Being able to test and write about the latest in beauty is already pretty awesome, but when we received a chance to review Red Flower I was clapping my hands in glee. If you adore high-end, all natural products, you’ll applaud this line for bath, body and home as well. I first noticed this line of luxurious products during a winter stay in Philadelphia. Stef and I love to spend a few days in Center City Philly before the holidays revisiting our old stomping grounds. One year we lucked out with a very fancy hotel suite in a luxe hotel on Rittenhouse Square. Talk about heaven! A huge comfy bed with Frette sheets, fancy cocktails delivered by room service and a humongous bathroom with a fabulous shower with great water pressures. Best of all, was the beautiful basket stocked with the most heavenly smelling soaps and shampoos from the elegant, slightly exotic Red Flower. A beauty loving friend had arranged for the basket delivery so we could relax in luxury. Visions of the line have been in the back of my head ever since!
Since that vacation, I’ve noticed the name Red Flower continually popped up as the featured bath and beauty line at the spas and hotels I dreamed of visiting. After some internet sleuthing, I also learned the line is truly environmentally conscious, sourcing sustainable ingredients, all natural and pure fragrances and using as many organic materials as possible. I also discovered their line of beautiful and fragrant candles were a cult favorite amongst my fellow candle worshippers. So when we received some lovely items from Red Flower for review, I was gleeful at the thought of getting a good look at this gorgeously green and luxurious line.
Launched in 1999 with a collection of six flower candles, founder Yael Alkalay was inspired to create a kind of beauty that is “not easily bottled, one that focuses both on the internal and the external.” She strove to produce flower-based products that “transform everyday experiences to their utmost extreme” and I have to say, mission accomplished. My morning showers have become a highlight of my day since the simple and elegant Red Flower bottles made their appearance!
I have been using (and adoring) the French Lavender Cleansing Hair Wash and the French Lavender Softening Hair Conditioner. The shampoo gets my normal to slightly oily hair super (almost squeaky) clean but is never drying or damaging. A quarter size dollop creates a soft lather (a plus in natural shampoos!) and rinses clean away. This shampoo also contains lots of natural hair strengtheners and cleansers like soy protein, avocado oil, vitamin E and even vinegar (a natural cleanser, it also adds shine.) The matching conditioner is surprisingly rich for it’s light formula. Containing peppermint and lavender, as well as essential oils of clary sage and rosemary to balance and stimulate. I especially love the cooling tingle along my scalp as the conditioner does it job. After a minute or so, it easily rinses (but the scent lingers all day) and leaves my hair super soft and shiny.
Best of all, I’ve been looking forwards to my mornings! The scent of fresh lavender with a teeny undercurrent of peppermint fills my bathroom, meshing with the steam for a thoroughly relaxing and stimulating shower. Believe me, I am so not a morning person, but after a Red Flower shower, I’m ready to face the day before I had my first cup of coffee.
Are you ready to be invigorated by this fabulous, eco-friendly brand? You’ll find luscious, spa-like products that are free of dyes, parabens, and synthetic preservatives and packaged in recyclable containers. Our testers will be here in the comments to let you all about the Red Flower product they reviewed, including the absolutely stunning petal topped Icelandic Moonflower and French Lavender candles, the Ocean Body Lotion and the Guaiac Organic Perfume.[ratings]