New in – Flower and Spice Modern Apothecary

In just a few months since the launch, this gorgeous brand has achieved big things, from rave reviews to being featured in the pages of Vogue magazine, Flower and Spice is a brand that is without a doubt one to watch for 2019. Like many of the brands I feature, I connected with the founder Karmen Novak many months ago now and was very impressed with the thought and care that had gone in to her range.

Flower and Spice launched with a core range of three products; An exfoliator, a moisturiser and an oil serum. These are luxury products with a luxury price point, but unlike other ranges that can feel overly hyped, Flower and Spice feels very down to earth in its marketing and approach to ingredients. You are getting beautiful products with exquisite ingredients that make promises they can deliver.

Karmen Kindly sent me the Flower and Spice collection to test and share with you. When using each product you can feel the exceptional quality of the formulation and each one makes my day that little bit brighter as I use it. This is a range for those of you who like their skincare to feel indulgent but don’t want to compromise on efficacy.

Flower and Spice – From left to right: Soothe and Repair moisturiser, Midnight Beauty serum and Instant glow calming exfoliator.

Instant Glow calming exfoliator with lavender and fennel (85 Euros for 120 ml) – This is the first product in the range that I started testing. At the time was skin wasn’t going through its best period, with some flaking happening on my chin and I saw a dramatic improvement from the first application using the Instant glow exfoliator. This is both a physical and a chemical scrub, featuring a mix of bamboo and fruit acids. I wouldn’t usually recommend an exfoliator or cleanser at this price point, as I feel that there are a lot of mid range products that work incredibly well. However, in this case I am going to make an exception as this product is incredibly effective and you only need to use it once a week to see great results. The grains are fine and the creamy base makes it easy to smooth across the skin.

I recently suffered from quite a nasty breakout on my chin and the subsequent healing that happened afterwards left my skin flaky and red. I opened up the Flower and Spice and exfoliator, with no real expectations of what it would do and it left my skin renewed and glowing. This is a really powerful product, as I have sensitive skin I do use it with caution as I would any exfoliating product, but massaged in to the skin very gently it completely eradicates any flaking without feeling too harsh. Skin feels softer and smoother and it reduces visible congestion. A one stop product for skin that is in need of some extra care.

It smells delicious, a lovely herbal scent from the fennel. I found it a lovely addition to my Sunday masking routine and it has replaced any other scrubs or exfoliants I used previously. After several months use I have barely made a dent in the pot and my skin is clearer and fresher than it was before. A beautiful product packed with gorgeous ingredients, but that also does what it says it should.

Midnight Beauty Rich Revitalising Serum with Rose and Coriander (105 Euros for 30 ml) – As someone utterly devoted to using oil based serums, especially at night, this product did make my heart flutter as soon as I opened the box. The Midnight beauty serum has a really light silky texture, perfect for anyone who avoids heavier oils. When you look at the ingredients list and spot prickly pear seed oil as the first ingredient, it is easy to see why this serum has such a beautiful texture. Prickly pear is one of my favourite plant oils, rich in vitamins but so well loved by skin as it drinks it up, looking fresher after each application.

Midnight beauty serum is a mix of ten precious oils, such as Sacha Inchi, argan oil, apricot kernel oil and macadamia seed oil. It is fragrant but gentle and never heavy on the skin. As a night time treatment my skin doesn’t need anything more than a pump or two of this serum layered on to damp skin, however for extra nourishment I love to layer it with the Soothe and Repair moisturiser. The texture and quality of this serum have put it up there with some of my other favourites, it is a product of superb quality.

Soothe and Repair Daily Moisturiser (72 Euros for 60 ml) – If you don’t use oil serums, then this moisturiser makes a very nice day or night cream. I found myself gravitating myself more to using it at night as I love layering it with the Midnight beauty serum, but on the occasions I used it during the day I found it a nice base for make up for the dehydration prone skin.

The Soothe and Repair moisturiser shares some of the same high quality oils found in the serum, such as prickly pear seed oil and coriander seed oil. Coriander is not an ingredient I had encountered in many other formulas and it has anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. The blend of oils used in the Flower and Spice products are also very unique, there is the underlying sweetness from the rose, but the gently spice comes through to create a very sophisticated natural fragrance.

The texture of the Soothe and repair moisturiser is both comforting and nurturing without heaviness or shine. In fact the finish is almost matte on the skin, making it perfect for under make up but at the same time skin is left feeling perfectly healthy, plump, hydrated and soft. I have no doubt it is the addition of artic oat extract, aloe vera and rosewater to the beautiful botanical oils, that gives this moisturiser the extra level of comfort on the skin. It is just a lovely, lovely formula.

I have been so impressed with this range. I think all the positive press it has received is utterly well deserved. It is especially well suited to skin like mine that is beginning to need extra care as I am in my mid thirties. If you are on the hunt for something special to add to your skincare routine, then you can find the range at FlowerandSpice.com where they ship internationally. Sample sizes are also available.

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Ana Green

Written by Ana – A natural beauty enthusiast, mum of two and chocoholic.

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