Category Archives: 100%natural

Opulentia Organics Bergamot & Patchouli Uplifting & Spicy body oil

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Opulentia Organics Bergamot & Patchouli Uplifting & Spicy body oil

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Opulentia Organics is a brand not tested on animals. They create specially blended oils for those who are allergic to synthetic fragrances and some essential oils. They have unscneted ones and others with beautiful blends of essential oils like the one I am  reviewing.

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The unscented one is  pure, untouched organic  body oil is totally unscented, gentle, effective and luxurious and  leaves your skin soft and hydrated. This is perfect as it is nourishing and restorative and so perfect for use during pregnancy, when undergoing chemotherapy or if suffering from dry, itchy skin prone to eczema.

The Opulentia Organic Body Oil uses only ingredients  certified as organic apart from the Vitamin E, which is wheat free, GMO free and one of the highest grades available. It is also certified by the Soil Association for use in organic products.

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My travel sized oil comes in  lovely simple brushed metal silver bottle. The label around the bottle is green and dark green with the name f the product on the front. There is also and a  tag attached with the Union Jack design.It is nice to have a UK company creating such a great high quality product.

 

This travel sized bottle has a secure screw top lid but the full sized product comes with  a pump dispenser which is useful.

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This smells divine. the bergamot comes through strongest but the patchoui adds a nice woody and earthy quality. It is a beautifully moisturising oil and really uplifting aroma. It makes a great massage oil but can also be used as a body oil you apply yourself .

 

Being natural it is quickly absorbed and you are not left feeling greasy or oven ready at all.

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Weleda Christmas Event

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Weleda Christmas Event

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This is a wonderful chance for anyone near Derbyshire to come and visit one of the  actual Weleda factories.

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You not only get to try some of their lovely products but also get to see all the wonderful Christmas gifts they have for this year and do some Christmas shopping.

You can turn up anytime from 3 m till 6 pm but remember to get there with enough time to enjoy  relaxing hand massage from one of their advisers.

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While there you can also enjoy a warming cup of Weleda’s Blackthorn Elixir – made with organic sloe berries – the perfect pick-me-up for the cold and ‘flu season. Or you can choose to enjoy a cup of tea and a mince pie!

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You can buy all Weleda’s products while there or look for something different that is only on sale for this Christmas season the limited-edition Rosemary Soap . To get you in the Christmas mood you could treat yourself to a Pine Reviving Bath Milk.

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My personal favourites for gifts would be Welda’s tinted lip balms which are so moisturising and smell/taste great too . they would make make great stocking fillers.

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If you know someone who likes natural smells then Weleda make four gorgeous perfumes, rose, pomegranate, evening primrose and sea buckthorn. I have all four and they are all great and very different.

 

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If you have not tried any Weleda products this i a great chance and if you have you will know how fabulous they are so if you are nearby do go along. Check on their facebook page and you can say you are coming.

 

Dr. Botanicals Ultra Repair Overnight Regenerating Treatment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vita Coco Coconut Oil – multipurpose saviour

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

~~#*~~#*~~IN THE KITCHEN ? ~~#*~~#*~~

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

~~#*~~#*~~ON MY BODY ? ~~#*~~#*~~

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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~~#*~~#*~~ANY OTHER USES ? ~~#*~~#*~~

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

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

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

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

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

AVEDA INVATI THICKENING CONDITIONER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dr ORGANIC MOROCCAN ARGAN OIL HAIR TREATMENT SERUM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

WHISH LAVENDER BODY BUTTER

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

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

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

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

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

th (1)~*~*~*~*~ ETHICS AND MORALS ~*~*~*~*~

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

IMG_2911[1]~*~*~*~*~ WHERE TO BUY AND HOW MUCH ? ~*~*~*~**~

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

~*~*~*~*~*~ MY VIEWS ~*~*~*~*~*~*~

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

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

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

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

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

Neal’sYard Garden Mint and Bergamot hand cream

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

~~~&&&~~~&&& 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.

WELEDA FIRMING POMEGRANATE DAY CREAM

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WELEDA POMEGRANATE FIRMING 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.