Thursday 23 October 2014

Aveda Hand Relief for Breast Cancer Awareness

Today's post continues with the look at special edition products being released in support of Breast Cancer Awareness- this time, Aveda's Hand Relief.
Since 2001, Aveda has raised more than $3.4 million to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation through its limited edition Breast Cancer Awareness products. It's not the first time that Aveda have chosen their hand cream as the special edition product. Last year's offering (see review here) saw a limited edition Hand Relief released with a rosemary and mint fragrance.
This year, Aveda Hand Relief is infused with the brand's signature Shampure botanical fragrance, which I adore. It's presented in limited edition packaging featuring a pink cap and the charity's instantly recognisable pink ribbon, acting as a reminder of the cause every time you moisturise your hands.
The nourishing formula is easily absorbed and leaves hands feeling protected. It's the ideal addition to your regime, particularly at this time of year and my tube is currently taking pride of place on my office desk. What's more, the limited edition tube is 150ml, i.e. 20% larger than the standard 125ml size.
Through the sale of its limited edition Hand Relief, Aveda hopes to raise $305,000 for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation to help fund research into the environmental and genetic causes of breast cancer. £2 from every purchase priced at £21.50 will be donated to the cause.


Wednesday 22 October 2014

Jo Malone Red Roses Cologne for Breast Cancer Awareness

Whilst there is always some controversy (over how much money actually goes to the charities), it's undeniable that the Breast Cancer Awareness campaign has been hugely successful in terms of awareness and fund raising. Over the past two decades, the Breast Cancer Awareness campaign has raised over $53 million to support research, education and medical services around the globe. This year, the aim of the campaign is to shift public focus from awareness to increased action.

Once again, it's October which means the turn of all things pink for Breast Cancer Awareness. Over the next couple of days, I'll be taking a look at some of the special edition beauty items that are being released in aid of the cause. First up, a look at Jo Malone's offering.

Throughout the month, Jo Malone will be donating £20 from every UK sale of 100ml Red Roses Cologne (£82) to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation's UK research grants. For critics of the charity initiative, that equates to more than 20% of the purchase price going to the cause.

As the name suggests, Jo Malone Red Roses Cologne is a floral fragrance comprising a blend of seven of the world's most exquisite roses.  From the first spritz, I was transported to an English rose garden. It is undeniably floral and if you don't like the scent of roses (I know many people think of rose fragrances as reminiscent of old ladies) then this won't be the perfume for you. Having said that, there's a freshness to the scent with green notes including violet leaf, mint and lemon that keeps it modern.

The special edition bottle has been dressed with the instantly recognisable pink ribbon so that you can be reminded of the good cause you're supporting every time you spray the perfume.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Speed Review: Aveda Smooth Infusion Conditioner

I've been a bad blogger recently and it's the longest that I've gone without posting in the history of Skin Deep. I blog as a hobby and unfortunately, other areas of my life have had to take priority hence the recent silence.

However, I'm back and felt that it would be fitting to return with a review of the Aveda Smooth Infusion Conditioner, a current favourite.

On first impressions, I was pleased that the packaging was a functional tube, which was clearly identified apart from the accompanying shampoo which is presented in a bottle. As with all Aveda products, the packaging was sleek and minimalist, whilst the mint colour of the tube appealed to me. The tube meant that it was easy to control how much product was dispensed, without any wastage or mess.

The conditioner felt silky to apply, most likely owing to the high concentration of dimethicone within the formula, which I have to admit that I was a little disappointed, albeit not surprised, to note.
It boasts the signature Aveda botanical fragrance blend, which I adore. It took a little more work than other conditioners I've tried to rinse out but not to the extent that it was off putting.

I was initially dubious over how effective Aveda Smooth Infusion Conditioner would be so I was both pleasantly surprised and highly impressed to note that my hair was left noticeably smoother, with considerably less frizz and fewer flyaways than I'd normally experience. It meant that my hair was manageable and I found it quicker & easier to style than usual.

At £19 for 200ml, Aveda Smooth Infusion Conditioner is a pricey choice. However, given that I've noticed a difference (& not in a good way) when I haven't used it, I'd definitely consider repurchasing.
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