My blog friends, perhaps something with a little more cheer than usual today? Something that cheered me up substantially this last week was receiving three samples, very kindly sent to me, from Botanicals, an organic skincare range entirely suitable for vegans (YAS!) All products are produced in rural England using Soil Association certified organic ingredients and with nothing harmful to the environment, which gets an A+ for effort from me, obvs.
I asked to be sent something suitable for my prize-winningly oily/combination skin, and whilst the balancing face mask was the prime contender to do battle, I was also keen to check out the cleanse melt and moisturiser.
Y’all know me folks, any sniff of lavender or botanics and I’m sold. A particular ex of mine thought my fondness for the purple stuff was quite amusing, likening my taste in floral fragrance to that of a Grandmother. So be it, my friends, because lavender and me will be together forever (also my Grandmother is a champ and I hope I’m like her). The cleanse melt and moisturiser really do have the most delightful whiff about them. I was afraid the lavender scent wouldn’t win out, but it certainly does and, particularly before bedtime, it’s a very welcome aroma indeed.
Gentle cleanse melt: chamomile & marigold
The cleanse melt won me over instantly. I was a bit unsure how to go about slathering it on a face full of make-up, but I consulted the (very helpful) instructions on the Botanicals website and was good to go. It’s made up of a whole bunch of lovely organic oils, primarily shea and coconut. Although piling oil onto already oily skin feels a little counter-intuitive, of course we all know (now) that stripping the oils out is a one-way ticket to even more oil production. So, at bedtime I dolloped a pea-sized amount into my palm, and with wet hands rubbed it between them and then onto my face. I gave it a minute or two and then gently wiped it all away with a hot cloth, and all my make-up just disappeared (or, melted, if you will). It smells delightful, folks, let me tell you, and will have you in the mood for bed in no time. Your face will feel absolutely ruddy lovely, and you can choose whether to follow up with a wee bit of toner or not. I use a basic toner for sensitive skin, so I followed up with a spritz of that before moisturising.
Gentle moisturiser: chamomile & marigold
I always figure that bedtime is the key time to enjoy a really indulgent moisturiser, when your skin’s on its way to a good few hours of rest/breathing. My daytime moisturiser is pretty basic, and mostly serves as a base for primer and foundation. I’ve been using this lovely little number for the past couple of nights and it’s been quite a treat. Its ingredients include shea butter, cocoa butter, avocado oil, jojoba, aloe vera, marigold extract, and lavender (and some other bits and bobs). As usual I’m a sucker for the beautiful lavender scent. Top notch.
Balancing detox mask; green clay & avocado
The detox mask was the product I was most keenly looking forward to test-driving. I usually slap a face mask on a couple of times a week, or whenever I indulge in a soak in the tub. My oil-tastic skin benefits from a treatment every now and then, and as I wear make-up daily I like to give my face a wee treat on occasion.
The mask contains green clay, as well as more lovely oils (avocado, jojoba) and is a lot more lightweight than other clay masks I’ve tried. Melting between my hands before applying, I used the full sample-sized tub on my face, which didn’t turn a shocking shade of Wicked-Witch-of-the-West for once. I gave it 5 minutes or so before gently removing with a hot cloth (I’m afraid my bath wasn’t hot enough for 10 minutes of soaking). My face sure didn’t feel at all dried out afterwards, and smelled delightful, with the citrus oils playing a fragrant part too.
The Botanicals range isn’t super cheap, but I think we all deserve a wee bit of luxury skincare now and then. You can order two sample pots from the website for £2.95, which is a handy way to give two products a whirl. And then, why not go for a bit of indulgence? I could definitely use that cleanse melt in my life, no doubt. Anything from the range would make a super gift for the special vegan in your life, I’m sure (and if YOU are the special vegan in your life well then you know Agent Cooper would approve).