17 March 2016

The Night Time Elixir: La Belle Lune Organic Skin

The stars aligned and sent me a product from the gods!  La Belle Lune  Organic Skin is a night time elixir for skin, using a selection of carefully curated oils rich with vitamins A, B, B1, B2, B6, C, D and E, Amino Acids, Beta Carotene and Omegas 3, 6, 7 and 9.

So why am I so excited? a few reasons firstly I love night time products our skin works it's magic at night skin regenerates faster at night in fact our skin cells regenerate twice as fast between the hours of 11pm-4am. Organic Skin contains active ingredients, and the skin is more  receptive at night, it doesn't have to work along side other products like makeup or sun screen. So the term "get some beauty sleep" is actually spot on. secondly can we please take a moment to appreciate La Belle Lune's packaging! not only am I obsessed with this Gothic aesthetic but the black bottle it comes in actually has a function;

 "We chose to use this amazing type of violet glass because of its wonderful protective and UV blocking properties. Sunlight is known to accelerate the process of molecular decay and because Organic Skin is a product with the highest grade oils and essential oils, their sensitivity to light needs protecting to ensure their freshness and the best possible product. We also believe that using a pump cap is more hygienic and sterile. Pipette caps can sometimes touch skin or surfaces and when placed back into the product could introduce contamination"
La Belle Lune is a great example of a small business with only one product the attention to detail is perfect, I'd rather support a brand that has thought about their product, from the ingredients to the packaging to it's environmental impact.

so does it work? enough of me gushing over the packing and brand, this product works, my skin felt amazing after  using it just once, I'm not new to using oils at night, though I usually use one oil [loofah or pumpkin seed oil] but this blend is fantastic. My skin feels soft and plumped up. the glow from this product is unreal. Organic Skin nourished and heals your skin, it also reduces fine lines and scarring, it works deep within the epidermis [the outer layer of the skin] to repair and heal. Organic Skin is not cheap at £46 however you will not need you night cream or serum with this product as it does the work of those, one pump is enough for your nightly ritual so if you fancy a skin treat go get yourself some!

The loves at La Belle Lune have serious ingredients knowledge check out this break down of the product used to make this amazing elixir!

Organic Rosehip Seed Oil
This beautiful oil is one of our favourites. Originating from high in the Chilean Andes, it has been cultivated for centuries for its wonderful properties. The seed of the fruit is cold pressed (meaning no heat is used to keep the high quality nutrients unspoilt) to produce this fabulous oil. It has the most amazing healing and regenerative properties. Light weight and easily absorbed into the skin it helps reduce wrinkles, sun damage, scars, stretch marks and evens skin tone. It promotes hydration and encourages skin cells to produce collagen. It is also full of nutrients like essential fatty acids Omegas 3, 6 and 9 (which are vital to the body and can help regenerate cells) Vitamins A (retinol) B, E, Beta Carotene and Lycopene, a fat soluble plant compound, that has UV blocking properties and free radical fighting capabilities.

Organic Milk Thistle Seed Oil
The Milk Thistle plant is originally native to Europe and The Mediterranean but is now found worldwide. Again the seeds of this plant are cold pressed to produce the oil. It provides great skin protection from the flavanoids Silymarin and Silybin, both powerful antioxidants which help block UV damage and environmental pollutants. Like some of our other oils it contains Linoleic Acid (Omega 6 Fatty Acid) helping cell renewal. It also has a high level of Vitamin E neutralising the effect of free radicals. Because it contains Phospholipids (a component of a cell membrane) it is able to penetrate deep into the skin. All of these nutrients can help accelerate the healing of cells damaged by acne, spots, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, sunburn and ageing. The anti-inflammatory properties also help calm skin and reduce inflammation (redness) caused by these conditions.

Organic Sweet Almond Oil
Cold pressed from raw Almond kernels, this oil is rich in vitamin E, A, B1, B2 and B6 and effectively balances moisture in dry and irritated skin. Because of its high fatty acid content it can also help dissolve sebum and therefor refine pores. It is known to have a firming effect on the epidermis and is widely used in anti-ageing products. All the wonderful vitamins in this oil are utilised to repair damaged cells and improve tone and texture.

Organic Chia Seed Oil
Chia is a flowering herb in the Mint family and is native to Mexico and Guatemala, again the seeds are cold pressed to make this fascinating oil and it is considered to be the richest botanical source of Omega 3 fatty acids. It packs a powerful punch in Organic Skin with its high level of antioxidants (even more then blueberries!) and anti-inflammatory properties. It is a great source of minerals (including Zinc) B Vitamins (rich in antioxidants) and Amino Acids which help skin regain its radiant appearance whilst improving elasticity, tone and texture.

Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil
This oil is harvested through the cold pressing of Sea Buckthorn berries, and is originally native to Siberia and the Himalayas. Sea buckthorn berries provide up to 15 times more vitamin C than oranges, so the oil is packed full of fantastic nutrients for the skin like fat soluble vitamins A and E and Phytosterols (which have anti-inflammatory properties and can help regulate skin cell turnover) as well as helping repair damaged cells. Amazingly it also has Omega 7 (Palmitoleic Acid) one of the rarest forms of Essential Fatty Acids in the plant world and is essential for healthy skin. All together it is one of the best oils for nourishing, healing, restoring and revitalising cells and has been used to promote the healing of heat burns, radiation burns, sunburns, poorly healing wounds, skin ulcers, eczema, psoriasis and acne scarring.

Organic Avocado Oil
Native to Mexico and Central America this oil is another fantastic all round beautifier. Our Avocado Oil is extracted from the flesh of the ripe fruit rather then the seed. Containing Vitamins A, B1, B2, D and E and Lecithin it is one of the best natural moisturisers out there and is excellent for dry skin needing a boost as it penetrates deeper into the epidermis then other oils. Because of this it softens rough skin and plumps out fine lines. The sugars in the oil form an antimicrobial layer on the skin protecting it from infections and therefor helps the healing of eczema and dry, itchy skin conditions. The naturally occurring Vitamin A (Retinol) and Sterolins help heal red marks/scars as they promote cell turnover and like our other oils contain antioxidants for the best anti-ageing combination.

Organic Lavender Essential Oil
Our true favourite among essential oils...imagine how beautiful a field full of Lavender is, butterflies fluttering and bees buzzing amongst the deep green stems and purple flowers, a slight breeze stirring up that wonderful sweet scent. Cool rain, rich earth and then glorious sunshine nourishing the plant. This is why we choose to use Organic ingredients, we want nothing but nature’s pure goodness on our skin. Predominantly cultivated in Europe Lavender has been used for centuries and is one of the most versatile essential oils with many amazing benefits. It is antibacterial, antiseptic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antidepressant and anti-ageing! It is also a cytophylactic oil, which means it stimulates the generation of new cells and in turn promotes rapid healing, helps reduce scarring and preserves the health of skin.

Organic Rose Otto*
Found Worldwide Rose Otto is steam distilled from thousands of Rose petals, it takes about 60 Roses to make 1 drop of pure essential oil, one of the many reasons why its so highly prised! Fabulous for nourishing and protecting skin, it soothes, softens and hydrates even the driest of cells and when combined with our other wonderful oils it penetrates to right where you need it. Like Frankincense it is a mild astringent so tones skin, helps reduce fine lines and strengthens collagen (the building network of cells) With regular use it can also help with broken capillaries, spider veins, sun damage and is excellent for anti-ageing. It is said to be one of the most uplifting aromas to the human spirit and we couldn’t agree more.

*Our Organic Rose Otto comes diluted in Organic Jojoba oil. Originating in Mexico and the Southern United States, this oil is packed with minerals and vitamins essential to healthy skin, like Vitamin E, B Complex, Copper and Zinc. It regulates sebum production, has antioxidant properties and is great for the healing of damaged cells.

Organic Frankincense Essential Oil
What a wonderful Essential oil this is! Frankincense has been coveted for thousands of years for its truly magical healing properties. In Ancient Egypt women and men would prepare balms using this precious oil for the moisturising of skin and as a anti-ageing treatment. It is said that Nefertiti and Cleopatra both utilised the amazing benefits of Frankincense for the skin. The essential oil is steam distilled from the gum or resin derived from the tree of the Boswellia family and is found in Southern Arabia, North Eastern Africa and India. It is known for rejuvenating skin, treating acne, bacterial and fungal infections and healing wounds and scars. Boswellic acids are the most well studied active ingredients in Frankincense and are thought to block enzymes that cause inflammation and therefore reduce any inflammatory reaction (like acne, eczema etc.). Because it is an astringent it can also help tone the skin and reduce and prevent the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Organic Carrot Seed Essential Oil
This amazing essential oil does not get enough credit, perhaps it doesn’t seem like much coming from the humble carrot, but don’t let that fool you. The oil is steam distilled from the seeds of wild carrots (not the carrots we usually eat) and is originally native to Europe. It is sometimes known as Queen Anne’s Lace because of the beautiful white delicate flower it produces. It has some of the most wonderful healing properties and has been used to heal eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis. The oil is rich in beta carotene and vitamin A both excellent for anti-ageing, stimulating cells and helping repair any damage caused by pollutants and free radicals. It also has vitamins E and C which help moisturise and protect on a cellular level. As with our wonderful Lavender, Frankincense and Rose Otto it nourishes, tightens, tones and rejuvenates skin cells.

Rosemary CO2 Extract
We chose this extract because of its wonderful ability to lessen the oxidisation of oils and has excellent antimicrobial properties. Because we use no chemical preservatives in Organic Skin this extract helps the stability of the oils and keeps them as fresh as possible. And because it’s full of antioxidants it’s also fantastic for the skin too!

Rosa Rubiginosa (Rosehip Seed Oil) Silybum Marianum (Milk Thistle Seed Oil) Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond Oil) Salvia Hispanica (Chia Seed Oil) Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn Oil) Persea Gratissima (Avocado Oil) Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender Essential Oil) Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Seed Oil) Rosa Damascena (Rose Otto Essential Oil) Boswellia Carterii (Frankincense Essential Oil) Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot Seed Essential Oil) Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary Leaf Extract)
*d-Limonene, *Geraniol, *Linalol, *Farnesol

*Naturally occurring in Essential Oils.

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