Saturday 20 September 2014

An Amazing Skin Care Brand ~ Melvita

Hello Lovelies,

As you may already know, I am a bit of a skin care junkie/geek and love finding new products to try whether it be something I am kindly sent or something I have purchased myself and I am often asked questions or my opinion on certain skin care items. I recently decided I was going to make an 'affordable skin care routine' video for my You Tube Channel and started to research lots of different products with that video in mind and I came across the brand Melvita. One of the first things I read was the about us section on their website and it was a pleasure to read, I have to share it with you so here's what it says -


Bernard Chevilliat, founder of Melvita, moved with his brother to the Ardèche in 1977 after studying Biology. They set up a small farm after being attracted to the area by the vast unspoilt landscapes and open countryside. As they worked the land they became interested in migrantbeekeeping, particularly the valuable role bees play in nature as a whole, and soon built up over five hundred hives.
Nûriël, Bernard’s wife, then joined the farm. They founded Melvita in 1983 developing their own natural and organic beauty products designed for people to use everyday without the need for harsh chemicals. Their first product was the iconic hexagonal soap made with honey from their hives. Delicate moisturisers and lotions, shampoos and bath products soon followed and the company, which started out with just 4 employees, grew to over 250 people.
MELVITA was quietly formulating natural beauty products before the trend for natural and organic cosmetics took hold, and was one of the first to gain the ECOCERT certificate for organic products in 2002.
Today Bernard Chevilliat continues to lead the technical team creating innovative products at the forefront of organic formulation and expertise still based in the open countryside of the Ardèche.

I also really like their philosophy, which is -

Our philosophy

■ Our products meet the criteria of the strict ECOCERT Ecological and Organic Cosmetics standards and of the Cosmébio label.
■ We use the finest ingredients that are organically and responsibly sourced, with respest of nature being our priority.
■ We actively protest against the pointlessness and cruelty of tests on animals.
■ We ensure that our packaging materials are totally recyclable.
■ We are involved in a pro-active approach that encompasses sustainable development and the preservation of beauty, biodiversity and environmental balance.
■ We develop long-standing, ethical relationships with our growers from our local area and in underprivileged areas of the world.
■ Formulated to be pure and gentle, our beauty range is incredibly effective bringing with it all the pleasure of nature.
ecocert and cosmebio logos

I browsed their website for what seemed like ages and found lots of lovely products I'd like to try but one product that stood out more than any other was the plumping radiance duo, this is a bi phase product and is made up of rose water and rose oil and is said to firm and plump skin and give an amazing radiant glow. I decided to purchase the plumping radiance duo and something I thought was a really nice touch was that I got to choose 3 free samples at the checkout, so I chose the Extraordinary Rose Water, the Moisture Replenishing Night Nectar and the Fresh Eye Contour Gel.

When my parcel arrived a few days later I was very pleasantly surprised at how lovely the packaging was, I received a lovely floral patterned box lined with white tissue paper with my products in.

The box containing my products

My products in the box

I was really excited to try the products and was very pleased that the Extraordinary Water was quite a decent sized sample at 25ml and considering a full size bottle is 100ml I thought receiving a quarter of the size was a generous sample size.

My first thoughts on the Plumping Radiance Duo or should I say Pulpe De Rose plumping radiance duo were that I wasn't keen on the packaging being glass, this is only because I can be extremely clumsy but so far so good it is still in tact and aside from that I had no other concerns on first impressions.

The product as I said comes in a glass bottle with a pump on top and there is 50ml of product, the product retails at £25 which does sound expensive but considering this can be used as 2 of your skin care steps I didn't think it was too bad and this is why I bought it with my more affordable skin care video in mind, because it is basically saving on a product. I use this after cleansing and using my acid toner and in place of my hydrating toner and a facial oil. Because this is a bi phase product and contains both the oil and water I only need this product so it does save money as I would usually use Serozinc and a facial oil which would be more expensive to buy than the Melvita, so as you see there is a method in my madness!

I absolutely love this product, it is really nice and it applies well, I use 2 pumps and spray it onto my hand then apply it to my face, you could spray it directly onto your face if you wanted to, and I have tried both methods but my preferred method is to spray onto my hand first then apply to my face. The product sinks into my skin effortlessly and I am not waiting around for ages for it to dry before I can apply my moisturiser. My skin feels so soft and plumped up after I've used this, it does do exactly what it says on the tin or bottle as the case is, if I am wearing make up I find my skin has a lovely glow to it when I've used this and I have received a lot of compliments on my skin since I started using it. I would say although this is £25 it is good value for money as a little goes a very long way, I've been using 2 pumps of this and theres hardly a dent in the bottle, I would imagine a bottle of this will last a very long time.

Overall I love the pulpe de rose, plumping radiance duo it is a beautiful product, it smells amazing too, it applies well, sinks in to my skin nicely and leaves my skin looking lovely, whats not to love? I would highly recommend it and will definitely be re purchasing when I run out.

Extraordinary Rose Water

I couldn't write this post without mentioning the sample of Extraordinary Water I received with my order, as I said I was pleased with the size of the sample but not only that this is an amazing product, it isn't the cheapest of products at £17 for 100ml bottle but if you are in the market for a luxurious facial toner this is the one for you, it is fabulous!

It smells amazing, usually I hate rose scented products but this is lovely and not overpowering or old ladyish at all, the consistency is a little strange and it is almost like a gel/water hybrid, it is thicker than your average water consistency toner but that certainly didn't put me off. My skin feels amazing when I use this product, it is lovely. There are 3 different extraordinary waters to choose from, the rose one, orange blossom and narcissus, I haven't tried either of the other 2 but if they are like the rose they will be amazing too. The water contains hyaluronic acid so is very hydrating, according to the Melvita website the orange blossom is for dry skin but this has worked brilliantly for me, saying that I would love to try the orange blossom one next. I cannot speak highly enough of this product and although it is expensive it is worth it, and as with the plumping radiance duo, a little goes a long way, I have used my sample a heck of a lot and I still have half left, I am trying to savour it though as it is such a gorgeous product. As I said if you are in the market for a luxurious toner I would highly recommend you try this or one of the other extraordinary waters, you will not be disappointed I promise you. 

I also love the eye contour gel and night cream that I received however they were tiny samples and I didn't have enough uses to say how they performed and if they made a difference to my skin at all. 

But overall I am so so pleased I discovered the brand Melvita and have a wish list on a loo roll of all the amazing products they have, they are a fantastic company with a brilliant ethos and I am extremely glad I found them and I can't wait to try more of their wonderful products. 

If you would like to check out the Melvita website you can find it by clicking this link, you can also find Melvita at Feel Unique and Look Fantastic

Have you tried Melvita? Whats your favourite product?

Thank you for reading, much love as always, 

Zoe x

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