Q: Why is the beach wet?
A: Because the sea weed!
Look, it’s the first Organic Wednesday since Christmas, that’s my only excuse for the terrible joke, I think I accidentally memorised my nephew’s 101 Terrible Jokes book over the break! Luckily, this week’s products aren’t terrible, and I just hope Voya – a family run Irish company who specialise in luxurious seaweed based products – will forgive me …
Have three products to talk to you about, conditioner, shower gel and a body lotion, and I have a guest blogger again, but first, a little bit about the company:
Based in Strandhill, Ireland, the company runs one of the few remaining seaweed spas in Ireland, and they have a great love of organics, they’ve spend a lot of time over the last ten years or so developing their product range, for example, it took them six years to figure out the process of drying seaweed in a manner that merely puts it into “stasis” rather than killing it off entirely, as they say:
“Seaweed (an algae) dries when the tide goes out, and to prevent it from dying and keep its cell structures intact, it has developed a natural defence against this: slowly reducing its water content and entering a period of stasis or dormancy. Because of our ability to replicate this, we don’t have to treat our seaweed with harmful preservatives, and so the full recuperative power of wild seaweed is brought to you in each product.”
Their products are entirely organic, and the company’s philosophy is this:
“Inspired by the breathtaking natural beauty around us and the long-standing traditions of the area, VOYA has adopted organic and sustainable ways of creating our products. We use only sustainable harvesting practices to ensure that we don’t damage the delicate coastal environment that provides us with our certified organic seaweed. We then combine this with the best organic ingredients from around the world to bring you a unique seaweed bath experience and a range of products that not only heal the body but leave the skin silky smooth.”
Forget Me Knot hair conditioner
Because of my recent keratin treatment, hair products aren’t something I’m experimenting too much with at the moment, so I invited another blogger (and my lovely housemate) McTofu to try this one out for me.
“Forget Me Knot uses an express delivery formula that includes our organic seaweed and both vitamin B5 and vitamin E to add moisture, shine and protect hair from environmental damage. An effective conditioner with essential oils and natural active ingredients to help repair, protect, de-tangle and replenish the hair. As our organic formulations don’t use harsh chemicals, you can use this product daily.”
“One advantage of living with a beauty blogger is that quite often some lovely products come my way. One such product is Voya ‘Forget Me Knot’ organic conditioner. Made from hand harvested seaweed, I was expecting it to smell of the sea, but no, it had a pleasant spicy, woody smell. Now, I’m a gal that is used to sweet smelling hair products, so I was not overly impressed with the scent when I squeezed a 50p sized blob onto my hand.
It spread through my hair evenly enough and I left it on for my usual time of about 3mins. It rinsed through easily and when dry, my hair seemed to comb through well without too much trouble from tangles. Once dry, I didn’t notice that my hair was any glossier or smoother as it promised on the pack, however the scent really grew on me throughout the day. Voya Forget Me Knot is a nice product but it is slightly out of my price range for an every day conditioner, I liked it but don’t think it is a product that I would buy for myself.”
Get Lippie says:
The instructions for this product say to leave the conditioner in place for 15 minutes, another housemate has tried this product too, and really liked it, and she also commented on the unusual and pleasant smell. Both testers have coloured and porous hair, the conditioner (which I’d actually consider more of a mask than a daily use product, owing to the long time it’s recommended to leave it in place) is very thick, rich and seems to be really suitable for dry, coloured and/or processed hair.
Now onto (reviewed together underneath images):
Squeaky Clean body wash
“…Infused with the natural purifying properties of wild organic seaweed, sourced from Ireland’s untamed Atlantic coastline. Squeaky Clean captures the energy of this coastal environment in an invigorating body wash that will stimulate both your skin and senses. Our mild but effective organic foaming body wash contains essential oils and naturally-derived cleansing and conditioning agents to help soften the skin and leave it feeling clean, fresh and revived. The active seaweed extracts help to relieve muscle stress and fatigue. Use while showering for a real organic indulgence that will leave your skin refreshed and gently cleansed…”
Softly Does It body lotion
“When it comes to taking care of your skin, our silky blend of wild seaweed extracts and organic essential oils provides a completely natural, deep moisturising experience that can help prevent signs of ageing and cellulite as well as improve skin tone and elasticity. Blended with basil and lime, patchouli, clove, mandarin and lemon organic essential oils, Softly Does It is best when massaged into your skin after showering or bathing, and offers a real organic indulgence that will keep your skin moisturised and feeling luxuriously smooth.”
Get Lippie says:
I tried these, and I really liked them. The shower gel is a clear gel-product, it doesn’t lather overmuch (due no doubt to the lack of SLS and other nasties) but leaves you feeling fresh and clean and delicately scented with the unusual, but very lovely, mixture of sweet basil and clove that the entire range has. It doesn’t appear to leave my skin dry, and I’m not flaky after using it.
The body lotion is a medium-weight cream that I found took a fair bit of rubbing to absorb, but it’s not a chore to use. The scent does last, but not in an overpowering kind of way, so I don’t think you’d have too much trouble with clashing smells if you use this. The softening effect is lovely, and appears to last for a while. They’re definitely products I’ll continue to use!
Voya products are available from http://www.voya.ie/default.aspx and start at around nine euro. The range includes skincare, bodycare and haircare products as well as candles and teas … Seaweed teas sound kind of interesting, don’t you think?
The small print: The products were provided free for review purposes. All reviews remain impartial regardless of the source.