Lyonsleaf is a brand I have been admiring from afar for the best part of a year. Their range of waterless balms consistently attract glowing review from bloggers whose opinion I trust and respect. Needless to say I was very pleased to get my hands on this 15ml tin in November's SoukSouk box.
One of the things that has drawn me to Lyonsleaf is that Ben and Vicky grow many of their ingredients on their small holding in the Mendip Hills. Their skincare products that were initially a hobby, quickly gained popularity and have become a very successful range. In terms of skincare, Lyonsleaf favour a waterless balm, allowing them to produce a concentrated formula without having to use artificial preservatives.
Calendula Cream is a fantastic product for anyone whose skin is dry, sore, inflamed or simply in need of a little extra care. It is naturally high in fatty acids, natural anti-inflammatories and antioxidants, as well as anti-microbial and anti-septic properties. This soothes and helps to heal sore skin.
A little of this rich and nourishing balm goes a long way. I have had this little pot nearly a month and used it most days, either on my own skin or my children's. I still have half of it left. For me, I use it on patches of eczema/dermatitis. It helps breaks that cycle of scratching that itch and the further damage that it causes. The Calendula Cream does a wonderful job of calming and soothing my skin, and helps to restore the skin's natural barrier. Speaking of calming, my daughter's skin is fairly sensitive, and easily flares up in a rash. Some of the creams I would use on myself, I would worry that the concentration of essential oils is a little too high for her. I have none of these concerns with the Calendula Cream and can happily report that a little of this has quickly dealt with the angry rashes she gets.
My boys are forever racing around, falling over and generally getting into all manner of bumps and scrapes. Again, a little of this when the skin has scabbed over seems to help them heal a little quicker and with less scarring than I would have expected. The Calendula Cream is very much a multipurpose balm, as useful in both the first aid box as it is in the bathroom cabinet.
I don't know how to describe the fragrance, other than to tell you that all four of us like it. I would say that it smells cool and fresh, and has a very likeable unisex fragrance. My boys in particular are very fussy and quick to vocalise their dislike of anything. A simple "it's alright" is high praise indeed from them.
I have been very impressed with this product, in terms of how incredibly effective it is and what good value for money it is. I am happy to use it on my own skin and that of my children and will certainly be buying a replacement when this runs out. ,
prunus amygdalus dulcis [cold pressed almond oil] • butyrospermum parkii [organic shea butter] • prunus americana [cold pressed apricot kernel oil] • calendula officinalis • [calendula flower extract] • borogo officinalis [cold pressed borage oil] • tocopherol [vitamin E oil] • juniperus communis [juniper essential oil] • boswellia serrata [frankincense essential oil] • lavendula angustifiolia [lavender essential oil] • pelargonium graveolens [geranium essential oil] note: the essential oils naturally contain: citral, citronellol, eugenol, geraniol, limonene, linolool