Monday, 24 May 2010

Erbaviva Organic NEW

Wish you could find a gorgeous and luxurious mother and baby range without compromising on purity and organic standards? Erbaviva offers a unique collection of the purest, most natural, organic skincare products available for mother and baby and it has just arrived at Naturisimo.
One of our youngest members of the team, Oliver, just 2 months old, has been reviewing Erbaviva Organic Baby Butter (£12) and he seems to love the ultra-smooth texture. This organic baby butter is unlike any other you may have tried. It melts easily with your baby natural body heat and glides over the skin, leaving it moisturized and protected.
Another hero product is the Erbaviva Stretch Mark Cream (£23), a USDA-certified organic skin treatment cream that can be used by both males and females in the drive against wrinkles, stretch marks and other blemishes. For best results you need to apply Erbaviva Stretch Mark Cream twice a day - in the morning after you wake up and just before you go to bed at night. To improve absorption you may take a warm shower or bath before applying the cream.
One of my personal favourites are the Erbaviva deodorants. Parabens, triclosan, aluminum chlorohydrate… do we really need to fill our bodies with cancer-inducing chemicals to get that fresh feeling? Erbaviva's organic deodorants dispenses toxic compounds and opts for simplicity: organic grain alcohol and blends of organic essential oils. That’s all. Available in unisex but delicious fragrances, Lemon Sage, with its distinct notes of sandalwood, as well as the sweet and citrusy Jasmine Grapefruit, Erbaviva deodorants come in 100ml (£15) and travel size 30ml (£4) sizes.
Erbaviva mother and baby range is now available at

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Sante Cosmetics Foundation Reviews

Review of Sante Soft Cream Foundation by Joanna E.
Packaging: The Sante Soft Cream Foundation (no.1) comes in an opaque plastic pump bottle with lid. The black lettering stands out well on the bottle, giving it a clean, clear look. Not sure how recyclable the plastic is, as no recycling information mark is given on the bottle.
Application: This pump bottle is very easy to use. Being a 30 ml size, it fits easily into your hand and the pump top is more than finger tip sized, making it very easy to press. One squirt from the pump was all that I needed to use each morning and was more than adequate. The Sante Soft Cream Foundation has a lovely smooth texture, making it easy to apply to the skin, as it just glides on. The colour No. 01 is the palest shade they do and is ideal for my skin colour. This makeup foundation gave my skin just that tiny touch of colour, without making it really obvious that I was wearing any colour. It is too pale to disguise any skin blemishes that I have, but it does take the edge off them, which works well for me. The Sante foundation also has a lovely subtle aroma, which is very pleasant and lasts for quite some time before fading away. The foundation blends well on my combination skin and I have had no problems from using it. I only needed one application each morning, as it lasted well all day and then was easy to remove at night.
Ingredients: Sante Cosmetics don’t list their ingredients on the bottle, but the complete list was easy to find on the Naturisimo website. Some of the ingredients are organic, but not all the main ones are. Being vegetarian, I was concerned about one of the ingredients listed, which was Squalane, usually derived from shark oil, but the very knowledgeable people from Naturisimo said the squalane that Sante uses is derived from plants. The Sante Soft Cream Foundation contains cupuaçu butter and jojoba oil, both of which are nourishing to the skin and gives the product a lovely silky feel. The whole Sante range is free from the harsh chemical additives, preservatives, and colours, which is excellent. The Soft Cream Foundation carries a best before date, which is very helpful in keeping track of how long you have had it and has a long enough life to enable you to easily use all the product by the date given.
This is a lovely Foundation Cream which gives my skin just that hint of colour to take the winter paleness away. I found it easy to use, it lasted all day and the ingredients were very nourishing to my skin. A reasonably priced product from a good company.
Lovely texture and aroma
Colour works well for my skin
One application lasts all day for me
Cons: Would be useful to have the ingredients listed on the bottle.

Sante Soft Cream Foundation (£17.50) and Sante Makeup products are available at

Friday, 14 May 2010

Trilogy Skincare Just Arrived!

NEW: Trilogy Skincare
What a lovely way to start the new Spring season – by welcoming Trilogy Skin Care, one of the most loved organic skin care ranges out there. I am loving the Trilogy range because it truly works and it does not break the bank.
Trilogy is committed to the careful selection of the purest botanical ingredients and exceptional formulations designed for women seeking healthier, truly beautiful skin. The key of Trilogy Skincare advanced formulas is that they make life more beautiful, not more complicated.
The hero product in the range is the Trilogy Rosehip oil (£28). I used it AM and PM on cleansed skin. In the morning I applied a little SP factor 15 on the top to finish off. My skin has is glowing and I have had comments from a few people (I only have been using it for a week). Because I have combination skin, I avoid the T-zone so for dry skin types so it will be absolutely perfect. There is a lot of evidence to back up its effectiveness. Plus oils are absorbed by the skin very well and many have a natural affinity.Trilogy Rosehip Oil is also very good for softening scars, sunburn and the like. The authors of the Beauty Bible are devotees and Red Magazine UK said is "A truly exceptional product. Just a few drops work wonders."
Other stars in the range include the Trilogy Balancing Gel Cleanser (£22), great for acne- prone skin as it is free from harsh surfactants and designed to very gently adhere to and dissolve impurities; and the Trilogy Vital Moisturising Cream (£24), perfect for most skin types to deeply hydrate and protect skin.
To top it all, Trilogy is bringing us a great launch offer: Buy any 2 or more Trilogy Age Proof products and get a FREE Trilogy Age Proof Nutrient Plus Firming Serum worth £29.95 (no code required). The Age Proof range is rich in moisturising ingredients such as aloe vera, cocoa butter, evening primrose and rosehip oils, Jojoba oil, olive oil and shea butter as well as naturally derived hyaluronic acid. Other key ingredients that help combat the signs of ageing are co-enzyme Q10, vitamins A C and E, retinols, hyaluronic acid and green tea. Serums and creams that are high in wrinkle preventing/treating ingredients such as Trilogy Age Proof Nutrient Plus Firming Serum (£29.95) and Trilogy Age Proof Replenishing Night Cream (£30.95) are perfect to help combat the signs of ageing as they contain a naturally derived hyaluronic acid to help plump the skin. Trilogy Age Proof CoQ10 Booster Complex (£27.95) is also a fantastic boost to any complexion as it contains antioxidant rich Tamanu oil and co-enzyme Q10 which help aid skin repair and regeneration. View FREE Trilogy Age Proof Firming Serum offer now >>
The Trilogy Skincare range is now available at

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Naturisimo Awarded by Natural Health Magazine

For the second year running, Naturisimo has been awarded the 2010 Natural Health Beauty Highly Commended Award for Best Beauty Website.
Founded in 2002, Naturisimo was one of the first UK retailers offering only natural and cruelty-free cosmetics. With nearly 2000 products from 70 brands, it also offers the largest organic beauty range in the UK.
With fabulous customer service, up to 5 free samples per order and generous offers and gifts with purchase, Naturisimo is a real winner!
Thanks to all for your support!
The Naturisimo Team

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

John Masters Organics Face Cleanser Reviews

Review of John Masters Organics Linden Blossom Face Crème Cleanser
by Caroline S.
Packaging: In keeping with the John Masters Organics ethos, the packaging is as recyclable and environmentally friendly as possible. The John Masters cleanser is contained within a rich, brown glass bottle complete with pump action dispenser. The outer packaging is a deep cream-coloured cardboard box made from 100% recycled paper, printed with 100% soy and is itself 100% compostable. So, apart from fulfilling all your eco-friendly needs, the packaging looks smart and expensive and the pump dispenser means that your cleanser is both easily accessed and yet kept safe from contamination. I must state that the instructions for this cleanser are not printed on the bottle itself but on the outside of the box - so don't throw it away before you have a quick read!

Application: Okay, this could be a lengthy review so I will get the basics out of the way first. The John Masters crème cleanser itself is a rather liquid, non-foaming lotion with a pale off-white colour and a smooth, soft consistency. It comes out of the pump easily and with a large dose delivered per pump. I will feely admit that the initial smell of the cleanser put me off slightly - it is quite strong, very herbal (almost medicinal smelling) and to my nose smells like aniseed or liquorice. This would be great except for the fact that I cannot bear aniseed or liquorice - although, the ingredients do not list either of these so please feel free to make your own judgement! Personal tastes aside, I will describe the scent of the John Masters lotion as "powerful" and "actively herbal" - which is not, in itself, a bad thing at all to be fair. So now you are probably wondering why this review is going to be lengthy when, on the face of it, this is a simple cleansing lotion. Well, the truth is that this is so much more than your standard cleanser. Yes, it removes dirt and make-up as well as you could hope for and if all you want is a quick "slap on and wipe off" cleanser then you will be happy enough with this one.
However, personally, I think
John Masters Organics Linden Blossom Crème Cleanser is wasted as simply a make-up remover. My personal preference is ususally to remove make-up with a relatively low-priced natural lotion cleanser and then wash my face with a really high quality cleansing wash that addresses my current needs (dry areas, spots, oily patches etc). I'm not generally looking to be impressed by cream cleansers as I don't rely on them for any particular moisturising needs - but my curiosity was piqued when I read the following instructions on the box: "Massage onto wet or dry skin - may be left on skin for 5-10 minutes for extra hydrating benefits".
This is why I say that it is much, much more than a standard, everyday cleanser. I found that I gained the best effects by using this cleanser in the morning in the shower. Morning skin should be reasonably clean of all but natural oils (assuming that you thoroughly cleansed the evening before) and better able to absorb the delicious ingredients in the cleanser whilst also taking advantage of its cleansing properties. I apply one or two pump before stepping into the shower and then leave it to work whilst I wash my body. I rinse off just prior to getting out and it leaves my skin soft, plumped, dewy and incredibly moisturised. The other way I found to get maximum benefit was to remove make-up with a cheaper cleanser and then apply John Masters Organics Linden Blossom Crème Cleanser afterwards. Leave for anything from 60 seconds up to 10 minutes and remove any way you wish - rinsing with water, or removing with a damp muslin cloth or flannel.
The John Masters cleanser describes itself as being for "Dry/Mature" skin - however I would recommend it for sensitive skin (like mine) and also combination. It rinses off completely, leaving no residue but leaving behind effects that you can definitely feel immediately.
By all means use this cleanser to remove make-up - as long as you also give it a try as a cleansing, moisture mask at least once! If it can impress a "cleanser sceptic" like myself, it really must be something just a little bit special.

• rose flower oil - treats dry and sensitive skin
• linden blossom - softens and soothes skin
• ginseng - toning; revitalizing
• ylang ylang - antiseptic; nourishing
• radish root - new all-natural preservative; protects against harmful bacteria

Results: Great results - and I admit that I am surprised by just how great they actually are! My skin is soft and soothed, the John Masters face cleanser is so incredibly gentle that it is a real joy to use. Even on sore patches, it doesn't tingle or sting and it removes dirt without any need to rub. It gives an extra level of moisturisation to your daily routine and provides real results with little effort.
Gorgeous packaging - and environmentally friendly too
Removes make-up and dirt without the need to rub skin
Makes an excellent moisturising masque whilst cleansing at the same time
Leaves skin soft, soothed and hydrated
Has a really luxurious, creamy feel upon application
The smell is unusual and a little strong at first - however, as always, this is down to personal taste
The price may be too high for some - however if you consider its double-use and your skin type doesn't need intensively moisturising, it is a cost-effective way of adding a light moisture masque to a daily routine.