After my post on my Struggle With Eye Eczema, the lovely people at Dr Organic (you can find them in Holland and Barrett) sent me some of their natural products for dry and irritated skin. They sent the Organic Manuka Honey Rescue Cream (available here in the USA), the Organic Aloe Vera Eye Gel, and the Organic Aloe Vera Gel.
I absolutely love Aloe Vera, so was very excited to see those two products, and I was intrigued by the Manuka Honey Rescue Cream after seeing a review of it on Liberty London Girl, who hailed it a 'Hero Beauty Product'. Over a year ago I wrote a post about the Thursday Plantation Aloe Vera gel, but sadly I've only been able to find it in Australia, and as I use it so often and don't go back to Perth as much as I used to, I love that I've now found a similar product in the UK!
Manuka Honey Rescue Cream
Now this I was a bit nervous about, despite LLG's great review, mainly because of the scent. I'm not a huge honey fan, so was worried it would be a really sweet sickly smell, but actually it's a lovely fresh smell and in fact very subtle. I love how this product comes in a glass pot, it makes it feel so much more luxurious! The cream itself has no nasty chemicals and is completely natural, and is safe to use on broken, sensitive and irritated skin, and I can even use it on my eyes - perfect!
The cream is really thick, but makes the skin really soft, and it cleared the eczema up within a couple of days and moisturised them completely! Success! This is literally my go-to eczema cream now, whenever I have a flare up or my skin gets a little dry, I put this on regularly and within days the eczema is completely gone and my skin is baby soft again. Amazing! I'm so happy to finally have something that works and doesn't have nasty chemicals in it. It's literally a miracle cream.
If you're in the UK this cream is £8.69 from Holland and Barrett for a 50ml jar, which if you ask me is a complete bargain for such a miracle product, and I highly recommend it for everyone! If you're in the USA, you can get it from Vitamin World for just $11.99 or Amazon when it's out of stock at Vitamin World, and if you're in Australia you can get it from Australian Organic Products Online for $19.51.
Aloe Vera Eye Gel
Hmm. It didn't really do anything for me, I tried this before the Manuka Honey cream, and although it definitely soothed my irritated eyes, it didn't 'retain moisture' or help the dry-ness/eczema as far as I could see or feel. I think this would be perfect for someone without dry skin on their eyes, and I will continue to use it as it's very soothing. I just don't think it's strong enough to hydrate and retain moisture in such dry skin.
This product is £5.39 for a 15ml tube from Holland and Barrett.
Aloe Vera Gel
Excited to try this, it didn't disappoint and definitely hydrated my 'normal' (ie; not eczema covered) skin on my body (haven't used it on my face). I'll be slathering this on over the summer and when I'm on holiday having been out in the sun! Although it does the same as the Thursday Plantation Aloe Vera gel, it doesn't smell as nice. It smells quite clinical and chemically, even though it doesn't have any chemicals, whereas the Thursday Plantation one has a much nicer smell. This gel is a bargain £6.19 for a huge 200ml tube, again, from Holland and Barrett.
Overall I absolutely love the Manuka Honey cream, and will definitely be using it more regularly! The Aloe Vera Eye Gel I'll just use to soothe my eyes when they're itchy and sore, but it definitely isn't strong enough to hydrate them, and the Aloe Vera Gel I'll be using constantly in the Summer as an after-sun gel!
I really do love that these products are completely natural, and I'm so impressed I think I'm going to go and buy some more of their products to test out. After reading some more articles on eczema and natural products, I think I'm going to try and change my hair products and all skincare to organic and natural brands, so I'll have a look at Dr Organics products for that.I just hate knowing that SLS's and parabens are going into my skin.
Have you tried Dr Organics before? What products can you recommend? I tell you all about some of my other favourite products in the video below!
And read all about my Top 5 Natural Eczema Creams for eczema on the body here!