All the way back in December I went to a fantastic event at the John Lewis store in Kingston. As well as being shown around John Lewis amazing behind the scenes Christmas house, we were also treated to a demonstration from natural beauty product company Espa. We were given a goody bag stuffed with lovely sample size products to try at home, I’ve only recently got round to trying them all and now I’m completely hooked!
Espa started off as a spa company, and when they couldn’t find products they loved enough to use in their spas, they created their own line of gorgeous natural spa products. The products really are beautiful and are absolutely packed with essential oils. They’ve added a touch of luxury to my skincare routine over the last couple of weeks.
I thought I’d do a little review of everything that I’ve tried as I really would recommend all of the products. Not only have they been great on my skin, but the essential oils have made me feel really relaxed and pampered at the end of each day.
The Optimal Skin Pro Cleanser is multi-functional gel cleanser which contains tiny jojoba beads. As you rub the cleanser into the skin the tiny beads melt away. You can then rinse it off immediately or leave it on for up to 15 minutes like a mask. As with all the Espa products this smells absolutely incredible. I’ve been using it twice a week while having a long luxurious soak in the bath and my skin has been very happy, clean and soft as a result.
I’ve been using the Hydrating Cleansing Milk to remove my make-up and clean away any impurities. I just smooth it over my skin and wipe it away with a muslin cloth and warm water. This cleanser really gets the job done and gets rid of all traces of make-up, leaving my skin looking fresh and clean.
I tried two shower gels from the range. The Energising Shower Gel is the perfect pick me up for first thing in the morning. It contains eucalyptus and peppermint to wake up the senses as well as coconut extract which makes the product naturally foamy. I loved the zingy smell of this one and I’m very tempted to pick up the full sized one as it takes me forever to gather my get-up-and-go in the morning and this might entice me from my bed!
The other shower gel I tried was the Body Smoothing Shower Gel. This luxurious shower cream contains rosehip seeds to exfoliate the skin as well as coconut and yucca to cleanse and jasmine and ylang yang to to moisturise. As you can imagine this lovely product smells absolutely amazing. I’ve been using this in the evening before bed as it’s really soothing.
The Skin Radiance Mask is a brightening treatment which revitalises and renews tired skin. I’m always looking for products that give my face a little pick-me-up as I never get enough sleep and feel like when I’m really tired I lose my glow a little. Muberry, bearberry and liquorice within the product brighten and even skin tone while pumpkin enzymes remove dull cells and meadowsweet stimulates cell renewal. All very scientific, but the product really did my skin feel lovely and I thought my skin looked better after using it. I liked the light oily consistency of the product which smoothed on easily.
The Optimal Skin ProSerum is my favourite product from the whole range. Luckily you only need to use a little bit at a time as I only have a very small sample and I’ve been using it nearly every day. This lovely serum smells incredible and all you need is a few drops spread over face and neck before moisturiser. The serum is a very light oil which absorbs instantly and is very light so doesn’t leave a heavy residue on the skin. It helps to brighten and even skin tone as well as firming and protecting against premature ageing. I really really love this product!
I also tried the Skin radiance Moisturiser, this again has lots of beautiful natural ingredients that work wonders for smooth healthy skin. This is a great every day moisturiser which is very light and absorbs very quickly. I’ve found this to be a great base under make-up as it really smooths and brightens the skin.
The Hydrating Floral Spafresh Toner is a handy essential and is perfect for use after cleanser. It’s a really refreshing product which contains rose damascena to hydrate and prepare your skin for moisturiser. It also contains rose geranium to sooth and protect as well as neroli to rejuvenate and soften skin. Again the product smells lovely and left my skin feeling fantastic.
The only product I haven’t yet tried is the Pink Hair and Scalp Mud, mainly because I completely forget about it every time I washed my hair. I will definitely be giving it a try soon though. I love conditioning treatments, especially since I started colouring my hair again last year. This is full of vitamins to nourish the hair as well as clay to strengthen and add shine to hair.
I was so pleased with all the products. They are quite expensive and definitely a luxury product, but I think making yourself look and feel wonderful is worth investing a little extra in. As with most high-end products you don’t need to use much, so I think all the products will last for quite some time. All the beautiful natural ingredients made me feel amazing and my skin has had a real treat trying all the fabulous Espa products.
Find out more about the products on the Espa website.
All the products I’ve mentioned can be bought from John Lewis.