What could be better than a cleansing balm? A cleansing balm with bits. Work with me here as I tell you about a new skincare saviour I’ve been using for a few weeks. It’s cruelty-free and it’s British.
Founded by dermatology expert Claire Vero in 2013, Aurelia is a scientifically-proven, natural, evidence-based skincare line which works by helping to manage the level of inflammation within the skin, the main cause of skin ageing.
Amongst its range is the Refine & Polish Miracle Balm, a cleansing balm that gently polishes the skin, transforming dull, rough, congested and lacklustre complexions into glowing visages. It also doubles up as an enzyme mask to deeply exfoliate.
The balm contains camomile, rosemary, bergamot and also eucalyptus which strongly stands out in the scent. You apply it to dry skin, using your fingers to massage and dislodge dry skin cells before adding a few drops of water to emulsify the balm which releases the skin-brightening BioOrganic oils (these turn the balm into a milk when it comes into contact with water). You then rinse it off though I prefer to wipe off the excess with a warm flannel.
It is safe enough to use once a day, either in the morning or evening and suitable for all skin types including sensitive. As a mask it can be used up to 3-4 times a week, leaving it on for 5 minutes. I’ve tried both methods and definitely prefer it as a daily exfoliator. I noticed my face looked radiant immediately after one use and felt so soft to touch.
The balm is luxurious, both as a product and by price. A 75ml tube will set you back by £57 so we are talking high-end skincare here. Now I have tried some expensive skincare products which have disappointed me greatly and aren’t worth the price they retail for. This one isn’t as ridiculously priced when you pay attention to the fact it’s made in England (which makes a nice change!). Realistically it’s not a product I can bring myself to buy regularly because it costs nearly £60 and to me that is somewhat excessive for a facial exfoliator. It’s more of a treat to indulge in occasionally and use sparingly.
I’ve also been using a trial size of Aurelia Probiotic Skincare’s Revitalise & Glow Serum, which is nothing short of divine. It’s a lightweight, anti-ageing serum that easily absorbs into the skin, fusing Aurelia Probiotic Skincare’s technology with BioOrganic plant and flower essences to revitalise the skin with a delicate blend of Jasmine, Plumeria, Tuberose and Mandarin. I won’t go into detail with all the probiotics, peptides and antioxidants it contains because like most people, it doesn’t matter greatly so long as it works.
A 30ml bottle costs £47, which funnily enough is the price point I expect a decent serum to cost. Of course there are other serums that command a much higher fee which is why £47 strikes me as pretty reasonable.
So there we have it – a luxurious British skincare that gives results but at a pretty heft price. Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Refine & Polish Miracle Balm and the Revitalise & Glow Serum are available from Space NK online and in stores and Harrods’ Urban Retreat.
I have to come clean about something. I have been cheating on my regular razor with this new one by Bic. It’s called Soleil Secret*. It gives such incredibly smooth results in one move that it has made me think I ought to break it off with my usual razor.
Up until now, the only Bic I used was the biro. I tend to glance quickly past Bic’s razor blades usually. They’re in a multi-pack, right? Just like the male version except in pastel colours just to make it obvious but now Bic has unleashed something super and there’s no other way to say this except I love it and you need this in your life!
I knew from the moment I gripped the curved handle with its grooves that this was not like other blades on the market but I never expected it to give such excellent results. It has three movable blades to deliver a close and smooth shave and the pivotal head moves easily around tricky areas like the back of your knees. Also, can I just add no nicks and cuts!
There is also a trimmer that slides over the blades to deal with the bikini area, cutting hairs at 2mm but I can’t comment on this feature as I prefer to leave that business to the professionals.
Bic, I salute you! I’m so impressed with how good this shaver is. And to my usual razor, I’m sorry but you’re just not good enough for me any more.
Big Soleil Secret is available at Boots and Superdrug in packs of 2 disposable razors with a trimmer for just £3.99. Actually you may want to sprint to Boots as it’s currently on offer for £1.99!