At the beginning of the month, I went on a little trip out of town to the Chapel Down Winery in Tenterden, Kent. It was the day before I went on holiday and such a lovely way to unwind pre-trip. I was there to see the source of the resveratrol used in the M&S Pure Range of skincare – the vineyards! Not only is M&S using crushed pulp from English wine, but Chapel Down also makes wine for M&S so the byproduct of their own wine goes straight into their skin care. That’s the kind of recycling I can get excited about!
Pure Super Grape is the skin care line – with a Day Cream, Night Cream, Eye Cream, Face Serum (lovely btw) and an Overnight Treatment Oil. If you aren’t clear on Resveratrol, it’s a natural molecule found in the outer skins of red grapes, found to have protective properties against skin ageing and is also a potent anti-oxidant. And, in case you’re a wine buff, the M&S Pure Super Grape collection uses resveratrol from the English Pinot Noir grape, grown at Chapel Down. Along with Echinacea and peptides, M&S Pure Super Grape can give up to 90% protection against free radicals.
I’ve tried the Overnight Treatment Oil – it’s a gorgeously light oil that delivers on skin nourishing; the next morning, my skin was peachy soft, but I haven’t tested it long-term. In the spirit of eco-consciousness, Pure Super Grape uses 95% naturally derived ingredients, all sustainable and responsibly sourced and manufactured in a British eco factory. Packaging is also eco-friendly.
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It would clearly have been very rude not to sample where the resveratrol came from, obviously, so I might have had a wine or three (actually if you like blush or rose wine, I found one of the best I’ve ever tried – Chapel Down English Rose 2013) and walking too slowly at the station meant I missed the huge moving cloud of bees that engulfed my companions on the railway bridge – thank GOD! Actually, they must have been on a mission because they didn’t hang around – they were clearly in a hurry. But still, glad that the tortoise won that race!
M&S Pure Super Grape launches in July – I know the formulator on this one and always rate his formulations – it’s not a pricy range either with prices around £14-£16 and definitely worth checking out for a budget friendly, high performer.
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