E:13/12/15, DermaNutri™ | 20% Off Everything

In the run-up to Christmas, we have teamed up with DermaNutri, skin wellness specialists and distributor of innovative skincare and nutraceuticals, to offer every member of our community an exclusive 20% off every full-priced products and facials listed in their online catalogue.

A natural approach to health & beauty

DermaNutri focus on skincare and wellness and pride themselves on a holistic approach towards health and beauty. They work very closely with selected experts in the field of skin health, anti-ageing and nutrition to offer the most effective and natural products, and their expert advice on managing your skin concerns or conditions both from the inside and out. 

Winter proof your skin with a DermaNutri 20% discount on all their products online from dermatologist loved skincare brand INNARAH® to professional-grade collagen drink Aneva™ Derma and Nature & Life skin immunity supplement. Their offer is also valid on bespoke facials and skin nutrition consultations.

Terms & Conditions

  • End Date: 13 December 2015
  • Discount: 20% off all products, facials and consultations bought online and instore.
  • RestrictionsThe code can be used only once per person aged 18 or over. It is exclusive to our registered members and is valid on worldwide orders.
  • Code: Enter code DERMANUTRI20 in the relevant Voucher Code field of Your Shopping Basket page before checkout.

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Receive regular updates and stay informed about special offers and giveaways when you follow DermaNutri on social media. Visit their website to discover more about their cutting-edge nutri-cosmetics and advanced body care treatments or book a consultation with their skin specialist, Mel Turkerman.

To find out more about a product, or even just to say hello, feel free to drop a line to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also call Mel on 0800 689 0058 to discuss your skin care needs.

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E:06/06/15, APPLE & BEARS | Win 1 x 4 Luxury Body Care Gift Sets | RRP £34.95 each

This month, we have teamed up with family owned skin care company, APPLE & BEARS, to introduce their truly pure and luxurious Body Care Collection launched in 2011.

Their founders, Kay and Dean Butt, are on a mission to harvest the power of beauty in nature and unleash the one within. They are committed to produce locally, ethically and responsibly premium cosmetics using the finest organic and natural ingredients.

We are offering our members a chance to pamper themselves or to treat someone special in their life with a wonderful duo perfect for any occasion. Apply before the 6th of June 2015 to win 1 of 4 Luxury Body Care Gift Sets worth RRP £34.95 each. 

The Ethical Values & Inspirations

APPLE & BEARS deluxe, gentle but effective beauty range is ECOCERT certified, not tested on animals, packaged with recyclable material, produced in the UK, suitable for Vegans and Vegetarians and encompassed sustainable development and fair trade. As an official partner of Breast Cancer Care, they donate 5% of the profits on the sale of every bottle to this charity

Their name is inspired by the goodness of nature (APPLE) and a reminder of our duty of care (BEARS) of our world. Their logo is a tribute to the courage, perseverance and faith (Koi Fish) of the breast cancer survivors and to their mystical grace and enchanting spirit of freedom and adventure (Mermaids). Their luxurious packaging is handmade, refined and luxurious.

The Luxury Body Wash Collection

APPLE & BEARS Luxury Body Wash Collection is formulated with the finest, natural extracts and gentle aromas to produce a pure blend that cleanses impurities gently and effectively. It nurtures and nourishes your skin delicately and naturally whilst revitalising the senses with full and luxurious foam for a bath and shower experience that rejuvenates and re-energises mind and body.

 

The Luxury Body Silk Collection

APPLE & BEARS Luxury Body Silk Collection is a sensationally creamy and luxurious body care experience. Infused with a blend of natural ingredients to boost the skin’s elasticity and firmness and formulated with the finest natural fragrances and gentle aromas, it revitalises and relaxes the senses. 

 

 

The Luxury Body Care Gift Set

APPLE & BEARS Luxury Body Care Gift Set is the perfect gift to pamper yourself or to spoil someone special in your life. A wonderful treat for any occasion, this set is beautifully presented in a traditionally handmade box and contains one full size Luxury Body Wash to indulge yourself when bathing, and one full size Luxury Body Silk to rejuvenate and protect your skin after your bath or shower.

 

Stay in touch

Receive regular updates and stay informed about special offers and giveaways when you follow APPLE & BEARS on social media.

Visit their website to discover more about the brand and their environmentally friendly collections. Would you like to find a reseller near you? Check their list of stockists nationally and Internationally.

To find out more about an item, or even just to say hello, feel free to drop a line to Kay Butt, Co-Founder & Managing Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call +44 (0)1784 483 886.

How to apply?

Read carefully the terms and conditions before applying for this prize draw.

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Apple & Bears Pomegranate & Aloe Vera Collection

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First Impressions

Unwrapping the lovely parcel containing the Apple & Bears gift collection I was due to review, I felt really excited.  I am a great fan of bathing and moisturising products due to my stressful job and having a very dry and sensitive skin, so this item sounded like a Godsend to me!

I was quite overwhelmed by how luxuriously the packaging presented the contents and my first impression was one of a luxury brand and that this item would make a marvellous gift. Although the main logo for this collection is a neutral colour the body cream contained within has a pink monogram, which probably leans this set more towards the female market, although only the body cream is particularly identified for women.

The Box

I researched a little more about the box, as my Japanese friends always tell me that it is rude not to pay close attention to presentation of a gift, and this is equally important as the contents as the giver has taken care to choose and present this to you.

The gift box for the Apple & Bears Collection has a fine pedigree supporting British craftsmen, having been hand made by a British company with a long history of making bespoke gift boxes since 1816. I suddenly feel transported back to an age of elegantly dressed ladies from Jane Austenesque scenarios in beautiful Georgian homes opening their gifts made by this same company and I feel delighted. Apple & Bears comments particularly on this aspect of their ethos of sourcing British made packaging to house their British brand items and I have to say that the quality really shows here.

The Bottles

The bottles themselves are opaque, squeezable but slightly stiff, white plastic, the body silk has a pump dispenser and the body wash has a cap with a dispensing insert which snaps open and closed easily to dispense the gel. My first thought was that I was pleased to have a pump and dispenser on the items as the plastic of the containers is fairly robust although not completely rigid. The thoughtfulness of this inclusion was very much appreciated. The monogram gives the product itself a classy look and, on closer inspection, I could see that this bore reflected mermaids, fish and a spiral which could be interpreted as a shell form.

Swatch test

Swatching the products on my hand for the first time I noticed that the body wash has a mid coloured transparent look and has a very stiff, jelly-like texture. It has a light fragrance which is not overwhelming. Rinsing the product, I noticed that it produces a light lather, but not lots of foam.  This is pleasing as it suggests that Apple & Bears do not overload their products with foaming agents.

The body silk is white in colour and has a mid texture, and is delivered cleanly by the pump. On my hands the product is readily absorbed and has a deeper, headier fragrance than the body wash which leaves me in raptures. I am a keen fan of exotic fragrances which deliver me from stress, and this one seems to work a treat! The fragrance seems to leave a lingering scent on the surface of the skin and the product leaves the skin feeling hydrated and plumped.

Maker’s scent information

Near the start of the trial, the makers of this product gave the reviewers additional information about the contents of the fragrances of each of the range. I was informed that:

‘The Pomegranate fragrance is Jasmin with a combination of different scents’

The idea that the main content of my product’s fragrance was jasmine only increased my excitement about this product review, as this is one of my all time favourites, being a real fan of deeply sensual and oriental fragrances. I really adore the fragrance of my product but I found it really hard to put my finger exactly on what the content might be. It reminds me a little of one of my very favourite products and I wonder it one of the ‘combination of different scents’ might well include tiaré blossom, which is often used with monoi oil. Certainly, to me, the fragrance is slightly reminiscent of this and is not purely the fragrance of jasmine.

Each time I reach for the bottle of body silk I just can’t resist cupping my hands whilst holding the pumped product and inhaling deeply before smoothing the cream over my skin. My instinct to treat my brain as well as my body has continued with each application and has become part of the ritual of application of this product. I have found this helps to relax and relieve stresses of daily life during those precious moments of pampering.

Body Wash

The body wash has lasted well; a little goes a very long way. The product lathers well, so that you feel it is doing its job, but does not produce clouds of foam. My skin does not feel dry after use which is a great bonus! I still feel that the texture is very stiff when dispensed, so I thought that a good way to keep my bottle would be on its cap to keep the product at the top. However, I have noticed that the bottle has still become slightly damaged over time from the need to squeeze it. The plastic is flexible, but robust and a little unreceptive to my constant battering and now bears some scars across its middle. If I were to have another I might replace the cap with a pump, similar to that on the body silk as this bottle still looks as chic as the day I opened the box and is a pleasure to look at on my window sill each morning and evening.

Body Silk

Using the body silk on the body after bathing, I have noticed that this product needs a little massaging to help it to be absorbed on damp skin. I use about two pumps for half a leg and, although the instructions recommend circular motion of application, I have found that an upward, brushing motion of application with the palms of both hands helps the product to be absorbed more quickly. Using less product initially also reduces the need for a great deal of time of application. It requires a little massage as white traces are left on the skin without this, however the massaging process is a small hardship and helps circulation within the skin tissue and the delicious fragrance left on the surface of the skin deserves further inhalation! The product leaves a moisturised and ‘locked in’ sensation of hydration from bathing, which lasts throughout the day. I have skin which is prone to eczema and psoriasis, but I have experienced no difficulties using the body silk on my skin although I have avoided one little patch just to be on the safe side.

Charity support

I was very pleased to see that this brand supports a charity, in this case: Breast Cancer Care. The fact that some proceeds will go to support those experiencing cancer will encourage patronage by families who have been touched by cancer as well as others who just wish to give to good causes.

Overall impression

Details given regarding the ingredients state that it has ‘anti-aging and healing properties’. It certainly helps with the retention of moisture after bathing and I have noticed that my skin feels hydrated and youthful after application of both products. The body silk requires some massage to encourage absorption, but this is counter balanced by the amazing fragrance which makes the whole process worthwhile.

The body wash seems to have a texture which is stiffer than others I am used to and the bottle has become damaged during the product review period from dispensing the contents. The box used for the collection the collection is of superlative quality and I feel that this offers a truly luxurious first impression to the recipient.  

The pricing of the product is quite high, but this collection would make a wonderful gift, especially in the knowledge that part of the money given will support charity and any recipient of this particular ensemble would not help but be thrilled to receive this item.

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Apple & Bears Honey & Hemp Gift Set

I was so excited when I was accepted for the trial of the Apple & Bears Honey & Hemp body duo. This is a brand that I have not tried before, and with my love of natural ingredient body products, I was intrigued.

When my gift set arrived, I was thrilled with the packaging. The Body Silk & Body Wash are housed in a stunning, high quality sturdy box package that instantly spelled quality and the promise of something special inside… I will start with the Honey & Hemp Body Wash as this is the first product you use in your bathing routine.

Apple & Bears Honey & Hemp Gift Set

Apple & Bears is a wonderful family run UK based business and I was thrilled to note that 5% of all profits are donated to the charity Breast Cancer Care. The ethos of this company is clear to see even from the packaging!

The bottles are beautiful! They look classy, quality and make a beautiful visual addition to your bathroom. They are made of recyclable plastic in a block white with beautiful and intriguing logs printed on the front. The Body Wash bottle has a handy and practical flip top lid which makes the gel easy to dispense.

On the rear of the bottles is an extensive list of ingredients. Pure proof of what is in your product with no veiled or hidden ingredients. Honey is a well-known ingredient that has instant and effective firming qualities whilst hemp is a deeply nourishing, moisturising and protective ingredient. There is an impressive and extensive list of natural oils and minerals in this product that in combination have amazing benefits on the skin.

Apple & Bears Honey & Hemp Body Wash

The Body Wash has a surprisingly thick consistency which promises a quality bathing experience. It has a beautiful gold colour and the fragrance is stunning!! You can certainly detect the hemp, which is a fragrance that I adore and there are tons of juniper and citrus which in combination give a mildly heady, exotic scent that infuses the bathroom during bathing! This fragrance is definitely suited to both male and female tastes and my husband was also rather impressed with this unisex fragrance.

I always use a body puff to apply my product and it is always a true test of the concentration of a product. Many shower gels that use synthetic ingredients result in an overwhelming explosion of bubbles which whilst being a pleasant bathing experience, always causes concern for me as to how much detergent ingredients are contained within a product.

The Apple & Bears Body Wash creates thick, creamy bubbles that are completely different to a synthetic product. This is proof for me that the ingredients are quality and I am not applying nasty chemicals and detergents to my skin. My skin feels instantly cleansed and energised and the product wraps you in a soothing and exotic cocoon of fragrance! The foam is easily and quickly rinsed away.

After drying with a towel, you can truly feel and instant toning and tightening sensation on the skin but do not mistake this for dryness, it is by far the opposite. My skin feels toned but moisturised with a subtle fragrance of product remaining on the body. The gel is so concentrated you only need a small amount for a full bathing experience.

On the hair, I did not find this product as favourable as my hair requires deep moisturisation. As a quick fix, on the go product, it has great benefits of being a multitasker but I think this is better suited to my husband as a shampoo as he cares a great deal less about moisturisation of his hair. Saying this, I suffered no irritation from this product as a hair wash so it is a big thumbs up for the capabilities of this bottle.

Apple & Bears Honey & Hemp Body Silk

The Body Silk is housed in a practical and beautiful shatter poof bottle with a handy pump action dispense lid. This is perfect for an easy application and prevents over dispense of your product. At no time, has the pump clogged with product like some other lesser quality products can do.

The Body Silk has an indulgent medium thick consistency and pearly white in colour. Its fragrance is intriguing. I was expecting the same fragrance as the Body Wash; however, there is a combination of the same fragrance of hemp, juniper and citrus but with a nostalgic and simplistic tone of a generic un-fragranced body cream.

This is very difficult to describe in written words but it gives a feeling of the expected fragranced body creams most popular on the market but with a simplicity of a quality, non-fussy body product! I use 4 pumps of silk for my entire body and the cream is absorbed quickly and easily into the skin. A testament to a highly concentrated product! Once again you can feel a toning sensation upon application and your skin is left mildly fragranced and deeply moisturised. The moisturisation lasts throughout day with no dissipation.

In combination with the Body Silk the Honey & Hemp range most certainly does as it says on the bottle. You are not bowled over by overwhelming fragrance but you are treated to a very effective, toning, nourishing and indulgent bathing experience. I would not hesitate to use other options from this brand.

Throughout my trial, these products have proven their worth and I could not fault their performance in any way. All in all, I have developed a very fast love affair with these products. The price tag is high but the quality and quantity of the ingredients justify it. If you are looking for a high performance and high quality bathing product that uses only natural ingredients then I could not recommend this brand enough! As an addition to your own bathroom, or as a gift for a loved one, Apple & Bears have rocketed to the top of my list of quality bathing products.

A luxury body product range with visible benefits and quite clearly ‘made with love’

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Apple & Bears Bergamot & Green Tea Gift Set

I was lucky and was chosen to try this lovely gift set of the Apple & Bears product in return for writing my views about it on this site in my blog page.

I admit that prior to their offer I had never heard of this company so I was keen to see what they made and what their products were like.

A bit about Apple & Bears

I have been very impressed with what I have found out about this company. They are a family owned, small, British company which I always like to support and to make it even better they only use organic and natural ingredients in all their products.

...."formulas are created by a team of specialists dedicated in the field of natural and ecological products. Our manufacturing process pursues ethical and social responsibility towards the environment. Each of our products are manufactured wholly in the United Kingdom and overseen by our head office in Wraysbury, England." Apple & Bears

I also was impressed to find that 5% of every bottle of their products sold, they donate to Breast Cancer care charity which is a worthy cause and a long term commitment to a good cause. All their bottles have the Breast Cancer ribbon on them.

"Apple & Bears aspires to make a difference by investing back into our planet and purposely avoiding direct conflict between the environment, human and animal rights.
Our ethical philosophy embraces responsibility for the manufacturing process from sourcing ingredients to transportation and distribution. We also take responsibility for the care of the people who make our products possible and the environment they live in." Apple & Bears

More about the products

The set I had was one full sized bottle of the Apple & Bears Bergamot & Green Tea Body Wash (300ml) and also a bottle of the Apple & Bears Bergamot & Green Tea Body Silk (250ml). These are both sold individually on the site too so you don't have to buy both as a set:

Apple & Bears also sell a number of other scent options in the same individual bottles and gift sets and they are the same prices: Grapefruit & Seaweed, Pomegranate & Aloe Vera and finally Honey & Hemp. They all sound great and quite original combinations too.

Apple & Bears Bergamot & Green Tea Body Wash

"Stimulate and rejuvenate your body and mind with powerful anti-oxidant Bergamot & Green Tea renowned for their anti-ageing properties. Moisturise and re-hydrate your skin with this boosting body wash and citrus aroma for an energising bath and shower experience." Apple & Bears

This is suitable for both men and women and all skin types. It is free of parabens, gluten, SLS and phthalayes and formulated with 100% natural fragrances and plant based ingredients so suitable for vegans and vegetarians too. All their products are 100% free from any animal testing. You can buy this in either 300ml for £18.00 or 500ml for £25.00 or as part of the gift set like I had for £34.95.

My views on the body wash?

This smells very natural, sort of gentle herb like citrus, which is mainly the bergamot I feel. I am not really sure the green tea has much of a scent to be honest. It is fresh and green, as in leaf sort of scent but not really a strong scent to me.

This comes in a pretty white plastic, recyclable bottle with a classy sort of minimalist logo in the centre front and the name of the company and scent variety also on the front. The body wash has a press down flip up lid and you just tip the bottle squeeze and out comes the clear honey coloured gel like shower/bath wash.

It does not have a strong scent but it is pleasant and fresh. The gel lathers up gently and gives enough to feel like you are getting your body clean and once the gel is damp the scent comes through a bit more strongly I felt.

I have also used this as a bubble bath and it gave a decent amount of lather and a lovely citrus scented bath. The bathroom did fill with the aroma and made it a lovely luxurious bath experience.

When using this I have not had any reaction or skin irritation. My skin didn't feel particularly moisturised but neither did it feel parched and dried our either. Once I had dried myself the scent didn't linger on my skin. My skin felt nice and fresh, not tight and dried out and if I really sniffed, I could just about detect a nice gentle freshness, not obviously bergamot in my view.

The finest organic & natural ingredients inside

"From sourcing to manufacturing, our product ingredients contain the purest quality extracts of flower and plant that are ethically sustainable and Eco-certified natural and organic." Apple & Bears
"...formulations are safe, organically derived where possible and 100% paraben and SSL free." Apple & Bears

Would I recommend the body wash?

Yes! This is a lovely natural scented product. I have faith that as a natural and eco friendly company, they are not slipping in chemical into the products. As they state, they are honest and open about what goes into all their products.

I think this is quite expensive for a body wash but it does compare with Bohdi & Birch and other high quality natural products so a fair price for the quality I suppose. If you compare it with supermarket brands then it does seem a bit expensive.

If you are looking for a quality British company making natural, animal and eco-friendly products then take a look at what Apple & Bears have to offer. You can't buy directly from their website but that it does have links to resellers, so take a look and check them out.

Apple & Bears Bergamot & Green Tea Body Lotion or Body Silk 

Moving on to the Apple & Bears Body Lotion or Body Silk in the same scent...

"Who says you can’t enjoy a little luxury when you’re up against time each morning?"Apple & Bears

In my gift box I also received the body silk in a bottle containing 250ml of the product so a full sized bottle as the gift set was exactly the one you buy for £34.95. I won't go through all the benefits of the company, Apple & Bears, again as all the ethics and philosophy will be the same as it is for all their products. 

"Beautifully balanced with natural botanical ingredients, our Bergamot & Green Tea Body Silk gently uplifts and nourishes the skin with antioxidant rich Green Tea and citrus Bergamot. Re-energises and improves the overall appearance of your skin while the silky, smooth and natural active skin firming ingredient leaves your skin looking firmer, youthful, nourished and radiant." Apple & Bears 

Rather oddly that they say it is formulated for women while the body wash was for men and women. Obviously they feel that men don't need to use a body lotion!

It is suitable for all skin types and scented with extracts from real fruit and flowers so the fragrance is 100% natural. The ingredients are Natural & Organic Ecocert Greenlife certified.

As with the body wash, the ingredients are gluten free and have no parabens or phthalates. The lotion is suitable for vegans and vegetarians. The ingredients are chosen as they are naturally skin firming.

The product is 100% free from animal testing and as I mentioned before Apple & Bears support the Breast Cancer charity. 5% of all their sales go to the charity and all their bottles carry the pink breast cancer ribbon. I also like the fact that they pay a fair wage to the people in all the countries they source the ingredients from.

My views on the body silk?

This comes in a matching white classy looking bottle to the body wash only instead of a flip top cap this has a pump with a nozzle. This works well and one pump give s good amount for applying to your skin. If I get too much of a lotion out at a time I find I have to dot it around so that I spread it evenly. You can vary the amount that comes out depending on how hard you press down the pump.

The lotion is white and quite thick, a normal sort of body lotion thickness, certainly not butter thickness. It feel cool and refreshing when applied and soaks in pretty quickly as all natural products do as they are absorbed by the skin rather than sitting on top which is what petroleum base products do.

It smells of mild citrus but more herby than lemony. It smells to me exactly like bergamot smells in my garden mixed with a creamy lotion not dairy cream so maybe some plant based oils and of course the leafy aroma of green tea also adds to the garden aroma. Not earthy and deep but leafy and natural with that lemony herb aroma.

It leaves my skin feeling smooth and well moisturised but not greasy at all. After application I can get dressed pretty much straight away and there is not greasy or damp feeling on my skin.

I find the scent doesn't hang around long on my skin but the nice soft and well moisturised feeling does. I quite like that the scent is subtle as it means I can wear my own perfume and this does not interfere with it.

Would I recommend the body lotion?

Yes! This is a lovely body lotion, gentle, not irritating to sensitive skin, it smells pleasant but not too strong and makes my skin feel nice to touch and how it feels in itself inside.

It is certainly more expensive than the average supermarket or high street brand but it is comparable with other high quality, made in UK, natural products.

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Apple & Bears Luxury Body Care Gift Set - Grapefruit & Seaweed

This is going to be a little more complex than normal as I've asked my friend G. to try these products as well as me so this blog will be a combination of both of our views! Let's start with the products themselves.

Introducing Apple & Bears Grapefruit & Seaweed Body Wash 

Restore your body and oxygenate your skin with this potent anti-oxidant and mineral enriched Grapefruit & Seaweed body wash. Pure Grapefruit extracts boast vitamin A and C renowned for producing healthy skin. Detoxifying Seaweed improves skin texture and is known to reduce cellulite, whilst nourishing and restoring your body with essential minerals and anti-oxidants. Get ready for a re-generating and detoxifying bath and shower experience. Apples & Bears

Key benefits: • Formulated for men and women • Suitable for all skin types • Suitable for Vegans and Vegetarians • Paraben, SLS and Phthalates free • Gluten free • Available in 300ml / 10.1 fl oz & 500ml / 16.9 fl oz

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder*, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Lauryl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Sodium Chloride, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Leaf Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Peel Oil Distilled, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract*, Fucus Vesiculosus Extract*, Laminaria Digitata Extract*, Elettaria Cardamomum Seed Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Flower Oil, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Oil, Myristica Fragrans Fruit Oil (Nutmeg), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Oil, Tocopherol, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides Citrate, Ascorbic Acid, Limonene, Linalool. *Ingredients from Organic Farming. Natural and Organic cosmetic certified by Ecocert Greenlife according to Ecocert standard available at http://cosmetics.ecocert.com. 99% of the total ingredients are from natural origin 12% of the total ingredients are from Organic Farming.

The sniff test on this is interesting as it's very nice, very fresh but not really a grapefruit smell (or even a seaweed one). It's more like watermelon to me but let's see what G. makes of it.

Introducing Apple & Bears Grapefruit & Seaweed Body Silk

Invigorate your senses with our luxuriously smooth Grapefruit & Seaweed Body Silk. Freshly squeezed Grapefruit and nutrient rich Seaweed nourishes your skin with a rich blend of minerals and vitamins while refreshing bursts of citrus deliver a deep, long-lasting hydration. Light and non-greasy, our natural active skin firming ingredients gently firms and tightens your skin, while the refreshing aromatic hints of citrus stimulate your senses. Apples & Bears

Key benefits: • Formulated for women • Suitable for all skin types • Natural & Organic Ecocert Greenlife certified • Extracts from real fruit and flowers • 100% Natural fragrance • Gluten free • Suitable for Vegans and Vegetarians • Natural active skin firming ingredients • 100% FREE from animal testing • No Parabens or Phthalates • Available in 250ml /8.5 fl Oz

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder*, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Lauryl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Sodium Chloride, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Leaf Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Peel Oil Distilled, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract*, Fucus Vesiculosus Extract*, Laminaria Digitata Extract*, Elettaria Cardamomum Seed Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Flower Oil, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Oil, Myristica Fragrans Fruit Oil (Nutmeg), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Oil, Tocopherol, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides Citrate, Ascorbic Acid, Limonene, Linalool. *Ingredients from Organic Farming. Natural and Organic cosmetic certified by Ecocert Greenlife according to Ecocert standard available at http://cosmetics.ecocert.com.

A little something about Apple & Bears themselves

...is a family owned and operated, British company that produce luxury cosmetics made from the finest organic and natural ingredients. Our formulas are created by a team of specialists dedicated in the field of natural and ecological products.Our manufacturing process pursues ethical and social responsibility towards the environment. Each of our products are manufactured wholly in the United Kingdom and overseen by our head office in Wraysbury, England. Apples & Bears

Charity

"Here at Apple & Bears we believe it's the little things we do that make a big difference: We are proud to be an official partner of Breast Cancer Care with our commitment to donate a portion of our profits to this very important cause. With the sale of every bottle we donate 5% (including VAT) to the Breast Cancer Care charity as we continue to dedicate ourselves and support this cause by helping those in need.When you buy a bottle, you can make a difference too.Our bottles and packaging proudly display the Breast Cancer Ribbon and affirms our continued commitment to support this worthy charity." 

To have a look at the Apple & Bears website go here. There are few retail options to purchase their products at the moment but you can look on their website for online options. Having a look on the Big Green Smile website the prices for these products are:

What are G findings after a 2-week trial?

So on to the blog! Let's see what the two of us think :). Sorry for the (slight) delay: Christmas! G has been using the products for a couple of weeks and this is what she thought.

I was very kindly given the Apple and Bears Grapefruit and Seaweed Luxury Body Care Gift set to try and review, and upon receipt the packaging and look of the product was very appealing. Apple and Bears have an organic and fresh-looking product, and the fact that 5% of their sales go to Breast Cancer Care is of real appeal to me. G 
Unfortunately the fragrance of the product didn't match the 'Grapefruit and Seaweed' label that I was expecting, more of a generic "fruity" scent. On the other hand I'm in two minds about whether that's a bad thing; I'm not a fan of grapefruit and smelling of seaweed isn't so appealing to me either! G

Note: Since we started trying the product Kay, Co-Founder & Managing Director at Apple & Bears, has provided some extra information regarding the fragrances of their products. For this one "...the main ingredients leading to the fragrance is the Bergamot Leaf Oil and Cirtus Aurantifolia (Lime) peel with additional scents combined which gives it a distinctive citrus fragrance as there is no known grapefruit fragrance." The Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil and the Fucus Vesiculosus Extract (seaweed) ingredients give rise to the name rather than the fragrance. 

The texture of the body wash was a lot less 'luxurious' than I had hoped for. The wash had a pleasant fragrance but didn't lather very well without using a body puffer, and was reflective of a fairly low to average grade product. (Bayliss and Harding came to mind). G
The body moisturiser was the most disappointing; again a pleasant smell, however lacked the ability to absorb into my skin without vigorous drying movements (you can imagine!). I used very little of the moisturiser because I got bored of waiting for it to absorb. When it did eventually do so (I used it for 3 concurrent days), the moisturiser didn't leave my skin feeling any softer. G

G provided this picture of the Body Silk not absorbing into her skin

What would be G overall recommendations?

I tried this product before looking at either the Apple and Bears website or the price of the products, and my guess (purely based on the quality of product) would have been circa £5-£7 for each bottle, and around £15 for the set. Having taken into consideration the quality of the product versus the high quality 'organic' packaging and branding, I would expect to pay no more than £25 for the set. Having then seen that the product is priced at £35 for the set was a little surprising. G
The Apple and Bears website is high quality and aimed at a middle class consumer group however the quality of the product really is not reflective of this, and I personally wouldn't be prepared to purchase the product. All in all, excellent look and feel of the product, however disappointing in quality and end result. G

My intensive testing of the products during 10 days

Okay so not so great from G. On to me.

  • Day 1Okay so they came with me to the gym. Not the first choice for location I admit but it's what I do so it's what they do. The body wash can be used on your hair which is great for me at the gym. I mentioned that I like the scent which is fresh and very nice. The texture is... gloopy. I really rather liked it but it is a little unexpected. G mentions that it doesn't lather up and that's true but again I quite liked it. It's very gentle but cleanses well. There is however no scent in use or scent transfer which disappointed me.

On my hair (and as ever this is different for me as my hair is very very short) the body wash worked fine and I was happy enough with it.

I liked the body silk. It's light and easy to use. For me the silk did absorb into my skin and did transfer the scent. The absorpsion is likely to be because I have much much older skin than G and frankly I need the extra moisture.

So day one for me was fine. I liked both products and they worked well. Let's see what day 2 brings!

  • Day 2: (well sort of!) G took the products back to take the picture above so I didn't actually use them yesterday but... I did get to let others try sniff tests. Everyone who tried really liked the smell and the packaging. They all had the familiar scent confusion as per above but no one was bothered and everyone liked it either way.
  • Day 3: Took them to the gym again and liked them again! I really don't have the issue that G does with the Body Silk. It absorbs easily and works well for me. G and I compared notes and as you can see from the picture it really doesn't absorb into her skin. She tried it with a few colleagues and they liked it and it absorbed well. I suspect amount and need are entering the picture!
  •  Day 4: Another gym day and everything was fine. As I've already said I like the gloopy texture of the body wash and also the low lathering (probably not a word!). I am though tending more towards G as regards the moisturiser. You have to hit a sweet spot to get the absorption. Too much and I struggle but too little feels, well to little! 
  • Day 5: In France! Yes the blog never sleeps so the two bottles have traveled to a French ski resort. They were packed in the hold given there size but didn't suffer from explosive opening after there flight. It interesting but here the scent seems stronger which I think is the less rushed nature of using them in a hotel rather than at the gym. The body wash is still nice but the silk is struggling more which given my general level of dehydration seems odd. 
  • Day 6: The second day of skiing is over! I've been using the silk as a general moisturiser before skiing and to be fair it's choping fine. As ever the amount has to be carefully judged but... The scent is definitely more obvious but it almost makes it worse as it fades so quickly. Anyway they're making a nice alternative to the hotel products.
  • Days 7 to 10: No daily updates as I've been focused on the skiing! But I have been trying to find the right amount of body silk to use. Basically a full pump is too much and a quarter one about right. There will be a photo when I get back to show what I mean so hopefully it'l make sense then!

On another note, I'm not seeing any firming despite using the silk everyday. Oh well, on to tomorrow.

Okay so it's hard to see but this is the body wash. As you can see (hopefully) the liquid is quite stiff but that's fine by me as it's much easier to use in the shower.

The left blob is the full pump and the right the quarter pump. That's the one that works for me as it's enough to moisturise for me.

What would be my recommendations?

This has been an interesting experiment with both G and I reviewing the products which gives a very different perspective. G really didn't get on with them and I had an initially good experience but gradually found them less satisfying. Overall I liked the body wash but wouldn't choose to buy it and whilst I could use silk again I wouldn't choose to. I liked the quality and the ethos of the products but not the price. Great products but in the end not ones for me.

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Bodhi & Birch | Christmas Collection 2014

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Bells are jingling, lights are twinkling and carols are playing. It can only mean that Christmas is nearly here and the countdown is officially on. Did you leave your shopping until the last minute? Are you still missing gifts for a few people? Don't panic - there are still plenty of great ideas available for the last-minute shoppers.

Treat your loved ones to a piece of paradis this Christmas with the luxurious collection from Bodhi & Birch or bring a touch of exotic to your bathing ritual, regardless of where you are. The exclusive, and lavish, gift sets promise to soothe winter-worn skin, leaving you feeling revitalised, refreshed and set to start the New Year.

About Bodhi & Birch

Bodhi & Birch creates eco-luxury bath, body and skin care to awaken your mind, indulge your senses and enlighten your skincare ritual.

Founded by Elijah Choo, his creations draw inspiration from the healing power of nature and traditional botanical remedies, bringing together Eastern and Western skincare and wellbeing philosophies. Each product is expertly blended harnessing the finest materials nature has to offer, each ingredient is ethically sourced from sustainable origins.

These tried and tested botanicals are combined with advanced cosmetic science to create high-performance skin care formulated without harsh synthetics. The therapies are infused with potent levels of precious essential oils and active botanicals to rejuvenate skin and enhance well-being. Proudly made in England, the award-winning range of products has become a cult favourite, championed by beauty insiders and loved by celebrities around the world.

Bodhi & Birch Christmas Gift Sets

Discover your aromatic adventure with indulgent gifts to treat loved ones and smart travel kits for exotic escapes.

1 | Bodhi & Birch Allure Gift Set, RRP £15.00

A three piece gift set containing 50ml travel sizes of the best-selling sensual Ylang-Ylang Incensa range and the new calming Camomile Sky. An ideal gift for yourself or for someone special;

  • Ylang-Ylang Incensa Bath & Shower 50ml 
  • Ylang-Ylang Incensa Body Moisturiser 50ml 
  • Camomile Sky Bath & Shower 50ml

2 | Bodhi & Birch Empower Gift Set, RRP £15.00

A three piece gift set containing 50ml travel sizes of the energising Pep Noir range and the new vitalising Siam Ginger. An ideal gift for yourself or for someone special:

 

  • Pep Noir Bath & Shower Therapy 50ml
  • Pep Noir Body Moisturiser 50ml
  • Siam Ginger Bath & Shower Therapy 50ml

3 | Bodhi & Birch Unwind Gift Set, RRP £20.00

A four piece gift set containing 50ml travel sizes of the relaxing Jasmine Falls and reviving Rosemary Chi ranges. An ideal gift for yourself or for someone special: 

  • Jasmine Falls Bath & Shower Therapy 50ml
  • Jasmine Falls Body Moisturiser 50ml
  • Rosemary Chi Bath & Shower Therapy 50ml
  • Rosemary Chi Body Moisturiser 50ml

4 | Bodhi & Birch Pep Noir Energising Duo Gift Set, RRP £32.00

The Pep Noir Energising Duo contains 200ml full sizes of spicy Pep Noir Bath & Shower Therapy and body hydrating Pep Noir Body Moisturiser: 

  • Rosemary Chi Reviving Duo Gift Set 200ml
  • Pep Noir Body Moisturiser 200ml

5 | Bodhi & Birch Rosemary Chi Reviving Duo Gift Set, RRP £32.00

The Rosemary Chi Reviving Duo contains 200ml full sizes of aromatic Rosemary Chi Bath & Shower Therapy and skin soothing Rosemary Chi Body Moisturiser: 

 

  • Rosemary Chi Bath & Shower Therapy 200ml
  • Rosemary Chi Body Moisturiser 200ml

6 | Bodhi & Birch Jasmine Falls Relaxing Duo Gift Set, RRP £36.00

The Jasmine Falls Relaxing Duo Gift Set contains 200ml full sizes of fragrant Jasmine Falls Bath & Shower Therapy and skin nourishing Jasmine Falls Body Moisturiser:

  • Rosemary Chi Reviving Duo Gift Set 200ml
  • Pep Noir Body Moisturiser 200ml

7 | Bodhi & Birch Ylang-Ylang Incensa Sensual Duo Gift Set, RRP £36.00

The Ylang-Ylang Incensa Sensual Duo Gift Set contains 200ml full sizes of fragrant Jasmine Falls Bath & Shower Therapy and skin nourishing Jasmine Falls Body Moisturiser:

  • Ylang-Ylang Incensa Bath & Shower Therapy 200ml
  • Ylang-Ylang Incensa Body Moisturiser 200ml

8 | Bodhi & Birch Assemblage Gift Set, RRP £38.00

This best-selling gift collection containing 50ml travel sizes of Jasmine Falls, Ylang-Ylang Incensa, Siam Ginger, Camomile Sky, Mint Thé, Rosemary Chi and Pep Noir bath & shower therapies. The perfect introduction to their bath and shower range:

  • Ylang-Ylang Incensa Bath & Shower 50ml
  • Camomile Sky Bath & Shower 50ml
  • Pep Noir Bath & Shower Therapy 50ml
  • Siam Ginger Bath & Shower Therapy 50ml
  • Jasmine Falls Bath & Shower Therapy 50ml
  • Rosemary Chi Body Moisturiser 50ml
  • Mint Thé Bath & Shower Therapy 50ml

9 | Bodhi & Birch Rosa Rosa Skincare Gift Set, RRP £80.00

This introductory skincare set (worth £95, saving £15) comprises full size Rosa Rosa Clarifying Cleanser, Rosa Rosa Hydrating Toner and Rosa Rosa Daily Moisturiser. An ideal gift for yourself or for someone special:

 

  • Rosa Rosa Clarifying Cleanser 150ml
  • Rosa Rosa Hydrating Toner 100ml
  • Rosa Rosa Daily Moisturiser 50ml

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E:31/12/14, Anar Naturals | Win 1 of 10 Gift Boxes | RRP £29.95 each

Christmas and New Year’s Eve are just around the corner and it is high time to get the fairy lights and the decorations box out of the dusty attic. With the preparations well underway for some truly memorable celebrations, come the traditional shopping frenzy and the difficulties to buy the perfect presents for your friends and relatives. 

Are you looking for an unusual idea for the atypical person in your life? Do you want to impress and spoil? Fear not. This year, we have teamed up with Anar* Naturals to offer the precious *gift of nature [in ancient Sanskritto your beloved ones and make your parties very special and everlasting in their hearts.

Every week until stocks last, we will give our members the chance to win an exclusive Anar Naturals Organic Gift Set worth RRP £29.95. Each of the 10 sets is beautifully wrapped in branded and scented tissue paper, elegantly presented in a white deluxe box, contains two full-sized organic skincare products and is ready to surprise and pamper.

The gift of high purity enriched by science

Anar Naturals brings the power of nature to all delicate skins with a selection of products containing only 100% organic and natural ingredients. Their skincare range is carefully formulated with the finest natural remedies and blend active ingredients from plants, herbs, vitamins and minerals to work in perfect harmony with the skin.

These high-quality products are developed using the ground breaking Potenisation® technology to energise the particle ingredients and enhance their natural benefits. This innovation improves their performance and ensures that only the smallest amount of product is needed to treat problem skin efficiently, enrich and restore your skin’s natural beauty. 

The entire collection is suitable for men and women alike, is manufactured in the UK, is 100% vegetarian, has not been tested on animals and is now available to all at very affordable prices. 

Anar Naturals Gift Set for all

Anar Naturals presents this wonderful gift solution for all your near and dear ones. Every small detail, including the beautifully simple, recyclable but ultra-stylish packaging, has been considered to ensure this organic duo touches everyone this Christmas. It is ideal for any age group and it will show that you care naturally!

This luxury kit combine a full-sized cleanser that works wonders in removing oil and external impurities from your skin with a full-sized moisturiser to rejuvenate your skin, replenishing its lost moisture during the harsh winter days, giving it a gorgeous, nourished look. 

Anar Naturals Facial Cleanser Cream, 50ml, RRP £14.95

Anar Naturals Facial Cleanser Cream with Acne Wash gently lifts away dirt, excess oil and make-up while protecting skin's natural moisture barrier to leave it feeling soft. Its formulation uses the perfect blend of organic ingredients to keep all skin types thoroughly cleansed and nourished but never dried or irritated.

It is infused with Wheat Germ Oil to provide a nutrient-rich, age-defying boost safely removing all impurities that clog your skin pores; Calendula Extract to reduce inflammation and promote wound healing and Rose Petal Extract to nurture your skin with good moisture helping to retain a soft complexion and subtle scent.

Breathe new life into your skin all day long with a gentle cream suitable for all and full of goodness. Treat and revive it with this refreshing pH-balanced light cleanser, leaving it feeling extraordinarily clear and refreshed. Review | Photos | Buy

Anar Naturals Organic Aloe Vera Moisturising Cream, 50ml, RRP £14.95

Beautifully enriched with Aloe Vera, one of nature’s marvellous creations for skin care, and filled with luscious Cocoa Butter, Anar Naturals Organic Moisturising Cream is formulated to strengthen the skin enveloping it in a protective nurturing film that allows it to repair and restore itself and replenish the lost moisture reinvigorating its natural softness.

This award-winning Aloe Vera lotion deeply hydrates and calms the skin, soothes redness and signs of irritation. Using active aloe 10® (10x concentrate) from Aloecorp for its guaranteed bioactivity and high standardised quality. It is as close to the real Aloe Vera gel you can possibly get! Imagine slicing open an Aloe leaf and consuming the gel directly from the plant.

This acclaimed lotion is suitable for people prone to eczema, psoriasis, scars, stretch marks and dry itchy skin conditions. It is an effective eczema cream which protects your skin from external irritants, encourages its natural healing and is formulated to nourish and deliver essential fatty acids. With one in nine people suffering from skin issues, this product is a must-have addition to your skincare essentials. Review | Photos | Buy

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To find out more about their range, their mission or even just to say hello, feel free to contact them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you cannot wait to try one of their products, visit their online shop or Amazon UK page to take advantage of their current sale of up to 50% off for a limited time only. 

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Precious Cosmetics Vanilla Sugar Scrub

Body scrubs are a staple to any ladies beauty regime, they buff away that old skin and invigorate the new.

 

So as we are always on a constant search of finding 'those' products that we love and repeatedly use, actively sourcing the best products that are best for our skin.

 

Well stop here - because I may have found a little secret just for you.

 

 

Firstly, more about the amazing product:

 

Revitalizes your skin.

 

Removes dead cells and stimulates new cells growth.

 

Fights against wrinkle formation.

 

Fine sugars makes this natural scrub an essential part of your cleaning routine.

 

It works great on body, hand, feet and face.

 

Suitable for all types of skin. It does not remove your natural skin oil and it leaves skin moisturised.

 

We recommend scooping out with a clean spoon to avoid water and bacteria contamination. Use on your wet damp skin. Use with gentle circular movements. Add extra drops of water for a smooth action. Stay off the shower jet. When sugar has melted, you could wash it off, but if you have more time, you could leave it on for another 5-20 minutes before you wash. Pat, dry feel great. It feeds your skin with all natural goodies. This product is not chemically boosted to last for years on the shelves.

 

This product is waterless and has no preservation system.

 

Contaminating with water WILL cause spoilage and growth of Mould and Bacteria

 

Ingredients:

 

Sugar,

Virgin Olive Oil,

100% Cold Pressed Grape Seed Oil,

100% Cold Pressed Sweet Almond Oil,

Raw Virgin Coconut Oil,

100% Cold Pressed Castor Oil,

100% Cold Pressed Argan Oil,

Nutmeg,

Natural Vitamin E, 

Essential Oils( Rosewood and Vanilla)

 
 

Now for the review:

 

As some of you may know, I am partial to a Facebook competition or two and I came across Precious Cosmetics through their Facebook page.

 

I am always looking for new products to use and as this page was in my list of recommendations, I had to have a peek.

 

Whilst looking, I saw they were running a competition to win 100ml of their favourite; the vanilla body scrub.

 

I just had to enter, if not I would have been upset as having this scrub has made a desirable mark in my bathroom.

 

I have issues with body scrubs, I find manufactured ones are too abrasive, cause inflammation or reactions and never leave my skin feeling quite right.

 

My skin always appears red, sore, itchy... you name it... I had it.

 

So I have been actively sourcing natural products like body scrubs and moisturisers to stop these reactions due to chemicals.

 

I was sent a wonderful body scrub from Precious Cosmetics and just from looking from the box, you would think that was a high end, very costly product.

 

At only £5.99 for 100ml you can happily buy one without worry!

 

So it comes in a gorgeous little black box wrapped in cellophane. I am amazed how little details like this can make a product look sophisticated and inviting, you just want to rip it open and see what is inside.

 

 

Of course, I don't do that, I carefully open it as the box is too lovely to ruin, I want it to stay looking good for as long as possible.

 

 
 

As you can see, it is in a lovely cardboard box that is very easy to open, shall we look to see what is inside?

It contains a lovely tub which is quite weighted so there is plenty of product packed in there.

 

 
 

On the top there is another lid with a small pull on it which keeps the contents safe and fresh. You can always spot natural products because they mainly have one of these on as below.

 

 
 

When I pulled the lid off, I was hit with a delicious aroma of vanilla and nutmeg.

I love both vanilla and nutmeg, in baking and products they are so versatime and you can mix them with most things.

 

This is a very wintery scent, usually what my house smells of around Christmas when I am baking. I mean, come on... what is more relaxing, homely and comforting than nutmeg and vanilla?

It has quite a spicy undertone to it, crossed with the sweet vanilla... ah mouthwatering!

 

You can see the sugar grains and also grains of nutmeg to give it that warm colour.

 

 
 
 

I have to stress this part so please, take notice.

 

Any natural and homemade cosmetics and products do need to be taken care of a lot more than manufactured.

This is because they have no chemicals to give them a longer shelf life, to stop bacteria or mould and also to protect them from sunlight or heat.

This product is best used with dry, clean hands and use a tea spoon to apply to hands.

Also best kept in the fridge or in a cool place away from direct sunlight.

 

You can see it's quite a fine grain which means it won't scratch your skin. 

 

This can be quite painful, I have had it happen before and come out with long red scratch marks all over my body.

 

Coupled with the oils, it creates a barrier also so there isn't too much abrasiveness.

 

My feet felt fantastic and smooth too, so did my elbows and knees. My main problem areas.

 

To use, I simply got a tea spoon I have especially for scrubs and put a couple of dollops on my hand.

 

Rubbing together with a touch of water first, I then applied to my whole body in circular motions.

 

I kept doing this until the sugar had melted.

 

You can do in areas first, legs, arms and so on... but I like to get it all done in one go then leave it to soak for a few minutes then rinse off in shower.

 

Unscrewing the lid is fairly easy, it's quite a chunky tub so very easy to hold and grip.

 

It has a slight spice scent to it from the nutmeg then a sweetness from the vanilla.

 

If like me, you have body scrubs for certain times of the year, I really do recommend this for autumn/winter.

 

Looking at the scrub, you can see it looks exactly like a desert, well that is what it reminded me of.

 

Now the best part... the texture!

 

The oils that are added to the mixture do help in application and massaging on to the skin, they sink into your skin whilst the scrub buffs away those dead skin cells and dirt so it works as two products in one, moisturising and exfoliating.

 

This is a very gentle exfoliation, but does work really well at getting rid of even stubborn skin on feet. 

 

Not only was I buffed to perfection, my skin felt really moisturised from the oils, eliminating the need for a heavy moisturiser on my body. I could just use a light one.

 

After coming out of the shower, my skin felt like I had rolled in vanilla and nutmeg. I love how the scent has stayed behind on me, now when do you get that with many body scrubs?

 

Of course, it was easy to wash off and wash away as eventually, the sugar melted and left no trace behind (My partner will be happy, he hates the particles left after I exfoliated)

 

So for £5.99 for 100ml and £10.95 for 200ml, you really can't go wrong here.

Go on, give it a go!

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Anar Naturals Naturelle Facial Cleanser Cream

There is nothing better than the fresh clean feeling after you have just cleansed your face.

There is also nothing better than your face feeling moisturised and not tight after use.

 

I have loads of cleansers, facial washes, hot cloth cleansers and various other products that are designed to cleanse your face.

 

A lovely natural cream cleanser I have come across is by Anar Naturals. 

 

So here is more about the product itself.

 

Best Facial Cleanser with Acne Wash

Have sensitive skin? Anar Naturals Facial Cleanser Cream is the best facial cleanser with Acne Wash. It receives extremely high marks from those who have tried it. Free of fragrances, dyes, soaps, and alcohol, this Acne wash will neither dry nor irritate your skin, leaving it feeling smooth, never tight and stretched. It’s a gentle way to wake up the skin, polishing away impurities, oil and makeup for a clean, comfortable feel, with no pore-clogging residue. Free from Parabens, SLS and Phthalates.

Anar Naturals Facial Cleanser Cream cleans all complexion types – even sensitive and oily skin – while refreshing and reviving the face. Can either be used as a skin freshener to brighten up your skin during the day or at the end of the day? With organic Rose Petal Extract, it leaves a fresh, subtle scent which is suitable for and loved by men and women of all generations..

Your skin is exposed to innumerable external factors such as pollution and dirt, which can affect your skin deeper than you understand, blocking your skin pores. Early signs of aging, spots and marks on the skin and a general lack in brightness in your skin are a result of all these external factors. Therefore, facial cleansing is of highest essence and should never be ignored by anyone wishing to have a flawless radiant complexion and used to prevent skin imperfections. 

 

 

This cleanser has such beautiful packaging, the box is very easy to open and inside contains a green and silver plastic ball that twists open with ease.

 

The ball is easy to open, easy to hold and has a flat part to the bottom so it does not roll around, something I can imagine would get very annoying.

 

Once it has opened, there is a plastic lid to prevent leakage. This is very important as I hate the product ending up all over the lid and I believe it keeps the contents fresher.

The lid has a small tab that makes it very easy to pull off.

 

 

Once opened, you can instantly smell a luxuriously creamy scent, it reminds me so much of plain facial creams. Apart from a faint scent of natural rose, there is no other scent detectable, just 100% creaminess.

 

 

 

Scooping enough product out of the jar is very easy and it has a medium-thick consistency which makes it very easy to apply to your face, massaging the cream in to make sure you get a nice deep down clean.

 

 

 

It feels really silky when massaging the product between my fingers, this means when applying you will have no pull or drag on your skin, something that can actually irritate your delicate face.

 

On the box, it doesn't have great instructions, it just basically says massage into the skin.

 

I had to look online for the best use.

 

What you need to do, is rinse your face with clean water then apply this cleanser, massaging into the face.

Once finished massaging, apply a small amount of water to fingers and work into the face and the cream, then wipe away with a cotton wool pad.

 

So, this is what I did.

 

I massaged into wet skin, applying a little water afterwards then used a dry cotton wool pad to get the product off.

Now I wasn't sure if you could leave any product behind, so I used a wet cotton wool pad too, to get rid of the excess product from my face.

 

After my face had been pat dry, my skin felt really soft and smooth. I could get away without moisturising as it was so hydrated just after using the cleanser.

 

I used it on a bare face and with make up.

 

With a bare face, I felt like I had a really good cleanse on the surface, but it did not feel like a good deep down clean.

 

With make up, it removed foundation and blusher really well, however eye make up was harder.

I ended up having to use a separate eye make up remover to get rid of the waterproof mascara and eyeliner that I had used.

 

I prefer this cream on bare skin, not with make up.

It isn't as effective with make up on.

 

After a week of use, my skin was so much softer, dry skin was eliminated and I didn't have to wear my usual moisture surge moisturisers, I could just use my every day one as my skin was so soft.

 

I had a break out on day 3 of a couple of spots on my face and I really do think this moisturiser helped calm them down and stop them being so red and sore.

 

If you have problem with spots, this could be a good product to use when they are red and sore as it does calm them down really well.

 

So all in all, I really did enjoy using this product and I really do love the look of the jar.

 

 
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