Pure Potions, Natural Products for Dry Skin and Skin Conditions

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;

Chamomile

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.

Nettle

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.

Chickweed

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.

Calendula

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.

Astonish Product Review and Giveaway

If you have been reading my numerous beauty posts you will be aware that I am very much into my natural products.  For this reason when Astonish contacted me to review their products I was of course keen to do so.  Did you know Astonish make an extensive range of cleaning products none of which are tested on animals, all are free from animal derived products making them suitable for use by vegetarians and vegans.  These guys products are approved by Cruelty Free International and The Vegan Society.  The products sound great but the burning question we all want answered is do they actually work?

I was sent a selection of Astonish products to experiment with and here are my findings.

Window and Glass Cleaner

The bottle is nice and big (750ml) and this claims to have a natural cleaning effect due to the vinegar, dry quickly and leave surfaces streak free.  Most people know vinegar is a great cleaning agent as it cuts through grease making it great to clean greasy finger marks off windows especially when the little ones have been all over them.  The smell of the vinegar didn’t linger which was great and as you can see it work fabulously well!

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4 in 2 Disinfectant Spray

This cleans, kills germs, sanitises and deodorises as per the bottle.  It has a great pine scent and is effective against E.Coli and MRSA – great for sinks, the inside of your fridge, toilets and other hard surfaces.  It’s a bit hard to judge the antibacterial side of this but it smells great and leaves a nice shine as you can see on the sink below.  The spray doesn’t seem to spread out as much as those of the other spray bottles I tried from this range, this one is a bit more straight shooting although it didn’t make much of a difference to me.

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Daily Shower Cleaner

Great for daily use after a morning or evening shower you simply squirt and wipe.  Of course if you use this regularly it means you don’t need any elbow great as you are making the job much simpler by reducing the number of layers this needs to clean through.  My sink mixer taps are cleaned regularly as is my shower so these cleaned literally with a wipe to give a lovely shiny finish as you can see in the before and after photos.

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There are many more products in the Astonish range including a grease lifter, floor cleaner – which left my bathroom floors lovely and clean, fabric refresher – great for those with curtains and mats and they even have dishwasher tablets.  Their range is varied and really good to cover the majority of household chores and in addition they are all reasonably priced (starting from £1) assisting us all help support the movement against animal testing maybe other cleaning product manufacturers will hurry and follow suit.
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Astonish also have products to help remove stains which is always handy when you have children.  The products shown in this post are just a few of the products available and they can be found in many supermarkets and household stores.

astonish5I was very impressed at how well these products worked so I decided that I simply had to have a little chat with the guys at Astonish and they have kindly agreed to let me host a giveaway for you fab guys x

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Tthe Oxy Plus Stain Remover, Stain Remover Target Spray, Fabric Refresher, Clean and Protect Hand wash, Oven and Cookware Paste, Grease Lifter Tablets, Daily Shower Cleaner, 4 in 1 Disinfectant Spray, Window and Glass Cleaner, Fresh Sea Mist Floor Cleaner, all in 1 Dishwasher Tablets and the Dust Buster.

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