Having used natural and organic skincare for nearly three years now (and having blogged about it for two of them), what really strikes me about most (if not all) small, artisan brands is their absolute passion for producing products that are not only effective but ethically made and sourced. One of these brands is The Rose Tree.
Founded a few years ago by Olga Rumble who got fed up of the hectic lifestyle she was leading and started on a quest to help other women (especially Mums) reclaim some time out of their body lifestyles to look after their own skin and see it as a way to nurture your inner wellbeing. A few years on and The Rose Tree is a thriving brand with seven awards under their belt (including Green Parent Beauty Awards 2017 and Beauty Shortlist Mama & Baby Awards 2017). All of their products are manufactured in the UK (which is “non-negotiable” in Olga’s words), never tested on animals and ethically-sourced. They really pride themselves on using the best ingredients (organic where possible!) and formulated to be not only effective.
Mango & Carrot Cleansing Butter (50g, £27)
[disclaim]Ingredients (INCI): Simmondsia chinensis seed oil, Cocos nucifera oil , Mangifera indica seed butter, Cera alba, Helianthus annuus seed oil, Camellia oleifera, Butyrospermum parkii butter, Daucus carota sativa root extract, Hypericum perforatum flower extract, Tocopherol, Rosmarinus officinalis leaf extract, Daucus carota sativa seed oil, Lavandula angustifolia oil, Calendula officinalis flower extract. Natural constituents of essential oils: Linalol, d-Limonene, Geraniol.[/disclaim]
Having tried some really lovely as well as more mediocre cleansing oils and balms in the past means I’m a little bit fussy about what I expect from this type of skincare product. The right cleansing oil or balm mustn’t be so oily/ balmy it leaves an almost greasy residue on your skin after you’ve wiped it off with a cotton/ muslin cloth (which is a must-have accessory for oil cleansing in case you’re new to oil cleansing!) nor must it be too light and runny, and therefore unable to lift off the make up & impurities on your skin.
This carrot & mango butter (which is a completely appropriate description for it as it’s definitely not an oil, nor a balm!) has a very unique consistency – it really does feel like a butter and glides nicely onto your skin, cleans it well and once wiped off, it leaves it feeling moisturised. I tend to leave my skin to “breathe” after cleansing with this butter and apply serum and moisturiser after an hour or so. Some nights, I just don’t use any moisturisers overnight and it still feels soft and supple in the morning – no doubt, thanks to the rich oils in this butter.
Apricot & Palmarosa Body Oil (100ml, £27)
[disclaim]Ingredients (INCI): Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil*, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil*, Cymbopogon Martini (Palmarosa) Oil*, Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Peel Oil*, Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot) Peel Oil, Citral**, Linalol**,d-Limonene**, Geraniol**, Farnesol**.* Certified organic ** Naturally occurring in essential oils[/disclaim]
If you’re looking for a light body oil that is gentle for sensitive skin, then you’re in for a winner here. This gorgeous smelling oil contains apricot kernel oil which is wonderfully light and super moisturising. It’s rich in essential Omega 6 and 9 fatty acids, as well as anti-oxidising Vitamin E, and is suitable for all skin types.
Its dreamy smell originates from the unique blend of palmarosa, sweet orange and bergamot essential oils, and is very subtle yet aromatherapeutic. It’s just a little shame that it comes in a plastic bottle rather than a glass one. Other than that, this is a really pleasant body oil.
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Soothing Bath & Shower Oil with Geranium, Cypress & Lavender 40ml Heart Bottle (40ml, £18)
[disclaim]Ingredients (INCI): Carthamus tinctorius seed oil, Prunus armeniaca kernel oil, Pelargonium graveolens leaf oil, Helianthus annuus seed oil, Citrus grandis peel oil, Juniperus communis fruit oil, Pogostemon cablin leaf oil, Calendula officinalis flower extract, Tocopherol, Calendula officinalis flower. Natural constituents of essential oils: Citronellol, Geraniol, Linalol, Citral, d-Limonene.[/disclaim]
Ok, let’s start with the stunning packaging for this bath oil, shall we? It’s honestly the prettiest glass bottle I’ve ever seen – it’ll look gorgeous on a vintage dressing table or even on your regular bathroom shelf, lifting up your spirits as you scoop it up for your bath ritual. A small amount of this bath oil is enough to penetrate your skin as you enjoy a long soak and will leave it feeling soft, supple and nourished. All thanks to the following oils: safflower, apricot and sunflower, 79% of which are organic.
On the other hand, a unique blend of essential oils (calendula, juniper, geranium and cypress) gives a subtle yet quite intense aroma. And let me warn you – it’s quite a sensual smell and it will linger in your bathroom for hours which is a wonderful thing! When I first tried the oil in the evening and then came into my bathroom in the morning, the beautiful aroma hit my nostrils and I immediately felt good about starting the day. I think I need to smell this stuff more often during the day! You may be wondering about the small size of the bottle? Well, when it comes to oils please remember that less is always more! So this 40ml is enough to last for approx. 16 baths! Now that’s great value for money if you ask me!
[disclaim]Disclaimer: All three products were kindly sent to me by the lovely Olga from The Rose Tree. Nevertheless, all views expressed in this post are mine and genuine.[/disclaim]