For: All skin types, particularly dry or sensitive skin.
Review: I’m all about oils these days - oils to cleanse, oils to moisturise, even oils to eat! This cleansing oil by Vapour Organics is a nice addition to my oily routine, as it is brilliant for removing makeup & thoroughly cleansing without stripping skin. Skin nourishing ingredients include camelia oil, jojoba oil, and evening primrose oil, which all work together to gently cleanse skin and leave skin plump & hydrated. It is safe to use on eyes and easily removes waterproof makeup. As with all oil-based cleansers, you will need to remove it with either a muslin cloth (my preference) or cotton pads.
I have previously reviewed and used Planet Eve Organics Cleansing Oil, and would recommend & repurchase both products. The main differences between the two is that the Planet Eve oil feels a little more luxurious to me (thanks to the lovely warm sandalwood scent), but Vapour Organics is probably a little better at removing lots of makeup, including eye makeup.
Clean creds: Made with 95% Certified Organic Ingredients and 5% wildcrafted essential oils, 100% natural, chemical free, cruelty free, gluten free, made with wind power, biodegradable ingredients, inner & outer packaging recyclable.
Verdict: If you haven’t made the switch to a cleansing oil, this is a good one to transition with, as it still gives a thorough deep down clean but delivers all the skin-loving benefits of an oil. An oil is also great if you find that water dries your skin, as you can wipe away excess with a dry cotton pad and skip washing with water altogether.
What product and brand may I use to keep my face without acne? I've been ussing the Clean & Clear line and it usually works, except when I'm in "those" days... stupid hormones. got any suggestion?
I’d recommend adding a clay mask to your routine when you’re feeling hormonal. I find that it usually prevents severe breakouts and any blemishes I do get clear up more quickly. I use the Gunilla of Sweden Clay Mask but there are heaps of similar masks out there - try to look for products with high content organic ingredients!
I’d also recommend weaning off the Clean & Clear products if you can, as they are incredibly drying & strip the skin of its natural oils which can lead to more break outs. You could try picking up a cheap jar of coconut oil from your local health food shop and using that as a cleanser & moisturiser instead - it’s antibacterial & so good for your skin!
After a late brunch yesterday I wandered into a great little shop that stocked organic beauty products, delicious herbal teas, and chemical free cleaning products. Here’s a peek into what I picked up:
Cinderella Multi-Purpose Spray in ‘Mint’ - I cleaned the kitchen & tiled floor this morning using this (why yes, I do lead an exciting life) and it did a stellar job, and the mint fragrance is subtle & fresh.
Pukka ‘Harmonise’ tea - I’ve mentioned Pukka on this blog before, it’s my all-time favourite tea brand. All Pukka teas come in tea bags which is super handy for lazy people like me, and they have a huge selection of interesting blends -they are brilliant if you have a sweet craving in the afternoon or after dinner. This blend has a delicate rose/vanilla flavour, meant to be ‘balancing’ for women… because we are normally so unbalanced I suppose…
Melrose Organics Castille Liquid Soap in Orange - I’m a sucker for anything with an orange scent, and this is one deep cleaning, delicious smelling soap. One warning though - the pump seems to be set on ‘projectile force’ and my first experience with this soap left it all over my dress. At least it smelt nice!
Hi, I love organic products, because my skin is extremely sensitive. If you put anything with chemicals on it, I break out and my skin starts peeling. :( I've been looking for a switch from my daytime moisturizer, do you have any suggestions for me? :D I've been using olive oil at night, but I think if I used it first thing in the morning, my skin might get too oily.
Try the Pai skincare range - all products are really gentle and brilliant for sensitive skin. You can read my review of the Pai Avocado & Jojoba Hydrating Day Cream here: http://thecleanbeautyblog.com/post/9247717693/paidaycream-review
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REVIEW: Kimia Exquisite Rejuvenating Facial System
What: A two-step system with an oil & ‘activating mist’.
For: Mature or prematurely aging skin, dry skin, or just skin in need of a dose of goodness!
Review: Describing itself as ‘exquisite’ and ‘rejuvenating’, my expectations of the Kimia Facial System were very high before I even opened the box. Thankfully, Kimia seems to be one of those rare brands that actually delivers on its promises.
The Kimia System is a two step process: the first is the Kimia Exquisite All Natural Face Oil, which is a lovely rich serum, and the second step is the Hydra-Activator, which is a fancy way of saying spray. The people at Kimia tell me that "…the facial system is a two stage process because the activator acts to accelerate and increase the uptake of the highly active facial oil. This is to allow a number of things - firstly an increase in the beneficial effects of the product, secondly to allow the application of make up straight after application which in turn allows today’s modern woman to treat, nourish and repair the skin while fitting in with fast pace of modern life." The instructions say to spray the activator onto your hands and then to rub it into the face, but I find it much easier to just spray the product directly onto my face and massage it in with the oil. The recommended ‘dosage’ is six drops of oil & six sprays, but this is customisable depending on whether your skin is feeling particularly oily or dry.
After using my skin feels incredibly hydrated and has an instant glow. The products are quickly absorbed into skin and leave a silky, smooth finish - not greasy in the slightest, and makeup sits very nicely on top. I tend to use it mainly at night (sunscreen is really the only product I use during the day), and I wake up with fine lines plumped up and generally healthy & younger looking skin. I am especially nuts about the oil as it has this fabulous retro floral scent that reminds me of my grandma - I’m not sure what the fragrance is exactly, but it’s just lovely. Whenever I use this my boyfriend says I smell like a hotel (which is a good thing, FYI). This is definitely my product of choice when I’ve been burning the candle at both ends and need to look fresh, and the great thing is that the results are almost instantaneous as I can see a marked difference after just one use.
I am generally a big fan of facial oils, and if you’re in the market for a luxurious & pampering treat then this is definitely the product for you. It is expensive, but I think it would last a very long time given that you only need to use a few drops/sprays per application. I’ve been using mine quite religiously and the bottles still look completely full.
Clean creds: All natural ingredients, paraben free.
Verdict: I’ve had quite a few requests for product recommendations for aging skin, and so far Kimia is the recommendation I’m prepared to highlight, bold and underline. If it’s out of your price range then Rosehip Oil is a good alternative - but if you can afford to splash out, or have a birthday coming up, Kimia is an excellent investment for your skin.