Review – Flower and Spice Modern Apothecary

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Hello 2019!  Happy New Year everyone.  I hope you all enjoyed the festive season. 

I discovered some amazing brands in 2018 and for my first blog post of the year I’m excited to share with you the amazing products I’ve been loving from…


If you’re looking for an exciting and innovative brand to try in 2019…


Trust Your Instincts.  Bring Nature Back Into Your Daily Life.


Using only the world’s finest botanicals, each Flower and Spice formula is crafted to gently care for your skin, and elevate your mood… naturally. 


To find out the story behind the brand, read my Q & A with founder Karmen Novak here 

Karmen kindly sent me full size products from her brand to try out.  I’ve been using these products for about 6 weeks so it’s time to share my thoughts.

I was so excited opening up the beautiful presentation box, I love the gorgeous packaging and branding.


Flower and Spice Hairband – Organic Cotton | €12.00 

The missing link in your pampering routine.

Nothing worse than having your skincare ritual interrupted by stubborn strands of hair sticking around where they don’t belong. Organic. Simple. Effective. This beautiful headband will make sure that no inch of your skin is overlooked during your daily pampering rituals. You’ll wonder how you’ve ever lived without it.Flower and spice organic headband

This is a lovely hairband made from 100% organic cotton and is the ideal accessory for securing your hair away from your face when you are cleansing and applying products.  It feels nice and soft and fits comfortably.  One size fits all. 


Flower and Spice Instant Glow Calming Exfoliator (120ml | €85.00)

LAVENDER & FENNEL with AHA fruit acids

Your one-way ticket to gloriously glowing skin.

Calm, renewed skin that looks lit from within: Instant Glow relies on nature to reveal your inner radiance. This gentle, creamy formula moisturizes thirsty skin while fruit acids and bamboo work to enzymatically exfoliate dead cells, uncovering younger looking skin.

An infusion of antioxidant-rich essential oils of Lavender and Fennel Seed essential oils add an extra boost that helps improve circulation and prevent water loss, leaving skin looking beautiful and toned.  Powerful Fennel Seed has also been shown in studies to provide anti-radical scavenging activity, making it the ideal spice for this skincare jewel.  Finally, Bamboo buds reveal a smooth finish for extra—instant—glow.

Ingredients

Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Water*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Water *, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil*, Cocoglucoside, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Bambusa Arundinacea (Bamboo) Stem Extract, Cetearyl Glucoside, Isoamyl Laurate, Alcohol, Aqua, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Blueberry) Fruit/Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Bitter Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Citric Acid, Levulinic Acid, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Fruit Oil*, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Xanthan Gum, Tocopherol (Vitamin E)*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Levulinate, Limonene, Linalool

*Certified Organic

Apply a generous amount to dry skin and gently massage into face for 1 minute. Wait another minute, then rinse with warm water or with a warm, wet towel.

Regular exfoliation is a must for me and this one is pretty special and has helped me step up my game. Let me start off with the scent which is beautiful.. fennel and lavender is such a delightful combination.

The consistency is lovely and creamy and at first glance it looks like a moisturiser. Once you apply to your skin, you feel the gentle particles from the bamboo powder.

What I love about this product is you get the best of both worlds as it provides the dual benefits of physical and chemical exfoliation. AHA fruit acids help remove dead skin cells on the upper layer of the skin and promote cell turnover while Bamboo stem powder which is rich in mineral salts and silica helps to gently remove dead skin cells and polish your skin.

I apply to cleansed skin and gently massage for 1 minute, it doesn’t feel overly abrasive which is great. I leave it on for a further minute and then rinse with warm water. The results are immediate… it unclogs my pores, refines and smooths my skin and brightens and evens out my skin tone. I absolutely love the results from using this.


Flower and Spice Soothe and Repair Daily Moisturiser (60ml | €72.00)

ROSE & CORIANDER with prickly pear and aloe vera

Like a warming embrace on a winter’s day.

Intoxicate your senses with nature’s most precious offering: Rose Absolute, harvested from the regal flower only when it opens to full bloom, captivates your mind as it lulls your skin into a state of serenity.

Coriander seed oil contains 34 different compounds, making this essential oil a highly complex and multifunctional ingredient. This amazing spice is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory; it cocoons your skin in comfort, alleviating irritation. Nutrient-rich botanicals blend with Jojoba Oil – which most closely resembles the skin’s natural sebum to instantly hydrate and nourish thirsty skin.

Rare and precious Prickly Pear Seed Oil, rich in antioxidants combats environmental stressors and encourages cell renewal, inflammation is calmed instantly with a cooling infusion of Aloe Vera and Rose water, leaving your skin silky soft and glowing. Soothing Oat Extract calms the skin for extra smoothness and tranquility. Petal-soft healthy looking skin is recovered.

Ingredients

Aqua (Swiss Mountain Spring Water), Rosa Damascena Flower Water*, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil*, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil* , Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Opuntia Ficus-Indica (Prickly Pear) Seed Oil*, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Glycerin, Avena Sativa Kernel (Oat) Extract*, Alcohol, Isoamyl Laurate, Tocopherol (Vitamin E)*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Chondrus Crispus, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia FCF – non phototoxic (Bergamot) Peel Oil*, Coriandrum Sativum (Coriander) Seed Oil*, Sodium Levulinate, Parfum (White Rose Natural Composition), Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Geraniol, Citronellol, Citral, Linalool, Limonene


*Certified Organic

Apply a small amount to clean skin whenever your skin needs care, day or night.

Finding the right moisturiser for my skin can be problematic! Although I have combination skin, I also suffer from dehydration. I want a cream that moisturises and hydrates without making my T-zone more greasy. I love the beautiful creamy consistency of this cream. It feels so luxurious as I apply to my skin.

Although the consistency is lightweight, it is nourishing and super hydrating without any greasy residue. It sits well under makeup, my skin looks fresh and dewy and stays hydrated the whole day.

Now the scent is unlike anything I’ve tried. The delicate scent of Rose and Coriander is so soothing. I love to slowly inhale the beautiful aroma before applying and the scent lingers beautifully on my skin.

This moisturiser is everything and definitely a favourite!

Flower and Spice Midnight Beauty Rich Revitalizing Serum (30ml | €105.00)

ROSE & CORIANDER with 10 harmonising oils

This elixir contains the kind of magic you’d expect in fairytales.

This glorious cocktail contains 10 super-charged oils which prove that less is sometimes definitely more. Less fillers, less parabens, less things we really don’t need. Here at Flower and Spice, our formulas are only as good as the ingredients that go in it. That’s why we only use the very best. Rare and precious oils, like the ones derived from prickly pear, macadamia, will let your skin recapture its radiant glow by the drop.

Drift into the realm of dreams and transport your mind and body to a restorative state. Reawaken radiance and emerge from slumber to your softest and smoothest skin.

With a powerful combination of nature’s most effective plant oils, Midnight Beauty Rich Revitalizing Serum penetrates deeply to nourish your skin, working with your body’s natural rhythms to brighten, improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and replenish skin’s moisture balance.

Oils of Prickly Pear, Plum seeds, Jojoba, Apricot Seed, Argan, Evening Primrose, Macadamia and Apricot seeds hydrate, refine skin texture and deliver a powerful blend of antioxidants that prevent signs of aging from sun exposure. Skin elasticity, boosted by unsaturated fatty acids and the highest levels of Vitamin E in Sacha Inchi, is improved and protected.

Coriander Seed oil soothes inflammation and prevents irritation, leaving your skin calm and glowing while Rose Absolute eases your mind. With each use of this luxurious treatment formula, your natural oil production is regulated and skin tone becomes more even for a noticeably better looking skin.

Ingredients

Opuntia Ficus-Indica (Prickly Pear) Seed Oil*, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil *, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil*, Plukenetia Volubilis (Sacha Inchi) Seed Oil*, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil *, Prunus Domestica (Plum) Seed Oil*, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil*, Tocopherol (Vitamin E)*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Coriandrum Sativum (Coriander) Seed Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia FCF – non phototoxic (Bergamot) Peel Oil* Parfum (White Rose Natural Composition), Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil, Geraniol, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool, Citral, Farnesol, Eugenol

*Certified Organic

My skin loves a good oil serum and instantly took to this one. There is something magical about this serum, I simply love it. It has a silky feel and glides beautifully on my skin, penetrating deeply without leaving any greasiness behind. It is super nourishing and helps to balance my skin. I like to use it as a pampering night-time treatment to nurture my skin while I sleep. Again the beautiful combination of Rose and Coriander is delightfully aromatic and so soothing, perfect for calming my mind before bedtime.

When I wake up my skin feels silky soft and smooth and looks brighter and plump.

I’m in love with these products and how they make me feel. They are so lovely to use and make my routine pampering and enjoyable. Each product is highly effective and I’m loving how my skin looks and feels. My skin is just happy, hydrated and balanced and my skin tone looks more even with a healthy glow.

I will happily purchase when I run out.

If you are interested in trying out the products, Karmen has a try it out discovery set with the Soothe & Repair Moisturiser, Midnight Beauty Serum + Hairband & Instant Glow Calming Exfoliator sample.


Many thanks Karmen for creating this beautiful range and introducing them to me


Have you tried Flower and Spice Modern Apothecary?



Lola  



Disclosure: Products sent to me for review purposes.   As always I give honest and unbiased reviews of products I receive.  

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