I was recently gifted some products from a small independent skincare company called Banyan to review here on my blog.
Banyan Organics was founded by a lady named Judy Sturgis around 10 years ago from her very own kitchen in the Derbyshire countryside, she wanted to make products that her family and friends could use that were natural, free of all toxins and unlike high street brands, wouldn’t be harmful to their skin. It wasn’t until Judy’s daughter Megan became pregnant and her skin became extremely dry and irritable that the mother daughter duo began to take Banyan more seriously, with Megan being the driving force to help launch the company. Judy is a self proclaimed healer, she has her own spa, and is fully trained in beauty, facials, reiki and massage, but her real passion is fixing people. Banyan Organics pride themselves on being toxin free, natural, clean, as well as Vegan. Because of how intense the essential oils used to make these products are, you will get results, and fast. Both Julie and Megan believe that what you put on your skin, really is everything.
Julie also hosts Banyan skincare pamper parties in both Derbyshire and London, where she will talk about the benefits of essential oils, you’ll drink wine and be shown how to give yourself your own banyan facial! For more information on this or if you think you’d be interested, please do send Julie or Megan a message either through their website or alternatively their Instagram page here.
So I was really really excited to try these products out, mainly because of how natural in ingredients they are, and my skin being super sensitive lately, with the worst breakouts I’ve ever had in my life! Everything I seem to be using lately from the high street, has majorly irritated my skin further, even what I have classed to be the most gentle of products.
When I received these lovely products from Banyan I was instantly struck by the packaging as it really stood out to me as being luxurious. Each product comes in a glass bottle, the labelling and the design is simple, elegant and stylish. I feel like the majority of skincare products you can find from the high street come with a novel written on the back, but not Banyan, the only information found on each product is the information you really need to know. What the item is, what ingredients are used, and how to use it.
Nourishing Cream Cleanser
So as this cleanser is in a cream form, I decided to use it as I would a hot cloth cleanser. I applied a generous amount of the cleanser onto my hand and then massaged it onto my face, instantly I was met by the aromas of the essential oils, and it felt absolutely amazing on my skin. It felt gentle, but then I suppose it would as it is gentle, I could really smell the lavender and tea tree in particular and it really resembled a product you would perhaps found used in a luxury spa for a facial. I left the cleanser on my face for about 5 minutes before washing it off with a cloth. My skin felt super clean afterwards. I absolutely cannot fault this item (and I am the queen of honesty, you guys know that by now!) – all I know is I’ll be using this on a regular basis. Goodbye Lacura from Aldi.
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I’m going to be honest, I don’t usually use a toner on my face (not since I did beauty at college!) However I was really excited to try this especially after seeing what ingredients were in it. I know Chamomile is renowned to calm skin down, and with mine being as irritated as it is lately, this could only mean good things. I applied this toner onto a cotton pad and swept it across my full face and neck, and again, it felt no different to anything being used as part of a luxury facial at a top spa. I was struck by how gentle it felt of course, but more so the scent. Tazmyn often uses toners as part of her skincare routine so she’s really used to them, she also loves tea tree, and in particular she loves the tea tree toner from the body shop. We both agreed though that this Balancing Toner from Banyan is much nicer and subtle in scent, with the tea tree not being too overpowering and a lot kinder to the skin.
Out of 5 stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
So this product did divide opinion between Tazmyn and I, (we both tested out all 3 products) as we both have different skin types. Tazmyns being oily and mine being dry. She found this particular moisturiser a little too oily/greasy for her skin type, where as I found it amazing, but I’ll get to that bit later. I love that vitamin E is used within the ingredients here, as Vitamin E is something I always tend to go for when picking out skincare products for myself.
Consistency wise, I found the moisturiser to be quite thick, it didn’t dissolve into my skin very quickly, so I’d probably class it more as a mask, maybe something I’d leave on my skin overnight and wash off the next morning. I didn’t find it oily or greasy though, again, that may be because my skin type is more dry. The scent was out of this world, amazing. I could really smell the clary sage oil and the almond oil, which made it feel super luxurious.
Out of 5 stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Overall, I am absolutely in love with these products, from the presentation to the end results after using them. My skin felt like it had been given a real pamper and I think that’s all what we want from any skincare brand really isn’t it? In my opinion, Banyan Organics would make for the perfect Christmas presents for your loved ones this year, for me, my mum is always on the hunt for a good moisturiser and I know she would love this one. I’ll definitely continue to use the products and try out some more too!
Banyan Organics have created a unique discount code for all of my wonderful readers, simply enter BUTTERFLIES at checkout to get 20% off any purchase you make! 🦋🔗💗
& finally, a huge huge thank you to both Julie and Megan for this collaboration, I absolutely love your brand and your products, and can’t wait for everyone else to discover the uniqueness that is Banyan! 😘
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