Muddy tries: B skincare
I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while – my bad! So back in January, I popped in to see the lovely Chris and Sonya at B Skincare in Bodmin. I was super psyched about meeting them as I was already a fan of their geranium hand cream – a right winter saver. Turns out that they also sell their creams and potions under a white label for Eden Project, Heligan and others, so you might already know about them too.
Sonya, previously a reflexologist was handed down ancient natural recipes from one of her clients. So good were their creams and potions that she and Chris ended up giving up their jobs and creating a full time business. There’s now three generations involved in the making, labelling and delivering of their products.
Everything is palm oil, parabens, sodium lauryl sulphate, fragrances, lanolin and micro bead free, and made from scratch from ingredients like yummy beeswax, essential oils, honey and flower waters.
That said though – all their recipes are safety assessed and certified by a qualified pharmacist. And they’re bunny friendly – working to the standard that all their raw materials have a fixed animal testing cut off date of 1996.
I got to watch a batch of hand cream being made in their barn conversion lab on the outskirts of Bodmin. It was a bit like watching bake off, only way less fattening.
I’m pretty loyal in my skincare. Because I suffered with bad skin growing up, once I’ve found something that works (ie doesn’t cause me facial misery), I tend to stick to it. However, I left the B Skincare lab with a bag of goodies to play with, including a few I’m very glad that have been brought to my attention.
My usual routine is generally:
AM: Invigorating shower (ie icy cold as they’ve used all the hot water). Realise youngest muddy has used my Jo Malone bubbles to clean his rugby boots (grrr). Loudly bemoan the fact I can never have nice things. Then serum (trusted brand 2 stage) and moisturise.
PM: Relaxing bath with Neals Yard bath oil (hidden in a secret floor safe naturally). Cleanse, scrub (more trusted brand) apply face oil (yes you guessed).
So for a few weeks, I swapped out my trusted to try these:
The stand out product for me was the Walnut face scrub – containing beeswax, citrus and evening primrose. It smelt heavenly and I had to stop myself eating it. The scrub bit is crushed walnut kernels. B Skincare are ahead of the curve – with the banning of microbeads on the cards (hurrah, about time too) this scrub wont make the fish ill.
I’ve been tempted by scrubs in the past that have been too harsh and ended up an oily sore mess – not an attractive look. I’ve been using this scrub three times a week – probably more often than I should, but I’ve had zero break outs or any sort of reaction, which is a super bonus when using your face as a guineapig – huzzah and 10 points to B Skincare.
This rose and honey moisturiser smells good enough to eat. It contains rose essential oil, rosewater, Cornish honey and moisturising apricot oil. After washing per usge, then using the walnut scrub, this felt like super nourishing face food = soft non-tantrum skin. Possibly too heavy for me as a daily moisturiser (because my skin is a meany like that) but def suitable for normal/ dry skin, and a nice treat.
Last in the bag of tricks – Facial oil – with rosehip and vitamin E. I use oil after I’ve washed my face at night. I woke up looking like I was about 11. Ok, thats not strictly true, but it was soft and just as balanced as my trusted brand delivers, and at least 5x cheaper – I’m doing the swap.
These are the ones that I am sticking with. B Skincare is a range that I think definitely deserves a closer look. Try for yourself and let me know what you think. Oh and if you see me in the street, don’t forget to tell me how gorgeous my skin is. Mwah x
THE MUDDY VERDICT:
Good for: sensitive skins, vegetarian, those wanting a less expensive alternative to similar products on the market – BSkincare definitely gives Neals Yard a run for its money – and its a switch I’m happy to make.
Not for: lovers of expensive glass packaging, the creams contain honey and beeswax so are not suitable for vegans.
£££: I can’t rave enough about how reasonable B Skincare is – the facial scrub (100ml) was £5.50, facial oil (30ml) £8.95 and the Rose & Honey Moisturiser (60ml) £6.95. I’ve switched from my previous oil which was 5x more expensive.