Sunday, 27 July 2014

Primer Spa Shop

I had such a great response to my post 'Do You Really Know What You're Putting On Your Skin?' and shortly after it went up on my blog I was contacted by a local Manchester based company called Primer Spa Shop who liked my post and sent me some natural skincare goodies to try. This was the first time I had heard of the company and, after having a peek at their website, I was intrigued to try their products.

The first thing I noticed when I opened the package was the amazing smell - a mixture of lavender and rose escaping from the box - gorgeous!

The Cashmere Caress Spa Soap Bar With Lavender*

Made with avocado oil, aloe butter, shea butter, castor oil, argan oil, rosewater, dead sea salt and Himalayan pink salt, this soap bar is made with all natural ingredients with no hidden nasties. It exfoliates and cleans the skin leaving it feeling lovely and soft. The bar lathers up well and can even be used to wash your hair with (although I didn't try this). I really like this soap and it makes my bathroom smell gorgeous when I use it! One of these soap bars costs only £6 from the website.

Merino Caress Body and Facial Cream*

This cream is made with rosewater, OliveM 1000, evening primrose oil, calendula oil, aloe infusion, jojoba wax, vitamin E, lavender EO and rosemary oil extract. These ingredients have been carefully selected and blended together for their benefits for dry skin conditions, general skin recovery and maintenance. This cream has a more subtle lavender smell than the soap bar and it has a lovely rich texture which, when applied to the skin, turns to a more watery texture which instantly soaks in and doesn't leave a greasy residue - a big plus for me! The label states that it is recommended this cream is kept in the fridge - I love this because when I then applied it to the patches of eczema I have on my legs it cooled and soothed the area straight away -  something which I haven't yet found with any other creams. It has certainly helped with the dry patches and I would recommend this to anyone with the same complaint. A 25ml jar of this cream costs only £4 - bargain! 

Primer Spa Shop also sell aromatherapy candles which are made from soya wax infused with 100% essential oils. I was also sent a selection of these to sample but I was that excited to try them out (I am a bit obsessed with scented candles!)  that I forgot to photograph them before I used them all - oops! They are really good quality candles though and the scent fills the whole room without being overpowering. In fact, I much prefer these to other more well-known brands I have purchased regularly. 

Overall I really like these products. In today's world where people are constantly busy and rushing around I think it's great that the team at Primer Spa Shop help to bring a little bit of the spa experience to your home to make sure you get that little bit of 'me-time'. All the products are made from only plant-derived oils and naturally occurring minerals, and they are never tested on animals. You can purchase their products directly from the website or at several handmade craft fairs around Manchester (see the website for details and dates).

What do you think? Would you use these products?

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