Given that products come out at a speed no single tester can possibly stay on top of, I thought I’d introduce a monthly feature covering some of the new releases that have caught my eye.
Future posts will probably come out at the end of the month (makes sense, right?) but I missed the deadline for February by a teensy bit…
I’d also love it if these posts could become a little bit collaborative. If I’ve missed something great – and I almost certainly will – do flag it up in the comments for me to investigate.
January to early March launches:
ORGANIC SURGE have brought out a hot cloth cleanser that’s clearly influenced by Liz Earle’s multi-award winning product. I’m excited to see that it’s got the word ‘brightening’ in the name because, after all, who doesn’t love a bit of that. It’s also worth noting that it includes rose oil (as well as aloe vera juice, cocoa butter and shea butter) so it’s most likely to be rose scented. Making it a potential alternative to the C&P if you wanted to switch up your fragrances. Full ingredients are below. Remember you can use a humble flannel as well as a muslin. Over the years, I’ve definitely become a flannel girl.
Organic Surge Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser, £12.50
Ingredients: Aqua/Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Dicapryl Ether, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Cetearyl Glucoside, Benzyl Alcohol, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum, Cymbopogon Martini Oil, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sodium Phytate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil Expressed, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit/Seed Oil, Mentha Arvensis Leaf Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Citral, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool. *ingredient from organic farming. Naturally occurring within essential oils.
ORGANIC SURGE also reformulated their Orange Flower Toner. According to the mail out it’s back and better than ever, but I’m not actually sure what’s changed or whether they’d temporarily withdrawn it. If you’ve used it in the past and have any skin allergies, it’d be worth checking the ingredients list again just in case.
HERBFARMACY have brought out a new Exfoliating Cleanser, which is recommended as a weekly treat for dry/sensitive skins and could be used every other day for oilier skin types. It contains skin-nuturing marshmallow and soothing, anti-irritant calendula.
Herbfarmacy Exfoliating Cleanser, £15
Ingredients: Aqua, kaolin (white clay), *Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) kernel oil , +glycerin (glycerine), *Helianthus annuus hybrid (high-oleic Sunflower) oil, *Ricinus communis (Castor) seed oil, Hydrogenated Jojoba oil (Jojoba beads), sodium stearoyl lactylate (plant-based emulsifier), cetearyl alcohol (plant-based emulsifier), +glyceryl stearate (Organic plant-based emulsifier), tocopherol (Vitamin E), *Aloe barbadensis leaf juice powder (Aloe vera), *Althaea officinalis (Marshmallow) root extract, *Calendula officinalis flower extract(Calendula), *Cananga odorata flower (Ylang ylang essential) oil, *Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender essential) oil, *Citrus grandis peel (Grapefruit essential) oil, *Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) leaf extract, lactic acid (from sugars), phenoxyethanol, benzyl alcohol, potassium sorbate (Mild preservative system). * = Organic + = Organic origin.
In other HERBFARMACY news, their award-winning Just Eyes Cream is now back in stock (for die-hard fans) and now contains an extra 7% of product for the same price. I haven’t used or even registered this product before but there are 23 reviews on Herbfarmacy’s website with an average 5* rating. Might be worth checking out…
Last but not least, for those of you who spend far too much money on Naturisimo, the following brands are new to the site in 2014: John Masters Organics, Melvita, Cowshed and RMS Beauty. I love Cowshed’s body products and have spoken about Melvita’s floral waters before.
Any shiny new things you’ve spotted?