We all know that great skin starts with beautifully cleansed skin but how do you use a cleansing butter, and will it work for my skin if it is oily, dry, sensitive? This is the question we get asked most frequently about our award winning, organic Carrot & Mango Cleansing Butter.
We find that using a butter is super efficient and speedy but also that it gives a luxurious and therapeutic experience - albeit in the snatched 2 minutes of time you have before falling into bed. (Though if you have a few moments more, a spot of facial massage will help reap double benefits from cleansing - see here).
It is packed with organic carrot oil to brighten dull, under nourished skin, skin rejuvenating mango butter, anti-inflammatory St John's Wort oil, and antiseptic lavender and rosemary oils.
It works well on dehydrated, sensitive skin types, it is very hydrating; it also works well on oily and problem skins, with its natural butters and anti-bacterial and soothing botanicals.
It sounds counter intuitive, we tend to associate putting oil on our face as giving rise to problem skin; spots, break outs, black heads - but in fact nothing could be further from the truth. Oils are super hydrating and they can balance oil production, not just for dry skin but also those of us with oily skin, and even skin prone to acne.
Over cleansing and moisturising (and some of the harsher products on the market) can actually over stimulate the sebum glands resulting in more oil production, while using a facial oil can actually decrease your skin's oil production.
Here's what some of our customers are saying:
I have never used a cleansing butter before and boy will I never go back to ordinary cleanser and moisturiser!
It is a thick, rich balm that melts into a smooth oil like consistency as it is massaged into the skin, removing everything from makeup, dirt and impurities. It feels super moisturising on the skin, and will leave it deeply nourished.
Removing the butter is easy and mess free with our organic muslin cloths, but you can use any clean cloth you have to hand, (and bung it straight in the wash afterwards for easy cleaning). When wrung through with hot water, it will easily remove the excess balm leaving clean, nourished skin.
It will leave your skin hydrated; for oily skins that might mean you don't need an additional moisturiser (bonus!), for dry skins we like to follow up with our Facial Essence or Radiance Cream; you decide based on the texture you most prefer and if you missed our previous post about the differences between a cream and facial oil, you can find it here.
We are celebrating, our organic Carrot & Mango Cleansing Butter has been awarded the silver award in the 2015 Green Parent Natural Beauty Awards!
The Green Parent is the UK's leading green lifestyle and natural parenting magazine. Each issue features regular columns on Organic Gardening, Seasonal Food and Drink, Green Travel, Ethical Fashion and lots more.
Their search for the very best natural and organic beauty brands started six months ago, covering everything from organic hair care and chemical-free skin creams to natural baby lotions and pregnancy products.
Their independent review panel tested thousands of products from over 60 different natural and organic brands to find the finest and the most effective. Plus, The Green Parent insist on products free from petroleum-based chemicals, propylene glycol, parabens or sulphates and no animal testing.
And that is why we are so thrilled with our award, not just to be recognised in these national awards but also because of our size and that we were competing against many larger and much better known brands!
It must be the generous amount of organic Carrot macerated Oil to perk up dull skin, the rejuvenating Mango Butter and the fab scented Lavender and Rosemary essential oils, which do double duty balancing and stimulating the skin.
It works well on dehydrated skin types and also sensitive and oily skins with its natural butters and anti-bacterial and soothing botanicals.
For extra radiant skin, try a spot of facial massage when you apply the Cleansing Butter. You can read more here.
We are off to celebrate!
The right product for your skin? A cream or an oil?
This is one of our most asked questions. Our award winning organic Facial Essence with Rose & Marula and Deep Nourish Facial Essence with Rose & Blackcurrant are oil based, while our Radiance Cream with Rose & Frankincense is exactly that, a cream.
Although they work in the same way, there are advantages and disadvantages to each.
Facial oils usually contain no preservatives or emulsifiers because they don't contain any water and are 100% packed with active ingredients for super radiant, plumped up skin.
You therefore get a much more concentrated product, and because there is no need for a preservative or emulsifier (which are both essential in a cream product), people with sensitive skins may prefer this.
This is typical of most facial oil type products - but check those ingredients, they make the difference, you sometimes find fillers or other less desirable ingredients have been squeezed in. You can read our tips on using a facial oil here.
Preservatives may cause reactions in super sensitive skin (as can other ingredients also to be fair) but because a facial oil usually contains only active plant oils, it is usually easier to understand the ingredients list and therefore assess whether it is right for your own skin. (You can read more about preservatives in a previous blog here).
A cream has to have these extra ingredients within it to make that cream texture, and so for extremely sensitive skins, we tend to recommend our Facial Essences over our Radiance Cream. We also find that problem skins prefer a facial oil with all those active ingredients!
Texture wise you get a slightly different experience also. Our Facial Essences have a lighter texture over our Radiance Cream. It sounds odd talking about an oil in terms of being lighter but it is true!
It gives an intensive blast of moisture and radiance but without being too heavy. Our Radiance Cream by comparison gives that same blast of hydration, but over a longer period.
So for which is best for you?
In warmer climates we recommend our Facial Essences as they give a lighter feel, and can be used in conjunction with your favourite foundation etc. for a little help with that glow.
When the weather is cold, you get longer lasting hydration and protection from the elements with our Radiance Cream with Rose & Frankincense.
And remember, it is your skin and you are the best judge of what is best for you. That will sometimes mean trying some of our Try Me sizes to work out what you like the best.
Have more questions? You know where to find us!
We are thrilled to announce that both our Facial Essence with Rose & Marula and Carrot and Mango Cleansing Butter have been shortlisted in this year's Free From Skincare Awards. So we are hopping up and down with excitement at the moment!
The awards were founded in 2012 to celebrate, encourage and reward the manufacture of skincare products that are ‘free from’ many of the allergens, chemicals, additives, ingredients and artificial fragrances associated with skin sensitivities and other health concerns - and are intended for those people who may be seeking more natural or pure cosmetics, or looking to avoid certain ingredients due to ethical or personal reasons, or those who have sensitive skin, or allergic or problem skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and acne.
Our Rose Tree goodies have been submitted to a month of rigorous testing by a group of testers from the prestigious Beauty Bible and will then go forward to a panel of expert judges to decide bronze, silver and gold awards within the different skincare categories. The final results will be announced at this year's Love Natural Love Organic show in July.
You know that we are all about effectiveness coupled with luxury and indulgence and focus on natural and organic ingredients. That means no :
- Petroleum/paraffin derivatives
- Propylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol
- Artificial fragrance or colours
The Free From awards celebrate products for their 'free from' qualities, performance and effectiveness with judges looking for innovation, originality, skin-healthy ingredients and benefits, and for products which denote an awareness and understanding of consumers with skin sensitivities or allergies.
And our shortlisted products? Our favourite Facial Essence with Rose & Marula, an intensely nourishing oil based essence, for radiant and super soft skin, made with ten potent flower and plant botanicals. Rose Tree founder, Olga says My go to signature product for radiant skin each morning, the one that is super hydrating, and works on all skin types. This is the one product I recommend to everyone - and is the one product I use every day without fail!
Our Carrot and Mango Cleansing Butter? Our super-charged, cleansing butter packed with potent botanicals will gently lift off makeup and dirt, to leave super hydrated, radiant skin. Packed with organic carrot oil to brighten dull, under nourished skin, skin rejuvenating mango butter, anti-inflammatory St John's Wort oil, and antiseptic lavender and rosemary oils, this is the perfect cleanser, suitable for all skin types.
And because we are so happy, we are offering you a FREE Tahiti Tiare Cocoa Lip Butter for the next few days when you buy either one of our shortlisted products! Just ask for your Lip Butter using the 'tell us about any special instructions' box.*
*Offer runs to midnight Friday June 19th!
WHAT IS IT?
Jojoba (oddly enough pronounced "ho-ho-ba") is a favourite ingredient, a true multi-tasker in the world of skincare (think work hard and play hard). But it's not your usual crowd, it looks and feels like an oil, but it's not; it is actually a wax; a liquid wax. So it's special.
It's absorbed extremely easily by the skin and because it is a wax and not an oil, it is non greasy and great for hydration but without giving that too -rich feel. It's also super-stable; some of the botanicals we use are potent but fragile, and it's always a balancing act between fabulous benefits of an ingredient versus its' stability. (You see how hard we work for you!) Nobody wants anything green and furry on the top of their cream, or a shelf life of days rather than months.
And obviously we use the best quality, organic jojoba that we can get our hands on - because that's the way we are.
WHAT DOES IT DO?
It's good, there isn't much this one doesn't do! This liquid wax is almost identical to the sebum found in our own skin which makes it versatile enough to be used with all skin types, including problem skin, oily and combination skins.
Jojoba reduces wrinkles, treats psoriasis, acne, and dermatitis, and brings the skin back to its normal vitality and gives it a healthy glow (see I told you am - a - zing). We use it in our Carrot & Mango Cleansing Butter 'cause it is great for problems skins, and healthy skin alike and for restoring your glow. We use it in our organic Body Oils for a quick hydration boost, while avoiding that oil slick feeling.
THE SCIENCE-EY BIT
Jojoba is a mixture of long chain, liquid wax esters extracted from the seeds of the desert shrub Simmondsia chinensis. Jojoba's liquid esters provide superior oxidative stability, excellent emolliency and effective moisturisation to the skin and hair.
Our skin produces its own oil known as sebum, which keeps the skin supple and moist. When you apply an oil, or in this case liquid wax to the skin, it penetrates the outermost layers of the stratum corneum. The oil creates an occlusive layer on the outside of the skin and traps water beneath it. Because plant-derived oils are similar in make-up to the natural oils on the skin, they are metabolised by the skin. This equals very happy skin!
Oils have been used in skincare for millennia because they are powerful moisturisers, and they work. If your skin needs a bit if a pick me up or a boost before, jojoba is one to look out for!
As a starting point for tricky skin, we suggest you try our award winning Radiance Essence with Rose & Marula. For an all round luxury oil for your body, that hydrates without blocking pores, try one of our organic Body Oils.
Here's to your happy skin..
You know we're all about high quality, organic ingredients, we source from all over the world because we believe that is what makes our products so effective - but how about I share our favourite tip for making your skincare work even harder, either with your favourite Rose Tree organic products, or using what you already have to hand - I know that we have a lot of customers that are in the process of detoxing their skincare regime and moving to a more green regime.
Facial Massage is a super efficient way to get to radiant skin faster! Most of us are lazy by nature (and I am speaking about myself here) we are torn between work pressures, family and buried under a to do list of stuff.
So we slap on our facial products in a haphazard way, reaching for whichever bottle comes to hand first, we cleanse and if we are lucky we remember to moisturise!
So what I would like to suggest to you is practicing some simple facial massage when you apply your product.
This can be super simple, 60 seconds is a good starting point and it works really well with a facial oil, and is particularly effective with our facial oils or our Carrot & Mango Cleansing Butter.
Using your index fingers, gently work the areas between your eyebrows, to reduce tension, then move your fingers outwards from the bridge of your nose towards your temples.
Continue this to include your forehead, before moving to your cheeks with the same long sweeping strokes you started with.
Finish off by gently tapping outwards underneath your eyes, around the eye socket. Use more product if you need, so that you can work your skin gently without pulling the skin.
You can also add some long sweeping strokes in an upward motion from your neck to underneath your chin.
By simply working the product into your skin, you can benefit from a rejuvenating and circulation boosting treatment.
It is great for puffy skin, early morning start anyone? Massaging relaxes muscles and connective tissue and can even soften those expression lines.
Not only does this work with a facial oil, it is good with a creamy cleansing type product.
We recommend our Carrot & Mango Cleansing Butter packed with brightening organic carrot oil and skin rejuvenating mango butter. Just ensure you don't drag or pull the skin.
Here's to super radiant skin… trust us, it works!