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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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Skin and Tonic London Beard Oil

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Skin and Tonic London Beard Oil – 30ml (£16.00)

I’m very excited to bring you this one!  My first review for East London based ‘Skin and Tonic‘.  They are a small, fast growing producer of natural skincare products.  Located in the home of the fashionable hipster and Shoreditch beard, they just HAD to make a beard oil.

This is their Skin and Tonic London Beard Oil, made with just five ingredients; Grapeseed oil, Thistle oil, Argan oil, Cedarwood essential oil and finally Rosemary essential oil. Every single one of them certified organic by the soil association.

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Now I’ve reviewed a number of beard oils since launching Del Brown Approved!, but not many of them can boast being 100% certified organic.  Why should this make a difference?  Well, with the certification, the ingredients have to meet the high standards of the UK based Soil Association.  They have a rigorous list which all have to be met, in order for the ingredients to be certified.  No synthetic pesticides used during the growing of the plants, not GM (genetically modified) ingredients, the list goes on.

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I’ve long sported a beard in a variety of shapes and sizes, but when it starts to get long, it does require some help to prevent you from looking like cat weasel.  So, how best to use this beard oil.  It all depends on how long and thick your beard is.  If you’ve only got a short one, you’ll need very little.  But if you’ve got a long one, you’ll need more.  Are you detecting slight innuendo here?  Well it’s true!

The thing about beard oil is, and I’ve experimented extensively with them, when you first apply it, you can fall foul of using too much because you can’t see or feel much difference.  But, give it an hour for the oil to warm to your body temperature.  The bristles of your beard will spread the oils all around your chin.  Use too much beard oil and you’re left feeling like an oil slick for the rest of the day.

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My first tip is to equip yourself with a comb.  Nothing fancy, just a bog standard hair comb will do, preferably with closely sat prongs.  Apply one or two drops straight onto the comb and brush evenly into a freshly washed, dry beard.  Comb the hair in the opposite direction of the hair growth, getting the oil right underneath, before neatly brushing the hair back down.  Again, don’t worry if it feels like not much has happened, or you haven’t used enough.  Take a moment to evenly distribute the oil by simply combing the hair through the comb.  Then my next tip is not to man handle your beard too much.  Allow time for the oils to penetrate and nourish the hair and skin.

Ultimately, you’ll notice your beard is looking well groomed.  Slightly glossy in appearance, thick, healthy and neatly styled.  To start with, you may reserve this ritual only for special occasions and date nights.  But trust me, the look and feel becomes addictive.  You’ll find yourself applying the beard oil as part of your daily grooming routine.  With regular use, this oil will keep your beard in tip-top condition and the skin beneath will benefit too.

This huge 30ml sized beard oil is an all round winner.  Its going to last you ages and is easy to use thanks to the pump dispenser.  The aroma is primarily Grapeseed oil with a sharp, zesty twang, it’s all fully Del Brown Approved!

Ingredients: Vitis Vinfera*, Cathamus Tinctorius*, Argania Spinosa*, Cedrus Atlantica*, Rosmarinus Officinalis*
*Certified organic by The Soil Association + Vegan

http://www.skinandtoniclondon.com/product/beard-oil/