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Spot the difference
Aside from the fact that they don’t contain any synthetic preservative systems, these self-preserving recipes are made of a different concentration of ingredients which might give a different texture, consistency and feel on the skin. The effect they have is the same; the main difference is in how they feel on application. You may find for example that Mask Of Magnaminty dries on the skin, whereas its self-preserving counterpart doesn’t. This is due to the higher quantity of honey in the latter, which draws in and retains moisture.
There’s no need to choose between them if you really can’t pick your favourite - why not find the formula that feels best for the particular time of year? Dream Cream self-preserving, for example, has a balmy texture which can feel particularly comforting during winter, when cold weather and central heating can leave skin grateful for a hydration boost. The reduced water content gives this more concentrated product a luxuriously rich texture, which feels beautifully protective on the skin. You may then prefer to switch to the original formula, which feels lighter on the skin, for the warmer summer months, or after a morning shower when you need to get dressed straight away. You can also always layer a dusting powder on top of either if you prefer a silky, matte finish too.
In every other respect, the two formulas are exactly the same — apart from Ocean Salt face and body scrub. As an added bonus, self-preserving Ocean Salt is also vegan, because we’ve removed the lanolin and synthetic emulsifiers, and replaced them with silken tofu and Japan wax.
Choosing between preserved or self-preserving simply comes down to personal preference.