Correction. It IS too cold to go barefoot. Don’t try it. There’s a reason fluffy slippers were invented and it’s now.
But if you’re looking for something to beat winter skin, then Barefoot Botanicals is the way to go.
I was sent the Barefoot SOS Soothing Face and Body Wash and the Daily Rich Body Lotion. And to say I’m impressed is a bit of an understatement.
Until a few days ago, the skin on my lower legs was more like crocodile hide than human skin. The skin there is usually less rich in natural oils anyway; combine that with winter weather and drier, eczema-prone skin and it was just unsightly. You know those swirly cracks you get when the skin is really lizard-like? I’ve seen it referred to as ‘crazy paving skin’ which is funny, true and a bit sad. That’s exactly what they looked like.
I’d been layering up my usual body oils with creams over the top and I was still more lizard than girl. But 4 or 5 days into my Barefoot regime and there is a really marked improvement. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t have legs like babies’ bottoms just yet… But they are so much better. Smoother, softer, only the merest hint of flakiness and, crucially, the sore itchyness associated with the cracking has all but gone.
The body wash is really creamy and feels very nourishing. It doesn’t really lather up – no drying, artificial foaming agents in there, you see – so you’ll need to resist the temptation to use too much, but just a little bit left my skin feeling clean without feeling dry. [I didn't use it on my face, given that I swore long ago never to use face washes. But also because I'm currently testing out some gorgeous new cleansing/moisturising balms which you'll hear more about in January.]
What’s even more remarkable is that the body lotion is light, liquidy and easily absorbed. I almost dismissed it before I’d started because it didn’t seem like it could possibly stand up to winter weather, never mind the croc-effect.
Both products smell beautiful – quite zesty, with essential oils of lemon tea tree, bitter orange, grapefruit and rose geranium coming through in the fragrance.
In addition to the essential oils, they’re packed with naturally active ingredients. The body wash contains evening primrose and jojoba oil for skin conditioning, as well as chickweed and burdock to cool and soothe the skin. The body lotion also uses chickweed, as well as mallow (also known for its skin-soothing properties). Plus it contains a combination of shea butter, jojoba, argan and macadamia oils, which is presumably what makes it such a power-house for dry skin.
I’m so impressed with the performance so far and will definitely be buying these for myself when I run out, despite their slightly higher than average price point.
And here’s the Christmas Giveaway bit. The lovely PR people who sent me my products are going to send a full size (200ml) Soothing Face and Body Wash (worth £16) to one of my lucky readers. All you have to do to enter is:
- Be a UK resident (sorry international readers – I’ll try and do something for you in the New Year!)
- Follow me on Twitter (@Natbeautcabinet) or by email subscription (click on the button top right).
- Leave a comment below stating how you follow me and anything else you’d like to say. No pressure though…, I’ll be more than happy with ‘hello’!
- Don’t forget to enter your email address in the right spot.
- Wait patiently until 18th January when I’ll be announcing the randomly selected winner and sending out the Face and Body Wash.
And if you can’t wait until the 18th, or you don’t want to leave things up to chance, you can buy Barefoot Botanicals direct from their website. Or you can currently get 20% off their full range at Naturissimo (I’m not sure when this ends though). The Soothing Face and Body Wash retails at £16 (currently £13 on Naturissimo) and the Daily Rich Body Lotion at £22 (currently £19 on Naturissimo). Naturissimo also offers free delivery, 5 free samples with each order and is currently promising a free Barefoot Botanicals SOS Face & Body Cream (25ml) with each purchase over £30.
Soothing Face & Body Wash ingredients: Aqua, Cetearyl Alcohol (vegetable wax), Glycerin (vegetable moisturiser), Glyceryl Stearate, Ceteary Glucoside, Sodium C14-16 Olefine Sulfonate, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil (Starflower), Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba), Sodium Cocoamphoacetate (Coconut surfactant), Squalane (Olive extract), Glyceryl Stearate (vegetable emulsifier), Lauryl Glucoside (Coconut surfactant) (Coconut surfactant), Cetearyl Glucoside (vegetable emulsifier), Panthenol (vitamin B5), Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle), Xanthan Gum (vegetable thickener), Allantoin (Comfrey extract), Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate (vegetable surfactant), Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate (vegetable surfactant), Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera), Ascorbyl Palmitate (vitamin C), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea butter), Limonene*, Leptospermum Petersoni (Lemon Tea Tree), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E), Tocopherol (vitamin E), Alcohol (from Sugar Cane), Glyceryl Caprylate (Palm/Coconut emollient), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower), Linalool*, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender), Citronellol*, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile), Pelargonium Capitatum (Geranium), Arctium Lappa (Burdock), Calendula Officinalis, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) , Citrus Amara (Neroli), Geraniol*, Farnesol*, Citral*. *Aromatic components of essential oils and certified Organic ingredients used wherever possible.
Daily Rich Body Lotion ingredients: Aqua, Cetearyl Alcohol (vegetable wax), Macadamia Ternifolia, Argania Spinosa (Argan), Glycerin (vegetable moisturiser), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower), Ethylhexyl glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea butter), Cetearyl Glucoside (vegetable emulsifier), Panthenol (vitamin B5), Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle), Squalane (olive extract), Xanthan Gum (vegetable thickener), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E), Alcohol (from Sugar Cane), Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle), Allantoin (Comfrey extract), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera), Ascorbyl Palmitate (vitamin C), Berberis Aquifolium (Mahonia), Calendula Officinalis, Glyceryl Caprylate (Palm/Coconut emollient), Tocopherol (vitamin E), Linalool*, Citrus Amara (Neroli), Limonene*, Styrax Benzoin, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender), Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) , Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile), Farnesol*, Geraniol*, Citral*, Citronellol*. *Aromatic components of essential oils *Certified Organic ingredients used wherever possible
And another reason to love Barefoot Botanicals: if you visit their website and view the ingredients list, you can hover over every single ingredient in turn to read more about it. Great idea.
Disclosure: I received samples of both products trialled for this review. However, in keeping with my own policy, I’m writing about it here because I like it and would happily recommend it to others. If I hadn’t liked it, you wouldn’t be reading about it.