Thursday, 24 April 2014

Why organic skincare?

I started to use premium beauty brands in my teens when my skin was suffering from breakouts due to the hormones that come with puberty. I used to go to the beauty counters and all they saw were the spots and they automatically assumed I had combination/oily skin when in fact my skin was normal/dry/combination. It wasn't until my late teens that I realised what helped and what didn't. 

After dipping my toes into the higher priced ranges I went back to drug store and in 2010 I decided I wanted to go premium again and switched to Origins and Molton Brown and this is where I learnt my lesson. After trying both ranges separately for roughly 6 months each. I made the switch to organic skincare in 2011 after suffering several reactions. My face suffered from burns, boils and tingling. 

In 2011 I originally started using Herbfarmacy and this was all I used for approximately a year. I then decided I wanted to try a 100% organic range and I made the switch to Spiezia.

Since switching to organic skincare I had forgotten just how sensitive and reactive my skin is. This was until a couple of weeks ago. I was too lazy to use my regular balm cleanser by Spiezia that I thought I would use Dove soap. It's supposed to be moisturising enough for dry skin, yet my skin felt rough, burning and was red roar and really painful. It took a good few days to return to being relatively normal.

So I now make it a habit of cleansing my skin immediately after returning home.

Have you ever suffered reactions to skin care products?

- Louise 

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Trevarno organic olive and almond hand cream

I have been using the Trevarno Organic Olive and Almond hand cream on and off since purchasing it. I purchased this as I was running low on my mainstream hand cream and wanted to replace it with a natural product. All of the Trevarno products are certified organic by the farmers and growers association.

The packaging is nice and simple and comes in a frosted aqua jar. It doesn't come with a spatula so it's a case of dipping fingers into the pot. 

The texture is very light and moisturising. I didn't notice any difference in my cuticles when using the hand cream. So I would need to use another product alongside this. The fragrance isn't what I was 
expecting from the description on the box of olive & almond. The hand cream smells of lavender.

I have included the ingredients below in case you want to check them out before purchasing.

I do like the hand cream and would consider repurchasing it in the future. There is also a nail conditioner which is the perfect partner to the hand cream which I am yet to purchase.

The hand cream comes in two sizes 30ml £13 and 60ml £18. There is also a hand and nail kit available for £20 which is on my wish list.

 Organically Produced*
Lavandula Angustifolia Flower Distillate*
(Lavender Flower Water)
Olea Europaea Symphytum Officinale* 
(Comfrey macerated into Olive Oil)
Prunus Dulcis* (Almond Oil)
Simmondsia Chinensis* (Jojoba Oil)
Emulsifying Wax 
Cera Alba* (Beeswax)
Theobroma Cacao* (Cocoa Butter)
Citrus Grandis* (Grapefruit Seed Extract)
Tocopherol (Vitamin E)
Pelargonium Graveolens Essential Oil* (Geranium Essential Oil)
Citrus Paradisi Essential Oil* (Grapefruit Essential Oil)
Juniperus Communis Essential Oil* (Juniper Essential Oil)
(Constituents of Essential Oil: Linalol, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene)

Have you tried Trevarno? What are your favourites?
- Louise