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Siam Botanicals Lemongrass and Tea Tree Shave Oil

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Siam Botanicals Lemongrass and Tea Tree Shave Oil – 24.0g (£16.30)

I’ve discovered a little known secret, it’s called Siam Botanicals.  A brand that specialise in hand blending essential oils to create a range of skin and hair care products.  Made in small batches from their base in Bangkok, Thailand, using 100% natural ingredients sourced mainly from South East Asia, Africa and India.

I met the ladies from Siam Botanicals whilst at a recent trade fair and they introduced me to this, their Gentlemen of Siam, Lemongrass and Tea Tree Shave Oil.

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Obviously, the first thing I looked at was the ingredient list. Cast your eye over this little lot, in order of greatest amount; Organic Castor Oil, Organic Olive Oil, Organic Argan Oil, Organic Moringa Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Tamanu Oil, Rosehip Oil, Cucumber Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, natural source vitamin E, Organic Rosemary Oil, Juniper Berry Oil, Tea Tree Leaf Oil, Plai Root Oil, Lemongrass Oil and Ginger Oil.

Not a synthetic additive in sight.  No artificial perfume, colourings or preservatives. 97% of the total ingredients are certified organic.

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The concept is simple, apply a few drops into your fingers, spread over the area to be shaved, then shave.  The oil helping to protect the skin and lubricate the sharp blade.  Being a man who shaves his head, I gave this a whirl.  The problem I find with shaving oils is, you can’t always see where you’ve applied it. Then I fall foul of using too much.

So, I’ll admit I went a bit rogue! With an ingredient list this good, it would have been a sin just to use it as a shave oil.  So, I tried it as a beard and face oil and it is amazing!  As a beard oil, the combination of ingredients meant I only required a couple of drops, brushed into my beard, to give it a healthy, glossy, soft look and feel.  I also used a couple of drops at night as a face oil and my face was left feeling smooth, hydrated and calm.

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The mix of different essential oils makes this a true multi-tasker.  The tea tree oil has anti-fungle, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.  Whilst the argon oil is great not only for the skin, but also to nourish the hair.  Perfect for men with beards!  Rosehip oil is rich in pro-vitamin A, mostly beta-carotene, Vitamin E, Omegas 3, 9 and 6 essential fatty acids.  I’ve also spotted three unusual ingredients like Moringa oil, an antioxidant, full of free-radical neutralizers and has one of the most concentrated natural sources of oleic acid, Vitamin A and Vitamin C.  Tamanu oil, known for its unique ability to boost the formation of new tissue, Tamanu oil is often used to accelerate the healing of blemished or inflamed skin. Finally, Plai Root Oil, known as an exceptional healing oil with natural antimicrobial, antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties

The oil is called Lemongrass and Tea Tree, as these are the two strongest aromas you can detect, despite the catalogue of other essential oils in the product.  The smoky dark brown bottle helps preserve the integrity of the oils from sun light.  Within the cardboard box is a handy little pipet, replacing the lid to make using the oil highly practical, allowing you to easily dispense the ‘just right’ amount.

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I really like the philosophy of Siam Botanicals.  They do not use ANY synthetic ingredients, are cruelty free, committed to responsible sources and where possible, use local providers.  So if you’re already a fan of using shave oils, you should certainly add this one to your try list.  A highly practical, multi-tasking oil, packed full of skin benefiting ingredients.  Fully Del Brown Approved!

INCI Ingredients: *Ricinus Communis Seed Oil, *Olea Europaea Fruit Oil, *Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, *Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, *Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, *Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Cucumis Sativus Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Tocopherol , *Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil, Juniperus Communis Fruit Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Oil, Zingiber Cassumunar Root Oil, Cymbopogon Citratus Leaf Oil, Zingiber Officinale Oil, Limonene, Linalool, Geraniol, Citral

*Certified COSMOS Organic

http://www.siambotanicals.co.uk/shop/lemongrass-and-tea-tree-shave-oil/

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100% natural soap made with Greek Olive Oil

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Cool No: 10 Natural Handmade Greek Olive Oil Soap – 85g-95g (£4.50)

Whilst at the Natural and Organic trade show recently, I’ve discovered a range of hand made soaps made on the Greek island of Aegina, using locally produced, cold pressed, extra virgin olive oil as their main ingredient.  The bars are made in small batches, contain nothing artificial, so no synthetic colours, perfumes or preservatives.  They don’t contain any chemical nasties and come in a range of varieties, focusing on different skin benefits and uses.

I was given the ‘Number 10’ bar to try from Wood-Knit-Bee, as it is particularly foamy and moisturising, so great for use as a shaving cream.  I used my shaving brush to whip up some foam, which it did very easily.  The foam stayed on my skin long enough to shave.  I find some bars of soap that claim are suitable for shaving, often lose their foam quickly and have little or no slip and slide value.  Which is never great when you’re about to slide a sharp blade across the skin.

This soap has a mild pleasant fragrance, nothing over powering or offence. Post shaving, I used the same bar to wash with.  It lathers up well, cleaning the skin gently and thoroughly leaving no irritation or dryness.

The base of the soap is Greek Olive Oil, followed by Coconut oil, Palm Kernel oil, Caster Seed oil, Palm oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Water and Lye.  That’s it!

The ingredients are excellent, fully Del Brown Approved! and beat hands down, a lot of the better known ‘shaving soaps’ with its list of genuine natural ingredients. So if you’re a gent who prefers to wet shave with a shaving brush, or a lady looking for easy shaving of your legs in the bath tub, I’d highly recommend giving this one a try!

Ingredients: Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Cocos Nucefera (Coconut) Oil, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm Kernel) Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Aqua, Lye

http://www.wood-knit-bee.com/shop/natural-soap-cool-unscented-soap/cool-soap-10/

www.coolgreeksoap.com

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Red Clay shave cream from Neals Yard

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Neals Yard Close Shave Cream – 140ml (£13.50)

As you’d expect, I’m not a fan of traditional shaving creams/foams with their synthetic foaming agents, fragrances, colourings and preservatives. This shave cream from Neals Yard however, ticks a lot of boxes.  It doesn’t contain any SLS foaming agents, no propylene glycol or paraben preservatives.

The ingredients consist of a large amount of Olive Oil, Apple Juice, and Red Clay.  Followed by extract of Yarrow and Lavender oil.  It has the consistency of a grey clay, smells good and foams up well.  Good slip and slide aids a sharp razor blade.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Sodium cocoyl isethionate, Glycerin, Stearic acid, Coconut acid, Olea europaea (Olive) fruit oil*, Pyrus malus (Apple) juice*, Lecithin, Montmorillonite (Red clay), Achillea millefolium (Yarrow) extract*, Avena sativa (Oats) extract*, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) oil, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) oil*, Copaifera officinalis (Balsam copaiba) resin*, Levulinic acid, Xanthan gum, Coumarin, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool. * Organically produced ingredient + Nut-based ingredient Natural constituent of essential oils listed

http://www.nealsyardremedies.com/skincare/organic-facial-skincare/nyr-men/0423.html