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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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Pure Radiance Rosehip Oil from A’Kin

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A’Kin Pure Radiance Rosehip Oil – 23ml – £18.00

I’ve been using this face oil from Australian born A’kin for the past month.  My ingredient purist friends out there should particularly appreciate this one.

Despite being called Pure Radiance Rosehip oil, there are actually two ingredients in this bottle, Rosehip oil and Rosemary oil.  Combined together, this face oil packs a powerful punch when it comes to skin benefitting ingredients.  Rosehip oil is rich in pro-vitamin A, mostly beta-carotene, Vitamin E, Omegas 3, 9 and 6 essential fatty acids. Rosehip oil is produced by extracting oil from the Rosehip bush seeds. Its thanks to the beta-carotene that this oil has such a strong, completely natural orange colour. The fragrance is also 100% natural.  Rosemary oil has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties and is often used to treat a range of skin conditions.

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Apply just a few drops of this concentrated oil onto clean skin, via the easy to use pipet and allow to absorb.   Apply before using a moisturiser or just on its own.  Oils are able to penetrate deeper into the skin layers than any cream.  A lot of people find using face oils instead of creams just as beneficial. The list of ingredients that go into making a cream moisturiser can be endless, where as in this oil for example, there are just two!  If you suffer from with dry patches, redness, eczema or contact dermatitis, then you’ll know the key is keeping the skin moisturised to help minimise the condition.

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I’ve found the best way of using this oil is at night just before bed.  Apply the oil on its own and allow the ingredients to repair and soothe the skin while you sleep.  You can even take it around the eyes to help plump out fine lines and help address those dark tired bags. The dark smokey bottle helps protect the properties of the oils within it, which can degrade when exposed to day light.

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A comment for my bearded brothers; I can never resist testing out face oils and using them as beard oils.  Rosemary oil if used regularly is said to stimulate hair follicles making hair grown stronger and longer.  I’ve also read some reports saying Rosemary oil slows down premature hair loss and greying of the hair.  I can neither confirm or deny that one!  But what I can say is with regular use, using this Rosehip oil on your beard will help maintain moisturise levels in the skin and nourish the hair, preventing dry, itchy flaky skin.  Apply a few drops onto a beard comb and brush evenly through your beard to encourage a well groomed, healthy looking, glossy beard.

Ingredients: Rosa Canina Seed Extract, Rosemarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) leaf extract

http://akinbeauty.co.uk/our-products/facial-care/pure-radiance-rosehip-oil-certified-organic

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‘All you need is me’ from True Organic of Sweden

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True Organic of Sweden – All you need is me – 50ml (19.99)

I’ve been genuinely excited to bring you this one! It’s an ‘All you need is me’ cream from a company called ‘True Organic of Sweden”. As you’d expect from the title, but should never assume, this product is made in Sweden and uses certified organic ingredients.

As you can see from my photographs, when you squeeze the tube, incidentally made of GREEN PE (sugarcane derived), the cloudy yellow cream slowly starts to come out of the tiny hole in the tube. It’s at this point you discover the product is not a cream but in fact a balm. With little or no aroma to speak of, the balm melts on contact with your skin temperature and a little goes a long way.

The product is actually called ‘All you need is me’ and you quickly realise it’s actually true. It is described as being suitable for use on dry, flaky, cracked or thirsty skin.  Apply a small amount on the lips to make the most moisturising lip salve.  Unlike the paraffin based lip products, you won’t need to keep re-applying this every couple of minutes!  Also apply it last thing at night and wake up with hydrated lips.

It can be used on dry elbows, knees, heels, feet, finger nails, cuticles, tip of your nose and even your hair!  Yes brothers with beards, this means us too!  I have been melting a small amount between my fingers and combing it into my beard. Within minutes I’m left with a glossy, tamed, well groomed, healthy looking beard.  For those fortunate enough to have hair on your head, just think about how you could use it there too!

As this is a true multi-tasker, it’s even good for use on areas of red or irritated skin, minor scrapes or scratches, apply a small amount and allow the natural ingredients to soothe, calm and heal.

As this is oil based, the ingredients sink deep into the skin, moisturising and soothing as it goes. The squeeze tube application makes using it highly practical and with the absence of any floral aroma coupled with the gender-neutral packaging, makes us all feel comfortable about using it.

The ingredients read like a Del Brown wish list!  Mineral oil free, every single ingredient is 100% natural and 95% of them are from certified organic farming. Even the outer packaging is made of sustainable paper.  The base for the cream is Castor oil, Beeswax, Olive Oil and Shea Butter.  Then we find skin loving Vitamin E, phytochemical and antioxidant rich Blueberry seed oil, Sunflower seed oil and finally Rosemary leaf extract.

I’ve been using ‘All you need is me’ for the past month and have become an instant fan, there’s nothing about this product I don’t love.  Fully Del Brown Approved!

Ingredients (INCI): Castor Oil (ricinus communis seed oil), Beeswax (cera alba), Olive Oil (olea europaea fruit oil), Shea butter (butyrospermum parkii butter), Vitamin E (tocopherly acetate), Blueberry seed oil (vaccinium myrtillus seed oil, tocopherol, helianthus annuus seed oil, Rosemarinus officinalis leaf extract)

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Funky Soap Aloe Vera and Neem Oil Soap

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Funky Soap Aloe Vera and Neem Oil Soap – 120g (£2.50)

This is my first review for the people at the Funky Soap Shop.  They hand make bars of soap not tested on animals, without SLSparabens and only using ingredients suitable for vegetarians.  I have been testing out this particular bar their ‘Aloe Vera and Neem Oil Soap’ for the past month.

The first thing that hits you when you unwrap this bar is the aroma.  It has a genuine zesty smell, not synthetic and the bar contains no added colourings so has a natural colour too.  The scent dissipates within a couple of days of use.

The base of the soap is a mix of cold pressed coconut, palm, olive, castor and sweet almond oils that have been saponified. Then we see added peach kernel, neem oil, which has long been used for treating skin conditions including spots, soothing aloe vera gel, moistursing shea and cocoa butter, lemongrass, lime oil, antiseptic and anti fungal tea tree and lavender oil and finally spirulina and spinach powder.

The large 120g bar takes a couple of uses to soften the edges and make it a practical hand size.  It quickly lathers up when added to warm water and can be used all over the body.  This bar of soap contains palm oil that has been certified by RSPO. Suitable for all skin types, the bar can be used to cleanse the whole body and doesn’t leave your skin feeling tight or dry.  If you suffer from dry, itchy and or irritated skin, the first question I ask is ‘what are you using to shower or bathe with?’.  If that’s you, then its time to replace your usual buy with something with no synthetics or questionable chemicals in.

Ingredients: Saponified coconut oil, sustainable palm oil, olive oil, castor oil, sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, peach kernel, neem oil, aloe vera gel, shea butter, cocoa butter, lemongrass, lime oil, tea tree oil, lavender oil, spirulina, spinach powder.

For those of you reading this saying “I don’t use soap”, note artisan soap makers like this use 100% natural ingredients by mixing oils, butters and botanicals, knocking the socks off the ingredients found in a lot of shower gels.  Supermarket mass produced bars of soap can NOT to be compared with these types of products, despite both being called ‘soaps’ the ingredients are totally different.

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JooMo (new formulation) Honey and Orange Face Wash

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JooMo Honey & Orange Face Wash – 100ml (£9.95)

I reviewed this facewash from JooMo back in 2014 and gave it high praise indeed. But at the end of last year the formulation and packaging had slightly changed. I have been road testing the new version and here are my findings.

Unusually for me, lets start by looking at the ingredients:

INGREDIENTS: Aqua, Saccharum Officinarum (Unrefined Sugar) Extract, Maris Sal (Organic Sea Salt), Saponins, Mel (Unprocessed Raw Honey), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Juice, Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (Guar) Gum, Acacia Senegal Gum Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf Oil, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum (Cinnamon) Leaf Oil, Cinnamomum Cassia (Chinese Cinnamon) Leaf Oil, Cinnamal, Eugenol, Limonene

So the main ingredients and base for this face wash is water, unrefined sugar extract, organic sea salt and unprocessed raw honey.  Sounds almost good enough to eat doesn’t it! Then we find orange juice, guar gum which is a natural thickener with anti-inflammatory properties, acacia senegal gum extract, better known as Gum Arabic, Orange peel oil, clove oil, cinnamon leaf oil and finally Chinese cinnamon leaf oil. That’s it! No foaming agents, natural or synthetic. No added colourings, perfumes or preservatives.

So in short, this face wash is a mix of 100% naturally sourced ingredients that have been combined using the minimal amount of processing required. In other words it’s not been messed around with. The result is a face wash that is good for all skin types and for all ages. It’s advertised and promoted for teenagers with spots, people with sensitive skin or skin issues such as eczema. But even if you’re fortunate enough not suffer from any of those skin conditions, it is just a great all round face wash.

When companies change their formulations it’s often to make the product cheaper to manufacture and increase profits. Maybe as we’ve seen over the past few years, companies have reformulated to exclude the use of parabens in their new formulations. But often still not excluding loads of other non Del Brown Approved chemicals.

So what has changed?  The ingredients list remain identical, but this new formulation is thicker and more moisturising than the previous version. The product is now more of a gel than a liquid, requiring less of it, because it is now more concentrated. So make sure you squeeze less product out and you’ll find it does just as good a job and will last you even longer. The natural orange colour remains the same as does the heady clove oil aroma with warm undertones of cinnamon.

The slippery silky formulation allows you to glide the gel all over your face effortlessly. Sensitive skins in particular will benefit from this friction-free application, reducing redness.  Then rinse off to leave your skin thoroughly clean but without feeling tight or dry.

I’ve said it before, but I really wish I had something like this during my teens, rather than the synthetic chemical filled bright neon blue face wash I used to use.  JooMo is still ranked in my top five best face wash products on Del Brown Approved!

If you want to learn more, I encourage you to visit JooMo’s website, where you can read all their research and findings on this product.

http://www.joomo.coop/

Click here to read my review of the previous formulation of JooMo Honey and Orange Face Wash