E:31/03/17, Win 1 of 2 Organic Surge Rose Whisper Hand & Body Washes, RRP £14.95 each

This week, we are offering two of our most active reviewers a chance to test and review the Organic Surge Rose Whisper Hand & Body Wash 300ml worth RRP £14.95 each, an Ecocert certified product containing a minimum of 96% naturally derived ingredients.

Why we love it?

The Promise Collection brings you indulgent, natural perfumes combined with exotic ingredients, creating a finest selection of skincare products and making the everyday a little more special. The Wash is enriched with Damask Rose, Geranium essential oils & Organic Aloe Vera to offer all skin types an elusive scent of rose whispers through a warmly fragranced caring wash. It is proudly formulated in Britain to lavish the skin with naturally-derived, intensely nourishing ingredients and deliciously fragrant essential oils. Read more & Review.

  • 98% Natural Hand & Body Wash
  • 70% total ingredients from Organic Farming
  • Enriched with Damask Rose and Geranium essential oils & Organic Aloe Vera
  • Conditions and soothes all skin types
  • Elegant, luxurious natural fragrance
  • Animal-friendly, suitable for vegetarians and vegans

How to apply for the trial?

Apply before the 31th of March 2017. To enter, follow us and retweet this article on Twitter or like us and share it on Facebook. The details of the winners will be published the next day and the products dispatched shortly after. Read carefully the Terms & Conditions before entering this giveaway. 

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E:19/03/17, Win 1 x Morganna's Alchemy Bellatox® Moisturizer, RRP £32.48

This month, we have teamed up with Morganna's Alchemy, a vibrant brand of luxury organic and eco-certified skin care products developed by their Founder and Chemist Maya Hyppolite-Williams (M.A), to offer one of our reviewers a chance to test their star product, Morganna’s Bellatox® 15ml worth RRP £32.85.

How can Morganna’s Alchemy help your skin?

Your skin may be dehydrated if it is dull, tight, oily or showing signs of breakouts. BellaTox® has been especially formulated to treat dehydrated skin and reduce wrinkles. It provides immediate plumping and also moisturizes the skin for up to 24 hours.

What is inside?

BellaTox® is an Ecocert product using only organic active ingredients such as Hydrolysed Wheat Protein, Imperata Cylindrica root, Spilanthol, and Hyaluronic Acid. Blended together, they help counter the natural ageing process and maintain the skin’s fullness - leaving it smooth, hydrated, and wrinkle-free. Read more & Review

  • Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein: Envelops the skin, instantly smoothing visible surface wrinkles and imperfections, forms coherent films on the surface of the skin, visibly reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for a smoother looking appearance.
  • Spilanthol, a local anaesthetic extracted from Acmella oleracea: Reduces muscle contractions and relaxes your features. This reduces fine lines, particularly around the eyes and between the eyebrows. Your skin becomes noticeably smoother.
  • Imperata cylindrica, also known as blady grass: This plant grows in the very driest of South America’s desert regions and is able to survive even in saline soil. This extract supplies the skin with moisture for up to 4 hours.
  • Hyaluron, one of the natural moisturizing factors (NMFs) found in skin: Together with lipids, NMFs keep skin from losing water, maintaining skin’s young, smooth, non-flaky appearance. It creates a slight swelling of the skin that reduces the appearance of wrinkles. NMFs in skincare products also help to temporarily stabilize and maintain the complex intercellular-skin matrix, which is the “glue” that holds the skin together.

How to apply for the trial?

Apply before the 19th of March 2017. To enter, follow us and retweet this article on Twitter or like us and share it on Facebook. The details of the winner will be published the next day and the products dispatched shortly after. Read carefully the Terms & Conditions before entering this giveaway. 

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E:19/02/17, Win 1 x Alteya Organics Bio Damascena Ageless Rose Otto Face Cream, RRP £34.55

Time to discover the aromas and properties Bulgarian Rosa Damascena. This month, we are offering our reviewers a chance to test and review one Alteya Organics Bio Damascena Ageless Rose Otto Face Cream 50ml worth RRP £34.55, produced by a family-owned, award-winning company with their own organic rose farm and distillery, in the heart of the Bulgarian Rose Valley. Read more & Review.

This Natrue certified organic intensive rich cream, enriched with rare Bulgarian Rose oil helps reduce wrinkles and boost skin’s natural repair mechanism. It is known to restore skin’s natural balance and resilience for a firmer, more radiant look. The cream is best for line and wrinkle reduction, rejuvenating, firming and nourishing. It is suitable for all skin types but it is specially recommended for dry, lifeless and aging skin.

  • Rosa damascena / Organic Rose Oil-Rose Otto: Refreshes, nourishes and soothes the skin. Fights free radicals, stimulates collagen production and helps slow down the aging process. Has a toning and astringent effect on the capillaries just below the skin surface. Makes skin glowing and charming.
  • Oenothera biennis / Organic Evening Primrose: Stimulates cell turnover and diminishes fine lines and wrinkles. This precious oil deeply hydrates and firms lifeless skin. It is known to brighten skin by reducing discolorations and brown spots.
  • Punica granatum / Pomegranate extract: A powerful antioxidant that supports skin regeneration and fights free radical damage. It is rich in vitamin C that plays a key role in collagen production. Pomegranate penetrates deep into the skin to provide lasting hydration.
  • Pentaclethra macroloba / Organic Pracaxi Seed Oil: Nourishing oil that helps even skin tone and improves natural glow. Also, it possesses strong hydrating, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties for clear and well-hydrated skin.

How to apply for the trial?

Apply before the 19th of February 2017. To enter, follow us and retweet this article on Twitter or like us and share it on Facebook. The details of the winners will be published the next day and the products dispatched shortly after. Read carefully the Terms & Conditions before entering this giveaway. 

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E:15/12/16, Win 1 x APPLE & BEARS Honey & Hemp Luxury Body Care Gift Set, RRP £34.95

What about a special gift from APPLE & BEARS this Christmas? Discover their luxurious Body Care Collection and enter our Christmas giveaway for a chance to spoil yourself, or a loved one, with a radiantly balancing Honey & Hemp Gift Set - worth £34.95. The cold winter days of the festive season are the ideal time to enjoy a bath and body experience that will rejuvenate and re-energise body and soul.

The Luxury Body Silk Collection Honey & Hemp Gift Set

APPLE & BEARS Luxury Body Care Gifts are the perfect sets to pamper yourself or to treat someone special in your life. A wonderful present for any occasion, this set contains one full size Luxury Body Wash to indulge when bathing, alongside one full size Luxury Body Silk to rejuvenate and protect your skin after a bath or shower.

Luxury Body Wash Collection Honey & Hemp, 300ml: Revitalise your skin to reveal a healthy glow with this anti-oxidant rich and mineral balancing organic body wash, bursting with natural vitamins and minerals. Organic Honey, known to improve skin’s elasticity, leaves you glowing from head to toe, whilst anti-oxidant rich Hemp nurtures with Vitamin E, Carotene and essential minerals such as Calcium and Magnesium to balance dry skin.

Luxury Body Silk Collection Honey & Hemp, 250ml: Replenish the moisture in your skin with the fresh, subtle, earthy fragrances of this rich and luxurious silk, infused with organic natural ingredients to delight the senses. Nourishing Honey delivers power packed nutrients that hydrate, while Hemp’s concentration of Omega 3, 6 and 9 detoxifies and soothes. Light and non-greasy, this rich, smooth silk nourishes and renews, while the natural firming ingredients actively work to tighten and firm.

How to apply for this Twitter giveaway?

Follow @AppleAndBears and @beautyontrial on Twitter and Retweet before the 15th of December 2016 to enter this prize draw. Read carefully the Terms & Conditions before you apply.

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Vita Liberata Self Tanning Travel kit

 Vita Liberata Travel Tanning Kit

I was very lucky recently and won this in a beauty on trial competition. I have reviewed a few of the items on the site but struggled to find the others on line in order to list the products on the site to review so thought I would do a blog instead.

This set arrived packed in a lovely little bag with a zip closure. The bag is silky feeling outside but lined and quite sturdy so a very handy bag to use as a toilet bag after you have finished the products inside it. The bag has a nice handle too so easy to carry from room to room.

Inside the bag there were six items

The first was a Hand Mitt for applying the tanning lotions. This is quite small and stretchy nylon on one side and a kind of suede finish on the other. This needs to be washed between uses but does stop you getting tanned palms and fingers which is not a good look as it looks a bit like nicotine stains!!

The next item was a 30 ml brown tube with an exfoliator called a Super Fine Skin Polish. This is a white creamy consistency with ground shells as the scrubby bits. It doesn’t have much of a scent and personally I find it quite a gentle scrub and prefer something with salt or sugar to give a bit more scrubby action before I use a self tanning product. It doesn’t strip my skin as there seems to be some sort of moisturising ingredient which I believe is jojoba oil in it too. It costs £11.25 for 175ml.

The next item is Deep Untinted Self Tan Lotion which comes in a cylinder with a push pump dispenser. This hold 75 ml but on amazon this appears to be in a different tube and holds 200 m for £15 so maybe I have the older packaging as this does not appear anywhere I could find on line.

The fact this is untinted makes it quite hard to tell where you have applied it. I find it best to use a circular motion and go back and forth to make sure no bits are missed.

I then do not put any clothes on for around five to ten minutes to give it a chance to dry and settle otherwise I have found that I have got stripes on patches where my clothes have rubbed some off.

I didn’t find this had a strong scent at all and certainly not that false tan aroma that you can smell for days.  It gave a nice deep yet natural colour and not tango orange at all and this lasted a good week using lots of moisturiser and having a shower every morning and bath at night too.

The next item was a Deep Face Untinted Self Tanning Gel which looked like a face moisturiser and again being untinted made it hard to know where you had applied this.  This did give a deep tan which as I am fair made me look as though I had been to Tenerife for a holiday. It wasn’t shocking but did look as though I’d just come back from somewhere hot and sat in a beach lounger the whole time. This also lasted a good week and didn’t fade with that blotchy look that some do either.

My tube held 30 ml and I couldn’t find this on amazon or any other site.

Finally there were two tubes each holding 30 ml of a lovely moisture boost body treatment which is basically a nice moisturising body lotion. Mine comes in a brown plastic tube while the new one seems to be in a pale green tube. On amazon this sells for £11.25 for 175 ml.

This is a lovely nourishing lotion that contains certified organic botanicals for skin nourishment. It locks in moisture for amazingly soft and conditioned skin and a subtle shimmer to accentuate your tan.

This is a lovely set of products that I am enjoying using to give me that holiday look without sun damage. These products are from a company that makes more natural products so these are not full of parabens and chemicals

 

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E:12/06/16, APPLE & BEARS | 20% Off Everything

To celebrate the launch of their new online store and the Queen's 90th Birthday, APPLE & BEARS are offering an exclusive 20% OFF their first visitors' baskets. Use coupon code QUEEN20 at checkout until the 12th of June 2016 and remember that 5% of your purchase goes to Breast Cancer Care.

"It was only fitting since we are based in Wraysbury, a village which is a part of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, that we launch our new E-Store to coincide with the celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday" Co-Founder, Kay Butt

Since 2011, APPLE & BEARS have grown from strength to strength, attracting a following of conscience and ethical consumers for their luxury products. Their e-shop was opened this week to meet this growing demand for their finest natural and organic collections and enable you to buy directly from the source. 

Terms & Conditions 

  • End Date: 12 June 2016
  • Discount: 20% OFF all products in the Body Wash Collection, Body Silk Collection and Luxury Gift Sets.
  • Restrictions: The code can be used once per person aged 18 or over exclusively at APPLE & BEARS e-store and is valid for United Kindgom orders only.
  • Code: Enter code QUEEN20 in the relevant coupon code field of your cart before proceeding to checkout.
  • Shipping:  Free delivery with dispatch within 2-3 working days
  • Charity: 5% of your purchase goes to Breast Cancer Care

Keep in touch for more offers

     

Receive regular updates and stay informed about special promotions 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 distributor near you? Check their wordwide list of stockists. 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.

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E:31/01/16, Vita Liberata | Win 1 of 2 Luxury Tanning Travel Gift Sets | RRP £40.00 each

Winter is upon us and though it has been warmer than usual so far, the cold weather is not too far away! Get a head start on your golden goddess look for the new year and enter our competition to win one of two gorgeous gift sets from multi-award winning Vita Liberata, the experts in luxury tanning and skin care. The world’s No 1 non-toxic tan is quick and easy to use, dries on contact with no unpleasant odour, no streaks, no dry skin or odd colour. 

A Multi-Award Winning & Revolutionary Tanning Brand

The Vita Liberata team are experts in luxury tanning. Based in Ireland, the brand created the world’s first odourless tan in 2007 and their unique Odour Remove™ technology is now present in all of their self and spray tans. In 2011, they became the first completely non-toxic tanning brand. This led to Vita Liberata being listed in the world's top spas.

The pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse

A hero innovation, pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan, is the world's longest lasting tan, giving you a tan that lasts up to 4 times longer than regular tans. Available in an extra fast drying mousse formula and an ultra hydrating lotion formula. Vita Liberata creates a unique tanning experience that conditions and hydrates the skin, ensuring your tan fades just like a natural suntan would.

A Luxury, Organic, Sunless Tan & Skincare Collection

Vita Liberata’s products are sold in more than 26 countries worldwide and are formulated with natural, certified organic and Ecocert ingredients, making the brand the leading, non-toxic, organic tanning company. With the widest range of at-home and professional tanning solutions to suit every skin type and tone, you are guaranteed the ultimate tan every time!

The Ultimate Tanning Kit

The Vita Liberata Luxury Tanning Travel Gift Set is a must have when you're on the go. Boasting four innovative products which work together to give you a beautifully bronzed, sun kissed look that lasts. Complete with a tanning mitt for super easy application and a cosmetics bag for convenient storage! The set contains six products you need for a flawless and natural looking sunless tan:

  • Vita Liberata Deep Face Untinted Self Tan Gel Light, 30 ml: Deep Face Gel combines a clear untinted moisturiser with organic tanning actives, just the right amount to give you a golden sunkissed complexion 365 days a year. Apply once for the subtlest glow, or use daily for a natural tan that never looks ‘over-tanned’ or ‘grubby’. The untinted formulation of Vita Liberata Deep for Face Untinted Self Tan Gel is especially good for those with open pores and blemish prone skin.
  • OR Vita Liberata Rich Face Tinted Tan Lotion Light, 30 ml: Rich Face Lotion gives an instant bronzing while developing a natural, light sun-kissed tan within 4-8 hours. This face tan is the perfect accompaniment to any Vita Liberata tinted body tan, blending seamlessly with all of their tinted lotions and mousses. Rich Face can be reapplied daily, in place of your regular moisturiser, until your preferred depth of tan is achieved.
  • Vita Liberata Deep Untinted Self Tan Lotion Medium, 75 ml: Achieve a gorgeous glow with Deep Lotion. Formulated with an expert blend of 80% organic extracts, it also contains Vita Liberata's groundbreaking moisture-lock© system to keep your skin smooth and hydrated, helping your tan to apply seamlessly and streak-free. It applies clear and develops after 4-8 hours into a beautiful bronze colour. With no tell-tale fake tan smell, it is perfect for those who prefer a gel and want to ensure that there's no staining to your clothing or sheets.
  • OR Vita Liberata Sheer Tinted Tan Mousse Medium, 50 ml: Sheer Mousse will give your skin a natural-looking, safe and streak-free glow that develops in a few hours. Enriched with 80% organic ingredients and Vita Liberata's ground-breaking moisture-lock© system to keep your skin smooth and hydrated, the airy mousse applies seamlessly and doesn't have the tell-tale fake tan smell.
  • Vita Liberata Super Fine Skin Polish, 30 ml: Prepare your skin for the perfect tan with Super Fine Polish. Formulated with the nourishing tan prep concentrate, including jojoba oil which gently exfoliates the surface of your skin to buff away dead skin cells, it leaves your skin soft and supple, which helps your tan to apply seamlessly and streak-free.
  • Vita Liberata Moisture Boost Body Treatment30 ml: Prolong the life of your tan with Moisture Boost Treatment. Formulated with a tan enhancing complex, it's rich in natural extracts which soothe and condition your skin, leaving it touchably soft and supple, with a hint of subtle shimmer.
  • Vita Liberata Tanning Mitt, travel size: Apply your tan perfectly with the mitt. Soft and reusable, it's gentle enough for use on both your face and body. You'll be able to achieve an even and streak-free tan every time.
  • Vita Liberata Cosmetics Bag,travel size: Perfect for storing all of your Vita Liberata products, take this chic bag with you wherever you go!

How to apply?

Follow us on Twitter @beautyontrial and retweet to enter or like us on Facebook @beautyontrial and shareRead carefully the terms and conditions before applying for this prize draw.

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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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