I’m here to talk to you about one of my favourite natural skincare brands, Botanicals. Botanicals was founded in 2004 by Wendy Stirling. The aim of the brand (in their own words) is: to provide a range of personal care products which are as close to nature as possible. Those that harness the pure power of plants. And reflect our belief that nature really does know best.
After my review of the Rose & Camellia face balm Wendy very kindly sent over a pot of Lavender & Chamomile Soothing Salve for me to try out. The Botanicals range are hand made in small batches (every product has a use by date on it) here England. You won’t find any nasty chemicals in the products. They use the finest organic and natural ingredients. That means, no additives or artificial preservatives and no synthetic fragrances or colourings.
The Lavender & Chamomile Soothing Salve is a very calming and hydrating product. It’s particularly good if you have dry skin or eczema. I’ve also heard that it’s very effective as an after-sun moisturiser. This balm is an organic blend of shea butter, jojoba, apricot kernel, soothing marigold and the pure essential oils of lavender and chamomile.
As you would imagine, the consistency of the balm is soft and greasy – think coconut oil. With the recent warm weather I’ve been keeping this pot in the fridge to ensure it stays solid. I use this balm most evenings before I go to bed. The scent of Lavender and chamomile is very calming and relaxing.
The balm is a pleasure to apply and a little goes a long way. I simply take a pea sized blob and apply it to any dry patches of skin including my elbows, hands and the heels of my feet. I’ve had sore hands over the last couple of weeks due to a food allergy and this balm has helped to keep them under control.
I mentioned in my last post that Botanicals have won a lot of awards. Well, they’ve only gone and done it again with this balm. They’re the Silver Award winner in the Problem Skin Category of the 2015 FreeFrom Skincare Awards. I love seeing my favourite brands get the recognition they deserve.
I can assure you that I’ll be buying this balm again, although I have a feeling it’s going to last for a good few months. I’m keen to get my mum to give it a try as she also suffers from dry skin.
I’d like to aim to change my skincare over to all natural brands. This isn’t going to happen overnight (although I already use quite a few natural brands) but it’s a personal goal and I’ll be sure to keep you updated with how I get along. I’ll also introduce you to any new brands I find. I’m currently using this organic haircare brand and often shop with MyPure and really rate the Lovea brand.
If you fancy sampling a couple of products from the brand for free then head over to the website.