Friday, 8 August 2014

Introducing Circaroma organic skincare


I love a good British brand, we are spoilt for choice in the UK with great skincare ranges and I have another beauty to introduce to you today which uses natural and organic ingredients and a sustainable approach. Circaroma is a brand that had been on my radar for a little while after seeing great reviews from other bloggers. Circaroma have skincare, body care and even candles in the range, for the facial range they have a balancing range for combination to oily skin, nourishing range for dry skin and a skin gentle range for sensitive skin. Any brand that caters specifically for sensitive skin always gets a nod of approval from me and so Circaroma was off to a good start. Barbara Scott the founder says: "Circaroma organic skincare has always been about the sensation of pure aromas linking mind and body and was founded as a result of my work as a classical aromatherapist". The result is a skincare range that blends principles of aromatherapy and herbalism with skin friendly high quality ingredients. Many of the brands products are certified organic by the Soil Association. They kindly sent me products to put to the test:

Skin Gentle precious moisturiser* (£38 for 30 mls) This moisturiser is lovely blend of Sunflower oil, Jojoba oil, Shea butter and Aloe Vera. It feels nourishing but light at the same time so has been enjoyable to use even in the really hot weather, it has a floral scent with a herbal twist thanks to the geranium, patchouli and rose essential oils. The moisturiser contains four types of Rose, Rose Otto, Rose absolute, Rosa Damascena and Rose attar oil, each type of rose oil has slightly different properties and rose is a an ingredient that is prized for it's ability to sooth the skin. The concentration of rose oils does push the price of this moisturiser up to one of the most expensive I own ml for ml, but it is lovely and soothing and calming on the skin and is a pleasure to use. It does use Phenoxyethanol as a preservative which is currently still permitted by the Soil Association although not for much longer (since they merged with COSMOS), preservatives are always some of the most problematic ingredients for sensitive skin however anyone who reads this blog will by now know I personally use products with it in and find it to be perfectly fine, it's a personal choice. In the winter months I would definitely have to use this with a facial oil for an extra boost, any excuse for a facial oil right? But the texture seems to be great for my skin for most of the year and I have been particularly impressed with it's performance during the heatwave we just experienced. Don't be put off by the price tag of this product, a lot of the other Circaroma products are in a lesser price bracket with still with fantastic ingredients.

Calming Facial mask with Purple sage and Frankincense* (£17 for 35 mls) Without a doubt my favourite product of the three, this mask packs a punch when it comes to calming and balancing the skin. The is a very gentle clay mask, I have to be extremely careful with clay as anything that dries too hard or is too active can upset my skin more than it helps it, but I had no such problem with this. Kaolin and Bentonite clays are blended with apricot and almond oils which make it nourishing but also light. Frankincense and Purple sage rejuvenate and repair the skin and smell divine, the scent adds a very therapeutic element to the mask. I found this such a pleasure to use, if I don't enjoy masks they tend to get forgotten in the cupboard and left unloved but I have been using this religiously. I found you only needed a thin layer to cover the whole face and my skin absorbed the nourishing oils leaving a layer of clay behind which was really easy to remove and wash off. Out the three this is the one product I will definitely be repurchasing as it is very versatile, my skin is left calmer smoother and redness reduced, dry and oilier or blemished patches are more balanced and in general my skin just looks better, plus the incredibly relaxing notes of Frankincense make this a real sensory delight. 


Calming body wash* (£15 for 190 mls) Contains White Patchouli and Rose Flower, this wash creates a gentle lather and has a beautiful aromatherapeutic scent, floral but also slightly herbal at the same time, this is SLS free and instead uses Decyl glucoside and betaine as gentler options. I enjoyed this wash and would happily pop another one in my shopping basket when reordering the mask, Barbara's origins as an aromatherapist shine through and the other scents also sound beautiful. The body options are well priced and what I would call mid range price tag, not budget but not luxury either and affordable enough for me to use every day, given the quality of the formulation and the ingredients I think that it is spot on.

All in all Circaroma has some great products to explore, the mask in particular is one I would highly recommend if you have dry and sensitive skin. I have my eye on the cleansing balms and eye balms next. 

Ana  x

*Samples provided, as always my opinions and beauty musings are all my own.

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  1. I quite fancy trying out their candles! The mask sounds great too, anything calming is a winner for me xx

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    1. The mask is really beautiful and I always love a good candle :) Xx

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  2. I'm gradually becoming more enamoured with Circaroma after reading all these fantastic reviews! The face mask sounds lovely x

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    1. The brand certainly really appeals to me looking forward to hearing your thoughts :) Xx

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  3. I love the sound of that mask! You always seem to come across some real gems! xx

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    1. The mask is great, I like the more niche brands they often have products that are a little different but very much worth more hype :) Xx

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  4. I love the sound of the body wash x

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    1. It's gorgeous Karen I am sure you would enjoy it :) Xx

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  5. It's nice reading about the different brands available in the UK that we don't have here in the US. I like the sound of the mask too - nourishing clay masks are my favorite. xx

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    1. There is something about the combination of the clay and the oils that my skin loves, funnily enough I love reading US blogs for the same reason, green beauty is everywhere! :) Xx

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  6. Great review Ana! I love the mask that I have as its one of those that is really calming and it doesn't dry really quickly so there's no irritation! The body wash blend sounds lovely too x

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    1. The masks are great for sensitive skin types I have loved trying these products out! :) Xx

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  7. Lovely looking brand - the face mask sounds gorgeous x

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    1. Certainly is I love the rose scent too :) Xx

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