Bodhi Skincare was one of the very first brands I had come across when I first embarked on my natural / green beauty transition a few months back. After reading an abundance of natural beauty reviews and how people genuinely felt at the personal service given to them when purchasing Bodhi Skincare products, I instantly knew I had to find out more about this British Brand that is growing in popularity with each day that passes.
Bodhi Skincare Background
Founded by Elijah Choo 2010, Bodhi Skincare was born out of sheer passion as his brand sets out to re-think the relationship between our own personal care and well-being routines, and the impact they have on the environment.
Bodhi means “enlightenment“. Directly translated, it means “to awaken” or “to understand“.
The Bodhi Tree, also known as the Sacred Fig or Bo Tree, is the Tree of Knowledge and the Tree of Life.
With such a powerful, carefully thought out name for a skincare brand also comes the responsibility to back up its claims.
I contacted Elijah via email a month or so ago, extremely intrigued to know more about Bodhi Skincare and below are my thoughts and experiences about the brands, the products kindly sent to me for feedback / review and the founder himself.
Pre Consultation Via Email
Upon making initial contact with Elijah via email about the Bodhi brand and his highly recommended skincare, bath and beauty product products, he kindly agreed to send me some products to try, but rather have free reign to choose blindly, I was sent a detailed skin type and preferences questionnaire for me to fill in.
Some questions asked me to identify problem areas and skin concerns; all with the view to help Bodhi / Elijah understand which products will be most suitable for type and issues.
This was a first for me, for sometimes I would have free reign to choose a product of interest to try for review purposes but this approach from Elijah left me extremely impressed with the level of detail and personal service he had gone into at such an early stage to truly understand my skin type and problem areas.
It further reassured me that Elijah / Bodhi Skincare actually cared about their customers, and wanted to get a clear picture of the individual’s skin type and problem areas in order to successfully recommend products that have the best chance of actually working!
Speaking from experience, this type of service is not always evident when enquiring about beauty / skincare products so for me, it is truly refreshing to come across and demonstrates that Bodhi Skincare really does have their customer’s best interests at heart!
Going slightly off topic, another thing that stood out for me when browsing the Bodhi Skincare website was a quote from Elijah, which in all honesty had me nodding just like the dog in the churchill adverts for it reflects my exact reason for transitioning to natural products in the first place!
“We have already begun to question the food we eat, the additives that go into it, where it originates from and even its ethical stance. Isn’t it time we scrutinise what we actually put on our skin?”
Having completed and answered the six questions in great detail, Elijah replied and recommended the Neroli Lucé Revitalising Face Oil for my combination blemish-prone skin. He explained that the oil is a great sebum balancer and it has anti-bacterial and healing properties to prevent and treat acne.
Now I don’t have acne but am prone to breakouts every so often, especially around the t-zone *forehead, nose and chin* so was riddled with curiosity if this oil will actually make my skin clearer.
Elijah also recommended the Cacao Cocoon Lip Treatment Balm. Unfortunately I am one of those individuals that suffer greatly with dry, chapped lips, which is worsened of course by the harsh conditions winter months brings. Elijah confirmed that this is unlike regular lip balms found in the market and is more like serum for lips, containing a multitude of actives that work to soften, heal and rejuvenate the delicate skin.
This I couldn’t wait to try, for most lip balms have never really worked for me so result to licking my lips to give them moisture *which does not work and makes the lips even more dehydrated*
Satisfied with the products recommend for me based on his skin type and preferences questionnaire, I eagerly awaited the arrival of my Bodhi Skincare products and I didn’t have to wait long at all and to my delight the postman delivered my Bodhi bundle of goodies within days of approving Elijah’s recommended products for me.
Upon opening the parcel, I was greeted with two gorgeous boxes, carefully put together with a gold ribbon a sticker. You see for me presentation is EVERYTHING, weather its a product, an essay written for college / uni, etc as it speaks volumes.
It is even more magical when presentation and the content are equally astounding and wondered if this would be the case with Bodhi Skincare. Below are my thoughts on the products sent to me.
Bodhi Skincare Neroli Lucé Revitalising Face Oil
Never being the type to put oily based products on my face as I assumed by adding oil products to an already oily / greasy prone face would further block up my pores and make my skin condition worse so stayed well clear of such products until now.
Whilst feeling somewhat apprehensive about using the product I knew that Elijah recommended this product for a reason so trusted his judgement over mine and set about slowly introducing it as part of my daily skincare regime.
I read the instructions and decided that two pumps from the elegant black bottle would be enough for my face.
When pumped out into ones palm, you are instantly hit with the sweetest aroma of Orange Blossom and Grape Seed Oil. This oil also includes the wonderful active botanical’s of Tunisian Neroli Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Joboja Seed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil and Sea Buckthorn Oil to name a few.
For the above picture, I chose to showcase the oil on my hand for clearer visibility.
During the past month of using the Neroli Lucé Revitalising Face Oil straight after using my Ishga Cleanser and Toner religiously morning and night, I am ecstatic to have witnessed the once dry flaky patches often found on my forehead and cheeks were no longer visible.
I can honestly confirm my breakouts have considerably reduced and much to my sheer delight, my friends and my other half have even commented just how vibrant, clear and glowing my skin looks!!!
Bodhi Skincare Neroli Lucé Revitalising Face Oil can be purchased directly from their website and is available in either 5ml bottles priced at £12.00 each or the 15ml bottle as pictured priced at £32.00.
Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca, (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Seed Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Oil, Boswellia Carterii (Frankincense) Oil, Lavendula Augustifolia (High-Altitude Lavender) Flower Oil, Pelargoneum Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Cymbopogon Martini (Palmarosa) Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang-Ylang) Flower Oil, Benzyl Alcohol*, Benzyl Benzoate*, Benzyl Salicylate*, Citral*, Citronellol*, Eugenol*, Farnesol*, Geraniol*, Isoeugenol*, Limonene*, Linalool*
Note: *= natural constituents of essential oils.
Bodhi Skincare Cacao Cocoon Lip Treatment Balm
As previously mentioned in the earlier part of this article, I was eager as ever to try the Cacao Cocoon Lip Treatment, wondering if this could be the answer to my ongoing dry and chapped lips condition and it did not disappoint.
I recall my first experience having to continuously rub my index finger over the balm for no longer than a minute for it to soften and turn liquid like. As the balm is made with various butter ingredients, it is quite hard in substance but once softened via the method explained above to a serum like texture, I was able to generously coat my lips with it.
The aroma is absolutely divine and couldn’t help but to keep opening the jar just to get a whiff of the lovely aroma’s of Cacao Butter,
Whilst you would naturally think this serum like treatment balm would leave your lips looking extremely greasy, it surprisingly doesn’t. My curious natural had me experimenting with other ways this balm can be used for and found it works great to cure dryness in between ones fingers and leaves your nails and cuticles looking healthy.
May I note my lips were in quite bad condition from the harsh wintry conditions before using this product and as a result has taken a little longer to work its magic *hence the delay in publishing this review* but nonetheless, slowly but surely my dry chapped lips are 98% back to normal whilst feeling moist, protected from the elements and well conditioned.
Bodhi Skincare Cacao Cocoon Lip Treatment Balm is only available in a 15g jar can be purchased directly from their website currently priced at £15.00.
I know what you’re thinking…
“£15.00 for a lip balm? I can purchase a lip balm for no less than £3.00 in high street stores and supermarkets”
Now if you like I don’t mind paying that little bit extra for a product that is made with nothing but natural ingredients which in effect makes the product more expensive to source than cheaply made chemical products, you won’t mind making an investment.
The above scenario is pretty much similar to those who wish to spend their money on organic and wholefoods produce as opposed to cheaper ready made and fast food items that is riddled with GMO’s, refined sugar to name a few.
Speaking for myself it’s all about making smarter choices across beauty, skincare, household and food produce I purchase and have learnt this by educating myself through tons of research and case studies.
Theobroma Cacao (Cacao) Seed Butter, Astrocaryum Murumuru (Murumuru) Seed Butter, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Shorea Stenoptera (Illipe) Seed Butter, Ribes Nigrum (Blackcurrant) Seed Oil, Rubus Idaeus (Red Raspberry) Seed Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Fruit Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cacao) Seed Oil, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Fruit Extract, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Oil, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Oil, Geraniol*, Citronellol*, Limonene*, Linalool*
Note: *= natural constituents of essential oils.
Bodhi Skincare has left a mark on me for all the right reasons, from the excellent display of fantastic customer service shown by Elijah during the pre consultation stage and throughout my trial to the actual products themselves.
I make a conscious effort not to let my judgement be swayed my other peoples views and recommendations when reviewing a product myself but I couldn’t help but notice from the get go the genuine love and respect the Green Beauty Industry, Green Beauty Journalists / Bloggers have whenever they mention ‘Bodhi Skincare’ via a social media conversation or the founder himself, Elijah Choo and can say with a big smile on my face that I have become one of them also.
You’ll need to indulge in a Bodhi experience for yourself to truly understand where I am coming from but those who have tried Bodhi, and/ or have had the pleasure of speaking with Elijah Choo , beit via email like I or in person will most definitely be able to relate.
Having now made that transition to natural products, I ADORE the fact that all Bodhi Skincare products are Free from:
- Synthetic Polymers
- Synthetic Fragrance or Colours
- Palm Oil or Animal Ingredients
The term, Natural / Green Beauty and Skincare is very personal and depends on what matters to that individual the most and for me, the fact it is completely free from the chemical riddled ingredients and toxins found in skincare and beauty products I used to use previously is a big plus.
Will I be using Bodhi Skincare products again?
Silly question really as love everything about this brand and already have an ever-growing wish list of products I have been pining over including their bath and shower range after a long day at work and martial arts training!
Luckily my birthday is a little over a month away please god, so will be using this opportunity to make a rare request for a few earthday presents I’d LOVE to indulge in *hint hint o/h, family and my closest friends ;)*
I genuinely wish Elijah Choo and Bodhi Skincare every success with their brand and upcoming new products and would like to add I am beyond happy to have discovered such a gem!
For more information on Bodhi Skincare including their other skin and bodycare ranges, Bodhi Skincare can be found by visiting the Bodhi Skincare website, Bodhi Skincare Facebook or by simply following them on Twitter.
Green Beauty advocates, what is your favourite Bodhi Skincare product? I am struggling to prioritise which one to purchase first!