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Natural Skincare Review

Today I will be reviewing locally produced natural skincare products. The range below ‘Skinvelop’ is carefully developed with completely natural ingredients and handmade in Scotland by Jean at Bespoke Therapies & Skincare.

As you can see from the images, I have been using a Cleanser (white bottle), Eye Balm (blue bottle) and a Moisturiser (silver bottle) and for the purposes of this Natural Skincare post I will review them in this order 🙂

The ‘Skinvelop’ Cleanser is an essential product and acts as a makeup remover and a great cleanser for removing all dirt even after your makeup has been taken off. This particular cleanser is so kind to the skin, gently melting your makeup off with only a small amount of cleansing cream on a damp cotton pad or muslin cloth. This is what I love about natural skincare as because of all the quality ingredients used to make it, a small amount of cream goes a long, long way which means your getting a lot more for your money!

Jean’s ‘Skinvelop’ Cleanser is a winner for heavy eye makeup too!

Eye makeup, as we all know, is a nightmare to remove – it is especially hard to get ALL the mascara & eye-liner off without rubbing your eyes so vigorously that your eyes start stinging like mad ! This cleanser is a winner for taking it off as it dissolves all your sturdy eye makeup with concentrated naturally active essential oils which means once you apply the cleanser to your face and eyes, it will gently melt it with no need to begin the ‘scrape off ‘ !

TIP: For easier eye makeup removal, always wet a cotton pad or ball and place it on your closed eye for 10 seconds to soak the eye completely before using the cleanser.

Moving on to Jean’s Eye Therapy…..

The Eye Balm/Serum is a delightful little product which helps to remove dark circles, redness and puffiness from the eyes.

I have noticed a significant difference in my eyes after using this product for only a week ! The dark areas around my eye – especially at the corners of my eye (from over-use of black eye-liner I presume) have lightened which I am very happy about. A lot of young people by-pass an Eye Balm or Serum as it is thought that this type of product is only used by mature women who want to reduce wrinkles around the eyes but I say as woman in her 20’s that prevention is key and a natural ingredient eye cream can only aid the youthfulness of your skin around the eyes so the sooner you start the better the results as you get older !

Lastly, Jean’s luxurious ‘Daily Moisture Boost’….

Jean’s ‘Moisture Boost‘ is not only a deep face moisturiser that leaves your skin feeling refreshed & fully hydrated but also is packed with vitamins & essential oils to give your skin that extra boost throughout the day.

This is quite a light moisturiser so if you’re looking for a product that’s heavy in texture for use before bed then you’re best to use a balm for this purpose. For day-time use into evening this moisturiser is perfect as you can apply it, massage it into your skin and it travels down into the layers of your skin for deep hydration and doesn’t leave a greasy, unpleasant shiny glow on your skin.

So the ‘Daily Moisture Boost’ is a great moisturiser for woman on-the-go and gives skin the much needed support of vitamins and essential oils to keep it plump and hydrated through the day.

All in all, this natural skincare range is fantastic value for money and will go a long, long way considering the amount of carefully selected quality natural ingredients inside. So a big THANK YOU to Jean for developing such an affordable natural range ! …..If you wish to view the full natural ‘Skinvelop’ range then please visit Jean’s website at Bespoke Therapies & Skincare.

Remember – the big brands you buy in Boots, Superdrug etc probably spend about 50p or less in total on (chemical/toxin) ingredients in each of their skincare products and then sell each product on for on average £5 – that’s a lot of money for rubbish ingredients !

Be Beautiful, Be Natural….


LubyLou x


Understanding Labels

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Have you gave up on trying to read ingredient labels because they are a never-ending list of extraordinary long impossible-to-pronounce words ?!

Have you surrendered to the ‘what I don’t know, won’t hurt me’ method ?

…Well this method may keep your anxiety at bay for a while but it still doesn’t do your skin any favours and may put your health & well-being at risk. Natural Cosmetics Boutique is here to provide you with trusting information on how to avoid nasty chemicals in cosmetic products you buy.

So how do we understand ingredient labels in skincare and makeup products ? Here we show you how.

First, we have to know what each ingredient means…

Seems a bit of a complicated task , yes ? Well, it is rather easy once you get familiar with the chemicals commonly found in cosmetic products. So lets get ourselves familiar with them !

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)

Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) are used in shampoos, shower gels, face washes, body lotions etc to give a lathering/ foaming texture to your bathing experience. When washing yourself, a good lather in a soap seems to make it feel more luxurious and is a desirable quality during the daily beauty regime as it gives the illusion that you are even more clean than usual.

This is far from the truth as Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) are too strong for your skin, if you use any cosmetics with either of these in them then you are rubbing chemicals into your body that irritate, dry and thin your skin ! Your skin is delicate and by not using natural cosmetics your body will ingest these toxins and can fester there causing problems.

The GOOD NEWS is that cosmetic brands can use natural ingredients to create a lathering texture and don’t have to use anything that upsets your skin and body. The BAD NEWS is that the cosmetic branded products you find on the high street will still use SLS in order to create the cheapest product possible ….Yes, I know, very frustrating !

So it makes you wonder whether the cosmetic brands we trust and use daily, really do have our best interests at heart ?

Next, we need to find out what each ingredient can do to your skin and what happens to it after it is applied to the skin (i.e. where it goes)….

When you rub a face wash into your skin, the contents of the product are absorbed through the skin into your blood stream within 18 seconds (it does not just fall off your skin and go down the drain!). Your body then has to go to a lot of effort to filter out the chemicals ingredients of the face wash (which will be all the ingredients if you have purchased from high street store or supermarket), this is done via your liver as your liver is your body’s detoxifier – which is why your liver is directly affected and is put under extra strain to filter out alcohol when you consume it.

Nowadays, our diet consumption and beauty products are filled with chemical ingredients so our livers are being overloaded and put under far too much strain that it can’t detoxify and get rid of ALL the chemicals our bodies are exposed to. These chemicals and toxins are left to hang around and cause problems such as illnesses.

BUT thankfully…there are natural cosmetics brands and products out there that only use truly natural ingredients and normally handmake them. Although you will only find these natural cosmetics either online or an individual natural shop that is not a big chain store or high street department store such as asda, john lewis, debenhams, tesco etc -This is because big chains and department stores have to buy in a big batch of products for all their individual stores and they always manufacture their products with chemical preservatives in order to have a very long shelf life (around 4 years). I don’t know about you but I wouldn’t feel comfortable using a moisturiser that’s 4 years old, I want a freshly made product. Natural cosmetic brands use natural preservatives that don’t harm irritate or dry your skin, and they have a shelf-life of 18 months.

Natural skincare & makeup is NOT expensive and is actually similarly priced to what you normally buy in a high street store, normally I pay less than a tenner for a natural cosmetic product and the other benefit is that it LASTS LONGER as most natural cosmetics brands do not dilute and fill up their product with water (aqua as you see it in ingredient labels). So you won’t be out of pocket and at the same time you’ll be helping your skin age slower while taking a step towards a healthier lifestyle 🙂

SLS normally appears at the very beginning of the ingredient list next to Aqua because ingredients are listed by the highest percentage of ingredient used in descending order, so in a typical shower gel , Water (Aqua) is always first because the product is mostly made up of water. SLS usually appears after Aqua which means it is a close second in the amount used …which is a scary thought !

So start looking at the cosmetic products in your own home, that you use all the time and maybe are a trusted brand of yours and see whether they include Sodium Lauryl Sulphate or Sodium Laureth Sulfate….

You will be amazed by what you find !

Love natural !


Luby Lou x


New Year, New Skin !

Natural Cosmetics Boutique | New Year New YouStart your New Year with a resolution that’s worthwhile this year…

Out with the old cosmetics and in with the new 2012 natural cosmetics trend !

So we are all realising that natural ingredient cosmetics are the way forward…but with our drawers and cupboards filled with excess amounts of chemical filled products such as The Body Shop, Nivea and Olay and so on, where do we start ?

Well, of course, you can’t just throw all your high street branded cosmetics in the bin after spending a fair bit of cash buying them, right ?

Natural Cosmetics Boutique provides a solution to begin your natural cosmetic skincare & makeup journey…

If you haven’t got a great deal of money or you’ve recently spent a bit of money on chemical cosmetics then the best way to go natural is take it step by step; a gradual switch from chemical cosmetics to natural cosmetics. Either switch to natural cosmetics when you run out of what you are using now or buy natural products two by two whenever you can afford them…the products which are featured in my blog are less than £20 so are affordable and of great quality.

Here is a detailed two step guide to start you off:

1. Natural Moisturiser/ Serum – The first and the most essential product you should switch to is a natural ingredient moisturiser/ serum (a serum is a deep replenishing moisturiser that comes in the form of an oil rather than a cream- it travels deeper into the skin due to its liquid form and therefore, in my opinion, it works better than a cream). I use ‘Botanicals’ Organic Face Serum everyday after I shower as my skin gets tight and dry, when I use this serum my skin is nourished and can then apply my makeup without getting a peeling ‘gritty’ makeup look that is rather unattractive !

This serum is the dearest product featured on my post but it lasts a very long time, I am only half way through one I bought last Spring and I use it everyday !

Natural Cosmetics Boutique | Natural Face Serum

Natural Face Serum £18.95

2. Natural Cleanser/ Makeup Remover– a natural ingredient cleanser is a product you will treasure ! The one I use is ‘Botanicals’ Organic Cleansing Melt which just melts your makeup away and kindly soothes and cleans off any impurities on your skin. It is divine and never leaves your eyes or face feeling stingy like makeup wipes do !

This cleanser is half full, I use it all the time and I bought it a year ago so it goes a long way !

Natural Cosmetics Boutique | Natural Cleansing Melt

2. Natural Cleanser/ Makeup Remover £16.95

…To Be Continued !

Our next post delves into the worlds of the evil toxins : Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), Natural Cosmetics Boutique explores the dangers of both chemicals found in all high street store cosmetic products.

Love Natural !


Luby Lou x

Natural Cosmetics Boutique Researcher

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