Ausceuticals

Hi everyone ,

I haven’t posted in quite a while but thought I’d best get back to it as I have quite a lot that needs reviewing. Im starting off with the Ausceuticals serums that I started using in August. I purchased them with my own money after seeing them in the Instagram feeds of @ms_hannah_e and @skinmusings .

As for Ausceuticals its a Australian business based in Perth founded by a husband and wife team one a aesthetic physician and the other a natural skincare formulator whose focus is on creating active no nonsense formulations that are cleverly balanced with soothing ingredients to minimise possible irritations . For those of you who know me or follow me on Instagram you will know my preference is to embrace both green and traditional skincare so Ausceuticals definitely appeals to me as they are focussed on harvesting the best of both worlds whilst remaining essential oil free.

They actually have quite the list of ingredients they won’t use whilst also being a cruelty free brand they also have many vegan friendly products.  If that appeals to you,  and if not it can’t hurt to accidentally support it. I also like the easy no nonsense pump packaging and found it easy to dispense the correct amount.

I’ve only used the serums so far but really enjoyed the sample of their honey cleansing butter which does contain essential oils, It smelt and felt delicious and no doubt will be added to my collection at some point.

All of the serums were well priced and they ship within Australia as well as New Zealand and America.

So without further ado……..

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PRODUCT – Rehydrate Serum

PRICE – 30ml for $45 aud

SKIN TYPE – Any

RECOMMENDED USE – 1-2 pumps onto clean skin.

A.M OR P.M- Either

HOW IT SMELLS – I actually think this smells slightly refreshing yet still very faint.

HOW IT FEELS – Slightly tacky yet layers well.

HOW MUCH DO I USE – 2 pumps covers everything.

HOW OFTEN DO I USE – Every single night.

HOW DO I USE – I massage onto a clean face,neck and chest.

MY THOUGHTS – This is a lovely mix of skin loving and barrier repairing goodies and layers beautifully with everything else. A good hydrating serum that does what it says at a good price .

FACTS –  This has lasted 3 months and has roughly another 2 weeks of product left.

Cruelty Free

Free of Silicones/SLS/Parabens

Fragrance and Essential Oil free.

This is a Vegan friendly formula.

REPURCHASE – This is lovely and I think for normal to oilier skins this would be fantastic . For me it didn’t provide the level of hydration I look for and in that way is very similar to the Drunk Elephant B Hydra. So a great product just not suited  to my personal preferences .

INGREDIENTS – Backhousia Citriodora (Lemon Myrtle) Flower Water*, Lactobacillus/Kelp Ferment Filtrate, DL Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B5), Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide, Lactobacillus/Cocos Nucifera Fruit Extract**, Cholesterol, (Ceramide NP, Ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP), Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow Root) Extract*, Polyglyceryl-4 Laurate, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Oil**, (Calendula) Officinalis Extract*, Phytosphingosine, Sodium Hyaluronate (Mixed Molecular Weights Vegan Hyaluronic Acid), N-Acetyl-Glucosamine (NAG), Glycerin*, Lysolecithin**, Sclerotium Gum**, Xanthan Gum**, Pullulan**, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Sodium Levulinate**, Sodium Anisate**, Potassium Sorbate**, Sodium Phytate**, Lactic Acid.  

*  Organic Ingredients

** Ecocert approved preservative

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PRODUCT – Vitamin C Serum

PRICE – 30ml for $45 aud

SKIN TYPE – Any although sensitive skins be careful.

RECOMMENDED USE – 1-2 pumps 3 times a week applied on clean slightly damp skin.

A.M OR P.M- Either.

HOW IT SMELLS- There is a faint scent but its not offensive or overwhelming.

HOW IT FEELS – Slightly tacky , However I’ve not had any issues layering products of any type over it.

HOW MUCH DO I USE – 1 pump is sufficient for face and neck , I do like to add another pump for chest .

HOW OFTEN DO I USE – I use up to 5 times per week generally in the morning, although sometimes I use at night . I’m still messing about with where I want to place it.

HOW DO I USE – In the morning I mix 2 pumps with 2 pumps of hydrating serum and massage into mist dampened skin over my face, neck and chest . Then move onto the rest of my routine.

MY THOUGHTS – I find this has been a welcome addition to my routines and a vital part of my quest towards bright and glowing skin. Whilst it has not faded my pigmentation significantly lets not forget that it took me not wearing spf daily for 20 years to build up the amount of damage that has been making its way to the surface the last 7. My main reason for purchasing a Vitamin C serum is for antioxidant protection and assistance in brightening. This has ticked those boxes whilst remaining remarkably well priced.

FACTS – I started using this on August 16th and it has not oxidised.

After regular use it has thus far lasted 3 months I should be able to get another 2 weeks out of it.

It has a lot of other antioxidant ingredients and some lovely soothing ingredients of which Calendula is my personal favourite. Its a pretty impressive list all round to be honest.

Cruelty Free

Free of Silicones/SLS/Parabens

Fragrance and Essential Oil free.

This is a Vegan friendly formula.

REPURCHASE – Yes I definitely would, I have another Vit C to test first but unless that is life changing I’ll definitely be back for this.

INGREDIENTS – Aqua (Purified Water), L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), DL Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Backhousia Citriodora (Lemon Myrtle) Flower Water, Glycerin*, Glutathione, Ferulic Acid, Alpha-D-Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Phloretin, 1,3-Propanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Chamomille Recutita (matricaria) Flower extract*, Thioctic Acid (Alpha-Lipoic Acid), Alpha Bisobolol, Lysolecithin (and) Sclerotium gum (and) Xanthan gum (and) Pullulan**, Glyceryl Undecylenate (and) Glyceryl Caprylate**,  Potassium Sorbate**, Sodium  Phytate**.    

*ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

**ECOCERT CERTIFIED/ ECOCERT APPROVED 

LOW PH (2.9 – 3.4) 

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PRODUCT –  Vitamin B Serum

PRICE – 30 ml for $45 aud

SKIN TYPE – Any , again sensitive skins need to take care and patch test.

RECOMMENDED USE – 1-2 pumps on clean skin.

A.M OR P.M – Either.

HOW IT SMELLS – Again not really any smell.

HOW IT FEELS – A slightly more runny serum again I feel a slight tackiness but as with the previous serum layers beautifully .

HOW MUCH DO I USE – 2 pumps .

HOW OFTEN DO I USE – Around 5 times a week.

HOW DO I USE – 2 pumps with 2 pumps of a hydrating serum all face, neck and chest then continue with the rest of my routine.

MY THOUGHTS – So I never thought of Niacinamide as an ingredient I should look for as I’d mainly seen it promoted to those with acneic or oilier skins. Being a dry occasionally dehydrated skin type myself it had never appealed , yet the more I learned about it and saw how it was featured in some of my favourite retinol’s I thought why not. I’m glad that I did as this has been another important part of my brightening arsenal with regular use my skin is looking more even and its all adding to the glow I crave.

FACTS – Again 3 months of use no change in colour or scent.

Contains 10% Niacinamide  and some favourite brightening ingredients such as Licorice , Bearberry and my favourite soother again with Calendula .

Cruelty Free

Free of Silicones/SLS/Parabens

Fragrance and Essential Oil Free.

Vegan Friendly.

REPURCHASE – A very easy yes , Coming out at just under $15 aud a month is fantastic.

INGREDIENTS – Backhousia Citriodora (Lemon Myrtle) Flower Water*, Aqua, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Panthanol (Vitamin B5), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Acetyl Glucosamine (N-Acetyl-D-Glucosamine), Glycyrrhiza Glabra, Polyglyceryl-4 Laurate, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Oil**, Glycerin*, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizinate (Licorice) Extract, Tetrahydrocurcuminoids, Arctostayphlos Uva Ursi (Bearberry) Leaf Extract, Morus Alba Root (White Mulberry) Extract, Salix Alba (White Willow Bark) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea EGCG) Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Zinc PCA, Quercetin, Fucus Vesiculosus (Fucoidan), Lysolecithin (And) Sclerotium Gum**, Xanthan Gum**, Pullulan**, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sorbitan Caprylate**, 1,3-Propanediol**,  Benzoic Acid**, Sodium Phytate,  Lactic Acid.  

*ORGANIC INGREDIENTS
**ECOCERT CERTIFIED/ ECOCERT APPROVED 

So thats my thoughts on everything I’ve tried from this brand and I’m looking forward to trying more and repurchasing some as discussed.

There are links above to the Ausceuticals site these are not affiliate links merely included them for if you’d like to investigate further. The other links are 2 Instagram accounts that I enjoy and saw these products on first and a link to my IG account in case you are interested.

Thank you for reading and please feel free to ask any questions below.

Genaya xxxx

Revision Skincare

I was sent the above products from En Vogue Skin Clinic which is the only distributor for Revision Skincare throughout Australia and New Zealand. I was asked to choose two products from the range that interested me the most and they also sent a deluxe sample pack and booklet filled with information. In exchange I promised a blog post and Instagram post with my thoughts.

The following paragraph is taken from the Revision Skincare website and is how they describe their range.

We concentrate on what is truly important: the substance and quality of our products.

Every day, our scientists pour their hearts as well as their scientific expertise into making Revision Skincare® products. They are driven by a profound passion to develop product formulations that deliver real skincare benefits.

Revision Skincare scientists follow the highest standards of ingredient selection with innovative processes that retain the ingredients’ purity and strength. Our proprietary formulations ensure maximum stability and optimum results.

All of our products are formulated with scrupulous attention to detail and an uncompromising commitment to providing the very best.

So clearly they are coming across as a science based brand , no frills only efficacious ingredients and formulations . Now those who know me well realise that I’m all about what it actually does for my skin and are aware that I’m a 50/50 type. 50% green beauty and 50% traditional skincare. I also put a lot of focus on making my skincare routines more of a self care experience, so I must admit I was somewhat concerned as to how I’d like these products.

I have been using the full size products regularly for just over 2 months please also note that I am 41 years old with a normal/dry skin . I have fine lines around the eyes with a slightly hooded eye due to ageing. And have no botox or fillers at this stage.

Without further ado , lets get on with the review.

 

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D.E.J  Eye Cream $129.99 aud for 14ml

 

What Its Meant To Do –  Be extremely moisturising and improve fine lines and photo damage and also improve upper lid appearance and firm the eye area.

What It Did For Me – I did find that it provided a good level of moisture throughout the day and does feel firming immediately after application . As you can also place this on the upper eyelid the feeling of firming was felt there also.

Recommended Use  This can be used morning and night , One pump for both eyes.

How I Use  I only used in the mornings and used one pump which I found sufficient for both eyes. I like to tap in eye creams to help combat morning puffy eye syndrome. So I tapped in from the inner eye all the way around and up to the brow bone.

Smell  Like nothing so great if you’re sensitive to fragrance.

Texture   A light cream. Definitely not runny nor to thick to absorb.

Thoughts While this is definitely in the luxury category so far it has lasted me 2 months with daily use . I can’t speak to the claims about photo damage however I can say that I found it very moisturising and dry under eyes is one of my biggest issues . Within a month I noticed my concealer was laying better and not settling into fine lines. My lines have not increased nor been eradicated. The level of moisture helped them plump out a little. As for firmness,  under the eye its not really an issue for me, it has helped a little with my upper lid though.  The inclusion of some Copper and Vitamin C did excite me a little. All in all I’m pleased with the results

Purchase – This is definitely on the list.

The following is taken from the Revision Skincare Website.

Key Ingredients and Reported Benefits – 

  • Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline. Helps moisturize the skin.
  • Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38. Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Methyl Glucoside Phosphate Proline Lysine Copper Complex.Energizes the skin.
  • Goji Fruit Extract. Provides powerful antioxidant benefits.
  • Sunflower Seed Oil Unsaponifiables. Enhances skin’s moisture level.
  • Vitamin C (THD Ascorbate). Brightens skin and provides antioxidant benefits.
  • Cucumber Fruit Water. Soothes and calms the skin.

Ingredients– Water (Aqua), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Water, Glycerin, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Caprylic/Capric/Myristic/Stearic Triglyceride, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Palmitate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, Cetyl Esters, Sorbitol, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hypnea Musciformis Extract, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Decyl Cocoate, Lycium Barbarum (Goji) Fruit Extract, Sorbitan Stearate, Methyl Glucoside Phosphate Proline Lysine Copper Complex, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Leontopodium Alpinum Meristem Cell Culture, Sargassum Filipendula Extract, Butylene Glycol, Panthenol, Caprylyl Glycol, Squalane, Phoenix Dactylifera (Date) Seed Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydrolyzed Quinoa, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Steareth-10, Gelidiella Acerosa Extract, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-14, Steareth-20, Hydrolyzed Myrtus Communis Leaf Extract, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Ethoxydiglycol, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopherol, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Polysorbate 60, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Sterols, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Sodium Benzoate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citric Acid.

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Hydrating Serum $104.99 aud for 30ml

What Its Meant To Do –  To keep the skin feeling hydrated and assist with fine lines and wrinkles.

What It Did For Me –  My skin felt instantly hydrated.

Recommended Use  Apply two pumps to freshly cleansed skin, avoiding eye area . Can use a moisturiser over top if needed.

How I Use   I used this the same way I use all hydration serums. Cleanse , Mist or Acid Tone, This, Treatment, Eye Cream, Moisturiser then Oil.

Smell   Again virtually non existent.

Texture   A typical mid weight serum not watery at all. Absorbs easily.

Thoughts On the plus side no matter what I put over it there was no issue with pilling. It doesn’t feel sticky at all. On application it feels hydrating. For me personally as a more dry skin type I didn’t feel like it added a great deal to my overall hydration levels . I tried my routines with and without and there was no discernible difference. I do believe this product would be more suited towards a more normal , combination or oilier skin. If you love Drunk Elephant’s B Hydra then this is probably something you’ll really enjoy.

Purchase – For the reasons stated above I will not be purchasing.

The following is taken from the Revision Skincare Website.

Key Ingredients and Reported Benefits – 

  • Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid). Binds water to the skin and provides short- and long-term moisturization.
  • Watermelon, Apple & Lentil Fruit Extracts. Blend of natural fruit extracts keep skin uniformly hydrated.
  • Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5. Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Vitamin E & Pomegranate Extract. Provide strong antioxidant benefits.
  • Honey and Sea Kelp Extract. Hydrate and condition the skin.

Ingredients – Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Sodium Hyaluronate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Carrageenan, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Honey, Hydrolyzed Hazelnut Protein, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Macrocystis Pyrifera (Sea Kelp) Extract, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Lactate, Sodium PCA, Polysorbate 20, Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Sodium Polyacrylate, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Citric Acid.

And now for the samples !!!!

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Will give brief thoughts Left to Right.

Gentle Cleansing Lotion – Gentle is the right word , skin felt soft and calm after use.

Papaya Enzyme Cleanser – This felt so good on my skin , not drying at all.

Black Mask – Incredibly brightening and clarifying mask

Vitamin C Lotion 15% – The C in this is THD Ascorbate. No tingling layers well.

D.E.J Eye Cream – Full review above

Intellishade Matte – Broad Spectrum Spf 45 – This is a tinted moisturiser only one shade  which looked to light but ending up changing and worked well on my olive skin and was not to matte , deeper skin tones will definitely need to sample first , makeup layered well over top.

Revox 7 – This contains 7 different peptides and is aimed at expression lines. Not enough to have an opinion. It layered well and felt like a slightly viscous serum.

D.E.J Face Cream – Felt very moisturising on the skin.

So thats my experience with Revision Skincare so far , as you can tell the eye cream was the standout for me. I also really enjoyed the Papaya Enzyme Cleanser , Intellishade Matte Spf and would like to spend more time with the Revox 7 as my expression lines are only becoming more expressive !!!!!

I am extremely grateful I was given the opportunity to try these products, All opinions are my own and shared with you in good faith. If you have any more questions please don’t hesitate to ask.

Thank you so much for reading I do hope you enjoyed and subscribed .

Til next time.

Genaya xx

 

 

 

Herbivore Botanicals – I finally went there !!!!

I have seen this brand all over Instagram for the last 2 years and resisted the call of the minimalist packaging and cute names and the temptation  of alleged holy grail products.

3 months ago , I thought stuff it and purchased a few different products to see what its all about.  The packaging is even more glorious up close and I understand why its one of the more popular brands to photograph . Its well priced and everything I tried smells delicious. They don’t use parabens, sodium laurel sulfate, phthalates, chemicals, fillers, animal testing, mineral oils, petroleum.

So I bought one of the gift sets which included travel sizes of the Coco Rose body polish, Rose & Hibiscus mist and a full size lip balm. The other products were the Pink Clay mask and Pink Cloud Rosewater Moisture Creme.

I will share my thoughts below .

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Coco Rose Lip Conditioner $35.95 aud

This is quite a thick balm that I really need to warm up on my fingers before applying. Once applied it feels very soothing and protective and smells delicately of rose and coconut as the name suggests.

I’ve also been enjoying tapping a little onto my cheekbones instead of highlighter on no makeup days and a touch on my brows before combing keeps them in place all day.

Repurchase Yes , although its on the pricier side I believe it would last a long time.

Ingredients  Hydrogenated Soybean Oil (Non-GMO Soy Wax), Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cocos Nucifera (Virgin Coconut) Oil, Orchid Root Extract, Rose Damascena (Moroccon Rose) Absolute, Coconut Pulp CO2, Tocopherol (Vitamin E) Oil, Red Iron Oxide

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Rose & Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist – Available in 60ml $23.95 aud 120ml $49.95 aud

Another lovely offering, lightly and naturally fragranced , feels refreshing on the skin comes in a travel and full size which I appreciate. I ended up using most of this to mix masks with. For me when I purchase a mist I want it to really start off my skin with a good layer of hydration and for my drier skin type this didn’t really fill that function. It is loved by many so always do what works for you.

Repurchase No.

Ingredients Aqua (Water), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Disillate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water (Aloe Water), Rosa Damascena (Rose) Hydrosol, Leucidal (Radish Root Ferment), Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Neer Sikkappu Red

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Pink Clay Exfoliating Mask $35.95 aud for 60g

I’m not really a lover of powdered masks traditionally, however of late I’ve been enjoying the ability to customise according to my needs at the time.

The pink clay is meant to be good for rejuvenation and elasticity, It also contains rosehip which is said to have anti ageing benefits. For me my skin looked brighter after use and it came in handy during the great pimple crisis of May 2018. If you have a dry or sensitive skin and suffer from congestion or love a do it yourself clay masking session then this may be for you.

Repurchase  I didn’t love it and have another powder mask I prefer.

Ingredients French Pink Clay, White Kaolin Clay, Organic Rosehip Powder, Organic Rose Powder, Organic Chamomile Powder.

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Pink Cloud Rosewater Moisture Creme $69.95 aud for 50ml

I was completely and utterly surprised by how much I’m enjoying this cream and how moisturising it actually is. I mainly purchased this because of the rosewater and more importantly its called Pink Cloud ( thats why they don’t come to me for the science lol.)

Its very light in texture and fluffy almost ,when I apply looks almost greasy but after a few minutes settles into a dewy appearance and my skin feels good throughout the day. Of an evening which is where I most commonly use it , I like to layer after serums and before oil. I wake up with plump looking skin. Its also delicately and naturally fragranced with rosewater which I find a comforting yet refreshing scent.

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The ingredients aren’t groundbreaking , It won’t save your life or make you look 10 years younger however it will moisturise your skin and its called Pink Cloud !!!

Repurchase Yes I thoroughly enjoy it.

Ingredients Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juiceHelianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, diheptyl succinate, capryloyl glycerin/sebacic acid, glyceryl stearate citrate, cetearyl alcohol, Populus tremuloides (aspen) bark extract, Rosa damascena (rose) flower waterAleurites moluccana (kukui) nut oilglycerin, cetyl palmitate, Cocos nucifera (coconut) extract,Oryza sativa (rice) seed extract, Camellia sinensis (white tea) leaf extractButyrospermum parkii (shea) nut butter, propanediol, Myrothamnus flabellifolia extract, ascorbic acid, sodium hyaluronate, Eclipta prostrata extractmelia azadirrachta leaf extract, moringa pterygosperma seed oilRosmarinus officinalis(rosemary) leaf extractRosa damascena (rose) flower oil, sodium phytate, xanthan gum, Lonicera caprifolium (honeysuckle) flower extract, Lonicera japonica (honeysuckle) flower extract, sodium anisate, glyceryl caprylate, alcohol, citric acid

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Coco Rose – Coconut Oil Body Polish.   $54.95 aud for 226g

This is a sugar scrub and I loved every last grain of it !!!!!

It smells delicious and scrubs well without feeling scratchy, I like to use after washing and before shaving as the coconut oil provides a nice slip to the skin. After using my entire body feels so soft and glistens like a non-creepy eel.  I could easily forgo moisturising ( I don’t though)

To date this is my favourite physical exfoliant for the body.

Repurchase Totally !!!!!

Ingredients  Sucrose (Sugar), Cocos Nucifera (Organic Virgin Coconut) Oil, Capric Triglycerides, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Limnanthes alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Rosa damascena (Moroccan Rose) Absolute, Rose Clay

So there you have it 2 products I adore , One I enjoy and 2 I can live without all in all I’m extremely happy with that and am utterly ashamed that I wrote it off for so long as I assumed it was only suited to millennials so whilst packaging can pull us in occasionally its our own labelling which can put us off.

Have you tried anything from Herbivore Botanicals ? What would you suggest I try next, let me know in comments .

Thank you for reading and I hope you subscribe !!

Best Wishes Genaya xx