Blueberry Cranberry Oxygen Facial Scrub from Derma Nu – #Skincare Review

 

Girls,

I have got the Oxygen Facial Scrub from Derma NU here. Derma Nu are another American beauty brand who sell here in the UK and they have some amazing skincare products for both men and women. Check out their website here. I was gifted the scrub for review purposes about two weeks ago now and I have used it a couple of times already. So, lets get a move on with this review, hey!

What is it?

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Derma Nu say the scrub is:

  • Loaded with blueberries, cranberries and vitamin C which infuses the skin with powerful anti-oxidants fighting the signs of aging.
  • It GENTLY exfoliates while oxygenating the skin with vitamins and minerals found in the detoxifying berries and herbs that make up this scrub.
  • Pomegranate, rhubarb and dandelion lend their youthening bioflavonoids to this blend, while jojoba beads, olive and hibiscus decongest the pores and exfoliate the skin for smoother, younger and glowing skin.
  • The scrub is formulated with 70% organic ingredients, this plant-based anti-aging Facial Scrub has the highest percentage of natural and active ingredients for maximum potency.
  • Paraben free and non-comdogenic.
  • Not tested on animals.

First Imressions

When I first seen the tub, I didnt think much of it to be honest. It is a small 50ml, semi-opaque plastic tub and it has a grey shimmery screw top lid. It looks inexpensive, quite plain and it’s really nothing special, appearance wise.

After screwing off the lid and seeing the ‘scrub’ for the first time, I thought ‘eugh!’ – It really doesn’t look appealing at all! – It is brownish in colour and has a grainy, jelly like texture! I put my nose to the inside of the tub to check it wasn’t something it shouldn’t be and I was delighted when I got a lovely whiff of berries and not something else, phew!

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It really does smell very nice and fruity and I think it is down to the cranberry essence. So, although it doesn’t look pretty – it smells quite good. Plus my lovely Mum has always taught me to never judge a book by it’s cover – so I went ahead and used it anyway, hoping it would work better than it looked!

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Good things…

  • it smells fruity
  • very gentle on sensitive skin
  • amazing ingredients, a few are organic
  • enriched with many organic ingredients and natural oils
  • rich in vitamin C, aloe vera and amino acids

Bad things…

  • it doesn’t look appealing
  • it looks like shit, lets be honest
  • at £14 it is a bit on the expensive side
  • on the Derma Nu website they say the scrub will look like this:

(completely different to the brown one that I received)

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Thoughts…

Most facial scrubs I use are harsh on my sensitive skin and I often find my skin feeling delicate and a little sore but after using this on my face the exfoliatting were gentle abrasive on my skin. After washing it off my skin, I was left with a soft, smooth and moisturised face and after using a few times over a weeks course, my complexion brightened up and it helped to remove dead skin cell build-up on my face.

I’m quite pleased with the ingredients too, there are a-lot of organic ingredients in there and plenty of natural oils which are proven skin saviours. Organic Aloe Vera is quite high up in the list and it also contains Cranberry, Blueberry, Pomegranate, Rhubarb and Tangerine essential oils too so there is a lot of goodness in the facial scrub.

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Most exfolliating scrubs contain harmful plastic microbeads but Derma Nu have used olive seeds, jojoba beads and hibiscus buds as the abrasives instead so skin is being is exfoliated gently and safetly with natural ingredients which is great!

This Oxygen Facial Scrub is definately something I’ll be using in the future. I wouldn’t say I would use it every day but I will use it once a week or whenever my skin needs a pick-me-up or it is looking dull and tired. It is only a small 50ml tub but a little bit of the really does go a long way so I would imagine it to last a while.

What I loved most: The lovely berry scent still lingered on my skin for hours afterwards, leaving it smelling of blueberry muffins! Yum!

You can buy the Blueberry Cranberry Oxygen Facial Scrub from Derma Nu here. It is £14.27 for a 50ml tub.
If you are from the USA you can get it here for $15.95.

 

Love

Katie x

*P.R sample / all opinions are my own*

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Coconut Milk Body Scrub from Pure Body Naturals – Review

Girls,

This week, I’ve put my coffee scrubs aside to try out the Coconut Milk Body Scrub from Pure Body Naturals who are another natural, cruelty-free brand based in America. They have a huge collection of fabulous skincare products, hair care products, essential oils and beauty accessories and they are fast becoming one of my favourite brands.

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The Coconut Milk Body Scrub is rich in fatty acids and vitamins A, B and E, leaving your skin feeling nourished. Dead Sea Salt is a natural exfoliator which removes a build up of dead skin cells allowing fresh new skin to appear, making your complexion look amazing. It helps to protect skin from UV radiation and it also reduces symptoms of psoriasis, eczema and other skin conditions. The scrub is full to the brim with natural ingredients and fast-absorbing oils which all soften and moisturise the skin without irritating it. It can be used on both the face and body and because of the high content of oils and vitamins it works brilliantly as an amazing anti-ageing treatment, helping to minimize fine lines and wrinkles. Thanks to the coconut milk it has a fabulous creamy texture with the slightest hint of coconut.

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The ingredients are:

Coconut Milk, Sea Salt, Almond Oil, Safflower Oil, Sunflower Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Avocado Oil, Dead Sea Salt, Vitamin E.

What I thought?

I love coconut beauty products and this scrub makes me love coconut even more! As you all probably know already, I have psoriasis (very mild at the mo), so I’m super prone to dry skin especially on my knees and elbows. I haven’t noticed any change to my psoriasis just yet though. It hasn’t cleared my skin up but I suppose it’s still early days, eh! It has removed a few scales and softened my dry skin tremendously, it feels great! To use, you just simply scoop a bit of the coconut salt into your hands and apply it to wet skin, gently massaging in circular motions. After exfoliating and removing dead skin cells my skin feels so clean and soft and I slather loads of Fractioned Coconut Oil all over my body to make it super smooth and extra moisturised.

Even though it is a small 340g tub I reckon you will get 20+ full body treatments out of one tub, if not more. It all depends how much you apply to your skin each time and how often you use it. I have used it 4-5 times in a week and as you can see there is still lots of scrub left in the tub.

What I love the most about the Coconut Milk Body Scrub is that it contains absolutely nothing but natural, pure ingredients so I don’t need to worry about artificial ingredients which make my psoriasis a million times worse.

I will definitely be buying more when I run out!

Where to buy?

Amazon UK: here. £14.95 | American girls can get it on the Pure Body Naturals website.

Who else loves Pure Body Naturals?

love

Katie x

Disclosure: This was gifted to me for review purposes.

Arabica Coffee Scrub From Art Naturals – Review

 

Hey Chicks…

I’ve another beauty product from Art Naturals which was sent to me for review last week. This time it is their Arabica Coffee Scrub which looks fab and smells absolutely gorgeous! As soon as I opened the tub I got a lovely whiff of rich, luxurious, aromatic coffee and it smells amazing enough to eat. I would imagine you could eat it too as the ingredients are simple enough, organic, natural and pure. (Please don’t try to eat it, just incase, LOL!)

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Arabica Coffee Scrub – ART NATURALS
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Arabica Coffee Scrub – ART NATURALS

 

The ingredients are:

  • Dead Sea Salt
  • Demeria Sugar
  • Organic Kona Coffee
  • Organic Olive Oil
  • Organic Sweet Almond Oil
  • Organic Grape Seed Oil
  • Coffee Arabica Seed Oil
  • Organic Shea Butter
  • Cacao Powder
  • Coconut Shaving


How to use?

‘Gently massage scrub in a circular motion for a minute or two in the shower, rinse well. Can be used as a full body scrub. Avoid using around delicate eye area. For best results use every 3-4 days.’

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Results:

I have psoriasis so my skin was very dry before I started the scrub especially my elbows, knees and ankles where there were a few odd patches. My psoriasis is very mild at the moment thankfully but my skin has been quite rough to touch the past few weeks because I have used nothing but coal-tar soap and water. I get a lot of products sent to me to review so sometimes I like to have a break from trying out any new products. So it has been about two weeks now since I had anything on my skin and it has not been as silky smooth or soft.

I was surprised at how smooth and silky my skin felt after using the Arabica Coffee Scrub. It really does work and after using it only once I noticed a big difference in my skin and it got softer and smoother after each use.

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The caffeine in the coffee increases blood flow and reduces the appearance of blemishes, spots, cellulite whilst the Dead Sea Salt and Demera Sugar has acted like a gentle abrasive which has helped remove a build up of dead skin cells and dry skin and it has left my skin softer. Thanks to the blend of organic oils, cacao and coconut shavings in the scrub, my skin is left protected, moisturised and so god damn silky. So not only is my skin being exfoliated but nourished and protected too. I have been moisturising my skin afterwards with some fractioned coconut oil.

Luckily my psoriasis is very mild right now, so the scrub only stung a little on the odd patches of psoriasis. So if you do have severe psoriasis or eczema you will feel a little stinging thanks to the Dead Sea Salt, but it is nothing to worry about. Dead Sea Salt is probably one of the best things you can use on your skin. If you have been blessed with normal/average skin, you wont feel any stinging at all.



 

What I especially love about the scrub is the natural and kind ingredients, there are no harsh, unnecessary chemicals added to the scrub and no artificial fragrance that will irritate or annoy my skin like most exfoliators do. Also, I think you will get about 10 full body scrubs out of one 250 ml tub, maybe more if you use less product. I have used mine on five occasions and my tub is half empty so you do get a bit of use out of one tub. Lastly, I love how the scrub is cruelty free. No cute little animals were harmed so that will do me!

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I will be buying this again definitely, I will treat myself now and again and maybe I will try my hand at making my own homemade Coffee Scrub, which would be easy to do and would defo be right up my street!


Recommended for:

All Skin Types, Cellulite, Eczema, Stretch Marks, Age Spots, Varicose Veins, Psoriasis etc…


Where to buy?

You can buy it right here. It is £12.95 for a 250ml tub. Check out other products by Art Naturals too!



Thanks for reading ladies!  I’d love to hear any thoughts, comments or questions that you may have about this coffee scrub.

Have a beautiful day!

LOVE

KATIE ROSE x x x

e-mail: whatkatieroseloves@hotmail.com