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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Spiezia Moisturising Hand Balm


Spiezia Moisturising Hand Balm – 50ml (£16.95)

Let me start this review by shouting 100% ORGANIC!  Every single ingredient within this little green frosted jar, is certified by the UK soil association as being organic.  Welcome dear reader to my second review for the brand I had never heard of, Spiezia Organics.

You may be forgiven for thinking this is an international brand, but in fact, their home is sunny Cornwall.  All of the Spiezia products are certified organic, which makes them quite unique.  Most natural brands contain ‘some’ organic ingredients, but very few contain ALL.


“oh wow!” were the words I uttered when I first opened the lid and smelt the aroma.  It was a warm day and I could see the top layer of the balm melting in the jar.  I scooped out a tiny amount (petit pois size) in preparation to take you a photograph and upon contact of my body heat, the balm had melted.

The base and main ingredients in this hand balm are ylang ylang oil and beeswax.  Then they have mixed an infusion of sweet orange peel oil, grapefruit seed extract, petitgrain leaf oil, lavender oil, olive oil, rose geranium, apricot oil, rose flower extract, sesame seed oil, jojoba seed oil and finally wheat germ oil.  Every single one organic.

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With ingredients like this, I would expect this to be a face balm.  But no, in this case Spiezia have created a moisturising hand balm.  Oils by their very nature are able to sink deeper into the skin than any water based cream, that’s why face oils work so well.  Now let’s be practical for a moment.  The ingredients in this hand balm are all oils, which may not be the most practical thing to apply to your hands if you’re about to start some paper work or require a firm grip.

So, having experimented with this product for a while, I conclude, for day time application use only a tiny amount.  Less is more. The oils melt and spread easily and widely, keeping your hands hydrated for longer than creams.  Last thing at night, apply slightly more and massage into dry hands for an intensive overnight treatment. If you’ve been over generous, make sure you rub any excess into your feet or elbows.  Don’t waste a drop.


The results are exactly what you’d want from a hand product. Highly moisturised, long lasting smooth, soft skin.  You may be detecting a little excitement in this review and rightly so I think.  100% organic and 100% Del Brown Approved!

Ingredients: Cananga Odorata flower oil, Cera Alba, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis peel oil, Citrus Grandis seed extract, Citrus Nobilis leaf oil, Lavandula Angustifolia flower extract, Lavandula Angustifolia flower oil, Olea Europaea fruit oil, Pelargonium Graveolens flower oil, Prunus Armeniaca kernel oil, Rosa Damascena flower extract, Sesamum Indicum seed oil, Simmondsia Chinensis seed oil, Triticum Vulgare germ oil

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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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Natural Empathy Great British Luxury Hand Lotion



Natural Empathy Great British Luxury Natural Hand Lotion – 200ml (£15.00)

The base for this hand lotion is a mix of water, British grown extra virgin cold pressed rapeseed oil that is rich in omegas 3, 6 and 9. Soothing aloe vera and avocado oil, known for being high in vitamin E and for its high skin penetration and rapid absorption. Glycerin, natural source vitamin E in the form of Tocopherol, then finally fragranced with a mix of 13 organic essential oils to create a 100% natural floral lavender scent. The essential oils used must be a closely guarded secret as they are neither listed on the packaging or on crystal spring’s website, but I can certainly detect lavender and lavandin.

Just one pump rubbed into the hands, nails, dry elbows, anywhere on the body that requires attention.  This light textured, naturally cream coloured lotion, quickly absorbs into the skin, leaving it feeling moisturised without being greasy.  The natural lavender fragrance is both clean and fresh, none of your ‘old grannies synthetic lavender’ smell here! I even had one lady say to me “oh you smell nice!” then I realised the only product I had applied that morning was this hand cream!

Award winning ‘best new natural beauty product’ at the natural and organic awards 2011, there’s nothing not to love. Made in Great Britain, the quality of the ingredients provides the skin with everything it needs to remoisturise, plump up and remain hydrated for hours after application. No synthetic colourings or fragrances and using 100% natural oils that sink deep into the skin to lock in moisture.

Ingredients: Aqua, Brassica campestris, Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera), Cetearyl alcohol & Coco glucoside (Naturally derived emulsifier), Persea gratissima (Avocado oil), Stearic acid (Naturally derived emulsifier), Glycerin, Tocopherol (Naturally derived Vitamin E),  *Natural Parfum, Sodium bicarbonate (Naturally derived PH adjuster), Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexglycerin, Sodium benzoate, **Citral, **Citronellol, **Coumarin, **Eugenol, **Geraniol, **Limonene, **Linalool. 

*Denotes natural & organic essential oils. **From essential oils

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Hand cream from Gamila Secret

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Gamila Secret Daily Herbal Skincare for your hands – 50ml (£18.00)

Having already reviewed the original Gamila Secret Cleansing Bar, I was very interested to try out the other products within the range.  This time the Gamila Secret Hand Cream.

The ingredients are 100% natural, using Sweet Almond Oil, Shea Butter and olive oil as the base, then we see Avocado oil, Sweet Orange, Sea Buckthorn oil and Aloe Vera.  Towards the end of the ingredients list we find some interesting plant extracts including Inula Helenium which is more commonly known as ‘horse-heal’.  Pistachio Oil, Fennel Flower and finally lavender oil.

These ingredients combine to create a bright yellow cream, which is easily absorbed and keeps the hands feeling moisturised without stickiness.   It has a mild orange zesty fragrance that isn’t over powering.

Ingredients: Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Butyrospermum Pqarkii [Shea Butter], Cera Alba, Cetyl Alcohol, Olea Europaea [Olive] Fruit Oil, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Persea Gratissima [Avocado] Oil Unsaponifiables, Benzyl Alcohol, Salicylic Acid, Glycerin, Sorbic Acid, Xantham Gum, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis [Sweet Orange] Seed Oil, Panthenol, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Oil, Aloe Barbadensis [Aloe Vera] Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Phytate, Inula Helenium Extract, Laurus Nobilis Oil, Pistacia Vera Seed Oil, Nigella Sativa Seed Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia [Lavender Oil]

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Bee lovely hand cream from Neals Yard

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Neals Yard Bee Lovely Hand Cream – 50ml (£10)

Part of Burts Bees ‘Save the bees’ honey range, this pleasant smelling hand cream does the business.  Apply sparingly to avoid oil slicks.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed oil*, Bertholletia excelsa (Brazil nut) seed oil*, Cetyl alcohol, Cetearyl glucoside, Cetearyl olivate, Mel (Honey)*, Citrus sinensis (Orange) peel oil expressed*, Alcohol denat.*, Propolis extract*, Sorbitan olivate, Sodium hyaluronate, Camellia sinensis (White tea) leaf extract, Tocopherol, Xanthan gum, Potassium sorbate, Levulinic acid, Glycerin, Sodium levulinate, Citral, Limonene, Linalool. *Organic ingredients. Natural constituent from essential oils listed.