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Monday, 20 September 2010

Review: Alva Natural Skincare.

Alva is a company that produces a range of natural and organic skincare & make up products, which are free from potentially nasty ingredients like parabens and SLS. Their products are also not tested on animals with the majority having organic certification as well. Alva were kind enough to send me three different products to test out which I have been doing over the last couple of months.

The Daily Care roll on deodorant is something I’ve been using daily since I received it. I think it’s a fabulous product and that’s coming from someone who usually dislikes roll-on deodorants. This doesn’t leave my underarms feeling uncomfortably damp for ages like some can and the scent, coconut lime, really is divine – it’s a pleasant change from cotton fresh & other usual deodorant scents!

I don’t have, how shall I put this, an underarm sweat problem so I don’t need anything as heavy duty as say Mitchum. If you do prefer those kinds of products then this one won’t be for you, but if you’re looking for a paraben free deodorant I’d really recommend giving this one a go. The formulation is really gentle, alcohol free and I think the extracts of chamomile & comfrey have really helped to soothe my underarm area & prevent any irritation from shaving.

The deodorants come in a range of scents and are priced at £7. I’ve used mine daily for months now and I’m not even half way through so this really is a product that will last a long time.

The second product I’ve been trying is the eye cream with organic sea buckthorn and if I’m honest, I’m not sure how to review this. I’m not saying that because it’s a bad product, I think it’s nice, but I’ve not tried many eye creams in the past so I don’t have any comparisons. The cream is aimed for skin over 30 to reduce fine lines and firm the skin; those aren’t problems I have at the moment since I’m only 21 but I have noticed my eyes don’t look as tired as they used to which is lovely!

The squeeze tube makes it easy to apply the right amount to your eyes & will also allow you to get every last bit out of the tube – you’ve got to get your moneys worth after all! The cream itself is fairly thick in consistency yet it blends nicely and sinks in almost instantly. At £18 it’s not super cheap, but it’s also not what I’d call pricey for a skincare item. Would I purchase this with my own money? Yes I think I would, but in a few years time when I think it would be more suitable for my skin type. I’ve definitely got the eye cream bug at the moment and I’m excited to try some that are formulated for younger skin to see how they compare.

The final product is my absolute favourite because I’m a sucker for pretty pink lipgloss. The packaging is sleek and sophisticated with my only negative being you can’t see when you’re running out. That being said, I don’t think I’ve ever finished an entire tube of lipgloss, am I alone there?

The shade I have is called rose wet & I refer to it as my 60’s gloss. It’s pigmented enough to wear alone leaving a pretty baby pink shimmer to the lips but I also adore wearing it over a pink lipstick like pink pout from Revlon.

Scent wise this seems quite citrusy to me which I really like and the formula is lovely. It has ingredients like cocoa butter & vitamin e to ensure this won’t dry your lips out, in fact it’ll offer moisture. In this specific range there are only 2 other colours but Alva also have different glosses that come in a range of colours. These are £11.95 so slightly more expensive than the pharmacy glosses I usually purchase but not by much & the formulation is so lovely that I’d say it’s worth the extra couple of pounds.

Overall I have to give a massive thumbs up to Alva; not only do I really like the whole ethos behind the company, I also think they have some great quality products that make it a special brand. Have you ever tried any products from Alva? Are there any that I need to check out?


  1. That's a lovely lip colour! Good to see you liked the products :) xo

  2. @Victoria India - It's a beautiful colour! Really great quality products :)


  3. That lipgloss looks gorgeous on you! I'm such a sucker for anything that is pink and sparkly :)


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