Being a fan of plants and their fabulous powers to care for body and skin, I’ve recently been trying some skin and muscle care from Botanicals, a British brand that focuses on using it’s namesake for product ingredients and are licensed by the Soil Association.
Botanicals are a British brand using natural ingredients to hand make their products and are cruelty-free. They look after their product users as well as the environment, using biodegradable ingredients and minimal packaging. Their products are hand-made and, work holistically with aromatherapy, reiki and herbalism in mind when it comes to the formulations. Botanicals are also one of a very small number of brands that are licensed by the Soil Association, for the high content of organic ingredients in their products.
Botanicals Muscle Ease Organic Massage Oil
This beautiful oil is packed with certified organic essential oils such as Geranium, plus Vitamin E to help soothe aching muscles.
Ingredients : Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed oil*, prunus armeniaca (Apricot) kernel oil*, simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil*, parfum*; boswellia neglects (Frankincense) oil*, pelargonium graveolens (Geranium) flower oil*, piper nigrum (Black Pepper) seed oil*, santalum spicata wood oil*, tocopherol***, linalool**, limonene**, citronellol**, geraniol**, citral**, eugenol**, farnesol**.
*Certified organic ingredients. **Natural constituents of essential oils.***Natural origin
I’ve been using this for around three weeks on and off now, mainly across my shoulders and neck, plus, occasionally on my leg (with new hip). I’ve found, especially round my shoulders, it helps relieve tension and is slightly warming, but not that you feel specific heat when applied like some stronger blends.
What I’ve found with this oil, is that it’s not overly greasy and heavy and..it doesn’t have an overpowering aroma. It’s really very subtle. The aroma to me is ever so slightly ‘herby’ yet comforting and, once worked into the muscles soon gets too work in helping them to relax. I actually love this as you don’t really notice it’s there, unlike some oil blends that you can keep getting a waft of. If at times you’re not in the mood for certain strong scents or, you don’t want an oil to clash with your perfume, this is a great blend to use for those aches and pains. I’m really pleased with this helpful little oil blend and will continue to use. Yes, I have a few but, having two forms of chronic pain illness, you simply can’t have enough.
Botanicals Nourishing Face Balm – Rose and Camellia
This balm is for use at night after cleansing, no need for serums just apply a small amount of this and work into clean skin to help moisturise, calm and smooth whilst you sleep.
Ingredients : Helianthus annus (Sunflower) seed oil*, butyrospermum park (Shea Butter)*, cetyl alcohol, vitis vinifera (Grape) seed oil*, prunus armeniaca (Apricot) kernel oil*, simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil*, camellia sinensis leaf extract*, glycerine*, tocopherol (natural Vitamin E), zea mays seed flour*, pelargonium graveolens (Rose Geranium) flower oil*, lavandula anguvstifolia (Lavender) flower oil*, cymbopogon martinii flower oil*, cananga odorata flower oil*, rosa centifloia (Rose) flower oil* geraniol**, citronellol**, linalool**
(*Certified organic. **Natural constituents of essential oils.
I have used this for about 12 days every night (apart from a couple of times when pain/fatigue was so bad I just flopped into bed), and have found it lovely to use. This balm is not the same consistency/texture as my usual Decleor balms, but it’s had a good effect on my skin. I did use too much the first time and found it sat on my skin for a while..lesson learned! A really small pea size massaged well into the face and, I wake up with bright soft skin that feels calm.
I’m not a Rose scent fan usually, but this blend is a soft, gentle floral due to the inclusion of Rose Geranium and Lavender, so it’s quite enjoyable. The balm texture feels a little gritty to start with but as soon as you emulsify between the hands, it melts into a lovely oil and works well into the skin. I’ve had no sensitivity issues whilst using this, as Rose is usually helpful to sensitive skin like mine, whilst the ingredients of Grape is softening on any fine lines. My skin surface texture seems to have improved a little on waking, considering that I have problems with it at times due to illness and the use of painkillers quite often. I’m not sure if this would replace my fave night balm, but it’s a pretty close second.
I’m pretty impressed with these products for skin and muscle care from Botanicals and am enjoying using them, so I’m keen to try more from the range. A natural and ethical brand that care about their product ingredients, their customers and the overall effects of their production.
Have you used Botanicals products before and why do love the brand?
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