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Friday Favourites – Cleansers

As we all know the key essential to any good skin care routine is to use a gentle and effective cleanser, not only to remove the daily grime but the residue of our makeup. However, during our research for this feature, we at The Amazing Blog found that there were quite a few readily available high street brands, but they were mainly water-based with chemicals. This combination strips your skin of its natural oils, leaving your face feeling tight and dry rather than supple and refreshed. That is why we wanted to share some of our Friday Favourites which are the latest #amazingfinds for oil-based cleansers and cleansing balms. We know what you’re probably thinking: ‘Oil? Won’t that clog up my skin?’ Rest assured we’ve tried and tested our choices. We all have very different skin types here at The Amazing Blog ranging from very dry to extremely oily and none of these cleansers clogged our pores.

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The first #amazingfind, we found was the Jane Apothecary Soothing Cleansing Balm. This Spanish-based company was founded by Elena Padilla, a biologist and cosmetics expert, after she began breaking out when she turned 30 years old. Jane Apothecary is an award winning brand (see 2019 Beauty Shortlist here) that we have fallen in love with, and recently wrote about their Restoring Eye &  Lip Serum . Elena soon discovered the benefits of vegetable oils and plants to soothe skin as well as other women who were in a similar situation as herself. This led her to create all-natural products that ‘care for and calm the skin of women over 30 years’ while providing hydration and preventing ageing.

The Cleansing Balm’s oil and vegetable wax base gives the product a thick texture and melts in your hands to create a cleansing oil. It has marigold extract, chamomile, and aloe vera to soothe and soften your skin along with bio shea butter to help protect your skin’s natural oils. After using this product, your skin won’t feel greasy, but perfectly moisturised and clean. What made this cleansing balm worthy of a lot of love at the Beauty Shortlist Awards is that it has been specially formulated for sensitive skin as well as redness- and rosacea-prone skin while smelling fresh. Many products that treat skin conditions often smell like a hospital or have no scent. Jane Apothecary uses a mix of lemongrass, orange, and lavender essential oils to give the balm a signature strong lemongrass scent that has aromatherapeutic properties to help you relax while cleansing your face.

If you want extra soft skin, you can leave a small layer of the cleansing balm on for 20 minutes before removing it with warm water and the organic cotton wipe provided. Only a small dollop of this product is needed each time you cleanse your face, so we can safely say the price is worth what you get. You can purchase the Soothing Cleansing Balm (60ml) here for 35.54€


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The next cleansing balm we have for you is the Nourish Cleanse Melt: Rose & Camellia. This product may look or sound familiar because we reviewed the Botanicals Nourishing Face Balm in the same beautiful scent. We’ve found and fallen in love with many products from Botanicals (check out our brand directory here) and the Nourishing Face Balm falls into the same pattern.

The company is rooted in the ‘fundamental belief that nature knows best’ and this cleansing balm has 100 per cent natural ingredients. It is also cruelty-free, vegan, and certified organic. The cleanser contains absolutely no water and is oil-based, which helps retain and maintain your skin’s natural oils rather than dry out your face. It can be used on all skin types, but the natural oils are especially useful for hydrating and healing normal-to-dry mature skin. The formula combines the oils with shea butter and green tea extract to dissolve even stubborn waterproof mascara after a long day and leave your skin feeling soft like a baby’s the next morning. What makes this balm different is that Botanicals’ cleansing balms work deep into your pores to remove any impurities, which balance and brighten your skin. While many oil-based products scare people away, this cleansing balm leaves you feeling moisturised but not greasy.

See for yourself why this cleansing balm won for Best Organic Facial Skincare at the Natural and Organic Awards. You can purchase it here (60g) for £26.  

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The final product we have for you this Friday is the Joji Natural Frankincense and Sandalwood Oil Cleanser. We discovered this indie beauty brands earlier this year at a trade beauty show. The motto of Joji Natural is ‘Natural without compromise’. The company was founded in 2010 and is dedicated to creating handmade organic products that are effective, sustainable, cruelty-free, and fair trade.

 The oil cleanser is made of 100 per cent plant-based materials and is marketed as ‘a meditation in a bottle’. After using it, we can see why. As the name says, the product has frankincense and sandalwood. These are both natural oils that have immense therapeutic effects, leaving you less stressed and creating positive well-being. The formula also has a unique mix of jojoba, sweet almond, and apricot kernel oils, which soothe and moisturise skin without clogging your pores. This oil cleanser is essential in scrubbing away makeup and pollutants from the day, unlike regular cleansers. Many of the ingredients also have natural properties to fight bacteria, leaving your skin extra clean.

You can remove all of the cleanser with a warm cloth or leave some excess for your skin to soak up the all-natural oils, as recommended by Joji Natural. You can purchase the Frankincense and Sandalwood Oil Cleanser (50ml) here for £16.

Whether or not you have already made the switch to oil cleansers, please keep these products in mind not just for the summer but all year round. As mentioned earlier, they will not clog your pores or leave your skin feeling dry. However, what we like is that they all leave a nice layer of moisture giving you a glowy and goddess-like skin. Go try!

Botanicals for Cocktails

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With the explosion of microbreweries and distilleries forging their way ahead in the production of uniquely artisan beverage options, we began to wonder just how feasible it would be to create our own bottle of mellow magic. This sent all of us at The Amazing Blog into a tailspin at the water cooler, as we all came up with appropriate cocktails. How about The Amazing Daiquiri or even The Amazing White Russian perhaps …?

Once the germination of an idea starts, of course, there’s always someone who takes it to the next level - and we may well have found the perfect solution to what has become a challenge for everyone in the office. Originally created by The Old Hamlet Wine & Spice Co. the Botanicals For Cocktails range gives us three options for turning a run of the mill bottle of gin or vodka into something far more interesting. - It has been quite the conversation piece for the Christmas shindig at The Amazing Blog Towers … if we are permitted to mention the festivities yet?

All of the required ingredients are handily packaged in signature calico pouches, so you need only to add a bottle of your spirit of choice. The Orange Gin sounds quite a straight forward affair, but actually once you start mixing those spices, it is quite clear just how many different flavours are there to tempt us. Let us warn you, the aroma can be quite intoxicating, especially in a cramped kitchenette, so make sure there is plenty of ventilation. As with all the best things in life, a little bit of patience is required in the production process here, and so we have to wait at least 8 weeks until we can properly taste the fruits of our labours - but for the REAL magic to happen, we have to ideally wait 2 years.

However, the first signs are good, and are as enticing as the offerings we might get from a bar’s cocktail list. The Gingerbread Vodka is a heady mix and planned for consumption at the above festive party in a couple of month’s time, with the Gin version being kept as a possible tasting option. In fact, there is a wide and comprehensive range available primarily through the Steenburgs website, an organic spice merchants based in Yorkshire, who bought The Old Hamlet Wine & Spice Co in 2017. These pouches of perfection can additionally be sourced with a price of around £3.80 for a single bag - trust us, it’s well worth the effort!

Friday Favourites-Skincare Feature

Today at The Amazing Blog, is our final post of 2017. With this in mind, we thought that we'd cover great skincare products for healthy skin to take you into the New Year. Regular readers will know, we're firm believers that a good skincare routine is the key for a glowing complexion. As such, we love to indulge our skin with the most efficient and hydrating skincare that we can find; and here are just a few of our favourite 'go-to' products:

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The Hayo’u Treat-Rite de-stress Beauty Oil is one them. Hayo’u is a skincare brand that prides themselves on making fantastic skincare products inspired by ancient Chinese rituals. This face oil is a concentrated treatment that intensely nourishes skin while tackling signs of anti-ageing. The product is packed with essential oils including almond oil, Karanja oil, rice oil, camelia oil, white lotus oil, frankincense oil, lavender oil, ylang-ylang oil, jasmine oil and cedarwood oil. Together these most hydrating and relaxing ingredients work for a younger looking and rejuvenated skin. Purchase the Hayo’u beauty oil here for £33.

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For those of you that like that luxurious packaging with a unique touch then Elizabeth Grant is the brand for you. Her glamorous Supreme Face Cream duo are a big hit at The Amazing Blog. Formulated with gold extracts, these creams promote a healthier, stronger and younger-looking complexion. The Day Cream is packed with botanical ingredients including blue-green algae, gold, yeast, lupin, olive oil, avocado oil, shea butter and vitamin E to name but a few! Gold extracts are well-known for their rich anti-oxidant properties as well as illuminating and revitalising the skin; while the avocado oil, shea butter and olive oil provide intense nourishment. 

The Night Cream also formulated with these gold extracts repairs and improves skin structure during the night. The moringa seeds, peptides, shea butter, olive oil, avocado oil, marula oil, vitamin E, ceramide and aloe vera included in the formula; makes the cream a highly hydrating product that protects, repairs and prevent skin from ageing. What make this product really stand out is the blue-green algae infusion; these algae help reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles and skin pigmentation thus making it a must-have anti-ageing product. You can purchase the day and night duo here for £19.99.

 

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What could be better than a multi-use product that cleanses, tones and hydrates the skin? Nothing immediately come to mind. Here the Botanicals Nourish Hydrating Mist seems to do it all. Formulated to suit all skin types, this mist helps promote a clearer and more balanced skin tone. Enriched with essential extracts and anti-oxidant such as rose oil, lavender oil, camellia oil, palmarosa oil and white tea; the mist gently cleanse skin while nourishing it. Perfect for keeping on our desk gently spritzing on our face against the dehydrating office central heating. The Nourish Hydrating Mist can be used on its own or to prepare skin for other treatments.You can purchase the Botanicals mist here for £20.

 

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For those looking for that extra-hydration Kudu’s Squalane natural hydrating treatment oil is one of the best solutions. Made with pure Squalane derived from Mediterranean olives this oil nourishes, replenishes skin and works for a firmer and more even skin tone. Its lightweight formula is good for all skin types and it is easily applied and quickly absorbed. In the longer term, Squalane oil helps reduce lines and wrinkles and improves skin texture. This product is good multi-purpose oil and can be used on both the skin and hair.

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Another favourite from the brand is the Bio-Active Hydration serum, specially crafted to provide extra-nourishment to the deepest layers of the skin, this serum pampers and repairs dry skin and sensitive skin. The blend of organic oils infused in the formula are bursting full of nutrients: Squalane, Gotu kola, jojoba, coconut, rosehip, grape, and marula oils. Not only do these ingredients moisturise skin, but also boost collagen production for a more supple skin. This effective mix promotes a more radiant, hydrated and replenished skin. Purchase the squalane here for £20.88 the bio-active serum here for £19.52

That's it from us. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year!

Spa Detox Aromatic Massage Oil – Botanicals

At The Amazing Blog, we love to pamper ourselves with products that offer the benefits of natural ingredients. This is why we were eager to try the Spa Detox Aomatic Massage Oil from Botanicals, combining organic botanical seed oils to stimulate and tone the skin.

When trying the product for ourselves, the scent reminded us of luxurious spa treatments, with the fragrance of certified organic oils such as lavender, peppermint, sweet fennel and rosemary. The detoxifying essential oils work together to increase circulation and eliminate toxins, whilst reducing fluid retention.

To apply, massage the oil into clean skin, focusing your attention particularly on areas that are affected by cellulite. What’s more, the product is suitable for all skin types, so everyone can afford to treat themselves to a skin detox.

Rid your skin of toxins, naturally, with Spa Detox by Botanicals here from £20.00

Botanicals Face Balm

 

Here at The Amazing Blog, we often feel that our skin deserves some rejuvenation as winter chapping starts to set in. Botanicals have created our go-to product to give our face some extra TLC, the Nourishing Face Balm is a luxurious, indulgent and multi-purpose treatment.

The award-winning balm is designed to enhance skin’s texture, in order words you should wake up in the morning with baby soft skin. This is the perfect burst of hydration for dry skin and would even work as an after-sun. The key ingredients of this handmade treatment are shea butter, jojoba oil, wild rose and green tea extracts to name a few. All of which provide a deep conditioning with a beautiful rose infused scent, we loved lathering the balm on at night as the fragrance soothed us into a relaxed sleep. The natural oils balance even oily skin and work with the natural processes of skin rejuvenation rather than against it.

We can’t get enough of our super soft skin! A little goes a long way, one pot will keep you refreshed and radiant for a good while. Reveal the English Rose in you with this UK Handmade face balm, available here for £27.95.