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Our Green Monday Review of the unique seasonally themed skincare collection.
Our routines and desires change with the seasons. In the summer I want fresh fruit, sandals, and bright colored clothes. While in the fall and winter I tend towards jewel tones, soup, and thick tights. But how often does your skin care routine change? I know my routine tends to remain pretty constant, so why am I always surprised when my skin bucks at the change of the seasons? As the weather around us changes, so should our skin care.
Elemental Herbology was founded by Kristy Goodger, a spa consultant with over 10 years under her belt. She says, “I don’t believe in the classical skin types as we can all be a little dry, a little congested and so on as skin reacts and changes. It’s seasonal, plus lifestyle and hormonal factors that underpin these changes.” With this belief she created not only a line of skin care products for the face and body but a whole slew of daily, weekly, and special occasion ‘“prescriptions and rituals” to help your ever changing skin adapt to the ever changing seasons. The wht team had a chance to put this unique perspective to the Green Monday test by reviewing two Elemental Herbology products.
Not surprisingly, a company so in tune with seasons and nature is eco-minded as well, using potent levels of botanical, mineral and marine actives that clean and calm in the warmer seasons, and hydrate and repair during the cooler ones. Elemental Herbology believes in responsible harvesting and production and are “100% committed to sourcing their ingredients from the world’s most reputable suppliers.” Additionally, the entire line of products is free of mineral oils, synthetic fragrance and colours, sulphates, PABA sun screens and paraben preservatives (and of course, are all cruelty-free).
Our testers each received the Facial Glow Radiance Peel and the Biodynamic Facial Soufflé intensive hydration and repair mask. I was immediately struck by the packaging. I really love the simple and elegant design. It’s classic and adds a touch of easy class to any counter top. The entire package can be responsibly recycled and all Elemental Herbology packaging components use lipoanimated, SLS-free surfactants that are 100% bio-degradable.
The two products are meant to be used together, and I thought they did a really beautiful job. Following the weekly ritual almost exactly (I’m a sucker for routines and guidelines with products), I began with the Facial Glow ($64, 50ml) which exfoliates gently with tiny micro beads about the same size of a sugar crystal. It has a great citrus scent that really perks me up in the morning and it leaves my skin feeling fresh and cool. This “Radiance Peel” uses apple serum, papaya, orange peel and tangerine to naturally polish away flakes and reveal fresh skin and is bursting with more great green ingredients like vitamins A, C and E, green tea and pomegranate (for protective qualities) and sea salt and kelp (for purification).
Next comes the Biodynamic Facial Soufflé, ($75, 50ml) a relaxing and silky super moisturizing mask. Created to hydrate, plump and calm skin, this lush treatment uses rice bran, shea butter, chamomile, macadamia, jojoba and argan oil to “infuse the skin with essential fatty acids” and increase moisture levels while marine collagen, wheat protein and cocoa helps “stimulate new cell proliferation”, firm skin and increase elasticity.
The scent reminds me of that familiar spa scent; and brings to mind clean white towels, calming music, and relaxing voices. I almost didn’t want to wash it off the next morning. Leaving it on overnight, I awoke to smooth, clean feeling skin.
The real proof, as they say, is in the pudding. Since I started using the Elemental Herbology products my “combination” skin has become, dare I say, normal! The products haven’t helped much with my breakouts or blackheads, but all those pesky flecks of dry skin on my cheeks and around my mouth have vanished. With the increased moisture in my skin I’ve even noticed that the oil production on my face has noticeably decreased.
Whether it’s the delightful scent or the power punch the line throws, I’m a believer – there’s something from Elemental Herbology for everyone. Testers – is this new seasonal philosophy the solution for your skin issues?
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