Hello Gorgeous! We’re in another frantically busy month here at Lace n Ruffles with more natural skincare awesomeness dropped in to our HQ. Words simply can’t express how thankful I am since we’ve started this detoxifying beauty journey together back a few months ago and see this community of green-soul warriors grow! You all have been super supportive and inspiring sharing some of your beauty wisdom, here’re just a few that deserve a shoutout:
Having learnt that the skin absorbs everything that is put onto it has made me change my view on skincare and how important it is to use natural skincare!! – Kate
How I wish I could turn back time and stop myself from trying so many harsh products. Natural and safe products are the way to go! – Azlina
It’s guilt free goodness for the skin! – Karina
Price is always an important factor, but in the end it’s the ingredients that matter the most to me. – Janine
We love to mingle with like-minded green souls out there so keep ’em coming, my lovelies!
Here’s another round of non-toxic skincare product reviews for the month, let us know if you’ve used any of these and be sure to share your thoughts. And did I say we’ve got an awesome GAIA Skincare travel gif pack for a giveaway? Read all the way toward the end of post to enter! (Psst… don’t miss entering last week’s Mukti Organics pack giveaway here)
Products tested: GAIA Skincare Creamy Cleanser, Facial Exfoliant, GAIA Bodycare Body Wash & Body Moisturiser
Why is it green: No artificial fragrance, petrochemicals, mineral oils, lanolin and phthalates. No soap, sulphates and other drying agents in their cleansers. Paraben preservatives and propylene glycol free. All ingredients used are suitable for sensitive skin. List all ingredients used in their labels. Cruelty Free accredited.
Verdict: The creamy cleanser passed the smell test before applying on my skin – it’s gently scented with my favourite flower chamomile which is calming for my senses – tick! It has a rich consistency and was very easy to massage an even layer onto the skin after splashing my face with warm water. Upon checking the ingredients label, at first I was freaked out to find sodium lauroyl sarcosinate which I have mistaken for SLS (soidum lauryl sulphate) – the nasty substance commonly found in cleanser. Upon research I found that sodium lauroyl sarcosinate is actually a safe substitution for the nasty soidum lauryl sulphate and is naturally derived.
My morning cleanse was followed by using their facial exfoliant which contains bergamot and sandalwood essential oils, crushed walnut shell with certified organic ginseng, ginkgo biloba and chamomile. The smell was totally spiritual, claming and sensually arousing with this unique blend of oils – big love! I massaged a generous amount of exfoliant onto my face in circular motion. The texture was quite coarse which I love, personally I’m not a big fan of exfoliant that is too fine. It gave my skin a substantial feeling of scrubbing while working as a very gentle polish. After use my complexion looked more even with noticeable healthy glow especially around my t-zone and cheeks. It was almost like a home spa experience with the calming scent of sandalwood that stays around for a few hours after cleansing – totally indulging!
Next up for the test was the body care duo. The formula is soap and sulphate free. It has a light and clear consistency. I poured a small amount of body wash on my sponge and it lathered luxuriously. My skin felt beautifully soft and fresh. After the shower I rubbed their lavender and frankincense moisturiser all over my damp skin. It has a medium to thick consistency while is non-sticky. My skin feels immediately hydrated with a soft glow. I can’t reinforce enough how much I love the spa-like scent in all GAIA products with their unique blend of pure essential oils – highly recommended for anyone who wants to create a pampering home spa bathing routine!
♥ Vanessa Megan Organic
Products tested: Resuscitate Anti-ageing Eye Cream
Why is it green: Australian Certified Organic. 100% natural with 81.70% certified organic ingredients. Cruelty-free, vegan-friendly and eco packaging. All made by hand in their Sydney laboratory.
Verdict: I’m extremely fussy about finding the right nourishing treat for my eyes as I do have one or two fine lines underneath my eyes that are extremely high-maintainance – they tend to come out and haunt me if I’m not having enough sleep or not keeping the area moisturised. This Vanessa Megan formula has worked amazingly to suppress the appearance of those fine lines around my eyes after using it during day and night for 2 weeks. The active ingredient is IBR-Dormin that passed USDA (in U.S.) organic certification inspection and is certified organic. It’s proved to be able to slowdown cell proliferation as in plants in their dormant stage where they get their “beauty sleep” to allow beautiful awaken, rejuvenated blossom in the spring (source here) – tick of approval from me!
The formula is fast-absorbing without leaving any of the product remaining on the surface of the skin nor oily residue. It has a slight lavender scent. Also have to mention about their beautiful butterfly logo and quality packaging which is eco-friendly – it was love at first sight with this eye cream! The only improvement is the pump on the bottle – it tends to dispense a bit too much cream at once which can be wasteful, however I wouldn’t let any of this beautifully luxe products go to waste by massaging them on to my neck and decollete area. Overall, this is a gorgeous one to keep and it’s highly recommended for anyone who’s concerned about fine lines under their eyes.
♥ The Jojoba Company
Products tested: 100% Natural Australian Jojoba Oil & Gentle Cleansing Balm
Why is it green: No parabens, PEGs, mineral oil, sodium lauryl sulphate, artificial fragrance or colours. The company nurtures jojoba in Australia as a sustainable, carbon negative crop. Vegan-friendly, cruelty-free and palm oil free.
Verdict: Their jojoba oil only contains one active ingredient which is, of course, jojoba seed oil. Less is more also applies to skincare products because by using a product with less ingredients, you’re generally lowering your chance to be exposed to different types of toxic chemicals. This jojoba oil is scnet-free, and is ideal for skin, hair and nails. I absolutely love the idea of a multi-use product. It’s actually more environmental friendly as you’re buying less packaging and producing less waste which contributes to a greener globe! I’ve trailed this as a nail and cuticle resue as I suffer from dry and cracked cuticles. I’ve read about applying a thick layer of petroleum jelly and leaving them overnight to cure dry cuticles – but seriously, who wants petrochemicals on the skin – yiks! So, I’ve trialed this 100% natural alternatives to petroleum jelly, massaged a generous amount of jojoba oils on my cuticles, put a pair of cotton gloves on and left it overnight – and the result? It worked wonder to give me soft and neat cuticles after continuous use for a week. It’s much more manageable when I do my nail colours (toxin-free ones of course) for healthy-looking fingernails. I couldn’t be happier!
The cleansing balm has a rich and thick creamy consistency. It’s a non-lathering formula and feels very nourishing when massaging onto my face. I rinsed with warm water after gently applying it on my face and it left my skin super soft, supple and toned. It’s a very gentle cleanser that worked well to remove excessive oil on my skin without stripping off its natural oils. I couldn’t help touching my skin all morning to feel how smoothly my fingers glide on my skin after cleansing! I’d recommend it to anyone with normal to dry skin type with its thick and creamy texture. Personally I have a combination skin type and I’d use it in cooler months when my cheeks feel a bit dehydrated. It’s lightly scented with a hint of shea butter and almond oil fragrance (pure essential oils) – great for those who do not like an overpowering scent on their skin. It contains papaya fruit and melon fruit extracts that make this formula a natural nourishing treat.
♥ Designer Brands
(Reviewed by Tara K from our Beauty Trial Team)
Products tested: Designer Brands Firming Age Revive Foundation & Lightweight Oil-Free Foundation
Why is it green: Contains no talc, bismuth or parabens. Vegan-friendly, Cruelty-free & not tested on animals.
Verdict: The Firming Age Revive Foundation has a medium consistency and is a little bit ‘sticky’. I applied it with a liquid foundation brush and it went on to my skin smoothly and evenly. After applying it to half of my face the side by side comparison was amazing. I naturally have fairly even skin but the area covered in the DB foundation looked flawless. Upon finishing application, my skin looked blemish free and had a beautiful dewy glow. Unlike some other foundations, this one didn’t make my face look ‘flat’ even though I had not yet highlighted, contoured or applied blush. The reaction from the girls at work confirmed my thoughts, this foundation looked great! Even after a sweaty gym session, the Age Revive Foundation still had full coverage and just needed a touch of powder to mattify a little shine from the oil on my skin.
The Lightweight Oil-Free Foundation does exactly what it says it will. A little bit goes a long way with this foundation, especially using a liquid foundation brush. The consistency is light and it spreads evenly and smoothly across the skin. Though it is a lightweight formula, the DB foundation doesn’t skimp on coverage and has a nice matte finish.
The Lightweight Oil-Free Foundation is perfect for everyday use. It looks very natural, evens out the skin tone and doesn’t look ‘cake-y’. The matte finish is perfect for people with combination and oily skin types.
The Age-Revive Foundation is great for people who want a full coverage look without using a heavy foundation. It will give a nice glow to those who usually have dry or dull skin. Those prone to shiny skin may want to set it with powder or use it for a night look.
We’re sharing the green beauty love to giveaway this GAIA Skin + Body Collection Pack (RRP $22.95) which includes:
1. Foaming Cleanser 50ml
2. Refreshing Toner 50ml
3. Facial Moisturiser 50ml
4. Body Wash 50ml
5. Body Moisturiser 50ml
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And here’s a little gift for you to pin to your inspirational board:
So tell me Dear Reader, are there any other natural skincare products that we simply have to try? Do you usually research about the products and their ingredients before buying? If so, how do you research? What are some of your most trust-worthy sources?
Until next time, stay beautiful inside and out.
Disclaimer: Lace n Ruffles was gifted by the brands mentioned in this post while all opinions are genuinely our own. We can’t guarantee that all products we recommend will suit you. We only use products we personally think are good having tried them on myself or by our beauty team while everyone’s skin is different and it’s possible to be allergic to anything. Wherever possible, test products out on yourself before purchasing. We always trial products such as moisturiser and serum for at least 7 days before reviewing, while some other products like face wash and makeup might only be trialed once.