Monday, 6 May 2013

JustBe Botanicals skincare review

    JustBe Botanicals is a range created by Aromatherapist Gail Bryden, the brand has a gorgeous selection of skincare, body care and home fragrance all made from natural botanicals with therapeutic benefits. I started following the brand on twitter and was contacted by Gail to see if I would like to trial some items. Following a telephone chat where we discussed my skin type I was sent the JustBe cleansed cleansing balm*, the JustBe cleansed cleansing gel* and the JustBe radiant restoring cream*.

    All the products that I have tried have been absolutely lovely, this is a range that has been put together with care and that is designed to work for many skin types. I didn't expect to love the products as much as I did, they have become a core part of my daily routine and I have been using them for over a month with great results.



    The JustBe cleansed cleansing balm* (£30 pounds for 60 ml) arrived beautifully packaged with a gorgeous purple bow around the box, we all know it's what inside that counts but I think every woman likes her products to be wonderfully packaged like this.  It also came with a very generous sized muslin cloth and a cosmetic spoon which are really nice details, after the first wash the muslin was wonderfully soft and the size means that you can remove all your make up with ease.

    The Balm itself is packaged in a glass jar I find the simple but sleek packaging very appealing and it looks lovely on the bathroom shelf. Coconut oil and jojoba oil are blended with beeswax to make a wonderful balm that is a joy to use. It has a slightly woody scent from the Petigrain but isn't at all overpowering.

    You only need a small amount of balm to remove all of your makeup, I have really been enjoying spending some time massaging it into the skin before removing with a muslin cloth, in fact this little bed time ritual is one of my favourite parts of the day! I use it all over the eye area and have experienced no stinging at all, it melts away mascara, eye shadow and liner easily and quickly.

    This balm is incredible value for money because I have been using it every evening to do a thorough double cleanse and I still have lot's left in the jar, The fact that it is coconut oil based is also lovely as it is an ingredient that my skin really enjoys. Don't be put off by the fact that it is oil based if you have a more oily skin type as it gentle and will help balance the skin.


    
    JustBe cleansed cleansing gel* (£7.50 for a 30 ml trial size) is packaged in a sleek airless pump, this size is perfect for travel and even carrying in a gym bag. I tend to favour cream cleansers so I was interested to see how I would get on with this but just like the cleansing balm I was thoroughly impressed.

    You need just one pump of this lovely soft silky gel to wash your face, it is wonderfully refreshing and uplifting in the mornings as it is scented with mandarin and grapefruit. Because this does not contain SLS or other harsh surfactants this leaves the skin feeling really fresh and clean without the dry/tight feeling you can sometimes get from face washes.

    JustBe radiant restoring cream* (£34.95 for 30ml) this is a very versatile cream that can be used both in the daytime and at night. It contains zinc oxide which is a natural SPF which is essential for protecting the skin against the sun. This has a very light almost mousse feel to it but it still manages to be incredibly moisturising. It has a lovely scent like the cleansing balm slightly woody coming from the Petigrain not at all overpowering but subtle and relaxing.

    I do prefer to use this as a daytime moisturiser because of the SPF element to it, I also found that it made a wonderful base for my mineral makeup and it gave me a lovely glow. One pump is sufficient for my whole face, on warmer days I have also been taking another pump down the neck and chest to protect those delicate areas from the sun too. Unfortunately due to the cost of testing SPF this doesn't say what sun protection factor is contained within the product, however as in the UK we are not blessed with amazing weather I find the level of zinc oxide in the product more than enough for daily use.

    One thing that surprised me about this cream is how good it was at reducing the redness that I experience on my face, it feels very soothing and I have experienced no blemishes or congestion like I have with SPF in the past. I really look forward to using these products on a daily basis and I know that JustBe botanicals is a brand that I will buy more products from with out a doubt.

    You can find JustBe botanicals here I highly recommend you take a look at the beautiful products, although I take no responsibility if you develop something of an addiction to this brand, I know I certainly have. You can find full ingredients lists for all products on the site also, something which I always find useful. You can also find JustBe botanicals on Twitter and Facebook, I can't recommend the products highly enough, I am in love!

Ana x

*Samples sent for review
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12 comments

  1. Great review! I have never heard of this brand but its certainly interesting and the prices seem great. Personally I would not use the cleansing balm as I have acne prone skin and beeswax and coconut oil are generally not good for acne prone skin. I would however try the cleaning gel.
    I also like the sound of the cleansing gel.
    If I try this brand I will let you know :-)

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    Grace xx

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    1. I had acne for quite a long time and it is an utter pain so I know where you are coming from, I only break out once a month now which is great. The cleansing gel is lovely it leaves you feeling lovely and clean but not dry at all so I can imagine it would be good for your skin. Thank you for commenting :) xx

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  2. Wow, loving the sounds of these. Especially the cleansing balm, coconut oil just seems to be great for everything- I roast my potatoes in it too!! xx

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    1. The cleansing balm is great, I love cooking with coconut oil too makes everything taste yummy! Thank you for following :) xx

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  3. Great review, I may have to check them out!! :) x

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    1. They are a great brand, the trial sizes are great value! xx

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  4. This sounds like a fab brand - love the sound of the cleansing balm! And the packaging it came in was sooooo pretty x

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    1. Everything was gorgeous, I want all my packages to look like that :) I am sure you would love it. xx

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  5. I love the cleansing balm and body butters. Gail also does amazing anti-ageing facials and massage x

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    1. Oh I bet the facials are divine, shame I live so far away :) xx

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  6. First off, I love how beautifully packaged it came! Secondly, I want to try it all :) lol. xo

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    1. The packaging was gorgeous as were the products :) xx

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