The truth is, I’m pretty nervous about writing this blog post. I’ve never written a beauty / skincare post before, so be gentle with me. I wanted to cover my entire skincare process, so there are a couple of #nofilter pictures of my make-up free face in all its nakedness. As someone who happily admits to using filters and make up to make my face more presentable to the outside world, this is a pretty scary prospect. So please, be gentle with me!
I wouldn’t say I’m someone who is terrible with skincare, but I’m certainly no saint either. Since my mid twenties, I’ve pretty much always taken my make up off before bed. I’m a fan of a gentle face scrub every now and again, I have night cream and moisturiser and some eye cream that came free with a magazine. I’ve never had a real skincare routine though, and I’ve generally always picked my products based on what’s on offer at the time.
Back in January, my work had “Wellness Week”, which was, well, a week about wellness! We had talks on nutrition, exercise, mental health and much more. There was disco yoga, physio sessions, soup making and even a “make your own terrarium” class! On one of the days, we had a wellness Expo with stalls and demos from various businesses. One of the companies there was The Organic Pharmacy, and I was lucky enough to sneak in for a 15 minute facial. The products they used felt really wonderful and smelled really good too. They gave me a brochure to take away, which included this Discovery / Travel set. It includes sample sizes of some of their most popular products, along with a muslin cloth.
About a month after Wellness week, I went on holiday to the Alps. It was a lovely week of R&R along with the snow adventures, and I returned feeling pretty rested. Refreshed by the mountain air and suffering a bit of the post holiday blues, I decided to treat myself to the Discovery/Travel kit. There’s an Organic Pharmacy store just down the road from me, so I popped in one lunchtime and picked up the travel kit. As you can see at the top of the post, it comes in a fancy bag with a pretty ribbon tie. The packaging is clean and simple but still has a luxury feel to it.
I had a read through each of the products and tested them out, and decided to use the Toner, Serum and Face Cream for my morning routine, and the Cleanser, Toner and Face Gel at night. So without further ado, let’s look at these lovely products and how they fit into a proper grown up skincare routine.
I’m still using my usual face wash in the shower in the morning. I think at the moment it’s a Garnier one. I’m not sure I can change absolutely everything all in one go! I’ve never been sure about the necessity of a toner, but I’m determined to do this thing right, so step one is the Organic Pharmacy Herbal Toner. It’s in a spray bottle, and I spritz a light mist over my face after drying off from the shower. The description says this product “awakens and revitalises the skin” and it does certainly feel fresh; the cool burst of moisture helping to wake me up.
Next up is the Antioxidant Face Firming Serum. I’ve previously been slightly apprehensive of the oilier consistency of a serum. The therapist who did my facial at the office used this though, and it didn’t feel at all oily on my skin. I’m a big fan of the deep amber colour (from carrot extract in fact!). I know that’s not totally vital, but it looks nice on the side! Also, it smells delicious, with delicate floral notes and a citrus freshness. The Organic Pharmacy description for this makes some bold claims. The brochure states that it “reverses skin damage, lifts and tones the skin, reduces wrinkles and mops up free radicals”. Wow! I’ve only been using this product for a couple of weeks, but my skin certainly looks clearer. Let’s see how this turns out!
Finally, I add some of the Double Rose Rejuvenating Face Cream to hydrate my skin before I put my make up on for the day. The rose scent makes it smell a bit like Turkish Delight, which is great if you’re me, but perhaps not to everyone’s taste? This one is advertised by The Organic Pharmacy as “light and nourishing….leaving the skin hydrated and glowing”. It does certainly feel hydrating, perhaps a little too much as I can feel the residue on my skin as a leave the house. I have struggled to find a moisturiser which absorbs fully and I’m not sure this is it.
Here’s my face! It was certainly a struggle to resist applying a filter to this picture. But since I want this to be an honest review, I felt it was only fair to remain au naturel I don’t have the best skin, but I feel like since I’ve been using these products, it is a little clearer. I still have pores and an uneven skin tone, but let’s face it, miracle creams can’t actually work miracles. Can they!?
The cardinal rule of skincare, as far as I know, is to take off your make up before bed. As I mentioned in the intro to this post, this is something I’ve been doing for many years. However, I was doing the bare minimum. Cleansing wipes might be quick and easy, but they’re notoriously bad for our skin. The cheaper ones particularly tend to be full of harsh chemicals, not to mention being pretty wasteful.
The Organic Pharmacy travel kit comes with an organic muslin cloth to wash off the Carrot Butter Cleanser. Applying a balm cleanser to dry skin is a new experience for me, but I really like it. This product really does melt into the skin and dissolve make up like it says on the tin. I dab a small amount onto my face and gently rub it in with my fingers. There’s lavender and rosemary in this one, which smells soothing and natural. Are you ready for the muslin cloth action in Gif form?……..
….. of course you are! I’ve run the cloth under the hot tap, which feels really lovely and warming before bed. Once I’ve washed all of the cleanser off, my face truly feels clean and fresh, ready for a quick spritz of the Herbal Toner before applying the final product of the set – the Antioxidant Face Gel.
This is another product which makes a couple of big claims – apparently it “lifts and minimises pores, mops-up free radicals and reduces wrinkles.” To this day, I’ve never been entirely sure what free radicals are, but I’m guessing mopping them up is a good thing! This one is quite thin in consistency, so it’s running out faster than the serum. It does feel light and hydrating though, which is nice before bed. The instruction leaflet which comes with the kit actually discourages heavy night creams, reasoning that skin needs to breathe overnight. It makes sense to me, I think.
So there we have it! My first foray into some kind of a structured skincare regime. I’m really enjoying using The Organic Pharmacy products, and I’m glad they offered these trial sized items to sample their goods without spending a huge wad of cash. I think my favourite so far is the Carrot Butter Cleanser. It’s so different to anything I’ve used before and just feels really effective. I’m going to continue using everything until it’s run out, and then think about investing in some full sized replacements.
Have you tried anything from The Organic Pharmacy? Do you have any favourite skincare products? Are there some things you’ll shell out more for and some things that lower priced skincare does just as well? I’d love to know your thoughts and experiences! Thanks as always for stopping by!
*this post was not sponsored or endorsed in any way by The Organic Pharmacy. All products were purchased by me and all opinions are my own.