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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Intelligent Nutrients Revitalizing Moisture Crème

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Intelligent Nutrients Revitalizing Moisture Crème – 50ml (£45.00)

Founded by the late Horst Rechelbacher, also the founder of hair brand Aveda (sold to Estée Lauder in 1997). The Intelligent Nutrients philosophy is, “Everything we put in and on our bodies must be nutritious and safe“.  They strive to keep the entire process clean, from certified organic farming and food grade ingredients, right through to organic botanical aromas.  I’m a big fan of this brand and am very excited to introduce you to this, their Revitalizing Moisture Crème.  70% of the ingredients in this product are soil association certified organic and it’s 100% ‘leaping bunny‘ cruelty free.

The ingredient list is both comprehensive and extensive.  Where some other ‘perceived to be’ natural brands like to use the word ‘science’, I interpret to mean ‘chemicals’.  But with Intelligent Nutrients, they truly have applied science to nature, extracting plant stem cells from organically grown botanicals.

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Researching the ingredients list, you discover they have used a large amount of stem cells from the Gardenia Jasminoides Meristem Cell Culture.  This is the first time I have reviewed a product containing plant stem cells, in this case from the Gardenia (Gardenia Jasminoides) plant.  Literally, extracting cells from the plant and applying them in this moisturiser to have a positive, visible and completely natural effect on the skin. Helping to firm and stimulate collagen and having the potency equal or greater to that of Vitamin C.

Let me highlight some other key ingredients.  As always, in the order listed on the INCI list, so the first being the greater quantity.  Vegetable based glycerin, Gardenia Jasminoides Meristem cell culture and Glasswort (Salicornia Herbacea) extract.  Bio actives in the form of Algae (Undaria Pinnatifida) extract, which is rich in omega-3 fatty acids.  Soothing Aloe Vera leaf juice powder, organic black cumin seed oil, organic pumpkin seed oil, organic raspberry seed oil, organic grape seed oil and organic cranberry seed oil.  Moisturising organic coconut oil, organic African shea butter, organic safflower seed oil and natural source Vitamin E.

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On the subject of the aroma alone, which incidentally I would describe as gender neutral, clean and non-floral.  It is made up from the following organic botanicals: Ylang Ylang Flower oil, Bergamot Fruit oil, Orange Peel oil, Styrax Benzoin gum, Patchouli oil, Clove Flower oil, Nutmeg Kernel oil, Lavender oil, Sandalwood oil and Basil oil.

The result of this combination of ingredients is a cocktail of natural, potent antioxidants.  Moisturising, nourishing and softening which ultimately help support the natural structure of the skin, boosting moisture levels and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

The airless pump keeps the product fresh, without the need of synthetic preservatives and delivers the product in a quick, easy to use, fuss-free way.  After experimenting, I’ve found two pumps delivers the optimum amount if you intend using it on its own.  One pump if you’re using it with a serum or face oil.

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My face is prone to redness after applying a moisturiser, but not with this one. My skin felt instantly hydrated, looking smooth with no irritation.  Lines around the sides of my eyes, particularly visible when I smile, age me greatly.  I’ve found with this moisturiser, I can hydrate and hide those lines all day, with just one application in the morning.

Suitable for all skin types, especially dry, it works great as a day or night time moisturiser and doesn’t leave your face looking glossy or greasy. I particularly noticed just how long my skin was left feeling hydrated, hours after application. I’ve been a big fan of Intelligent Nutrients since discovering their face wash.  This highly sophisticated moisturiser is a pleasure to use and the ingredients list is fully Del Brown Approved!

Ingredients: Aqua, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Hydroxystearyl Alcohol, Hydroxystearyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Stearate, Gardenia Jasminoides Meristem Cell Culture,1 Salicornia Herbacae Extract,2 Algae (Undaria Pinnatifida) Extract,2 Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder,3 Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin) Seed Oil,3,4 Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil,3,4 Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil,3,4 Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil,3,4 Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil,3,4 Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil,3 Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter,3 Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil,3 Aroma,3,5 Xanthan Gum, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Diheptyl Succinate, Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Heptyl Undecylenate, Microcrystaline Cellulose, Cellulose Gum, C14-22 Alcohols, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Gluconolactone, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Limonene,6 Linalool,6 Geraniol,6 Farnesol,6 Benzyl Benzoate,6 Citral,6 Eugenol,6 Isoeugenol,6 Benzyl Salicylate,6 Tocopherol (Vitamin E)

1 = Plant Stem Cell Antioxidant
2 = Algae Bioactives
3 = Certified Organic
4 = Antioxidant Intellimune™ Super Seed Oil Complex
5 = Active Aroma/Flavor Oils: Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil,3 Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil,3 Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil,3 Styrax Benzoin Gum,3 Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil,3 Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Oil,3 Myristica Fragrans (Nutmeg) Kernel Oil,3 Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil,3 Santalum Spicata (Sandalwood) Oil,3 Flavor (Nectar Type),3 Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Oil3
6 = Naturally Occurring Component of Organic Essential Oil Blend

http://www.intelligentnutrients.co.uk/cart/products.php?product=Plant-Stem-Cell-Science-Revitalizing-Moisture-Créme

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Wiley’s Finest Wild Alaskan Fish Oil 2150mg (EPA 1300mg – DHA 850mg DHA)

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Wiley’s Finest Wild Alaskan Fish Oil 2150mg – 125ml (£19.99)

Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid that our bodies need for good healthy skin, heart, eyes, joints and studies have shown an increase in DHA can also influence brain function and concentration levels. All fish oils are NOT created equal.  Try not to be influenced by offers such as ‘buy one get one half price’ on our high streets.  If you are looking to supplement your diet, then you MUST equip yourself with at least a little knowledge of the subject and of course, ALWAYS read the ingredients label so you know exactly what you’re buying and consuming.

If you want to increase your intake of Omega-3, by far the best way to achieve that, is to eat more 100% natural, freshly caught, unprocessed fish.  But, if like me, you’re not a lover of sea food, this can be tricky.  So, it’s good to know that we can also obtain Omega-3 from other sources, including nuts and seeds.

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Up until now, when it comes to Omega-3 fish oil supplements, there has only been ONE product that I have tried, tested, researched and recommend as being Del Brown Approved!  That is the MorEPA 1100mg platinum capsule.  That review and recommendation still stands.  However, I’d now like to bring you an alternative to capsules, with my review of this, Wiley’s Finest Wild Alaskan Fish Oil liquid, 2150mg.

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When looking at the label on fish oils, you should focus your attention on the EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) and the DHA (Docosahxanoic Acid).  The mg is milligram.  The higher the EPA and DHA, the more benefit.  You should also note what ‘other’ ingredients have been unneccisarily added to help pad out the product.

One teaspoon full of this liquid (5ml) will provide you with 1300mg of EPA and 850mg of DHA, hence the 2150mg total. That is higher quantities than the MorEPA Platinum capsules.  This 125ml bottle provides 25, 1 x teaspoon servings (5mg), so 25 days worth.  There are just THREE ingredients in this product.  They are concentrated wild Alaskan Pollock (fish) oil, natural source Lemon flavour and certified non-GM (genetically modified) natural source vitamin E.  The product does NOT contain any sugar, gluten, starch, yeast, wheat, dairy, artificial flavours, artificial colours, nuts, shellfish, soy or corn.

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On the subject of the actual fish oil itself, the manufacture state: Alaska Pollock (Theragra chalcogramma) is a short-lived species of wild, coldwater fish. Pollock is a member of the cod family Gadidae. Our Alaska Pollock oil is sourced entirely from the Eastern Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska populations solely found within U.S. waters. Alaska Pollock is considered to be the most well-managed, large-scale fishery in the world.

So how to take it.  As with all supplements, they perform best when taken regularly, preferably around the same time every day and always with food.  Your body is at that point breaking down and consuming food, so this is the optimum window to take your supplement.  I decided breakfast was the best time for me to take this.  So, kept in the fridge for freshness (once opened), sat next to the milk, every day for 25 days, I took one teaspoon of this liquid, half way through eating my breakfast.  The liquid is of course an oil, but I can honestly say does not even hint at having a fishy aroma or taste.  The dominant fragrance and taste is lemon juice.  Even an hour after taking it, there was no after taste, aroma or hint that I had consumed a fish oil.

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I had previously ignored liquid fish oils, favouring capsules, convinced they would smell of fish and taste disgusting.  But this product is very different and quite unique.

As for the health benefits and effects of taking it, everyone is different.  Needless to say, if you’re in any doubt, consult your doctor before taking any supplements.  But if you’re in the market for a fish oil, I’d highly recommend this one.

Ingredients: Concentrated Wild Alaska Pollock (Fish) Oil Triglycerides, Natural Lemon Flavor, certified non-GMO Mixed Tocopherols (Natural Vitamin E)

http://wileysfinest.co.uk/index.php/peak-omega-3-liquid-fish-oil-2150mg-epa-dha-per-serving-25-servings.html


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Skin and Tonic London Beard Oil

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Skin and Tonic London Beard Oil – 30ml (£16.00)

I’m very excited to bring you this one!  My first review for East London based ‘Skin and Tonic‘.  They are a small, fast growing producer of natural skincare products.  Located in the home of the fashionable hipster and Shoreditch beard, they just HAD to make a beard oil.

This is their Skin and Tonic London Beard Oil, made with just five ingredients; Grapeseed oil, Thistle oil, Argan oil, Cedarwood essential oil and finally Rosemary essential oil. Every single one of them certified organic by the soil association.

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Now I’ve reviewed a number of beard oils since launching Del Brown Approved!, but not many of them can boast being 100% certified organic.  Why should this make a difference?  Well, with the certification, the ingredients have to meet the high standards of the UK based Soil Association.  They have a rigorous list which all have to be met, in order for the ingredients to be certified.  No synthetic pesticides used during the growing of the plants, not GM (genetically modified) ingredients, the list goes on.

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I’ve long sported a beard in a variety of shapes and sizes, but when it starts to get long, it does require some help to prevent you from looking like cat weasel.  So, how best to use this beard oil.  It all depends on how long and thick your beard is.  If you’ve only got a short one, you’ll need very little.  But if you’ve got a long one, you’ll need more.  Are you detecting slight innuendo here?  Well it’s true!

The thing about beard oil is, and I’ve experimented extensively with them, when you first apply it, you can fall foul of using too much because you can’t see or feel much difference.  But, give it an hour for the oil to warm to your body temperature.  The bristles of your beard will spread the oils all around your chin.  Use too much beard oil and you’re left feeling like an oil slick for the rest of the day.

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My first tip is to equip yourself with a comb.  Nothing fancy, just a bog standard hair comb will do, preferably with closely sat prongs.  Apply one or two drops straight onto the comb and brush evenly into a freshly washed, dry beard.  Comb the hair in the opposite direction of the hair growth, getting the oil right underneath, before neatly brushing the hair back down.  Again, don’t worry if it feels like not much has happened, or you haven’t used enough.  Take a moment to evenly distribute the oil by simply combing the hair through the comb.  Then my next tip is not to man handle your beard too much.  Allow time for the oils to penetrate and nourish the hair and skin.

Ultimately, you’ll notice your beard is looking well groomed.  Slightly glossy in appearance, thick, healthy and neatly styled.  To start with, you may reserve this ritual only for special occasions and date nights.  But trust me, the look and feel becomes addictive.  You’ll find yourself applying the beard oil as part of your daily grooming routine.  With regular use, this oil will keep your beard in tip-top condition and the skin beneath will benefit too.

This huge 30ml sized beard oil is an all round winner.  Its going to last you ages and is easy to use thanks to the pump dispenser.  The aroma is primarily Grapeseed oil with a sharp, zesty twang, it’s all fully Del Brown Approved!

Ingredients: Vitis Vinfera*, Cathamus Tinctorius*, Argania Spinosa*, Cedrus Atlantica*, Rosmarinus Officinalis*
*Certified organic by The Soil Association + Vegan

http://www.skinandtoniclondon.com/product/beard-oil/


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Purely Puti All-Body Salt Scrub

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Purely Puti All-Body Salt Scrub – 250ml (£10.00)

Welcome to Scottish brand, Purely Puti, a range of natural, hand made skincare products, suitable for Vegans, not tested on animals and free from synthetic fragrances.  This is their all-body salt scrub.

Just seven, 100% natural ingredients go into the making of this body scrub.  The biggest ingredients are Dead Sea Salt, Organic Unrefined Shea Butter, Sweet Almond Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Corn Starch, Vitamin E Oil and finally Lemongrass Essential Oil.

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Scoop out a small, table spoon amount, onto your fingers and massage on to dry or slightly damp skin.  As it rightly says on the label; “It should feel rough, but not painful. Don’t scrub too hard or for too long: you only want to rub away the dead skin cells, not the entire top layer of skin.”

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The dead sea salt spreads easily, gently exfoliating the skin.  Smoothing rough skin and removing dead surface skin cells, leaving it feeling silky smooth.  At the same time, the unrefined organic shea butter starts to moisturise, hydrating the top layers of the skin.

Once you’ve allowed time to rub and massage the salt scrub into the skin, add some warm water to the mix.  You’ll see and feel the scrub dissolve into an intensively moisturising, silky balm.  Continue to massage the skin, allowing the shea butter, sweet almond oil and extra virgin olive oil to intensively hydrate the skin

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Finally, either submerge yourself into a warm bath, or rinse off in the shower.  There should be no need to follow on with a body moisturiser, just gently pat dry and feel the difference.  Take extra caution not to slip in the shower or bath tub, especially if you’ve used this salt scrub on your feet.

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I used this scrub on my feet to give them a weekly treatment.  The salt works great to smooth rough skin and freshen, especially between the toes.  There’s no mint fragrance with this one, the fresh lemongrass aroma makes it totally unisex.  The bonus of using something like this is your hands are also left feeling silky smooth and soft.  Unlike some salt scrub’s I have tried, this one doesn’t sit in liquid oil in the tub.  The oils are fully absorbed into the salt.

An excellent rough salt scrub that does exactly what you want it to do.  Fully Del Brown Approved!

INCI Ingredients: Sodium Chloride, Vitellaira Paradoxa Organic SSP Nilotica, Prunus Dolcis, Olea Europaea, Corn Starch, Tocopherol, Cymbopogon Citratus.

http://www.purelyputiproducts.co.uk/#/shop/4572182519/all-body-salt-scrub—250ml/4471861


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Siam Botanicals Lemongrass and Tea Tree Shave Oil

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Siam Botanicals Lemongrass and Tea Tree Shave Oil – 24.0g (£16.30)

I’ve discovered a little known secret, it’s called Siam Botanicals.  A brand that specialise in hand blending essential oils to create a range of skin and hair care products.  Made in small batches from their base in Bangkok, Thailand, using 100% natural ingredients sourced mainly from South East Asia, Africa and India.

I met the ladies from Siam Botanicals whilst at a recent trade fair and they introduced me to this, their Gentlemen of Siam, Lemongrass and Tea Tree Shave Oil.

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Obviously, the first thing I looked at was the ingredient list. Cast your eye over this little lot, in order of greatest amount; Organic Castor Oil, Organic Olive Oil, Organic Argan Oil, Organic Moringa Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Tamanu Oil, Rosehip Oil, Cucumber Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, natural source vitamin E, Organic Rosemary Oil, Juniper Berry Oil, Tea Tree Leaf Oil, Plai Root Oil, Lemongrass Oil and Ginger Oil.

Not a synthetic additive in sight.  No artificial perfume, colourings or preservatives. 97% of the total ingredients are certified organic.

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The concept is simple, apply a few drops into your fingers, spread over the area to be shaved, then shave.  The oil helping to protect the skin and lubricate the sharp blade.  Being a man who shaves his head, I gave this a whirl.  The problem I find with shaving oils is, you can’t always see where you’ve applied it. Then I fall foul of using too much.

So, I’ll admit I went a bit rogue! With an ingredient list this good, it would have been a sin just to use it as a shave oil.  So, I tried it as a beard and face oil and it is amazing!  As a beard oil, the combination of ingredients meant I only required a couple of drops, brushed into my beard, to give it a healthy, glossy, soft look and feel.  I also used a couple of drops at night as a face oil and my face was left feeling smooth, hydrated and calm.

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The mix of different essential oils makes this a true multi-tasker.  The tea tree oil has anti-fungle, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.  Whilst the argon oil is great not only for the skin, but also to nourish the hair.  Perfect for men with beards!  Rosehip oil is rich in pro-vitamin A, mostly beta-carotene, Vitamin E, Omegas 3, 9 and 6 essential fatty acids.  I’ve also spotted three unusual ingredients like Moringa oil, an antioxidant, full of free-radical neutralizers and has one of the most concentrated natural sources of oleic acid, Vitamin A and Vitamin C.  Tamanu oil, known for its unique ability to boost the formation of new tissue, Tamanu oil is often used to accelerate the healing of blemished or inflamed skin. Finally, Plai Root Oil, known as an exceptional healing oil with natural antimicrobial, antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties

The oil is called Lemongrass and Tea Tree, as these are the two strongest aromas you can detect, despite the catalogue of other essential oils in the product.  The smoky dark brown bottle helps preserve the integrity of the oils from sun light.  Within the cardboard box is a handy little pipet, replacing the lid to make using the oil highly practical, allowing you to easily dispense the ‘just right’ amount.

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I really like the philosophy of Siam Botanicals.  They do not use ANY synthetic ingredients, are cruelty free, committed to responsible sources and where possible, use local providers.  So if you’re already a fan of using shave oils, you should certainly add this one to your try list.  A highly practical, multi-tasking oil, packed full of skin benefiting ingredients.  Fully Del Brown Approved!

INCI Ingredients: *Ricinus Communis Seed Oil, *Olea Europaea Fruit Oil, *Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, *Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, *Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, *Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Cucumis Sativus Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Tocopherol , *Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil, Juniperus Communis Fruit Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Oil, Zingiber Cassumunar Root Oil, Cymbopogon Citratus Leaf Oil, Zingiber Officinale Oil, Limonene, Linalool, Geraniol, Citral

*Certified COSMOS Organic

http://www.siambotanicals.co.uk/shop/lemongrass-and-tea-tree-shave-oil/