When I get sent product made by small independent companies, it’s really hard to know how the product will turn out for me. Handmade, homemade, small business doesn’t necessarily mean a product will be up my street, although it’s fabulous when they are.
Cognito Skincare is a Salon and Spa professional range supplying Beauty Therapists in the UK – their products are handmade bath and body products that have a really yummy food theme. I tried out a body oil from the SPAfternoon Tea range, called Lemon Drizzle, because lemons are my favourite!
The packaging is a plastic bottle with a cute label. There is definitely a home made natural feel about the look of it, but there’s also something generic feeling about it too. The packaging makes the range look like it could be one of many ranges if that makes sense – the product itself is actually excellent with an impressive ingredients list.
Firstly the Lemon Drizzle has a very strong lemon scent – it doesn’t smell like cake (if that is what you are expecting) at all. It’s more of a sharp, true lemon smell – I LOVE IT. Not for lemon wimps. No. It’s for people who really love that strong, fresh, tingly, sharp lemon scent (it’s not horrible or like washing up liquid either I must add). It’s really refreshing and does have a scent like you would expect in a spa (although more fruity than herbally).
Secondly the texture is lovely – it’s rich and thick and hydrates nicely. It reminds me of Aromatherapy Associates skin oil which is divine but also very expensive at around £40 a bottle.
Thirdly – the ingredients list is impressive. It’s a pretty clean list dense with lots of lovely oils – some companies use horrible cheap petroleum and just add dye and scents. If you look at the list below, you can see it is not full of cheap fillers, it’s a lovely oil.
And this is just £4.99 for 150ml!!!!!! That’s amazing value as plenty of similar oils cost four times more. I have finished this bottle and have my eye on Cucumber Sandwiches and Eton Mess next.
I highly recommend this body oil for its scent, texture, ingredients – everything really.