Disclaimer: I’ve written this review because I genuinely like the product and the ethos behind it. I haven’t been paid for or asked to do it and my mum-in-law bought me the moisturiser I mention.
I’ve always had difficulties with beauty products because at about the same time I discovered cosmetics aged 12/13, I was also just getting into environmental issues.
Back in the late 1980s, without the internet to guide me (I know, how did we cope?), I had no way of finding products which linked the two themes, even if they were out there. Plus, I doubt the wages from my Saturday job would have covered the cost of them.
But, thankfully, times have changed – although, as I have learned, while some big names might have jumped on the green bandwagon it is important to read the fine print as sometimes all is not what it seems.
As part of my work I’m always looking for local companies with a green ethos to highlight and I was commissioned to write a feature about Margaret and Abi Weeds, the mother and daughter duo behind the Suffolk-based natural skincare company, Odylique by Essential Care, for the Suffolk Magazine.
Margaret began making formulations as a result of her own sensitive skin but also started using them to help her family’s eczema problems. Then friends began to ask for them and eventually she and Abi created the award-winning business so that even more people could access their products.
Although I wrote about the story behind their business rather than a review, Abi kindly sent me a couple of samples, including a face wash and toner, to try and I loved them.
I was raving about them to my mother-in-law and because she is lovely, she kindly got me the Timeless Rose Moisturiser for Christmas and it has already become a favourite.
Not only does it smell divine but it is also really light and I’ve noticed my skin is not as red and the lines around my eyes appear less defined. Its ingredients, which include pro-collagen sea buckthorn “a rich plant source of a natural component of our skin, an Omega 7 fatty acid, the production of which declines with age”, are 100% natural and 94.1% organic (Soil Association Certified), which is amazing.
As they say on their website:
Our philosophy is simple: All ingredients must have therapeutic value, and the product must be a joy to use. This means we use actives – herbs and essential oils – in therapeutic concentrations for optimum benefit. Plant oils must be virgin and cold-pressed so that they have their full antioxidant vitamin-content intact, so as to actively nourish the skin and protect it from premature ageing.
It is also affordable with the 50ml costing £21, which is comparable to what I have paid for similar products without all of the green credentials to back it up. I’ve been using it at least once a day (sometimes twice if I remember) since Christmas Day and I am only half way through.
I’ve decided this is going to be my go-to brand from now on – and they also do baby products so Freya can get the benefits too.