Sustainable Beauty Brands

Following on from my BYBI post, we’ve established that sustainability is more than just having recyclable packaging. This week on my Instagram we’ve had sustainability week, where I shared eco-friendly brands in my collection. Of course there are far more brands than just what is in my collection, so here are some of beauty’s sustainable brands and some that have made a good start but have room for improvement.

BYBI Beauty

You’ve read my article about BYBI, you know they’re fab. If you missed it (you can find it here), they focus on responsible sourcing, clean manufacturing and packaging in recyclable materials. They definitely do more than most brands and have a very strong focus on sustainability (they even do monthly summits on the topic called Susty Summits and have their own in-house sustainability manager!). For Black Friday, or should I say Green Friday, BYBI are offering discounts on a variety of their products, but for every bundle bought, they will be planting 10 trees.

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Sjรถ Skin

If you haven’t heard of Sjรถ Skin, they’re a small Swedish brand that focus on honey based products. Each product is made with less than 6 ingredients and their honey is sourced from a local farm in Sweden where the bees pollinate wild flowers in the forest.. Their products are handmade in small batches, which makes the manufacturing portion of their supply chain super eco-friendly. Their packaging is largely glass (with a very small amount of plastic – dropper squeezer, lid)

REN

REN sustainably sources their ingredients (though there’s no extra info than that…) and makes sure that their packaging is eco-friendly. Their bottles are made from ocean plastic, while their tubes are made from post-consumer recycled plastic that is made to be recycled over and over again. They also work with organisations that clean up plastic from beaches, waterways and oceans. On top of this, REN have pledged to be zero waste by 2021, so all their packaging will be recyclable, recycled and reusable.

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Herbivore

All of Herbivore’s products are apparently handmade using sustainably sourced ingredients (though not much more info is given about this). All of their jars and bottles are made of glass. They are always looking at their supply chain to decrease their carbon footprint. Their team vets ingredient suppliers to ensure that they are all ethically sourced and sustainably harvested. The majority of their ingredients are sourced within the US, meaning their carbon footprint would be lower the closer to home they can source the ingredients.

Youth To The People

YTTP have glass packaging on all their bottles and jars and focus on creating clean formulas. They use a lot of natural, superfood ingredients but also make sure to comply with the EU’s list of banned ingredients in cosmetics, despite being a US based company. The FDA has only banned 11 ingredients, compared to the 1,300+ in the EU. They also work with a number of non-profits and activists to build a more just world and to save the planet!

Tata Harper

Tata Harper are famous for growing all of their ingredients on their special farm in Vermont and making and packaging their products in glass bottles and jars. When they do use tubes, the plastic resin is made from corn, rather than from petroleum, which is a renewable source. On the cardboard boxes, there is a label from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative that confirms that the material comes from a responsible source instead of unethical sources (e.g. illegal logging processes). By manufacturing all their products in house and by hand, they are able to have greater control over the sustainability surrounding the process. It is probable that they use much less energy and water by hand making the products and are able to have much more control over their energy sources (aka ensuring it’s renewable).

Paula’s Choice

Paula’s Choice actively seek to source their ingredients in a sustainable way wherever possible. Palm oil, which is often sourced in ways that harm the rainforest and it’s animals, are instead sourced from a Malaysian company certified for sustainable production. While they use plastic packaging, all parts including the caps are suitable for recycling. No additional, unnecessary plastic packaging is used – products are not wrapped in an additional plastic wrap and PC prints all their info directly onto the bottle.

WOWYOU Beauty

WowYou’s packaging is all recyclable and they also have a refill program. On top of this, their HQ usesย only energy from renewable sources and offset their carbon emissions by planting trees. This *Green* Friday, the brand will plant a tree for every ยฃ5 spent to further offset emissions and help to restore habitats. Theyโ€™re supporting the Eden Reforestation Project who work with locals in Madagascar to reforest areas that were destroyed, impacting the ability to farm the land and displacing native species.

The Body Shop

This has to be one of the original pioneering beauty brands when it comes to sustainability. They ensure that all their sourcing has no negative social or environmental impacts and launched โ€˜community tradeโ€™ all the way back in 1987 to ensure fair trading with suppliers. They were the pioneers for fair trade within beauty and currently have 31 community trade suppliers in 23 countries. They have empowered these communities, particularly women, and helped them achieve an independent income as well as building schools and enabling access to safe drinking water. They do still use plastic, but they believe that it used responsibly then it can be sustainable. They work with a community trade project in India to source recycled plastic – helping to tackle the plastic problem while also working with plastic pickers who have access to all the amazing benefits I mentioned above. Working with a Plastics for Change and local NGOs allows their waste pickers to receive a stable income, better working conditions and more opportunities.

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Lush

This one should come as no surprise to anyone. Lush use as little packaging as possible where possible and nearly half their products can be taken home without any packaging. Where packaging is unavoidable, they try to use recycled materials. Around 90% of their packaging can be recycled currently and they’re working on that last 10%. Sustainable sourcing is also high on their list – they do not use palm oilย at all in favour of more eco-friendly oils. Their website hints that they only collaborate with suppliers that respect the environment, animals and people living there. When it comes to manufacturing, they’re aiming to reduce energy and water consumption and specifically do not purchase energy from fracking companies. Lush accepts that sustainability is something that can always be improved on and in turn they want to use their buying power to drive change. I find it really interesting that it’s the most eco-friendly brands that make reference to the fact they aren’t perfect but are always trying their best, when other brands are trying much less and don’t talk about it.

Beauty Pie

They are always working to make their packaging as eco-conscious as possible. They use plant-based inks (Earthinksยฎ) which are one of the most eco-friendly inks on the planet. They also use recyclable and recycled board in all their cartons. It’s a good start but it would be great to know a little more about their sourcing and manufacturing. As Beauty Pie tend to work directly with labs in various different countries, it would be really interesting to know how much they know or can influence sustainable policy when it comes to manufacturing. Because they do work with these international labs, there will be a fair amount of carbon emissions involved in shipping to the UK and US, so it would be great to know a bit more about what they’re doing to combat this.

Good Molecules

Beautylish’s offering in the realm of affordable skincare is a line of a largely single ingredient products. All their bottled products come in glass packaging which are obviously much easier to recycle than plastic. They are starting to have a greater focus on their sourcing. The affordable skincare from Beautylish recently launched their Rosehip oil which was sustainably grown and hand-picked from the Patagonian Austral of Chile. By working directly with the growers, the brand can ensure that all parties are treated fairly and with respect, while also eliminating any markup from middlemen.

How to tell if a brand is sustainable

As consumers, we’re really reliant on brands sharing their sustainable policies. If they don’t share it, we can’t assume they’re doing it. Some companies share much more than others (BYBI, Body Shop) so we have a lot more insight into the brand and their practices. Personally I think brands should share what they’re doing and should want too as well! If brands have a particular focus on the environment, there is often a dedicated page for it on their site. If you Google the brand followed by sustainability, you might find the info you’re looking for. There might be info about it in their ethos, mission or on their about us page. To find out about ingredient sourcing, you can try each individual product page. If this information is missing completely… well you can guess what that means. Now that you’ve read all about brands that are doing the most, it will become very clear when you see brands doing the very least.

This list is by no means definitive. I’m sure there are many more brands that have sustainable sourcing practices, but they may not be as well known or well publicised.

In the coming years, I think sustainable sourcing, manufacturing and packaging will become a staple for all new brands coming to the market, but it will take quite a long time for the bigger brands to make this change. In my mind, this is fairly comparable to cruelty free products – every new brand that emerges now is cruelty free but the conglomerates are much slower to react. Just because a brand has recyclable packaging doesn’t make them eco-friendly. As the founders of BYBI said, it is the very least that any brand should be doing. People are starting to question eco-policies deeper and it’s only through this questioning that things will really change.

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BYBI Beauty – The Sustainable Beauty Pioneers

BYBI Beauty, Instagram’s most aesthetic brand, is one of the most sustainable beauty brands out there. Trust me, you have NO idea what it takes to be truly sustainable in the beauty industry… but BYBI do (and you’re about to).

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Have you ever thought about how sustainable your beauty products are, and I mean really thought? My guess is probably not, and hey, you’re not alone there!ย But let me tell you right now, BYBI have definitely thought about it. They’re always thinking about it.

Most brands and most consumers judge the sustainability of their products by how eco-friendly their packaging is – whether it’s made of glass rather than plastic, whether it can be recycled or whether the box it comes in can be recycled too. However, it goes sooo much deeper than that.

BYBI’s aim is to make sure that all aspects of their supply chain is sustainable, with focus on three key areas: ingredients, manufacturing and packaging. They want to be leaders within the beauty industry and to influence other brands to take note and do better.

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INGREDIENTS

A BYBI ingredient is always one that grows in abundance and ethically sourced – double points if it is locally sourced. The distance ingredients have to travel obviously have carbon implications! They actively look for ingredients that grow quickly and locally that can be harvested multiple times a year.ย  BYBI’s shea butter supplier have a program that supports and empowers women in West Africa to keep growing and to smash life!

One of the coolest things that BYBI does (that youย mightย already be aware of) is that they take ‘waste’ products from other industries and upcycle them. This is the case for the Strawberry and Blueberry boosters – discarded seeds from the juicing industry are collected, sterilised and cold pressed to create beeeautiful, high quality oils. Because these seeds were ‘waste product’ and the fruits weren’t grown solely to harvest the seeds, the entire process is carbon neutral!

Stepping away from BYBI, consider this. Most products have more than one ingredient, with some products having over 30(!?) – can you imagine trying to keep track of all of the above for that many ingredients!? BYBI are setting a very high bar but it’s a bar that companies need to try harder to reach.

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MANUFACTURING

This is probably the hardest part of the supply chain to make sustainable. As lots of companies tend to outsource this step, brands have to rely on the manufacturers to give them accurate and truthful information on how sustainable their process is (which often doesn’t happen). BYBI’s products are made in the UK and have strict requirements that their manufacturers must adhere to. Ultimately, BYBI want to own the manufacturing process, but obviously there is quite a significant cost attached to that. They currently control the manufacturing of the Boosters at their facility in West London where they produce small batches by hand. By producing the Boosters, they’re able to have full control of the water and energy usage while keeping carbon emissions low.

PACKAGING

Although it’s great that brands are focusing on more eco-friendly packaging, it is the bare minimum that they should be doing. Over 120 billion units of packaging are produced by the beauty industry alone, so you can only imagine the amount of waste!

70% of BYBI’s packaging is glass, which is infinitely recyclable and come from sand – a natural material that’s available in abundance. Glass bottles and jars keep their integrity when recycled so they can use the same container over and over again.ย Tubes pose a greater challenge. However, BYBI have found a plastic alternative made from sugarcane. Sugarcane is obviously renewable, grows very quickly and absorbs CO2 when it grows – making the product carbon neutral! The growing of the sugarcane absorbs CO2, making this a carbon neutral produced material. On top of all this, BYBI has recently changed their parcel packaging to grasspaper – it grows much quicker than trees and is way more plentiful as a result!

They acknowledge that their packaging is far from perfect at the moment but that they are always looking for better alternatives.ย As there are so many new materials coming onto the market all the time, BYBI are always on the lookout for more eco-friendly packaging to move away from plastics entirely.

BYBI Beauty Bakuchiol Booster and Strawberry Booster

However, don’t confuse this with just a passing ‘trend’.

‘It’s a movement, not a moment’.

Hell to the yes ladies! As someone who is environmentally minded, finding out ALL of this about BYBI has just made me love them so much more. It’s really made me look at brands in a different way and consider my own environmental impact more.

The vast majority of this information is freely available on BYBI’s website and is really easy to find. It’s really admirable that the brand are so open about their sustainable practises – I’ve been trying to do some research on other brands to compare them and it is not nearly as easy to find the rest. Hat’s off to you BYBI – taking the lead and showing us all how it’s done!

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Beautaniq Beauty Review

What’s more fun than testing new makeup!? This time round, I’m testing out a load of goodies from Beautaniq Beauty – a cruelty free and vegan beauty brand that focuses on plant-based, natural products.

Beautaniq Beauty were find enough to *gift* me a whole host of their products and I’ve had so much fun testing them all out! The products range from skincare to makeup and are all in the cutest packaging!

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Nourish + Hydrate Sheet Mask

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The Nourish + Hydrate sheet mask is for sheet mask lovers everywhere who need a little pick me up. It contains bamboo extract to provide long lasting hydration and helps to replenish collagen; lotus seed to strengthen the skin’s barrier and helps to improve texture; hyaluronic acid to leave skin firm, plump and supple and finally niacinamide to improve elasticity and help your skin to retain all this lovely moisture and hydration.

If you are someone who likes a mask with a lot of juice (and who doesn’t!?) then you will LOVE this. The fit is probably a bit on the bigger side, but it means that your jaw can get in on the action too! It left my skin feeling really hydrated and plump and was a great base to put skincare over the top. It was a bit tacky after the juice had dried down, but once you apply more products it’s not an issue. I’m not a great lover of sheet masks, but this did make me feel as though my PM skincare routine was applying more smoothly and it left my skin feeling softer and plumper than before.

Guardian Angel Eye Mask

Okay these are easily the cutest things that Beautaniq Beauty make. They are under eye patches that are shaped like angel’s wings – look how cute they are! The patches are infused with with a whole host of fab ingredients.ย The cucumber extract contains ascorbic acid aka vitamin C to make the skin glow, but also helping to soothe irritated skin and reduce any swelling or puffiness around the eyes. Rose extract also has anti-inflammatory benefits, while green tea works to promote DNA repair to keep skin looking fresh and to fight the signs of ageing. Finally Hyaluronic Acid leaves skin firm, plump and hydrated.

You can wear these either way (aka the circular part near the nose or on the outside towards the ear) and they are nice and thin so they’re easy to move around. They left my under eye area feeling really soft and full for hours afterwards!

Nourishing Mascara

I really like that this came in a wooden tube rather than having a plastic wrapper. There is still a bit of waste, however at least it would be recyclable. The tube looks like a bigger version of the blush/glow serums, which is pretty unique for a mascara! This is quite a natural mascara that doesn’t quite give me the definition I’m looking for. My theory is that when you take the mascara wand out of the tube that product gets stuck to the top and bottom of the wand, but tends to miss the sides (where you’d tend to apply to the eyelashes). It may be that my one is a little dry, but when I apply it to the lashes, it’s as if there isn’t really any product on the wand. I would have to use another mascara on top of this to get my desired fullness.

Fill + Set Brow Gel

The idea of this brow gel, as the name suggests, is to fill in, thicken and tame the brows. It’s a really light, water-based formula enriched with Aloe Vera to keep brows locked in place without any flaking or fading throughout the day. The brow gel comes in blonde, brown, black and clear, so there should be an option that works for you. This is actually the first tinted brow gel that I’ve ever tried but I found it pretty easy to use. It has really good, even pigment that was not patchy in the slightest. The brush is nice and small so it can get to all the fine hairs and can get a really good sharp tail on the end of the brow. I do tend to use a clear gel afterwards to get the line super sharp on the tail but the tinted gel is capable of doing all the heavy lifting.ย  I went for the shade blonde and it is a pretty good match for my hair colour. I do think there is a definite red tint to it that is worth noting, but I noticed this more as my brow dye wore off (and probably where I was applying it more to my skin rather than the brow). Like most other tinted brow gels, I think it really helps to have some brow to start with, whether that means you have quite thick brows or you dye them so they actually show up. The first time I used this I was so chuffed with the result, but as the dye on my brows began to fade, this got harder to use! I don’t put that down to the product because I can’t even see the hairs to draw them on! If you’re new to brow gel/have no eyebrows (like me) then it may take a little time to master tinted brow gel, but overall the effect is fab! You will probably need to add in a few hair strokes with pencil, but it definitely does what it says on the tin.

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Butter Lip and Cheek

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These are a dual purpose lip and cheek product that will give you beautifully bitten lips and flushed cheeks with just one product. I got the shade Cocoa Rose, which is a gorgeous pinky nude shade. The formula is a little on the dry side for a balm which made it a bit of a long and repetitive process to apply it to the lips, however the dry formula would probably benefit the cheeks more. However, a major perk is that I think this product would last you absolutely ages because I’ve used quite a bit and I haven’t even made a dent in it!

Blush Serum

I got the blush serum in the shade sunset and it’s a gorgeous pinky-orange shade – just like the sky at sunset! If you are familiar with the Glossier Cloud Paints then this is probably what they are most comparable to. The blush serum comes in a little tube, just like the cloud paint and a little bit goes a long way! You could apply this in so many different ways – with your fingers, a sponge or a duo-fibre brush – depending on your preference. I personally prefer to apply this with a brush to get a light flush rather than something more pigmented. When you squeeze the product out the tube, just like any other product in this form, it is quite easy to squeeze out too much. You only need the tiniest bit to get a great colour, so be very sparing! If you do find yourself squeezing too much out, it’s quite easy to scoop it up and put it back in.

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Glow Serum

This glow serum is a really intense liquid highlight. It is a cool-toned bronze shade that, for me, would be a little too dark as a traditional highlighter over makeup. However, the way I like to use this is as a base highlight – that is underneath my foundation to give my skin some serious glow! One thing worth mentioning is that, like the blush serum, this has some serious pigment, so use it sparingly! I tend to wear quite light-medium coverage base products and my foundation still completely covered the bronze colour while still leaving the glow. If you’re using an ultra-light coverage base product, you will probably resemble a bronze statue rather than a glowing goddess (hey, if that’s the look you’re after, then go for your life). If you are medium-dark, you will probably really suit this as a traditional liquid highlighter but if you’re paler then it is a great base glow.

Overall I really enjoyed trying all the products from Beautaniq Beauty! Their packaging is super cute, their shades are gorgeous and their skincare is fab!

If you’re interested in purchasing from the brand, you can find them at the Beautaniq Beauty website or at Birchbox!

Xo

*Items kindly gifted by the brand, but opinions are my own x

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I Dew Care Vitamin C Review

Vitamin C is an ingredient that everyone should have in their skincare routine, and it couldn’t be any easier to add in with an array of fun new Vitamin C products from I Dew Care!

I Dew Care are a K Beauty inspired brand that works out of the US. They exude positive vibes and just feel really cheeky and fun! They were kind enough to send over 2 products from their new Vitamin C line – The Bright Side Up serum and the Saw You Dew moisturiser. Their new collection is really vast – it contains a mist, serum, moisturiser, cleansing balm, lip oil and lip mask.

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Right off the bat, the packaging for these products is absolutely gorgeous – the bright, nearly neon colour scheme that is present throughout the entire Vitamin C range is perfect for products that brighten your complexion! All the products that have lids also have this cheeky winking smiley which is also the initials for I Dew Care!ย img_5212_facetune_06-09-2019-22-36-54

Bright Side Up Serum – 30ml – $25.00

img_5924_facetune_29-09-2019-14-58-01This Vitamin C serum is a 30ml bottle of pinky-red goodness – it includes grapefruit extract to reduce the visible signs of ageing, even skin tone and boost radiance. It also contains vitamins E and B5 to condition the skin, relieve dryness and increase hydration.ย It has a soft scent that smells quite fruity, which I guess is the grapefruit! The consistency is described on their site as a ‘jelly serum’ and I can totally understand why. It isn’t one of those annoying serums that runs between your fingers when you squirt it from the dropper. It is certainly a liquid, but it does have a thickness. It’s almost gel-like but a touch thinner whereby it stays put when you apply it to your hand. When applied to the face, it feels really hydrating, spreads very easily and leaves no feeling of tackiness. There is no tingling sensation afterwards and it sinks into the skin very quickly.

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In my bottle, the dropper isn’t the best and it takes a few squeezes to get an amount to cover the entire face. I’m not sure whether that is because I have a dodgy dropper or whether the consistency of the serum is a touch too thick for the dropper, but either way I’m happy to just keep at it until I have the amount I want.

Most importantly, it hasn’t caused my skin to break out. In fact, when my skin broke out while testing another product, I feel like it was this product that helped to calm it down. I can’t really say that I’ve noticed my skin looking any brighter (mainly because I rush through my morning skincare routine as fast as I can to move on to makeup), but I can feel that my skin feels soft and smooth after use and it doesn’t feel tight.

It’s probably my favourite vitamin C serum that I’ve tried – the non-sticky texture, the lovely smell and how it leaves my skin feeling after I’ve applied this makes it an absolute winner in my eyes!

Saw You Dew Moisturiser – 50ml – $29.00

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Okay, so I nearly died when I opened this moisturiser – that is no exaggeration (lol of course it’s an exaggeration – can you imagine? Death by moisturiser). Anyway, I have never seen a texture so beautiful in my entire life, and that one is no exaggeration. When you first open this up, it is like WATER. Basically, this moisturiser is a water-like gel on top of a cream. A really cute spatula comes with this for you to mix it all together before applying it to your skin. It is a little bit heartbreaking to mix it together and lose the amazing gel, but the texture post-mixing is lovely too. It becomes a lot more like a traditional cream moisturiser, but is still very light (below). It contains lemon extract and vitamin C to lessen the skin imperfections and signs of ageing while also boosting radiance and protecting from environmental aggressors.

 

The formula is very thin – it would be a great moisturiser for summer, oilier skin and as morning moisturiser. I have dry skin and this still sets me up perfectly for the day. It sinks in quite quickly and doesn’t leave a feeling of heaviness or greasiness on the skin. Like the serum, it does have a slight scent that smells a little bit like lemon but it is really pleasant and isn’t too noticeable. A little bit goes a long way so you don’t have to pile this on to get the result you’re after.

I have absolutely loved testing these products out! I was so excited when the brand reached out to me – they have a really positive, colourful, fun vibe that definitely translates into their products. If you’re looking for budget-to-mid range vitamin C products then this is definitely a brand you should consider. You can find I Dew Care at Memebox or at Ulta if you’re in the US.

Remember, if you’re using vitamin C product, please always apply a good SPF!

Xo

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Pretty Athletic Cool Down Cleanser review

Pretty Athletic is an active skincare brand that boasts some truly epic products, one of which being their Cool Down Cleanser, which I have developed quite a liking for.

I mean, have you ever come across a product that you love so crazy, madly, deeply that you feel the need to tell every stranger on the street and scream it from the rooftops. Yep. This cleanser.

I’m sure you’re thinking, why this cleanser? Well allow me to retell my epic love story with the Cool Down Cleanser. I came across this product in the goodie bag at the Indie Beauty Expo in London last year and thought the concept was pretty cool. Pretty Athletic was the brain child of a fabulous lady called Leyla who wanted to create post-workout skincare for women on the go. As a gym bunny myself, I loved the sound of a cooling cleanser, especially as I am someone who really works up a sweat and gets very hot and red.

This cleanser, quite obviously by the name, is aimed to calm and cool the skin after exercise, but it also rehydratesย and removes sweat and impurities that have built up during your workout. It combines botanical ingredients such as aloe vera, cucumber, chamomile and green tea with actives like hyaluronic acid and prebiotics to reduce oiliness, prevent exercise related breakouts, intensely hydrate and support your skin flora! Your skin goes through quite a lot when you exercise and this little powerhouse makes sure that doing your thing doesn’t have an impact on your skin.

It is a lovely, thick, gel cleanser that feels so nourishing and hydrating. I should mention that it is not thick in that it feels heavy on the skin or would clog your pores, but when you pump it out, it is quite solid and doesn’t run straight off your hand. As it is so thick, it feels amazing when you massage this into the skin (the brand recommends massaging in for roughly 30 seconds). I’m not sure what I was expecting when I first used this, but I really didn’t expect such a pleasant cooling sensation! It is in no way overwhelming or tingly on the skin, but it’s almost as if you have splashed your face with cool water. It instantly cools the skin down and you can feel the moisture and goodness returning to your skin as your massage. It does have a scent, but it’s subtle and to me it doesn’t smell artificial, so I don’t think it would cause an issue to anyone that has a fragrance sensitivity. It is also totally safe to use on your eyes and doesn’t sting them at all, even when you open them.ย One thing I’ve found with this which is a massive bonus, is that my skin is always much smoother after I use it. I don’t tend to leave this on for a massive amount of time, usually around 20-30 seconds, and my skin feels noticeably softer.ย 

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This is hands down the best second cleanse I’ve ever used! Don’t worry though, you don’t have to be a gym bunny to love this! This is extra nice to use when my skin is hot or red after the gym and you definitely feel the benefit of it, but it’s just as amazing after a long day at work/a short day at work/the best day of your life/any day of your life. Basically what I’m getting at is that this is an absolute banger and you need to try it.

I have actually started to have nightmares about running out of this cleanser. I am not even joking. I had two empties in the same day and that night I had a nightmare that I ran out of this unexpectedly. If you follow my Instagram, you’ll know that I have a massive thing for texture. I’ve had dreams about this texture too. THAT’S HOW DREAMY IT IS!

To top it all off, this is the only second cleanser that I have ever repurchased.ย I usually see second cleansers as a bit meh, a bit replaceable, but I can’t be without this one. As soon as I run out, I place an order straight away!

Try it. I guarantee you won’t regret it. Okay, I can’t guarantee it, but I’m pretty sure you will fall madly in love and never want to look at another gel cleanser again. If you go on the Pretty Athletic website and sign up to their newsletter, they often send out discount codes and their shipping is super quick!

*This review is not sponsored I just love it that much. I have received free products from Pretty Athletic in the past, but this was not one of them.*

Xo

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BYBI Beauty Brand Review

BYBI Beauty is the natural beauty brand that’s making a difference. They’re a cruelty free, vegan brand, with sustainability on their mind and eco-friendly packaging.ย I was lucky enough to be gifted some products from BYBI Beauty – their famous Babe Balm, Strawberry and Bakuchiol boosters.

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Babe Balm

This is described as an ‘all-round dry skin saviour’, but it is also the ultimate multi-tasker. It can be used in a multitude of ways, from a lip balm; to a cuticle lotion; a tattoo healer; a nappy rash calmer; a makeup remover; a brow tamer and even a dry nose soother!

It is quite a thick balm and I was a little unsure how I would use it to begin with. It isn’t quite your everyday moisturiser because it is a bit too thick, but it does make a cracking lip balm and a great moisture hit when your skin is really suffering!

My favourite way to use this is by pairing it up with the strawberry booster. I love doing this with thicker products to make them thinner and a bit easier to apply. I squeeze out a pea sized amount of the balm, before applying 3-4 drops of the oil and mixing it together with my fingers. I’ve started doing this as a little treat to myself on the weekends and it leaves my skin feeling great. It’s worth nothing that because both products are quite thick that they don’t really dry down, but that’s not an issue for me when I’m not planning to leave the house. Before using it the first time, I had some flaking and dryness around my nose, and after applying my little concoction, it had totally cleared up and felt amazing!

Strawberry Booster

I am such an oil addict. They are easily my favourite type of products because I really feel as though they are the product that makes my skin feel the most soft. I am always ready to add a new oil to my collection! This 100% Cold Pressed Strawberry Seed Oil is supposed to be a great to soften your skin while improving moisture for dry, flaky and sensitive skins. The boosters from BYBI are designed to slot in with the rest of your routine, so you can just add a few drops into your moisturiser or serum and away you go. I prefer to apply it like I would an oil, which is recommended for more intense moisture boost. It is a fairly thick oil that does sit on the surface of the skin for quite a while, which isn’t an issue for me as I only use my oils in the night time. I actually prefer thicker oils because they deliver a better result in terms of softer skin. However, if you were to use a lighter hand, it sinks in pretty quickly. This has been great for getting rid of any drier patches of skin for me and feels really great on my skin, and even better in the morning.

BYBI Beauty Bakuchiol Booster and Strawberry Booster

Bakuchiol Booster

This was the product that I was most excited for. Bakuchiol (Bah-coo-chee-ol) is on everyone lips at the moment as it’s a natural, plant-based alternative to retinol. As someone who has been wanting to explore retinol for a while but has been a little nervous, this seemed like the perfect product for me to test out. BYBI (as far as I am aware) was the first major brand to launch a bakuchiol oil, way before the super ingredient became fashionable.ย It stimulates collagen production and helps to improve your skin condition, all while being gentler than retinol! If you’ve ever tried retinol, you might have had some irritation, sensitivity, dryness or even breakouts. Another massive plus with this is that you can use it morning AND night because it isn’t photo sensitive – AKA it won’t cause any harm to your skin if you use it in the day time. Still, always remember to wear your sunscreen as you would anyway. This is a 1% strength Bakuchiol in olive squalane so it feels really nourishing and spreads very easily. It is a thinner consistency to the Strawberry booster, but again, it depends how much you put on as to how quickly it absorbs into the skin.

Since I was sent these products I have completely used up all of the Bakuchiol and Strawberry Boosters and have since repurchased them both. I wish the oils were a little bigger because 15ml for an oil lover doesn’t get you too far! However, they are so reasonably priced that repurchasing isn’t a problem at all – the boosters are ยฃ12 each. I’m really interested to see the long-term benefits of the Bakuchiol Booster on my skin – I’ve been using them for about a month now and I’ve not seen too much just yet, but I’m in it for the long haul!

Since being gifted these products, I’ve also bought all the remaining boosters in the range (Buriti, CBD and Blueberry). I’ve been really impressed by the boosters so far and they’re the perfect addition for any oil addict! Once I’ve tried these out a bit more, I’ll post a review on them.

BYBI Beauty Bakuchiol Booster, Babe Balm and Strawberry Booster

BYBI has quickly became a brand that I really like and really trust. They have a real cool girl vibe about them, but their sustainable approach to beauty has completely won me over. They are the ultimate modern beauty brand – giving their customers efficacious products, at a reasonable price, all while being kind to our planet. If you’d like to check them out, you purchase them at their website,ย Boots, ASOS, Feel Unique, Naturisimo.

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Dr Botanicals Cocoa & Coconut Superfood Reviving Hydrating Mask Review

Are you searching for the perfect mask to hydrate and replenish your skin? Have you tried loads of masks to no results? Well this might be the one to change the game for you!

Dr Botanicals reached out to me to try out their new hydrating mask, and I couldn’t say yes quick enough! They areย one of the world’s top vegan brands, who are cruelty free and focuses their formulations around all natural ingredients. For the environmentally minded among us (and you should all be environmentally minded), Dr Botanicals’ packaging is not only recyclable but also made up of recycled fibers.

They sent over their Cocoa & Coconut Superfood Reviving Hydrating Mask for me to review and share my thoughts. This 10 minute mask promises to hydrate, nourish and revive your skin with an all natural formula! As someone with normal-dry skin, this sounded right up my street! Before I get into the review, can we just take some time to admire these beeeeautiful photos that I took (I’m so proud of myself)

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The two key ingredients here are cocoa butter and coconut oil. Cocoa butter is great for smoothing and moisturising the skin and coconut oil is high in fatty acids and antioxidants that restore, hydrate and protect the skin. This is supposedly suitable for all skin types, but I know a lot of people have some serious reservations about coconut oil in products. If you are a bit concerned about that, then this may not be the product for you. Another quick note on the ingredients, if you check out the ingredients list, alcohol is listed pretty high up. DO. NOT. PANIC. In case you aren’t aware, there are good and bad alcohols in skincare, and this is one of the good ones. It contains cetearyl alcohol which is a fatty alcohol and particularly benefits those with drier skin. Paula’s Choice (which is a great source of info on skincare ingredients) confirms that this is a safe ingredient for alcohol haters, as fatty alcohols do not pose a risk for sensitive skin.

So I opened it up and had a play! The texture of this is surprisingly thin for a nourishing mask and it has very little scent. The first time I applied this, I felt the need to apply quite a thick layer on in order to get maximum hydration/nourishment as it was so thin. It did dry down which surprised me and it left my skin feeling a bit tight before I washed it off. When I removed it after my first trial, I didn’t feel any noticeable difference to my skin. I was pretty disappointed but… I didn’t read that you should apply a thin layer… Let this be the lesson!

READ THE INSTRUCTIONS!

Ever since, I have applied a thin layer and have left it on for 10 minutes. I could tellย instantlyย how smooth and soft my skin was as I was washing it off. I literally could not stop touching my face afterwards! I have quite smooth skin anyway, but the softness absolutely blew my mind! It didn’t leave any feeling of tightness or feel the need to moisturise my skin straight away – I was quite happy to sit stroking my baby smooth skin for a while. It really does deliver on hydration and nourishment! What’s great about this mask is that it’s quite small so it’s easy to travel with, the results are fast and it’s easy to apply (and not too messy!)

Dr Botanicals doesn’t use any preservatives in their products so this only has a shelf life of 3 months. That might not sound like a very long time but it’ll be pretty easy to get through it in that time as the mask is only 30 ml.

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Overall, this little mask is a powerhouse! If you’re on the lookout for a hydrating mask that leaves your skin feeling like it’s had a tall drink of water, a long night’s sleep and 5 weeks off. Basically, your skin feels amazing afterwards! I often find that masks don’t do too much for my skin, but the results were instant and undeniable with this one! This little mask is super affordable at only ยฃ9 – bargain!

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Sol de Janeiro Brand Overview

Sol de Janeiro is the body care brand that is out for world domination! This best smelling (and selling) line is teaching the world to take care of their bum bum (get it?) The world’s most summery line has been expanding recently into SPFs and glow oils, and I’ve been lucky enough to try a fair few of their products, so here are my thoughts on what I’ve tried so far!

Brazilian Bum Bum Cream

This cream, also known as the best smelling product on the entire planet, is just next level. The scent of this is unlike any other that I have smelt before and it’s so clear why people love it so much. I think most of it is down to the scent. As a body moisturiser, it’s okay but I’m not great at remembering to moisturise my body all the time. I’ve never noticed that this made my skin feel suuuuuper soft, but it does feel nice afterwards. For such a thick cream, it sinks in pretty quickly, which is a major plus for me as I literally detest the wet, sticky feeling after you’ve applied body lotion. I have repurchased this, but it is mainly because I just love the scent so much. Whenever I apply this, it does feel like a massive treat and it was the first product that made me fall for this brand

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MySol Stick SPF 50

Okay okay, we have a winner! This instantly caught my attention because I had never seen anything like this before! This is easily my favourite product I’ve tried from the brand, maybe because it is so unique, but also because it’s so easy to use and so effective. This doesn’t have the same scent as the rest of the products I’ve tried, but maybe this scent is even better!? It’s a sweet/nutty/caramel smell that is so addictive and literally out of this world! It is really potent in the stick but once you apply it, the smell quickly disappears – it certainly doesn’t linger all day. If you’re sensitive to fragrance then this probably isn’t the product for you!

2102029b-4aa7-480f-840d-fb0d971ddfd5I didn’t test it out until I got on holiday… in Vietnam. This sunscreen is an SPF 50 and is water resistant for up to 8 minutes. This does contain coconut oil, which for my normal-dry skin is not a problem, but it is something to bear in mind. When I apply this, I apply it all over the face and then rub it in with my fingers to make sure that I haven’t missed any parts. Because the stick is circular, it’s really easy to get into the folds of the face, especially around the nose. It layers really well, so re-application is absolutely no bother. You are supposedly able to apply it over makeup to top up on your SPF and when I have tested it out, it didn’t remove any of my makeup. You will definitely have to double cleanse to remove this because you will definitely still feel it if you don’t (you should always be double cleansing with SPF anyway).

It’s worth noting that this SPF does leave your skin feeling a bit tacky for a while afterwards. If you were to wear this alone (without makeup over the top), you can definitely feel it on the skin and if you had your hair down, it would get stuck to your face. It doesn’t necessarily feel heavy on the skin, but it doesn’t feel as light as liquid sunscreens do. Because it doesn’t really set down, I don’t know how good this would be for oily skin types. For drier skin types, it would be great to keep the skin moisturised, but it might not be the best fit for oily or acne prone skin. I want to get a giant version for my body! I would definitely recommend this suncreen to anyone, especially if you already love the brand or are curious about trying a new SPF.

Samba Foot Fetish Care

img_2497_facetune_28-06-2019-16-02-32I saw my friend Anita (@the.wrinkle.phobic) use this all over her Instagram and it peaked my interest. I have pretty dry feet so I was wondering whether this cream would be thick enough to really make a difference for them. The cream comes with a mini surf board to buff away dead skin to leave skin smooth before you apply the cream. The cream has the amazing signature Sol de Janeiro scent but is much thinner than I was expecting, which made me wonder how moisturised my feet would be afterwards. Whenever I’ve applied it, I’ve done one or two thin-ish layers all over my feet and it has sunk in really nice and quickly. I was really pleasantly surprised the morning afterwards how smooth my feet have felt! I think a large part is down to the prep using the board, and clearly the cream is a great moisturiser!

Brazilian 4-Play Shower Cream Gel

I promised myself that I would get this once me and my boyfriend moved in together as a little treat. The best part of this is that it smells IDENTICAL to Bum Bum – which I was hoping for! When you use it in the shower, it isn’t a scent that washes off straight away. Instead it lingers on your skin and in the room, leaving your bathroom smelling like a Brazilian dream! My boyfriend would always know when I had used this and loooved the scent. It is probably the thickest shower cream I’ve ever tried, and I’ve found that it does leave a bit of a residue on the skin as you wash it off. It is ยฃ21 for 385ml, which is pretty steep for a day-to-day shower gel. If I were to repurchase this, I would keep it as a treat and use as a part of my weekly self care routine.

If you want to try out any products from Sol de Janeiro, you can find them at Space NK, Selfridges, Cult Beauty, Feel Unique and the Sol de Janeiro website.ย If you’re a bit savvy about it, you should be able to get these products at a discount on various sites. Feel Unique have 10% student discount through UniDays, Space NK often does a great offer of ยฃ15 off orders over ยฃ60 and Cult Beauty periodically offers 15% off orders over ยฃ20 – so be sure to keep an eye out!

Overall, Sol de Janeiro is a brand that has me excited. They have a really cool vibe, come out with really cool and unique products… and they are sooo grammable. They’re also really active on Instagram and really responsive to followers, which is so nice to see from a brand. Although it’s expected, it’s just not that common. Here’s to trying more products in the future!

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Evy Technology Daily 30 SPF Mousse Review

As your resident pale gal, I NEED to protect my skin from UV rays, especially in the summertime when I’m starting to spend more time outdoors. Everyoneย knowsย by nowย ย (or at least should know) that SPF is an absolute must all year round, but as we approach summer, sun protection becomes even more important.ย EVY Technology were kind enough to gift me their Daily 30 SPF Mousse to review, so here are my thoughts on it!

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The brand

EVY Technology are a Swedish suncream brand that is specially developed for those with sensitive skin and active lifestyles. Their products are recommended by dermatologists and the Vitiligo Association and is gentle enough for those with sun eczema, sun allergies and albinism. It’s a great option for those who are sensitive to conventional types of suncream as EVY’s formula is hypoallergenic and very gentle. They have a really wide range of sun products, with SPFs ranging from 10-50, tan activators, after sun and a daily repair mousse which is specifically targeted towards sensitive skin types. Their products are safe for children, with some products specifically targeted towards kids.

Unique?

IMG_0023The reason this SPF is so unique is because it is a mousse. Think the mousse you’d steal off your mum for your hair (was that just me?) – it’s just like that.

They have a patented formula which offers the user the best protection out there! Forming a protective barrier, it enhances your skin’s natural defences. Rather than just sitting on the surface of the skin like ‘normal’ sunscreens do, the mousse penetrates through the top layer of the skin and offers superior protection to UVA and UVB rays –ย Soย a single application lasts up to six hours. It doesn’t need to be applied as regularly as ‘normal’ suncream and is actually wind, water, salt, chlorine and sweat resistant.

This means that is doesn’t rub off as you’re living your life – whether you’ve just come out of the sea, sweating it out or toweling off and one bottle lasts twice as long as other suncreams. For these very reasons, EVY is loved and relied on by a whole host of elite sports teams – from long distance sailing teams, the Swedish cycling federation and volleyball teams.

Daily UV Face Mousse

I was sent the Daily UV Face Mousse SPF 30 to test out, so here’s what you need to know:

  • With its lightweight formula, it doesn’t clog pores and works to prevent any irritation and inflammation caused by makeup.
  • It is packed with vitamins C and E, hyaluronic acid and collagen.
  • As it enhances your skin’s protective barrier, it helps to counteract pigmentation and premature aging from the sun and pollution
  • It’s perfect for under makeup or post shaving.

My experience

Give the bottle a quick shake before use and turn it upside down so no extra gas comes out. The brand recommends a golf ball size amount for your neck and face. When you first pump it into your hand, the mousse is very airy, voluminous and actually pretty solid/dense. Once you start to rub it into your hands, the mousse loses a lot of it’s volume, becomes a lot more liquidy and rubs into the skin very smoothly. It leaves your skin feeling really nice – it is certainly not a matte finish, but with glowy skin that feels ever-so-slightly tacky. As it has that glow/tackiness, it would make a really great base for makeup. After it sets down more, it leaves the skin feeling really smooth and silky. I’ve found with some sunscreens that it can feel a bit tingly/prickly and this does not happen with the EVY one. This dries down pretty quickly (probably within 5-10 minutes at the absolute most) and doesn’t leave that wet, sticky feeling where your hair get stuck to your face – thank goodness!

Just a small word of warning – don’t get too pump happy! Don’t hold the pump down for as long as you think you need otherwise you’ll end up with a massive amount of product that will probably go to waste. In an attempt to use it all up, you’ll probably end up looking like some sort of yeti (like me). You can always squirt a little bit more out, but you can’t put it back in! This is the typical less is more approach – build it up bit by bit.

If you are a SPF rookie and still think back the sticky suncream that your mum used to slather all over you, this couldn’t be further from it. It goes on so easily, isn’t sticky at all and dries down really quickly. It doesn’t leave a feeling of oiliness on the skin so is your perfect primer before makeup. This would be a great SPF option for someone who is just adding SPF to their routine or someone who has been scarred by conventional suncream.

Despite lasting 6 hours, I don’t think I would leave it that long before reapplying my suncream, mainly because I’m paranoid and don’t want to risk getting burnt. It would be really interesting to test out the longevity of the protection, but I don’t think it’s worth getting burnt to test it.

Final thoughts?

This is a major win for me! It is one of the nicest feeling SPFs I have tried on my skin and doesn’t leave any tackiness or any silicone-smooth feeling. I wore this out in the sun at the weekend and I felt safe and didn’t get burnt. I got burnt elsewhere on my body that I missed with this (doh!), but this offered me great sun protection in areas that I alllllways burn (shoulders). Because this is a different/fun way of applying suncream, I think it would be great for kids who hate the stickiness of conventional sun protection and will encourage them to apply it more thoroughly and regularly.

You can purchase the EVY range at the EVY website, Selfridges and Space NK (among other places!)

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SJร– SKIN Happy Honey Oil Review

If you haven’t heard of Sjรถ Skin, where have you been!? They’re an amazing skincare brand from Sweden who have become very well known in the beauty community for their amazing Happy Honey Mask. They’re latest launch – the Happy Honey Oil – is only their second launch and has a lot to live up to! After testing it for about a month now, I have some thoughts…

The brand

We need to start by properly introducing the brand – Sjรถ Skin are an amazing mother daughter duo from Sweden. Their focus is on natural, cruelty free, simple formulas that work. All their products are hand crafted in Sweden and are made in micro batches to ensure freshness. They play a major role in the beauty community on Instagram in spreading positivity, kindness and creating a sense of family. This is super rare in a brand, but their support and kindness certainly doesn’t go unnoticed, at least not with me. Now that we know a little more about the brand, let’s get down to it!

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The claimsย 

Much like their superstar sister, the Happy Honey Oil offers a whole host of amazing benefits:

  • Moisturises – Squalane gives a shot of intense moisture that rejuvinates the skin and boosts cell regeneration by penetrating deep into the skin
  • Protects – By combining blueberry seed oil with vitamin A (found in rosehip oil), it creates a powerful duo that protects against ageing free radicals and pollution.
  • Brightens – The powerhouse that is rosehip oil, combined with prickly pear oil, work to improve pigmentation and unveil a glowing complexion. Meanwhile, watermelon seed oil depuffs and detoxifies.
  • Calms – Arnebia root soothes the skin with its anti-inflammatory properties, while prickly pear oil reduces redness, itchiness and irritation.
  • Healsย – The super trio of raw propolis, arnebia root and rosehip reduce scarring and imperfections while arnebia root improves the appearance of fine lines and texture.

A little fun fact – the brand extracts their own arnebia root (what calms and heals the skin) and each batch of it takes 3 months to make! It’s also what gives the oil the pinky colour!

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The oil

So now we’ve heard what it claims to do, let’s see whether it delivers!

I’ll start by saying the oil is very light in consistency and feels comfortable on the skin. It’s not too thick and not too thin and sinks in to the skin really nicely. When I first used it, I thought it would sink in very quickly (as it is so thin) and leave my skin tight and wanting more… but it felt great. Sometimes facial oils can be too thick and sticky where they just sit on the skin for a long time, or too thin where they sink in too fast and can leave the skin tight. This sits perfectly in the middle, which would make it a great pick for oil newbies and oil addicts (like me). Sjรถ Skin claim that the Happy Honey Oil would work on all skin types, and I think they’re 100% correct. The oil is non-comedogenic (meaning it won’t block your pores), so if you have oilier skin then you might like to apply a little bit and build up if you like, and if your skin is dry then you can drench yourself in it (like I do). The calming ingredients should make it a good pick for sensitive skin types too, though you might like to try a little bit on a small area before covering your entire face in it.

In my opinion, this is the ultimate multi-tasker oil. Just like the Happy Honey Mask, this delivers on all its promises. My skin is always left feeling nourished when I use this, and like the mask, it has become a product I can rely on to calm my skin when it’s freaking out. I recently tried some new products that left my skin stinging and hot and this was my go-to product to calm it down. It’s difficult for me to measure some of the other benefits the oil claims to have, particularly anything age related as fine lines and wrinkles are not a concern of mine (yet). Also, I can’t say I’ve really noticed any reduction in scars or pigmentation, but as I’ve mentioned a few times on my blog now, it isn’t really a main concern of mine.ย For me, this delivers on everything I want in an oil – it gives an amazing user experience because it feels so good to massage into the face and neck, it moisturises, calms and leaves my skin feeling plump and soft by morning.

IMG_9921The packaging is a simple dropper bottle, but the bottle mouth has a stopper which means if the bottle falls over with the dropper in but not screwed in, there shouldn’t be any spillage. The dropper gives a good amount of product in each squeeze, but I like to go in with two dropper loads. The oil itself is a soft pink colour in the bottle, but is more or less clear when you apply it and is unfragranced. I personally would prefer a little bit of fragrance, but if you’re sensitive to scents then this will probably be a great choice for you.

I have such a big collection of oils that I love and use regularly, and this will definitely be joining them. Since I purchased the oil about a month ago, I haven’t used anything else. A major perk of this oil is that it plays well with others – and by that I mean that I can pair it with pretty much any other product underneath and it doesn’t pill like some of my other favourite oils do. In fact, this is the only oil that can handle being used on top of my Dr Jart Ceramidin Cream without pilling. It really is a miracle oil!

The oil retails for ยฃ39 and you do have to pay for shipping if your order is under ยฃ80 at the rate of ยฃ5.99 for tracked and signed for delivery. It’s a little steep, but it offers more of an incentive to reach the limit! I’d love to try this mixed in with my Happy Honey Mask, but I’m running a little low on my mask and don’t want to run out!

All in all, this oil is a banger. It’s really versatile and really can fit all skin types depending on how it is applied. I’m pretty sure it would address pretty much any skin concern you may have and will give you amazing looking skin by morning. It’s the perfect addition to your pm routine, and if you’ve never thought to use a facial oil before, consider starting with this one.

If you’d like to try out the oil (AND YOU SHOULD), you can get it directly from Sjรถ Skin.

Have you tried this oil or the Happy Honey Mask from Sjรถ Skin?

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