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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Friendly Soap Cocoa Butter Facial Cleansing Bar

IMG_2583Friendly Soap Cocoa Butter Facial Cleansing Bar – 95g £2.49

Followers of Del Brown Approved will already be familiar with Friendly Soaps.  This one is their Cocoa Butter facial cleansing bar.

“Wash your face with a bar of soap? Have they gone mad!  No one does that anymore.. do they?”  

Consider this;  How many ingredients are there in your current face washing product, be that a cream cleanser, face wash gel or anything else you’d care to suggest.


Counted them?  How many were there, six?, ten? more?  How many of them ingredients were of no benefit to you or your skin?  For example, colourings, perfumes, synthetic emulsifiers to stop the ingredients from separating in the plastic bottle.  Synthetic preservatives to stop the product going mouldy on the supermarket shelves.

So straight to the ingredients in this bar.  One third cocoa butter, one third olive oil and one third coconut oil.  That is it.  No fragrances added of any kind, no colourings and no preservatives.  Cruelty free, so no animal testing.  Vegan society approved, so no animal derived ingredients.


If your face is suffering and you’re at your whits end trying to solve any number of skin conditions from itchiness to spots, then I encourage you to try something like this facial cleansing bar for just one month.  See if your skin says ‘thank you’ for not over loading it with a cocktail of synthetic ingredients.

Ingredients: Sodium Cocoa Butterate, Sodium Olivate, Sodium Cocotte, Aqua

Cocoa Butter Facial Cleansing Bar


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Riad of Aromas Cherry and Juniper Berry Gentle Hydrating Cleanser


Riad of Aromas Cherry and Juniper Berry Gentle Hydrating Cleanser – 100ml (£16.00)

This is my second review for Riad of Aromas, the Moroccan influenced, British brand, making a big impact on the natural product market.  Let me introduce you to their alcohol free, Cherry and Juniper Berry cream cleanser.

The airless pump helps preserve the natural ingredients, without the need for synthetic chemicals.  Dispense this naturally white, cream cleanser onto your fingers, massage all over the face, then rinse off with warm water.  Best results are achieved when used in combination with the unbleached muslin cloth, included in the box.  Rinse the cloth under hot water, ring out and wipe off.  When used like this, a mild exfoliation is achieved, resulting in your skin feeling really clean. Make up wearers should particularly benefit from this.


The biggest ingredients in the cleanser are water, apricot seed oil, castor oil and sweet cherry oil.  Cherry oil is rich in vitamins A, B, D and E and full of antioxidants. Then we see plant derived glycerine, moisturising shea butter and coconut derived cetearyl glucoside.  Sodium anisate is an antimicrobial preservative derived from corn and fennel.  


Natural source vitamin E and juniper oil, which has antiseptic qualities to help alleviate spot prone, oily and congested skin conditions. Sage extract, sodium levulinate which is another natural preservative, peppermint oil, lactic acid, polimer in the form of carbomer and finally an ester in the form of naturally derived glyceryl oleate.


Suitable for vegans and not tested on animals, this cream cleanser is a great natural alternative to the synthetic chemical packed cleansers, available on the high market.  The mix of natural ingredients breaks down oil and grime and leaves the skin feeling clean and refreshed.  Highly Del Brown Approved!

Ingredients: aqua, prunus armeniaca camellia, ricinus communis seed oil, prunus avium, cetearyl alcohol, glycerine, butyrospermum parkii butter (shea butter), cetearyl glucoside, sodium anisate, tocopherol, juniperus communis fruit oil, salvia officianalis (sage) extract, sodium levulinate, mentha piperita (peppermint), lactic acid, carbomer, glyceryl oleate, geraniol*, limonene*, linalool*

*Naturally occurring molecules.

Click here to read other Del Brown Approved products from Riad of Aromas.

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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


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.

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

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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

Click here to read my other Gamila Secret reviews

Possibly THE most natural face wash I’ve ever reviewed?


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JooMo Honey & Orange Face Wash – 100ml (£6.95)

My regular followers will know how excited, passionate and enthusiastic I am about my natural products.  This is one review I have been very excited about writing.  I discovered this face wash called JooMo, designed and developed from Universities and research laboratories here in the UK.   At the moment it seems JooMo has only two products in its inventory.  A face wash for girls and one for boys.

Their mission, was to create a TRULY 100% natural product using no chemical or processed ingredients.  The result was this Jooma Face Wash.  I encourage you to take a moment to visit their website and read more on this product.  I have been using this for the past month as my daily face wash and here’s my report.

Firstly when the product arrived through the post, I was blown away by the strong orange and honey smell.  I could even smell it through the jiffy bag it was delivered in.  It smelt amazing!  As I was road testing other face washes at the time, I put this in my cupboard.  When I came to use it a month later, I noticed the orange and honey smell had gone and was replaced with a strong smell of cinnamon and clove oil.

The face wash has the texture of a runny gel, slightly orange in colour but mainly transparent.  It contains no foaming ingredients, so it doesn’t matter how hard you rub, the product will not foam or create bubbles.  Instead, the slippery texture glides over the skin, creating minimal friction.  So if you were usually red faced after rubbing face washes on your skin, this would certainly be of benefit to you.  If you’re familiar with using a foaming or cream based face wash, I encourage you to allow at least a week to get use to this non-foaming gel-like texture and routine, and to enjoy the benefits of clean natural cleansing.

Apply the invisible gel onto the damp face and enjoy washing off all the excess oil, dirt and grime of the day.  The product easily washes off with warm water leaving the skin clean, clear and feeling comfortable.  This is truly minimal fuss and effort on the part of the user and us males in particular are going to love using it.

The ingredients in JooMo are not only 100% natural but also the way they are processed is altogether better.  None of their ingredients have gone through chemical or physical changes.  On the label we see the biggest ingredient in the tube is Water, Sugar extract, sea salt and honey.  Then we find Orange Juice (yes juice not oil!), Orange Peel oil, clove oil and cinnamon.  The thickening ingredients are Guar Gum and Acacia Senegal Gum Extract.

Don’t be put off by the label stating ‘exclusively for young sensitive skin’.  I’m a man in his late 30’s and it worked great on my skin.  If only I had used this instead of that nasty bright blue bottle of anti-spot face wash I used continually for years as a teenager!  If you suffer with spots at any age or if like me, you don’t have spots but just want to use the most natural ingredients on your skin, give this serious consideration.

Highly Del Brown Approved this is sure to be a close contender in my top five face wash products of the year!

INGREDIENTS: Aqua, Saccharum Officinarum (unrefined sugar) Extract, Maris Sal (Sea Salt), Saponins, Mel (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

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A’kin daily face wash

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A’Kin Pure Man Invigorating Daily Face Wash – 125ml (£12.00)

A daily, easy to use face wash from A’kin.  This orange, yellow colour liquid gel has a dominant aroma of spicy clove oil.

Paraben, PEG and SLS free, as is the requirement for all Del Brown Approved products.  Using extracts from coconuts and sugar cane to create the mild white foam and plant based glycerine for added slip and moisture.

Formulated with an exotic mix of botanicals, plant based extracts and oils including ginseng root extract, panthenol (pro Vit B5), panama bark, orange oil, mandarin orange peel oil, warming ginger root extract, cardamon seed oil and clove flower oil.

I found this face wash really easy to use.  It left my skin feeling clean without feeling stripped of it’s natural oils.  It didn’t make my face feel dry and tight after use.

Ingredients: Aqua (purified Australian water^), sorbitol*, glycerin*, lauryl glucoside*, disodium cocoamphodiacetate (from coconut), sodium cocoyl glutamate (from coconut & sugar cane), sclerotium gum*, sodium isostearoyl lactylate*, panax ginseng root extract, panthenol (pro Vit B5), quillaja saponaria bark (panama bark), sodium citrate*, sodium gluconate*, citric acid*, glyceryl laurate*, sodium stearoyl lactylate*, chlorphenesin, sodium dehydroacetate, ethylhexylglycerin, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) oil, citrus nobilis (mandarin orange) peel oil, zingiber officinale (ginger) root extract [CO2], elettaria cardamomum seed oil (cardamon), eugenia caryophyllus (clove) flower oil, d-limonene#, eugenol#.

^BP standard *botanical sources #from essential oils