Hi guys! I’m back again with another review and this time it’s on the brand Living Naturally. Living Naturally is the first Soapnut Apothecary in the world known for it’s award-winning, Biodynamic Skincare, Haircare and Laundry Soap for sensitive skin, created with certified organic wild-crafted Soapnuts. Their products are handmade here in the UK – woohoo! I was kindly sent the Organic Vanilla & Grapefruit Coffee Scrub, the Bergamot, Ylang & Rose Healing Soapnut Salve and the Mango & Chia Body Butter.
Organic Vanilla & Grapefruit Coffee Scrub
It’s made up of finely ground vanilla-infused Arabica coffee beans, anti-inflammatory organic soapnut extract and organic fine raw sugar in a base of avocado, safflower, sunflower, castor & rice bran organic oils with pure essential oils of grapefruit & juniper.
- Coffee is one of my fav exfoliating ingredients because it does such a great job. It also has amazing antioxidant and anti inflammatory properties which means its great at drawing out impurities from the skin.
- Raw Brown Sugar is a natural humectant, which means it draws moisture from the environment to the skin so naturally, it will help to hydrate your skin. Cool right? The glycolic acids (which is an AHA -alpha hydroxy acid) in Raw Sugar penetrates the skin to help remove dead skin cells and brings about newer, younger-looking skin.
- Organic Wild Crafted Soapnuts Extract stimulates skin to product it’s own hyaluronic acid, which creates better hydrated, softer and smoother skin.
- Organic Castor Oil is a natural astringent; it helps pull impurities from the skin. It stimulates the production of collagen and elastin and it’s also rich in Ricinoleic acid, which fights off the acne-causing bacteria.
I honestly thought that I wouldn’t enjoy the scent, I was unsure of the blend of vanilla and grapefruit together but I was pleasantly surprised. On the other hand I kind of new I’d like it on some level because it’s a coffee scrub and I love coffee scrubs. I still think a chocolate coffee scrub is my best friend but this was a nice change from the usual.
It costs £10 for the jar which is pretty standard for a natural product. Sometimes I do wish scrubs were not in jars and were put in squeeze tubes though because I always mange to get water in mine.
It left my skin smooth and feeling clean and soft and made bathing a great experience which is something I look for in all my bathroom products. Living Naturally get a thumbs up from me on this one!
Bergamot, Ylang & Rose Healing Soapnut Salve
This multi-tasking balm can be used on your face, lips, body, hands, feet – you name it, you can probably use it there. It’s a moisturising healing balm that can be used on inflamed areas to aid the healing process.
The balm is infused with seven organic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory soothing herbs. This also has Organic Wildcrafted Soapnut Extract but since I’ve already spoken about it’s properties with the previous product, I won’t go on about that again.
- Bergamot controls excess oil production and helps to heal wounds.
- Ylang Ylang has balancing, anti-ageing and rejuvenating properties.
- Rose is full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants but it’s mostly known for its moisturising,calming & skin-refining properties
- Organic Plantain! Yes I was surprised about this too – this is the first I’m to hear of Plantain in skincare. I used to actually have a fear of plantain and now I just love it. This is making me hungry but anyway it’s been used on skin wounds to decrease swelling, to remove the itch from bites,and sting from cuts and grazes, and is a mild anti-histamine.
- Organic Marshmallow soothes, softens, heals and reduces inflammation.
- Organic Burdock is supposedly good for wound healing and inflamed/dry/sensitive skin problems like: acne, eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis
- Organic Calendula is useful medicinally, because of its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Speeds up healing and will help counter infection in a range of skin irritations including sunburn, acne, cuts, nappy rash, sores so this could potentially be used on babies too?
- Organic Dandelion is a great anti-oxidant, detoxifier, and is used in skincare to soothe and help skin rejuvenate.
It was softly scented with bergamot, ylang ylang and rose pure essential oils which I’ll be honest about, I wasn’t crazy about the scent. It’s nice but it’s just mehhh to me.
This balm is nice but I did not tend to use this on my face. It’s been doing the job for making the soles of my feet soft and does help to moisturise any dry skin. When I came back from holiday I had really dry legs at one point and this was great at bringing them back to life. Again this is priced at £10 which is pretty cheap for a natural balm. I can’t comment on it’s healing properties very much because I didn’t use it consistently enough to see that.
Mango & Chia Body Butter
I received a small sample of the Living Naturally Mango & Chia Body Butter. It’s made with Organic Soapnut Extract & Tamanu Oil and is full of organic herbal extracts and unique plant oils that release anti-ageing anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatories, fatty acids and phytonutrients proven to hydrate, treat and protect the skin. The reason I like prefer this over the balm, especially towards the summer is because it doesn’t leave a greasy residue.
The scent is really nice. I love it and it’s perfect for summer. It includes Sandalwood Amyris, Ylang Ylang and Sweet Orange.
- Mango Butter is super moisturising to the skin, helps repair damage, and improve elasticity. It’s rich source of vitamin C means that mango butter can help encourage the production of collagen, which helps give skin its shape and strength. It also helps fade stretch marks, acne scars, and other old scars.
- Tamanu Oil is traditionally used to help treat many skin conditions. Fiji natives used it for bruises, oozing wounds, chapped lips and for preventing diaper rash, as well as to help treat joint pain and arthritis. Pacific islanders used it to soothe scrapes, cuts, burns, insect bites and stings, acne and acne scars, psoriasis, diabetic sores, sunburn, blisters, eczema, and dry and scaly skin.
- Chia Seed Oil is the richest botanical source of Omega 3 fatty acids found in nature and is loaded with high levels of phyto-nutrients and anti-oxidants. It helps increase skin hydration, alleviate itchy skin, fortify skin barrier function, and reduces the appearance of wrinkles.
This may have been my favourite out of the three products that I tried. Living Naturally really hit the nail on the head with this one; its lighter than an oil but still has really amazing oils in the mix. It’s moisturising but not greasy which I like for summer because I don’t have to wait around for it to dry before putting on my clothes. No grease stains – yay! And tt smells amazinggggg like I could eat it. This is priced at £15 for an 120ml jar.
So all in all – liked the Organic Vanilla & Grapefruit Coffee Scrub but wasn’t crazy about the Bergamot, Ylang & Rose Healing Soapnut Salve. In love with the Mango & Chia Butter! The ingredients are nice and healthy and clean and the prices aren’t too bad. The scrub works really well at giving me baby soft skin. The balm also helps get me baby soft skin but I just don’t know about it’s healing properties. The fact that you can use it for so many things and it’s only a tenner is pretty impressive. I would be interested in drying their natural deodorant and getting the full size of the Mango & Chia Butter. All in all, Living Naturally are a good natural brand to check out.