I’ve lived in Birmingham since 2001 and now consider myself to be an honorary Brummie and I absolutely love the variety of things to see and do, and the places available to shop in the city. However, what I particularly enjoy is finding the amazing smaller, independent businesses that offer a more personal touch and artisan products, and I was pleased to discover a wonderful store in the North Western Arcade, Temple Row last week.
Organique is a natural, environmentally friendly and healthy cosmetics store, specialising in beauty products that are safe and made from naturally based sources. As someone with extremely sensitive skin, I was intrigued by their products and was delighted when I was invited in to test some of them.
I fell in love with the store immediately – for anyone with an interest in beauty and skin care this is a haven where many hours can easily be spent browsing through the hundreds of different products on offer. I had a consultation with the manager, Justyna, in which we discussed my skin type and what I wanted to achieve from a skin care routine, and then I was very genererously presented with a number of items in which she recommended I try over the next week.
I have started by focusing on changing my routine on my face and arms. The skin on my face is the ultimate combination – extremely sensitive, dry and blotchy in places, greasy and spotty in others. Gorgeous. I have to be careful when using cleansers, toners and moisturisers as they often cause break outs, and even the most expensive products have caused my skin to react badly in the past. Justyna recommended two products for this in particular:
The Melon Ritual Face Mask (£12.95) immediately appealed to me because it smelled gorgeous. It was a light texture and felt lovely when applied. I used it three times over the week, as recommended, leaving it on my clean, dry face for twenty minutes, before rinsing with water. Amazing. I noticed an immediate improvement in the quality of tone in my skin, appearing brighter and feeling refreshed.
The Rejuvenating Cranberry Serum (£17.50) is designed for skin which is tired and lacking in energy. It was easy and quick to use – being massaged gently into the skin after washing and drying. It smelled lovely, it wasn’t greasy or thick and it genuinely left my face feeling soft and smooth. Better still, I found that some of the dryer parts of my skin were moisturised, and I didn’t have a single break out all week. It will definitely be replacing my regular moisturiser from now on.
I also suffer from mild psoriasis, particularly in the winter, which leaves me with patches of flaky, itchy skin on my arms. Nice. For this, I decided to try the Habibi Shea Butter Body Balm (£7.95), and it’s one of the best products I’ve ever used. Seriously. It smells wonderful, with a slightly masculine fragrance, and all I have done is washed, exfoliated and rubbed a small amount of the butter into my arms. My skin looks and feels absolutely wonderful, the condition has improved and it’s an absolute bargain at the price.
I’ve got a number of products still to test, which I will be doing so and posting about over the coming weeks (I know, it’s a tough job, but someone has to do it), and I highly recommend that you get yourself over to the store so that you can try them too.
Need more reasons?
- You can choose any selection of any products and have them put into a beautiful gift box. Perfect for birthdays, weddings and, of course, Christmas.
- Products are suitable for men, women and children.
- There are lots of products that are suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
- Once a product is finished, you can bring the tub back to the store and get it refilled for £1.00 less.
- There is a 10% discount for students on certain products (ask in store).
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Disclaimer: I was invited to review the products, but was under no obligation to provide a positive review. All opinions are honest and my own.