Review / Viridian Beauty Oils & Supplements

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Viridian Essential Female Multi-Vitamin, Ultimate Beauty Skin Repair Oil, Beauty Oil and Nail & Cuticle Oil
I’m probably a bad vegan – I don’t really take many supplements or vitamins. I have a bottle of B Vitamin tablets, but that was about it until the folks at Viridian Nutrition contacted me and asked me if I was interested in trying some of their products. Supplements have never been super high on my list of things I need to buy as I’m careful and make sure I have a very varied, balanced diet, but I figured, why not give some a try?

Viridian are an ethical and organic company that produce all kinds of vitamins, supplements and oils for just about everything you could possibly need. The concept of an ethical vitamin might sound a bit weird, but rather than most vitamins that can be traced back to mass-production in pharmaceutical companies and the like, this company is family-run and UK based, and they ensure that all of their products contain ingredients that are ethically sourced and 100% active and pure, with no artificial bits and bobs and no additives or fillers. They don’t test any of their ingredients or products on animals, and their packaging is even recyclable. In addition to this, they’re also a socially responsible brand and have so far donated £225,000 to children’s and environmental charities, chosen each year by allowing each of their health store stockists to nominate and vote for their favourites (as long as they have no involvement in animal research and testing).

So, Viridian products in short…
• Contain 100% active ingredients
• Are non-irradiated, non-GM and contain no nasty additives
• Are manufactured in the UK, creating local jobs
• Are produced using green business practices
• Support the community

Now, on to what I thought of the products.

Viridian Essential Female Multi-Vitamin, Ultimate Beauty Skin Repair Oil, Beauty Oil and Nail & Cuticle Oil

ESSENTIAL FEMALE MULTIVITAMINS
Honestly, I’m not sure how to really write about vitamins and supplements as the benefits to your body are often too subtle to actually put in a solid review but, hey, I’m trying. Anyway, the supplements I received are these vegetarian and vegan multi-vitamins, specifically formulated for women between 18 and 39. When I was contacted and asked what kinds of things I was interested in giving a go, I mentioned that something for fatigue would be great, and these can do just that. They contain iron to reduce tiredness, B6 to regulate hormones and a blend of other B vitamins, nutrients and extracts to help keep your body happy and healthy.

I was a bit sceptical of these at first because they’re not exactly small, and when I first tried them I discovered that they have a rather weird and unpleasant flavour that I can’t really describe, but I guess that’s what happens when they’re 100% natural and not flavoured with sugars or anything to make them more palatable. Once you get used to that though and you don’t try to swallow them both at once and get them stuck in your throat like I keep doing, they’re not that bad to take.

As far as whether or not they’re really working goes, well, like I said earlier it’s kind of difficult to judge. I‘ve definitely felt more energetic and all around healthier in recent weeks and could certainly attribute this to the supplements, but I’m hesitant to say so because for all I know it could just as easily be because the days are getting longer and it’s not as dark, or because I’ve just been in a better mood.

Price-wise, this is where these get tricky for me. You get 60 capsules for £28.45, and you’re supposed to take two daily, so that works out at paying just under £30 a month for your supplements which, for me personally, is far too steep. Of course, the cost is down to the quality and nature of the ingredients – you’re getting great stuff for your money – but I’m just not the kind of person who’s going to spend that much on vitamins, even if they do seem to maybe improve my health and energy levels. That said, if you’re into high quality ingredients from an ethical company that you can trust and you have some cash to burn, I’d definitely recommend giving these a go and seeing how they work for you.
ULTIMATE BEAUTY ORGANIC NAIL & CUTICLE OIL
I work in a hospital, and although my office isn’t even in the main building, everywhere also uses hospital-grade soap in the bathrooms. The result? I get some pretty damn dry hands and cuticles. My nails on the whole tend to be relatively strong but will break eventually if I have them long for too long, and my cuticles are just often a mess of dry skin and bits tearing off and general unpleasantness. This only gets worse during the colder months! Naturally, I was pretty happy to receive a product that would help address these very problems.

Made from a blend of oils and botanical extracts, this nail and cuticle oil is formulated to improve both the growth of your finger and toenails and to improve the appearance of both nails and cuticles. It comes in a recyclable little glass bottle with a glass pipette for application. I have to say, this product smells amazing! When I first used it I noticed that it had a really crisp and refreshing citrus smell to it and I’m guessing this comes from the organic lemon myrtle essential oil in it, but it also has floral undertones and you can just about catch the rosemary in it, too.

I’ve been using this for a few weeks now and I’ve seen noticeable results. The pipette is somewhat useful for application, but I do still find it tricky to apply and make sure that all of my nails and cuticles are properly coated without using too much product or just generally getting it all over my hands and having oily hands for a while – because of this I usually apply it either before I drive to work and just have to worry about getting it on the gear stick and steering wheel, or right before I go to sleep. Minor moan aside, my cuticles have just about started to look normal and nourished, and I haven’t had a broken nail since using this product even after keeping them long for quite some time. My nails look healthy and shiny, and I get far fewer hangnails, torn up cuticles and other nasties.

A bottle of this is £12.95 for 12ml, and that might seem like a lot, but trust me when I say this will last you quite a while. It’s recommended that you apply this twice daily, and although (let’s be honest) I forget to do this practically every other day, it doesn’t even look like I’ve used any. You pretty much only need one drop per application for both hands so that 12ml is going to last me a good, long while and I’m very glad because it’s been my saviour for the past few weeks!
100% ORGANIC ULTIMATE BEAUTY OIL
The Ultimate Beauty Oil is actually a food, rather than a topical skin oil! It’s a nutritional oil containing a variety of good-for-you ingredients including vegan sources of Omega 3, 6 and 9 and other ingredients like hemp seed oil among others. It’s advised that you take this as a food supplement, having two to three teaspoons daily with food added to smoothies, salad dressings, dips, soups and so on or just drizzled over your meal or even eaten straight from a spoon.

I wasn’t completely convinced by this at first as I did eat it from a teaspoon just to try it when I first received it and, although the after-taste was actually pretty nice, I wasn’t a fan because hello spoonfuls of straight up oil are never really that nice. Once I started adding it to food though, I enjoyed it a lot more. I think it works particularly well as a dressing for salads, soups and vegetables because it has a very subtle nutty, earthy taste thanks to the hemp and pumpkin seed oils in it but it does also work great blended into other things too.  Since it’s getting warmer now, I’m really looking forward to using this as a dressing on fresh salads more often.

I will fully admit that I do often forget to take this – despite putting it near my usual cooking oils that I use every day to remind me to use it – so it’s difficult to say how long it would last if you’re taking it as advised. A bottle is either £9.85 for 200ml or £20.40 for 500ml, so it’s not the cheapest oil you could possible buy, but that said I am considering buying more of it once I run out just because it’s so versatile and good vegan sources of Omega 3 can be hard to come by. As far as whether or not it’s been improving my hair, skin and nails this is, again, difficult to say! My nails have been much stronger recently probably thanks to the combination of all of the products I’ve been using from Viridian, and my virgin hair (half of the length being very chemically damaged) is looking pretty soft and nourished too.

If you’re looking for a nutritious supplement that’s a little bit different to just taking pills and is flavoursome and compliments a lot of dishes well, I’d say give this a try!
ULTIMATE BEAUTY ORGANIC SKIN REPAIR TOPICAL OIL
The topical Skin Repair Oil is an oil blend that’s quickly absorbing and designed to improve the appearance of blemished skin. I’ve since discarded the box so I can’t quite remember for sure, but I believe this can used on skin discolouration, stretch-marks etc. to even out your skin’s complexion. This is intended for use on the body as it’s quite a heavy oil, however after reading the ingredients, which include things like Vitamin E, rosehip and jojoba oil, I thought hey, I’ve been thinking about buying those individual oils to use on my face anyway, so why not try this? (And yes, I did confirm with Viridian that it’s face-safe!)

This has been the stand-out product for me purely because of how well it works with my face. I use this primarily as a night time oil as although it absorbs fast, it still leaves the skin looking oily for a while, and plus the lavender oil in it is also very relaxing for the evening! My skin loves this stuff. In spite of various unrelated problems I’ve been having with my skin lately, it’s been drinking this oil up and looking positively glowing. Scars and patches of discolouration I’d had from previous breakouts have faded, and the morning after use my skin looks incredibly plump, nourished and happy. At the moment, I’m using it to combat a weird reaction that appeared on my skin last week and it’s really calmed the irritation and is helping to slowly mend the dryness either side of my nose.

Face oils obviously aren’t for everyone so I wouldn’t suggest using this on your face unless you’ve tried them before and are confident that they won’t break you out – I’d previously used argan and almond oil on my face and currently use my Moa Green Balm containing coconut oil on targeted spots too – but otherwise, I can vouch for this being a wonderful overnight oil! I haven’t used it on my body much beyond a couple of patches on my arms or tattoos, but if it can make my face look so lovely I’m sure it can work miracles on the body too.

The Skin Repair Topical Oil is £15.76 for 100ml but boy does this last a while. I’ve been using it at least once per day (more recently twice to three times a day because of this dumb dry skin thing I’ve got going on) for the past several weeks and it doesn’t even look like I’ve used any. It comes with a handy pump so there’s no spillage or waste, but I’ll warn that it’s a difficult pump to control if you only want a half or quarter pump of product instead of the lot.

I’m very happy with all of the items I’ve tried and especially can’t recommend the Skin Repair Oil enough. Viridian make fabulous products and I’ll be keeping an eye out for other natural, ethical oils to try from them in the future. I hope you enjoyed reading my thoughts on these; let me know if you have any other vegan, natural oil and supplement recommendations!

* This review is not sponsored and has not been paid for, however the products were sent to me free of charge. All views and opinions expressed are my own.

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