I have just been introduced to a new skincare brand that I really like the look of. Terralina was started by two women (who happen to be cousins by marriage) three years ago because they were frustrated by quality of so many cosmetic products. Luxury brands are all too often full of wasteful and harmful chemicals, while natural products can be insipid and ineffective. Terralina proves it doesn't have to be like that: its potions are substantial and rich, the ingredients 98.5% natural and well-chosen, the packaging is made from post-consumer recycled materials.

They have given me samples from the range and I shall be trying out the moisturizer and body lotion (and will post a review in a few weeks), Copley has made off with the cleanser and that leaves another body lotion (pictured above) and a toner for readers who would like to review them. Post a comment to persuade us that your review will be forthcoming and candid. But first let me tell you a little more about the products.

The body lotion, which is $28 for 8fl oz (did I mention that the Terralina range is also well-priced), has olive oil in various guises: olive fruit oil, olive leaf extract, sorbitan olivate, hydrogenated olive oil and olive oil unsaponfiables. There is also magical squalane with its powerful antioxidant properties and cell-building abilities. Although they don't say, I am guessing that the squalane comes from olive too.

I also like the fact that they don't throw in - as many 'natural' potion makers do - a gazillion botanicals that must be in such infinitesimally small concentrations that it is hard to imagine they bring much benefit. Terralina has just a few well-chosen ones. The bark of phellodendrom amurense (amur cork tree) is an anti-inflammatory, barley could have antioxidant properties according to the Journal of Agricultural Food & Chemistry and some research conducted in China, and there is more to sandalwood than a nice smell - it is good against spots and blackheads.

Terralina's toner also has the company's signature olive oil. Again, there are a couple of interesting plant extracts. Epilobium Angustifolium (rosebay willowherb) is a good source of vitamin C and birch bark extract is a natural anti-bacterial. Apart from phenoxyethanol, there is nothing to dislike.*

Ingredients in Terralina Body Lotion

Purified water, olive fruit oil, cetearyl olivate, squalane, sorbitan olivate, glycerin, barley extract, shea butter, ceramide 2, soybean seed extract, camellia sinensis (tea) extract, sandalwood, phellodendrom amurense bark extract, olive leaf extract, jojoba seed oil, sodium PCA, sodium hyaluranate, bisabolol, hydrogenated olive oil, olive oil unsaponifiables, cetyl palmate, sorbitan palmate, xanthan gum, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin, potassium sorbate, oat kernal extract.

Ingredients in Terraline Gentle Facial Toner

Water, glycerin, olive leaf extract, oat kernal extract, epilobium angustifolium flower/leaf/stem extract, aloe, algae, sugar cane, witch hazel, betula alba (birch) bark extract, tea, matricaria flower extract, phenoxyethanol, potassium sorbate, fragrance.

*By the way, Terralina is dontating 15% of all sales this month to the Dr Susan Love Research Foundation for breast cancer.