Wednesday, April 30, 2014

You Organic Orange & Ylang-Ylang Night Balm

***Disclosure: Product provided for review. Opinions 100% mine!***


Hi!



You Organic are an Irish Natural Skincare company, founded in 2012. In 2013, the company won Silver at the Sustainable Beauty Awards in Paris. Late last year, they introduced the Orange collection - a range of handmade products including a lip balm, body lotion, eco soy candle, and this night balm.



The balm contains Almond Oil, Beeswax, Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter, Aloe Vera Concentrate, Vitamin E and essential oils Neroli, Bergamot (Bergapten free), Ylang Ylang and Benzoin. You Organic products are not tested on animals, and are free from Artificial fragrances, SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) and Mineral Oils.

The balm comes in a 20ml pouch, which I found quite hard to work with initially. A little of this goes a very, very long way - I didn't want to waste any, but when I left the pouch at room temperature, it went into liquid and was hard to pour out just enough - this is more than enough for my face and neck.


I left it in the bathroom on the windowsill where it's a little cooler, and it solidified just enough for me to get the right amount out. I've been using this for about a month now, so here are my pros and cons:

Pros

  • Melts into skin immediately.
  • Multi-purpose - can be used as a face cream, aftershave balm, or on dry skin patches.
  • Really improves dry skin.
  • All natural Ingredients.
  • One pouch will last ages - I have been using it 2-3 times a week and have barely made a dent in it.
  • Fragrance dries down to a lovely fresh orange scent.
  • Does not feel sticky or oily on the skin.
Cons
  • Pouch can be hard to work with unless left in cool place.
  • Initial fragrance is quite strong.

Repurchase?
Based on how good it is at rehydrating dry skin, yes.

And that's it, really. I've found that this balm really comes into its own when used on dry patches of skin at night - I don't just mean on the face, either. I've had dry skin on my arms and have used this to great effect. It feels really luxurious and doesn't leave a greasy residue on my hands when I rub it in - it makes my hands really silky, even though it's not really intended as a hand cream I have been known to rub a little bit in if my hands are particularly crone-like on occasion. 

It has a shelf life of 6 months, and costs €29.99 for a 20ml pouch.  I don't like using too many lotions & potions when I have to handle the babies, and I know there's no hidden nasties in here that will irritate their skin either, which is really great.



You can get in touch with You Organic here:

Website: youorganicskincare.com
Twitter: @youorganic
Facebook: facebook.com/youorganicskincare
Instagram: instagram.com/youorganic

You can also visit them at their Botanical Apothecary Studio in Dublin or book a facial at their Organic Facial Rooms -  e-mail hello{at}youorganicskincare.com for more information.




8 comments:

  1. This sounds gorgeous!! Love how natural it is!

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    1. It's really nice, a lot of similar things that I've tried have been greasy but it's not at all, very soft!

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  2. I love that it's cruelty free and it sounds amazing! The one gripe I'd have is the shelf life. It puts me off Lush too. I can use something religiously for a month and then I might go off and use something else. €30 is a lot to waste if I decide not to use it for a while and it ends up going off

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    1. That's exactly what puts me off things too, even makeup - I'm sure I have eyeshadows that have expired a half a decade ago, I hate having to purge & throw things out because I haven't used them! I limit this to 3 times a week at most so I don't get sick if it, still using the Ali Mac stuff the other days and I'd say that's well past it's best at this stage!

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  3. sounds great :)

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  4. Ouch @ the price! Would preservatives really be that harmful? I'd buy half the amount for half the price - 30 quid for six months is a bit much.

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    1. I don't know - I'm sure there are laws about what you can and can't put into something in order to be allowed call it organic, I'd say that could be why. It is expensive, definitely for the size - if it wasn't going to be used every day, but then if it is used every day, it works out as a fiver a month. I use it a few times a week so if there's loads left over in a few months time I will update!

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