A while ago now I won a Dr Hauschka Radiant You Starter Kit from a giveaway on BeautySwot. I only got around to using it after Christmas and have just got to the end of the tube of cleanser so I thought it was about time I wrote a review.
The starter kit contains cleansing cream, facial toner, a mini lavender bath and a muslin cloth. I was also lucky enough to win a Melissa day cream so I had a whole new skincare regime. The starter kit comes with instructions (just as well as I had no clue what lavender bath was!) which include a description of the best way to apply your cleanser. I didn’t know there was any specific way to apply cleanser but it turns out you are supposed to press and roll your fingers.
The first step of cleansing is to put a few drops of the lavender bath into a basin of warm water, dip in the muslin and then hold over your face for a few seconds. I don’t think the lavender bath really does anything for your skin but it makes the water smell gorgeous and makes you feel like you are really pampering yourself. The lavender bath comes in a little glass vial and unfortunately, somebody knocked it off the sink and smashed it after I’d only used a few times. It was probably my fault for leaving it on the side!
Anyway, back to the point, once you have used the lavender bath, you cleanse using the special Dr Hauschka cleansing technique. The cleanser also gently exfoliates at the same time. To make sure you get all the cleanser off, you use the muslin dipped in the lavender bath again. Next you spray the toner over your face. The spray on the toner is really good at spreading it out evenly in a mist over your face (does that make sense?!). I’ve had toners before where the nozzle just sprays it out more like a jet than a mist. Finally you apply the day cream. I really like the smell of this but I do find that it can take a few minutes to sink in properly. The website says that it is suitable for oily skin but I find that if I use too much it leaves my skin quite greasy and I’ve got normal/dry skin. I would have thought that it might be too heavy for oily skin?
Since I’ve started using this range my skin has felt really clean and less dry than usual. I think using the muslin makes a big difference as it makes sure you get all the product off. The only thing I don’t like about the range is the packaging – I prefer pretty packaging! You can buy all of the products separately from the website or get the starter kit for £39.95 and the day cream for £23.95.
The Comvita Replenishing Body Lotion is suitable for all skin types and contains Manuka Honey which is great for skin. It has a unique scent with notes of cinnamon which I really like. It is a brilliant moisturiser but does take a bit of rubbing to make it sink in properly.
All Comvita products are free from parabens and other nasty chemicals. You can buy this body lotion from MyPure and it costs £16 for 200ml.
I think I have a bit of a hand cream problem – I’ve got way too many! I seem to have them dotted around the house as well as one in each of my bags but I do use them all so I feel it’s justified! Lots of them absorb at different rates and they all smell different so I’ve got one for every occasion, whether I’m in a rush and need it to sink in quickly or I need some intense moisture for winter hands.
Anyway, the latest addition to my collection is the Lanolips Rose Balm Intense which contains more than 95% natural ingredients, including lanolin which is a natural substance coming from shorn sheep’s wool. The balm has a light, delicate scent and actually sinks in surprisingly quickly seeing as it is ‘intense’. It just leaves my hands feeling slightly tacky for a few minutes after applying rather than leaving them greasy which is nice. It is really great at moisturising and I also like using it to keep my nails and cuticles in good condition.
You can buy Lanolips Rose Balm Intense from Boots – £9.18 for 50ml (plus it’s on the 3 for 2 offer at the moment!).
Forest Secrets is a skincare system containing facial serums which can be blended to create a skincare regime which fits your skin. I’ve been sent the Try Me Set which contains three little tiny 2ml bottles of different serums…. the iRejuvenate Plus Elixir, the iRejuvenate Plus Serum and the iBright Serum.
I love the packaging – the three bottles fit snugly into the triangular box which is cardboard so is recyclable. The set arrived with a booklet explaining how to use the serums depending on your skin type. The idea is to use them morning and evening in place of your normal moisturiser. When I first tried the serums, my skin felt greasy and I thought they might not sink in properly but after a ten minutes or so my skin felt moisturised rather than greasy. The next time I used them, I adjusted the amounts so that it sank in much faster. Now I use slightly less in the mornings and the recommended amount in the evening. My skin’s been feeling really hydrated recently but it is odd not using moisturiser!
The serums are natural and don’t contain petrochemicals or artificial colours/fragrances. The Try Me Set costs £15 which might seem a lot for just 6ml of serum but from what I’ve used so far, I think they should last quite a while! I think it’s worth buying the Try Me Set to see whether the serums work for you before splashing out on the full size products. You can buy Forest Secrets from The Urban Retreat Boutique.
This hand cream from Living Nature is brilliant. Living Nature is a company from New Zealand who don’t use any harsh chemicals or synthetic materials in their products. The hand cream has a lovely smell which isn’t too strong – the smell has been formulated alongside a French master perfumer and is inspired by flowers found in New Zealand, especially the Kowhai flower. It contains active manuka honey which is made in New Zealand and is used to rejuvenate and protect skin.
The hand cream is really moisturising, is quickly absorbed and not too greasy. Even though it’s really good when you’re hands are very chapped, it is still fine for using on days when you just want to keep your hands feeling soft! You can buy the Living Nature Nourishing Hand Cream in little 50ml bottles (RRP £10) which are perfect for keeping in your bag but can also get 200ml for £25 which works out more economical.
Ahava makes products which contain active Dead Sea minerals which are supposed to help maintain the natural balance of your skin and give you a fresher complexion. All of their products are paraben and SLS free while contain no petroleum or other harsh synthetic ingredients so are suitable for sensitive skin.
I’ve been trying out the Mineral Body Lotion which costs £22 for 250ml so it isn’t cheap. The body lotion has quite a strong perfumed smell which I’m not sure would be everyone’s cup of tea. I don’t mind the smell but I do find it a bit overpowering when I first apply it and the scent doesn’t fade very quickly either. The lotion sinks in nice and quickly and is a fantastic moisturiser. I also really like the packaging which is simple and sophisticated.
If you want to try this body lotion, you can buy it online – there’s actually a 10% discount at the moment but I’m not sure how long the offer will last!
I love my new A’kin face cream, the Rose de Mai Anti-Oxidant Day Cream. As you would expect from the name, it has the lovely scent of roses and like all A’kin products it’s free from parabens and sulphates.
The moisturiser has a nice creamy texture but is absorbed quickly into my skin and doesn’t leave any stickiness. This A’kin face cream has been review load of times so click here to read more if you are in any doubt about trying it. As far as I can see there are no bad reviews and, after using it myself, I can definitely see why!
Energys Resonance is a range of natural skincare products. They don’t contain chemical emulsifiers, aggressive chemical preservatives, SLS, mineral oils, silicone oil, polyethylene glycols or parabens. I’ve been trying out the following products:
From looking at their website, it seems as though the Energys products are suitable for pretty much any skin type. I’ve got quite dry skin and I’ve definitely noticed an improvement since I started using the range. All of the products of much more than I would normally pay which may be why I’ve actually seen an improvement in my skin!
The cleanser is really good and has a lovely fresh smell. It also removes eye makeup which is something I look for in a cleanser as I can’t really be bothered using two products when I could use one. The Gentle Exfoliant is in fact gentle, unlike lots of other so called ‘gentle’ exfoliators which make your skin feel as though you’ve rubbed it with sand paper.
The Youthful Skin Elixir is basically just a toner but it comes in a cute glass bottle which looks pretty smart. Instead of using the skin elixir you can use the Energy Gel which does a similar thing but can also be used during the day to sooth headaches, tired feet or tense shoulder muscles.
I really like the face mask which can be used 2 to 3 times a week. It leaves my skin feeling really soft and clean! The moisturiser is good as well although it doesn’t smell quite as nice as some of the other products in the range. It feels quite greasy when you apply it but it skins in faster than you would expect and makes my skin so smooth. I really love it but I don’t know whether I could put up with the smell for more than one tub?
The only product I haven’t been impressed with is the eye cream. This just seems to sit on the skin under my eyes and not sink in at all. It feels greasy hours after I apply it and makes my under eye area look a bit shiny. That being said, I really wish I wasn’t a student and could afford to buy the other products from this skincare range!
Palmer’s are best known for their Cocoa Butter Formula but they have now brought out a new Olive Butter Formula and I’ve been trying out body lotion over the past couple of days. It is brilliant! It’s made with olive oil so I was a bit worried that it wouldn’t smell very good but I can tell you now that it doesn’t in any way smell like olive oil. The body lotion works really well as an everyday moisturiser as it is not overly greasy but still manages to keep even elbows nice and soft. You don’t need to use too much as the lotion is quite thick so I think the price of £3.59 for 250ml is really good. As well as moisturising, the body lotion is supposed to fight the signs of aging and skin tone. I don’t think I can really comment on this though until I’m older!
There are other products in the Olive Butter Formula range including a body butter and a more intensive concentrated cream. I would definitely look at buying the body lotion or some of the other products in the future. You can buy them from Boots or ChemistDirect.
I LOVE THIS A’KIN MOISTURISER! In fact, I’ve loved every A’kin product I’ve ever tried! The A’kin Lavender & Geranium Body Moist smells really good and quite different to other moisturisers. It is pretty thick and a little goes a long way so the bottle should last for quite a long time. It also works very well and leaves my skin perfectly moisturised and not at all greasy. After using it for a few days running I’ve really noticed that my skin is getting much softer. It is a lot better than the Alva Body Lotion from MyPure that I tried a few months ago.
This moisturiser costs £11.99 and I would definitely pay that as it really is one of the best moisturisers I’ve ever used. Also, MyPure have a deal on at the moment where you get a free Lavender Hand Cream when you buy the moisturiser. Remember as well that A’kin only use natural ingredients so their products are brilliant for your skin with no nasty chemicals!