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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Shea Butter Cottage African Black Liquid Soap

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Shea Butter Cottage African Black Liquid Soap: Neem – 250ml (£7.60)

This black liquid soap from Shea Butter Cottage contains over 50% unrefined, fair traded shea butter.

Shea butter is a fat, extracted from the nut of the shea tree (Vitellaria paradoxa), native to Ghana on the east coast of Africa.  A co-operative of local women harvest and crack open the nuts by hand.  At this stage in the process, the shea butter is completely unrefined, meaning it has not been treated or mixed with anything else.

Shea butter is similar to coconut oil or olive oil in the way it can be consumed and applied topically on the skin. Although mainly used in cosmetics, it is also used as a cooking oil.

BEFORE

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MIXED WITH WATER

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The biggest ingredient in the bottle is water, unrefined shea butter and unrefined neem oil.  Neem oil is particularly good at calming irritated skin and healing spots.  Then we find unrefined palm kernel oil and unrefined coconut oil.  Musa sapientum which is extracted from a banana like plant. Cocoa, yes that very same ingredient used to make chocolate and finally mango.

The look and texture of this liquid soap is just like molten dark chocolate.  The fragrance is naturally slightly smoky, but as the product is unscented, there have been no unnecessary ingredients added just to make it smell nice.

Black liquid soap can be used on its own as a liquid hand soap and body wash.  But my personal favorite use is as a beard shampoo.  One pump is all that is required, rubbed into damp hair, builds a thick white foam that cleanses your beard of grease and grime.  Rinse off to leave your beard looking and feeling clean and groomed. Use more than one pump when using it as a head shampoo.

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Black Soap has been used for generations to help relieve spots and acne, oily skin, clear blemishes, rashes and various other skin issues.  Take dandruff for example, caused as a result of a dry, irritated scalp.  Try replacing your existing shampoo with this and see how you get on.

Ingredients: aqua, butyrospermum parkii, azadarichta indica, potassium palm kernalate, potassium cocoate, musa sapientum, theobroma cacao, mangifera indica

http://www.sheabuttercottage.com/authenticafricanblackneemliquidsoap.html


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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/