For those that may not be aware, many many many moons ago (not quite at the time of the dinosaurs although it feels like that sometimes) I studied medicine, Phytotherapy to be precise. I got my degree and became a fully fledged medical herbalist. As you can imagine with the NHS available many people were unfortunately not prepared to pay for their medicine at the time and I struggled to get my business established. Over the years I have done other things increasing my knowledge and experience in various areas and also in the background using natural medicine on family and friends. For this reason when I come across a company that makes lovely natural products using medicinal plants I must admit I get very excited. Orthodox medicine originates from natural medicine. Many Orthodox medicines you take originate from nature. These are generally created by using an active constituent from a plant and synthesising it. In natural medicine we work differently looking at a more holistic method and not synthesising active chemicals but using them directly from the plant. Combining a mixture of plants that work in synergy can give great results and so on discovering a company called Pure Potions were looking for bloggers to review their products I knew I was perfect for the job. How many bloggers are actually qualified medical herbalists?
Of course I was overwhelmed with excitement when my package arrived.
The packaging is simple with minimal waste and the box can be reused or recycled. Pure Potions produce natural creams, ointments and oils. Their products are designed for those that suffer from dry skin and they use the finest ingredients many of which are organic and locally sourced. Their products are made in the UK, fragrance free, paraben free and are not tested on animals. The company was founded by a mother who wanted a safe, effective natural alternative to steroids for her daughter’s dry skin. This award winning company has been creating fabulous products for 10 years and I really do hope they continue to do so for many more. Companies such as Boots, Waitrose, QVC, Holland & Barrett have already seen the potential in these products and now stock the range.
I was lucky enough to be sent some of their products for review.
A Little Information on Some of the Herbs Used in These Products;
This lovely gentle herb is used often in skin preparations for it’s anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiseptic and healing properties. A clinical trial of humans demonstrated it to be 60% as active as 0.25% hydrocortisone when applied to the skin. This lovely herb is extremely well suited to those with sensitive skin that is prone to inflammation.
Yes this is the plant that stings you when you touch it but it also has when used correctly fabulous benefits for the skin. This herb has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antihistamine, astringent and antioxidant properties and is well suited for skin conditions such as eczema, acne, burns, bites. This is often used by people like myself for treating patients both internally and externally to attain even better results.
This herb also has anti-inflammatory and healing properties. It is often used for itchy skin and works wonders on a whole range of skin conditions from psoriasis, eczema, acne, burns and rashes.
Commonly known as marigold and a plant that many of you will have seen this has a range of uses one of which is to treat skin conditions. Calendula has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties which make it perfect for topical application. Calendula has been shown to help reduce dermatitis following skin irradiation for breast cancer indicating how effective this herb is.
Combined these make a powerful and useful natural way to help treat numerous skin conditions.
Now for the Products
Skin Salvation Daily Moisturising Cream (Vegan)
The moisturising day cream is packed full of herbs, vitamins and essential fatty acids that help to keep the skin hydrated and nourished. Shea butter gives this cream its vegan friendly base. This is a great base as it has nourishing and healing properties before anything else has even been added and this on it’s own can be used to help conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, sunburn, itching, bites and more. With the addition of chamomile, nettle, chickweed and calendula herbal tinctures this really does combine well to give an effective yet gentle product. The cream has a natural aroma from the ingredients it is comprised of, no added nasties here to adjust the smell as these in many cases could cause skin irritation. The cream is easy to apply as the tube has a pump making control of the amount of product that comes out easy and preventing to much product being provided for each use that way you don’t waste it. The cream is rich and thick and is absorbed well into the skin leaving it feeling soft and hydrated and not at all greasy which I loved. This is great for anyone that suffers from acne and any inflammatory condition on the face and body thanks to it’s anti-inflammatory and healing effect on the skin. Within a few short days you show see an improvement in the skins appearance.
Skin Salvation Intensive Hand Cream (vegan)
As my lifestyle is extremely busy I find I can be running around and doing things non stop until I go to bed so I find that my fluid intake isn’t always sufficient and this sometimes shows on my hands. The skin can sometimes crack and of course this can be pretty sore. This hand cream from Pure Potions is the perfect solution combining shea butter, olive oil, sunflower seed oil, sea buckthorn oil, calendula and chamomile. This again comes in a bottle with a pump dispenser and combines a mix of natural ingredients that again host a range of properties from anti-inflammatory, healing, antibacterial, antiseptic, astringent and antioxidant and more to help reduce pain, redness, itching, irritation etc. from a range of skin conditions. Like the daily moisture cream this is fragranced by it’s ingredients not any extra additions and absorbs well into the skin without leaving a greasy residue. It is soothing to the skin and fast acting to help improve the condition of the skin quickly.
Skin Salvation Intensive Lip balm (vegetarian)
Again a low fluid intake can also mean that my lips become dry, cracked and sore. The intensive lip balm was perfect for this helping make my lips feel soft, nourished and looking so much better. The addition of the beeswax means it isn’t for vegans but it doesn’t take away from the fact that this is a superb lip balm. Aside from the beeswax this also contains, olive oil, safflower seed oil, hemp seed oil, chamomile, nettle, chickweed and calendula extracts. This is a lovely natural lip balm and one that works very well indeed and is suitable for everyone whether you have sensitive skin, are allergy prone and it can also be used on babies and children and everyone else too. It is great that this can also be used on dry skin under the eyes, around the nose too whether it is brought on by cold windy weather, central heating or air conditioning.
I really liked the products that were sent over for trial and would recommend them to any that suffer from skin conditions. The majority of people will find that these products work extremely well and will be more than satisfied with the results.
Do you make a habit of using more natural based products?
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Disclaimer: A sample of the product was sent for my consideration.
These products are for external application only.