I’ve been a fan of Essential Care for a while now, in fact, I haven’t not liked a product I’ve tried as yet. From their Coconut Candy Body Scrub to Gentle Shampoo, Lipstick and Concealer to First Aid Lotion, they’ve all cut the mustard.
So when Abi wrote to me to share news of Odylique, I was most intrigued. Odylique is the new name for Essential Care’s skin and body care. ‘Odyl’ means ‘power of nature’ and so its the perfect fit for Essential Care’s range of products that pay homage to just that – the powerful performance provided by the natural ingredients expertly blended into Odylique by Essential Care’s skin and body care products.
The Honey and Calendula Soap is suitable for even sensitive skin types. I packed this for Mr BB as he much prefers soap in the shower to body wash. It’s a very simple soap with just four ingredients – Oats, gentle exfoliants and with anti-inflammatory properties; Coconut Oil to help create a rich lather; moisturising and antibacterial Honey; and hydrating Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
A lovely simple soap, fragrance-free with just the slightest hint of Olive Oil, and perfect for use on almost all skin types. Also ideal for use on skin that’s being out in the sun all day, thanks to its superior hydrating and anti-inflammatory properties.
Next up, Odylique Calming Rose Super Tonic. A spritz with quite possibly one of the best spray mechanisms I have used! I was surprised to see alcohol used in this formula, albeit organic. I can only imagine it is a small amount to act as a solvent to allow the Rosewater, Calendula and Rose Essential Oil to blend. These are the only other ingredients. My two main concerns about alcohol in skin and body care products is that if it’s not an organic product it may be from GMO corn (no chance of that here!), and that alcohol may dry the skin out. Go back several years and we would expect to see alcohol in toners and astringents, but I thought this was a dying trend. That said, having used this toner whilst out on holiday, I am pleased to say that it did not have a drying effect whatsoever, and nor did it sting the skin.
- Persea gratissima fruit oil – Avocado Oil, rich in vitamin E and Omegas, a powerful anti-ager to help protect the skin, but it also is very rich in Sterolins which may reduce age spots, repair sun damage and minimise scarring
- Simmondsia chinensis seed oil – Jojoba Oil, very similar in structure to the skin’s natural sebum which helps to keep skin hydrated and moisturised
- Rosa canina fruit extract – Rosehip Fruit Extract, which is rich in vitamin C and also contains vitamin A, D and E helps reduce scarring, fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation and inflammation, and also hydrates skin
- Punica granatum seed extract – Pomegranate Seed Extact, rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, and studies have shown it may help increase production of collagen
- Hippophae rhamnoides fruit extract – Sea Buckthorn Fruit Extract, promotes cell regeneration, is anti-inflammatory and has healing and regenerative properties
All of the individual ingredients in this serum are ones available to buy individually so in this product you are experiencing five skincare powerhouses rolled into one. And the bonus is that these oils will work in synergy together, having a more potent effect than just applying one of the ingredients by itself.
Finally, the Calendula Balm. An ultra-rich balm that hydrated dry skin whilst also creating a protective barrier to allow skin to renew. It contains a concentrated blend of healing Calendula and Chamomile along with moisturising Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Beeswax and Olive Oil. The scent is a gorgeous blend of Sweet Orange and Neroli (Bitter Orange Flower) Oil, the two dance beautifully around each other giving a simultaneously sweet and sour aroma, like the taste of sour sweets. This balm absorbs incredibly easily into the skin and leaves it feeling smooth, soft and with a subtle sheen.