Botanicals Natural Organic Skincareaim to make a range of personal care products which are as close to nature as possible. The company was founded by Wendy Stirling in 2004 after her daughter had an allergic reaction to a shampoo that sounded natural but actually contained SLS, SLES and parabens.
All of Botanicals' products and the ingredients they use are vegan and cruelty free, and they are also members of Naturewatch.
Botanicals are certified organic by the Soil Association, and are
free from artificial colours, fragrances and preservatives. Their products come in minimal yet elegant packaging that is
recyclable. All the ingredients they use are fully biodegradable and are
derived from sustainable sources.
The product is a gentle exfoliating cleanser that contains crushed rosehip kernels to brighten dull and dehydrated skin and restore moisture balance. It is suitable for normal, dry and mature skin types and retails at £24 for a 60g jar.
The polish does not contain water and instead uses a base of several plant oils and shea butter. This means that not only does the product go a long way, but it feels really luxurious on the skin. I really love the texture of this product: it melts beautifully into the skin and feels heavenly as you massage it into your face. The rosehip kernels gently buff away dead skin cells and help to bring a glow to the face without scrubbing at your skin.
I also love the delicate, calming smell of this product. My skin felt really soft and smooth after using the polish and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a gentle, natural exfoliating product.
Be.Lovedis a Latvian natural skincare company who ship worldwide. They are a cruelty free company and their products are vegan, with the exception of the face cleansing masks which contain yogurt powder.
The company was founded by Kinga, a yoga teacher and natural lifestyle enthusiast, who began researching and experimenting with natural cosmetics after experiencing skin problems. Be.Loved's main goal is to formulate a range of highly effective skincare products that deliver only beneficial and nutritive compounds into the
skin. Every ingredient used in their products is there for a specific therapeutic reason.
Since Be.Loved are an ethical company, all their products come in recyclable and upcyclable glass containers. They are so passionate about reducing their impact on the environment, they will even send one free full size product to every customer who sends them back five empty Be.Loved containers!
I was kindly sent two products to try: the Rose Rain Floral Water and Follow Your Bliss Tangerine Balancing Face Serum.
The Rose Rain Floral Water is a pure rose water spray, recommended for ageing and delicate skins. Rose water is my favourite toner, so I absolutely loved this product! It feels so calming and refreshing on the skin, plus the delicate scent of rose is so soothing.
Rosa Damascena Flower Water.
The Follow Your Bliss Tangerine Balancing Face Serum is designed to energise and restore the skin’s elasticity and help maintain a correct oil and moisture balance. It contains a nourishing blend of plant oils and extracts, as well as tangerine and palmarosa essential oils to help balance the skin and frankincense to firm and tone.
I loved the scent of this product; as an aromatherapist, I create many different blends every day for my clients and for myself, and some of my favourite blends contain essential oils of the orange family. Tangerine is closely related and very similar to mandarin essential oil, which is one of my favourite oils to help reduce stress and anxiety. Since essential oils can evoke memories and feelings when inhaled, I felt an immediate sense of calm when I first opened the bottle, and every time I used it after that.
The serum goes a long way, so you only need to apply one or two drops. It is easily absorbed and doesn't feel greasy, which can often be a worry if your skin is prone to oiliness like mine is. It made my skin feel wonderfully soft and smooth afterwards, and although I usually applied it underneath my moisturiser, I found it to be hydrating enough to use alone. I especially enjoyed applying a little extra at night and thoroughly massaging it into my face to give my skin a boost.
Manic Panic recently invited me to try out some of their products. If you are not familiar with the brand, Manic Panic are a cruelty-free company (and most of their products are vegan) well known for their range of vibrant hair colours. They also have a range of cosmetics, so as I am not brave enough to dye my hair a vivid shade of the rainbow, I decided to opt for something more me - lipgloss!
Manic Panic Cross Glosses come in quirky little tubes with a cross on the applicator. I love the design and I think it's great to have something different to all my other products in my makeup bag.
The Cross Glosses are priced at £9.59 each and come in a range of bold colours, including green, lilac and black! The shades I received were Hot as Hell (bright pink), Black Rose(dark red) and Poison Apple (bright red).
Hot as Hell
Polybutene, Pentaerythrityl, Telraisostearate, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Sterate, VP/ Hexadecene Copolymer Microcrystalline Wax, Octyldodecanol ,Polyglyceryl-2, Disosterate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Tribehenin, Sorbitan Isostearate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Silica , BHT. May Contain: Mica CI 70019, Iron Oxides CI 77491/CI 77492/CI 7499, Titanium Dioxide CI 77891.
I really like the Cross Glosses, especially the pink one! They are all really pigmented, but the colour is buildable, so you can just put on a light slick for a hint of colour, or apply more to get a brighter effect.
They aren't too sticky which is a must-have when looking for a great lip gloss. I have found the colours to be long-lasting as well, which is great as sometimes lipglosses can wear off really quickly. I have also layered them over lipstick for an extra colour boost, which works really well. If you are looking for fun, bright lipglosses then the Manic Panic Cross Glosses are definitely what you need!
I'm Jessica, a twenty-something vegan who is passionate about cruelty-free living, animal rights and health, beauty and fashion. I'm a holistic therapist and have my own little vegan business in Cornwall: www.tranquillarosa.co.uk