Being such an animal lover, the whole subject of animal testing really goes against the grain and I avoid using beauty products from companies who still choose to test (sadly far too many!). Having recently reviewed a nail polish brand that is made with ‘healthier ingredients’, it really made me think about the amount of chemicals that are in products I put on my face and body. So I’m always interested in trying cruelty free products, but especially if they are of the more natural variety.
Pink & Green Organic Skincare are a UK based business owned by a holistic skincare expert.
I asked to review their products to see if I could get the same sort of results with a more ‘natural’ skincare routine.
I’ve been using several of their products since the New Year – they have a range of organic cleansers and facial oils for different skin types and concerns plus toners, exfoliators and body treatments too. Everything is handmade using natural essential oil blends.
My skin type – I have what I would call ‘normal’ skin that can be a little bit sensitive with the fluctuations of seasons – I tend to go a little drier when we first crank the heating up in the winter, but I don’t generally tend to be sensitive to products. I rotate my use of certain products throughout the year and currently use a mixture of drugstore products and Elemis, a more luxe brand.
My products arrived set amongst lovely leaf printed, brown paper with a sprinkle of dried flowers and leaves.
The products themselves have pretty labels on good quality bottles and jars – they don’t look quite as luxurious as the Elemis products I have on my bathroom shelf, but the style of them reflects the brand’s natural ethos.
- One Balm Cleanse and Moisturise – For all skin types especially dry, mature, oily, acne “…..This multi-purpose skincare hero leaves your skin silky smooth and beautifully clean with each application. Packed with natural skin loving ingredients, like nourishing shea butter, apricot and rosehip oils”.
- The Experience: One pump of product is enough for your face and neck and rubbing it between my fingertips, it had a different texture to what I had expected in that it felt slightly grainy, but this disappeared as it warmed up (I suspect that was because there is Jojoba wax in the formulation and it was quite cold in the bathroom when I first used it).
- It smoothed onto my face easily and has a really nice fragrance (Lavender, Geranium and Frankincense) – just the right amount of scent, pleasant to use but not overpowering. The balm easily wiped off with the muslin cloth and my skin felt very soft afterwards so I didn’t need to use as much of my usual moisturiser. You can re-apply the balm and leave it on as a moisturiser after toning if you wish, or leave it on for longer to use as a hydrating mask. It is a multi-purpose product so can also be used as a lip balm, on cuticles or eyebrows, anywhere where you need added moisture – so this product would be fantastic for travelling. It’s also within the liquid limit for hand luggage.
- The Results: My skin felt very soft and looked smooth after using it as a cleanser. As I said, I didn’t need to use as much moisturiser as normal afterwards so I imagine this product would be good if you have quite dry skin.
- I wasn’t a massive fan of the muslin cloth, I’ve never really liked the slightly rough feel of them, so I mainly used a softer flannel but that’s just personal preference.
- **I did try using some of the balm as a moisturizer and found it to feel quite waxy. Unfortunately I reacted badly to it too – something that has never happened to me before and I don’t have sensitive skin – I woke up with a load of tiny little bumps under the surface of my skin which also felt itchy and my face was very sensitive to the heat of the shower. I suspect the wax blocked my pores, or maybe I reacted to one of the other ingredients, but I think that was unlikely because I was fine using it as a cleanser.
UPDATE: JUNE 2017 – it has now been over four months since using this product and I’m still battling to get rid of the texture which appeared under my skin.
It’s not something I have ever experienced before, so I didn’t appreciate how frustrating it can be to have a clear skin colour but unpleasant texture – anything make-up wise that’s illuminating really highlights the problem.
I have found a specialised sensitive skin care routine that fixed the sensitivity but the texture issue remains.
As I am certain that the problem was caused by this product, I therefore cannot responsibly recommend it to you as one of my readers and whilst the other products from this brand were very pleasant to use, I feel it only fair tomention this issue.
Obviously everybody’s skin is different and there is absolutely nothing to suggest your skin would react in the same way but I feel duty bound to say what has happened to me.
- The Price: £27, 30 ml including muslin cloth (available fragranced and unfragranced).
- Eye Love Serum – To be used in the evening only. Ingredients include Jojoba Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Pomegranate Oil, Vitamin E “…. Exquisite natural ingredients that protect the delicate skin around your eye and go to work on smoothing wrinkles and lines, hydrating, improving the elasticity of your skin….. Whilst you sleep”.
- This (award-winning) serum has an oil formulation so is heavier than some and for that reason it is intended to use at night so that it does not disrupt your makeup. You apparently only need one drop of oil for both eyes as the warmth of your skin makes it spread after it has been applied.
- The Experience: The scent of the oil is similar to that of a base carrier oil, slightly earthy, so nothing strong which is obviously good being close to your eyes. The serum is in a glass bottle with a pipette and has a light oil consistency when dropped onto your fingers.
- I rubbed the oil between two fingertips and lightly patted it into my under eye area as directed. It didn’t feel too oily, nothing spread into my eyes after it had been applied and it seemed to be absorbed quickly.
- I have read that it is best to apply eye products in the morning as opposed to at night when you then lay down and the circulation in your face isn’t as good, so using this of an evening goes against that advice but when I woke in the morning I didn’t have any puffiness.
- The Results: I don’t have any real problems with lines around my eyes but I am of the age where fine lines could well be appearing soon, so this is an area of my skincare regime which is lacking at the moment! After using this serum the skin under my eyes looked well nourished immediately and also the following morning. Anti-aging technology is changing and supposedly improving all the time, but equally it’s one of the areas that seems to require the use of more chemicals – so I really like the idea of using something natural that just keeps this delicate area well moisturised.
- The oils in the serum are also meant to improve elasticity.
- The Price: £24.50, 10 ml.
- Body Butter Neroli and Frankincense – ingredients include Shea butter, coconut and sunflower oil, apricot kernel and jojoba oil. “For ultimate decadence, our triple whipped Neroli and Frankincense Body Butter is a luxurious blend of shea, cocoa and coconut butters, infused with a rich blend of orange flower (neroli) and frankincense essential oils. The butter melts effortlessly in to your skin, feeling silky-smooth and deeply nourished”.
- The Experience: The consistency of the body butter is initially quite firm and it then melts into a lightweight, silky lotion which spreads easily across the skin and smoothing it on after a nice long shower feels a real treat. It smells divine – comforting and uplifting at the same time and it is neither too strong, nor too floral, so whatever your fragrance preferences are, I’m sure you would like it.
- The Results: Soft, hydrated skin that was left with a with a light fragrance – I also massaged the butter into my cuticles and feet, which felt lovely and soft the following morning. This product was probably my favourite of the three and would make a lovely gift.
- The Price: £20, 100ml (currently on sale, usually £25)
I would say the most well-known brand I have used which this range is best comparable to is Neals Yard Remedies – both in terms of the product type and packaging.
Each of the products were enjoyable to use.
It was very unfortunate that I reacted so badly when using the balm as a moisturizer but it gave good results as a cleanser.
My favourite product was the body butter because of the gorgeous fragrance, it felt a real treat to use.
Price wise, it is mid range, not the cheapest ‘natural’ skin care available – there are more mass produced ones that are a little cheaper – but you are paying for handmade products with organic, high quality ingredients so if this is something that is important to you, the products are well worth it (its the same as paying a little extra for organic fruit and vegetables).
You could perhaps start by introducing one organic product into your routine initially and Pink & Green Skincare sell a sample size kit so you can try their products out before making too much of an investment.
They have some very pretty boxed collections too which would be lovely as gifts…. it’s nearly Valentine’s Day, time to get hinting?!