I have been intrigued by the brand Ancienne Ambiance for a little while now, they have such a unique concept behind the company. All the products in the range are inspired by Ancient Cultures, think Ancient Greece, Rome or the Egyptians. This niche family run business has also been dealing in genuine Antique artefacts for many years before adding the skincare collection to their list of ventures.
I have been using samples of the gorgeous Argan Goddess collection* and I have fallen head of heals in love. Now when I received these beautifully wrapped goodies I began to think of images of Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra, elegant and beautiful but striking at the same time, whist I make no guarantees that they will make you look like Liz, the range is fabulous and has a special feel to it. The products are from petrochemicals, paraben's and synthetic fragrances. They have also received awards from both Biteable beauty and The Beauty Shortlist, two blogs I love and look to for recommendations.
With the simple packaging with the elegant gold writing contrasting against the deep purple wrapping the products are beautifully presented and would look great on any bathroom shelf or dressing table, they would also make great gifts. The thing that excites me most about the range is the gorgeous natural scent that runs through it, it is a very pretty sweet Vanilla that isn't overpowering at all but lingers long enough to be enjoyed.
Argan oil has been hailed as a bit of a miracle ingredient for a little while now, popping up in lot's of hair care and skincare and even as an ingredient in food. Cultivated from the Argan nut, this precious oil has a host of skin benefit's and is deeply nourishing. It can be used on the face, body and hair and it is an ingredient that I rate highly. The Argan oil used by Ancienne Ambiance is organic and sustainably sourced.
Argan Goddess hand and body wash: Is made using the traditional Marseille technique which involves a 100% vegetable oil base and natural glycerine. This gives a fantastic clean feeling to the skin without being drying, which I have experienced with other Castile Soaps before, it is very concentrated and a little goes a long way creating a luxurious lather.
Argan Goddess Beauty oil: Argan oil is blended with Grape seed oil and sweet almond oil to create a deliciously scented treat, this is my favourite product out of the three although it was hard to choose. The oil is light easily absorbed and feels wonderful on the skin, it leaves it feeling soft and smooth, I particularly like to use this after a bath. It is also being released with a spray pump which I think will make application fuss free.
Argan goddess soap bar: Again made with the above Marseille method, this luxury soap has convinced me use soap bars, whereas previously in the past I haven't been a big fan, I have been reaching for this more and more in the shower. Just like the body wash you get a lovely clean fresh feeling without being at all drying.
Goddess Argan Beauty Oil:Vitis vinifera seed oil, *Argania spinosa kernel oil, Sweet almond (Prunus dulcis) oil, Fragrance, Tocopheryl acetate, Paprika oil, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Benzoate, Hexyl Cinnamal
Full ingredients lists are not currently listed on the site (although that may change in the future) so I have listed them here for you for all three products, I will admit that I do prefer it when I can see ingredients lists before buying and I think many people feel the same way. Also I feel I should point out that the products do contain some ingredients that some of you would find a bit more controversial such as Tetrasodium EDTA. Before reviewing the products I exchanged several emails with them about it's use, the brand were helpful and answered all of my questions very thoroughly, which is always reassuring. I still am undecided on this particular ingredient but I do enjoy the range and it is present in a very small amount (less than 1%) so I am willing to make an exception.
If you are looking for a range that makes you feel special then you should definitely explore the brand. You can find all the products mentioned on the Ancienne Ambiance website, the sample sizes I have featured are coming soon, but the beautiful full sized gift set pictured below is currently available and you can also buy the products individually. You can also connect with the brand on Twitter.