As you may have seen in my Nourish Balance Mini Kit review, for some reason my skin decided to have a slight disagreement with the Balance Serum, but no fear! The Nourish team are so amazing, they sent me over the Relax Serum to try instead! I’m pleased to say that this review has a much happier ending!
I never really thought of myself as having sensitive skin… rather just that my skin is particularly choosy about what it absorbs and what it doesn’t. The Relax Serum is aimed at those with sensitivities, and for this reason I normally wouldn’t have gone for it if I was just shopping online, but I’m really pleased that Dr Pauline (Curator of the products) saw outside the box and suggested to send it over!
The serum has quite a thin consistency, which means it’s very light on the skin and a little goes a long way, again making it fantastic value for money at only £16.95. It has a gorgeous Lavender scent, which is really soothing for my pre-bedtime skincare routine. I am delighted to say that my skin absorbs it a treat! Within about 5 minutes my skin is smooth and soft again, with no stickiness in sight. The light gel also has a slight cooling effect, which again is relaxing and gentle – especially great if you have skin prone to blemishes.
The active ingredients in this serum really bring home the benefits of making the transition to a more natural skincare regime. Whereas most ‘main steam’ cosmetics are loaded full of cancer causing chemicals, this product actually contains Carrot Root Powder, which is great for reducing the risk of cancer! Another active ingredient is Ginger Root Powder, which is excellent for reducing irritation and again, calming down inflammation if you struggle with problem skin.
I really like this serum, used alongside the rest of my Nourish products, it helps to maintain an even complexion, which is super important with winter rearing its ugly head! I would definitely recommend this product if you have sensitive skin or struggle to absorb rich, heavy products. Along with the rest of the Nourish range it also has anti-aging properties, which is a definite bonus. Never a bad thing to start early!
Are you using anything from the Nourish range? Let me know your thoughts!
There’s not much quite as satisfying as wondering who smells so good and realising it’s you. A feeling I had to get used to once I started using so many Liz Earle (LE) products. As I’m sure you know by now, I live on the sunny Isle of Wight on the south coast of England, and we have a huge amount of local businesses to be proud of, Liz Earle being one of them.
Their products launched in 1995 with the legendary Hot Cloth Cleanse & Polish, which I’m sure anyone interested in natural cosmetics and skincare will have heard all about. After becoming a complete addict, I hope to be doing a series of Liz Earle product, and hope that you can all come to love the brand as much as I do!
I will be starting with the Botanical Shine Shampoo, just because I think it is probably my favourite product at the moment. I have the pleasure of using this beauty every day and I’m completely in love with it.
There is something that feels so indulgent about all of the Liz Earle range; it probably has something to do with the amazingly high quality ingredients they use. This shampoo boasts presence of (and brace yourself there’s quite a list): Patchouli, Sweet Orange, Lemon, Carrot Seed, Rosemary, Cedar wood and Geranium Essential Oils as well as Aloe Vera, West African Shea, Vanilla Absolute and Apple Fruit Extract, so it is absolutely packed full of natural goodness to help cleanse our hair whilst adding shine and lifting our spirits! The smell is absolutely gorgeous, and it really doesn’t fail to fill me with energy in the shower each morning. I have been using this shampoo every day for around a month now and the smell is still as exciting and beautiful each day as when I started.
The results definitely don’t let you down either, LE really aren’t kidding when they talk about shine. I’ve had so many compliments on my hair since I have been using this shampoo about how shiny and soft it looks, and I have to agree! Even on my blonde hair the shine is beautiful, and it leaves my hair light and manageable all day, with a boost of volume too.
So without rambling on too much, all you have to know is this shampoo is amazing. I absolutely love it and feel like it has permanently worked its way into my everyday routine. I cannot recommend highly enough! Please see below for a summary and pros and cons!
Great texture – foams up a treat, a little goes a long way
Amazing shine even on unlikely hair tones
Buy a triple set and save yourself some cash
Comes in a handy travel/try me size (50ml) for only £5
Sodium lauryl/laureth sulphate free, but still very foamy!
Incredible ingredients list with plenty of health benefits
The size for me is a little too small! It would be great if it could come in a 500ml+ bottle with a pump for everyday use
At £8.75 it is a little pricey – but great for a little bit of indulgence every day
Keep your eyes peeled for my next review of the Botanical Shine Conditioner!
Those of you that know me personally will be aware that I’m a bit of a glitter fan… and that’s a huge understatement! We have plenty of excuses on the Island to get glittery, and I take full advantage. We are always at some kind of festival or special event that requires getting sparkly, but now I’m absolutely delighted to be able to have some shimmer every day!
It has Golden mineral powders to lift our skin tone and make us glimmer (not quite Twilight style, don’t be alarmed!), as well as the active Tonka Bean extract, which I must admit I had never heard of! Turns out in pagan communities it is actually thought to have magical properties, simply because of its natural ability to relieve feelings of depression – wonderful! But in this product, it is used to give our skin a healthy glow, and the fragrance is similar to a mix of vanilla, cinnamon and cloves so happy vibes are flowing!
The Aloe Vera encourages our skin’s collagen production, which helps to repair damaged cells and balance our skin tone, whilst improving smoothness. As with all Nourish products, it also has the anti-ageing properties, provided by the tripeptides and hyaluronic acid (which aren’t as scary as they sound!)
This is a great all-rounder, especially for me as it focusses on a few things I am particularly looking to combat: uneven skin tone, dullness and damaged skin. It feels very luxurious and is a joy to use either under or over moisturiser, and under or instead of make up.
I’m not sure if I have mentioned before, but I don’t wear make up every day, and tend to only put some on once or twice a month, but I’m always teased by foundations and powders because I’m very self-conscious about my uneven skin tone. That’s why I love this product, it almost completely eradicates my need for make up and it is actually healthy for my skin and won’t encourage break outs – a dream come true!
You only need to use the tiniest bit when applying to your whole face – I tend to use just over a pea sized amount when I apply – but this could also be used as just a highlighter so even less would be required. A little definitely goes a long way, making this product excellent value for money at £14.95!
Although the results aren’t dramatic or striking, they really don’t need or claim to be. For me, the difference is noticeable enough to restore some self confidence, which is a big relief! I have even had compliments on my even skin tone whilst wearing the Face Shimmer, so it must be working! I guess this is the type of product you will have to try for yourself to find out! Let me know how you get on!
Notes worth making:
My skin tone has been described as ‘English Rose’ and I tend to have some blotchiness on my cheeks. This product seemed to help smooth that out and make my skin look smoother.
I used this alongside my Nourish Skincare Routine – Balancing Cleanser, Toner and Moisturiser as well as the Relax Serum – all of which pretty much instantly made my skin tone more even, too.
This week I have had the pleasure of trying out the Nourish Balance Mini Kit! Please read on to see what I thought of each product. You can also read more information on Nourish here in my previous post
Balance Detoxifying Cleanser – 94% Organic
A very simple cream cleanser, with a light texture and intriguing aroma!
I must say, I’m not always a massive fan of cream cleansers, I usually like to exfoliate a little when cleansing my skin, but this product was
surprisingly enjoyable to use! It is a very light cream, which needs to be applied with a cotton wool pad (organic if possible), and when I used this on my skin, I absorbed the product really quickly, which gave me the impression it is quite deep cleansing cleanser, even for a cream! The cotton wool pad also absorbed it rather well, so I used around 3-4 pumps from my little bottle.
The balance range has a really subtle apple scent, which is quite different for skincare product, but it smells really purifying and uplifting! It makes a pleasant change to the usual lavender oriented more calming products. The cleanser needs to be removed using cool/warm water, this is great for the skin as using hot water can actually increase oil production and is harsh on the skin, so very fitting for the balance range. After rinsing the cleanser off my face with a muslin cloth, it felt very soft and looked fresh, but felt the tiniest bit dry, which was soon rectified by using the rest of the products in the range.
Balance Refining Toning Mist – 97% Organic
Again, another very uplifting and energising product! The directions suggest spraying directly onto your face and letting it dry naturally, this is a really refreshing method of applying a toner, if you haven’t done it before definitely give it a try! I did give my face a little sweep over with an organic cotton wool pad afterwards just to get rid of the excess, and once dry my skin felt incredibly soft, and again looked very fresh leaving my complexion looking balanced. Results really are instant with this range!
What I love about the Nourish range is how obviously natural the products are! I have absolute faith in using these products around my eyes, which gives me confidence in the safe ingredients.
Balance Essential Moisturiser – 89% Organic
One thing I have to admit is that I’m not a great advocate of moisturisers. I have always found each one to be too heavy, sticky, rich
, thick… you name it – I’ve just never found one suitable for my skin! I tend to use oils where possible, as I do my skincare routine at night it doesn’t matter too much if I’m left with a bit of a residue in the morning as it just comes off in the shower.
I was however very impressed with this product. At first when I was using it I did feel as though I wasn’t absorbing it well enough and it left me feeling a bit greasy before bed, but when I spoke to the Nourish team they suggested that I simply used less of it and low and behold, improvement was noticed! It made me worry a little bit that all my moisturiser concerns are simply because I have been using too much product, but this cream is noticeably different to most moisturisers aimed at my skin type (combination/oily/unbalanced). It has a very light texture, but isn’t a gel which is great as it still has a feel of luxury to it. I used about a pea sized amount for my whole face, which is quite impressive, and of course makes the products even better value for money which is fantastic.
This product was a bit of a revelation for me, so I was very, very pleased and look forward to having perfectly moisturised and nourished skin for the foreseeable future!
Balance Nutritious Peptide Serum – 80% Organic
I love serums; there is always something that feels so luscious and luxurious about them. They are absorbed by the epidermis – this is great because it means they are genuinely moisturising, whereas some moisturisers can only create the illusion by sitting on top of the skin.
I’m sad to say that surprisingly the Balance serum didn’t quite work for me. It left my skin feeling a little sticky, which isn’t out of the ordinary, this has happened even with toning waters – my face is very picky about what it likes! Although this serum wasn’t quite right for me, I have persisted and used it a few times since as I’m still sure that the ingredients are beneficial to my skin!
What I am pleased to say is that when I spoke to the Nourish team about my experience with the serum, they were incredibly speedy in rectifying the issue. Before I had even replied to the email I had another product on its way to me in the post!
I have been absolutely blown away by the amazing customer service delivered by the team! I have been looked after incredibly well, and they seem to have a genuine interest in how I am getting on with the products. To me this shows great faith in their range, and a dedication to research and improvement. They also have an understanding that each customer is different and may need to mix and match the products. I know this seems obvious, but one thing I can’t stand is companies blaming the customers’ skin for any problems with their purchases, Nourish really are a cut above the rest! My Balance serum is being replaced with the Relax Hydrating Peptide Serum, and I look forward to updating you with the results!
The Nourish Balance Mini Kit Retails for £24.99, which I think is great value. I think this would give around 2/3 months usage in the cleanser and toner, and a little longer for the serum and moisturiser. You can buy one here!
Watch this space for my review on the Nourish Golden Glow Illuminating Face Shimmer and the Relax Hydrating Peptide Serum!
Click Read More to see the Ingredient list for each product
A quick mobile update to let you all know that Arbonne will be coming to Botanic Purity very soon!
Arbonne is huge on the Island, and I’ve just met with local consultant, Maatje who told me all about the products, business and opportunity… then gave me a bag load of samples to try, so reviews will be coming soon!
This week I was lucky enough to have a chat with natural beauty company Nourish Skincare! I must admit their products have been on my skincare hoard hit list for quite some time after seeing them on Ethical Superstore (if you haven’t found this site yet, get on it, it’s amazing!). One of my most annoying flaws is my inability to resist good packaging and branding, so obviously Nourish is a company that certainly stuck in my mind and niggled away for a while.
I thought it would be wise to start with a bit of a background check before I get onto my product review, just because Nourish have such a great approach to skincare and I think it warrants its own post!
One thing that I consider to be hugely important about skincare products is the R&D to ensure it is suitable for our modern lifestyles, so it doesn’t just end up as a load of ingredients thrown together to sound and smell lovely, but not actually have much of a benefit to our skin. Nourish was founded by Dr Pauline Hili, who had an understanding for exactly this. She took a bit of a scientific approach to formulating the products and decided on four ranges to cover all bases, which are: Balance for combination skin, Radiance for normal skin, Relax for sensitive skin and Protect for dry skin. There are also some bolt on products, such as the Argan Collection and the Golden Glow Illuminating Face Shimmer.
Nourish use innovative plant extracts to protect, support and stimulate our skin’s natural processes; the skincare range empowers the skin to naturally resist the signs of ageing and stimulates the production of healthy cells. Dr Hili has a belief that what you put on your skin not only affects its appearance, but also reflects in your body and mood. This means that the products contain lots of naturally enriching ingredients with plenty of health benefits – perfect! Here is a brief overview of some of these:
Balance for Combination Skin
The balance range is fortified with a vitamin and mineral blend to help support skin’s natural metabolism without over stimulating. This range purifies and tones, so skin is left refreshed and hydrated. These products contain vitamins B3,5 and 6 which all promote energised, moisturised and healthy skin function. They also have a fresh and energising apple aroma!
Protect for Dry Skin
This range contains phyto-actives which have superior antioxidant abilities as well as moisture enhancing properties to protect your skin from the hostile surroundings of pollution exposure and stress. Perfect for those city dwellers amongst you!
Radiance for Normal Skin
Radiance products are infused with alpine foxberry, which contains brightening properties and helps to even the skin tone, as well as Tonka bean extract which naturally helps to reflect light to boost your skins luminosity. This range will help skin appear healthy, youthful and bright.
Relax for Sensitive Skin
Products from the Relax range features a blend of soothing and replenishing plant extracts to care for sensitive skin and is designed to help resist damage and restore healthy skin. This range incorporates carrot, which is rich in betacarotene, helping to protect skin cells. As well as this ginger extract soothes irritation and helps protects the skin from sensitivity whilst the lavender aroma calms and soothes.
Check back for my Nourish Product review coming soon!