Brand Focus: Hope Street

17 Jul 2014

If you read my In My Backyard Post, you may have read a little bit about Hope Street already however today's post is going to be a bit more about the brand as well as a review of a couple of their products.

I first saw Hope Street when I was a Neal's Yard consultant at a local craft fair. Needless to say, I was a newbie to the whole consultant malarkey, very nervous & didn't talk to anybody else at the fair! Now a couple of years on, I wish I had spoken to Gill, the owner of Hope Street as her products are so lovely.

Hope Street is a natural, vegan brand, making skincare & body care with natural and organic ingredients. Gill started Hope Street after realising the amount of chemicals her family were using on their skin everyday was having a detrimental effect to their skin, health & well-being. In 2006, she took her family to live in Venezuela for three months (amazing!) to live amongst the locals and to show her children a different way of life. Gill had a passion for creating so she attended some natural skincare courses & took a diploma in Natural Skincare. Her products were tested on friends & family and then sent for full safety & laboratory testing, and Hope Street was born. I love reading stories like this as it just shows you how a hobby can turn into a career and it must be so fun for Gill making homemade natural skincare products everyday!

I contacted Gill to let her know that I had included her in the What's In My Backyard post & she kindly said that she would drop some products into my work for me! Unfortunately I work at our cake shop in Market Harborough so I wasn't at the bakery (Northampton) that day so I still haven't met Gill but she seems so lovely over the e-mails we've been sending and she kindly sent me two full size products to try out.



Green Tea & Mandarin Hydrating Day Cream* is a very lightweight cream moisturiser that is full of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory's, vitamins & minerals that nourish, protect and support our skins structure. It's very pale green in colour and smells really lovely. It hasn't got a very strong smell which I like as I hate when a scent just stays on your face all day - I don't mind on the body but not on your face. It is very lightweight and is quite runny - if it was a body product I would almost describe it as a milk? Now onto the impressive ingredients:



We all know how good Green Tea is for you to drink but before trying this, I'd never seen a beauty product with it in. It is high in antioxidants which scavenge free radicals and it also has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which is great for me as I have blemish prone skin so using this cream has helped to keep spots at bay and if I do have any, its helps to minimise redness.



Red Raspberry Oil is another ingredient I haven't heard of being used for skincare products. It is apparently excellent for sensitive skin and is deeply nourishing and softening. It is high in antioxidants & anti-inflammatory properties as well as proving a barrier for protection whilst retaining moisture in the skin. It also has a natural sun protection factor which is interesting! I actually don't use SPF on my face unless I'm on holiday or sat in the sun because I literally sit inside all day from 9am-5pm so I don't really see any need to! (Please don't tell me off!) 

Siberian Ginseng is an ingredient I have never heard of before even though it has been around for thousands of years, being used as an immune stimulator to fight infections of the skin. It is now used for its skin-tightening properties in skin firming products. Now as I am only 21, I'm not using this product for its anti-ageing properties so I can't comment on that but this ingredients sounds really interesting. 



I really love using this cream. Its very lightweight which means it sinks into my skin really quickly and gives my skin a lovely glow. I've been using this in the mornings for a few weeks now and I really like it. It keeps my skin moisturised all day - I use my Indie Lee Squalane Facial Oil underneath as I normally would & apply this over the top for extra anti-oxidants, moisture & protection from free radicals! 

At £15.00 for a 50ml jar, this is a bargain for me and I would definitely repurchase when I run out of the jar. It seems to be lasting me ages though as you only need a very small amount!

Ingredients: aqua; red raspberry oil (rubus idaeus); rosehip oil (rosa rubginosa)*; siberian ginseng (eleutherococcus senticosus); sodium stearoyl lactylate; glyceryl stearate; calendula oil (calendula officinalis, simmondsia chinensis)*; aloe vera (aloe barbadensis)*; panthenol (pro vit B5); CoQ10 (ubiquinone, tocopherol acetate); shea butter (butyrospermum parkii)*; green tea extract (camellia sinensis)*; vitamin c (ascorbyl phosphate); vitamin e (tocopherol); phenoxyethanol, ethylhexlglycerin; may chang (litsea cubeba); green mandarin (citrus reticulate)*; sandalwood (santalum austrocaledonicum viell); rosemary (rosmarinus officinalis)*; xanthan gum; (contains: d-limonene from essential oils)

The second product that Gill sent me was her new cleansing oil that's just been uploaded to the website! Orange & Lime Cleansing Oil & Make-up Remover* is a lovely oil that removes eye make-up easily and gently. One of the main oils in the product is olive oil so it is slightly heavier than say almond oil however I just find it so nourishing and soothing on my eyes. I have hayfever and often wake up with sore, dry eyes that often have flaky bits around them (nice!) and I use this on a cotton pad to wipe away any flaky bits & soothe my eyes. It smells so good too, the lime really stands out in this which as I love as its one of my favourite scents!



The bottle says especially good for dry skin so I haven't used this as an overall cleansing oil on my face as I know that orange is meant to be the best oil for dry skin and I have oily skin so I didn't want to cause my skin to flip upside down or anything. However, I've not had any breakouts around my eyes and this has helped me a lot this summer with hayfever to keep my eyes soothed and moisturised! Gill has just let me know that she has also made a White Grapefruit & Lime Cleansing Oil that would be better for my oily skin so I'll definitely be picking that up when I place an order! They cost £9.95 which I think is a great price yet again.



One of the other things I love about Hope Street is the packaging - the moisturiser is housed in a glass jar and the cleansing oil is in a metal container meaning it stays protected from the sun and keeps the ingredients fresher for longer. Also, the design on the packaging is lovely - one of my favourites from a "homemade" brand!

I'd highly recommend you check out the Hope Street range as I can tell a lot of care & attention has gone into making these products just right and the prices are brilliant! Hope Street also make balms, body butters, feet balms, bath oils, floral toners, body washes and loads more all from Gill's home in Northamptonshire where she has now started offering classes on how to make your own skincare products! 

Amber

*These products were kindly sent to me by Gill the owner of the brand. All opinions are 100% honest and are my own
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8 comments :

  1. The cleansing oil sounds like it would be good for my dry skin, I will have to take a look when it's up on the site, nice brand and lovely that it is so local to you :) Xx

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    1. Yes I think it would be great for dry skin as its really soothing. You could probably e-mail Gill & she'll be able to sort out an order with the cleansing oil :) xx

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  2. Nice to discover this brand....like the packaging! x

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  3. I love the name, both products sound really good xx

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    1. They're both lovely & the name is lovely I agree :) xx

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  4. I think I mentioned in your last post that I had this company bookmarked but forgot about them. Products sounds great and I trust your judgement :)

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  5. I love the sound of the moisturiser Amber! Will definitely look into this come winter as right now I'm fine with just using oils and then an SPF. Lovely review! Thanks for introducing this brand to me =) xx

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