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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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Elements by Collinsworth Natural Face Wash


Elements by Collinsworth Natural Face Wash – 100ml (£16.00)

How about a face wash for men that contains no less than 91.26% Organic ingredients!  Welcome to Elements by Collinsworth, this is their mens natural face wash.  This brand launched in 2012 offers a complete range of mens grooming products including a face wash, moisturiser and shaving cream.


Now let’s break down the ingredients.  This face wash is water based, mixed with surfactants made with coconut oil, olive oil and plant based ingredients.  Then we see glycerin, organic apricot kernal oil, organic olive oil, organic pomegranate oil, organic jojoba oil, organic avocado oil, organic ylang ylang flower oil, organic patchouli oil, organic may chang fruit oil and organic roman chamomile flower oil. Then towards the end of the ingredients list we find 100% essential oil derived perfume, a final surfactant derived from palm oil and benzyl benzoate.


Flip open the white lid cap and squeeze out a small amount of the clear liquid gel directly into the fingers.  The cocktail of organic oils makes the fragrance tricky to pin down.  Massaging directly onto wet skin turns the gel into naturally foaming bubbles, releasing the clean fragrance.  Then simply rinse off.  No need for a face cloth.  You skin is left clean and clear without feeling dry or tight.


The organic ingredients used are all certified by the soil association, the entire range is vegetarian society approved and cruelty free.  The simple, clean packaging is aimed to appeal to men.  They use natural ingredients without any of the usual list of questionable chemicals or synthetic foaming agents like sodium laureth sulfate.

Ingredients: Aqua, Potassium Cocoate*, Potassium Oleate**, Decyl Glucoside, Lauryl Betaine, Cocoamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin***, Benzyl Alcohol Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil****, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil****, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil****, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil****, Persea Gratissima (Avocado)Oil****, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil****, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil****, Litsea Cubeba (May Chang) Fruit Oil****, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Oil****, Parfum*, Potassium Palm Kernelate, Palm Kernel Acid, Potassium Citrate, Benzyl Benzoate+, Citral+, Limonene+

* Derived from Coconut Oil Organic, **Derived from Sunflower Oil Organic, *** Organic Origin, ****Organic, + Naturally occurs in essential oils


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Friendly Soap Lavender Soap


Friendly Soap – Lavender Soap – 95g (£1.99)

Let’s talk Lavender. It’s one of those fragrances you either love or loath.  Lots of people associate Lavender as being an ‘old grannies’ smell.  In the 70’s there was a range of soaps, talc and bubble bath products, all reeking of artificial lavender fragrance and synthetically coloured bright purple.

If you’ve ever picked a lavender flower and rubbed it between your fingers, you’ll have smelt REAL lavender oil.  It’s a million miles away from the synthetic version from the 70’s that your Granny loved so much, especially at Christmas.


Aroma aside, did you know Lavender oil has a vast array of therapeutic properties?  Not only recognised for its calming and relaxing effect, but also for its antibacterial properties.  Lavender oil has a chemically complex structure with over 150 active constituents, which explains its effectiveness at helping with everything from insect bites to rheumatism. The botanical name, Lavandula, comes from the Latin, lavare, which means “to wash,” probably for its history of use cleansing wounds, as well as washing linens and in personal bathing. It is a known anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antidepressant, antiseptic, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, analgesic, calmative, detoxifier, hypotensive and sedative.


So now its time to give the old fashioned Lavender some well deserved respect.  If you are a sufferer of skin conditions such as spots, acne, redness or skin irritation, try washing and bathing in a product that uses genuine lavender essential oil.  If you’re going on holiday, wash with a lavender soap to gently fragrance your skin, repelling mosquitoes and moths.  If you have trouble sleeping, make time for a relaxing bath featuring lavender oil, before bed.

The base of this soap is cold pressed olive oil, coconut oil, water and moisturising shea butter, then we see ‘Lavandula angustifolia‘ Lavender essential oil and Lavender flower blossom, finely cut up and sprinkled within the bar.   This provides a gentle exfoliating effect when washing the body and provides even more natural lavender fragrance.


I’m a big fan of Lavender and this soap is a genuine pleasure to use.  As its all about the ingredients remember, so don’t be fooled by marketing.  Always check the ingredients list and seek out the Latin name for lavender.  It’s the essential oil you want, not ‘essence’ or ‘fragrance’.

Ingredients: Sodium olivate, Sodium cocoate, Aqua, Butyrospermum parkii butter, Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) essential oil contains linalool, limonene, geraniol, Lavandula angustifolia (lavender)

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Lyons Leaf 100% Natural Beauty Balm


Lyons Leaf 100% Natural Beauty Balm – 55ml (£12.99)

Stand by your beds, I’m particularly excited about this one and rightly so when you realise the quality of the ingredients, the uses and the price! But where are my manners? I haven’t even introduced you. Del Brown Approved would like to welcome you to this 100% Natural Beauty Balm from Ben and Vicky Lyons of Lyons Leaf, Mendip Hills, Somerset.

There are twelve 100% natural ingredients that go into making this balm and 95% of them are organic or from wild harvest. No water, preservatives, colourings or perfumes. All of the oils used are cold pressed, so no heat treatments were used during their extraction, preserving the quality.


The base and biggest ingredient of the balm is cold pressed wild harvest babassu oil. Babassu oil is extracted from Babassu nuts which naturally fall in the amazon rainforest.  Then we find raw organic shea butter, organic cold pressed macadamia nut oil, organic cold pressed jojoba oil, cold pressed sweet almond oil, natural source vitamin E, palmrosa essential oil, clary sage essential oil, benzoin resin, patchouli essential oil, rosemary essential oil and Lyons Leaf’s very own home grown calendula flower extract.


The smoky brown glass jar helps protect and preserve the integrity of the essential oils. It houses 55ml of solid balm. If ambient temperatures are warm, the texture of the balm may be softer. The glass jar is deceptively small, on first appearance you may be forgiven for thinking ‘that won’t last long’, until you start using it. You quickly realise a little goes a long way and this jar will last you a long time.


The aroma is mainly of shea butter with a faint hint of rosemary oil.  The uses of this balm are vast. I primarily used it at night instead of a serum, oil or moisturising cream. Scoop out a pea sized amount into the fingers, warm together and watch the balm melt on contact with your body temperature (see photographs), then pat and smooth over the face. Allowing the oils to sink deep into the skin and do their work whilst you sleep.

The balm can also be used as an oil cleanser, scoop out a small amount onto the fingers, then work the balm onto dry skin. Allow the melted oils to work into the pores of the face, lifting grime and dissolving dirt. With the aid of a hot cloth of your choice, remove the oil and the debris of the day, leaving your face feeling clean and moisturised.


But it doesn’t stop there. Apply a small amount of this balm onto dry and cracked skin, so lips, hands, feet, heels and elbows.

I’m full of big praise for this balm.  If you’re on a budget and looking for a Del Brown Approved ‘highly rated’ multi-tasker, this would be my first choice. If you’re already a fan of face balm, oils or serums, you’re going to love the quality of the ingredients. If you’re a sufferer of skin conditions like eczema, acne, irritated skin and react to a lot of ingredients, then check the ingredients list and give this a try.

Ingredients: orbignya oleifera, butyrospermum parkii, macadamia ternifolia, simmondsia chinensis , prunus amygdalus dulcis, tocopherol, cymbopogon martini, salvia sclarea, styrax benzoin, pogostemon cablin, rosemarinus officinalis, calendula officinalis

*Essential oils naturally contain: citral, geraniol, benzyl benzoate, benzyl cinnamate, farnesol, limonene, linolool

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Nourish Protect Nutri-Rich Body Cream


Nourish Protect Nutri-Rich Body Cream – 100ml (£14.00)

When researching products to feature on Del Brown Approved, I prefer to deal direct with the person who’s baby it is.  I had the pleasure to meet with Nourish founder Dr Pauline Hili recently.   Her entire range combines certified organic plant extracts with researched bio-actives to achieve results.  So if you’re looking for targeted results from your skincare, this is one brand you should certainly consider.

This Nutri-Rich Body Cream is one of four brand new body creams from Nourish.


The base for this body cream is water, organic aloe vera juice powder, vegetable based glycerin, organic soya oil, organic omega-rich Chilean rosehip oil and moisturising organic shea butter.  Then we see two olive oil based emulsifiers and various synthetic and naturally derived skin absorbers, peptides, preservatives (paraben free) and thickeners.

The combination of these ingredients is designed to stimulate collagen and improve the texture of the skin for a firmer, smoother feel.  Finally, vitamin C rich organic orange peel oil and organic mandarin peel oil.  In total, 85% of the ingredients are soil association certified organic and the entire range is Vegan society approved, so no animal derived ingredients found here.


The body cream is dispensed in an airless pump and has a light cream hue.  If you’re expecting this cream to smell strongly of oranges, you’ll be disappointed.  The aroma is only mildly citrus with hints of rosehip.  The cream quickly absorbs into the skin, leaving it moisturised and looking smooth without feeling sticky or tacky.  Dry elbows, hands and feet in particular love this.  It also works great as an aftersun if your skin is feeling particularly thirsty.


Ingredients: Aqua (water), Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice powder*, Glycerin, Glycine soja (soya) oil*, Rosa canina (rosehip) seed oil*, Vitellaria paradoxa (shea butter sp. nilotica)*, Palmitoyl tripeptide-5, Cetearyl olivate, Sorbitan olivate, Cetearyl glucoside, Algin, Alginic acid, Glyceryl stearate, Cetyl stearyl alcohol, Sodium levulinate, Levulinic acid, Xanthan gum, Kaolin, Sodium hyaluronate, Sodium ascorbyl phosphate, Citrus sinensis (orange) peel oil expressed*, Citrus nobilis (mandarin) peel oil expressed*, Potassium sorbate, Citral, Limonene, Linalool. (Naturally present in essential oils).

*Organic ingredient.

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Friendly Soap Orange and Grapefruit Soap


‘Friendly Soap’ Orange and Grapefruit  Soap – 95g (£1.99)

I’m particularly excited to bring you my first of many reviews for ‘Friendly Soap’.  Friendly Soaps are hand made in the UK using 100% natural ingredients, Vegan Society and Buav (Cruelty Free) registered.  They don’t add any unnecessary colourings or perfumes.  Their oils are cold pressed and the entire range is also 100% palm oil free.

Now a quick word on Palm oilPalm oil itself is all good, but there is concern about where it is sourced.  In a nut shell, large areas of rain forest have been felled and replaced with palm trees, with the sole intention of extracting the oil for use in the food and cosmetic industry.  Some companies buy their palm oil from sustainable forests, others buy it from the cheapest supplier.


This bar of soap is a sheer pleasure to use.  The base and main ingredients are Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Water and Shea Butter.  Then we see Orange essential oilGrapefruit essential oil and a small dash of Cayenne powder for some natural orange hue. That is it!  No fillers, nothing artificial, no preservatives, foaming agents, synthetic colourings or perfumes.  On the body it quickly foams up with tiny white cleansing bubbles.  The natural orange hue and fragrance lasts right through to the last use.

Orange Essential Oil is used for a variety of reasons, not just due to its uplifting fresh citrus aroma.  It’s also regarded as being an aphrodisiac, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-depressant and antispasmodic.  Grapefruit essential oil on the other hand is high in vitamin C, often used as an antioxidant, antiseptic, a stimulant and even an antidepressant.


When these two essential oils are mixed with skin loving olive and coconut oil, plus shea butter, the result is a cleansing bar suitable for all skin types.  Use in the bath or shower to wash your body top to toe, leaving your skin feeling clean, fresh and moisturised, not dry or irritated.

If you’re a dedicated ‘supermarket shower gel’ or dare I say a ‘supermarket bought bar of soap’ washer, then I’m talking to YOU!  It’s time to re-think and carefully consider the ingredients you’re applying to your skin on a daily bases.  The ingredients in ‘Camay’ and ‘Imperial Leather’ we all used as children, can not begin to be compared to the likes of these.


Regulars to Del Brown Approved will know I’m all about the ingredients and not the packaging or the price, but I would like to draw your attention to the price tag on this one.  £1.99 (June 2015).

Ingredients: Sodium olivate, Sodium cocoate, Aqua, Butyrospermum parkii butter, Citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) essential oil contains limonene, Citrus grandis (grapefruit) Oil contains limonene, Capsicum frutescens (cayenne pepper) powder

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