Bearing in mind that I am approached by companies on a daily basis to try out their products, I have over the years built up a little barrier of scepticism when someone comes to me with the latest and greatest miracle cream or formula that is about to “take the market by storm”.
So when I heard about Barefoot Botanicals and their “plant technology” system I went into the testing process with a fair degree of disbelief.
The philosophy of founders Hilery Dorrian and Jonathan Stallick is built upon three product principals:
1. Purity – meaning that every product is 100% ethically sourced and made from plant derived ingredients.
2. Efficacy – ensuring that all formulas actually benefit rather than harm the skin.
3. Sensuality – uplifting aromas and luxurious skin feel.
It sounds like flowery marketing speak but at least it is a business ethic of some kind.
I was provided with four items from their 27 strong range; three under the SOS range for healing irritated skin and one under the Rosa Fina range, specifically designed to counter act the signs of aging.
First up was the SOS Moisturising Bath Oil which is pretty much exactly what you would expect it to be. One capful of the liquid into a warm bath is meant to hydrate and protect the skin against dryness as well as strengthening the skin barrier.
What a lot of people don’t realise is that water can be harsh on the body, leaving it dry and dehydrated. Putting something like moisturising oil into your bath can alleviate this but you still need to be sure the product you use isn’t too abrasive.
My overall impressions after using the Barefoot Botanical Bath Oil a few times through the week were very favourable indeed. It left my skin feeling soft and smooth without any reaction or blemishes.
Next up was the SOS Barrier Hand Cream.
If you’re like me, you’ll always have some kind of hand cream or lotion with you. We use our hands a great deal throughout the day, whether it’s for work, leisure or something routine like driving and they need to be regularly looked after.
The Botanicals Hand Cream is a wonderful product and a real “must have” in the range. It softens and protects dry, rough hands and fingers and works well even on chronic conditions. It also non-greasy, with a velvety feel.
I like mine so much I still have it in my handbag with me now!
Last up in the SOS range is the Daily Rich Body Lotion, a particularly good product for anyone looking for relief from dry and irritated skin.
Although this isn’t something I suffer from myself, my partner developed a patch of eczema on his shoulders and we put aside using the GP prescribed steroid cream (which thins the skin upon application) and tried this instead.
Containing herbal extracts from jojoba, aloe vera, mahonia and shea butter, this lotion kept the skin supple and soft and had a wonderful fragrance of lavender and chamomile.
After a couple of day’s treatment we noticed a marked improvement and I would recommend this product for anyone who is looking for a suitable alternative to conventional medical
All in all another must have in this range.
My last trial product was from the Rosa Fina range – specifically The Instant Youth Serum
The Instant Youth Serum is marketed as a smoothing “botox” alternative, promising to restore life and vitality back to your skin, whilst simultaneously countering the signs of aging.
Rosa Fina is a 100% natural and active plant rejuvenating skincare range that moisturises and tones skin. It’s secret lies in collage-boosting Rosa Mosqueta oil, a “miracle” anti-aging ingredient.
Barefoot Botanicals claim that they use plan technology, incorporating Rosa Mosqueta, Argan Oil and Co-Enzyme Q10 to drive the processes which lift and smooth the skin, whilst Acmella Oleracea (which they label as nature’s botox) also helps restore collagen and elasticity.
I used the product for a couple of weeks and during that time I was able to notice a marked improvement to my skin. It has a nice feel when applied and gives an instant lift with a velvety matt finish.
Overall I would favourably recommend this product and believe that although expensive for a mainstream item, it is an effective treatment.
And there you have it. Beautifully packaged, making them as nice to look at as they are to use, I highly recommend everything I have tried in this range.
If you would like to learn more about Barefoot Botanicals then visit their website at www.barefoot-botanicals.com