Bogavia – Skincare & Beauty

Created in Los Angeles by holistic health expert Alison Ragusa, Bogavia is an all-natural beauty brand inspired by the splendour of the Adriatic. During lockdown, I’ve been looking for things to nurture the soul both inside and out, therefore personally a good skincare regime is a huge part of that. After using many highly active products I wanted to go back to nature and try a natural range that is both effective and affordable. Along came Bogavia to the rescue and I wanted to share my favourite products from the range.

Essential Facial Cleanser

What is it? A plant-powered, non-foaming fragrance-free cleanser including a purifying combination of Coconut, Jojoba, Sesame, Sunflower seeds, Sandalwood Oils, Sea Kelp, Willow Bark, Calendula and Cucumber.

There’s nothing I dislike more than that tight dry feeling after cleansing, but with its light texture and gentle nourishing properties, this facial cleanser doesn’t strip my skin of its moisture. My face is left soft and fresh ready for the next product. 


The Exfoliating Facial Scrub

What is it? A plant-powered facial scrub with a nourishing combination of Aloe Vera, Sea Kelp, Fennel, Ginseng and Avocado Oil.

I don’t often use a granular exfoliator as they dry out my skin but this one is such a pleasure to use. Its beautiful creamy rich texture keeps my skin hydrated. Afterwards, my skin feels thoroughly clean, supple and soft. I use this once or twice a week when my skin feels dull as I find it brings some radiance and life back into my complexion. 


The Vitamins C Serum

What is it? A plant-powered serum to help brighten, hydrate and plump the skin and help with ageing and hyperpigmentation. It includes vegan Hyaluronic acid, Vitamin C, Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel, Sea Kelp, Liquorice, Buriti oil and Italian lemon.

I am a huge fan of using a vitamin C in my skincare routine as it’s a fantastic antioxidant but I often find them thick, tacky and drying. This serum however has a lovely silky texture which sinks beautifully into the skin. On initial application it feels very rejuvenating and I especially adore the refreshing lemon aroma which transports me to summer. 


The Essential Face Cream

What is it? A plant-powered rich and hydrating face cream which includes Aloe Vera, Shea Butter, Vegan Hyaluronic Acid, Sea Kelp, Jojoba Oil, Green Tea, Immortelle, Chamomile, Calendula and Parsley.

When I first used the moisturiser I found the absorption very difficult and it took a while to sink into my skin. I eventually realised that I was using too much of the product and that a little goes a long way with this cream. Once absorbed it wraps the skin with a glowing moisturising barrier, leaving a fresh hydrated complexion. Even though it has a thick texture, it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin.


The Midnight Repair Oil

What is it? A plant-powered overnight treatment to help repair, restore and replenish the skin. It includes a healing blend of Jojoba, Argan, Rose Hip, Evening Primrose Oils, Sea Kelp, Immortelle, Rose and Calendula.

For many years I have enjoyed using oils as part of my evening skincare routine as I find them satisfyingly nourishing. I’ve used a few in the past that have been extremely oily and thick, but this product is of the perfect consistency. Just a few drops on the skin absorb quickly, leaving a soft healthy glow. I often use my Gua Sha facial tool to massage it deeper into the skin which also helps me to relax before bedtime. 


The Strengthening Shampoo

What is it? A plant-powered colour safe shampoo that repairs and revitalises scalp and hair. It includes Aloe Vera, Horsetail, Hibiscus, Shikakai, Sea Kelp, Nettle, Sage, Rosemary, Chamomile, Quinoa and Coconut Milk.

Coupled with not being able to get a hair cut due to current Covid restrictions and having naturally fine hair, its not just my skin that needs looking after. I always strive to use repairing thickening shampoos but due to the nature of my hair they sometimes weigh it down, but this product manages to thicken and strengthen the hair without that happening. The shampoo leaves a lovely shine to my hair and even though I can’t get a hair cut the quality of my hair feels fantastic. 


The Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment

What is it? A plant-powered rich condition hair treatment including Aloe Vera, Horsetail, Hibiscus, Neem, Shea Butter, Coconut, Quinoa, Avocado and Olive Fruit Oils.

Due to the nature and type of my hair I can’t condition it too often, but this product is great for using as a weekly treatment to add an extra dose of vitality and softness. I hate to admit it, but I wash my hair daily and use a very hot hairdryer, therefore this product is a godsend for repairing my hair and giving some life back to my poorly treated locks. 

If you are looking for a simple, natural skincare and beauty range that doesn’t break the budget, then Bogavia is definitely the one for you. Of course, there is many more products in the range that you could explore but the above were definite stand out products for me.

Check out more fantastic products on their website.

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