This is something special which I have become devoted too since discovering it. The simple reason is that it is body butter and it has no parabens in it whatsoever.
I have my doubts about the safety of parabens as research has time and again uncovered the fact that these chemicals can mimic female hormones in the body. While I use them in products which I rinse off, when it comes to moisturisers I want to be absorbed the problem seems greater to me and the risks potentially more harmful. Now none of this is 100% as no research ever is and as such Parabens are not banned in toiletries, but I feel we may have to think about whether we want to use them in copious amounts on a daily basis.
Body butters are in my opinion wonderful moisturisers, and the great thing about them is that they come in some wonderful scented pots, and coconut and strawberry are two of my favourites, but these are full of these chemicals when sold in high street shops.
It was with great delight that I saw a tub of Organic Surge Fresh Ocean Body Butter in Holland and Barrett recently and was drawn to the sticker which said "impressive results without chemical overload."
I must admit I have bought quite a few products from this company in recent weeks and have had some successes and some failures, so it was with a little trepidation that I parted with £6.84 for a tub of 150mls.
The company have impressed me with their ethics and they are committed to producing toiletries which are free from parabens, SLS, sulphates, synthetic perfumes, chemical antioxidants, mineral oils, petroleum, propylene glycol, and all aggressive foaming agents.
Instead they make products which are rich in plant extracts, organic and cruelty free and therefore kinder to the environment.
Part of their work involves creaming off some of the profits which are used to help children in underdeveloped countries to escape all the trappings of poverty. They also make a product called Happy Soap which is actually made in the foothills of Mt Kenya, and in this case all the profits are ploughed back into the business improving the lives of the people who so desperately need it.
Now to the Fresh Ocean Body Butter. I have normal skin but I tend to get dry patches on my legs especially in winter. The test for this product is quite a challenge as I normally put E45 on them after bathing. The first thing I noticed when I took the lid off the pot was that it had a very pleasant almost Nivea like smell, by that I mean the original potted Nivea, very pleasant and a pure white cream. I can't say it smells like the ocean but certainly it has that summer holiday suncream look and smell to it.
It is very easy to rub in and is quickly absorbed and the results are great. I am so impressed I have been using it as a hand cream as well as my hands were very dry last week when my husband was too busy to fix the broken dishwasher, and I had a week of washing up after all my cats! The product feels pure and simple and the effects are very good indeed. My legs felt moisturised for 24 hours and it was especially good when I applied it after shaving. I don't normally use body butter anywhere else but I am sure this would be perfect applied in most places and it is certainly very effective if my legs are anything to go by.
You can also buy the matching bubble bath and body lotion, and the bergamot version of the body lotion was voted moisturiser of the year by Channel 4's "How to Look Good Naked", so the products are certainly popular.
It is becoming more and more available and I have seen their products in all the major supermarkets, as well as Superdrug and you can also buy them direct from the website at www.organicsurge.co.uk
The website promises that this product will moisturise and pamper your skin "while the organic essential oil fragrance blend transports you to early morning on a warm, distant shore." Well it certainly does all that and I will be buying this on a regular basis. It makes a brilliant moisturiser for delicate dry skin and it's a great hand cream too!
organic ingredients / 150mL /