A little while back, when Susan from Love Green introduced me to Balm Balm, she also gave me a little ‘facial starter pack’ of Spiezia, another organic skincare range that’s new to SA shores. Its produced on one of the first organic farms in Cornwall in the UK and has won loads of ‘green’ beauty awards.
Of all the little minis I tried, I most liked the delish-smelling Organic Rose & Vanilla face oil, R399 for 30 mls.
A mix of organic jojoba oil, wheatgerm oil, rose petals and vanilla, I thought it would waaay too oily for my combination skin, but it absorbed into my face in a flash leaving it feeling supple and well-hydrated. Rose is becoming a more popular ingredient in skincare as its able to help soothe inflamed sensitive skin. It’s also got anti-bacterial properties and can help lighten up dark spots left behind from a particularly nasty pimple. Personally, I wouldn’t rely on this to turn back the hands of time – for that I turn to retinol – but I reckon this is a fabulously sensuous moisturiser to have on hand for those inbetween days when my skin needs a break from all my diehard anti-aging products.
Another Spiezia gem? I LOVED their Organic Floral skin toner, R375 for 100 mls. It’s an alcohol-free ‘pure floral water infused with essential oils’ so it gently cleanses your skin without drying it out. What caused me to seriously fall for it, however, was its wonderful uplifting scent – it reminds me of the pellet-making shed on my grandparents farm in Graaf-Reinet! (I know… I know… you’re going ‘Really? You’re mentalistic for a product that smells like bokkie feed?’ I totally get how you’d think that odd, but you must understand, that’s a particular scent to which I’ve got countless happy memories attached.) Still, if knowing it smells a bit like fresh-pressed lucerne doesn’t quite do it for you, rest assured that unless you’re a boeremeisie or plan on entering Boer Soek A Vrou, you nor anyone else isn’t likely to make the farm shed connection. You’ll probably think it smells like a ‘meadow’ or ‘grassy knoll’…
Anyway, as I just couldn’t get enough of the stuff, I emptied my little bottle in days, so I’ll now be buying a big one as well as another for my little sis. I’ll be visiting her in France later this month and want to see if she makes the Karoo connection too… Even if she doesn’t, I know she’ll love how it gently removes every last bit of make-up and oil from your face, the kind that remains even after you’ve washed up in the bath.
Next time you’re in Wellness Warehouse please go check out the Spiezia goodies and let me know what you think. I’m a total fan.