Del Brown Approved!

The ingredient-scrutiniser, Del Brown has a passion for natural & organic, chemical free skincare. Researching ingredients and talking with the manufacturers. "Free YOUR skin now!" with skincare free from petrochemicals, sulphates, parabens, phthalates, glycols, PEGs, DEAs, mineral oil, synthetic polymers, synthetic fragrance or colours. All personally researched, tried, tested and Del Brown Approved!

Tea Tree toothpaste from Dr Organic

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Dr Organic Tea Tree Toothpaste -100ml (£4.49)

My first toothpaste review.  This one from Holland and Barrett who are the makers of the Dr Organics range.

This toothpaste does not contain any SLS, parabens, sulphates, artificial colours or perfumes.  It is suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans and is not tested on animals.

It does contain Aloe Vera, peppermint oil, tea tree oil, Icelandic moss extract and Horse Chestnut.  Don’t be mislead by the marketing, it is very difficult to work out exactly what ingredients are actually organic.  It appears the tea tree oil is the only one.  Interesting to note I can’t see an independent organic certificate label anywhere on this product.

It is described as Lemon Mint Flavour on the box, but I can’t find any lemon or lemon like ingredients in it?  It does however smell of tea tree, which was one of the reasons I was attracted to it in the first place.  Tea Tree oil is a natural antiseptic, so to find it in a toothpaste is particularly beneficial to help fight off sore throats and mouth ulcers.  The peppermint oil gives it the traditional minty flavour.

I’ve used this toothpaste for a long time and regularly get comments about how white my teeth look.  This however, could be down to the excellent and highly Del Brown Approved Philips Sonicare Toothbrush I use.

My mouth feels fresh and clean after use, doesn’t feel stripped or leave a scummy ridge around the inside of my lips, which I find all too often if I’ve used a standard toothpaste.

Ingredients: Glycerin, Aloe barbadensis leaf juice, Sorbitol, Hydrated silica, Aqua, Sodium lauroyl sarcosinate, Memtha Piperita (Peppermint oil), Hydroxyethylcellulose, Melaleuca alternifolia leaf (tea tree oil), Menthol, Cetraria islandica (icelandic moss extract), Sodium monofluorophosphate, Escin (Horse chesnut), Xylitol, Sodium benzoate, Potassium sorbate, Citric acid.  Limonene.  Contains Sodium monofluorophosphate (a source of floride at 1000ppm)


Sore throat? Man flu? Neals Yard Eucalyptus Pastilles

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Neals Yard Eucalyptus Pastilles – 45g (£5.00)

As with the Burts Bees Lip Balm, I really had no need for these Eucalyptus Pastilles from Neals Yard, until the day I got the dreaded MAN FLU!.  Then these were quickly dragged out of the cupboard and put to the test.

Within the cardboard box sits a small clear packet containing lots of little brown waxy looking pastilles.  Taking two at a time, I sucked on these and quickly felt the benefit of a mildly numbing throat and tongue.  This much needed relief helped sooth my throat and freshen my otherwise unpleasant mouth.

The pastilles contain eucalyptus, mint and rosemary oil.  This together with propolis extract (take a moment to discover the properties of propolis) and honey, sweetened with natural brown sugar and all held in place by gum arabic.  Not an artificial colour, or synthetic ingredient in sight.

Ingredients: Gum arabic, brown sugar, honey, pure propolis extract, essential oils of eucalyptus, mint and rosemary.

Blueberry and Dark Chocolate Lip Balm from Burt’s Bees

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Burts Bees Revitalising Blueberry & Dark Chocolate Lip Balm – 4.25g (£3.99)

This lip balm was bought as a Christmas present and sat dormant in the bottom of my cupboard ever since.  However, this week, I developed the dreaded MAN FLU, which as my brothers out there will confirm, leaves us looking and feeling like death warmed up!  One side effect of MAN FLU is of course, the delightful ‘peeling lips’.  What better opportunity I thought, to try out, test and review this lip balm from Burts Bees.


I’ll make no apology for describing the smell as unusual.  It is labelled as blueberry and dark chocolate, but I struggled to identify either.  Aside from the fragrance, the lip balm slides on easily and felt as if it was actually being absorbed, rather than creating a wax barrier on top of the skin.  Dry lips are softened and feel smoother.  I also didn’t experience any scuzzy residue around the lips half hour after application, which I have experienced with lesser products.


The biggest ingredient in the tube is Sunflower oil, Coconut oil, bees wax, caster oil and cocoa seed butter.  No artificial colours, flavours or perfumes and most importantly no paraffin or petroleum.

Ingredients: helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, cera akba (beeswax, cire d’abeille), aroma (flavor)*, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, lanolin, theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, vaccinium corymbosum (blueberry) seed oil, theobroma cacao (cocoa) fruit powder, ammonium glycyrrhizate, tocopherol, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, canola oil (huile de colza), glycine soja (soybean) oil, benzyl alcohol, eugenol, geraniol, limonene, linalool *natural flavour

Night cream moisturiser from REN

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REN Frankincense Revitalising Night Cream – 50ml (£32.00)

This moisturiser from REN is described as a night cream.  This is because it has a slightly thicker creamy texture, so the idea being you would apply it at night and wake up 8 hours later with plumped, smooth and ‘revitalised’ skin.  I however have rebelled against this and used it, wait for it, during the day!  Yes my friends, I require the plumping, rehydrating properties given by the Chamomile Flower water (biggest ingredient in the pot), Orange extract, Shea Butter and the second gift, Frankincense, when I wake up, after showering at the gym and when ever my face is in need of a drink.

One of the most practical delivery systems I’ve used.  The airless clear pump, has the benefit of requiring less preservatives, ensures easy delivery and near zero waste.  The gender neutral packaging makes it popular with both guys and girls.  It doesn’t have a particularly strong fragrance and doesn’t make your face smell of a florist shop.

Despite the appearance of the slimline packaging, it packs a full size 50ml (standard moisturiser size).  Don’t over pump this product, a little goes a long way, what looks like a misleadingly small amount in the hand, ends up smoothing all over the face.  Easily absorbed and non greasy.  A real Del Brown Approved favourite here!

Ingredients: Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Source Coconut Oil), Cetearyl Alcohol (Source Coconut Oil), Myristyl Myristate (Sourse Coconut Oil), Cetearyl Octanoate (Sourse Coconut Oil), Glycerin (Source Coconut Oil), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis  (Orange) Fruit Extract, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Butyospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cetearyl Glucoside (Source Corn), Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Lauryl Laurate (source Coconut Oil), Triheptanoin (Source Coconut Oil), Oryzanol (Source Rice),  Phenoxyethanol (source Aromatic Ether), Carbomer (Source Polymer), Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate (Source Amino Acids), Boswellia Carterii Oil, Limonene,  Boswellia Serrata Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Beta Carotene, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E).

Shea butter liquid black soap with tea tree oil

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Shea By Nature Black Soap Tea Tree & Peppermint Shower Gel – 250ml (£7.99)

I’ve long been a fan of black liquid soaps as they contain high amounts of shea butter and work great as a foaming beard shampoo.  But they also are good as an over body wash.

This particular black liquid soap from ‘Shea by nature‘ comes in a rather unexciting white plastic bottle with an old fashion, but practical, flip up spout.  The texture is certainly nothing like a gel, but more like running water.  It has a naturally muddy brown colour and has a fragrance of peppermint with a hint of tea tree.  It foams up gently and easily.

For my ingredient purists, you’ll love this excellent list: water, organic (fair trade) shea butter and coconut oil.  Cocoa ash, tea tree and peppermint oil.  That’s it!  No SLS, no preservatives and Vegan friendly.

So if you want all the benefits antibacterial/antimicrobial tea tree, moisturising shea butter and like your skin smelling of natural peppermint, give this one a try.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Unrefined Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii), Coconut (Cocos Nucifera) Oil, Cocoa Ash (Theobroma Cacao), Tea Tree Leaf (Melaluca alternaifolia), Peppermint (mentha piperita), *Limonene, *Linalool. *Occurs naturally in essential oils.

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A natural alternative to deet!

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Incognito Anti-Mosquito Spray – 100ml (£9.95)

Now I appreciate Summer does seem a long long way away.  But during the British winter months, lots of us love to fly away to warmer climates.  This can invariably mean visiting parts of the world that are effected by the dreaded Mosquito.

Whilst holiday in Kefalonia, I was bitten on my exposed legs by the dreaded beasts every night of my holiday.  I hadn’t expected to encounter Mosquitos, so headed down to the local chemist and was offered an array of chemical based sprays, lotions and potions, which contained a cocktail of chemical ingredients, including something called Deet.  Now, needless to say, these sprays did the business in stopping Mosquito bites, but when I researched the ingredients, particularly deet, was shocked and horrified at what I’d been applying to my skin on a nightly basis.

Pre-holiday this year, I decided to search the market for something a little more ‘Del Brown Approved’ and discovered ‘Incognito’.  Drawn to the product not only by its name sharing that of my all time favourite acid jazz funk band ‘Incognito’, but also by the fact it contained a list of natural ingredients and was deet free!

So last year I flew off to Crete for a well deserved break, sprayed ‘Incognito’ to all my exposited body parts prior to venturing out in the evening air and my friends, I’m pleased to report, wasn’t bitten once.  Now, I’m not making any claims that this success story will be the same for everyone.  And if I was to go back packing in the Amazon Jungle where diseased mosquitos were rife, I may well be tempted to take something a little more powerful.  But my advice would be to give it a go as it has good reviews on the internet.

Incognito Mosquito repellant spray comes in a 100ml bottle, which makes it hand luggage approved.  It has a pleasant natural fragrance made up of essential oils, drys quickly and easily and doesn’t make you feel like you’ve just loaded your skin with a cocktail of synthetic chemicals.

It states on the bottle it “repels and camouflages you from ALL insects” and “effective for at least 5 hours”.  Once opened you’ve got 2 years to use it, so keep it in the cupboard for next years holiday.

Ingredients: Alcohol, Citrepel 75 (eucalyptus maculata citriodora), organic bergamot (citrus bergamia), camphor (cinnamomum camphora), linalool*, limonene*, citral* (*Natural components of the essential oils).

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Del, I’m a man in my mid 30’s, not got sensitive skin, pretty normal really. I’m looking for a really good moisturiser for my face. What would you recommend?

Click here to see all of the moisturisers I’ve reviewed so far.  They are all fully Del Brown Approved, which means they don’t contain any of the cheap chemicals we don’t like, but lots of the natural organic ingredients we do!  Keep checking back as I’m reviewing new ones all the time.  If you use a natural moisturiser you think I’d approve of, let me know!