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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Natural Empathy Great British Luxury Hand Lotion



Natural Empathy Great British Luxury Natural Hand Lotion – 200ml (£15.00)

The base for this hand lotion is a mix of water, British grown extra virgin cold pressed rapeseed oil that is rich in omegas 3, 6 and 9. Soothing aloe vera and avocado oil, known for being high in vitamin E and for its high skin penetration and rapid absorption. Glycerin, natural source vitamin E in the form of Tocopherol, then finally fragranced with a mix of 13 organic essential oils to create a 100% natural floral lavender scent. The essential oils used must be a closely guarded secret as they are neither listed on the packaging or on crystal spring’s website, but I can certainly detect lavender and lavandin.

Just one pump rubbed into the hands, nails, dry elbows, anywhere on the body that requires attention.  This light textured, naturally cream coloured lotion, quickly absorbs into the skin, leaving it feeling moisturised without being greasy.  The natural lavender fragrance is both clean and fresh, none of your ‘old grannies synthetic lavender’ smell here! I even had one lady say to me “oh you smell nice!” then I realised the only product I had applied that morning was this hand cream!

Award winning ‘best new natural beauty product’ at the natural and organic awards 2011, there’s nothing not to love. Made in Great Britain, the quality of the ingredients provides the skin with everything it needs to remoisturise, plump up and remain hydrated for hours after application. No synthetic colourings or fragrances and using 100% natural oils that sink deep into the skin to lock in moisture.

Ingredients: Aqua, Brassica campestris, Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera), Cetearyl alcohol & Coco glucoside (Naturally derived emulsifier), Persea gratissima (Avocado oil), Stearic acid (Naturally derived emulsifier), Glycerin, Tocopherol (Naturally derived Vitamin E),  *Natural Parfum, Sodium bicarbonate (Naturally derived PH adjuster), Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexglycerin, Sodium benzoate, **Citral, **Citronellol, **Coumarin, **Eugenol, **Geraniol, **Limonene, **Linalool. 

*Denotes natural & organic essential oils. **From essential oils

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Gamila Secret Precious Pomegranate Cleansing Bar


Gamila Secret Precious Pomegranate Cleansing Bar – 115g (£22.00)

If you’re struggling with your skin at the moment, having issues with spots, concerned with signs of ageing or just want to create and maintain balanced healthy looking skin, then surely cleansing has to be the place to start with your routine.

This is the latest release from the Gamila Secret range of cleansing bars.  This one has added pomegranate seed oil.  It takes a lot to justify the high price point for what most people would regard to be a just bar of soap. Yet there are lots of us that are happy to part with £30 for a high quality moisturiser or serum. The difference with this product are the ingredients that go into the making of it. They are all of a consistently high quality, 100% natural and designed to be used to cleanse both the face and body.


Gamila Secret already have a range of eleven cleansing bars, each containing a slightly different mix of natural ingredients. This bar called ‘precious pomegranate’ contains virgin (first pressing) cold pressed (no heat involved in the extraction maintaining the properties of the ingredients) pomegranate seed oil. This oil alone is known to be rich in nutrients and powerful anti oxidants including polyphenol. The oil contains ellagic acid, a potent natural antioxidant that effectively fights free radicals making it ideal for anti-aging.  It’s also high in lipids including pucinic acid, which help heal inflammation and reduce swelling.


Many products make big claims on their packaging about their ingredients, but in practice only use very little of it, or use a synthetic version of it. In this case the pomegranate seed oil is the fifth biggest ingredient in the bar and is 100% natural.

The cold pressed virgin olive oil base is combined with a range of skin benefitting herbs, oils and extracts including Wheat Germ oil, Shea Butter, Grape Seed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Lavender Oil, Nettle, Rosemary, Camomile flower, Verbena, Sage and Pistachio extract.


The cleansing bar has no added colourings or perfumes, so its fragrance is completely natural and not overly fruity or floral. When added with warm water, a creamy emulsion is created, which you can use to wash the entire body. Unlike soap, this cleansing bar can be used on the face, removing grease and grime and leaving the skin feeling clean and comfortable without drying. If you suffer from spots on the chest, shoulders or back, this cleansing bar makes an ideal body wash as the gentle, yet powerful ingredients will with regular use, balance and maintain the skins equilibrium.

Men will especially love using the Gamila Secret cleaning bars as they can wash the face, body (including beards) and even shave with it, without leaving the skin feeling dry, irritated or smelling synthetically fragranced.  Knowing and understanding the properties of its skin benefitting ingredients also makes you feel good about using it. Fully Del Brown Approved!

Ingredients: Sodium Olivate, Laurus Nobilis Leaf Oil, Sodium Cocoate, Triticum Vulgare [Wheat Germ] Oil, Punica Granatum [Pomegranate] Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii [Shea] Butter, Vitis Vinifera [Grape] Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis [Sweet Almond] Oil, Lavendula Angustifolia [Lavender] Oil, Utica Diocia [Nettle] Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis [Rosemary] Extract, Anthemis Nobilis [Camomile] Flower Extract, Verbena Officinalis [Vervain] Extract, Ruta Graveolens [Rue] Extract, Salvia Officinalis [Sage] Extract, Pistacia Vera [Pistachio] Extract

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