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Review: Vedani Botanicals No. 21 Cleanser

I have been trying to get this post up for almost a week now! Unfortunately, Squarespace was having some issues with my photos and therefore, failing every time I tried to upload. Everything seems to be working now (yay!) so on to my review of one of my favourite green finds of this year, the Vedani Botanicals No. 21 Cleanser; an oil cleansing specifically formulated for oily skin. I was originally introduced to Vedani through Twitter, and now, I'm really glad to see that they're becoming increasingly popular in the UK green beauty community.

I've been incredibly impressed with Vedani's cleanser. I'll say it now - I'm 99.9% sure that it's going to be my top product of 2016. I've been looking for a 'holy grail' cleanser for almost two years and yes, I think I may have found it.

As mentioned, the No. 21 Cleanser is an oil formula specifically formulated for oily skin. It contains beautiful organic ingredients such as hemp seed oil, tamanu oil, and some of my favourite essential oils, including geranium and bergamot. My skin seems to LOVE this formula. I've known for a while that I prefer oil cleansers, however I hadn't much ventured out other than using my own DIY jojoba and lavender blend. Vedani's offering has completely stolen my heart and at £22 for a considerably long-lasting 50g, I'm not too worried about paying the extra pennies. And let's be honest, that's a great price for the high quality and 97.8% organic ingredients that the cleanser boasts. And can we just appreciate that packing? Floral graphics, textured card, and miron violet glass? Dreamy.

Some of you may know that recently, I've been suffering with an especially stubborn bout of comedonal acne. I really think that this cleanser has made a difference when used in conjunction with acid exfoliators. Yes, acid exfoliators may not be the most natural option but this cleanser has been helping to keep my skin protected and healthy throughout use. With super clean products such as this in my routine, I am happy to use the occasional exfoliator to keep my acne at bay. The cleanser also comes with one of the best muslin cloths I have ever used and I may just have been convinced to stray from my usual cheap flannels.

As a last note, Sadie (the founder) is one of the loveliest brand-owners I have ever had the delight to talk to and I really do enjoy reading her rambling skincare emails!

Vedani also offer a matching moisturiser for the No. 21 Cleanser, using complimentary ingredients; something that I am really excited to try as soon as possible. If you're wanting to try either, Vedani have recently launched their organic skincare trial sets which cost £15 for a travel-sized sample of both the cleanser and moisturiser.

Recent Empties #6

Empties! These are one of my favourite blog posts to write and luckily, I seem to accumulate products ridiculously quickly these days. In addition to these, I also got rid of a couple products that had gone bad. 

YSL Belle d'Opium Perfume
Yay - I'm so glad to have finished this up. After this, I only have one more non-natural perfume left to finish. I do adore this scent though and I really hope that Eden Perfumes come out with something similar that is slightly more natural, vegan, and cruelty-free.

Odylique Gentle Herb Shampoo
Odylique make my favourite shampoos, as mentioned in my 2015 review. I think I may prefer the Tea Tree & Herb incarnation, but the Gentle Herb version is great for those with slightly drier hair that needs a little nourishing. 

Alba Botanica Acnedote Astringent
This was stop one on my journey to clearing my comedonal acne. It was okay, but I was not a fan of the formula. It's very watery but at the same time quite oily and it left a film on my face after each use. I don't think it really did much for my acne and I won't be repurchasing.

Botanicals Lavender Botanical Water*
I use this stuff for everything. I've done a whole post on how much I love it. It was great as a simple facial spritz and also doubles as a lovely linen/room spray for when I want a better night's sleep. I may repurchase this after using up a couple of my other floral waters.

Paula's Choice Extra Strength BHA Exfoliant
Yes, this isn't natural. And frankly, it wasn't worth it. I had heard great things about the Paula's Choice line but I've had much better success with some (very slightly) more natural and (a lot) cheaper products.

Natural Wisdom Vitamin C & Papaya Liquid Enzyme Exfoliator
Didn't really see much difference with this either but I have another sample so will give it another go before making a final decision.

Andalou Naturals Turmeric + C Enlighten Serum
I adore this stuff and again, I've mentioned it many times. It featured in my 2015 review and I have also done an in-depth post for it. It just cannot be beaten for its powers to magically reduce redness overnight. I'm currently using a sample of a similar Body Deli serum but I already have a back-up ready. This has HG status.

Harpers Candles Scary Mary
Not much to say other than I loved this candle and I love this brand. Harpers make some super quirky products and this scent was part of their Halloween collection. Unfortunately, I cannot really describe it for you as I don't remember much about it... I finished this a long time ago! 

OliElla Multi-Action Moisturiser
I loved this for battling and soothing my stubborn dyshidrosis over the summer months. This tin does have a small bit left in it but I made the decision to move on as it has been open forever. I won in it a giveaway over a year ago. I'm pretty fickle when it comes to my eczema moisturisers but I may purchase this in the future.

Phew... what have you used up recently? Have you tried anything here?