Nic is on a roll with the third edition of Nic’s Pic’n’Mix coming out so soon after #2! Gotta strike while the computer is hot! Like I mentioned in my last post, I am reaching for more than the products I reviewed but if I had included these three then it would have become a novel and I know you all have other things to do than read my blog! So without further ado, give a warm round of applause to this tantalistic trio!
Bodhi & Birch Lime Blossom Protecting Hand Serum – if a serum is good enough for my face, it’s certainly good enough for my hands! This beautifully effective and scented product is a real joy to use, not only for all the goodness it contains but for keeping my hands grease-free directly after application. I absolutely loathe that greasy feeling some hand creams/lotions leave you with as it renders you incapable of doing anything except pointing for a good 5 minutes. That’s 5 minutes of me not doing something more productive with my hands! This serum penetrates your skin very quickly yet also leaves it moisturised and soft and smelling ever so pretty. One pump is all you need for both hands (Elijah was very firm on this point so heed his advice! It’s also on the package should you forget ;)) and if you avoid drying your hands completely after washing, the serum locks in the lingering moisture to a soft finish. I’ve found that I definitely prefer applying this little gem when my hands are still a bit damp. Olive Squalene is listed as the first ingredient which has anti-ageing properties as well as being an oil most similar in molecular structure to the lipids in our own skin and therefore helps to replenish lost levels as we age. Our body starts an uphill struggle with maintaining natural high levels of squalene from around our 30s and since I hit 31 earlier in the year I am quite happy that I can help boost my own body with this serum. Other moisturising and kind-to-your-skin oils include those of sweet almond, rosehip, safflower and plum. And let’s not forget the essential oils that make this serum an olfactory delight! Lime, Green Mandarin, Frankincense, Eucalyptus, Geranium and Lavender. Yep, it’s as lovely and intricate as it sounds. The lime comes out quite strong when you first apply but after a little while it becomes more floral yet still retaining its exotic note that I find is so characteristic of Bodhi & Birch. I honestly believe I could tell a Bodhi & Birch product just from sniffing it! Might have to test that someday… once again Elijah has created a truly beautiful product that is both a delight for your skin and your senses. Thank you. And thank you again for being so kind and sending me this to try.
INCI: Squalene/Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Prunus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Prunus Domestica (Plum) Seed Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Peel Oil, Citrus Reticulata (Green Mandarin) Peel Oil, Boswellia Carterii (Frankincense) Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Leaf Oil, Pelargoneum Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (High-Altitude Lavender) Flower Oil, Hyacinthus Orientalis (Hyacinth) Flower Extract, Citral*, Geraniol*, Citronellol*, Limonene*, Linalool* *natural component of essential oils
Therapi Honey Skincare Orange Blossom Honey Gel Cleanser Balancing – this was another serendipitous gift as just as I was looking for a new morning cleanser, I came across this brand after reading a review by the lovely Ana from Ana Goes Green. I also think Twitter was involved in some form or fashion! Anyway, I do remember being sent a DM from the kind and generous Tanya, the creator of this beelicious skincare range saying it was her birthday so could she send me a gift! I remember this so clearly as I stood there thinking I should be the one to send her something if it’s her birthday! But that’s how I came about receiving the Orange Blossom Gel Cleanser as well as the Orange Blossom Honey Moisturiser (one which I’m sitting on ’til the weather gets a little colder as I want to see how it fares then). The gel cleanser is a whopping 90% organic and free from all those nasties we try so hard to avoid; SLS, petrolatum, silicones, formaldehydes, artificial fragrances and colourants. As the name of the brand and product suggests, one of the main ingredients is honey (we all know how much I love honey! Especially after the May Lindstrom Honey Mud review!) which is a natural humectant (keeps our skin moist) as well as being antibacterial and full of antioxidants. Do I need to explain why bees are so important?? The Therapi Honey Skincare website goes into more detail about the importance of bees so if you’re interested in learning more take a minute and have a look! Apart from honey acting as a natural cleansing agent the gel also contains lauryl glucoside, decyl glucoside (both natural surfactants with an EWG rating of 0) and gluconolactone, a natural humectant which also scored 0 on EWG. Some of these names do sound a little intimidating so it’s always best to look them up if you’re unsure. The only ingredient that didn’t score so low and keep in mind we’re comparing to 0 here (!) was cocamidopropyl betaine (rating of 4) which apparently is a synthetic surfactant and has been associated with irritation and allergic contact dermatitis. I’ve had no associations with this but it’s always prudent to do a patch test before just to be on the safe side. Or do like me, forego the patch test and hope for the best! (tsk tsk) I’m still not too fussy when it comes to ingredients as I applaud myself for just doing better than I was two years ago when natural skincare could’ve come slap me in the face and I wouldn’t have known it. I feel as long as I’m avoiding the big bad boys then I can survive with some other ingredients that may not be considered completely green by the die-hards. I contacted Tanya about the use of this ingredient and she responded that it is used sparingly (at just over 3%) in combination with the natural surfactant yucca to cleanse the skin gently, hence the low-foaming result (almost non-existent foam I’d say which is perfect!). Thank you Tanya for your candour regarding my questions; I love when companies can be honest and give you proper answers! I am loving using this gel cleanser, it smells deliciously of marmalade thanks to Orange Blossom, Bergamot, Lavender and Neroli (looks a bit like it too!) and used in combination with a konjac sponge delivers clear baby-smooth skin that is prepped for toning and serum-ing. Thanks to the honey I don’t get that tight feeling on my skin which I always used to get BGS (Before Green Skincare). So a big buzz up for me with this gentle yet effective cleanser housed in a beautiful white glass bottle lending a very decadent feel to the range. I love glass, even my water bottle is made of glass! Bkr FTW! (that’s another review!).
INCI: Aqua, Mel (Honey)*, Lauryl Glucoside, Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Gluconolactone, Xanthan Gum, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Oil*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder*, Yucca Schidigera (Y.Vera) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Sweet Orange) Peel Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Neroli) Flower Oil*, Sodium Benzoate, Calcium Gluconate, Parfum*, Limonene+, Linalool+, Citral+
+Naturally occurs in essential oils
Rejuvenated Ltd Collagen Shots – where do I start? This obviously doesn’t qualify as topical skincare but it’s a brilliant daily supplement containing 10,000mg marine collagen and for those of you who aren’t aware, our bodies’ ability to produce collagen decreases substantially after the 25-mark. That was 6 years ago for me! And what is collagen? It’s the glue that keeps everything together if you will, and vital for giving skin its elasticity and strength. The lovely smooth skin on children that is so soft and even? It’s collagen! The powder also contains hyaluronic acid for extra hydration which is something I definitely need as I’m so bad at keeping myself hydrated; I need all the help I can get! I first read about this wonder product over on the talented and absolutely down-to-the-bone lovely Galina’s blog, A Curious Russian in London. Hallelujah! It took me a good few months before I made a purchase though as a) I’m a student and b) I’m a poor student (I’d say those two words are pretty much synonymous with each other!) but after suffering from dry arms, elbows and legs I threw financial caution to the wind and placed an order. I’m almost done with my packet which should last about a month if you drink it daily and I am trying to convince myself to take a break because a) I’m a poor student and b) I want to see the difference when I don’t drink it. I’m currently like a pendulum, going from no I won’t order to yes I must order and at time of writing I am at no…although staring at the pouch next to me is making me reconsider. Again. But for the sake of research I think I will refrain! I can always get it another month…oh but to be without it! Aaah! Why does this product have me wrapped around its little pouch? Because my skin, especially the dry parts I mentioned just now, is so soft and smooth. Yes, it could be the scrubs and body butters I am applying but since taking this supplement I have noticed an extra oomph that topical products alone probably can’t deliver. In other words, in combination with good skincare, healthy diet and exercise I think this product lifts everything to juuuuust another level. As this is the first collagen product I’ve ever tried I can’t compare it to anything else but if you want further testimony to the efficacy of this supplement go check out Andy’s review on it at Pampered Prince, he knows skin! What does it taste of? Wild Berry and in my opinion very easy to drink and yummy to boot! Just mix with some water, whisk with a fork and you’re good to go! Collagen Shots can be bought here and cost £36 (ca. $61) for one pouch. It comes with a scoop for easy measuring as well.
Ingredients: Marine Collagen Hydrolysate, Açai Berry Extract, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Hyaluronic Acid, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Natural Sweetener (Stevia), Wild Berry flavouring. Free from: carbohydrate, artificial colours and sweeteners, gluten, lactose, preservatives, yeast, starch, fat and cholesterol.
Halal certified. 100% natural.
So that was the tantalizing trio for this Pic’n’Mix! Have any of you tried these products? Let me know in the comments!
All views stated are personal and have not been endorsed by any brand or beast. Both the Lime Blossom Serum and Honey Gel Cleanser were sent as gifts but it was my decision to review them as they are that good and I use them on a daily basis! So there.