**KLAXON** PROMOTIONAL POST**KLAXON**
My blog posts are usually either part of my Freelancer's Guide to Getting Out of the House series or one-off posts about writing, tips I'm sharing or simply random thoughts. And snow, on one occasion.
This one is slightly different. Back towards the beginning of 2018, a friend and business colleague, Maria Furtek, asked her networking associates if they could donate prizes to the raffle that she was organising on behalf of her son. He was going to be working on a community education project in Zambia, via the Itala Foundation, and needed to raise money before he went.
I donated a free blog post, which was duly won by Angela Johnson, an independent Arbonne consultant.
She decided that this would be a great way to introduce Arbonne's Rescue & Renew Collection to not only her regular customers but also to a whole new audience.
Angela gave me three products to try out and write about and the resulting post is below.
(Please note that this is my absolutely genuine response to the products. If I hadn't enjoyed using them then I would have been honest and said so. And then I would have had to avoid Angela for the rest of my life. Thankfully the products were great and it didn't have to come to that!)
Arbonne's Rescue & Renew Collection
Apparently, some people manage to wake up every day feeling wide awake and perky, without the need for any kind of internal or external stimulant. I’m not one of those people. There are two things I need to get going in the morning: a shower and a coffee. Normally separately, but if the night before was a very late one then I’m not adverse to having them simultaneously.
Caffeine aside, stepping into the shower is normally enough to just about bring me back into the land of the living but that extra bit of zing can be added by using the right products. The fresh smell of soap or shower gel can do wonders for sharpening up the senses at an early hour. And, with that in mind, I was feeling very enthusiastic about trying Arbonne’s new Rescue & Renew collection – it sounds like it could have been named just for me.
Smell yourself awake
There is a well-known high street brand of bath products that are marketed for their ability to rejuvenate by stressing the ‘tingling’ effect produced by their high concentration of ingredients such as mint, tea-tree and citrus fruits. They smell good and they certainly do tingle but pour just a little bit too much of the gel over you and you'll find that it’s also strong enough to take the top layer off of your corneas. I might well be awake but now I can’t see to get out of the shower because my eyes are streaming so much.
Thankfully, Arbonne’s Rescue & Renew Detox Wash does the waking-you-up bit beautifully, by including grapefruit and orange essential oils, but also manages to leave you with your vision intact: the smell is energising, refreshing and not remotely overpowering.
It also contains alfalfa, chicory extracts and mineral salt which wash away all your skin’s impurities and leave it incredibly soft and smooth. You only need a small amount as it lathers up well; I came out of the shower feeling really clean and bright.
Arbonne’s second cleansing option in this range is the Rescue & Renew Detox Scrub.
If I’m honest, I’ve never been a big fan of exfoliating scrubs. I often find them too rough on my skin and, without over-sharing things here, those granules? They have an unnerving ability to get just about everywhere…*shudders*
However, the Arbonne Rescue & Renew Detox Scrub has got it spot on here as, while the grains are tough enough to rub off the dead skin cells, they aren’t abrasive enough to scratch. They also dissolve away completely, so all you’re left with is a lovely, gentle, soapy effect. Again, the inclusion of citrus essential oils is invigorating and the Vitamin E, avocado oil, coriander seed oil and passion fruit seed oil all help soothe, protect and moisturise your skin.
The final product I used is the Rescue & Renew Detox Body Lotion.
I used it on wet skin still benefitting from my time in the shower with the other R&R products and the shea butter in this lotion made it feel even softer, even the bits that I struggle with, like elbows, knees and feet. It smells amazing, thanks to the essential oils (bergamot, orange, anise and lavender) and it gets an extra punch from the addition of the super spices: ginger and turmeric.
A do-it-yourself spa
Arbonne says that this range has been inspired by ancient Ayurvedic spa practices:
‘This holistic approach to wellness focuses on the body’s flow of
energy for the ultimate in self-care. The ritual and products
combined help detoxify the body by cleansing the skin’s surface of
impurities while also protecting the skin’s moisture barrier.’
I’m always happy to turn my bathroom into a do-it-yourself spa experience and these three products definitely have that luxury pampering smell about them. The rest of the collection includes a detox mask, oil, bath soak and gelée (nope, I had no idea what this was either but apparently it's a cooling gel that soothes muscles and hydrates the skin) plus eight different essential oils. These will add to the indulgence if you mix them with massage oil or you could make your house smell gorgeous by adding them to a diffuser.
I’m a big fan of any beauty range that steers clear of synthetic chemicals and Arbonne does exactly that. Their products are made using a mix of green science and botanically-based ingredients, which they ethically source from around the world. They don’t use any synthetic parabens, dyes, mineral oil or fragrances and all are non-toxic. They’re also completely cruelty free, containing no animal products or by-products, and are vegan certified.
Even after just a few days of using the Rescue & Renew wash, scrub and lotion I could feel the difference in my skin: velvety-smooth and with better elasticity than before and, when I did the hydration pinch test, the skin on the back of my hand returned to normal almost immediately.
You can take a look at the full range of Arbonne products on Angela's website - http://angelajohnson.arbonne.com. If you would like to try any of these products, find out more information or place an order please email her or give her a call on 07931 428560.
That's it for now - my next post is almost done, so will be up here soon! In the meantime, if you want to leave a comment about a new venue that I can add to my Freelancer's Guide, please do so below or use my contact form.