Manuka & Borretsch Serie von Primavera [Advertising]
Hello my friend!
Have you ever heard of Manuka? So far I had only heard of Manuka honey, where honey bees pollinate the Manuka plant, also known as South Sea myrrh, and the honey produced has particularly strong antibacterial properties thanks to the methylglyoxal it contains. However, it was unknown to me that one can also extract essential oil from the plant, which shows similarities to tea tree oil. The South Sea myrrh, which belongs to the tea tree family, has been used for a long time by the Maori, the natives of New Zealand, for its wound-healing properties. The name “tea tree”, by the way, comes from the Maori tradition of making a compatible tea from the leaves. During James Cook’s expeditions to New Zealand, the miracle cure was discovered but soon fell into oblivion again. It was not until the beginning of the twentieth century that the helpful properties of the plant were rediscovered by an Australian researcher. The contained substance Leptospermum helps particularly well against fungi and bacteria and can only be detected in Manuka oil until now. Sesquiterpenes are also contained, they are antiallergic and anti-inflammatory. Despite all these properties, it is considered more effective and milder to the skin than the well-known tea tree oil. 1https://www.Jean-Puetz-Produkte.de/news/manukaoel.php
Primavera has taken advantage of this and, together with organic borage, has reformulated the facial care range for sensitive skin. Borage is a medicinal plant that is often used against neurodermatitis and other skin diseases. I would like to introduce you to this series today.
It contains a cleansing cream (19€ for 100ml), a vegan face cream (30ml for 29€), a vegan eye cream (27€ for 15ml) and a vegan face lotion (19€ for 100ml).
The cleansing cream is, as its name suggests, quite rich. It strongly reminds me of the cleansing milk from Weleda, which I used when I switched to natural cosmetics. Instead of almond, however, the milk smells wonderfully tart and relaxing and I love to apply it in the evening. The scent catches me after a strenuous day and lets me immediately come down and breathe deeply. In addition, there is the pleasant feeling of a caring cleansing milk, the face is not taut, but feels soft and smooth. For the complete removal of strong make-up it is not enough for me, then I use a make-up remover or an oil and then remove the rest with the cleansing cream. If you’ve been reading along, you know how much I like gentle cleansing products and this cleansing cream is definitely a new favourite! I started to use it in the morning in the shower as it cleans very mildly.
In addition to the main active ingredients, the cleansing milk also contains jojoba oil, apricot kernel oil, sunflower oil, shea butter and beeswax, as well as witch hazel water and sage water, all from controlled organic cultivation. In addition, aloe vera, calendula, willow bark and liquorice extract. The contained natural fragrances come from essential oils, alcohol is also contained for preservation. You can find all of the ingredients on the german Primavera website.
The eye cream is very light, I would almost compare it to a fluid. It absorbs quickly, hardly shines and my eye area feels well cared for. Personally, I prefer light fluids instead of rich eye cream, which is also due to my age and the skin around the eyes does not yet need so much care. I find it astonishing that I can easily apply concealer after application, it pulls away completely and leaves soft skin and no sticky spots. I always apply a tiny amount, but you can also lay several layers of it.
It contains manuka oil, borage seed oil, apricot kernel oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, cupuacu butter and sunflower oil. Vegetable squalane contributes to the silky texture and soft feel of the skin. Rice powder probably provides the slightly matt finish. In addition, sugar beet extract, tiger grass extract, willow bark extract and bisabolol. You can find all of the ingredients on the german Primavera website.
The face cream is wonderfully light and absorbs very quickly. It cares for my skin sufficiently now in spring, in winter it would be a bit too light for me and I would have to mix a few drops of facial oil with it. But I’m really looking forward to it when the temperatures rise again, because in the few, really warm, days we already had this year, it was great. The finish is semi-matte, it cares more than a fluid or serum, but is just as light. Here again, we find the pleasant fragrance of the whole series, which I love. Only the dosage is sometimes not so easy, because of the liquid texture in a hurry something more sometimes lands on my palm. However, these are the moments when I am reminded that the neckline and neck also need some extra care. :)
Apricot kernel oil, avocado oil, coconut oil and cupuacu butter are included as with the eye cream, rice powder and squalane are also included in the cream. Calming witch hazel water, sugar beet extract, Willow bark extract and polysaccharide from tamarind seeds are added. You can find all of the ingredients on the german Primavera website.
I was particularly curious about the facial lotion when I tried it out. Here in the German-speaking world, lotions are rather milky light creams. So I was all the more pleased to find a texture similar to lotions/toners from the Asian region. These are liquid, gel-like products that are slightly more watery than serums. They refresh the skin, are quickly absorbed and moisturize. They can also be applied to the face in several layers, as a kind of moisture boost. It can be used either as a fixed care step in routine or for a special pampering moment. It is recommended to apply the lotion on a cotton pad, but I personally simply apply it to the palms of my hands and spread it on my wet face. Alternatively, I like to use it as a mask, but more about it. :)
I like the fresh feeling after the application very much, of texture and skin feeling I would classify it between a plant water and a serum, a wonderful mixture. It is also suitable as a make-up base, as it tightens the face a little and makes the skin look firmer.
In addition to witch hazel water, sage water and jasmine water, zinc salt, liquorice extract and willow bark extract are found in the ingredients. The lotion also contains hyaluronate and aloe vera extract. You can find all of the ingredients on the german Primavera website.
DIY Face Mask
As mentioned above, So i use the lotion as a face mask. Some time ago I bought face masks at Muji lotion sheets. Muji is a Japanese company, where such dry, small pressed sheet masks are soaked in lotion, absorbed and can then be applied. So you can determine the “content” of the Sheet Mask yourself, an idea that I liked very much, especially since there are only a few such masks in the field of natural cosmetics up to now. But unfortunately my project turned out to be more complicated than I thought: Either the products I tried out were liquid facial toner, quickly dried away and without intensive care and moisturizing, or, for example, serums were too viscous and not absorbed from the mask. So I what really happy when I tried the Manuka and Borage face lotion. That’s working out great.
So I simply place one of the sheet masks in a tiny bowl and then add several pump shots of the lotion. As you can see in the following animation, the Sheet Mask sucks up and begins to unfold. By the way, this always reminds me of those little mini washcloths as a child, which suddenly grow to a normal size when water is added.
I fold the mask completely on and put it on my face, when it starts to dry slowly after about 10 minutes, I take it off again. What remains is an intensely moisturized, soft and firm skin. Small wrinkles are gone. :)
Here you can see at a glance the different textures of the individual products:
As you can see, the face lotion is very fluid.
I like all four products very much, the creams are pleasantly light and have a matte finish, which I find great at high temperatures. The cleansing milk cleanses wonderfully mildly and I like both the smell and the skin feeling very much. The lotion resembles Japanese lotions, moisturizes and can even be used as a sheet mask for me. I like the ingredients a lot, only about the alcohol for preservation and the essential oils can be disputed, who is allergic to it, should be careful. Personally, I have no problem with it and have noticed a rather positive effect, since slight redness in my face has decreased and I had the feeling that impurities inflamed less quickly. However, I’ve been a little hormone-dependent lately.
How do you like Primavera’s new Manuka and Borage series?
Have you ever tried a lotion like this?
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