Aromawakening are a small organic skincare business based in Cardiff, Wales. They use aromatherapy blends and organic plant infusions together with natural moisturisers like coconut and shea butter to create their cruelty free, natural products.
Aromawakening’s owner and qualified Aromatherapist and Reflexologist, Grainne Nash told me more about the benefits of using natural skincare:
What are the health and beauty benefits of using natural products?
Nature provides us with an abundance of ingredients which are rich in vitamins and have many therapeutic actions. Natural skincare products are gentle and they can be used long term. They can bring relief from many chronic skin conditions. The amazing skin benefits of using natural products are endless.
The cosmetic companies would have us believe that oil is the skin’s enemy. The reality is far from it, Carrier oils which come from cold pressing vegetables & plants are one of the most nourishing ingredients that you can put on your skin. These are included in all of my products. Many have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory actions and are rich in vitamins which nourish and feed the skin. There are oils to suit every skin type.
Why do you think cruelty-free beauty is important?
Cruelty free beauty is so important to me. We do not use palm oil in our soaps because we do not believe that it is possible to source it sustainably. My ingredients are very expensive because I know where they come from and that the growers are not being exploited in any way.
Thirty square miles of rainforest are felled daily in Indonesia and Malaysia to make way for palm oil plantations. There is no such thing as this so called ‘sustainable’ palm oil.
Why do you think people should care about the ethics of the cosmetics and skincare they use?
The big cosmetic companies rely heavily on advertising to sell their products. Buying from small scale producers who have an ethical policy helps to assure that everyone involved gets a fair deal. Where you buy your cosmetic products does impact on other people’s lives. It helps boost the local economy and it is good for the environment. The less synthetic and chemical ingredients that are washed down the sink, the better for our planet!
Aromawakening Skincare Review
As someone with sensitive skin, I love using natural, organic skincare without any added chemicals. I couldn’t wait to try some samples of Aromawakening’s products as not only are they a natural company, but they’re also a small business based in my city, which I always try to support.
Firstly, the box my products arrived in was beautiful. Grainne clearly puts a lot of thought into how she sends the products as my box was filled with straw and dried flowers. This added a really original and rustic feel and made me even more excited to sample the contents. This is another aspect that sometimes sets small businesses apart from their larger competitors as I think much more thought is often given to the whole customer experience.
I purchased sample sizes of the Rosemary and Lavender Dead Sea Salt Scrub, the Grapefruit and Lavender Organic Lip Butter, the Organic Shea Vetiver and Ylang Ylang Body Butter, the Spearmint and Lavender Cleansing Oil and the Spearmint and Nettle Vegan Soap.
I can honestly say I was really impressed with everything I tried from Aromawakening. There’s mini reviews of every product I sampled below:
– I use the Rosemary and Lavender Dead Sea Salt Scrub before shaving to exfoliate my skin and it has definitely helped to remove more dead skin than I would care to admit! The scrub smells gorgeous and my skin feels really smooth after using it and coated in with a soft moisturised layer. The salt scrub costs £8.95 for the full size, which is a really reasonable price as it’s chemical free and feels amazing on the skin.
– The Grapefruit and Lavender Organic Lip Butter is perfect for the winter months and is a rather unusual but very pleasant scent. I layer this on before bed and wake up with lovely soft lips. These aren’t currently available to be purchased on the website so keep an eye out for when more lip butters are hopefully for sale!
– The Organic Shea Vetiver and Ylang Ylang Body Butter feels thick and luxurious on my skin and while I wasn’t initially personally a fan of the scent, it was much more subtle when it had soaked into my skin. The body butter costs £7.95 in its full size which isn’t the cheapest for 60g but using this body butter you know you’re treating your skin to lots of pure, natural ingredients.
– The Spearmint and Lavender Deep Cleansing Oil is one of my personal favourites from the samples I tried. It smells really fresh and has quite a thick formula which feels like it’s doing some deep cleansing. Most importantly, it’s great at removing make-up and general build up on my face and my skin feels really soft and clean afterwards. It’s £8.95 for a 100ml bottle with a pump top which I think is a great price so I think I’ll be purchasing this one in its full size!
– I saved the best till last as the Spearmint and Nettle Vegan Soap was definitely my favourite product. It smells lovely and refreshing and includes small bits of dried nettles which was a really nice touch. All of Aromawakening’s soaps are also vegan and palm free to ensure they’re made with sustainable ingredients which is a major plus point for me. I think these soaps would make the perfect gift as there’s several varieties to choose from and they’re all lovingly handmade with the Aromawakening stamp. A 100g size of one of the natural soaps is also only £3.95!
I think Aromawakening’s products are all carefully handmade to give the customer gorgeous natural products with specially selected ingredients that seems carefully considered for its purpose. I wouldn’t hesitate to place another order with them and there’s lots more products available on their website.
You can also follow them on Twitter at @Aromawakening.
Do you like to use natural skincare?