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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Botanicals Nourishing Face Moisturiser Rose and Camellia

IMG_2590Botanicals Nourishing Face Moisturiser: Rose and Camellia – 30ml (£17.95)

Already impressed by the Botanicals Radiance Serum, which I reviewed last year, I am now very pleased to approve their Botanicals nourishing face moisturiser.

First, an observation on the packaging.  This small 30ml size comes in a smokey brown glass bottle. This already ticks boxes as far as I’m concerned.  Fully recyclable, no chemicals leaching out of plastic bottles to be concerned about and the brown glass, helps preserve the integrity of the natural ingredients from sun light.

If the glass had been left clear, the UV light would quickly degrade the ingredients, reducing the potency and longevity of them.

IMG_2592Now onto the main feature, the ingredients.  It contains an impressive 99% naturally derived ingredients, 91% of them, certified organic by the Soil Association. None of the ingredients are tested on animals and the entire Botanicals range is suitable for vegans. Suitable for both men and women, it is recommended for normal, dry and mature skin types.

The base and biggest ingredient is water, organic sunflower oil, organic shea butter and organic cacao butter. Unusual to find those three rich moisturising ingredients as the base ingredients. Then we see vegetable based glycerine, organic rose hip oil, organic olive oil and organic flax seed oil. In the middle of the ingredients list there is organic aloe vera powder and wild carrot root extract   Other key ingredients include natural source vitamin E and organic camellia sinensis leaf extract, more commonly known as the antioxidant Green Tea.

IMG_2593The aroma is clean, uplifting and not overly floral, despite being made up of the main ingredients, together with a mix of lavender, rose, geranium and ylang-ylang essential oils.

The convenient pump dispenses a small amount, so you can easily control how much you use. Only a couple of pumps is required. The light textured cream easily absorbs into the skin and does not leave a shiny, oily texture.

IMG_2595I particularly like how this moisturiser doesn’t suffocate the skin. Have you ever used a moisturiser that left your skin sweating underneath it? Well not with this. The cream maintains moisture levels throughout the day, without irritating or blocking the pores.

I definitely rate this moisturiser right up there in my top list of favourites, for a whole host of reasons, but particularly thanks to that list of 91% certified organic ingredients.  A pleasure to use and fully Del Brown Approved!

Ingredients: Aqua, helianthus annuus seed oil* butyrospermum parkii butter*, theobroma cacao seed butter*, glyceryl stearate, cetearyl alcohol, glycerine***, rosa canina fruit oil*, olea europaea fruit oil*, linum usitatissimum seed oil*, sucrose stearate, sodium stearoyl glutamate, aloe barbadensis leaf juice powder*, camellia sinensis leaf extract*, daucus carota sativa root extract*, coco-glucoside, coconut alcohol, tocopherol, xanthan gum, benzyl alcohol, lactic acid, dehydroacetic acid, parfum*; rosa centifolia flower oil*, pelargonium graveolens flower oil*, lavandula angustifolia flower oil*, cymbopogon martini flower oil*, cananga odorata flower oil*, geraniol**, citronellol**, benzyl benzoate**, linalool**, limonene**, citral**, farnesol**.

*Organic ingredient
**Natural constituents of essential oils
***Organic origin

http://www.botanicals.co.uk/natural-face-moisturiser-rose-camellia/

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Botanicals Radiance Serum – White Grape and Avocado

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Botanicals Radiance Serum – White Grape and Avocado – 28g (£25.95)

Welcome to Botanicals, a range of natural products using soil association certified, organic ingredients.  Cruelty free, suitable for vegans, made here in the UK and founded by Wendy Stirling.

This is their Radiance Serum with white grape and avocado.  Serums are a mixture of essential oils within a base oil.  The base oil is the carrier and the biggest ingredient in the bottle.  Face oils or serums by their very nature, are able to penetrate the skin far deeper than any cream moisturiser.

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I’m going to start this review by declaring my absolute love for it!  As you know with me, it’s ALL about the ingredients, so lets start with that.  The biggest ingredient in the bottle is organic apricot oil.  Most of the big brands use olive oil as their carrier, as its cheap and widely available.  Apricot oil is a natural anti-inflammatory when applied topically, so if you’re face is looking red, irritated or inflamed, this oil is perfect.

The second ingredient is organic sunflower seed oil, then organic grape seed oil, organic rosa canina fruit oil, organic jojoba oil and organic avocado oil.  All five of these organic oils are renowned skin softeners and moisturisers.  Together, they create a cocktail that can help diminish the appearance of scars, lighten pigmentation, re-hydrate dry skin and even reduce the appearance of stretch marks.

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Then we see organic evening primrose oil, organic camellia sinensis leaf extract, natural source vitamin E, organic lavender oil, organic chamomile oil and finally organic mandarin orange peel oil.  Every one of the ingredients in this list are there to serve a purpose or tackle a skin concern.  Another big plus for me is that every ingredient is organic.  None of the plants from which the oils have been extracted, were grown using chemical pesticides, fertilisers or were genetically modified.

I’ve been using this for over a month and have found it help heal spots quickly, calm red irritated skin and rehydrate dry skin.  There are several ways of using a face oil in your routine.  You can use it on its own, replacing a cream moisturiser. Apply a couple of drops onto your fingers and smooth it into the skin.  If your skin is feeling particularly dry or you’ve got some skin issues you want to tackle, apply one drop in with your moisturiser, combine, then apply.  Suitable for all skin types, including sensitive and even oily.

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If you’re a bearded brother, apply one or two drops onto your fingers then work into your beard.  Less is more in this scenario.  This will not only give your beard a glossy look and feel, but will also nourish the hair and skin.

Very easy to use, quick, simple and very effective.  I love the 99% organic ingredients and feel my skin is reaping the benefits.  Highly recommended and totally Del Brown Approved!

Ingredients: Prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernel oil*, helianthus annuus seed oil*, vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil*, rosa canina fruit oil*, buxus chinensis (jojoba) seed oil*, persea gratissima (avocado) oil*, oenothera biennis (evening primrose) oil*, camellia sinesis leaf extract*, tocopherol***, (lavendula angustifolia (lavender) flower oil*, anthemis nobilis (chamomile) flower oil*, citrus nobilis (mandarin orange) peel oil*, geraniol**, limonene**, linalool**. (*Certified organic ingredients. **Natural constituents of essential oils. ***Natural origin.)

http://www.botanicals.co.uk/organic-facial-serum-chamomile-mandarin/