Introducing a range of beautiful organic products that won't irritate your skin
We love Italy and we’re also passionate about high quality, natural beauty products, so when we discovered a brand that combines the two, we were sold. Casa Mencarelli is a luxurious five-piece collection of gorgeous natural skincare products made with fresh, food-grade, handpicked Italian ingredients. Most importantly, the products are free of essential oils, mineral oils and synthetics, with no fillers and no added fragrances. Having suffered from sensitive skin my entire life, I’m all too aware of how irritating some products can be when applied to the skin.
The range was developed by founder, Lucia Mencaralli, after she experienced a severe anaphalactic reaction to a skin lotion, which meant she had to overhaul her lifestyle and go 100% organic, to reduce her exposure to toxic chemicals and minimize strong allergic reactions.
The range includes five products: Sea Buckthorn Balm, Sicilia Lemon and Clay face Mask & Scrub, Sole e Mare Sea Buckthorn Serum, Crema Di Pomodoro Nourishing Tomato Night Cream & Cleanser, and the Acqua Di Miele Honey & Orange Toner. The base of each product contains a cornucopia of nourishing ingredients including extra virgin olive oil, tomato seed oil (to promote skin elasticity), rice bran oil (for hydration and anti-ageing benefits), almond oil (skin soothing) and grape seed oil and citrus fruit. Casa Mencarelli also sources a unique, rich green clay from uncontaminated clay pits, dense in ultra-beneficial oligoelements and minerals from the Sicilian sea. Oligo-elements are pure trace minerals that are present in the organism in minute quantities. They are necessary for the development of animal and vegetal life and are essential for our metabolic balance.
At first glance, we were blown away by the beauty of the packaging. The products are housed in lovely weighty glass jars, making them seem very indulgent, and they come in an understated white box with a chic, Mediterranean floral mosaic tile pattern, which is also replicated on the product labels. Given their gorgeousness, they look beautiful proudly displayed front and centre on your vanity or bathroom counter and would make the perfect gift for any beauty lover.
Here’s our review of all the products within the range, which work together harmoniously to deliver glowing skin:
Acqua Di Miele Honey & Orange Toner (£30.00 for 100ml)
Ever since I was an oily-faced teenager (oh the joys of youth), I’ve loved toner, and I think it’s a step that’s far too often overlooked. The honey and orange blossom fragrance is simply divine, and my skin felt nice and clean, without the uncomfortable tautness you get from some toners.
Sicilia Lemon and Clay face Mask & Scrub (£25.00 for 80g)
I love a dual-purpose beauty product, so this clay mask and scrub tops the list. To use, you simply mix 1 teaspoon of powder with 1 teaspoon of water and leave on for 10 minutes. To create an at-home spa experience, I lit some candles and enjoyed a lovely cuppa while I waited! Afterwards, my skin felt cleaner and clearer, so I'll definitely be adding this to my weekly pampering routine.
Crema Di Pomodoro Nourishing Tomato Night Cream & Cleanser (£45.00 for 60ml)
Now I must admit, I was a bit worried this would smell like tomotoes (which let’s face it are seriously tasty but they're not the most pleasing fragrance when it comes to beauty products), but in fact it has quite a lovely, fresh and neutral fragrance. Given my skin’s tendency to be on the combination side (e.g. oily in the T-zone with dry cheeks), I found this a bit heavy as a night cream (for my particular skin type), but I reckon this would be fab for anyone with seriously parched skin in need of a hydration injection.
Sea Buckthorn Balm (£45.00 for 60ml)
Again, this balm was a bit heavy for my oiler skin type, but for anyone with very dry skin, it would be ideal as it’s packed with antioxidants, Vitamin E and essential fatty acids to repair and regenerate the cells.
Sole e Mare Sea Buckthorn Serum (£65.00 for 100ml)
I loved this product. A bit lighter than the balm, thanks to its oil format, it glides onto skin easily and is quickly absorbed to restore radiance and suppleness. This is definitely one of my favourite new serums that I’ll be using every day as it's such an essential product and I love that it feels so indulgent.
Overall, we loved this range that's as effective as it is beautiful, without resulting any skin sensitivities. Two thumbs up for all around fabulousness.
*I was invited to review the range by Casa Mencarelli. All opinions are my own.
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