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


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Gamila Secret Rose Face Oil


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Gamila Secret Rose Face Oil – 50ml (£70.00)

With my face going through a seasonal adjustment during September and October.  Summer over, broken capillaries ablaze thanks to fading sun tans and pale and pasty dry skin returning, this was an ideal opportunity to try out the Rose Face Oil from Gamila Secret.

Already a big fan of the range and having tried and reviewed the Original Face Oil from Gamila, I was excited to try this Rose version. Rose Essential Oil, in this case distilled from the Rose Damascus (Damask) plant, is renowned for it’s therapeutic properties. Rose oil contains more than 300 known compounds and is used as an antidepressant, antiphlogistic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral and even as an aphrodisiac.

The biggest ingredients in this face oil is Grape Seed oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Lavender Oil and Black Cumin Seed Oil. Then we find Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, Elecampane, a herb better known as Horse-heal. Bay leaf oil, Pistachio nut oil and Rose Damascena Oil.

A lot of face oils use olive and or nut oil as their base, then mix in a few other ingredients. The difference here is we find a large mix of several different types of skin benefitting oils and in larger quantities.

For your skin it soothes, moisturizes and hydrates and is good for all skin types, young or old, dry to oily.  “Wait a second, Oil on oil?  He must be mad!”  Friends, don’t just take my word for it, do your own research.  It is also used to calm broken capillaries, inflammation and skin redness.

All of the vegetable oils used are first pressed meaning they are the first extraction, and cold pressed so doesn’t used any heat in the extraction process, which can effect the properties of the oil.  Being an oil, the liquid absorbs quickly and deeply into the skin and the active ingredients stay potent for longer compared to that found in creams.

Apply a few drops of this heady rose scented oil onto clean skin to leave it looking moisturised and hydrated.  Use at night time allowing the ingredients to penetrate and wake to smoother, calmer skin.  Can be used instead of, or in addition to a moisturiser cream.  Less is most definitely more!  A little goes a long way, one pump dispenses more than enough for the entire face.  Fully Del Brown Approved!

Ingredients: Vitis Vinifera [Grape] Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis [Sweet Almond] Oil, Simmondsia Chinesis [Jojoba] Seed Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia [Lavender] Oil, Nigella Sativa [Black Cumin] Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Olea Europaea [Olive] Fruit Oil, Persea Gratissima [Avocado] Oil, Unsaponifiables, Inula Helenium Extract, Laurus Nobilis [Bay] Leaf Oil, Pistacia Vera Seed Oil, Rosa Damascena [Rose] Oil, Fragrance.,default,pd.html

Click here to read my review of the Original Face Oil from Gamila Secret