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!

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Purely revitalising brightening day creme from A’kin by Purist

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A’kin by Purist Brightening Day Creme – 50ml (£28.50)

I’ve been a fan of the PureMan range from A’kin for a while, but this was the first time I’ve tried a product from the A’kin by Purist range. A’kin and Purist have a range of Australian owned and made products that pride themselves in using natural ingredients and exclude the usual suspects of questionable chemicals.

This is the daily moisturiser is called ‘purely revitalising brightening day creme‘.

The second biggest ingredient in the pot after water is Shea Butter then glycerine.  I’ve counted at least 31 ingredients including Macadamia nut oil, Olive oil and Echium Plantagineum Seed Oil which is high in Omega 3, 6 & 9 essential fatty acids.  Piroctone Olamine which is a compound used to treat fungal infections.  Titanium Dioxide which has natural UV resistant properties. Myrciaria Dubia Fruit Juice is also known as camu camu, an amazon riverside tree which bears cherry-like fruit which are exceptionally high in vitamin C.  Also amino acids in the form of Arginine and hydrolysed hyaluronic acid which is an acid found naturally in our skin.

The result is a moisturiser which keeps the skin feeling hydrated, without feeling clogging or looking greasy.  The thick textured, white coloured cream has a pleasant non-floral fragrance, which men will appreciate.  It absorbs quickly and easily into the skin leaving it feeling smooth and hydrated.

Ingredients: Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Glycerin, Isostearyl Isostearate, Cetearyl Olivate, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Cetearyl Nonanoate, Sorbitan Olivate, Niacinamide, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Sorbitol, Sodium Gluconate, Sodium Lactate, Phenoxyethanol, Arginine, Hydrogenated Olive Oil, Cetyl Palmitate, Allantoin, Sorbitan Palmitate, Titanium Dioxide, Olea europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Echium Plantagineum Seed Oil, Fragrance, Sodium Citrate, Xanthan Gum, Mica, Ethylhexylglycerin, Myrciaria Dubia Fruit Juice, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Piroctone Olamine, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables, Citric Acid, Citronellol#, Geraniol#, Sodium Benzoate, Tocopherol, Linalool#, Citral#, Potassium Sorbate, Limonene#.

*derived from botanical sources, # component of the essential oil fragrance.


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Spearmint exfoliating body polish from Balance Me



Balance Me Skin Brightening Exfoliating Body Polish 220g (£15.99)

If you are already a fan of salt scrubs but aren’t keen on the oil slick associated with them, then I’d suggest trying this skin brightening exfoliating body polish from the ladies at Balance Me.

Unlike some other salt body scrubs, this one doesn’t have the oil and salt separate in the pot. The result is a thick, sugar-like texture that is infused with sweet almond oil, virgin coconut oil and shea butter.  They have added glyceryl oleate, which is derived from glycerin and oleic acid, both fats extracted from vegetable oils. Unrefined beeswax and coco glucoside derived from coconut and fruit sugars.  The powerful fresh minty fragrance is courtesy of the spearmint oil.  Natural skin loving vitamin E is provided by Tocopherol and finally they have added some Rosemary extract.

Unscrew the lid and you are hit by the 100% natural spearmint aroma.  Sink your fingers into the white salt and rub onto dry or slightly damp skin. Take time to massage to release the infused oils and allow them to to sink and absorb into the skin.  Oils have the ability to absorb deeper into the top layer of the skin, so pause for a moment and allow the oils to rehydrate dry skin and for the gritty salt to smooth rough patches. These types of body scrub are particularly good when massaged into the feet and between the toes. Leaving your feet feeling and smelling minty fresh.

Ingredients: Maris sal, Prunus amygdalus dulcis oil, Cocus nucifera oil, butyrospermum parkii butter, glycerin, bera alba, mentha viridis, coco glucoside, glyceryl oleate, Tocopherol, Rosemarinus officinalis extract, Limonene


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Gamila Secret Rose Face Oil


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Gamila Secret Rose Face Oil – 50ml (£70.00)

With my face going through a seasonal adjustment during September and October.  Summer over, broken capillaries ablaze thanks to fading sun tans and pale and pasty dry skin returning, this was an ideal opportunity to try out the Rose Face Oil from Gamila Secret.

Already a big fan of the range and having tried and reviewed the Original Face Oil from Gamila, I was excited to try this Rose version. Rose Essential Oil, in this case distilled from the Rose Damascus (Damask) plant, is renowned for it’s therapeutic properties. Rose oil contains more than 300 known compounds and is used as an antidepressant, antiphlogistic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral and even as an aphrodisiac.

The biggest ingredients in this face oil is Grape Seed oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Lavender Oil and Black Cumin Seed Oil. Then we find Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, Elecampane, a herb better known as Horse-heal. Bay leaf oil, Pistachio nut oil and Rose Damascena Oil.

A lot of face oils use olive and or nut oil as their base, then mix in a few other ingredients. The difference here is we find a large mix of several different types of skin benefitting oils and in larger quantities.

For your skin it soothes, moisturizes and hydrates and is good for all skin types, young or old, dry to oily.  “Wait a second, Oil on oil?  He must be mad!”  Friends, don’t just take my word for it, do your own research.  It is also used to calm broken capillaries, inflammation and skin redness.

All of the vegetable oils used are first pressed meaning they are the first extraction, and cold pressed so doesn’t used any heat in the extraction process, which can effect the properties of the oil.  Being an oil, the liquid absorbs quickly and deeply into the skin and the active ingredients stay potent for longer compared to that found in creams.

Apply a few drops of this heady rose scented oil onto clean skin to leave it looking moisturised and hydrated.  Use at night time allowing the ingredients to penetrate and wake to smoother, calmer skin.  Can be used instead of, or in addition to a moisturiser cream.  Less is most definitely more!  A little goes a long way, one pump dispenses more than enough for the entire face.  Fully Del Brown Approved!

Ingredients: Vitis Vinifera [Grape] Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis [Sweet Almond] Oil, Simmondsia Chinesis [Jojoba] Seed Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia [Lavender] Oil, Nigella Sativa [Black Cumin] Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Olea Europaea [Olive] Fruit Oil, Persea Gratissima [Avocado] Oil, Unsaponifiables, Inula Helenium Extract, Laurus Nobilis [Bay] Leaf Oil, Pistacia Vera Seed Oil, Rosa Damascena [Rose] Oil, Fragrance.,default,pd.html

Click here to read my review of the Original Face Oil from Gamila Secret

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Foad Wax Silky Hare Beard Oil


Foad Wax Silky Hare Oil – 10ml (£6.99)

All beard oils are not created equal. I became geekily excited when I read the ingredients that go into making this ‘Silky Hare beard oil’ from those mad boys at Foad Wax. They haven’t slung together a cocktail of your common or garden nut oils, added a few drops of sweet smelling essential oil and called it a day. Oh no! Allow me to break down this list of six ingredients for you.

First up and the biggest ingredient in the smokey brown glass bottle, Brassica oleracea italica, or better known to you and me as Broccoli seed oil. Now that’s unusual but let me shine some light as to why they have used this. Broccoli Seed Oil is high in vitamin C and also contains vitamins A & K, along with Iron, Potassium and Calcium. It is mother nature’s nearest competitor to silicones, helping to control frizzy and flyaway hair, giving a shine and gloss without leaving the hair feeling greasy or heavy.  So what better ingredient to use in a beard oil eh boys!

The next ingredient is Oryza Sativa, more commonly known as Asian Rice, which unlike wheat oil has no allergens.  Then we see Helianthus annuus seed (Sunflower) oil, Calendula oil, Olive Squalane and finally Juniper oil.  The Olive Squalane is a particularly fascinating organic compound, which I could write for hours about, but in this circumstance it is extracted from Olives and used here for its moisturising effects.

The result is a highly sophisticated mix of ingredients which is loved by both hair and skin. Apply just a few drops, depending on the thickness and density of your beard, either rub thoroughly in with your fingers or brush through with a beard comb. A little goes a long way and as its an oil, it will spread easily and quickly with your body heat.   The result is a glossy, well groomed, healthy looking beard.

Ingredients: Brassica oleracea italica, Oryza Sativa, Helianthus annuus seed oil, calendula officinalis flower extract, Squalane / olea europaea fruit oil, juniperus communis essential oil.