Started in 2003 inside a restored stables in a small Leicestershire Village, with each Botanicals
product inspired by nature, they strive to harness the power of plants, and reflect their belief that mother natural really does know best.
Their products contain no artificial colours, fragrances or preservatives. All products and ingredients are cruelty free, meet ‘Humane Cosmetics Standard’ criteria, and are suitable for vegetarians.Botanicals was the brain child of Wendy whose daughter suffered a reaction to a ‘herbal’ shampoo that on closer inspection was stuffed full of SLS, SLES and Parabans following on from that the next year was spent researching, creating of labels and the website until Botanicals was finally born.
I was sent three pots of three of their different lines to have a look at, the small size of them means I can’t really give anything of a review to how these work long term but what I can give is first impressions.
Made with 95% Natural ingredients this hand lotion smells divine, I may have said it 100 times and I’m sure I’ll say it 100 more I love the smell of lavender it reminds me of happy times in my childhood. This lotion is infused with aloe vera, shea butter, calendula extract and a touch of tea tree. As you rub the lotion in you really are surrounded by the scent, almost as though you have just disturbed some long flowering buds, it sinks in quickly and leaves your skin feeling moisturised yet not so sticky, almost as though it has wrapped it in a protective layer. A full size pump bottle (140g) costs £15.95 and can be brought from the website.
Just a note on this I took the picture in the sun, so as happens with some balms it had liquefied, but obviously in cooler conditions it will be in a more solid balm state. Containing the delights of pure organic neroli, patchouli, sweet orange and ylang ylang this balm is said to deeply nourish the skin. Even from a balm state this quickly sinks into the skin, leaving a slightly greasy feel – it takes probably 5 – 10 minutes to be fully absorbed. You can by this in a regular size (50g) for £16.95 or Salon Size (400g) for £65 from their website.
Each drop of this lotion contains thirty roses and is also completely certified as organic by the soil association, this lotion is known for its nourishing properties. Again as you open the small tub you are greeted by a lovely aroma that proceeds to waft around as you rub it into your skin. Again it sinks in quickly as you massage it into your skin, leaving it feeling moisturised and nourished. You can pick up this lotion for £16.95 for a regular (150ml) or £28 for a salon sized 250g from the Botanicals website.I think next time I need to order a hand cream I shall definitely be ordering the lavender to give it a good try, the fragrance really wins me over with the sample. I would also be more than happy to use the others in a larger size to see how they got on with my skin long term. It’s really hard to say how these would work long term, but the samples have definitely whetted my appetite to find out more. Have you tried Botanicals, what do you think of them?