Thursday, 15 August 2013

Mary Elizabeth Natural, Organic Skincare & Bodycare Range

This is one of those posts which is long overdue. Back in April I went to the Natural Organic Products Europe exhibition at Olympia and connected with some great companies, many of which I aim to stock in my online shop. I have lots of posts lined up to share with you from these great companies and one of them is Mary Elizabeth Natural, Organic, Ecofriendly Skincare & Bodycare. I was unable to get around to seeing Cecilia the founder of Mary Elizabeth on the day of the exhibition but she kindly sent me one of her remaining sample packs so I could try out the range.

Mary Elizabeth is made up of four products; a skincare range which includes their Frankincense and Rose Moisturiser and their Camillia & Geranium Gentle Face Scrub, and a Nurture Range which includes their Juniper and Jojoba Hand Cream and their Spearmint and Tea Tree Nurture Balm.


Cecilia founded Mary Elizabeth after she’d suffered with skin cancer and following a course of treatment found her skin was left red, irritated and itchy with a chance of possible scarring. She was unable to find the products she was looking for which were pure enough for her now sensitive skin, so like many others before her, she put together her own range of products free from all the chemical nasties found in most mainstream products.

As taken from their website Mary Elizabeth’s Eco Ethos is:

“All our products will:

        be natural
        contain pure ingredients
        contain organic ingredients
        contain pure essential oils and naturally active ingredients
        never contain Sodium Laurel Sulphate (SLS);parabens; synthetic fragrances; colourants; paraffin wax; petrolatum; primary petro-chemicals, making them kinder to your skin
        only use the most natural preservatives in order to ensure effectiveness 
        never contain ingredients tested on animals
        be provided in sustainably sourced packaging and still be stylish
        be produced by working with partners who share our eco ethos

Because we are eco friendly we don’t use any excess packaging, so our products aren’t sold to you in fancy boxes which you put straight in the bin! This saves on costs to you as well as the cost to our planet. You pay for the goodness in the product rather than what it is packaged in. We also make sure that all our packaging is widely recyclable.”

The first thing I love about this range is its simplicity. There is nothing complicated about the range and it could be added to in time with a few more key products without complicating things. I find some skin and bodycare ranges overwhelming and can get lost in which product to choose. Not so with Mary Elizabeth.

It’s worth mentioning before I give my thoughts on all four of the products in the range that they were all featured in the Skins Matter Skincare Awards 2013 and came commended for their moisturiser, hand cream and facial scrub and won bronze for their Nurture Balm. Their hand cream was also a winner in the Green Parent Natural Beauty Awards 2013. I think for a very young company this is worthy of real praise. And I can see why because I’ve thoroughly enjoyed trying out the range from the samples I was sent.

So on to my thoughts on the products.

Camelia & Geranium Gentle Facial Scrub

This is a lovely gentle facial scrub which is not scratchy on the skin. It has a nice subtle scent nothing too overpowering and my skin felt lovely and soft afterwards. I can get a bit of skin build up around my T-zone area so scrubs are great for this, but I can’t use anything too abrasive. I like this product a lot and I’m still using the last bit in the pot. It’s got a lovely texture which works well on the skin when water is added. It can be used every day and is rich in vitamin A. Camelia and Avocado oils combine with the Geranium and Lavender to soothe, smooth and refresh the skin.

Ingredients:

Aqua, Persea Gratissima Oil^, Camellia Sinensis Seed Oil^, Helianthus Annus Seed Oil^ Glyceryl Stearate, Sodium Stearoyl Lactilate, Sorbitol, Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Powder^, Cetyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopherol, , Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Pelargonium Graveolens Oil^, Lavandula Angustifolia Oil^, Dehydroacetic Acid Linalool*, Geraniol*, Citronellol*
^ Organic
*potential allergens from natural sources

Active Ingredients

        Camellia Oil (Camellia Sinensis)
        Avocado Oil (Persea Gratissima)
        Rose Geranium Oil (Perlargonium Graveolens)
        Sorbitol
        Tocopherol
        Exfoliant Cupuacu (Theobroma Grandiflorium)
        Lavender Essential Oil ( Lavendula angustifolia)


Frankincense and Rose Moisturiser

This is the one sample pot I’ve used up completely and I’m sad I have. The smell of this moisturiser is lovely. Natural, fresh, and it goes on to my skin really well. I loved the fact that this moisturiser although for all skin types did not leave my skin greasy. I often find that “all skin type” moisturisers lean more towards dry skin with a rich cream that leaves my combination skin suffering with moisture overload in the form of shine ! This does not happen with Mary Elizabeth’s moisturiser. It sinks into the skin perfectly and I found it a great base for foundation. My skin felt smooth, matt yet hydrated. I didn’t end up all shiny which was an added benefit. This moisturiser uses Jojoba and Meadowfoam oils to boost and brighten your skin’s complexion whilst the Frankincense and Rose oils combat the signs of ageing.

Ingredients:

 Aqua, Buxus Chinensis Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil^, Limnanthes Alba Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Tocopherol, , Butyrospermum Parkii Butter^, Beta Vulgaris(Beet) Extract, Caprylic Capric Triglyceride,Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin,  Boswellia Carterii Oil^, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil^, Lavandula Angustifolia Oil^, Dehydroacetic Acid, Limonene*, Linalool*, Geraniol*, Citronellol*
^ Organic
*potential allergens from natural sources

Active Ingredients:

        Jojoba Oil (Buxus chinensis)
        Meadowfoam Oil (Limnanthes alba)
        Thistle Oil ( Carmathus Tinctorious)
        Shea Butter ( Butyrospermum parkii)
        100% Natural Vitamin E Oil (Tocepherol)
        Sea Satin (Beta Vulgaris)
        Frankincense Essential Oil (Boswellia carteri)
        Rose Otto Damask Essential Oil( Rosa damascena)
        Lavender Essential Oil (Lavendula angustifolia)


Juniper & Jojoba Hand Cream

If you are a regular reader you will know that I rarely use hand creams as most leave my hands greasy. This in turn makes them slippery and blocks the pores in my skin. I therefore struggle to find hand creams that work for me. However, the Mary Elizabeth Juniper and Jojoba hand cream will be one of my top hand cream buys as it works perfectly for my needs. It smells gorgeous and sinks into my hands perfectly. It’s a lovely creamy texture but leaves no residue behind and my hands are left feeling silky smooth with no greasiness at all. I love it and will definitely be getting myself a full size pot of this one for my handbag. The hand cream has Jojoba and Calendula Oils with Juniper, Geranium and Chamomile.

Ingredients:

 Aqua, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract^, Buxus Chinensis Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter^, Cera Alba^, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil^, Juniperus Communis Fruit Oil^, Lavandula Angustifolia Oil^, Pelargonium Graveolens Oil^, Sodium Lactate, Sodium PCA, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Asparagus Officinalis Root Extract, Stay C-50 Sorbitol, Glycerin, , Limonene*, Linalool*, Geraniol*, Citronellol*, Citral*
 ^ Organic
 *potential allergens from natural sources

Active Ingredients

        Jojoba Oil ( Buxus Chinensis)
        Calendula Oil (Calendula Officinalis)
        Shea Butter ( Butyrospermum parkii)
        Tocopherol
        Juniper Oil (Juniperus Communis)
        Chamomile Essential Oil (Anthemis Noblis)
        Rose Geranium Oil (Perlargonium Graveolens)
        Lavender Essential Oil ( Lavendula angustifolia)

NB.The blend of oils in this fabulous hand cream have a synergy all of their own. Just try it and you will know what we mean!


Spearmint and Tea Tree Nurture Balm


The first time you open the pot of the Spearmint and Tea Tree Nurture Balm the aroma is fabulous. Strong but delicious and when used on the lips it really does work at keeping them hydrated and kissable ! For my sins many moons ago I used Vaseline on my lips. Aaagh, I hear many of you cry, however now I don’t use it instead sourcing other delicious balms to use on my lips instead. However this balm isn’t just for your lips. Oh no, it can be used as follows:

        On nails for strength and growth
        On lips to smooth or soothe
        On hands to enrich and protect from the elements
        On dry skin to moisturise
        Great for feet and heels!
        To give your skin some TLC after gardening or DIY
        Whenever needed - Wherever needed!

It has moisturising Shea Butter, vitamin enriched oils and beneficial Spearmint and Tea Tree Essential Oils and I have loved using this particularly at bedtime when my lips can get very dry in the night. It does lose its potent minty smell over time but it is still a great handy product to have in your handbag.

Ingredients:

 Butyrospermum Parkii butter,^ Olea Europaea Wax, Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil^, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil, Limnanathes Alba Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima Fruit Oil, Tocopherol, Mentha Spicata Herb Oil^, Menthe Piperita Oil^ ,Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Oil^*, Linalool*, Geraniol*, Citronellol*,
 ^ Organic *potential allergens from natural sources

Active Ingredients

        Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii)
        Olive Wax (Olea Europaea)
        Avocado Oil (Persea Gratissima)
        Meadowfoam Oil (Limnanthes alba)
        Apricot Kernel Oil (Prunus Armeniaca)
        Hemp Seed Oil (Cannabis Sativa)
        Tocopherol
        Spearmint Essential Oil (Mentha Spicata)
        Peppermint Essential Oil (Mentha Piperita)
        Tea Tree Essential Oil (Melaleuca Alternifolia)

For any of you who haven’t come across Mary Elizabeth’s range before I’d definitely recommend you give it a try. I’d love to see a cleanser and perhaps a serum / skin oil added to the range which would complete the picture perfectly but as it stands it has four great products.

Mary Elizabeth has a website and you can also find them on Facebook and Twitter. Have you used this range of skin and body care? I’d love to know your thoughts. Thanks for reading xx


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Disclaimer: I was sent sample sizes of the Mary Elizabeth range to try following my visit to the NOPE exhibition in April 2013. The view, thoughts and opinions given are my own honest and true feelings on the products I used.



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