Linden Leaves, now under TNS Skin Lab had just celebrated its 20th Anniversary with the launch of Linden Leaves GOLD range. The GOLD range took two years to get the formulation perfect. I had the golden opportunity to meet Ms. Brigit Blair, the founder of Linden Leaves New Zealand recently and to have the luxury product home for some luxurious ‘me’ shower time indulgence at night.
Linden Leaves GOLD range has been specially designed to enhance skin moisturisation and to promote cell renewal, as well as to repair aged skin. How this works is, all the active ingredients in the range have been scientifically proven to increase moisture retention and cell regeneration. It has powerful antioxidants, neutralising and protection against free radical damage. As a result, collagen production is boosted, wrinkles and fine lines are minimized. This range is formulated with Red Rice Extract, Amaranth Oil and Protein, Chia Seed Oil, Grapeseed oil and, wait for it…23-karat gold leaf! That’s right girls. 23-karat gold!
Gold Silken Body Wash (RM189 / 150ml)
The Gold Silken Body Wash is a very gentle body wash. When I say gentle, I really do mean it. Foams can be drying on the skin and this one here does not foams up a lot like other body wash but when you use it with a shower puff, it does foams up slightly. It is enhanced with skin smoothing and firming Red Rice Extract and Amaranth Protein.
I like how the colour of the body wash is in shimmery gold. And if you look closely at the bottle you will notice specks of gold leafs floating inside the body wash. The scent is my favourite. Well, of course I’m all into the 23-karat gold leaf BUT the scent, it had me on first sniff. Rinsing was easy. Probably due to the fact that it doesn’t have a lot of foams. I like that the body wash didn’t leave me with a slippery film on top of my skin and yet it kept my skin properly moisturized and soft.
For this body wash, I would recommend using a shower puff instead of applying directly onto your skin. If you do that you will feel as if you are applying something to the skin, not showering.
Now we have come to my absolute favourite!
Gold Body Oil (RM219 / 150ml)
Those who knew me would already know that I LOVE to oil up in the shower and before I sleep. I have this fear of aging that I never feel yucky to apply a thick layer of beauty product on me before sleep. This Gold Body Oil is a treatment body oil that is enhanced with amaranth oil to hydrate the skin and to improve the moisture retention of our skin. What I was more surprised to find out was that it contain essential fatty acids from Chia seeds. Why? Because if it is good for your body, it is good enough for your skin. The fatty acids from Chia seeds helped to firm and soften the skin. You know what I was more excited about? The generous 23-karat gold leafs floating inside the oil of course!
The smell, urrgghh is amazing. Every single product of Linden Leaves GOLD range has the same scent. So you can layer each product and still smells the same. And by layering you are actually prolonging the scent. The oil is quite runny. I use a squirt or a 20 cent coin size on each part of my body. Luxurious, eh? Very.
I remember that I asked at the media lunch event if the gold leafs will be able to come out through the small hole on the bottle and I was told they do. That is what’s important right? 😛 I can confirm that they do! It has become my mission every night to get some gold leafs onto my palm 😀 . The body oil does not feel sticky on me after application. The trick in using body lotion or cream or oil is to apply while still in the shower, when you skin are still damp and warm. The product will absorb better when the pores are slightly opened up and damp. That is how I do it and also why it never feels oily or sticky on me. With the amount I used every night, I am a happy girl.
Gold Silken Body Wash comes with a pump. This is the first time I’m seeing a skincare pump-like for a body wash. And the Gold Body Oil does not comes with a pump. I wish it does as it would makes dispensing so much easier. Anyhow no complain as I am very much distracted with the gold leafs 😀
Linden Leaves GOLD range consists of a total of six products – Gold Silken Body Wash, Gold Toning Face and Body Mist, Gold Body Oil, Gold Body Lotion, Gold Shimmer Mousse, and Gold Bath Salt. I had my eyes on the mist and mousse as the mousse is contain shimmers in it. You know how much I love shimmers and sparkles 😀
At the media event, I learnt from Ms. Brigit Blair, the founder of Linden Leaves New Zealand that it is not easy to get NATRUE certified. Linden Leaves go through all the processes properly in order to have each and every product of theirs natural certified. But for the GOLD range, Brigit said that she love the fragrance so much that she had to forgo NATRUE certification as it is fragrance. I can totally understand why. It is hard for me to explain the scent but once you took a sniff, you will fall in love too. The scent are developed exclusively for Linden Leaves by a French parfumer. It has Green top notes of bergamot and apple, over warm, comforting middle notes of apricot, jasmine and casis. Its base notes are cedarwood, musk, red fruits and sandalwood. I know it does sound complicated and strong but trust me, it is the most subtle and beautiful scent you ever smell 😀 . It fits the “GOLD” identity very well.
Now excuse me while I take a luxurious shower with Linden Leaves Gold Body Wash, finishing off with luxurious slather of Gold Body Oil with 23-karat gold leafs all over me 😀 . Life is good now.
Disclaimer: Press gift. This doesn’t affect my judgement in the review in any way.