3 Aug 2012

Beyond Organic Skincare

Beyond Organic Skincare was set up to do exactly what it says on the tin, go beyond simply providing organic beauty products. They felt that whilst there was a growing number of organic beauty brands on the market there was a lack of products that went that extra mile; that were organic, but also paid attention to the finer details.

Whilst producing products that help protect our planet is central to Beyond Organic’s beliefs, they don’t want people to have to settle for inferior products at a higher price just to have the organic tag. They aim to provide highly effective products that really make a difference to the health of your skin, that protect it from harmful chemicals and the elements, whilst giving it the love and attention it deserves through gorgeous high quality skincare.

With their latest new product launches they have certainly lived up to their name and ethos…

Daily SPF 30 Protection - 50ml pump bottle £25.60.

A 100% Natural & Organic Sun Filter Cream giving UVA & UVB protection.
·    Does not whiten the skin or clog the pores.
·    Zinc Oxide is a mineral sun filter.
·    Helps the fight against aging in two ways – it protects from the harmful rays and defends against UV damage. 
·    The strong antioxidants are rich in retinol, which prevents premature aging, minimises wrinkles and reduces scar tissue.

Apply daily, especially before any exposure to sun. 
Re-apply regularly as needed, particularly after swimming.  
Remember to use also in winter and on cloudy days as the suns rays can still cause damage.  Can be used under mineral make up.  

Beyond Organic’s Daily SPF 30 Protection Cream definitely doesn't scrimp on the quality of their organic ingredients with Organic Macadamia Oil, Shea Butter, Rosehip Oil and Beeswax being listed alongside other equally effective natural ingredients. There’s also zinc oxide which acts as a natural mineral sun filter, and the cream is jam packed with anti-oxidants, such as retinol, to help prevent premature aging, minimise wrinkles and reduce scar tissue. What’s more it has been specially formulated so it doesn't whiten the skin or clog pores. Perhaps most importantly, the product fulfils their promise of going that extra mile, and smell and feel gorgeous on your skin, coming in high quality packaging that wouldn’t look out of place in the most exclusive of spas, but without the celebrity price tag. 

Daily SPF 30 Protection; Zinc Oxide, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Rose Hydrolat (Rosa damascene)*, Macadamia Oil (Macadamia Integrifolia)*, Shea Butter (Vitellaria Paradoxa)*, Olive Leaf Emulsifier (Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate), Rosehip Oil (Rosa Canina)*, Beeswax (Cera Alba)*, Lecithin (Lyosolecithin)*, Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil (Hippophae rhamnoides)*, Corn (Propanediol), Willow Bark Extract (Salix Alba), Essential Oils (Containing Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Cinnamate, Citral, Geraniol, Linalool, Limonene)* *Organic Ingredients (50.5%)

 My thoughts: 
A little goes a long way, the cream rubs in easily but feels and looks very very greasy, for a facial product this gives a 'shimmer' effect but also a 'sweaty' effect, I am not totally convinced about using it underneath mineral makeup.

The product reminds me of babies sun block, but it does go clear instead of giving the whitewash look ... however you would struggle to put on delicate clothing on after smothering yourself in the cream as it is still greasy to the touch after leaving it to sink in for 10 minutes.

I like the way they have used natural products, particularly Shea Butter which is fantastic for keeping your skin supple an healthy.  I am also impressed at how the cream blocks both UVA and UVB rays which damage the skin and can cause skin cancer.  The non-pore blocking is also fantastic as it does not contain aluminium salts which some people find aggravates acne or causes flare-ups on their skin of small pimples, this is a good property for the sun cream to have.

I like the cream, it has its good points (non-pore blocking, good coverage, contains shea butter and natural ingredients) but the greasy look and the fragrance (it is a little off-putting as it smells like a cross between cough sweets and rose hips), plus the price put me off purchasing the cream.

Update!! .... it also attracts flies, since testing the cream on the back of my hand a little blue bottle will not leave my hand alone! This isn't a very good quality for a sun cream!

For more information: www.beyondskincare.co.uk

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