Sunday 28 April 2013

Ambre botanical gentle face soap and rhassoul clay face mask review

Ambre Botanicals is a British brand that hand makes their skincare treats in small batches. The whole range has that old school apothecary feel about it. The bath oil and body scrub look especially gorgeous with plants visible inside the bottle. Formulations don't contain any water and because of that no chemicals. Expect highly concentrated pure botanical formulations. All their soaps are made using a traditional batch cold-process which retains the ingredients’ natural goodness in the final soap bar.

The whole range looks great, what caught my was the facial soap and the mask (I
haven't had much luck finding pure rhassoul clay that was high quality).

Ambre Botanicals Gentle face soap with Avocado and Calendula. Some how I have managed to delete the photo of this soap in its original packaging. It came in black cardboard wrapping that was open at the sides and tied with a string, all very cute and presentable.

I cut it in half when travelling, it is round but tall and I wanted it to fit in to one of my old lush tins (from when I used to use their shampoos). You can see the calendula petals (I really like that, I love unusual looking soaps). It does not have any essential oils and although it has some sort of smell from the ingredients it is so faint that the best way I can describe it as "clean".

Lathers really well but not as sudsy as commercial soap. Feels very creamy (like it could melt in your hands when you pick it up, but it doesn't). I like to use it a couple of times a week in the mornings on those days that I feel my skin is a little more oily. It does not leave me with a tight face, skin feels pretty comfortable and I don't have any residue (I have had that in the past with some face soap yuk).

Gorgeous product and a pleasure to use, great for sensitive skin. You could use it on the body too (however the bar is 50 g and my body is nowhere near as sensitive as my face). I have not had a face soap that was better than this.

The ingredient list is: Pure natural saponified oils and butters of: Avocado Butter (Persea Gratissima), Unrefined Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii), Rice Bran Oil (Oryza Sativa), Castor Oil (Ricinus Communis), Sunflower Oil (Helianthus Annuus), Soya bean Oil (Soja Hispida), Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera), Palm Kernel Oil (Elaeis Guinensis). Non-GMO Natural Vitamin E (D-alpha Tocopherol), Rosemary Antioxidant (Rosmarinus Officinalis). Calendula petals. Sandalwood powder.

Rhassoul clay face mask. This is just pure very fine Rhassoul clay of great quality. What is great about this type of clay is that it is super gentle and never over dries your skin and is very versatile (you can use it as a face wash or hair treatment).

The sachet is 15g which is enough for 3 uses as mask. So if you want rhassoul clay for other things you will need to get it somewhere else (or buy a large quantity, might be a bit pricey).

Whenever I make a fresh carrot juice I mix a little bit with rhassoul clay and voila, antioxidant mask that also draws out impurities. I do feel that this clay is on the pricier side but it is of very good quality.

I am really liking this brand and it is nice that it is handmade in the UK. Next I have my eye on that bath oil and the Pumpkin seed and Kokum face cream once the summer is over (what am I the only one that does wish lists for specific seasons?)

I got my stuff from Content but if you shop from Amber botanicals website they have mini kits for
£20 with 4 products (for face or body).

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