Dead Sea Spa Magik Duo

Dead Sea Spa MagikI absolutely love trying out new brands (in case you couldn’t tell)! So when I was sent some Dead Sea Spa Magik products I was completely overjoyed as this is a brand I’ve had my eye on for a while.

Although I’m an Islander, I went to a sixth form college on (what we call) the mainland, so I got to go to super exotic shops like Debenhams (seriously, the Island doesn’t have a department store it’s terrible) so needless to say I went shopping in every given opportunity! I was once pulled over by a sales assistant with some Dead Sea Spa Magik salt scrub, who told me and my friend it would make our skin ridiculously soft… we were sold! We tested it out on our hands, and genuinely couldn’t beleive how silky smooth our skin was! Sadly, on our measley weekend job wages we simply didn’t have the funds for the products, and I have never bought any from the brand since, as I don’t think it’s available on Isle.

I was kindly sent quite a few Sea Spa Magik & Spa Find products to try out, but will focus on the Refreshing Bath Shower Gel and Silky Smooth Body Lotion first of all! Read on to hear my thoughts.

Refreshing Bath Shower Gel

Refreshing Bath Shower GelSo, my first thought about this shower gel…. It’s blue!! Definitely something you don’t ever expect whilst using natural cosmetics regularly. I love the fact that this product is multi-purpose – it can be used as a bath foam or shower gel. I’m a shower person, and have been regularly using this product for a couple of weeks now. The benefits listed on the product are: ‘helps to maintain skin’s elasticity and texture, relaxes your body and mind, deeply moisturises and rejuvenates the appearance of skin’ – that’s not far off! I really like the texture of this product, as it is thick and creates a rich, creamy foam, meaning it doesn’t feel drying or ineffective. After using this product your skin does feel moisturised and soft – exactly as desired, so it really does do what it says on the tin. The only thing I’m not so keen on is the smell, and that is a great shame. I absolutely love using products that smell natural and herbal, but although this product has added perfume and flower waters, it still smells a little strange to me, but each to their own! It might smell delicious to you.

It would be an amazing product to keep in the shower for the whole family to use – it comes in a huge bottle (as you can see it’s a 40% extra free product) and will last for ages, which is definitely a perk as it only costs £7.55 for a 350ml bottle from Holland and Barrett.

Silky Smooth Body Lotion

Silky Smooth Body LotionAnyone that knows me or reads my blog regularly will know I don’t get on well with moisturisers of any description. For whatever reason my skin just refuses to absorb pretty much anything, which means I never ever buy any because I’ve just lost hope (cue violins), but this just makes it even better when I get sent some unexpectedly and test it out. I was pretty much astonished when this body lotion sunk in pretty much instantly, and I was able to use it in the day time! I think I’m coming to the conclusion that I’m getting older, and my skin is becoming a little more accepting of moisturising products, but it’s always good to have a revelation such as this!

The body lotion is really really light, but a little thicker than a ‘milk’, which smooths onto my skin effortlessly and sinks in very quickly. It’s perfect to use after your shower with the Refreshing Bath Shower Gel as it just tops off your routine, and keeps your skin ‘Silky Smooth’ as the product claims! I would definitely recommend this product, as it is suitable for all skin types and is paraben free with UVB protection. The reviews on Holland & Barrett say that it makes a fantastic after sun – I’ll definitely be putting this to test in the summer!

Again, this product has been formulated with the potent extracts from the dead sea combined with organic ingredients and no parabens – wonderful! Both products contain ‘Harmonised Water’ which has been de-ionised to remove even the smallest impurities and makes room for the added minerals.

Have you ever used Dead Sea Spa Magik products? I’d love to know your favourites 🙂

Dead Sea Spa Magik Duo

Rosie’s First Ever Facial

Yeah that’s right, I’ve never ever had a facial before today!

My skin hates me at the moment, all of the Christmas food and stresses of life have left me looking a little worse for wear. With break outs and horrible visible pores, I decided that enough is enough and it’s time for a clear out! I contacted local holistic & beauty therapist Zélie after who runs an amazing little treatment parlour in her back garden, Zélie’s Beauty.

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The 60 minute treatment includes a Cleanse & Tone (Skintruth), followed by a face and shoulder massage with a very fragrant mixture of oils. After this the skin is freshened up with a very, very gentle exfoliator (Green People) with a gorgeous citrus & bergamot scent, which both uplifts and relaxes. It was so nice not to be scratched to death by this product – lots of exfoliators can be very far too abrasive, but this was a creamy texture with tiny exfoliants to simply remove the dead skin cells and refresh your skin! This was followed by a lovely Green People mask, which didn’t burn or freeze my face (miracle?!), and whilst this set I was treated to an amazing complimentary hand massage, which was so relaxing. I tend to hold a lot of tension in my hands, and always have them clenched or gripping each other until my circulation pretty much stops (I’m not crazy I swear), so the hand massage was exactly what I needed to break that cycle. Post face mask my skin was moisturised by another Green People treat, which although came in a large dose, was almost all absorbed by even my skin, which tends to reject most moisturisers. I must admit that a few hours later I’m starting to feel a little oily, but I imagine it would be absolutely fine in smaller doses or used over night.

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Overall, it was a really great experience and I would definitely recommend to a friend! Green People is a brand I’ve wanted to try for a while, but have been worried about making the investment, so it was great to be treated to so many different products in one go, to give me a good idea of what the brand is like! I was also treated to a tube of the Green People Blemish Banish product, which is a concealer with spot healing properties – perfect for my skin at the moment. I’ve got to say that I think it does work, my spots weren’t as sore and were much less red after wearing this, and coverage is great. I’m really not keen on the texture… it made my skin feel a little balmy, which is the main reason I don’t wear any make up, as well as this it only comes in one shade! I can’t stand companies that think there is only one shade of skin – it simply is not logical! I wouldn’t recommend this product for people with dark or very fair/porcelain skin tones!

What facials do you treat yourself to? Do you find them an essential part of your routine?

Rosie’s First Ever Facial

A Q&A with Jennifer Young

Jennifer Young SkincareSo, you may have heard all about Jennifer’s recent venture on the news over the previous weeks. I was so intrigued by the bespoke skincare idea that I decided to check it out, and found myself in love with the ethos behind Jennifer’s incredible products from the Defiant Beauty range – created especially for those going through cancer treatments such as chemotherapy. I was so impressed I decided to email Jennifer to express my enthusiasm for the products and ideas – and we ended up getting talking about a feature on my blog! So here it is, for your viewing pleasure… My Q&A session with Jennifer Young, founder of Jennifer Young Bespoke Skincare and Defiant Beauty!

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A Q&A with Jennifer Young

Welcome to Botanic Purity

I may have to ask you all to be slightly forgiving as I’m new to this…

I am super excited that Botanic Purity has been born! I always really enjoy reading beauty blogs, as I find them far more useful than reviews, but strangely never thought of creating my own. It was only earlier this week that I started to contemplate it and thought it would be good to give it a go.

Although predominantly for beauty products, this blog will inevitably feature other things that go hand in hand such as herbal remedies, teas, nutrition and other things I use to maintain a (relatively) healthy lifestyle. 

As you may have seen on the ‘About’ page I also suffer from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and hope it will provide some real life help and advice for fellow sufferers.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy! I will try to post as often as possible, and suggestions or recommendations are always welcome 🙂

Welcome to Botanic Purity