Smell of nature: Corpus deodorants

At the time when I started to look into using more natural deodorant formulas, few were available & they didn’t look (or smell appealing). I wanted a reliable solution to my roll-on, but I read more

CRiL Reviews: Aurelia Body Cleanser & Serum

Sometimes a brand emerges on the beauty scene that captures your heart within a short time, the bond becoming stronger with every new product launch. This doesn’t happen often to me, making Aurelia Probiotic Skincare even more special, as far as I am as consumer are concerned. Aurelia Restorative Cream Body Cleanser & Firm & Replenish Body Serum were launched in late spring and having tested both of them since early May, to say that I am smitten would be pretty accurate. One of the main reasons being that both products treat not just the body, but mind too. As a busy woman I appreciate it more & more.

Our faces are our calling cards, so we lavish out attention on them, often neglecting our bodies, which isn’t smart in the long run. When it comes to the products that I use in the shower, I prefer natural formulas, scents that make me dream, rather than choke and no less importantly, make my skin feel nurtured, rather than carelessly attended to on the run. When creating the formula for the Restorative Cream Body Cleanser Claire Vero, Aurelia’s founder, mother of one, with another baba on the way, ‘wanted to create beautiful skincare that surpassed the biggest expectations of modern women’. Combining the science with ethical, sustainably sourced BioOrganic ingredients, she managed to create product that caresses your skin, while making you feel feminine and confident in your inner power. Don’t be surprised, if your Aurelia skincare helps you make male hearts beat just a little bit faster, as well as garner compliments from other women. And remember that a confident woman is easy to spot, as she makes others feel good about themselves, because she is innately confident in her own abilities, strengths and even weaknesses.

Aurelia Restorative Cream Body Cleanser, 250ml, £32

The cleanser has natural coconut creamy base and lathers, not surprisingly, very well, covering the body in tiny cleansing bubbles that respect your skin’s natural Ph balance. I emerge from the shower (aim to use cool, rather than hot water, as the latter tends to dry up your skin) with my skin feeling clean and hydrated. There are often times that it feels so soft & silky to the touch, that I don’t apply anything to it, just leaving it slightly damp & letting the scent linger, making me feel like I am floating in my own feminine cocoon. When I use it in the evening I let the water wash away the worries and stresses of the day, while the cleanser helps get rid of the pollution & negative vibes that get accumulated by all of us living in busy, congested cities.

The cleanser is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive and has been dermatologically tested. In terms of key ingredients you have restorative botanicals, namely Baobab, Kigali Africana, Hibiscus (rich in Vitamin E) which enhance cleanser’s antioxidant & nurturing effect on your skin. Aloe Vera soothes & heals skin’s top layer and essential oils, expertly layered and steam-distilled, create a fragrant veil over your skin, while delivering therapeutic benefits via your sense of smell. Geranium, combined with Clementine Oil, offer delicate floral notes that lighten the mood and your step. There is also uplifting Mandarin for elevating stress and tension accumulated in the body, while Rosemary is added for focussing your mind on things that matter. Stepping out of the shower, after using this cleanser, makes you feel light, energised & confident in who YOU are.

Ingredients list: Aqua/Water/Eau, Aloe barbadensis leaf juice (Aloe vera), Sodium cocoyl isethionate (coconut based), Prunus amygdalus dulcis (Sweet almond) oil, Stearic acid (vegetable based), Glycerin (vegetable glycerine), Hibiscus sabdariffa flower extract, Kigelia africana fruit extract, Adansonia digitata fruit extract (Baobab), Citrus clementina peel oil (Clementine), Citrus nobilis (Mandarin orange) peel oil, Pelargonium graveolens flower oil (Geranium), Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) leaf oil, Cymbopogon citratus leaf oil (Lemongrass), Cymbopogon flexuosus oil (Malabar grass), Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) oil, Cananga odorata flower oil (Ylang ylang), Decyl glucoside (sugar based), Glyceryl caprylate/caprate (vegetable derived), Sodium cocoyl glutamate (coconut based), Xanthan gum (natural), Lactic acid (natural), Potassium sorbate, Hydroxypropyl guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride (vegetable based), Salicylic acid (vegetable based), Citric acid (derived from lemon), Allantoin (vegetable based), Sodium phytate (derived from rice), Sorbic acid (natural preservative), Benzyl alcohol, Dehydroacetic acid (natural association approved preservative), Limonene*, Geraniol*, Linalool*, Citronellol*, Citral*, Benzyl benzoate*, Benzyl salicylate* (*naturally occurring in essential oils).

Aurelia Firm & Replenish Body Serum, 250ml, £48

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Quest for an effective natural deodorant: Aurelia Botanical Cream Deodorant

I don’t know whether serendipity played the part, but as summer months got underway, my long quest to find an effective natural deodorant seems to have reached a happy conclusion. While my search for natural or organic effective skincare didn’t start with deodorants, the subject seems to be coming up often when I speak to girlfriends of various ages and seems to be particularly relevant to those who have young daughters. I discussed this subject with many colleagues, we exchanged opinions and experiences, but I tended to end disappointed every time the actual testing of yet another deodorant got underway. I tried many brands, some of which were highly praised by those whose opinion that I trust, but I alas, none seemed to work for me. It wasn’t the packaging – that was the least of my concerns – I wanted effective product that would deliver results, even under arduous testing conditions, like heat or high intensity sports. The smell of deodorants that I tried were more nose-twinkling than pleasing or the texture was wrong or they just didn’t even last longer than a couple of hours. And then, in a course of one month =&0=& launched their new product and I met the founder of a fairly new brand that will be spotlighted in a separate post – now my dear reader, enough of suspense, let me tell you about Aurelia’s new launch, that follows the launches of their Firm & Revitalise Dry Body Oil & Aromatic Repair & Brighten hand Cream, complimenting their skincare family perfectly and fragrantly.

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Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Botanical Cream Deodorant (available in two sizes, a tester-mini pot, 5g size for £5 or a full, 50g size pot for £18)

I knew about Aurelia’s deodorant being ‘in the works’ from the beginning of the year, but wasn’t getting my hopes up until I tried it. I first received a mini size & its balm-like texture was just so unlike any other deodorant I tried, I knew almost instantly that this product was a game-changer. Before my summer holiday started, I received a full-sized product for testing from team Aurelia, who were good-naturedly warned that I was going to put it to the vigorous test in a ‘hot climate’. Several weeks into using it, I can honestly say that it is one of the best natural deodorants on the market – not only it is aluminium-free, it really does work, day in, day out, irrespective of your level of physical activity.

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Its cream-to-powder consistency ( when you put your finger in a tin, it feels like a solid balm and as you warm it up on your fingers for a few seconds, it ends up feeling like a cream that glides easily and smoothly over your armpit and doesn’t dry up to a cloggy or too powdery finish. Your armpits will feel not only lovingly looked after, but nurtured as well – I am somewhat convinced that my armpits now look way better than before – an area that we don’t necessarily consider for nurturing purposes, as unlike our faces or legs, armpits aren’t really on display, unless you are frolicking on the beach).

I also want to spotlight the packaging of this deodorant – it comes in a lovely pot with a screw-on lid, which makes it handy not only to be displayed anywhere in you bathroom or a shower shelf, but it also travels well in your gym or travel bag – its balm-like consistency doesn’t melt in the heat, hence there is no risk of it ‘leaking’ over the content of your bag. That is another bonus of a practical kind, that sets it apart from many deodorants on the market, whether mainstream or niche.

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Sweating is a daily, natural & necessary process, not unlike breathing, for example. What none of us like, is smelling someone’s or own sweat, particularly when stuck to someone on a public transport.

However, many women worry about cheap and cheerful deodorants that we use to mask or neutralise the sweat, as they contain ingredients like parabens, PEGs, hormone-disruptors, as well as petrochemicals & aluminium, that block our pores but worse, accumulate in our body and often linked to cancer diagnosis. What makes Aurelia’s deodorant special is the combination of powdered plant-based botanicals, which address the issue of sweating. They wont blocking your pores or sweat glands, won’t harm your skin or general wellbeing. Aurelia’s formula includes anti-microbial =&1=& and pure =&2=&, which sit invisibly on the skin, ready to absorb your natural perspiration throughout the day, while also retaining the sense of dryness, inhibiting bacteria and resulting in long-lasting feeling of freshness, as you power through your day, whatever it might involve.

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=&3=& gently hydrates, =&4=&, =&5=& and =&6=&, known for their antiseptic and antibacterial properties, are blended with =&7=& and =&8=& which lightly fragrance and deodorise. While I won’t go as far as saying use it as perfume, the overall fragrance of this deodorant is so pleasant ( it smells upliftingly of mint or spearmint, as well eucalyptus ), I actually enjoy applying it and inhaling its scent, which lingers for a while after the application on my fingers – it’s a personal preference to wash your hands after application or not.

I don’t wear black much, but this deodorant works well when I wear navy blouses or dresses. However, a little word of caution when it comes to silk blouses or dresses – deodorant residue builds up a little on the inside of armpits, so do wash them inside out or point it out, if that happens to you, to the dry-cleaners when dropping your clothes off – when properly cleaned or washed it all disappears.

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Aurelia’s golden touch

It is no secret that I have been a fan and supporter of Aurelia Probiotic Skincare from the beginning. It is one of those rare brands that walks its own, unique path, honestly engaging with its initially small, but now quite significant, audience of women of various ages. From the ethos to the beautifully feminine, unique smells of products, on which, interestingly, men comment generously, indulging our flirtatious side and hopefully helping each women feel more confident, the brand is hard to miss or not fall under its spell. Having said that, while I look forward to each Aurelia launch, I don’t start with gushing and put my responsible hat on, as my reviews are always honest and hopefully unbiased, whether I know brand founders or not. Now, to Aurelia’s new first – Aromatic Repair and Brighten Cream, that I have been using for about three weeks at the time of the initial edit of this post.

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Aurelia has a lovely body oil but this is a first treatment that the team developed for our hard-working hands. Most of us take our two hard workers for granted, until they become so dry or red, that we actually start smothering them in cream. I, for one, have several dotted around my home and even my work desk, but only one or two products that I actually use regularly. This particular cream comes in a gorgeous golden long tube. Long you ask? Yep, unlike many hand creams that come in small packaging, this one comes in a long, like the legs of a model, and hence noticeable, tube, so if you put it in the depth of your hand bag, unlike smaller sized-ones that get lost, until you empty the bag to sort through your treasures, this one will give you a golden wink, reminding you to nurture your hands. It also acts as a gorgeous focal point on your work desk, if you work in the office.

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Aromatic Repair and Brighten Hand cream ‘has been especially formulated to help diminish sings of pigmentation, while deeply hydrating and nourishing the skin read more

Xmas Gift Ideas: festive sets from Aurelia Probiotic skincare

December is a busy time, as we all rush to have all the work commitments done alongside getting ready for parties and spending time with our loved ones. On top of that there are Christmas cards to be sent & gifts to be bought. So to inspire you here are two special gift sets from one of my favourite British beauty brands Aurelia Probiotic skincare.

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Aurelia Probiotic skincare was only launched in 2013 but already has an impressive worldwide fan base & many awards, the most recent one being from CEW UK. Their products not only deliver lasting results & appeal to women of various ages but each has a unique smell as well, each formula inspiring our inner beauty and femininity. Just in time for Christmas Aurelia launched two limited editions of their Award-Winning products: a Complete Collection and an Indulgence Collection.

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Aurelia Complete Collection

is a comprehensive set that includes an Eye Revitalising Duo alongside luxury miniatures of the whole range that will transform your skin with regular use and proper skincare routine (daily cleansing is a must is you want your skincare to work effectively).

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INCLUDED IN THE SET are:

Eye Revitalising Duo (full size)

Miracle Cleanser (15ml)

Refine & Polish Miracle Balm (15ml)

Revitalise & Glow Serum (5ml)

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Aurelia’s Probiotic Skincare new launches for face & body

I recently attended a ‘What does beauty mean to you’ event at Selfridges, part of their Beauty Project. Women like fashion designer Emilia Wickstead, stylist Bay Garnett and Christine d’Ornano, daughter of the founders of beauty brand Sisley and Glamour’s beauty editor Alex Steinherr, talked about their perception of beauty, ageing and their beauty secrets. This discussion reinforced the notion that we need to love and nurture ourselves, find the products that work for our skin and focus of being well and happy, without comparing ourselves to others. What goes on inside always shows on the outside Ladies .)

Aurelia probiotic skincare is a favourite of mine not only because each of their products has a unique identity, purpose and smell but also because the team only adds new products when they are completely sure that they will enhance the benefits of the existing products in the range, which brings me right to their two recent launches.

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Refine & Polish
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Xmas gift idea: Aurelia morning & evening sets

Yes, it is that time of the year again when there are not enough hours in the day and a long shopping list for our loved ones to attend do. With Xmas decorations up in Harrods from August ( I don’t know about you but I call it spoiling a good holiday ) and Christmas jingles on the sound systems in the department stores from October ( do we start getting ready for Christmas as soon as the one before is over ? ) one feels more harassed than excited by the time it really is the time to buy Xmas gifts. Well, some brands just make is easy for you and the idea with which Aurelia probiotic skincare team is moving towards Christmas will make your frown disappear.

Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Christmas Tea Cups and Blends

Aurelia Probiotic Skincare only launched in the beginning of the year but it has been gaining firm ground not just with their products but with their creative ideas as well. This Christmas you can choose from a Miracle Morning Time Gift Set or a

Relax & Repair Night
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Video of Aurelia Probiotic Skincare event at Content Well-being

Earlier this year I interviewed Clare Viero, founder of Aurelia Probiotic Skincare and reviewed their products. Since then the brand has been on the meteoric rise, winning over customers not only in the UK ( they are now sold on Net-A-Porter and Victoria Health and are launching at Liberty London next week ) but in the US and Europe as well.

And it is not just the potent and thoroughly researched products, with individual identity and unique smell (I also can’t praise enough their pioneering bamboo face muslins) , it’s the female team behind it – focussed, innovative and attentive to detail. Claire and Anna, brand’s masterful PR, are also balancing demanding work pressures with motherhood and do it with genuine enthusiasm that comes across the moment you meet them in person. You also get helpful tips and advice from their customer service on every occasion.

This summer my favourite organic beauty emporium Content Beauty & Well-being became their first London retail stockist and I wanted to share with you the video of the customer event that was held in-store in July.

Hope you enjoy watching it and please let me know what you think when you try
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