Elijah Choo, founder of Bodhi & Birch, never ceases to amaze me with his endless creativity and I am lucky to learn from this wise man through our conversations. I also am lucky to sometimes test some of the new things in development, so I got ‘familiar’ with the new launch, Botanic Dew Hand & Body Wash, because Elijah has kindly sent me a sample a few weeks ago, that I have been using it every day since then ( the product was officially launched this week on B & B website ).
Botanic Dew Hand & Body Wash was developed to cleanse both hands and body with a purifying botanical infusion of flower essences, fruit oils and anti-bacterial herbal extracts. Elijah is a very keen gardener, so this product was partially inspired by cool, crispy, sunny mornings spent in the garden. It is a complex therapeutic blend of 19 pure essential oils that will refresh your senses and lift the spirits, with the initial burst of fresh mint is followed by citrus notes, leading to the gentle revelation of warm floral notes and grassy herbs at its heart.
When I started using the sample, I told Elijah that the product didn’t seem as ‘powerful’ in its scent, if compared to usual Bodhi and Birch ‘favourites’ like Jasmine Falls or Siam Ginger, which draw me in, like a powerful magnet, every time I get even a whiff of them. Elijah replied that he tries to respond to customer feedback and requests and this product was deliberately ‘subtler’, when compared to other Bodhi & Birch product scents. The fresh scent, or more delicate scent if you like, also corresponds to the bottle design, which has a clear, frosted colour, as well as a lower price point, to allow people not familiar with the brand already, to have an additional incentive to do so.
This product is also a multi-tacker, as you not only purifying the skin on your body, but can nurture your hands and make sure that germs are washed away without a negative impact on your health. Sadly, in part because of the strange weather patters this year, we seem to be nursing colds and flu, as well as tummy bugs, more often that we normally would in the springtime. Now, imagine coming back home from work, school or just running the errands, and starting with the ‘unwinding’ process with a delicately scented product that sets the tone for the reminder of the evening. As a mother, I also want to make sure that hands are washed with a product that has anti-bacterial benefits, but won’t make skin dry and introduce harmful chemicals to the skin ( this hand & body wash is free from sulphates & parabens ). Elijah formulated this product using a trio of mild cleansers derived from coconut oil and fruit sugars, plus it also contains Lactic Acid, an Alpha-Hydroxy Acid (AHA), known for skin rejuvenating properties. There is also a Gluconolactone, which is a Poly-Hydroxy Acid (PHA), which actively hydrates the skin. It’s worth adding here that I don’t believe in washing hands too many times a day, as I believe in balance when it comes to bacteria that we have on our skin and body and that has both positive and negative effect on our wellbeing. Washing hands after gardening or being out and about is one thing, doing it too many times a day is probably not such a great idea, in the same way as taking antibiotics for a common cold is not in your best interests.
I like the gentle bubbles that lathering with Botanic Dew creates, which gently cleanse and effectively purify the skin and the anti-bacterial blend of essential oils helps to neutralise unwanted odours or stains, like I get from peeling and cutting vegetables like beetroot, on my fingers.
If you decided to share this product with the kids, please do a patch test, because kid’s delicate skin might react to high ratio of essential oils. Mine are big enough to use it and enjoy massaging it all over their hands and between the fingers, after escapes to the park, coming home from school or doing sports ( it purifies the skin beautifully after sweat producing activities, like football matches ).
Ingredients: Aqua (Purified Water), Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate (From Coconut Oil), Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate (From Coconut Oil), Coco-glucoside (From Coconut Oil & Fruit Sugar), Polysorbate 20 (From Coconut Oil & Fruit Sugar), Cymbopogon Martinii (Palmarosa) Oil, Mentha Arvensis (Peppermint) Leaf Oil, Boswellia Carterii (Frankincense) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary Sage) Oil, Pelargoneum Graveolens (Bourbon Geranium) Flower Oil, Canarium Luzonicum (Elemi) Gum Oil, Commiphora Erythraea (Opopanax) Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Leaf Oil, Origanum Majorana (Marjoram) Leaf Oil, Rosa Damascena (Rose Otto) Flower Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Bud Oil, Litsea Cubeba (May Chang) Fruit Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang-ylang) Flower Oil, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine Absolute) Flower Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (White Thyme) Leaf Oil, Mentha Spicata (Spearmint) Leaf Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil, Lactic Acid (From Beet Sugar), Gluconolactone (From Corn), Sodium Benzoate, Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol, Geraniol, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Eugenol
Life gets busy and we sometimes forget to pause and enjoy precious moments. For me washing my hands after cooking, while listening to the radio or looking at the trees outside, is a way to briefly meditate. One of my past yoga teachers often told us during the class to turn ‘routine’ things we do every day into special moments that can benefit you mentally, so washing your hands with this wash or taking a shower in the morning can be a signal to pause, take deeper breaths, enjoying the scent and few moments of calm, before diving back into the real world. I also have to say that with time, the subtlety of the scent has actually grown on me – proof that some things don’t need to be loud, in order to be appreciated.
Bodhi & Birch Botanic Dew Hand & Body Wash, 200ml, £16
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