I’m sticking with my aromatherapy theme today because today’s 10-in-10 spotlight is shining on Wild Planet, a family-run business based in Kent who are devoted to sustainability, top quality organic ingredients and things that just smell lovely.
Founder Eileen Holford talks on her website about her passion for essential oils and I completely understand where she’s coming from. It never ceases to amaze me that one tiny dark bottle can pack such an olfactory punch and, if it’s a scent that means something to you personally, one whiff can unlock memories and emotions that you haven’t revisited in years. Combine that with their therapeutic potential and you have a raw ingredient that beats synthetic fragrances hands down.
I was sent the Wild Planet Lime & Bergamot Hand Wash to try and it’s brought a touch of summer to my otherwise wintry bathroom. It’s a real impact fragrance, fresh, zesty, sharp and penetrating. There’s not a hint of the artificial either; you really do feel like you’re smelling limes basking in the glow of a mediterranean sun.
It performs well as a handwash too, cutting through grease and dirt without drying out the skin. I don’t tend to use handcream that often – ironically for someone so passionate about natural oils, I get a bit squeamy about trying to go about my day with a thin film of cream or oil on my hands – so it matters to me that washes don’t leave your hands feeling tight and uncomfortable.
I also used the hand wash as a shower gel a couple of times and can confirm it’s non drying all over! Although I should point out that Wild Planet do sell a Lime & Bergamot Shower Gel too…..In fact, you could turn your entire home into a bergamot and lime grove by indulging in the other products in the range (body washes, body lotions, candles and home diffusers are all on offer). But there are other scents on offer, so if you’re more floral than citrus, there should be something for you too.
All in all, I reckon that workshop in the Kent countryside must be a pretty lovely place to be.
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Potassium Cocoate (derived from Coconut oil*), Potassium Oleate (derived from Sunflower oil*), Lauryl Betaine, Glycerin*, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Palm Kernelate, Palm Kernel Acid, Decyl Glucoside, Potassium Citrate, Cymbopogon Flexuosus (Lemongrass*) oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime*) oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot*) oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin*) oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary*) oil, Limonene**, Citral**, Linalool**, Geraniol**, Citronellol**, Eugenol**, *certified organic, **occurs naturally in essential oils
Disclosure: Wild Planet were kind enough to send me a sample of the product 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.