Handmade in small batches in Wales, founder Marian Hardiman is passionate about producing effective, affordable and gentle skincare using the highest quality organic and sustainable plant-based ingredients. The products contain a range of botanical oils that nourish skin with a broad spectrum of vitamins, essential fatty acids and antioxidants. 100% natural; free from mineral oils, petrochemicals, parabens, artificial fragrance, sodium lauryl sulphate, colourings or silicones and with all ingredients clearly listed and certified as cruelty free under the Leaping Bunny programme. Marian Hardiman, “Skin is living tissue and will respond to its environment (weather, pollution and stress) but I am definitely a believer in less is more when it comes to products, seeking and creating blends to harmonise, stabilise and strengthen the skin whilst supporting it to carry out it’s important functions”. The creams, balms and oils are meticulously formulated from blends of organic shea butter, plant oils, infusions and essential oils. Each ingredient is carefully selected to make beautiful and effective skincare products which moisturise, nourish and soothe. The products are hand blended in small batches using a range of oils from seed kernels, fruit, nuts plus precious oils from plants such as papaya, evening primrose and camellia. Each oil is chosen for a specific purpose – for nourishment, protection, soothing inflamed or damaged skin or for extra nutrients for dry or sore skin. Here are some of Silvan Skincare's favourite ingredients which are used widely in their range of products: Apricot oil is the classic oil for sensitive skin and is often seen in products which treat symptoms of eczema. Apricot oil enhances skin elasticity. Safflower oil has a naturally occurring sun protection factor and is high in omega 6 essential fatty acid and is wonderful for sensitive skin. Jojoba oil softens and protects and helps the skin to hold on to its moisture. It is fantastic in acne treatment as it ‘tricks’ the skin into stopping the over-production of sebum through somehow mimicking it and also assisting in the breakdown of oils in plugged up pores. Macadamia nut oil is the most important oil for mature skin as it has a high content of palmitic acid which is vital to reduce the skin’s ageing process by maintaining moisture levels in the skin. Kiwi seed oil, rich in vitamin C and A, omega 3 and 6 and is excellent for treating oil and large-pored skin. It is also useful in the repair of damaged skin tissue as well as being considered one of the best anti-wrinkle oils available. Evening primrose oil has high levels of gamma linolenic acid (GLA), it is wonderful for itchy skin conditions, has a skin softening effects and is perfect for rejuvenation face oils and cream. Hemp seed oil, again high in GLA this oil penetrates deep down into the skin, with a moisture-retaining effect, preventing the drying of the skin. Silvan Skincare have won many awards including the Beauty Shortlist Awards 2019 Editors Choice for Radiance Balm and Commended for Sleep and Muscle Balm. Janey Loves Platinum Award 2018 in the Mother and Baby category for Mama's Balm. They also won best face oil in Janey Loves Platinum Award 2016 for Soothe Face Oil, Gold for Petitgrain and Everlasting Flower Cleanser in 2017, Beauty Shortlist Awards Editors Choice 2017 and were shortlisted in the 2017 Free From Skincare Awards.