I was recently sent some skincare products by Edinburgh company Grassroots Health from their Natural Body Range. Everything is 100% vegan, cruelty free and natural, as well as perfect for sensitive skin as its all unscented. Plus, you can use November discount code 10BRNOV for 10% off across their website! Read on for my review of the Grassroots Health Lotion Bar, Shampoo Bar and Soap…
Natural Unscented Lotion Bar
While the skin is a little damp, melt some of this lotion bar into your hands and massage all over the body. Although it feels a little thick and sticky, after a few minutes dry skin absorbs the nourishing Coconut oil, Candelilla Wax, Shea Butter, Sweet Almond Oil and Vitamin E. Plus it comes in the shape of a beautiful rose, woohoo!
Natural Unscented Shampoo Bar
I’ve never used a shampoo bar before, and usually opt for salon brands to protect my bleached hair, but this was quite a refreshing change, and although it doesn’t give that illustrious shine from the adverts, it truly does clean and cleanse the hair with a soapy lather, which I suppose is the purpose of shampoo!
Natural Unscented Soap
Made from organic ingredients, this is a really great moisturising body wash that gives you a lasting clean feeling unlike many mass-produced shower gels. Whats great about the palm oil used in Grassroots products is it is not produced on land that has been taken from the rain forests, nor where any orangutang have been made homeless.
Here is some great information from Grassroots Health all about the qualities of they ingredient, and why you should treat your skin to natural products rather than nasty chemicals:
As well as bringing relief to dry, itchy irritated skin coconut oil will aid in the skins healing and repairing abilities, to help bring back a youthful appearance. Coconut oil penetrates into the deeper layers of the skin and helps to strengthen the underlying tissues.
Possesses antimicrobial, antifungal, antibacterial, antioxidant properties.
Soothes dryness and irritation, good for fighting wrinkles and signs of ageing.
Contains medium chain fatty acids which are absorbed into the skin, directly utilized for nutrition and energy, providing all the energy your skin needs to heal and maintain itself.
Its is easily absorbed, keeping the skin soft and supple without leaving it feeling greasy.
Living with dry skin conditions can be difficult and annoying. Olive oil is a known remedy for all kinds of skin complaints, moisturising dry patches and penetrating the skin without clogging your pores. With is potent antioxidant power and anti-inflammatory properties, Olive oil makes an excellent companion to other oils in our range.
Naturally anti-aging, Olive oil can assist in improving the skins tone and texture, combatting the signs of ageing. Olive oil is extremely nourishing, replenishing oils lost by the skin as we get older, giving the complexion a smoother, plumped up appearance and minimising wrinkles.
Olive oil is suitable of all skin types, from babies to the elderly as it is hypoallergenic, which means it wont cause a nasty reaction when applied to the skin.
The skin can absorb all the goodness from Olive oil providing relief from eczema, psoriasis, and many skin allergies.
Olive oil is rich in anti oxidants, which contributes to healthier skin by reversing oxidation and repelling damage causing, unnatural free radicals responsible for breakouts, diseases and other health problems.
A natural source of vitamins, Olive oil contains nutrients vital to helping you feel and look your best.
Rich in Vitamin A and E, Olive oil can boost your immunity and help improve the appearance of you skin, as well as containing beta-carotene, which helps stimulate new cell growth, promoting a more youthful appearance.
Shea Butter is a skin superfood that comes from the seeds of the fruit of the Shea (Karite) tree and that is naturally rich in vitamins A, E and F. It offers UV protection (it is SPF ~6) and provides the skin with essential fatty acids and the nutrients necessary for collagen production. Shea butter is a favourite choice for body products.
Shea butter is also known to reduce inflammation. A 2010 study found that due to the cinnamic acid and other natural properties found, shea butter was anti-inflammatory. One compound in particular, lupeol cinnamate, was found to reduce skin inflammation and even potentially help avoid skin mutations. This also makes it beneficial for people with a range of skin issues.
Shea butter is used to cure rashes at skin level, cure scars, stretch marks, burns, athletes foot, stings, insect bites, muscle fatigue and even arthritis to name but a few. Rich in vitamin A and E, Shea butter also packs a healthy dose of catechins, a vitamin that protects the skin from harmful UV rays, free radicals as well as from damages it suffers from the environment.
Palm oil contains toctrieriols, which are members of the Vitamin E family. Vitamin E, a strong antioxidant that helps skin to fight free radicals that damage the skin and cause fine lines and wrinkles. The common form of vitamin E, tocopherol has long been used to treat many skin ailments and is found in many anti-aging products.
Palm oil also contains a re-fatting agent that helps restore the hair and skin’s natural oils, providing a deep moisturising action that leaves skin soft and supple.
Candeillia Wax is a plant alternative to Bees wax which makes it a great alternative for Vegans. Made from the Euphorbia antisyphilitica (an upright, leafless growing succulent approximately 2ft high). The plant grows in dry, hot conditions and well drained calciferous soils. Found in abundance in and around Mexico’s Chihuahuan Desert.
Candeillia wax locks in moisture and helps protect skin from the elements, allowing for a smooth application with a wonderful glide consistency, rich in nutrients and easily absorbed through the skin creates an instant barrier, locking in moisture. Candeillia wax reduces inflammation in many skin disorders and skin allergies.
Candeillia wax is made from the plant Euphorbia antisyphilitica
Rich in Vitamin E, monosaturated fatty acids, proteins, potassium and zinc besides a number of other vitamins and minerals, makes this oil extremely good for your skin and hair.
Sweet Almond oil comes exclusively from the edible almond tree.(Prunus amygdalus var. dulcis) selectively cultivated for their sweet taste.
A mild, hypoallergenic oil, light in texture and can easily penetrate deep into the skin, softening and moisturising. It Can aid in the relief of dry, itchy, irritated skin, especially eczema and psoriasis.
Camellia seed oil
Also known a tea seed oil, is the actual green tea oil.
It comes from the seeds of the camellia sinoisis, the plant from which all the tea is made. The oil is extracted from the seeds and is an outstanding natural hair conditioner and moisturiser, which makes this an excellent addition to our shampoo bar.