I've recently been introduced to a new award-winning British bath and body care brand called BLEND Collective, which specialises in natural products using pure essential oil blends.

A team of the country's finest aromatherapy and perfume experts have come together to create (and produce in the UK) three ranges, using 99% natural ingredients and the finest blends of essential oils to invigorate, energise and uplift.  

There's the Enlivening Collection (a bright combination of Sicilian Lemon, May Chang, Myrtle and Lime), the Balancing Collection (gentle Star Jasmine, Geranium, Vetiver and Rose to restore equilibrium to body and mind) and the Unwinding Collection (a calming mix of Sandalwood, Frankincense, Cedarwood and Neroli).  

I was sent products from the enlivening range, featuring zesty citric ingredients for an invigorating, fresh scent whilst moisturising with softening Kukui Oil, Grapeseed and Red Clover.

I have fairly sensitive skin and find that many shower and bath products feel drying – like there’s soap in it or it’s actually made of the horrible chemical-laden artificial gels you get in gyms and hotels – but this body wash feels refreshing and my skin definitely agrees with it. The hand and body lotion leaves skin feeling moisturised – it’s a lovely refreshing, light texture – and smelling great too.

The whole range is free of nasty ingredients; there are no silicons, sulphates, parabens, petroleum derived chemicals, synthetic fragrances and artificial colouring.  Just the good stuff.  In keeping with the environmentally friendly ethos of the products, the containers are recyclable and the stylish packaging is made from FSC certified paper, from renewable forests and produced in green factories.

Check out the rest of BLEND Collective's products - they'd make perfect presents for beauty aficianados, those with sensitive skin, organic fans or just people who like to be clean (hopefully everyone on your present list...)