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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Riad of Aromas Cherry and Juniper Berry Gentle Hydrating Cleanser

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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.

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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.  

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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.

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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.

http://www.riadofaromas.com/product/cherry-juniperberry-gentle-hydrating-cleanser/

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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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Purely revitalising brightening day creme from A’kin by Purist

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A’kin by Purist Brightening Day Creme – 50ml (£28.50)

I’ve been a fan of the PureMan range from A’kin for a while, but this was the first time I’ve tried a product from the A’kin by Purist range. A’kin and Purist have a range of Australian owned and made products that pride themselves in using natural ingredients and exclude the usual suspects of questionable chemicals.

This is the daily moisturiser is called ‘purely revitalising brightening day creme‘.

The second biggest ingredient in the pot after water is Shea Butter then glycerine.  I’ve counted at least 31 ingredients including Macadamia nut oil, Olive oil and Echium Plantagineum Seed Oil which is high in Omega 3, 6 & 9 essential fatty acids.  Piroctone Olamine which is a compound used to treat fungal infections.  Titanium Dioxide which has natural UV resistant properties. Myrciaria Dubia Fruit Juice is also known as camu camu, an amazon riverside tree which bears cherry-like fruit which are exceptionally high in vitamin C.  Also amino acids in the form of Arginine and hydrolysed hyaluronic acid which is an acid found naturally in our skin.

The result is a moisturiser which keeps the skin feeling hydrated, without feeling clogging or looking greasy.  The thick textured, white coloured cream has a pleasant non-floral fragrance, which men will appreciate.  It absorbs quickly and easily into the skin leaving it feeling smooth and hydrated.

Ingredients: Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Glycerin, Isostearyl Isostearate, Cetearyl Olivate, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Cetearyl Nonanoate, Sorbitan Olivate, Niacinamide, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Sorbitol, Sodium Gluconate, Sodium Lactate, Phenoxyethanol, Arginine, Hydrogenated Olive Oil, Cetyl Palmitate, Allantoin, Sorbitan Palmitate, Titanium Dioxide, Olea europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Echium Plantagineum Seed Oil, Fragrance, Sodium Citrate, Xanthan Gum, Mica, Ethylhexylglycerin, Myrciaria Dubia Fruit Juice, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Piroctone Olamine, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables, Citric Acid, Citronellol#, Geraniol#, Sodium Benzoate, Tocopherol, Linalool#, Citral#, Potassium Sorbate, Limonene#.

*derived from botanical sources, # component of the essential oil fragrance.

http://akinbeauty.co.uk/our-products/purely-revitalising-anti-ageing/purely-revitalising-brightening-day-creme

A natural SPF 25 face moisturiser

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Balance Me Natural Protection Moisturiser SPF25 – 40ml (£26.00)

I would certainly describe this product as more of a sun cream SPF than a regular moisturiser.  The consistency of the cream is very thick and if applied in too greater amount, can result in a chalky residue on the skin.  Having said that, other than the cosmetic appearance of the product, I found it to work very well at protecting my face from the sun.

It contains both UVA and UVB protection without using the commonly used chemical ingredients.  The cream boasts 99% natural ingredients within the tube.  The squeezy tube contains 40mls of product, which is dispensed from a small tube beneath the cap.

I tried this out whilst on holiday earlier this year and once I became used to applying the product, I soon became a fan, especially after being out in the sun all day and seeing my face had been well protected.

My tip is to apply a small amount onto clean fingers then rub onto the skin until fully absorbed.  If you’re concerned about particularly sensitive or vulnerable areas, for example sun spots or broken capillaries, then apply a second layer for added sun protection.

As with all SPF products, you must select the correct level of SPF depending on your skin type.  If in doubt, go up!  The higher the SPF factor, the greater the protection.  Always read the label and ensure your product protects you against both UVA and UVB rays.  You’ll be surprised at how many popular supermarket brands contain little or none UVB protection.

Ingredients: Aqua, Titanium Dioxide, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Coco Caprylate, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-2-dipolyhydroxystearate, Alumina, Stearic Acid, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Cellulose, Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui) Seed Oil, Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil, Crambe Abyssinica (Abyssinian) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract***, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Maltodextrin, Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Leaf Extract, Bisabolol, Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil*, Salvia Sclarea (Clary Sage) Leaf Oil*, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Oil*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil*, Boswellia Carterii (Frankincense) Gum Oil*, Agonis Fragrans (Fragonia) Leaf Oil*, Limonene**, Linalool**, Geranial**, Citral**

*natural pure essential oil **naturally occurring in essential oils ***certified organic ingredient

https://www.balanceme.co.uk/face/product-family/extra-care/extra-care-natural-protection-moisturiser-spf25/

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