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Friday, 1 December 2017

Daughter of the Soil Marula Hand Gift Set

The first thing I really want to write about this hand care duo is this: Yum.
Both products are chai tea scented, so I knew I was going to love the smell before I even opened the box, but the fragrance really is next-level deliciousness.
The duo features a conditioning hand cleanser and delicate hand lotion that both smell like warm, delicious, comforting chai tea. Not Starbucks-Chai-Latte sweet but rather spiced and aromatic with the perfect hint of sweetness to round things off. I imagine the scent would appeal to most because it's not sickly saccharine at all - just lovely and warming.
Both products have the same African 'miracle' ingredient at their core - that being Marula Oil. Marula Oil supports the skin in retaining the right balance of hydration and also helps to lock in moisture, so it makes perfect sense to include it in body care products.
The wash leaves hands feeling clean but not stripped at all and the lotion is rich, creamy and non-greasy.
Daughter of the soil hand wash and hand lotion

As you can see, the hand wash and lotion are both presented in rather chic 250ml white and copper pump bottles so they'll undoubtedly add a little touch of style to the bathroom. The hand lotion would look pretty glam on your bedside table too!

Beautiful products aside, Daughter of the Soil has a lovely backstory.
CEO Maria Magembe was inspired to create Daughter of the Soil by her great-grandmother Onyang, who was a strong and influential woman in her Eastern Ugandan community.
Onyang believed in the powers and benefits of nature, so Maria began to create skincare products from local botanicals to honour her great-grandmother's legacy. The meaning behind the actual name of the brand also has family origins - Daughter of the Soil is a phrase that Maria's father used to describe his four girls. How lovely is that?
The 'British-blended, African-heritage' brand uses 100% naturally derived ingredients, with all products free from any harsh synthetic additives, so if you have sensitive skin it's definitely a brand to check out.

The Daughter of the Soil Hand Gift Set is £30 and you can discover the rest of the brand's beautiful products and gift sets online at Daughter of the Soil.

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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

DHC Astaxanthin Collagen All in One Gel

Ever wondered why flamingos are pink? It turns out that it's down to a compound in the algae that they eat called Astaxanthin, which also happens to be one of nature's most powerful antioxidants.
Considered to be around 6,000 times more potent than Vitamin C, Astaxanthin is also the key ingredient in this multitasking gel from DHC.

DHC Astaxanthin Collagen Gel
DHC Astaxanthin Collagen Gel

Using Astaxanthin harvested from a freshwater green algae, the all in one gel is designed to tone, moisturise, hydrate and brighten. Featuring hyaluronic acid, collagen and elastin, the gel helps to firm the skin and uphold its natural moisture levels.
The gel has a wobbly, blancmange-like texture, which I personally think really adds to the joy of the product. After all, it's a nice break from the classic rich cream texture and who doesn't want their skincare to resemble some kind of pudding?
As with all of DHC's core skincare products, the gel is fragrance free (though does have a very slight, sort of sweet naturally occurring scent).
I've really enjoyed using this over the past few weeks. I'll admit I've not used it religiously but when I have, I've felt a little difference in my skin. After using it overnight, I've noticed a slight plumping sort of effect come morning and my face feels less 'tight'. Just as a sidenote, since I've been breastfeeding my son, I seem to become dehydrated overnight because drinking litres of water in the wee hours to keep my water supplies up just doesn't happen, so I often get up in the morning and have this horrible tightness on the skin on my face. With the Astaxanthin, the tight feeling is definitely less noticeable. I hope that makes some kind of sense.
The gel-cream is lightweight and absorbs quickly, so its ideal for use both day and night.

The full ingredients:
water/aqua/eau, butylene glycol, caprylic/capric triglyceride, glycerin, hydrogenated palm oil, hydrolyzed collagen, pentylene glycol, squalane, hoplostethus/orange roughy oil/huile d’hoplost├Ęte orange, glycel stearate SE, tocotrienols, batyl alcohol, tocopherol, porphyridium polysaccharide, phenoxyethanol, carbomer, potassium hydroxide, cetearyl alcohol, hydrolyzed elastin, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, stearyl glycyrrhetinate, cetearyl glucoside, allantoin, sodium hyaluronate, alcohol, beer extract, polyglyceryl-10 oleate, placental protein, haematococcus pluvialis extract, hydrolyzed royal jelly protein, polyglyceryl-10 stearate, lactoferrin, lysolecithin, rape shushi yu (JTN), lactic acid

DHC Astaxanthin Collagen All-In-One-Gel is £40 at DHC and Escentual. *It's currently £34 at DHC until the end of the month.

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