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May 02, 2016

Herbfarmacy's Organic Skincare Range

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Herbfarmacy is a British brand specialising in natural and organic beauty products. I should probably start off by saying that I've had these products for a really long time and it's taken me a long time to really be able to test them all out fully. Honestly, I'm talking multiple months, mainly because I've had issues with my skin which got in the way of me trialling new skincare at the beginning of the year. So this blog post has been a long time in the making and I feel a) really grateful to Herbfarmacy for sending me these samples for review and also b) really confident recommending the brand to you. It's been a long, long time since I found a natural and organic skincare brand that I liked as much as I like Herbfarmacy - they've shot right up to top of my mental list, alongside the likes of Green People and Antipodes whose products I also really highly recommend. I've got a range of their products to talk you through today, all of which I've found pretty impressive.

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Initially I was really worried that the mousse formula of this cleanser wouldn't work for my skin, that it might be a little bit too drying. However, I was actually very pleasantly surprised indeed! I've been using this for over a month now and I absolutely love the texture of the cleanser. It feels creamy and thick when you first pump it out of the bottle, but when you add water to the equation it becomes a creamier, milkier consistency that gently but effectively cleanses your skin. I've found that it rivals my favourite natural and organic cleanser from Green People, and that's been a really big deal for me.  The only downside is that I'm not as keen on the product's natural fragrance, it's deeper and more herbal than I typically prefer. But if you can overlook it - or if you actually prefer those sorts of natural scents - then I'd very strongly recommend trying this cleanser.

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Herbfarmacy Mallow Beauty Balm* | rrp £18.00 (30g)

If you're a fan of facial oils then this beauty balm will be just the thing for you. Housed in a very nice glass jar, Herbfarmacy's Mallow Beauty Balm is a 100% organic mixture of gorgeous natural oils and butters. I like to remove a small lump of the balm with one of my fingers and then melt it between the palm of my hands before gentle massaging the product into my skin. It's a rich and intensely hydrating balm that's perfect for dry skin, and for my combination (oily/dehydrated) skin this works really well as a once or twice a week treatment. I typically apply it in the evenings - because it's too rich and oily to use in the mornings - and sleep with it on my skin overnight. By the morning I can really see that it's left my skin looking and feeling softer and more glowing. I adore using this after I exfoliate my skin with Nourish's Enzymatic Seaweed Cleanser as I find that applying the balm onto freshly exfoliated skin allows it to do an even better job. If you struggle with seasonal dry patches then this would be a wonderful addition to your skincare routine.

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Herbfarmacy Luxury Foot Cream* | rrp £15.00 (50g)

This stuff is gloriously creamy and works wonders on dry and unhappy skin. I know that not everyone is as "into" pedicures as I am, but I'm a firm believer that happy feet are the key to a happy life. I've used a number of footcreams in the past and I have to admit that this is one of my favourites. I love how easily the product absorbed into my skin whilst still making a marked improvement to my dry skin. I also liked the light, herbal scent - which was much less overpowering than many of the natural foot creams that I've tried in the past. If you like organic products and, like me, you enjoy the ritual of pedicures, then I think that this product is a really lovely addition to a beauty routine. Overall I'm really impressed with Herbfarmacy's products and this one is by no means disappointing.

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Another big hit! For years I've been repurchasing products such as the Nivea Essential Lip Balm - which feels great but really does nothing for my lips. I'd not found a stick lip balm that had the right sort of soft, melting texture that kept my lips hydrated without leaving them looking ultra glossy, but this Lip Conditioner strikes the perfect balance. Despite the promise of Marshmallow and Vanilla, this is a lot less sweet smelling than something like Lush's Honey Trap Lip Balm (an old favourite) so I don't find it quite so sickly. However, it does still give an otherwise functional product a little bit of pizzazz and I often get people asking if they can try it. Do you share lip balm with your friends? Now that I think about it, it's actually a weird thing to do... Oh well, they all loved it too so I guess Herbfarmacy have hit the nail on the head with this one!

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Herbfarmacy Skin Rescue Balm* | rrp £0.75 (sample)

I absolutely loved Herbfarmacy's Skin Rescue Balm. As someone who suffers from eczema - typically small patches that can pop up anywhere, but also regular recurring patches on my hands - these sorts of unscented natural balms can make a big difference to the appearance and texture of my skin. A little bit goes a long way, and I was impressed with the results I saw whenever I applied this. I found it soothing and calming and I'd quite like to purchase the full-size to keep on my dressing table. 

Herbfarmacy Just Eyes Cream* | rrp £0.75 (sample)

As you don't need much eye cream per application I found this sample size pretty generous! And on the few occasions that I've used it I've been really impressed with how quickly this absorbs into my skin and how soft and plump it leaves my under-eye area. I'm woefully bad at remembering to apply eye cream but I can always see a difference when I incorporate it into my routine. I think that the Just Eyes Cream is a really nice product, and once I finish the Skin Blossom Eye Cream that I'm currently using then I'd definitely consider purchasing this next.

Herbfarmacy Whole Body Lotion* | rrp £0.75 (sample)

I really enjoyed using this sample but it wasn't quite enough for me to know if I'd like to repurchase it in the future. I've discovered some really fantastic body lotions and creams this year and it takes something quite special to turn my head and convince me to repurchase something new. That being said, I've been really impressed with all of the Herbfarmacy products that I've been sent (really, really impressed!) so I think that this might just need a more thorough trial before I can form a full and final opinion.

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Herbfarmacy Working Hands Cream* | rrp £0.75 (sample)

I loved trialling this hand cream - it sunk in really nicely and left my dry hands feeling and looking my better. I'd definitely like to purchase the full-size of this product to use throughout the colder, drier months and I'd definitely recommend it. I'm really happy to have received this sample as I don't think I'd necessarily have considered trying it otherwise. Hand creams are so hit and miss for me - some really don't help my skin at all - so it was nice to find something from an organic brand that I really like.

All in all, this has been a fantastic first impression of Herbfarmacy's natural and organic beauty range. It can be hard to find one brand that can cater towards all of your beauty needs, and I've been impressed with how effective every product has been. If you're interested in natural and organic products then I'd really recommend trying some of these out - I think that they'd also be highly suitable for anyone with sensitive skin.

This post contains PR samples, marked with an asterisk

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