I like Etsy and it’s a great idea to have all small businesses and indie artists together at one place! Sometimes I find myself browsing through jewellry designers, adoring vintage pieces or just simply finding inspiration through beautiful things. In terms of beauty / make-up I still haven’t found anything that would really catch my attention, but never mind. And since I didn’t have any expectations, I was quite surprised when I got in touch with the lovely Julie from Bumble and Co, which is an independent cosmetics artisan who formulates by hand natural luxuries for face & body. I was attracted by the tasteful package and photos and ingredients as well. Julie has proposed me to try 2 of her products: the face cream and the lavender shampoo, which I’m reviewing below.
Bumble & Co HYDRATING FACE & NECK HERBAL CREAM
I’ve received a generous and beautiful packed (in a glass bottle) sample of this cream. After using it for a while and give a thorough opinion, I’d finally describe it as a perfect cream for spring/summer time for all skin types. In this time I had tremendously dry skin and so I needed an additional oil in every case. The texture of this cream is very liquid and light although it has many moisturizing oils; it reminds me of the Dr.Hauschka Moisturizing day cream. When applied it absorbs very quickly in the skin leaving the skin smooth but I’d say with an almost matte finish. Which is great for people with normal skin used as a light layer of make base. This cream has one of the strongest herbal smells that I’ve ever tried which can be a little bit too much for someone. But keep in my mind that I have a very sensitive nose 🙂 To conclude, I like this cream and the list with ingredients additionaly confirms my like. Here it is exactly as Julie has sent it to me:
Ingredients: pure distilled water, shea & kokum butters, oils of grapeseed, sweet almond, avocado, rice bran, jojoba, argan, camellia seed, hemp seed, pomegranate, sea buckthorn, rose hip, borage, evening primrose, carrot seed & helichrysum, calendula extract, vit e, stearic acid, e wax, beeswax, essential oils of lavender, geranium &rose otto, germall plus (a gentle, paraben free preservative).
Bumble & Co ORGANIC SULFATE FREE SHAMPOO (Lavender)
This is a product that I was quite curious to try since it was written on the label that is sulfate free. After using it for some time now, I have to say that I prefer it to my Lavera shampoo. When it comes to hair, the products I use are the less green of everything, because few years ago, when I started to research green shampoos to use, I haven’t encounter anything without SLS or cocamidopropyl betaine inside. However, times and products are changing and I admit, I’ll have to update myself more even in hair products. But since I have short hair and don’t use any styling products, I’m not so perfectionist on shampoos.
Coming back to this shampoo, first when I saw the label I thought, ok again SLS, but later when I did a little bit of research I found that it’s not actually SLS but a different ingredient that is gentler and also EcoCert approved. Below on the picture there is an entire list with ingredients:
While using this shampoo I realized that I prefer it to my old ones, because it cleanses the hair in a gentle way and it’s not so harsh to the skin. Sometimes when I wash my hair with Lavera my skin becomes slightly irritated. Here it wasn’t so and this made me really interested a little bit more in researching shampoos further. I’m not claiming that this is the greenest shampoo ever, but I did a step forward 🙂 Anyhow, because of other ingredients like oils, aloe juice and chamomile I give to this product a like as well!
To conclude, I think that these small brands like Bumble&Co with natural products are to explore and if they are good, I’m happy to promote them too.