Nudge Boutique Brand Review
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The benefits of Saffron in skincare
Usually, the Saffron petals are discarded after harvest, as they seemingly have no intrinsic value as a culinary ingredient. However, Jo decided to rescue them from being composted, to see if she could utilise them in her skincare. Once dried, the petals turn a deep blue and have a lovely scent of their own. They don't mix well with water though - so Jo decided to use the dried petals in her Saffron Glow Cleansing Clay Mask (see below).
Let's take a look at the range:
£11.25 for 5ml/ £45.00 for 20ml
Starting with my favourite product from the brand and one of my favourite skincare products of 2018 (in fact, of all time!).
The Saffron Glow Facial Oil Serum is one of the most beautiful facial oils I have ever tried (see my skinventory posts - I've tried many!). I'm thinking this is down to the inclusion of Virgin Prickly Pear Oil, Organic Rosehip Seed Oil and Olive Squalane - which have consistently been the saviour oils for skin. All of these oils are deeply nourishing, absorb quickly and leave your skin feeling beautifully soft, hydrated and plump.
The oils are rich in carotenoids which can help with hyperpigmentation caused by sun damage and aging and can brighten skin and even skin tone.
But on top of that, this facial oil serum gives the most remarkable glowing, dewy, radiant natural complexion, which is why I mostly opt to use it in my morning skincare routine. I'm certainly going to make best use of radiant skin as a base before applying makeup! In fact, the glow has been so good, that I've frequently chosen to forego the makeup, so confident have I been with the way this serum makes my skin look.
So what makes this magic happen?
As well as the blend of the best oils, I think it must be down to the Norfolk Saffron Threads. In Ayurvedic skincare, saffron threads are used for skin lightening, so this would account for the amazing brightening qualities of the serum.
I suffer from broken capillaries on my nose, chin and cheeks which can make me look a bit red with uneven skin tone. After using this serum I definitely notice the evening-out of my complexion - enough for me to not necessarily have to cover my skin with concealer and foundation.
Opuntia Ficus-Indica Seed Oil, Squalane, *Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Ribes Nigrum Seed Oil, *Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, Avena Sativa Kernel Oil,* Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Citrus Limon Peel Oil, *Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract, Citrus Aurantium Amara Flower Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Peel Oil, *Daucus Carota Sativa Root Extract, Crocus Sativus Stigma Extract, **Citral, **Farnesol,** Geraniol,** Limonene, **Linalool
**Found naturally in essential oils
Garcinia Indica Seed Butter,
*Cocos Nucifera Oil, *Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Mangifera Indica Seed Butter, Squalane,
*Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Ribes Nigrum Seed Oil, **Isoamyl Laurate, *Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract, Litsea Cubeba Fruit Oil, Citrus Grandis Peel Oil, ***Isoamyl Cocoate, *Tapioca Starch, *Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, *Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract Citral, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool – naturally occurring in essential oils *organic **derived from sugar ***derived from coconut