Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Organic Beauty Week: Herbfarmacy from field to skin





I am starting my Organic Beauty week reviews with a brand that is one of my favourites and one which I have used since the very beginning of my green journey and that is Herbfarmacy. Whilst many organic beauty brands use botanical ingredients it is the focus on the use of Herbs which sets Herbfarmacy apart from others. What set's them apart even further is that many of the herb's and ingredients used are grown on their very own herb farm in the Herefordshire countryside. The herb farm is a beautiful and fascinating place, the variety of the herbs grown is perhaps what makes it the most interesting, from small and delicate cornflowers to towering Mulleins they have it all and Botanist Paul Richards who founded Herbfarmacy alongside his wife, can tell you in detail about the properties and structures of each one.

In the last few weeks I have been testing some Herbfarmacy products that they kindly sent me, two of which are completely new to me; if you are interested in my previous Herbfarmacy reviews I will link them for you: Skin Rescue BalmSkincareLip ConditionerOpen Day. On to the new products:

Herbfarmacy are well known for their balms and the Meadowsweet muscle balm* (£12.50 for 30 grams) is a great example of this. Containing a trio of herbs, Hypericum, Meadowsweet and comfrey as well as essential oils of Eucalyptus, ginger and pepper this rich balm is something every household should have. Hypericum has a long history of use for a variety of ailments, in this case it is included for it's gentle analgesic properties and meadowsweet contains salicylates which help to relieve aching muscles and joints. This balm is such a useful product to have around the house, it has a gentle slightly medicinal smell which I actually really enjoy, when applied you feel a slight warming and works to alleviate pain very quickly. This is perfect for those that are very active too as it really eases muscular pains from exercise.

The Nail and cuticle oil* (£12.95) is a product I have been using for some time now and have mentioned previously but I hadn't given it a proper review yet; which is a shame because it deserves it! This oil is just the perfect consistency for massaging in to nails, cuticles and hands. I like to start by using a drop across my nails and cuticles for each hand and massage in thoroughly, when that has absorbed I add another drop to some hand cream and massage until absorbed. The combination of lemon Myrtle and lavender makes this oil freshly scented whilst jojoba and sunflower oils moisturise the skin. The best thing about this oil is that it is light and easily absorbed whilst also being nourishing enough to banish dry cuticles, the mixture of ingredients feels compatible with your nails and it does over time strengthen too which I have really benefited from. 

The final product I have been testing is the Working hands Hand cream* (£15.95 for 100 mls) Which is a gorgeous hand cream full of beautiful ingredients. You get a really generous amount in the tube so I can imagine it's going to last me a long long time. It contains three of the brands signature herbs; comfrey, calendula and marshmallow, these help to renew and soften the skin. In addition to that you have some wonderful oils such as Macadamia, Evening primrose and apricot which make it lovely and nourishing without being too heavy. When you apply this it is almost instantly absorbed, leaving behind the gentle scent of peppermint, May Chang, Lavender and Rosemary, making this a perfect treat after a long day. 

I have yet to find a Herbfarmacy product that has disappointed me, all of these are worthy additions to anyone's beauty routine and the Meadowsweet muscle balm is an effective remedy for those minor aches and pains we can all be plagued with once in a while. Have you tried Herbfarmacy? If so what is your favourite product? 

**Organic beauty week offer: Buy any Herbfarmacy moisturiser and receive an exfoliating cleanser free. see Herbfarmacy website for details**

Ana x 

*Samples generously provided, as always all opinions my own.


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  1. Everything sounds so lovely!<3 xx

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    1. It's a brand you would love Jana! :) Xx

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  2. The muscle balm sounds so good, even just looking at it makes me want to try I've recently upped my running and it's sometimes nice to have something like this for when my joints are a tad achy definitely going to be giving this a go can't wait for your other reviews it's exciting seeing everyones posts for organic beauty week :) xx

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    1. Thanks Rinica, glad you are enjoying Organic Beauty week! If you are running then this would be great for you, it's really good for muscles and joints Xx

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  3. The hand cream was the first product I tried. Love Mallow Beauty Balm x

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    1. I love Mallow beauty balm too, especially now for winter! :) Xx

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  4. I love that the Soil Association is doing this! And, I've been discovering all sorts of new brands.

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    1. That's so great to hear, I think it's a great initiative! :) Xx

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  5. I've got a few mini samples from Herbfarmacy and I also won the hand cream in a twitter competition and love it. The beauty balm has been on my wishlist for a while now x

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    1. The Mallow beauty balm is also stunning, I have a sample from a beauty box and love it, reviewing that one soon too! :) Xx

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    2. Me too Jen! I like the hand cream and I'm going to be trying the samples soon after reading this! I am dying to try the Mallow Beauty Balm! x

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    3. It's such a great brand, deserves more hype! :) Xx

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