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I love the Body Shop rose hand cream and the rose hand butter so I thought it was pretty likely that I'd also love the hand oil. This just goes to show that we shouldn't make assumptions and that I should test stuff in the store before buying. Why? Because I think it's absolutely awful and I really don't know what I'm supposed to be doing with it.
The rose scent of this range of hand products is excellent - a really classy, high quality rose - and the roller ball applicator makes it easy to apply in a targeted way. Though I'm still not really sure how or why I should be using it.
What I most don't like is the thick, sticky texture. As an oil, I'd like it to be thinner and easier to spread. I find it hard to rub in and unpleasant. I've tried using it on my cuticles, figuring that the roller ball might mean that was what it's intended for, but it's still not very good. I guess if I had particularly dry patches of skin on my hands it would be a way to target those areas, but I don't have that problem and so I don't get any advantage from this product.
I can't find this product on the Body Shop website any more which makes me suspect that I'm not the only person who didn't like it but also means I can't tell you what it cost. I know that at the time I thought it was pretty expensive and I hoped for a lot more than I got from this disappointing product.
I found a tin of Badger Cuticle Care in my drawer recently and wondered why I’d forgotten that I had it. I clearly remember buying it in Waitrose when I was on a ‘make my cuticles better’ drive. I soon lost interest and put the tin to one side. Why? Because I found this product really difficult to like.
Superficially it has a lot going for it. It comes in a cute little tin with a badger on the lid - who could resist. For that matter, who even knew there were badgers in North America? The problem is that you soon realise that the little tin is way too big for what it needs to do. I have been using another balm on my cuticles - it comes in a tiny 7 ml tub with a good screw top. It’s big enough. This one contains 21g of product and is about the same size as a Vaseline tin - and just as likely to have the lid fall off and the contents get covered in fluff and dust and all the rubbish at the bottom of your handbag.
Enough about the tin, what about the stuff inside? Sadly it’s disappointing. At this time of year it’s cold and stiff. It’s not easy to use as it’s too hard and too sticky. I can’t get a tiny bit out so I end up with loads of it all over my fingers. It doesn’t rub in easily and my cuticles don’t feel ‘cared for’ in the way that I expected.
It contains loads of good stuff, has great organic and natural credentials and I really do WANT to like it but I don’t. I will give other Badger products a go but this one is going into the bin. I hate the way it feels and I don’t want it around. I have a sneaky suspicion that I might be keeping the tin though - that little badger is just too cute.
I’m a great lover of the Emjoi Micro Pedi and my husband bought me one a few years ago for Christmas. Because I have two homes, I often end up duplicating home items so that I don’t have to drag them back and forth. I decided to buy a second battery-operated foot pedi machine and opted for the Scholl Pedi Express because it was a lot cheaper than the original Emjoi model. I bought mine last year in the Black Friday deals and so I’m writing from the perspective of a year with the Scholl and several years with the Emjoi.
Electric pedi sanders are great and the two models are so similar as to make you wonder Emjoi didn’t work harder at protecting their design. In both cases you have a chunky handy into which you put the AA batteries. Both have a slide button on the front to switch it on - both are one speed only. The revolving head spins a coarse sandpaper roller over your skin to rub away hard, dry skin.
I prefer the design of the Emjoi as it seems to offer a bit more freedom on the angle at which you present the pedi machine to the skin. With the Scholl I find there’s quite a restricted position in which it works properly. As I move the pedi over my feet, I have to over-manoeuvre the Scholl to keep it in good skin contact compared to the Emjoi.
For both of the devices I am deeply irritated by having to use batteries. In these days of rechargeable equipment, I feel the manufacturers should have been able to make a plug in or a rechargeable device to save on throw-away batteries and usage costs. I don’t notice a marked difference between the battery power with the two devices.
The other component of the cost of running one of these is the replacement rollers. Substitute rollers made by other companies are available now for both devices at around 10.00 for 4 (see Amazon) but the ‘official’ rollers are 6-8 pounds each. If you have monster hard skin like me, that can add up over a year.
The Scholl electric pedi is generally available slightly cheaper than the Emjoi but chances are you’ll not find the difference significant. I’ve only see the rollers available in one coarseness on the Scholl whereas the Emjoi has a finer sanding option if you buy the less coarse rollers. Personally I’m always looking for maximum grind so I only buy the coarse ‘blue’ rollers but for those with less challenging hard skin, the option to have two strengths may be important and may drive them away from the Scholl.
Despite repeatedly reporting to dooyoo that this review had not received its dooyoo miles due to the system adding multiple additional words as a result of formatting, I have still not been able to get any payment for this review.
I have therefore decided to delete the content. I have lost a lot of points since the revamp of dooyoo early in the year as a result of this problem and I'm not going to continue to give my work to the site for nothing.
I was given a full sized tube of Dermalogica Multivitamin Hand and Nail Cream to test about a year ago and I’ve now almost finished the tube. I always have a lot of different hand creams on the go but I often get bored with them before I reach the end. I didn’t want to miss a drop of this one so I’ve just cut open the tube and scrape out all the little bits left inside because this stuff is too good and too expensive to waste. You’d be amazed how much cream you can get out of an apparently empty tube.
Dermalogica is not a cheap brand and a 75 ml tube of this will set you back around 20 pound. I’m not going to pretend that’s not extraordinarily expensive for a hand cream so I would recommend trying to get a sampler before you buy.
The cream is much more lightweight than the ones I would normally buy and it’s not really a tough cold-weather hand cream. When the temperature plummets, I want something thicker and more substantial than this. However, for the warmer times of the year, it’s perfect because it’s light enough to soak in quickly and get your hands back to typing and writing condition without wasting too much time.
During the time I’ve had this cream, I’ve been decanting small amounts into small screw-top tubs so I don’t have to carry too much around. It became a staple in the bottom of my handbag and I was soon taking it out for a dab after each time I washed my hands and rubbing it into my cuticles and nails as well as my hands. What I like best about the cream is the scent which is absolutely delicious. It’s a sort of citrussy rose scent mixed with a big dollop of coconut. Considering that I loathe the smell of coconut products, it’s all the more remarkable that I like this one so much.
On the downside, I find it’s necessary to reapply this frequently as the impact wears off very quickly. This means I’m encouraged to apply it to my cuticles more often, but if I were paying 20.00 for a hand cream, I’d feel a bit cheated if I had to reapply it multiple times.
The cream is positioned as an anti-ageing product but it contains no sun protection which seems like a lost opportunity to me. It has retinol and a bunch of natural plant extracts but I’d rather have a good sun filter. What’s the point in trying to ‘reverse’ skin ageing when you could just try to prevent it in the first place.
I’m happy to have had the chance to try this, I love the smell and I find it easy to use regularly but it’s just too expensive for a hand cream.
Ever since the clever folks at Elizabeth Arden first worked out how to stick liquids inside little capsule beads way back in the 1990s, they seem to have been finding new and different things to encapsulate. I started with them way back when they were really ‘hot’ at AHA capsules and picked them up 20 years later in the form of these Ceramide Gold UltraLift & Strengthening Eye Capsules and their Ceremide Daily Youth Restoring Serum capsules (which I’ve already reviewed and which you use on your face). I got an excellent price for a multi-pack containing 3 packs of 30 of these eye capsules for 25.95 from www.allbeauty.com The regular price for 60 of these at Boots is 50.00.
I’ve used 60 of the ones for my face but am still working my way through the first pack of 30 eye capsules. If I were to buy again, and if I could get them at a good price, I would but the face capsules ahead of the eye ones. They really just don’t ‘do it’ for me the way the others do.
The first challenge is to actually get into the capsule. The capsules look a bit like an egg and a sperm just met and to get into the contents, you need to twist off the tail. What’s quite an easy to twist off format in the larger face capsule is a very tiny and fiddly little blob in the eye version. If I have nail scissors to hand, I use them, but when I’m travelling and relying on my fingernails, I find it hard to get the tip off without spilling the liquid that’s inside.
Once you’ve got the twist off tip twisted off, the liquid inside is VERY thin and quite hard to direct. You should dab it on your fingertips and then pat it around the eye area. If you get the dispensing a bit clumsy and lose some of the liquid you can be left short-changed but if you get it all out, for me it’s just too much thin oil for my eye area and I’m left wondering what to do with the rest of the capsule once I’ve sorted out my eyes. It’s too expensive to just throw it away so I tend to use what’s leftover on the skin around my mouth.
After applying, the oil sinks in within five to ten minutes and you can apply other products on top. I find it’s just too much if I use both the eye and face capsules at the same time and I’d rather just stick with the face ones. The product is supposed to make skin firmer, rduced lines and puffiness and give you softer smoother skin. Does it? It’s hard to be sure but used regularly, it does make my skin feel very good.
I am a big fan of the French toiletries firm L’Occitane and I’ve tried a lot of their products, thanks partly to their habit of selling products in collections of small bottles and partly to the generosity of one of their shop assistants at the outlet store where I shop. I particularly love their face creams but I hadn’t given much attention to their ‘Ultra Gentle Moisturizer’, tending to focus instead on their fancier products. Whilst sorting through my drawers for products I owned that were listed on dooyoo, this one popped up - in fact I had several tubes - so I popped one in my bag to take away with me last week.
In contrast to many of the heavily scented products from L’Occitane, the ‘ultra gentle moisurizer’ (they spell it with the Z) is an unscented and relatively simplistic product. It doesn’t claim lots of cutting edge or highly technical goodies. Instead it focuses on the use of 8% shea butter in the lovely rich recipe. Most who know shea will probably associated it with good quality hand creams more than face creams but I’ve had several other products in their ‘Shea’ range and I know them to be excellent for dry or really dry skin.
For me this is a winter or very dry environment cream. I had two 9-hour flights last week so this cream was the best protection I could come up with for surviving the harsh cabin air. I slathered it on quickly just before take off, gave it a lighter top up about half-way through, and when I stepped off the other end, my face was much more awake and well cared for than any other part of me.
The hotel where I was staying was horribly air conditioned. The noise alone would have been enough to drive me crazy but the dry, unpleasant air meant I kept up the ‘Ultra Gentle Moisturizer’ all week. It made my skin for comfortable, moisturised and cared for all week and it was really noticeable that I woke up with my skin feeling fabulous each morning. I really can’t grumble.
This wouldn’t be my choice for light or summer moisturising but when you really need a bit of TLC, this one is top of the list. At an RRP of 29.00 for 50 ml it’s quite inexpensive for L’Occitane and worth every penny. Give it a go!
After a few subscriptions to various beauty boxes, it’s easy to find yourself picking whatever lip balm is on offer because you can’t find something you want more. We can all use a lip balm sooner or later, can’t we? That was probably what was going through my mind when I opted for a tub of ‘Balm Balm’ in one of my Youbeautydiscovery boxes. I thought I was buying a lip balm but as I discovered - and as the box hinted - I got ‘so much more’. The Balm Balm ‘rose geranium lip balm (and more)’ is exactly what it says - a lip balm and more.
This week I’ve been in the US for work and I had popped my Balm Balm in my handbag thinking that two long haul flights and a load of air conditioning was going to play havoc with my lips. By the time I got home I was addicted to this lovely little product.
It comes in a small screw-top tub containing just 7 ml of this magical product. Much to my amazement, I’ve since discovered that it costs just 3.50 per tub so I’ll definitely want to buy more when mine is finished.
The first thing that struck me was the amazing scent of this balm. It’s called ‘rose geranium’ and I initially assumed it was rose AND geranium but then realised it’s just the one plant - a ‘rose geranium’.It smells beautiful - a juicy, fruity, flowery fresh scent that lifts the spirits and won’t taste horrible on your lips. The balm is made from 100% natural and 100% organic ingredients including shea butter, sunflower, beeswax, jojoba, calendula and rose geranium essential oil.
The obvious thing to do with it is to smear it on your lips. But it would be a shame to stop there when there’s so much more to do with it. I’ve been rubbing it on my wrists as a light, fresh perfume, using it as hand cream and even rubbing it on my elbows (which now feel really soft) and on the hard skin on my feet. I didn’t try it on my face yet, but only because I had more appropriate products to hand in my bag but I wouldn’t feel nervous to put this on other skin.
Balm Balm is a small family-owned British firm run by Glenda Taylor and her family. Glenda is a trained aromatherapist and she founded the company in 2005. I’ve signed up for their newsletter because I love the balm so much that I want to know more.
Would I pay 17.00 a bottle for a hand wash? Do you think I’m crazy? Or made of money? Yeah, that’s what I thought when the lovely man in the L’Occitane shop started his sales pitch. He reels me in EVERY time.
“Go on, guess how much this costs in the stores, go on”, he wheedles.
I take a guess. Think of the most I can imagine and then double it and add a bit and I’m still wrong.
“No,” says he triumphally, “Seventeen pound a bottle”.
We both shake our heads because we know what comes next.
“Today, only 3.50” and I’m reeled in.
The fact that 3.50 is still a lot for a plastic bottle of hand wash is instantly forgotten. We’ve reset the bar of unreasonable expectations and suddenly it sounds just like a bargain and I’ve popped three in my basket. And that’s just the start of the spending spree.
Rose 4 Reines (literally ‘4 Queens’) is so called because it’s supposed to contain the extracts of four different types of top grade rose oil. I’ve read the ingredient list in detail and they actually only list three rosey ingredients but I can only assume that they sourced at least one of the rose oils from multiple sources. The story is that it contains roses from Morocco, Turkey, Bulgaria and Grasse in France. These are the four ‘queen’ roses.
As hand-washes go, it’s a nice one - the foaming is good, the lingering of the rose scent is enough to persuade me it’s a good quality. But does it REALLY feel like a 17.00 a bottle handwash? Are you kidding? No way.
Nice but not 17.00 a bottle nice - if you see what I mean.
Most women will have been through the uncomfortable position of getting sort of bullied into products that they don’t entirely understand. This generally happens when you’re faced with a tangerine orange assistant who blinds you with bulls**t and wild promises about what a product is going to do for you.
I don’t actually need those orange women - I’m quite capable of talking myself into buying and repeatedly using products without actually understanding them. I used Origins ‘A Perfect World White Tea Skin Guardian’ for years without knowing how I was supposed to use it but loving it so much that I didn’t actually care.
I’m an Origins addict - can’t help myself. I started buying it when it wasn’t widely available in the UK and when I had regular access to US stores. This was also a time when green tea was a booming health and beauty fad and Origins were making massive claims about the power of white tea. A Perfect World was my first ever serum and it’s one I still feel very loyal to.
The bottle I’m looking at whilst writing this is the 15 ml pump and it’s one of several I have in my collection. I think it was part of a ‘set’ with other Origins products. It’s best used morning and night under moisturiser but if you occasionally forget the moisturiser, it will still give a little basic protection.
I need a couple of squirts for each half of my face so it’s not as economical as a lot of other, thinner serums. It’s effect on the skin is immediate, giving it a soft and velvety feel which feels wonderful. The scent of the product is light, perhaps slightly minty, slightly fruity but very ‘clean’ and fresh.
A 50 ml bottle costs just under 50 quid so it’s rather a luxury. I’ve not bought any the last few years but luckily I still have a good stock and I hope to be able to buy some more next week in Atlanta.
L’Occitane have a wide range of fragranced body lotions and the Fleurs de Cerisier (a.k.a. cherry blossom’ is one I’ve bought several times as part of their small bottle collections. The store that I use most often is an outlet store where you can pick and choose 8 items for (usually around) 20.00 or buy pre-combined sets of small bottles that are already bagged up. I tend to have a few of these bags hidden in my drawer in case of emergency present needs but this is one I’ve also used myself.
One thing you should know if you’re buying L’Occitane is that their packaging pretty much sucks. The products are great but they put them in horrible bottles that never seem to be willing to release their precious contents and which tend to crack when you squeeze too hard. If you’re buying in the 75ml bottles, prepare to fight to get the goop out but don’t fight too hard or you’ll end up with it leaking all over the place.
The Cherry Blossom is classified as a ‘shimmering’ lotion - which means it contains a low level of fine pearlescent particles that should give the skin what L’Occitane call an ‘iridescent veil’.
I apply this after a bath on slightly damp skin. The scent is quite gentle and fresh but I can’t really say that I would have been able to identify it as cherry blossom. The ‘soak in’ time with this lotion is pretty standard - leave it three or four minutes and it will be mostly sucked up but with a slight tackiness still on the skin. The shimmer is only slight - not so much as to make you feel like you had a fight with a tube of glitter, but it’s definitely there when you look carefully.
I’m not really sure that I see any great benefit in the shimmer but it’s not unpleasant. The cream has a lot of shea butter so you can rely on it for good deep moisturising and the scent is light enough that you can layer it with perfumes and other products without it fighting. I find this goes quite nicely when combined with their Peony fragrance.
At an RRP of 20.00 for 250 ml it’s not the most expensive of L’Occitane products but you will need to be sure you like it before spending that much. Personally I like it enough to buy the 75ml bottles for travel but not to buy a big one.
I had tried and been impressed by the REN rosa centifolia day cream and was expecting to feel the same way about the REN Rosa Centifolia Cleaning Gel. Unfortunately I wasn’t impressed at all by the cleanser and threw away my tube after the first time of using. Lest that should sound absurdly wasteful, I should say that it was only a small 15 ml tube that came as part of a ‘gift with purchase’ set on a magazine earlier this year.
I like wash off cleansers but I like them to foam. They don’t have to foam a lot, but I like to feel they’re making some kind of effort to part my skin from its dirt. You don’t get that at all with this product.
If you buy the full sized product it comes in a pump which is probably much more suitable than a small tube since I found this stuff was fighting to escape from the tube as fast as it could. It’s a clear, colourless, water-white gel and to use it, you spread it all over your face and rinse it off with warm water. It has a pleasant rose scent - as you’d expect - but there’s nothing about how it feels on my skin that makes me feel that it’s doing anything.
I rinse it off with warm water and pat dry. There’s no sense of tightening or drying which is good, but also no particular feeling of being cleaner or softer than normal.
The RRP of 14.00 for 150 ml is not outrageously expensive for a product from REN but I still find this disappointing. I would prefer to use either a proper ‘massage on and cotton wool off’ cream cleanser or a wash off foaming product for deeper cleaning. I believe REN could have done a lot better than this.
Organic Surge is one of my favourite mainstream ‘‘naturals’ brands and is one which aims to offer ethically-sound, organically-sourced products that won’t harm sensitive or allergic skin and won’t break the bank. Their prices are much lower than many of their competitors and their product quality is excellent. I’ve reviewed many of their products in the last year or so and to date, I’ve not been disappointed by anything that I’ve had from them. I particularly like their skincare products and their ‘Overnight Sensation night cream is now my favourite night cream. I had wanted to try out the day cream in the same range and was lucky enough to find one marked down in TK Maxx a few weeks ago. If you like the sound of this cream, do please go and have a look at the website straight away as they’re currently offering the ‘Blissful Daily Moisturiser’ at half the normal price - just 4.75 for 50 ml. If I didn’t have such a lot of face creams already on my shelf I’d be stocking up with multiple jars of this great stuff.
Blissful daily moisturiser is a lot like the overnight product but lighter in texture and quicker to soak in. I’d still consider it more of a winter weight day cream than one for the summer months as it’s rather heavy. Both creams have the same characteristic Organic Surge ‘signature’ scent which I assume is based on the use of similar natural extracts. My money is on rose hips or hibiscus because I instantly recognise it as one of the smells in fruit teas and can never work out which is which.
Active ingredients include sweet almond oil, lemon oil and grape seed oil. It also contains aloe juice, she butter, cocoa seed butter, sunflower seed oil, orange peel oils, rosemary leaf oil and peppermint oil. Strange as it might sound, these mix together to create a juicy, fruity and indulgent blend of oils.
The ingredients are 99% natural and 17% of the total is from organic sources. The product has an ECOCERT endorsement to show that the company’s processes have been audited and checked to ensure adherence with organic standards.
If you haven’t tried Organic Surge yet, I recommend this product and all their other skin-care range as good cost-effective, ethically formulated options.
It’s quite clear reading the other posts on here about the REN Frankincense Revitalising Night Cream that almost all its reviewers got it the same way I got my cream - as a small set of products on a magazine gift with purchase. Clearly we’re all keen to try but not so much in a rush to actually buy.
I loved the rose day cream I got and was keen to try out the Frankincense night cream even though the tube was absolutely tiny. Always on the look out for ways to keep my travel washbag as light as possible, I threw this in just before a trip to Amsterdam in freezing cold weather. It would certainly test the cold-weather properties of the cream. I used it twice and now there’s no way the rest is coming out of the tiny tube so I’ve cut off the top to get inside and get every last drop out.
The cream is off-white in colour and not noteably thicker than the day cream I’ve previously tried. The biggest challenge is to describe the scent of the cream. Frankincense is weird stuff at the best of times and I’ve had several other products that claimed it as an ingredient and they’ve all smelt better than this stuff. To me it has a musty, fusty ‘off’ note that’s rather unattractive and makes me think of damp basements.
The ingredient list is impressively ‘natural’ in many of the extracts that it uses and the claims of reducing fine lines and combating ‘premature ageing’ are attractive but for me, I just can’t get round the smell of this stuff. I’ll happily put strongly fragranced products on my hand or body, I’ll even use ‘unpleasant’ scented products on my feet if they’re good but pongy, but I don’t want such harsh smelling ingredients going on my facial or neck skin.
Frankincense is best kept for incense and gifting to holy babies and not put into facial skin care products. Some people love how this one smells but it's a clear ‘miss’ for me.
There’s something about a trip to the Body Shop that always seems to force me and my common sense to part company. I generally use the store at Cheshire Oaks in Ellesmere Port which is one of their ‘outlet’ stores. It stocks all the usual range but has a constant 40% of if you buy 4 or more items. Since I also have a 10% off ‘Love Your Body’ card, I tend to always leave with a massive bundle of goodies, shaking my head and saying “Surely it should cost more than that”.
Once I start, knowing I’m getting nearly 50% off really does loosen my inhibitions.
I’ve been trying out the Body Shop serums and treatments over the last 18 months. I tried their Nutriganics Drops of Youth - great product, awful packaging - and on my last visit decided to try the less oily-more creamy version of the Nutriganics serum as well as popping a bottle of the Vitamin C Skin Reviver.
The VitC range certainly smells a whole lot better than their old Vit E products which always remind me of baby lotion. By contrast Vit C smells like orange sorbet.
I thought the product was a serum - something you apply under your moisturiser - but it’s not. You should apply it ON TOP of your moisturiser and under any make-up that you may wear (I don’t but in theory if you did, that’s where to put it). Reading the posts on the Body Shop website, it’s clear that a lot of people like to use it under moisturiser or indeed instead of moisturiser. I guess it’s a free world, you can use it as you see fit.
Two small pumps of the dispenser is plenty for me to do face and neck with this product. It comes out as a rather thick, light orange, slightly pearlescent good somewhere between a cream and a gel. It spreads well and the feeling on my skin reminds me of an old favourite - the much more expensive Origins ‘A Perfect World’.
Looking to the ingredient list, I’m not so impressed. On the plus side there should be lots of happy Brazilian nut producers selling their crop to the Body Shop but the main ingredients seem to be a whole load of different silicones. Like cheap hand creams, those ingredients can leave your skin feeling temporarily moisturised but needing you to reapply soon after. Fortunately that doesn’t seem to be the case with this recipe but I personally wouldn’t want to use it without another moisturiser underneath just in case.
List price is 15.00 for 30 mls. At around half price, I’d buy again but I’m not convinced it’s really effective enough to pay more.