Just Charlie G

Heads up for this beautiful brand, Kind Natured.

Kind NaturedIf you’re looking for body care products that are absolutely premium but at affordable prices, then look no further. The Kind Natured range seems fairly extensive, with lots of products to choose from, from hair care, kids products, bath products as well as hand and body care. The brand prides itself on being 97% natural and free from Sulphates, Parabens and Petrochemicals.

The products I’ve tried work exceedingly well, the Foaming Sugar Scrub in particular is wonderful and the Body Lotion, but what I feel makes them so premium are the beautiful scents from the products I tried, the ones containing Monoi are amazing, such long lasting exotic scents. Truly beautiful! If I’ve not sold you on the range already, then try the prices, not one of their products retails for over £5.99.

Using Kind Natured products, at least these ones I’ve tried, feels like being in on a secret, a really good beauty secret. Fantastic effective products with beautiful long lasting scents that don’t cost the earth.

If you only buy one product though, my top pick is the Moisturising Coconut & Monoi Foaming Sugar Scrub, it’s absolutely dreamy.

The whole range is available on Boots.com, go check it out!

*Products received free of charge for review purposes but all views are my own

I recently received a beautiful package courtesy of Woods of Windsor. I’ll be honest, Woods of Windsor as a brand were not on my radar at all until this beautiful parcel arrived.

Woods of WindsorI think at a glance it’d be easy to see the products, read the scents and dismiss this brand as being for the older generation but a closer look reveals products that not only perform well, smell beautiful but are also affordable luxuries.

The range of products include Hand Creams, Hand Washes, Soaps, Drawer Liners, Dusting Powders, Bath and Shower Gels as well as much more.

Lets start by talking about the beautiful packaging. The whole range had a revamp in Autumn, drawing inspiration from both modern and vintage flower illustrations. Have a closer look, it’s beautiful and makes the products worthy of any dressing table or gift.

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Looking at the website, it would seem the main fragrance lines are White Jasmine, Honeyed Pear & Amber, Pomegranate & Hibiscus, Blue Orchid & Water Lily, True Rose, Lily of the Valleyand Lavender. I’ve not tried all of the scents, but let me tell you that all the products I have tried have been beautiful, but Honeyed Pear & Amber is absolutely stunning. White Jasmine (I LOVE Jasmine) and Blue Orchid & Water Lily are also worthy of special mention.

Honestly, this is one of the nicest ranges I’ve tried in a long, and not at all granny-ish!Woods of Windsor As for the products themselves, I have been especially enjoying the Bath & Shower Gels, as well as the Dusting Powder which I have been dusting on with wild abandon using it’s big fluffy powder puff. Even the kids beg for a dusting after their baths!

Truly a beautiful range and if you are still looking for Christmas Presents, you might not be too late so head over to the Woods of Windsor website to grab some beautiful gifts! Prices start at £6.99.

*Products Received Free of Charge for Review Purposes 

Elemental HerbologyWhile I have no doubt that there are new brands cropping up all over the time, its not too often I get to try them out. Elemental Herbology are not actually a new brand, having been established in 2008, but they are new to me. The brand’s area of expertise is using therapeutic levels of plant compounds, herbal extracts, botanical oils, vitamins, minerals, essential oils to create natural skin and body care products that really work. The entire range is based upon the Five Element Theory from traditional Chinese medicine and each product relates to each element, wood, fire, earth, metal and water and Elemental Herbology believe that a balance of all the elements is needed depending on your skin type. With my skin being all over the shop, this concept is one that really appeals to me.

I’ve been trying out three products recently and I’ll start by telling you about the Facial Souffle Overnight Cream from the Moisture Replenish line.

Elemental HerbologyThe product having the word Souffle in its name is very definitely appealing to me! And this beautiful Facial Souffle doesn’t disappoint. Usually with products that promise a lot of hydration I have concerns that they will break me out, but so far so good with this overnight treat. Designed for mature or dry skin (I am both) this overnight cream really moisturises and suits my sensitive skin really well. I wake up with my skin soft and comfortable. It is not a cheap product at £47, but a little goes a long way and I have no doubt this will last quite some time. Do have a look at the reviews on the website, they are really brilliant.

Next up is the Facial Detox Purifying Facial Mask.

Elemental HerbologyThis is a product my chin and nose has been crying out for. My skin is cursed with blemishes, even at the grand age of 41, but what I really struggle with is that the spots are in combination with dry skin and sensitive skin. Often products designed for spots, are far too harsh or drying for me. This beautiful mask is made with Honey, Aloe and Calendula to soothe, Oat Flour and Allantoin to exfoliate gently and Clay to help eliminate the toxins. Its the combination of these, that mean this is helpful for my skin and it allows me to use it all over (instead of just the problem areas) without risking aggravating my dryness. It smells amazing (eucalyptus, cedarwood, lavender and rosemary) and is a pleasure to use. I have some congestion and I have found it helps to bring the bumps out. While it is suitable for my fussy face, if you have more tolerant skin you might find it a bit too gentle for you. For me this is a must have product, but at £38 for 75ml, you’ll want to be sure it suits your skin.

Finally I’ve been trying out Hand Nutrition Intensive Hand and Nail Repair Cream.

Elemental HerbologyI’m a bit of a horror when it comes to hand creams, I have them, I have them everywhere, on my desk, on my bedside table, in my handbag, but I always forget to use them. I don’t get terribly dry hands so I guess that has something to do with why I’m so bad, but I have forced myself to give this a good go and I’m pleased I have. Hand Nutrition is for dry and sun-damaged hands and is rich in Omegas 3, 6 and 9. It smells nice and seems to moisturise well. Since I’ve been crocheting up a storm I do tend to notice when I have dry patches as they snag on my yarn, and in addition, its also important that when I do use a hand cream it absorbs quickly so I can carry on with my work. This cream isn’t the fastest to absorb I’ve ever tried, but it doesn’t take ages either, and it doesn’t leave a residue if I rub it in properly. It stops any snaggy bits of dryness there and then. What more could you ask for? This one is £16.

I’ve been really impressed with the Elemental Herbology products I’ve tried, and keen to explore the range further and see if I can find a routine that would suit my skin for once and for all, my only hesitation with that is the prices are a little higher than I’d like, but for the right products, I’d pay whatever was necessary within reason!

Oh and final comment, I love the beautiful, simple packaging. Its very attractive.

Please do take a look at the Elemental Herbology to see the full range of products and for more information.

*All items received free of charge for review purposes

Yon-Ka Nutri-protect Hand Cream

If you’re in the market for a new hand cream, look no further! I’ve got it here and it’s just gorgeous in every way.

I don’t suffer from especially dry hands, but I do like to keep them moisturised and this is my go to product these days.

I’d not heard of Yon-Ka until I was approached recently and asked if I’d like to review something from the range.

If the hand cream is is anything to go by I’d be more than interested to try more products from the range which covers both body care, skin care and indeed a whole range of treatments.

The hand cream itself is beautiful. It is recommended for dry, rough, chapped and/or damaged hands and whilst mine are none of the above I can easily see how soothing this would be. It leaves the hands incredibly soft. Ingredients include Shea Butter, Vitamin B5, Grape Seed Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Vitamins A, C and E, and essential oils of sweet orange, grapefruit, mandarin and magnolia which explains why it smells out of this world. Seriously, this is gorgeous.

Currently you can’t buy via the Yon-Ka Website but you can certainly get lots of information about the product range and the company ethos there. Should you wish to purchase your own divine hand cream then you can buy it here, £20 for 50ml.

As a bonus, this range is Cruelty Free.

*Disclosure – Product received free of charge for review purposes*

Mary Elizabeth Skin Care

Absolutely LOVING these products I was sent to try out from Mary Elizabeth Bodycare.

Before I talk about the products individually in a little more detail, I just wanted to tell you a little about the company and products generally. The ethos is simple. Natural, organic, effective products to help you look good and feel good. There are no boxes, to save on wasteful packaging. Each product contains enough essential oils to ensure that they have all the beneficial properties of the oils, rather than just a minimal token amount to enable the company to list them in the ingredients, all products have undergone all EU testing requirements as well as challenge and stability testing and finally Meadowfoam Oil is used in the moisturiser and balm.  This is a fairly new oil in skincare, is apparently supernourishing and makes any product “luxurious and high end” according to current reviews of the oil, I know nothing of Meadowfoam Oil but will be investigating!

In 2010 Cecilia Rathe had skin cancer, and whilst the treatment for the cancer was successful, it left her skin raw, irritated and with a high possibility scarring. She tried various products to no avail but being a fully qualified aromatherapist, it was only a matter of time before she used her knowledge and skills and created a product herself…which worked. And Mary Elizabeth Body Care was born.

Here’s a quick run down of the products.

Camellia and Geranium Gentle Face Scrub 50g £12.50

Mary Elizabeth Skin Care

A beautiful facial scrub made with Camellia Oil, Avocado Oil, Geranium and Lavender oils and rich in Vitamin E. This is beautiful, you just massage into your skin, dampen, massage again and then remove, you can use this once daily, but I’ve been using it probably every couple of days, only because that’s the best way I can fit it into my already working very well regime. Would definitely without question recommend and re-buy.

Frankincense and Rose Moisturiser 50g £21.50

Mary Elizabeth Skin Care

What a beautiful moisturiser. I think you can see in my photograph, it has the most beautiful texture. At first you think this might not absorb too well, as it feels richer than you think when you apply it, but actually it’s mere moments before it’s disappeared into your skin. By the time I’ve reached into my drawer to decide on the day’s foundation, my skin is ready to go. Its full of beautiful ingredients, Jojoba, Meadowfoam, Frankincense, Rose, Vitamin E, Lavender… it smells beautiful and it feels beautiful.

Juniper and Jojoba Hand Cream 50g £9.50

Mary Elizabeth Skin Care

Another beautiful product. Jojoba Oil, Calendula Oil, Juniper, Geranium, Chamomile… oh it really is lovely. This is by no means a heavy handcream, but it’s certainly moisturising and has become my bedside table handcream of choice, joining the elite products that make part of my bedtime ritual. This is a handcream but you could use it anywhere, I’ve used it on my rough upper arms with some success.

Finally the Nuture Balm with Spearmint and Tea Tree 15ml £6.50

Mary Elizabeth Skin Care

This is the only product I’ve not used a great deal, for no other reason than that Tea Tree and I are not the best of friends and I have many problems with it in the past. When using on wound they get worse, when used on spots they get worse and so it is with this that I’ve only tentatively given this a whirl, and that was on my cuticles. It has a lovely texture, and if you are not weird with tea tree like I am, then you can use this anywhere, lips, heels, elbows, cuticles… anywhere.

What a lovely brand, truly, the products feel like they’ve been made with lots of tlc and are truly beautiful.

At the present time the products are available only from the Mary Elizabeth website but I hear a couple of national online stores are interested in stocking the brand so watch this space.

*Disclosure – PR Samples*

L'Occitane Pivoine Delicate

That packaging! How pretty, I’m such a magpie for pale pinks with greens…. I think back in the 80’s I had a white, pink and green bedroom… it was one of the first colour combinations I fell in love with and I still feel the same now.

Last year L’Occitane released Pivoine Flora EDP and there is now a new limited edition perfume in the range. Pivoine Delicate. This new collection is inspired by a rare peony flower that is very delicate. The collection includes not only an Eau De Toilette but cosmetics and body products.

I’ve got a few things to share with you today from the collection and I’ll be honest, I love them but at first I wasn’t at all sure I would. I have it in my head for some reason that I don’t like floral fragrances, despite the fact that over the last couple of years I have discovered that’s not strictly true but still I have this misconception about my tastes. So it’s fair to say that with this collection, it was the packaging and cosmetic items that really drew me in.

So lets start with the Eau de Toilette (£33 75ml)

L'Occitane Pivoine Delicate

Loving this! It’s so light and whilst it is floral, its fruity too. Only subtle fruit though. Officially this has top notes of citrus fruits and white peach, heart notes of rose, peony and lilly of the valley and base notes of white musk and light woods. I’d go along with that entirely, just to add that it lasts a long time on me but is light and fresh. It’s really gorgeous!

The next Item I was sent is the Hand Cream (£13 75ml).

L'Occitane Pivoine Delicate

L’Occitane Hand Cream has become my go to for moisturising my hands, and so it’s lovely to have this to use with the perfume. Love the formula, always beautifully scented, quickly absorbed and very moisturising. There’s nothing more to say, if you’re looking for a great hand cream this is well worth a look.

The final product I have to show you is the Lipstick in Pivoine Delicate (£12.50 for 3.5g)

L'Occitane Pivoine Delicate

 

L'Occitane Pivoine Delicate

A delicate soft, lightly shimmering nude. I LOVE this. It’s an absolute beaut of a lippie. I don’t have much to actually say about it, just have a look at it.

L'Occitane Pivoine Delicate

 

L'Occitane Pivoine Delicate

Other items in the range are the Fresh Mist (a scented spray with aloe vera to leave you soft!), A Shimmer Poweder which is pink and silver iridescence to add to your body/hair, a Eau de Toilette and Gloss Duo (perfume at one end and lip gloss at the other, three lip glosses and two more lipsticks.

On my wish list is the Fresh Mist and the Shimmering Powder (not that I have any call for such a thing, I don’t care, just give me the pretty) and one of the lippies looks like a stunning coral, although I believe they are all on the sheer side… fine by me if they are all as pretty as Pivoine Delicate.

All in all this is a beautiful collection. Really beautiful and I’m wanting to treat myself to a few more bits which is a always a good sign!

*Disclosure – PR Samples*

12. 04. 2012
Renouve

When I got the press release for Renouve, initially I couldn’t get a handle on what it actually was so I kept it in my inbox for a few days and kept re-reading it.

In the meantime, I got my new rings and kept gazing lovingly at them, that’s when I noticed, my hands have aged. Quite a lot. Sob. Is it not bad enough that my face is starting to look old and wrinkly, no apparently not, no my hands are starting to show my age too. That’s when it clicked and I went back to look at the Renouve press release.

Renouve

Okay, so in short Renouve (taken from the word renew and is meant to embody the essence of the product), is an anti-aging  hand sanitizing lotion.

I’m a middle aged Mum of two girls. There’s more nappy changing and disgusting habits than I care to admit (not me, the kids) and so I always have hand sanitizer around but now I can protect them as well.

Ok I’m not going to pretend I know much about ingredients so I’m just going to tell you about what Renouve contains. The key ingredient is Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 which was developed to stimulate and produce collagen while actively diminishing wrinkles (yay!), firming and moisturising the skin. Then there’s the Bitter Orange Peel Extract, a certified organic antibacterial free of alcohol and parabens. Then there’s Vitamin E and Aloe Vera.

One thing I especially love about this is the packaging, its truly beautiful and you can choose from six colours, although each bottle contains the same product, you can just pick whichever bottle you like the most. I like them all.

Renouve

I’ve been using this stuff religiously I have to say, I keep one bottle by my bed and one bottle on my desk which I chuck in my handbag whenever I go out.

It’s alcohol free and oil free so it’s not greasy and it doesn’t dry your hands out. It just absorbs quickly leaving my hands clean, dry and soft. It’s 95% natural and kills 99.99% of bacteria.

It’s not cheap for a hand sanitiser at £22 for 30ml but it is a luxury item with unique claims and I’m a dedicated fan.

Available from Beauty Expert.

*Disclosure – PR Sample*

L'Occitane Shea Butter Dessert Rose Hand Cream

How gorgeous is that packaging and the leaflet behind it? The packaging design is inspired by Bogolan cloth, a traditional West African Fabric. The L’Occitane Shea Butter range has had a make over and all the products are decorated in the with Bogolan type designs. These limited edition products are also inspired with scents from all over Africa and the hand cream is the Desert Rose from Morocco. Also in the range is an Ultra Rich Body  and Lip Balm, all are available in three scents, Desert Rose, Hibiscus Flower and Cocoa Flower.

Desert Rose is a beautiful scent, it’s definitely rose-y but also a bit zingy and fresh too. It’s beautiful.

L’Occitane Shea Butter is Fair Trade is purchased in a partnership with the women who make the Shea Butter in Burkina Faso.

It’s a worthy product, it’s beautifully scented and it really keeps my hands beautifully soft.  Gorgeous stuff. The hand cream comes in two sizes 30ml and 150ml  which are £7.50 and £17.50 respectively.