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Thursday, 12 March 2015

Neal's Yard Remedies Melissa Hand Cream. Review.


Hello,
today I would like to review a Neal's Yard Remedies Melissa Hand Cream. The Neal's Yard company has been my latest discovery in organic skin care. This is a London situated company where people "believe that beauty, health and wellbeing should be natural, not synthetic". They have said that they believe in nature (and who doesn't by the way) and customer's right to know what goes into the products he buys. I think that those statements sound great:).


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Neal's Yard Remedies Melissa Hand Cream

Before in the shop I wouldn't pay too much attention to Neal's Yard Remedies products because I simply didn't like the packaging. I wouldn't find it too appealing. But because I always want to try some new organic skin products I got this Melissa hand cream when it was in promotion:)

Melissa hand cream has nourishing and protective properties. It is good for hard working and dry hands. The cream is rich and can also be used on the feet and elbows.

It contains fantastic ingredients: different types of oils and herbal extracts. for example: almond, jojoba and olive oil, rose flower extract, beeswax, citrus and mandarin peel oil, oils of frankincense and myrrh, comfrey extract, etc.

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Neal's Yard Remedies Melissa Hand Cream

Because it contains essential oil of melissa (lemon balm) it has citrusy scent. I like this scent a lot and I think it has calming effect on me. This is like aromatherapy:). But I have also noticed that many people around me don't like the smell. I am actually not surprised because organic cosmetics do smell differently comparing to chemical ones. If someone doesn't have much experience with organic products then she/he may think that they smell bad. Anyway I have stopped using melissa hand cream when I am in the school and I apply it only when I am at home.


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Neal's Yard Remedies Melissa Hand Cream
I apply in not only onto the skin but I also massage the fingers and the base of the nails. This is actually the first product I use for both hands and nails and it works great. Because I wash my hands a lot my nails are really dry and even split (cleaning, washing, household jobs, etc. contribute a lot). Luckily the melissa hand cream has improved condition of my nails a lot. Now they are nourished, stronger, and they look whiter as well:).
My hands are nourished and the skin feels softer and soothed but I would preferred a little bit more of moisturizng action


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Neal's Yard Remedies Melissa Hand Cream

The cream is great for the winter time because it protects the hands from the cold, wind, dryness. It leaves a bit greasy residue and it takes a while to absorb.
I have been using this cream for about 3 weeks (but not every day) and about 60% of the product is gone. The tube is rather small - 30 ml so it will not last long.
It is also quite expensive.  

Benefits:
  • good ingredients
  • 82% organic
  • cruelty free
  • nourishing
  • soothing
  • softening
  • smells nice
  • good for the nails
Cons:
  • price
  • availability
  • doesn't last long

Aqua (Water), Prunus amygdalus dulcis (Almond) oil*+, Olea europaea (Olive) fruit oil*, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil*, Alcohol denat., Rosa centifolia (Rose) flower extract, Cera alba (Beeswax)*, Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) seed butter*, Cetearyl alcohol, Cetearyl glucoside, Crataegus monogyna (Hawthorn) extract*, Symphytum officinale (Comfrey) extract*, Zea mays (Corn) starch*, Althaea officinalis (Marshmallow) extract*, Citrus medica limonum (Lemon) peel oil*, Litsea cubeba fruit oil*, Citrus nobilis (Mandarin) peel oil*, Boswellia carterii (Frankincense) oil, Vetiveria zizanoides (Vetiver) root oil*, Citrus aurantium amara (Petitgrain) oil*, Commiphora myrrha (Myrrh) oil, Melissa officinalis (Lemon balm) oil*, Levulinic acid, Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Citral, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool.

*Organically produced ingredient. +Nut based ingredient. Natural constituent of essential oils listed. Made with 82% organic ingredients

I recommend this product especially during the winter and as a night treatment. It will repair your hands and nails when you sleep. And it will protect your hands from the cold weather.

Greetings and thank you for reading,
Joanna

Monday, 23 February 2015

Andalou Naturals Hand Cream Lavender. Review



Hello,

today I would like to review an Andalou Naturals Hand Cream in Lavender.
I wash my hands very often and  I have been always using and testing many different hand creams, lotions and potions:). I always read ingredients and try to use as healthy creams as possible. This Andalou Naturals Hand Cream in Lavender rates a 1 for toxicity with the EWG.


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It has a rich formula but luckily it is not sticky and absorbs really fast. But the most important is that the Andalou Naturals Hand Cream has a really good ingredients: aloe vera, almond oil, shea butter, cocoa, mango butter allantoin, evening primrose oil, tamanu oil and even more goodies:). For that reason it can be used regularly (in my case several times a day) knowing that nothing nasty is being absorbed by the body.


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After applications hands are soft, smooth and moisturized. The cream absorbs almost immediately and you don't have to wait for the hands to dry. It doesn't leave the hands greasy so it is good to use at work or school. The good feeling lasts until you wash your hands so it has to be reapplied often. Because of that the cream will not last you long, it lasted me about a month.

The Andalou hand cream has a strong scent of lavender which may be too overpowering. For me it is not a problem but if you are a scent sensitive person then bear it in mind. Some people around me didn't like this smell at all. And actually children, who are very honest,  were saying to me that this hand cream has an awful smell. Luckily the smell doesn't linger, it smells for a first few minutes and then it disappears:).

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I have bought Andalou Naturals Hand Cream in Lavender at iherb for 3.99 dollars which is about 3,5 euros. Such a good price for a natural product:). You can't go wrong with this one! You can reapply this hand cream often without worrying about nasty ingredients.
I recommend it to everyone, expect for those who don't like lavender smell.

Ingredients:
Aloe barbadensis juice*, helianthus annuus (sunflower) oil*, stearic acid, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter*†, theobroma cacao (cocoa)* and mangifera indica (mango) butters, fruit stem cells (malus domestica, solar vitis) and BioActive 8 berry complex*, vegetable glycerin, calophyllum tacamahaca (tamanu) oil, glyceryl stearate citrate, cetearyl alcohol, allantoin, lavandula officinalis (lavender) extract*, hibiscus rosa-sinensis and camellia sinensis (white tea) extracts*†, oenothera biennis (evening primrose) oil*, prunus armeniaca (apricot) oil, ethylhexylglycerin, phenethyl alcohol, lavandula officinalis (lavender) oil*

* Certified Organic

† Fair Trade

Friday, 6 February 2015

Out of Africa Pure Shea Butter Verbena. Review


Hello,
today I would like to review a Pure Shea Butter with Vitamin E from Out of Africa. I like this product a lot because i
t moisturizes, nourishes and repairs the skin like nothing else. 

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Out of Africa Pure Shea Butter Verbena

I personally don't like the smell of pure shea butter which is very nutty and strong. That was the reason why I chose verbena scent which smells nice and fresh. It has a delicate citrus scent.
According to the manufacturer this product is ideal for all skin types, especially for a sensitive skin and people who have fine lines, wrinkles, stretch marks, psoriasis, and eczema. It is recommended for prevention and reduction of stretch marks, wrinkles and scars. It will also soften the skin and restore its natural elasticity. For the best results it should be used two times a day.

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Out of Africa Pure Shea Butter Verbena

I have been using it for my hands because they were very damaged. I was using too harsh washing liquid and pads of my fingers became so dry that the skin started to peel. It looked and felt awful. Regular hand creams wouldn't help at all. But then I started applying Out of Africa shea butter and voila the skin has been repaired.  
But the shea butter can be used everywhere on the skin where you want it: anywhere your skin needs extra hydration: elbows, knees, hands, etc. 
The texture of Out of Africa Pure Shea Butter is thick and rather heavy so it doesn't absorb too quickly. Because of that I would recommend using it when you are at home or as a night treatment. Also be careful with clothing or bed sheets as it may leave greasy stains. 

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Out of Africa Pure Shea Butter Verbena

We need to remember that pure and unrefined shea butter hardens in cool temperatures and softens in warm temperatures. Before the application it is best to rub the product between the palm of the hands for a few seconds. Otherwise the application may be a bit difficult.
Out of Africa Pure Shea Butter packaging is very simple yet nice looking, retro-like. The butter is packed in a metal tin.
I got my shea butter from iherb because here in Finland pure shea butter is really expensive. For this product I have paid less than 6 euros for 57 grams.

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Out of Africa Pure Shea Butter Verbena


A quick summary

Pros:
  • all natural
  • vegan
  • 100% pure, unrefined shea butter
  • moisturize, repairs and nourishes the skin
  • ideal for dry or chapped hands
  • repairs the skin
  • nourishes 
  • hand made in Africa
  • will last long
  • nice packaging
  • good price: 57 grams for less than 6 euros
Cons:

  • absorbs slowly
  • a bit hard to apply

Ingredients: Butyrospermum parkii (pure unrefined shea butter), citrus medica limonum (lemon) peel oil, citrus aurantifolia (lime) oil, tocopherol (vitamin E).
 


I highly recommend Out of Africa Pure Shea Butter to everyone. It will help to regenerate and protect dry, damaged skin. This little "piece of gold" should be always kept at home.

Greetings and thank you for reading,

Joanna