I have a review for you today of two products that are literally the best things I have ever put on my face. As you will no doubt have noticed it has been a whilst since I have posted anything on the blog but I simply had to write about these two skincare products.
If you haven’t heard, Holistic Green Beauty “HGB” is a new British skincare brand created in 2015 by Danny Stoke and his partner Scott Bentley. I have known Danny for a while now and know that his knowledge of skincare is extensive after many a late night chat on Twitter about the latest crazes in the skincare world. He together with his partner have looked to create a skincare line that contains the highest quality ingredients money can buy and pool these together in formulas that quite simply work. There are no marketing gimmicks, no big budget advertising campaigns, just trust that the products will speak for themselves and by goodness do they! Already featured in Vogue, HGB is flying off the shelves quicker than Danny and Scott can make a fresh micro-batch and quite rightly so. The brand and ethos is very reminiscent of the US skincare goddess May Lindstrom and I feel we may finally have our own representation in the UK that really brings in some strong competition.
Danny was kind enough to send me two products from the range to try. I was so excited and proud when these products arrived at my front door. Danny sent me two of what have become the most popular items in the range being the Chocolate Cleansing Balm and Orchid Cellular Protection Oil. No soon as I had opened the packaging I went straight up to the bathroom to give them a spin! Both the cleansing balm and oils are packaged in violet glass to ensure the ingredients are as potent as possible when you use them. As an added bonus they also look fabulous on your bathroom shelf!
I carefully opened the Chocolate Cleansing Balm glass lid and was greeted by the most sumptuous divine smelling whipped butter. The product smells beautifully of chocolate thanks to the raw cacao and has underlying tones of vanilla. I used the provided spatula to scoop out some product and proceeded to melt the product in my hands. The texture of this product is nothing like I have tried before. It contains no waxes and so melts instantly on contact with body heat, releasing the aromas as you work between your palms, quickly becoming a gorgeous oil. On applying to your face it’s potent anti-oxidant ingredients pack their punch and get to work. The balm contains high quantities of green tea, Acai Berry and Rosehip oil high up on the inci list. These are very expensive ingredients that will do your skin so much good and there is clearly no scrimping when it comes to formulating. Infused with oils to help regulate the skins oil production the balm beautifully hydrates the skin with its exotic butters. I gently emulsified the balm under Danny’s recommended instructions and worked into my skin for a good few minutes enjoying a bit of ‘me’ time.
I then used the organic muslin cloth provided and gently removed the chocolate milk from my skin effortlessly. My skin was left beautifully soft and calm. I have had similar results from a 1 hour facial so was amazed at how quickly this product had made a difference. Fast forward a month and I have used the entire pot and have to say this will be a staple in my skincare routine from now on together with May Lindstrom’s The Honey Mud.
Following on from the cleanser i applied 5 drops of the Orchid Cellular Protection Oil. This really is the Rolls-Royce of anti -ageing oils in my opinion. The oil contains an array of known and some more exotic oils to help protect the skin against free radical damage and regenerate skin cells including Argan oil Ximenia (I had to look it up to!), Marula, Chia Seed, Baobab and Calendula. All come together to form the most equisite and sophisticated oil. Using 5 drops every other evening and massaging into my face brings my skin back to life. The oil is easily absorbed and is hands down the oil that has had the biggest effect on my skin in such a short space of time.
I am so impressed with how passionate HGB have been about using high quantities of high quality ingredients – it is such a rarity in an industry where many big players will favour bottom line over the quality of their products where as I sense HGB’s ethos is the exact opposite.
If you are in the market for a new skincare product I suggest you look no further than HGB. You won’t be disappointed. Whilst I known Danny, this post is in no way sponsored and all opinions are my own. I can’t wait to see the blogoshpere explode over these products – it’s future success it well and truly deserved.
You can buy your Cleansing Balm (£45) and Orchid Cellular Repair Oil (20ml @ £72) here: