Our skin is our largest organ so showing it some love should be a year-round affair. I must confess though, that in the winter, from the shoulders down, I Let Myself Go shock horror. My face gets lavished with extra attention but the body, swaddled in thick layers, gets minimal, functional care. I’m going to blame that on my inner Polar Bear knowing that winter is hibernation time. In any case, the time has come to come to treat it to some extra pampering and nourishing.
Just in time for the winter skin shedding season is Intelligent Nutrients’ brand new ONEBODY range. Launched this week, the three-piece collection of cleanser, exfoliator and moisturiser promises to balance, resurface and contour. So I put it to the test.
Intelligent Nutrients are very transparent about their ingredients with packaging clearly stating the percentage of organic ingredients and they’re certified by the most stringent organic certification bodies including the Soil Association, USDA and COSMOS. All items are vegan, gluten-free, cruelty free, and are manufactured with 100% renewable energy. Read this for a more in-depth look at Intelligent Nutrients.
Key ingredients in the ONEBODY products include:
- Jania Rubens, an algae full of minerals with super moisturising properties, which detoxifies and stimulates collagen production. It’s also said to reduce dimpling, smooth and firm skin, and help avoid new cellulite forming
- Pink peppercorn which helps improve the breakdown of fat, inhibits fat storage and encourages drainage
- Green coffee extract which boasts a high concentration of essential fatty acids and Vitamin E, which helps protect against skin damage
- Fruit enzymes rich in acids that help dissolve dead skin allowing active ingredients to go deeper and help brighten skin tone
The texture of the cleanser is unlike any other shower products I’ve used before. It reminds me of a gel toothpaste – it stays where you put it on the skin and doesn’t drip at all. The cleanser is sulfate-free which means no bubbles and a rich lather that cleans without stripping the skin. The first thing that hits you is the incredible, zingy pink peppercorn scent. You will feel like a pepper mill has been sprinkled over you. Wakey wakey! Fabulous in the morning.
Again the invigorating pink peppercorn aroma. The refiner, or what i call a body scrub has a creamy texture with gentle but effective biodegradable cellulose beads that sloughed away rough skin. No environmentally disastrous plastic microbeads. When I want slightly more aggressive scrubbing, I use on dry skin. Skin felt super smooth after use.
This had a gorgeous comforting yet spicy scent with the bergamot, clove and vanilla most apparent to my nose. Other fragrant oils in the mix include frankincense, ylang-ylang, myrrh, lavender, geranium and rose. The texture is like a very rich lotion with nourishing ingredients including coconut oil, shea butter and evening primrose oil. The active ingredients are designed to smooth, contour, improve skin elasticity and reduce visible dimpling. In other words bust cellulite. To be honest I’m not bothered about that c word. If you’re female you probably have some. It did feel like something was happening to my skin when massaged in but I can’t say I noticed a reduction as I wasn’t thoroughly looking. Life is too short to inspect your cellulite. My skin certainly felt softer, smoother and silkier, which is good enough for me.
All the products are packaged in recyclable plastic tubes which are shower-friendly so practical rather than pretty. And if like me you wondered how eco-friendly plastic is, much thought has gone in to using it when it is the best way to minimize the enviromental impact.
All in all, after using the ONEBODY 3-step regime, my skin was left feeling smooth as silk and feeling nourished. I keep wanting to call the line ONELOVE as my skin feels like it’s getting a lot of love.
Intelligent Nutrients are the living embodiment of ecoluxe – organic, food-grade ingredients used in cutting edge biotechnology, all produced sustainably with care for the planet and a pleasure to use.
Algae Bioactive Science OneBody Cleanser, 177ml, £25; Fruit Bioactive Science OneBody Refiner, 118ml, £32; Fruit Bioactive Science OneBody Refiner, 118ml, £29. Available at http://www.intelligentnutrients.co.uk