth tastes not very fresh. Weleda say use this regularly to avoid plaque build up and helps to keep gums healthy and your mouth and breath fresh .

The actual paste is not white but a more cream coloured thicker paste than most toothpastes. I like the flavour and the fact that it doesn’t fill my mouth with froth. It does kind of tingle in my mouth in the same way as some tooth and gum numbing powders and gels do but very subtly.

Although this is a bit more expensive that many brands of toothpaste as it is an all natural product from a company with high ethical standards that does not test on animals and pays its supplies fairly I am happy to pay for this product.

~~~~~~~~ WHERE THIS CAN BE BOUGHT ~~~~~~~

I usually buy mine either from the Weleda website or from their shop in Ilkeston which is in Derbyshire or from other natural beauty or heath websites if I want to make up an order to the amount needed for free shipping.

Weleda also have wellness advisers who can sell you products. They will do a party to demonstrate the products and you can ask for specific things such as products for the body or baby products etc as the theme if you want to. They are all very well informed and can advise on the benefits of each product. My step daughter has a friend who is an adviser and I also order from her or a small health shop in our local town also stocks Weleda products so I have no problem buying any of their products.

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

Yes I would indeed. It is pleasant tasting ( provided you like fennel) and is effective to use leaving my mouth feeling tingly fresh and clean. It is a bit more expensive but I don’t find it gets used any quicker than other toothpastes so for the fact it is 100% natural and everyone involved in creating this has been paid fairly for their contribution I feel the price is fair.