Well, sorry for the long break between posts… I finished off my coursework on 15th December and since then, I’ve mainly been lying around in a stupor, avoiding looking at computers. On the plus side, this has given me lots of time to try out some new products, so look out for some new reviews coming your way over the next few weeks! All of the products I’ll be reviewing are items I have purchased for myself.
First up is the duo pictured above from Natural Being. Natural Being are a New Zealand based company, who produce affordable products with good, clean, effective ingredients. The range centres around manuka honey and manuka oil – both of which are firm favourites for my oily/combination skin. The brand is cruelty free and certified as natural by the BDIH
Recently, I found that my pores were looking a little clogged, with a smattering of blackheads around my nose and chin and a few spots on my forehead. I decided to shake up my skincare routine a bit to address this, starting with adding in a foaming cleanser for my first cleanse (usually I use oils and balms only). I also wanted a new toner – I was attracted to the Natural Being Toning Gel because I really hoped it would help to replace my Dr Alkaitis Organic Soothing Gel – which I recently ran out of and frankly, although I love it, I couldn’t afford the £43.50 to replace it.
Both the cleanser and toner are available from mypure at £9.00 each for 100ml. This was my first order from mypure (I’ll be reviewing some of the other products I ordered soon) and I was very impressed with the quick delivery and free gift.
The manuka foaming cleanser (left) is a clear gel. It smells very faintly antiseptic (due to the manuka oil, I guess) and the texture feels a little like aloe gel. I rub this into a foam in wet hands – the amount shown is about the same amount I use – and apply to a wet face. I find that it removes make up well, I’m fairly lazy, so I don’t tend to use a separate eye make up remover, but I’ve had no issues with stinging or dryness. The cleanser removes make up well and leaves my skin feeling soft and comfortable. I have started using this alone as my morning cleanser and use it as my first cleanser in the evening, following up with a balm.
I’ve been using it daily for about two weeks now, along with the toner (and a mask I’ll tell you more about in a future review) and have noticed an improvement in my skin, which looks clearer.
The ingredients are pretty clean, on the whole. With the exception of Limonene and Linalool, essential oil derivatives which I know some people avoid due to their potential to cause irritation (i’ve never had any irritation from products containing these ingredients, so it isn’t an issue for me at present), none of the ingredients score above 1 on the EWG database. The ingredients list also doesn’t go into details about which essential oils they use in their fragrance blend, however it isn’t strongly scented, which is positive as I don’t like strongly scented products.
The cleanser is gentle and effective and although it doesn’t feel luxurious, it is pleasant to use and feels light and refreshing. I think it will be particularly nice as a summer cleanser.
Aqua (water), Decyl glucoside, Sodium lauroyl glutamate, Glycerin (vegetable glycerin), Sclerotium gum, Coco-glucoside, Glyceryl oleate, Galactoarabinan, Glucose, Mel (manuka honey), fragrance (natural essential oils), Phytic acid, Glucose oxidase, Lactoperoxidase, Leptospermum scoparium (manuka) oil, Limonene, Linalool.
The manuka toning gel (right in the swatch photo), is a light gel. It shares the light antiseptic scent of the cleanser. Now, this doesn’t feel as fresh as the Dr Alkaitis Soothing Gel, although to be honest, this may well be because it doesn’t contain alcohol, so it doesn’t have that cooling feel you get from alcohol evaporation on your skin. And obvisouly, I really miss the smell of the Dr Altaitis, which I could sniff forever. However, it does feel cool and soothing. I like that you can apply it without messing around with cotton wool pads or anything. As long as you don’t apply too much (if you overdo it, it can make your skin a little shiny, as if you’ve applied a mask and let it dry), it is fine under make up and seems to work well in balancing my skin. Again, the ingredients are pretty clean and unobjectionable, with the exception of the essential oil derivatives… to be honest, I’m not sure why they are added (anyone know why they are so widely used?), the scent of these products is mild, so it seems odd if it’s for fragrance. If it’s to mask the antisepticy smell, that seems unwarranted. If you buy a manuka product, you expect it to smell a little like that. I rather like the clean smell of manuka oil.
However, both the cleanser and toner are pleasant, effective and good value and I’m enjoying using them as part of my skincare routine. My skin seems to respond well to them. They are also really convenient for travelling, as you don’t need flannels, face cloths or cotton wool/reusable pads to use them.
Ingredients: Aqua (water), Glycerin (vegetable glycerin), Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, Sclerotium gum, Glucose, fragrance (natural essential oils)*, Mel (manuka honey), Glucose oxidase, Lactoperoxidase, Leptospermum scoparium (manuka) oil, Citronellol, Eugenol, Limonene, Linalool.
What cleansers and toners are you loving right now?
No mud, no lotus