Dermia Patchouli Cleansing Balm

thank you Bruce at Dermia for the photo!

thank you Bruce at Dermia for the photo!

Now I’m sure like everyone else, I love a good cleansing balm. I’ve tried quite a few and particularly loved a rather pricey one at around £28 a tub… but after using up a few sample pots, I came to the conclusion that I just couldn’t afford/justify spending that amount of money.

I spent some time trying out different options from different price ranges and then one day, having a search for new brands, I found Dermia.

Dermia is natural handmade skincare company based in Stirlingshire in Scotland.

I got in touch with Dermia to find out more about the brand. Bruce at Dermia told me that the company started out around ten years ago, with the simple mission of providing gentle, natural products that worked, at an accessible cost. Something that was very much missing from the market back then.

This beautiful, patchouli scented balm meets all of those criteria. It isn’t too strongly scented (something I very much appreciate) and my skin has been enjoying the straightforward mixture of oils and waxes. The suggestions for use on the website are that this balm is used with cotton wool pads, however I prefer to use it with a flannel. As the website indicates, it can also be reapplied as a moisturiser and I’ve found it good for dry patches.

my own well loved pot!

my own well loved pot!

Now to come on to the price… £4 for a 50ml jar. That’s right, £4.

Unbelievably good value. I would buy it to use as a moisuriser for dry patches, even if I didn’t love it as a cleanser. My skin has been enjoying it and has looked much clearer for using it as a cleanser. The texture is buttery and smooth and pleasant to use, offering a good base for a facial massage.

By comparison, I tried the balmbalm frankincense cleansing balm, which at £7.99 for 30ml offers a budget friendly balm of a similar nature to the Dermia balm. I really wanted to like this as I like balmbalm as a brand, but found that the texture was heavy and that my skin looked a little dull after using it.

Consequently, I will be continuing to buy the patchouli balm from Dermia.

I’m also curious to try their organic avocado scrub – another very reasonably priced product on offer at £6.50 for 100g kilner jar with sugar, avocado oil and vitamin e and the seaweed peeling mask and soothing sounding yoghurt, honey and oat mask at £1 per satchet.

All in all, this lovely company have been friendly and efficient to deal with and have definitely met their aim of providing quality, affordable, natural and effective products. In fact, this balm was one of a catalysts for setting up this blog, as I really wanted to spread the word about how great and reasonably priced it is.

Thanks Dermia!

Lucy

No mud, No lotus

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Birthday wish list

So, September is my Birthday month. I love the autumn, it signals my Birthday, an end to the hayfever misery of the summer and the start of crunchy leaves under foot, the smell of bonfires and cool, sunny days.

I have a few things in mind for my Birthday, so this is a little list to help me decide what treat to get myself (I already got myself a little pre-Birthday treat, see my last post… oops!).

First up, Sandra – over at Beauty Balm has been inspiring me with her empties this month and also with her helpful comments and recommendations. Thank you Sandra, you’ve been very kind.

1. Sandra and many others sing the praises of Therapie Himalayan Detox Salts – these sound so amazing. I really could do with the relaxing, sleep enhancing properties of these gorgeous salts!

2. Sandra’s second recommendation was to try a Bodhi and Birch facial oil… Neroli Luce particularly jumps out at me and again, the Bodhi and Birch facial oils come highly commended from many bloggers, including Sandra! Also, obviously, being called Lucy, most people call me Luce, so it seems made for me… ; )

3. Another Bodhi and Birch offering – Rosemary Chi Himalayan Detox Scrub. Again, I’ve seen so many people writing about this. I really like the sound of the scent and would be keen to try the other products in the scent family.

4. I’ve had my eye on Vapour Stratus Instant Skin Perfector – I think the stick form, rather than the fluid, might be better. I’ve been trying to get a sample for ages, but it’s often out of stock. If anyone has tried both, let me know which is better! I think the stick might last longer and consequently be more economical, also? Thoughts?

5. Also from Vapour… I’ve got through a sample of Courtesan and Impulse in the Aura Multi Use Blush Stain. I can’t decide which one I like best… I enjoy both colours, although I prefer Impulse for use on my lips.

6. Finally, I’d really like a facial roller. This one from Cult Beauty looks gorgeous, but I’d also settle for a cheaper version – amazon has several jade/adventurine ones at around the £10 mark.

7. Oh, one more. In none-beauty news, I’d like a Buddha Board – I’ve got a similar product (which I used for my little illustration above!) and love it, although I’m not very skilful. The idea is that you can practice your calligraphy skills and learn non-attachment and acceptance by painting on the special surface, on which water appears as ink. As the ink evaporates, the painting disappears. It is incredibly relaxing and peaceful.

8. I’m not good at this, just one more… The last one reminded me of another… I would really love a copy of Calligraphic Meditation: The Mindful Art of Thich Nhat Hanh. This is a beautiful book, which includes a wonderful illustration of the phrase “no mud, no lotus.” It would be good inspiration for using the Buddha Board.

So, anymore September babies out there? I know Ru over at Short Small Sweet is one! I loved her fantastic Birthday wish list. What would you choose from my list? Any extra recommendations?

Lucy x

Bodhi and Birch Desk Rescue Package

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So, I found out a couple of weeks ago that I’d be moving office… usually, I consider myself a fairly calm person, but evidently I like routine and dislike change far more than I’d realised.

Consequently, I found myself in need of a little care package to ease my way into a new office and to soothe my skin and senses during the move and found my way to Love Lula to pick up some treats.

I’ve been wanting to try Bodhi and Birch’s products for ages after reading so many glowing reviews, so this and my birthday coming up in September seemed like the perfect excuse to buy myself some little presents.

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First up – the Lime Blossom protecting hand serum. We are moving to a hot desk set up, so I wanted something that would protect me from germs (the serum is loaded with wonderful anti-bacterial oils) and which would also offer much needed moisture to my hands.

After packing up the office on Friday, this came in really handy. Sifting through reams of ancient paper as we cleared things out left my hands dry and with roughed up cuticles and many little cuts. This helped to soothe my skin, keep my hands soft and clean after washing and as a bonus smells great.

The serum is a light oil with the scent of lime blossom – I expected it to be a little more zesty, but it smells… well, like orange blossom, but limey! It’s a very gentle scent and not overwhelming.

This is a great help for me – it’s a much nicer alternative to using alcohol gels all the time and adds moisture without overwhelming my skin. I don’t like applying hand cream during the day usually, as I find the greasy feel irritating when I have things to do. However, this soaks in well and does leave your hands feeling soft but not greasy.

Overall, although this was an investment for me (especially as I rarely buy any hand products) at £22 for 30ml, the combination of the anti-bacterial action and it’s moisturising properties make this feel a special treat, whilst offering some really practical benefits. 

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Next up, the Mint Thé temple balm. This beautiful, aromatic balm has been a wonderful item to have in my handbag and in my desk drawer.

The soothing salve can be applied to the temples to ease a headache, to tired legs and feet, to insect bits… or just inhaled from the pot, as I have been doing when I need a little bit of energy and clarity.

The pure, clean, minty camphor-ish smell is wonderful. At the tail end of my hayfever season, I found that applying this just under my nose helped to clear my sinuses and allow me to breathe easier. It also helped after the musty, dusty papers set me on a sneezing fit!

I’ve also found that during my lunchtime mindfulness session, applying a little of this under my nose and to the centre of my forehead creates a beautiful experience for a mindfulness of breath exercise- the coolness and clean smell allow me to really feel my breath and enjoy the experience of just being in my body.

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This lovely white balm goes a very long way – a very small amount is needed.

So although it is pricey at £15 for 15g, I can see this lasting me for a very significant amount of time. Also, the beautiful glass jar will be reused afterwards for home made salves, which helps to add value to the purchase.

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And finally, the Cacao Cocoon lip treatment balm.

This lovely balm has come in handy in the dry office environment. It is a rich balm which has left my lips looking plump and well nourished.

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The lovely, bright yellowy orange balm smells a little of bananas, to my nose! This soon fades on the lips, but my lips are left feeling soft and well looked after, without a greasy heavy feel.

Although I liked this a lot, at £15 for 15g, I feel less certain whether I would repurchase this, as it doesn’t have as much multi-tasking appeal as the temple balm for me. Having said that, I’m pleased with how my lips are looking right now! [edit – the adorable Bodhi and Birch tweeted me to tell me that you can also use the Cacao Cocoon as a blemish rescue balm, due to the high level of seabuckthorn in the formulation – that may well be a deal breaker for me. I’ve got it slathered on my blemishes as we speak! And you can put it on your dry knees! The many, many uses!!]

So – my desk rescue package has done the trick. The gorgeous packaging made me feel special to open it (I keep them in the boxes because I like them so much, which is unusual for me!) and they have worked well as a trio to allay my various office woes, both physical and emotional!

Of the three, the Mint Thé temple balm is my clear favourite. I can see myself re-purchasing and am already considering a second to go beside my bed as I also find it soothing to apply before I go to sleep.

I’m also eager for recommendations for which Bodhi and Birch products to try next – which do you like best? And what are your office lifesavers?

Lucy