Today is a little pot of gold; literally. It is the hydrating beauty balm from [M]botanicals.
These are not the sort of products I would find in a supermarket or every day beauty store. The packaging whilst fairly simplistic speaks for the product inside. It looks expensive, it also looks very old fashioned and the type of thing found in a botanical factory. No gimmicks on the label and no big promises. The product inside is all natural.
And yes it’s gold!
This does look like a product made with honey or from bees but it’s actually made with olive wax and coconut butter with an infusion of various essential oils. These oils include rose hip, evening primrose and borage.
It’s a solid oil type product when scooped in my fingers it feels oily, and slightly grainy. The fine grain particles obviously do a lot for exfoliating whilst the overall product doubles up as both a beauty and skin healing product.
Although it does feel a little greasy/oily when first applied, the product dries and absorbs remarkably fast leaving hardly any oily residue. It really helps with dry and itchy skin as my 9 year old daughter is finding out. It’s multiple natural properties can also help with facial lines and signs of aging and it can be used all over the body.
Now I did say before that this is not a cheap product. It does not look like one and certainly does not work like a cheap product. It costs £28.00 for a 60g pot.
Find out more about thishydrating beauty balm on the website.
Today’s selection of pamper treats come from Marula UK. Marula is not just the company name but also the main ingredient contained in all their products – Marula oil. Marula oil comes from the Marula fruit which is grown in Africa and harvested mainly by African women. The nuts get hand cracked and the purest kernels cold pressed to release the Marula “natural” oils.
Marula oil is known to contain many antioxidants and omega acids. The benefits include hydration, rejuvenation, and anti aging. As well as a daily facial treatment the Marula oil can even be used as a make up primer, and help with distressed skin and sunburn.
This is the Pure Marula facial oil. There are other facial and skin products available including the lotions and a cleanser but this is the pure oil. It can be used alone or mixed with usual moisturizers of face creams.
The bottle itself is really appealing, dark and mysterious and leaves one wondering what’s inside. It’s a glass bottle with a pippette dropper applicator and just the sort of product you would expect to find in a high end store.
I tend to use the oil, with or after applying moisturizer. It seems good stuff so far, smooths on nicely and is non greasy. It does cost £37.50 but only a tiny amount is required due to it being an oil type product.
As well as skin products, Marula oil is also used in hair products just like this one.
As well as containing marula oil the deep moisture hair mask also contains keratin, wheat protein and pro vitamin b5 all which help to condition, smooth, moisturise and lock in colour.
It’s a lovely product to use after the regular shampoo and condition. It helps to make my hair less dry and frizzy. After rinsing it off I will apply a tiny bit more to my hair and leave this on to dry. My hair certainly feels more manageable after using this product.
The deep hair conditioning mask costs £24.00. I can’t be sure how many uses I’ll get from this one product and although good I do feel it is fairly pricey.
See more at Marula UK
I was recently contacted by Style Lux and asked if I would like to sample one of their products – Blackhead Killer mask.
This is not really a product that I would of considered using before but was happy to try it out. My pack contained five mask applications in packets of 10ml. These retail at £14.95 for all 5 packets.
Like most people I get the odd blackhead and pimple now and again but nothing too serious. The product claims to remove blackheads, pimples, impurities and excess oil in minutes. The way it works is by sucking them with the causing bacteria out of the skin whilst drying.
I was a little surprised when I opened the packet. I was expecting a white or see through cream. Instead it was jet black and rather runny and gloopy. It says to leave on for ten minutes and until it’s totally dry. Mine took slightly longer than ten minutes and my kids said I looked scary with it on. When it was finally dry the mask came off very easily.
. I didn’t manage to get a photo of myself so am using one from the Style Lux site.
After peeling off the mask my face felt much softer and cleaner. Almost like a baby’s bottom. Aswell as being a blackhead killer this product also lifts dead skin cells from the skin surface revealing fresh new skin underneath. It also kills the bacteria which causes blackheads meaning it prevents future outbreaks.
I’m not really prone to lots of blackheads and spots so unable to fully comment on its use but it definitely smooths out your skin leaving it very soft.