AFRICAN botanics reviews

More than anything I would like to be lazing in some far-flung, exotic destination. Sipping something sweet in a warm breeze with the gentle sounds of waves hitting the shore. Unfortunately this desert island dream won’t be a reality anytime soon but thanks to African Botanics I’m feeling that little bit closer. Recently I’ve started using the Baobab Clay Oxygenating Cleanser & the Neroli infused Marula Oil. I was instantly taken with the packaging which also comes in beautiful boxes and the natural fragrances are beyond. Marula Oil is the heart of the brand and features in each of the products throughout the range. When a fruit bearing tree can withstand droughts and the constant onslaught of sun imagine what the cold pressed oil from the seed of that fruit can do for our complexion?

Whilst my skin leans toward dry & sensitive my pores can easily become congested. I’m always on the look out for a great cleanser with the ability to remove impurities without drying or irritating my skin. For a while I’ve been using the Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip which has been great however the Baobab Clay Cleanser is my new best friend. I’m a sucker for packaging (as long as what’s inside works) and the silver tube looks great in my bathroom and my instagram feed. The smell is so unusual. It’s very rich, sweet and slightly bitter – I just love it. I had a very small breakout after using this for the first time which healed in no time thanks to the nourishing oils. For me this was a good sign as it seems to be clearing my skin without drying or irritation.

If you like Neroli you will love the Neroli infused Marula Oil. The smell is what transports me to a desert island. It’s sweet, rich and super luxurious. A lot like Vintners Daughter this oil works on different skin types. It’s rich and absorbs quickly with the ability to thoroughly moisturise and plump whilst preventing or healing acne or breakouts. I plan to keep this in it’s box to preserve it from degrading day light.

I know this has been a gushing review but I really love the brand. The only thing I can think of that might put anyone off is the price. These products are all luxury and only the highest grade of botanicals are used which is what you are paying for besides the luxurious packaging. If you can afford it then I urge you to give them a try because the performance and overall experience is just lovely. I also recommend reading more about the benefits of Marula Oil and check out the founders who have a lovely story. I have a few more products from the brand which I will share with you over the coming weeks.

Photography by Christian Roman for Lookin Good Feelin Fine.