You may remember that I mentioned in my Goals post in December, (Setting Goals For The New Year), my desire to be more informed and mindful of where I spend my money. I want to switch to completely cruelty free products, and be conscious of what Im buying. This is my first post on a new series I am doing on the blog, Discovering New Brands (or I may keep with Cruelty Free Quest as the series title). I hope you enjoy!
I was contacted by the brand Natures Dream, and asked if I would like to receive some products to explore and try out. Natures Dream are the umbrella brand for several other brands, so I did a bit of research on them before accepting their offer. They are a UK based company, that set out 18 years ago to provide customers with products that are naturally better for their skin, hair, and bodies. Amongst other brands, they are the distributors for Saaf Skincare and Natura Siberica. These were the brands that I felt suited my ethos best, so was sent products to try from.
A little about the brands
British made and owned, Saaf Skincare (saaf means Pure) are products that are highly active, yet use totally natural and pure ingredients. Fully accredited by The Soil Association, and Leaping Bunny approved, they harness natural, ethical ingredients to produce products that heal, protect and moisturise. As well as the Leaping Bunny, they are certified organic by the Soil Association. Both accreditations are only given after strict criteria have been met, so you know there are no hidden nasties!
I love the story behind the Natura Siberica brand. Born in Siberia, the products are made based on the traditional remedies of ancient Siberian and Far East of Russian tribes. Working with these tribes, the ingredients are sourced from unspoilt landscapes in Siberia. The brand supports fully, ethical and responsible practices to sustain the livelihoods of these indigenous people. I was actually blown away with the support this brand gives these people. From supporting their livelihoods, to sponsoring their dance championships investing money in their botanical gardens. Amazing and such a conscious brand.
The products I have been trialling
When I opened this, if Im honest, I wondered what the blooming hell it was. My mind instantly went along the Pears soap route, thinking it would be a solid bar of soap. After reading the box, I realised that it was actually a buttery type product for giving your skin a deep cleanse treatment. The advice is to use a couple of times a week, which is what I have been doing. Its a thick, black mud, that you apply to your face, camouflage soldier stylee. I looked beautiful once applied, as I am sure you can imagine, and you would have seen on my Instastories if you watch them. I massaged it in, and then left it to dry for a few minutes. You then use the little black sponge provided and warm water to remove. It removes very easily with no scrubbing required. Lovely. The ingredients within this product are known for their gentle cleansing properties. You have activated charcoal to absorb excess oils, as well as wild Siberian herb and berry extracts, known for their moisturising and nourishing properties.
Now, can we talk about the scent of it for a minute. Ohhh My Goodness. It smells like almond heavy, cherry bakewells. Delicious, (although inedible, do not be tempted to lick it whilst on your face, as “a friend” did…..ahem).
My skin felt amazing straight after, but what I loved the most, was how it felt the next day. It had a luminosity about it, and felt so soft. I was really impressed. I have used it now twice a week, for four weeks and get the same results each time. As I was gifted these items, I was unaware of the price but when I researched, was amazed to see that it was such great value. Just £12 for this pot, that will last for ages. Fabulous.
I am now desperate to try the White Cleansing Butter and the Black Micellar water from the brand. Oh and their haircare….
I have been using this as my toner, and after my balm cleanser of a night. Im using it as a toner, but it could also be used as a really gentle cleanser. I use it by applying to cotton wool pad. I love it as a toner as one of the main ingredients is Ginseng extract, which is a brilliant toner and rejuvenator. Enriched with minerals, the toner also has Meadowsweet extract, which helps to protect the skin from environmental factors.
This serum is a beautifully light textured oil, that sinks into your skin and makes it feel so nourished. I really like it. It does take about 10 minutes to sink in, so I have been using it of a night when I have a little more time. You can use it morning and night though if your skin requires it. My skin is quite changeable, so what it needs one week can be different the next! I used this serum as a 7 day, overnight treatment after I was unwell and my skin really reflected my health, and it hydrated it and made it feel like my skin again. I have then been using it three times a week, (roughly every other night) to keep the hydration levels up. This beautiful oil is packed full of flower and herb extracts, so it smells like a decadent spa treatment. You know when you go to a spa and you have an aromatherapy massage? That feeling of ahhhhhhh? Thats what this serums smells like. It has Pomegranate seed extract as one of its main ingredients, a fabulous anti-oxidant for the skin.
Again, the range has so much to offer, and the Pure Face Cleanser and Cloth, a balm type cleanser, has caught my eye.
I absolutely love that I have been introduced to these brands. They could not have fit the ethos that I am striving to adopt better. I think that we should all be looking at trying to buy with conscious and mindfulness. Our planet and our animals, will thank us for any small changes that we make. Every little helps as they say! I am so interested in looking more into brands that supports the communities from which the recipes for the products, or the ingredients that go into them, are taken. Supporting and empowering the people that enable brands to bring us these products, sounds like the way forward. I absolutely love the concept.
As well as introducing you to these great brands, I hope that I have shown you a small eye opener to the idea that we can buy with conscious. There are brands that are trying to make a difference, and not just thinking of profits, and that can only be a good thing. I would love to know if you try anything from these brands, or if you find brands that are following a similar ethos. Id also be really interested to know if you do think about the brands you buy from. No judgement here at all, Im new to this concept myself, but I find it very interesting and am keen to know others feelings and views on it. Let me know xx
***This post is not sponsored, but the items were gifted to me. As is always the case on my blog posts, all opinions, views and findings are truthful and my own.