You may have noticed that last month I didn’t post my usual monthly round-up of favourite skincare products for August. As we were on holiday in scorching hot Portugal for two weeks, my skincare routine was very basic, consisting of only sun cream, a couple of cleansing products and my usual face oils as nighttime moisturisers (you can see what I used on holiday in my post Summer skincare essentials). I didn’t really get to test new products in August so when I came from holiday, I dove straight into some of the new products waiting for me to test 🙂
So here are the products that impressed me in September:
Joik Alcohol Free Facial Toner with Aloe and Sea Buckthorn Oil*
Toning your skin after cleansing is a must as it serves two purposes: it removes any excess make-up residue left after cleansing and it also restores the sensitive pH levels in your skin. The Estonian brand Joik was mentioned (very favourably) a few times in the ever-growing Facebook group LoveLula Natural Beauty Club (which you should totally join!) so I thought I’d research the products they offered. I really liked the sound of their toner and I must say, I’m so in love with it it’ll definitely be my go-to toner from now on. It has an interesting formulation consisting of sea buckthorn oil (which has healing and rejuvenating properties, and is a great natural cleanser and exfoliator) and aloe vera which has soothing properties.
It’s a two-phase product so needs to be shaken well before use and when applied on a cotton pad (as it doesn’t come in a spray bottle), it has orangey particles of the sea buckthorn oil which transfer onto your skin (at least on my fairly pale skin it’s quite visible). The toner leaves the skin feeling really refreshed, hydrated and soft. Priced at £9 for 100ml, it’s also amazing value for money! Buy from LoveLula.
Joik Makeup Remover Milk*
If you’re looking for a gentle but effective eye make up remover, then I highly recommend this milk by Joik. It contains sunflower and rice bran oils to thoroughly remove eye make-up (you may think it’s counterintuitive but plant-based oils are great at lifting off any debris), including waterproof mascara, as well as soothing aloe vera and chamomile essential oil. It can also be used for the face but it’s not the most economical bottle (as you can see from the photo, I’ve already used half of it since I started using it in early September) so I use it purely for the eyes. It also comes with a very affordable price tag at £9 for a 100ml bottle. Buy from LoveLula.
LaidBare From Dusk Till Dawn Vitamin C Serum*
As we get older, our skin loses elasticity so to combat that, a daily dose of Vitamin C can have a really great impact. Vitamin C can contribute to the following skincare benefits: evened out skin tone, firmer and brighter skin, improved hydration and protection against free radicals. I’ve been really impressed with this little product as it contains a selection of powerhouse plant-based oils, including blackcurrant seed, rosehip, evening primrose, carrot seed and apricot kernel. In addition, Vitamin C works really well with Vitamin E so this product gets an extra mark for containing Vitamin E too.
Overall, this oil blend has a light consistency and absorbs well into the skin. I use facial oils religiously every single day (find out why in my post Face oils: What’s all the fuss?) as they’ve made such a huge difference to my skin so this is a great addition to my routine. As Vitamin C degrades in sunlight, it’s recommended to use it at nighttime so one thing to bear in mind that the rosehip and carrot seed oils make this product leaves a slight yellow residue on your hands and potentially pillows so wash your hands and ensure you let the oil absorb thoroughly before hitting the pillow. Buy from LoveLula.
Fruu Coconut Coffee Body Scrub
This is one of my purchases from this year’s Love Me Love Natural exhibition in Kensington & Olympia. I’d heard of coffee scrubs before but I was completely sold on the product following a quick demonstration of its benefits on my own hands at the stall. I was hesitant about spending £10 on a such a small amount of the scrub (220g) but I thought I’d give it a go anyway. The scrub’s main ingredients are coffee and coconut, both of which make the product smell really lovely. It’s a little tricky to get it out and apply it under the shower so what I do is transfer a handful into a little plastic bowl (so I don’t break it in the shower) – as the product doesn’t contain any preservatives, you need to keep it away from water (in order to prevent bacteria/mould from growing). Once applied, I massage it in (using circular motions to stimulate circulation) and then let it sit on my skin before washing it off. The coconut oil leaves a nice residue on my skin, making it so soft to touch.
My only issue with using products that contain coconut oil is that I’ve recently heard they’re not good for your drains as the coconut oil can set (which it does in colder temperatures) leading to your pipes getting ‘clogged up’ and blocked in the end. As for the price – I do think it’s a bit overpriced so I hope as the brand expands, they can bring their price down. Find out more about Fruu Skincare (the scrub doesn’t seem to be available on their website).
Weleda Tinter Lip Balm (Rose shade)*
This recently launched tinted lip balm (there’s also one in Nude and Berry, which I’m also due to test) leaves a very subtle colour on your lips without the stickiness that you sometimes get with tinted balms. Shea butter and jojoba oil, the two hero ingredients inside the balm, contribute to your lips feeling nourished and moisturised. I also find this particular shade a great foundation for a matte dusky rose lipstick that I’m currently using. Buy from Weleda.
Are you a fan of any of these products or brands?
Disclaimer: Items marked with an asterisk were sent to me to test, some as part of my involvement in the LoveLula Accredited Bloggers Program. Nevertheless, all views expressed in this post are 100% mine and honest. This post also contains some affiliate links.