It has been a while since we have had anything new from Melvita, but I think these new additions to the already popular Rose Nectar range are worth the wait. As a fan of anything Rose I was very pleased to be sent these ahead of their release and they compete brilliantly with more expensive offerings such as the REN Moroccan rose line. Melvita are including three different types of wild Rose in their rose line up, as well as adding rosewater as well. I think Rose can be tricky to get right, but Melvita have nailed it here.
Starting with the new additions to the body care, the Rose Petal shower gel (£13 for 250 mls) is exactly what you would expect from a rosey shower gel, light, fresh and with a floral twist rather than a heavy rose. I found this a pleasure to use and feels suitably luxurious without breaking the bank. The Hydrating Body Veil (£15 200 mls) is one of my favourite daytime moisturisers, I always find Melvita products to be very well formulated and this is no exception, you get hydration without any hint of stickiness and it is very much an apply and go product which is why I am so fond of it for the morning. This is not designed to tackle extremely dry skin, you will need something more heavy duty for that but as an everyday moisture and scent hit, this is really pretty. A Pretty little multi-purpose balm in Melvita's usual stunning packaging, the 3 Roses Nectar (£10 for 8 mls) is a nice smooth balm, perfect for lips or anywhere in need in some moisturisation. Just like the other products in the range infused with rose, but it is light and not overpowering in the final formulation. Last but by no means least comes my favourite product of the bunch the Roses Sauvages perfume (£36 for 50 mls) which is a stunning natural Eau de Toilette. The rose scent is crisp and fresh but with a definite sweetness, I have seen other reviews mention a baby powder sweetness on the dry down, but I have to disagree on that one as I think this is far more sophisticated than that for my nose. As a natural Eau de Toilette the lasting power isn't as good as a perfume but I am more than happy to reapply throughout the day as I love it, having said that I find Melvita perfumes better than other natural brands for staying power so another plus for them there.
I have had a couple of people contact me regarding Melvita now selling in China and how this affects their animal testing policy, this is the first time I have reviewed anything of theirs since they made that move and although I spoke to them about it at the time I have asked for an update but not yet received any more information. I tend to think that for most small brands it is easy to avoid the Chinese market but for larger brands like Melvita (under the L'Occitane umbrella with Erborian) a Chinese presence is now more important than ever. Although I cannot agree with Chinese regulations I feel that brands are damned if they do and damned if they don't, it is the brands with a Chinese presence that are working with the authorities to drive forward change, which is happening although slowly and that is something that seems to get largely ignored in the Cruelty free debate. My stance is that I support the brand because of their overall philosophies and quality of products and will continue to do so, I also hope that China and many other countries around the world change their policy so we don't keep having to have this conversation.
I think these are brilliant additions to what is already a very successful line, they are sold on the Melvita website and John Lewis. Melvita is an Ecocert certified organic brand with a long natural and sustainable history. Have you tried this range? Which is your favourite?
*Samples were generously provided, all thoughts, opinions and beauty musings my own.