Wednesday, 27 April 2016

BOTANICALS ORANGE BLOSSOM SOFTENING BODY BALM




Hi lovelies! I've got a review for you all today and I'm pretty excited about it, as it's from a brand that I've only recently discovered but have fallen in love with! The brand in question is 'Botanicals', a brand that aims to create products that are organic, pure, safe and as close to nature as possible. With the huge question mark as to what is and isn't safe in beauty products these days, I think it's a great idea to use products that are as natural as possible, so you can be assured that are no nasties making their way into your system! Botanicals products are hand blended using carefully selected ingredients that harness the power of plants, no harsh chemicals and no preservatives, meaning your skin gets only the best, purest ingredients with nothing synthetic. Why go for something that mimics plant based ingredients when you could get the real thing? If you're not already convinced, you may be interested to know that Botanicals are one of just a handful of companies in the UK that are licensed by the soil association, Europe's most well respected Organic certifying body. Pretty impressive!

So, the product I'm reviewing for you lovely lot today is the 'Softening Body Balm' in the Orange Blossom scent. This is a thick, moisturising balm for use all over the body. Despite being very thick, the product quickly melts into an easily absorbed oil when massaged onto the skin, making it perfect for use in the morning, after a shower or throughout the day when your skin needs hydration, but you don't want to feel sticky and greasy. I tend to use this in the morning before getting dressed as I love how quickly it's absorbed and the orangey floral scent is gorgeous and long lasting, while still being quite light and not too overpowering, which is lovely. This is fab as an everyday body moisturiser as it feels quite luxurious and that along with the lack of greasy feeling afterwards and pure ingredients is reason alone to love this product, but my favourite thing about it is now it has dramatically reduced the dry skin and little red bumps on the back of my arms in just a few days. I know a lot of people suffer with those irritating red bumps and dry skin on their arms and for me at least, this has been working wonders to reduce this.

As you can see from the images, the ingredients in this are really quite simple and many are certified organic, which is a definite plus! It has been proven that what goes onto your skin can and does go into your system, so loading chemicals onto your skin day in day out may well have a knock on effect on what's going on inside in the future and I think that's a little scary! What I love about this is that printed on the bottom is a use by date which only lasts until December of next year. While this seems like a long time, for a shelf life on a beauty product, it's actually not. This may sound like a downside but I think this is great for a couple of reasons. The first and most obvious being that it's not pumped full of unnatural, potentially unsafe preservatives and the second being that this actually can make you shop more sensibly. If you know your products aren't going to last years and years, you'll hopefully be more conscious of waste and start to actually use things up before buying new, which is much better for the environment and your bank account!

Overall, I'd highly recommend this product as its not only a beautifully scented, luxurious, softening body balm, but it's loaded with pure, safe ingredients and it actually works - you can't ask for much more than that!

What do you think? Would you like to try anything from the Botanicals range? What are your favourite natural beauty and skincare brands?

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