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Viridian Ultimate Beauty Oil - 100% Organic Hello, this is my review of Viridian Ultimate 100% Organic Beauty Oil. Viridian is an award-winning vitamin and nutritional supplements company with a range of over 150 vitamins and supplements. All products are 100% organic, 1/3rd of it Soil Association certified. Unfortunately Viridian isn't available in Boots, Holland&Barrett and the likes, hence it isn't that well known and a bit trickier to get a hold of. Amongst its accolades Viridian has won 'Best Buy Vitamins' from Ethical Consumer Magazine, 'Best ethical range' from 'Here's health' magazine and the 'BIG TICK' from 'Business in the Community'. I work in a health centre and all the medical herbalists and nutritionists were singing Viridian's praises, so I decided to give the beauty oil a try. Not so much for any beauty issue I wanted to address, but after everybody 'in the know' raved on that this oil contains fatty acids, antioxidants and the likes that we're unlikely to get enough of even on the healthiest of diets, I felt I'm missing out if I don't use it. The beauty oil comes in two sizes; 200ml and 500ml. What Viridian says about its oil: A balanced source of Omega 3:6:9 fatty acids including GLA. Contains a broad range of antioxidants including tocopherol, tocotrienols, alpha-carotene and lutein. Essential fatty acids are required for the health and maintenance of cellular integrity and membrane fluidity. Take daily alongside Viridian's Ultimate Beauty Complex Veg Caps for the ultimate in hair, skin and nails. What I say Packaging The oil comes in a round silver cardboard container with the oil itself in a recyclable glass bottle. In fact, if you return the bottle to the store you bought it from, you'll allegedly get 25p back. To be honest, mine has so far always ended up at the bottle bank, so can't testify if you really get some money back. The bottle is dark brown, which protects the nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants better than a clear bottle. The label contains instructions on how to use the oil, its ingredients and details on recycling, Viridian's charity commitment, the purity of the oil and its organic certification by the Soil Association. The Oil & using it The oil itself is a nice golden greenish colour. It looks a bit like olive oil, and has a nice nutty smell and taste. You're advised to take 2 - 3 teaspoons at mealtimes, or as 'directed by your healthcare professional'. I always take 2 spoonfuls once a day. Sometimes when I've done a lot of sport I take another spoon or so in the evening in the hope the fatty acids and antioxidants will repair any damage done overnight and replenish lost minerals and what have you. The oil can be added to smoothies, soups, dips, salad dressings, drizzled onto meals or just taken from the spoon. I started of using it as a salad dressing, but at some stage I went cold turkey and started taking it straight from the spoon. Initially I had horrible flash backs to my time in kindergarten when we were given cod liver oil off the spoon in a procedure that can only be described as traumatising. However, the oil actually tastes quite nice: it's nutty and doesn't really leave an aftertaste, though I always do 'flush' with water or juice. It's also not a very heavy gooey oil, so it goes down quite easily and you're not left with that oily feeling in your mouth. The effects For me, the effects are a bit hard to quantify as I didn't have any particular areas such as brittle nails etc. that I wanted to address, but rather use it as a supplement to ensure I get all my antioxidants and so on. For me it's part of a healthy diet especially as my job is quite stressful and I do a lot of sport, all of which can deplete vitamin and nutrient levels quite rapidly. And apparently the specific fatty acids and nutrients are hard to come by however healthily you eat. I have however been refused alcohol in Coop recently as I couldn't provide proof of age although being nearly a decade over their 'age check policy', so it does seem to work  From what I heard from the nutritionists and herbalists (who, by the way, are not on Viridian's payroll in any way and who all use the oil themselves) the oil helps alleviate acne and bad skin conditions, also with eczema. Brittle nails and 'hair and scalp' conditions (dry scalp, dull brittle hair) also seem to benefit. Viridian recommends using its beauty vitamin capsules with the oil, however, to cite said nutritionists and herbalists again, it's really the oil that contains the vital ingredients, the capsules are more of a marketing gimmick, so save your money. Costs and outlets Well, cheap it is not: I pay £7 for the 200ml bottle, and that's only because the centre buys it in wholesale. It is available from 'selected health stores', which you can find on the Viridian website (www.viridian-nutrition.com) or you can purchase it on the internet. Viridian donates part of the profits of each bottle to charity, though I couldn't find any details about how much that part is. Well, every little helps I guess. I really like this oil as part of a healthy diet as it gives you nutrients that are hard to find in other supplements and that seem to be lacking in our diets however healthy and organic they might be. I also like Viridian's ethical commitment. Can't really comment on whether it works with any beauty / skin problems other than what I've heard from others, so if you got any expertise with that, please let me know. Many thanks for reading this review, I hope you found it useful.
The Viridian range has been scientifically devised to include vitamins, minerals and herbal products to suit all kinds of people and requirements.