Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Skincare love: 100% Natural products from Metta skincare






 
I have been so excited to share this review with you, it's a real gem of a brand and one which I have fallen head over heals in love with. I first discovered Metta skincare on Instagram which is my new favourite place to discover beautiful skincare and make up products, it's hard not to be drawn in by the beautiful packaging, I know a lot of people think branding and packaging don't matter but I simply don't agree, in a very saturated market full of endless choices I really like it when a brand takes my eye and makes a lasting impression. Anca Grigorous the founder of Metta skincare contacted me to ask me if I would like to try out the range and I was completely delighted to receive a beautiful parcel with the whole range of products inside.

    Metta is an ancient style of meditation that encourages love and kindness with yourself and the world around you, I think it's such a fantastic name for an organic brand, to me it sums up how I think green beauty products should make us feel, in harmony. Metta is also a brand with a strong social conscience and who donate 50% of their profits to charities to help end poverty. All of the ingredients used in the products are 100% natural, most are also organic and very carefully sourced, on their site you can see where their ingredients come from, many from local sources and some international. The Shea butter comes from an initiative in Uganda that works directly with women and is a member of the Fair trade federation. The olive oil is from the Toscana Olive plantation, Australia's oldest and largest certified organic grove. The Macadamia oil comes from Wodonga park and is grown Biodynamically. Almost every ingredient has it's source and story proudly displayed on the site, there is far too much great information for me to list it all but it is a testimony to Anca's passion that she has chosen to share all of this with her customers. The products all have relatively short ingredients list, everything in these products is a butter or oil which is easy to recognise, you won't get purer than this range in my opinion, this is one that will please most people, no preservatives needed and all botanical ingredients.

There are five products in the range that are completely water free and they all have the same signature lavender scent, whilst I do use lavender products I was sceptical before testing Metta to how much I would enjoy lavender by itself in these products, as soon as I received the parcel and started to smell this wonderful range I will admit I had to take it all back. Anca uses carefully sourced Lavender oil from Provence and oh my.. it is the freshest most vibrant lavender I have ever smelt, there is nothing old fashioned about the scent of these products that's for sure, quite simply put this is the best lavender scent I have ever experienced. 

    The Lipbalm ($12 for 14 grams approx. £6.50) Is a beautiful blend of Jojoba, sweet almond oil, coconut oil, cocoa butter and calendula. You can smell the signature lavender scent but also the cocoa sweetness from the cocoa butter, it has a fairly thick consistency but absorbs very well in to lips and leaves the lips soft and comfortable. This is a lovely lip balm for a great price given the quality of ingredients. 

The Face Balm ($49 for 60 grams approx. £26) Is the most wonderful blend of ingredients for my dry and stressed skin, it has a gorgeous deep yellow colour from the Sea Buckthorn oil but also has two other power house oils that are great for the skin raspberry seed oil and pomegranate oil. This balm is designed for dry, mature or stressed skins but also makes a wonderful intensive treatment for skin types that may not need to use it so often. I love to use it as a night treatment and like to spray my skin with a hydrosol (usually rose or orange blossom and take a pea size of the balm and massage it in to the skin, it's calming, soothing and very hydrating and this pot will last a long time as after weeks of use I have barely made a dent. In the morning my skin is left really nice and soft and the balm absorbs surprisingly quickly on my dry skin. Although this is labelled as a face product all Metta skincare is designed to be multi-purpose and this also makes a lovely treatment for the neck and chest especially after an at home facial. 

The Handbalm ($22 for 60 grams approx. £12) Is another night time hero product, I suffer from very dry hands and so I need an intensive nightly treatment, this balm is intensely healing with it's blend of olive oil, Shea Butter and beeswax. It is thick but surprisingly well absorbed, I like to take a small amount and really massage it in especially to the cuticles and nails and in between my fingers which are prone to cracking skin. This is an example example of how a relatively simple good quality ingredients list can be just as effective or more than anything complicated, this has done such good things for my hands and nails and I love the nightly ritual of applying it. This also makes a great foot treatment and will sort out dry elbows and knees. 

The Body oil ($47 for 200 mls approx. £25) blends grapeseed, macadamia, jojoba and sweet almond oil, it makes a wonderful massage oil and also a great all over moisturiser after a shower. The lavender scent is soothing and perfect for before bed, the glass bottle came with a pump but I sadly managed to break mine trying to fit it, I think I was over excited! Hence it not being in the photo but I may well order another one just to make application that much easier. 

The Body Butter ($47 for 135 grams approx. £25) Is for me the total star of the range, I suffer from really dry skin on the tops of my arms and this butter is the best moisturiser to tackle that I have found so far. It is a thick whipped cream with a base of Shea butter but also grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil and cocoa seed butter. It melts in to a rich oil on contact with the skin and compliments the body oil really well, I like to apply this to the drier areas and use the body oil everywhere else. It has that satisfying whipped airy consistency when you scoop it from the pot and almost looks good enough to eat. 

As you can see these are all great formulations and products that are versatile and multi-purpose. The facial balm and the body butter are particular stand outs and really suit my skin type. Anca's attention to detail is incredible and just as with the sourcing of her ingredients all her labels are made from paper made from limestone dust and not trees with acid free ink, using limestone uses less energy than traditional paper manufacturing and they are all fully recyclable. The beautiful dark glass jars and bottles are perfect for being reused or recycled too. Metta is about as green as they get, whilst I don't usually buy a lot from another countries I am going to have to make an exception for this brand as I love the products and will be sure to repurchase more than one. Metta ships internationally and has selected stockists in Australia which you can find on their website. I have converted the prices roughly based on the current exchange rate but please double check before ordering as that does go up and down, but Metta compete well with other ranges of the same quality in my opinion and are well priced. All ingredients are listed fully on the site and I highly recommend you go and have a look at this simply stunning range. 

Ana x

*Samples generously provided, all opinions my own.
 
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10 comments

  1. What a wonderful looking range with everything so well thought out. I like products that please all my senses so packaging is very much part of the whole experience. Thanks for sharing this discovery.

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    1. Your welcome and yes I agree the sensory experience is an important one so it's great when you can find a brand that fits the bill :) Xx

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  2. These look lovely Ana. Away to have a look at the website x

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  3. Ha ha I am terrible for me packaging matters a great deal, I think I often skip some good brands because their packaging just does not appeal. Like you said so many products out there, and I want mine to tick all the boxes: presentation, effectiveness, scent. Xx

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    1. Totally agree, it is about the whole package :) Xx

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  4. Omg I want them! Agree with you on the packaging and the second photo makes me wanna buy everything, they look gorgeous! :)) xx

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    1. I thought you would like them, I wanted to photograph the open products so you could see the colours and the textures which are beautiful :) Xx

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  5. Love the packaging...it definitely does matter haha! Sounds like a lovely range of products x

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    1. The range is beautiful :) Xx

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