Now that I have taken the step forward to write a blog I am strangely nervous about the whole thing! I enjoy writing and seeing as this will be a blog about one of my biggest passions in life, namely organic/natural skincare, I am sure I will enjoy it all the more! Still, that doesn’t leave me any less nervous! So I ask that you please bear with me while I find my footing in this wonderful world of skincare blogging =)
After careful consideration I have decided to inaugurate my first post with a review of some lovely products from Bathing Beauty and Bodhi, two beautiful brands that I have come to love, both for their products and for their founders.
Let’s start with Bathing Beauty. This lovely handmade skincare brand hails from Ruthin, North Wales and is run by Georgina Jones, ex-model and now osteopath. All the products are made by Georgina herself using ingredients she either picks, grows or wild-harvests herself so you can be sure that she only puts the best of the best into her products. This also means that it can take weeks for her to make her soaps (more on that in a bit!) and quite rightly she calls it the “slow cooking of the beauty world”. I was very kindly sent some samples from her range after an impromptu midnight Twitter consultation and I was mightily impressed with her knowledge and consideration for what my skin needs. It was such a lovely surprise that someone would take the time out of her very busy day to give me advice on what I should use and asking me the scents I prefer and so on. But that is George for you and all I can say is that we need more people like her in this world!
Now on to the products I received: Balaclava The No Eau Face Salve. This is described as a protective face salve, a super nourishing blend of Organic Avocado, Borage and Peach Kernel Oils. It also states that it protects your skin against subzero temperatures and biting winds- living in Sweden that is exactly the kind of protection that I need! Needless to say I was very keen on trying that out and seeing if it lived up to its claim. Without any doubt I can say that it certainly does. It has a lovely scent, very calming (it is blended with Roman Chamomile and Mandarin Essential Oils, need I say more!) and it glides on the skin ever so smoothly without leaving your face looking like an oil-slick. I was a bit wary of that as parts of my face do tend to get shiny but there is no need to worry dear combo-beauties! The salve quickly sinks into your skin leaving it very soft and smooth and ready to face the tundra. It can be worn on its own according to George, however I feel my skin needs some layers so I apply a face oil first and then Balaclava. Due to it not containing any water (No Eau!) a little goes a loooooong way and you only need to apply the tiniest amount. One pot will definitely last a winter…depending on how long your winters are of course! In my case I think I will run out of my pot in April…and that’s usually when Spring teasingly makes its first appearance here. The following ingredients were used in the making of Balaclava:
Prunus Persicus (Peach Kernel Oil), Persica Gratissima (Organic Avocado Oil), Borago officinalis (Borage Oil), Cera Alba (beeswax), Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile essential oil), Citrus Reticulus (mandarin essential oil) *Linalool, *citronellol, *Geraniol. *naturally occurring in essential oils.
The next miracle product, which it really is and the name claims so itself, is the Legendary Organic Honey and Oat Soap called Miracle. This divine product came about due to George’s child at the time having eczema and not wanting to use any harsh chemicals on his skin, she set out to make this soap bar which is gentle enough to be used on the most sensitive of skins. Now, I usually don’t tend to suffer from dry/sensitive skin, at least not on my body but this winter has been quite harsh and as a result I developed some stubborn dry patches on my elbows and on my shins. Nothing I used would give these dry areas relief until I started using this soap. And it literally only took 2 days before I noticed a big difference! Just to make sure it really was this miracle soap that was moisturising my skin I eliminated everything else and the result was staring me in the face. Never again will I underestimate the power of a bar of soap! As I am soon running out of this essential product I have already placed an order for another one, along with two other lovely-sounding soaps; Super Luxe Rose and Shea Butter and Dilly Dilly Lavender Soap. George’s soaps take 4-5 weeks to make so you know that a lot of love goes into them! It contains the following ingredients:
Sodium Olivate (olive oil), Sodium Sunflowerate (sunflower oil), Sodium Cocoate (coconut oil), Aqua, Sodium hydroxide (Lye), Mel (honey), Avena Sativa (oats), Styrax benzoin resin. (benzoin essential oil).
The third product I received is another essential and it never leaves my side, literally. It sits next to me on the couch, it gets moved to the bedroom at night, it gets popped into my bag when I go out…you get the picture! Gauntlet
is a healing barrier hand salve and it is true salve-ation for your hands! My hands were quite dry and papery before I started using this product and now I can’t live without it. Only the teeniest amount is needed which means it will last quite a while! It does contain beeswax but even so I don’t find that it leaves my hands greasy at all. You only need to apply it 3 times a day (morning, noon and night) and it really gives you smooth, soft hands. It also works well when you get those nasty paper cuts and helps quicken the healing process- I don’t know about you but I know I can always feel those cuts for days after despite them being so small! I also love the little pot it comes in and it’s a perfect size to carry around with you. It has quite a natural scent to it that I don’t mind at all with a lovely undertone of Rosemary and it contains the following ingredients:
Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Persea Gratissima (avocado oil), Calendula officinalis (Calendula), Cera Alba (beeswax), Rosemarinus officinalis (rosemary), *Limonene, *Linalool, *naturally occurs in essential oils.
Last but by no means least is Soothe Body Oil Infusion. After sussing me out to be one with sleeping problems (I am a very light sleeper and can have a hard time falling asleep), George kindly added this soporific oil to help me sleep better. I don’t know if it’s made a huge difference but what I can say is that I love falling asleep to this scent on my arms and wrists. The lavender scent is just right as I don’t like when it is too overpowering. It contains the following ingredients:
Helianthus Annus (Sunflower), Prunus Persica (Peach kernel), Calendula officinalis (Calendula), Hypericum Perforatum (St. John’s wort), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender), Tocopherol (Vit. E), *Linalool, *Limonene, *Geraniol *naturally occurs in essential oils.
All in all some really lovely products that work and are gentle on the skin. I would happily purchase them as they are very reasonable and I love the unpretentious packaging and design. It just oozes natural goodness!
I hope everyone is still with me! Who knew my first blog post would be an essay but it’s hard not to gush over these products and I’m actually restraining myself! The last product I would like to share is Bodhi’s Rosemary Chi Himalayan Detox Salt Scrub
which is just beautiful. It smells divine and it instantly brought back memories of my childhood holidays spent in the Far East. Only Bodhi and Aurelia Probiotic Skincare has had that effect on me and for that I am grateful. The scrub is a gorgeous light pink colour and coupled with the explosion of scents when you open the lid, there is nothing ordinary with this product at all. Once you gently start rubbing it onto your skin, you feel that it deeply moisturises, leaving you with skin that feels very smooth and hydrated. And this is before I step out of the shower. My only regret is that we don’t have a bath where I can soak in the scrub….that must be amazing! The packaging is sleek and luxurious as with all Bodhi products and the founder, Elijah Choo, has definitely succeeded in creating a beautiful skincare range that appeals to both men and woman alike. My boyfriend is loving his Galangal Spice Vitalising showers! I had the privilege and pleasure of meeting Elijah in person at a Bodhi Artisan Series launch here in Stockholm last year and it was fantastic getting to know the brand and the man in person =) This beautiful product contains the following ingredients:
Sodium Chloride (Himalayan Salt Crystals), Butyrospermum Parkii (Organic Shea Nut) Butter, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Prunus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Squalene/Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Juniperus Virginiana (Virginian Cedarwood) Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Red Mandarin) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium var. Amara (Petitgrain) Leaf Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary Sage) Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Alpina Officinalis (Galangal) Root Oil, Vetiveria Zizanoides (Vetyver) Root Oil, Citral*, Citronellol*, Geraniol*, Limonene*, Linalool*. *natural constituents of essential oils.
And that wraps up my very first post! I hope you have enjoyed reading this review and do leave a comment if you wish. Have you tried any of these products and what did you think? Thanks for reading!
*Disclaimer: this is a personal blog and all views/opinions are my own.