Holistic Green Beauty Chocolate Cleansing Balm & Orchid Cellular Repair Oil Reivew

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:


Men Rock Post Shave Balm Review

The lovely peeps at Mankind.co.uk sent me a few products to trial over the summer. One which I have absolutely loved is the Men Rock Post Shave Balm

Now if I am honest this isn’t a brand I had either used or heard of before. On opening the box I was left a little less than enthusiastic by what seemed to be quite cheep packaging, a garish bright pink sticker and a real sickly sweet smell.

I opened the pot, expecting to be greeted by a soft balm but instead found what I can only describe to be the texture of yoghurt. I kind of wrote this off there and then. However, as Mankind.co.uk has been kind enough to send this to me I ensured I persevered and trialled this product for 2 months.

The results? Fantastic. I have used (almost) every time after shaving and have seen far less irritation and a lovely cooling sensation. There has been on occasion where I have not used this and I really saw the difference – itchy, sore skin the whole day.

I slather this on in a thick layer and leave to sink on whilst I get on with the rest of my morning routine. The only thing I don’t quite get on with is the sweet smell of this product but given the results I can live with that

You can get yours here for 100ml at £9.95 http://m.mankind.co.uk/men-rock-the-shave-cream-100ml/10814238.html

Korres Wild Rose Peeling Mask AHA 10% Review

I was recently sent some lovely products by Korres to review and I have to say they have been a real treat. Forming part of their recently launched Wild Rose range. Wild rose fruit is noted for its high vitamin C level that demonstrates significant repairing action on fine lines and pigmentation disorders. It is also rich in linoleic and linolenic acid, offers significant moisturising, healing and softening properties.

One product that really stood out for me was the Wild Rose Peeling Mask. The blurb on the packaging states that this is an i ntensive peeling mask with 10% AHA and Pomegranate enzymes that smoothes fine lines and discolorations and offers instant radiance.   

Radiance is something this product really has to offer. I have tended to use this product just before an evening out or a big event and my skin has been absolutely glowing. Every time I have used this mask people have commented on how well I am looking and I can only put it down to the brightening and refreshing powers of this mask.

I have used sparingly, probably once or twice a month for no more than 10 minutes for the effects have easily lasted 3 – 4 days.

The ingredients in this product are as follows:

Aqua/Water/Eau, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycolic Acid, Glycerin, Lactobacillus/Punica Granatum Fruit Ferment Extract, Propylheptyl Caprylate, Cetearyl Olivate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Olivate, Glyceryl Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Alcohol, Dicaprylyl Ether, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit/ Leaf Extract, Behenyl Alcohol, Pentylene Glycol, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Eugenol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Lactic Acid, Lecithin, Panthenol, Parfum (Fragrance), PEG-100 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Xanthan Gum.

This mask retails at £26 for 40ml but will last an age.

You can get yours here:


May Lindstrom The Honey Mud Review


I first came across May Lindstrom thanks to my good friend Dani from Holistic Green Beauty blog. I was in the market for a new more organic and raw range of skin care to match my new found eating habits.

I did my research and was instantly captivated by both the luxuriousness and authenticity of the products. May has created a line that is so intriguing yet simplistic in its ingredients and philosophy. I obsessed over getting some of the products for months. They aren’t the cheapest thing on the market but I decided one day to take the plunge and invest. I can quite honestly say I have never looked back.

One of the products I purchased was ‘The Honey Mud’. I ordered this as part of a wider range of products including The Clean Dirt and The Problem Solver (reviews coming soon). I literally bursted with excitement when I saw the products had arrived and slowly unwrapped the parcel revealing a gorgeous black box with the May Lindstrom logo embossed in gold. On opening, I was greeted with a personalised hand written letter from May herself which was just the most lovely touch.


The Honey Mud is both a cleansing silk and a masque all in one. Raw honey, white clay and pure plant oils combine to eradicate impurities and re-establish skin harmony.

On opening the gorgeous black pot you are greeted with a chocolate pudding like cremé. It has a gorgeously smooth a soft texture and smells like a sweet treat you could eat (although I don’t suggest you try!). I have primarily used this as a facial cleanser on an evening a few times a week as a treat, applying to damp skin and massaging all over my face. The scent is truly intoxicating. On first use, my skin was ridiculously bright and healthy looking. My partner asked what I had used as even he could see a vast difference in my skin tone, looking calm and even. Continued months of use and shown no slow down in results either…each use being just as good as the last.


I have also used The Honey Mud as a masque on a few occasions where my skin has either been feeling sensitive or very dry. I leave this on for probably over an hour just to reap as much benefit as I possibly can. The results are soft, bouncy, calm and even skin.


The full ingredients list is as follows:

Raw honey***, white halloysite clay, macadamia integrifolia (macadamia nut oil)*, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel)*, argentum metallicum (colloidal silver), theobroma cacao (cocoa absolute) oil, citrus sinensis (sweet orange) oil*, cananga odorata (ylang-ylang) oil*, vanilla planifolia (vanilla) co2 total essential oil*, juniperus virginiana (cedarwood) oil*, boswellia carteri (frankincense) oil**, commiphora myrrha (myrrh) oil**.

*Certified Organic, **Wild harvested, ***Collected from unsprayed and unfertilized fields of Michigan wildflowers. Gluten-free. Not suitable for vegans (contains honey).

The key things that I have found differ with this product to anything else I have used are:

– there are a lot of natural salts and spices in the product which you can pick up on from sniffing the product. These have a lovely warming effect on the skin but also mean that the product has adds a colour when applied. When you wash off you can easily see where you need to continue washing to get the remainder of the product off and your wash cloth will look like you’ve been rolling around in mud. I love this and feel it makes me a little closer to using a more natural products in that it doesn’t apologise for the fact it can make a mess. In-fact…May encourages you to embrace this!

– the silk contains small fragments of silver which are well known to have an anti-bacterial and anti-microbial effect on the skin. As such this is perfect if you are suffering from blemishes or congestion

– this is one of very few products on the market that really utilises the power of raw honey. Many brands claim to contain honey but often have very low amounts which mean you really aren’t going to get the benefits. May only uses high quality raw honey in The Honey Mud and in high quantities. As such your skin will absolutely love being enveloped in this natural goodness.

If you are feeling particularly decadent then you can also mix The Honey Mud with The Problem Solver to form the most luxurious and effective face mask. I have done this a couple of times and – oh my – the results were fantastic!


So – would I buy this product again? ABSOLUTELY. WITHOUT A DOUBT. NO QUESTIONS ASKED. This is one of my favourite finds of 2014 and something I get excited about using every time I open the jar. There aren’t many skincare products I can say that about. May has just got everything right

You are my skincare hero May!

You can purchase your here for £64 for 100ml


I purchased mine directly from May herself and was fortunate enough to receive a personalised note from her. As such my purchase was in USD and included the cost of shipping.

* Own purchase – no affiliation

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel Review

Yes I know I am very late to the party on this one. There are plenty of beauty bloggers, YouTubers and such like raving about this cleanser already but I thought I would put my two penneth in just for good measure!


A few months ago I found myself totally out of any form of balm cleanser. Quite how I let this happen I don’t know. I still had a few cleansers on hand and so in the interest of trying to use up what I had I thought I’d see how I got on. I used a mix of gel and milk cleansers for a few months and the results were not good. My skin broke out easily, often felt ‘gritty’ to touch (yuk!) and was shiny within a few hours of cleansing. As such I resided myself to the fact that I really needed to go back to a balm cleanser to get my skin under control.


Having been obsessed with Vivianna Does Makeup’s YouTube channel for a few years now I decided to follow her advice and give the Oskia Renaissance Cleasing Gel a try. If it’s good enough for Anna to use for a whole year without switching then I’d say its good enough for me.

Now just to get one thing out of the way – despite this having the word ‘gel’ in the title – all reviews I read said this really did have more of a balm like texture. This left me intrigued. Did Oskia just get their labelling wrong or would this really be something new and outside the norm?

The product comes in a really simple plastic tube with a pump dispenser. Whilst being relatively simple packaging the product still has a luxe feel to it and would look great on any bathroom shelf.

After pumping the bottle a few times to get the first application out, I was greeted with a beautifully sikly pearl pink soft balm. After massaging into my palms, the scent really reminded me of Turkish Delights (which I love!). The texture is a little different to any other balm I have tried before melting almost instantly on contact with the skin. This worried me a little at first as I do tend to prefer thicker balms to really feel like I am getting a nourishing cleanse.


After massaging around my mush for a few minutes and rinsed off and was really impressed with the results. My skin felt really soft and clean (no squeaking) but more impressive was that there was absolutely no residue, despite having a very oily texture when massaged. I have thoroughly tested this cleanser having only a few pumps left and can safely say that I will be re-purchasing another. This cleanser is the perfect balance between having a gentle, moisturising cleanse without having to spend the next half hour trying to get the thing off your face! My skin simply loves this cleanser, being more balanced, break out free and generally healthier looking. It really is a fuss free cleanser which will win you love


You can also use this cleanser with water to form a cleansing milk but I far prefer to use this on a dry face and spend some me time massaging into the skin before rinsing with a muslin cloth

The cleanser costs £28 for 100ml. Whilst a little pricey, having a pump means you really measure out the exact amount you need to cleanse your face and neck therefore not wasting the product. I use 3 pumps in total a day for my morning and evening cleanse and this bottle has lasted me well over two months so worth the money in my eyes.

The ingredients are as follows


You can purchase yours here:


* Own purchase – no affiliation

Well that was a long break

Well…that break went rather quickly!

No soon as I begin to gain momentum on the blog, I seem to have taken a hiatus and a bit of a break from blogging.

There is no specific reason, other than having a job where I spend 14 hours in-front of a computer most days meant that the thought of loading up the laptop in my free time was just not appealing. I found myself starting to feel lazy with reviews and not dedicating the time I should and therefore wanted to take a break until I could strike more of a balance with work to bring back my love for all things beauty. I know that is incredibly selfish of me but one of the largest lessons I learnt in 2014 was to look after myself more.

So…apologies for not being touch. I do hope that you’re well. Let the blogging commence!

Elemis Shaving Duo Review


As I have mentioned a number of times on this blog, one of the things that really annoys be about my skin (besides oiliness) is how susceptible I am to shaving rash. As a result, I now limit my shave to once a week to limit the unsightly red lumps and bumps from appearing to a minimum.

I have been on the look out for a solution to this problem for many years. Products I have used have ranged from the most gentle and organic solutions all the way through to what may as well be marketed as paint stripper.

The kind fold at Elemis offered for my to try two of their hero products from their mens product lines – the Skin Soothe Shave Gel and S.O.S Survival Cream

Skin Soothe Shave Gel

The Skin Soothe Shave Gel has been a trusty product on my bathroom shelf for the past few months. I much prefer a gel to a foam as it quite simply allows you to see what and where you are shaving! As such its much better if you have a spot or a mole which you want to avoid.

The gel is a light blue colour and has a pleasant fragrance to it. To my suprise when I first used this product, there are a number of small white beads in the gel. On reading the back of the packet it stated that these beads release moisturising jojoba oil. Whilst this sounds like a nice idea I must admit I found this part of the product a slight novelty as they rarely melted and often dropped of my face as I was applying the gel. That said, the gel has been lovely to use. It leaves a slightly cool feeling when washed off the skin and allows the razor to gently glide over the hairs.

Myself and my partner have both been using this gel (him on a more regular basis) for around 3 months now and have just started to run out of the tube. As such a 150 ml tube for £22 will last you a long time (probably 4-6 months for single person use). It may seem a little priecy at first but this really does turn out to be quite an economical product

S.O.S Survival Cream

This really has been my go to product straight after I have shaved. As soon as you pump this into your hand, you are hit with a strong scent of lavender followed by other herbal notes. It immediately makes you feel like what you are about to put on your skin is going to have some real benefit. Elemis market this product as a daily skin moisturiser, being the optimum solution for sensitivity, irritation, dryness and blemishes. Now whilst I absolutely love this product post shave, it really isn’t something I would wear every day. The primary reason for this is that the texture of this cream is very thick and sticky. It also leaves a shine on the skin and as such I do not think would be suitable for day wear unless you suffer from very very dry skin. However, as a post shave treatment is works absolutely superbly.

The S.O.S Survival cream is £44 for a 50ml pump dispenser tube. This is certainly something I will look to repurchase as has been one of the most impressive anti-irritation products I have used to date. Also, given how often I use it I think a bottle will last me a good 8-12 months.

Overall these two products combined have really helped reduce irritation on my skin after shaving. Have they completely eliminated the problem? No – but then I don’t think anything ever will. I highly rate these two products both for the quality of ingredients and efficacy. >

You can find out more about these products here:


* PR Samples. Opinions expressed are my own. No affiliation