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Like many of my fellow weheartthisians (Yes, I’ve coined a new term, jealous?!), I am an Anglophile. I love all things British. (I swear I’m the only person that buys the crumpets at my grocery store). Imagine my delight when I received not one, but two products from British import Green and Spring. So, confession time (besides that thing about the crumpets), I had never heard of this company. With a name like Green & Spring I figured this company would fall into our Green Monday reviews, but that was only a guess. So, nerd that I am, I did a little research to help keep all of you in the know!
Launched in 2009 and founded by the husband and wife team of Cambridge alums, Jessica and Peter Francopan, Green & Spring is an all-natural bath, body and skincare line that utilizes herbs, plants, and flowers native to the British Isles. (Very British Side Note: Jessica is part of the Sainsbury family, one of England’s most prominent families, and Peter is a Croatian prince, his official title being Prince Peter Doimi de Frankopan Subic Zrinski.), The inspiration behind this brand is the beautiful English countryside, specifically the Cowley Manor in Gloucestershire, a 19th century country manor house hotel possessing a modern sensibility and 55 acres of lush private gardens (and the award-winning C.Side Spa is located within). Sounds pretty Green so far.
According to Jessica, “As you get older, you don’t want to stuff your body full of chemicals, so creating a range that drew on the beauty and efficacy of nature was key.” Green & Spring products are all-natural and free of parabens, SLS, SLES, PEGS, glycols, petrochemicals, synthetic colors, artificial fragrances and are not tested on animals.
Many of the ingredients in Green & Spring products have been used by English apothecaries for centuries for their therapeutic properties. Plus, any water used as a component of a product, is sourced directly from from the natural spring located on the Cowley estate. Even better, all products are mixed by hand to ensure quality which, in my humblest opinion, gives a more personalized feel. Adding a touch of whimsy, each product package features a bird that is native to the British Isles.
Green and Spring offers three different varieties of bath and body products:
Relaxing – Inspired by aromatic kitchen herbs, blending the soothing fragrance of lavender with the nurturing and restorative properties of comfrey and rosemary.
Indulging – Inspired by English country gardens, blending the delicate scent of rose and the sensual fragrance of jasmine; with the comforting and restful properties of elderflower and red clover.
Revitalising – Inspired by green, grassy fields, blending the invigorating fragrance of peppermint with the nourishing and stimulating properties of dandelion and
I received the Relaxing Shower and Bath Foam and it was pure packaging inspiration for me. The bottle is beautified with a chic and quaint bird amid a lovely list of the herbs, flowers, essential oils, and extracts contained within (plus notations of what each ingredient does, such as “softening marshmallow” and “calming chamomile”).
This cleansing gel is a clear, pale yellow and has a strong herbal/lavender scent to it, but it didn’t strike me as a particularly “girly” scent, so for those of you who share a bathroom with a man, prepare for product poaching! With main ingredients such as chamomile, lavender and comfrey; it’s nicely unisex. It lathers very well and leaves skin feeling clean and refreshed. In a bubble bath, it foams up nicely, however, the bubbles don’t last very long, so I’d stick to using it more as a shower gel. I’m not sure if this product is particularly relaxing, though my skin is softened with regular use and it always means a lovely bath/shower experience.
I also tested the Reviving Face Mask, which according to the bird-adorned jar, is influenced by wild, ancient hedgerows. The mask combines refreshing lemon balm and the curative properties of sea buckthorn and enriching carrot oils to revive and tired, dull complexions. I don’t even know what sea buckthorn is, (thanks Wikipedia!) but, it makes a great face mask. This mask is an opaque, milky white that has the consistency of pudding (how’s that for British?). The scent is very similar to the herbal/soapy scent of the shower and bath foam, with the faintest bit of mint added. I applied this to clean, damp skin and let it dry completely before rinsing with water. Once I was done, I found that my skin appeared calmer, all redness was completely gone. Blemishes seemed to clear faster and my pores appeared smaller–basically it did everything one hopes a face mask can do.
Apparently this mask is supposed to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and while I am fortunate enough to not have too many lines that need reducing, I do feel it did help my skin generally look better, and generally more refreshed. If you’re looking for a calming, cleansing and anti-aging mask, you may want to give this mask a whirl.
Overall, I’m impressed with this new brand from across the pond and I can’t wait to try out more from them, especially from their skin care line. Stay tuned to hear what our testers have to say about botanical-based Green and Spring…
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