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John Masters Organics Evening Primrose Shampoo + Rosemary & Peppermint Detangler

John Masters Haircare: Evening Primrose Shampoo & Rosemary Pepermint Detangler

July 17, 2013

I’ve heard many great things about John Masters Organics haircare products.

So when it was time to replace my used up shampoo & conditioner, I went on a limb and picked up two haircare products by John Masters Organics…

1) The Evening Primrose Shampoo (for dry hair) 
2) The Rosemary & Peppermint Detangler

John Masters Organics Evening Primrose Shampoo + Rosemary & Peppermint Detangler

At the time, I was slightly worried that I’d made a rather arbitrary and frivolous purchase.

But after having seen the stellar results on my hair…

I’m confident that I’ve found two amazing haircare products that’s well worth their price. 

About The Brand

The brand John Masters Organics was founded by famed hairstylist John Masters, who was inspired to create a clean, botanical-based luxury-end haircare brand in the early 90s.

They only have a select few products that have been made with great care, keeping not only the beauty of their clients in mind, but also their safety and that of the environment.

John Masters goes beyond just having safe, natural and organic ingredients in their products. They also source their ingredients from local farmers. And the simplicity of their packaging reflects this great respect for the environment.

Evening Primrose Shampoo (For Dry Hair)

John Masters Organics haircare: Evening Primrose Shampoo

This is a shampoo that helps to replenish dry, damaged hair.

My hair naturally tends to be very dry. So at the bare minimum, I want a shampoo that…

– Cleans my scalp without over-stripping it of its natural oils
– Moisturizes my hair without weighing it down
– Leaves my hair soft, smooth and shiny

At the same time, a product that is made of safe, gentle ingredients by a company that has some sense of ecological responsibility are also qualities that are well appreciated!

And hooray! I did find all these qualities in this John Master’s shampoo.

The ingredients list is crazy long and chock-full of botanical ingredients.

Ingredients: Made with 21 certified organic ingredients

Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice*, aqua (water), babassuamidopropyl betaine, decyl glucoside, sodium cocoamphodiacetate, panthenol (vitamin B5), simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil*, urtica dioica (nettle) root extract*, sorbitol, lonicera caprifolium (honeysuckle) flower extract, citrus limon (lemon) peel oil*, glycerin, guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, hydrolyzed soy protein, chamomilla recutita (chamomile) flower extract*, equisetum hyemale (horsetail) extract*, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) extract*, symphytum officinale (comfrey) leaf extract*, achillea millefolium (yarrow) extract*, camellia sinensis (white tea) extract*, potassium sorbate, salix alba (willow) bark extract*, arginine, serine & threonine (amino acids), sodium chloride, sodium benzoate, sodium hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid), sodium pca, borago officinalis (borage) seed oil*, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, linum usitatissimum (flax) seed oil*, oenothera biennis (evening primrose) oil*, sulfur, soy tocopherol, cananga odorata (ylang ylang) flower oil*, citrus grandis (grapefruit) peel oil*, juniperus mexicana (cedarwood) oil*, pelargonium pelatum graveolens (geranium) flower oil*, pogostemon cablin (patchouli) oil*, santalum album (sandalwood) oil*, linalool†, citronellol†
* Certified Organic
† A natural component of essential oils

My view of plant-derived essential oils in beauty products is that they are usually harmless, provided they are formulated in the proper amount.

And they provide wonderful benefits to the skin and hair. Though often times more studies are needed to show the true scope of their effects.

Other ingredients that caught my eye:

  • Aloe Vera Leaf Juice – A humectant that helps to retain moisture
  • Babassuamidopropyl Betaine – An antistatic, hair conditioning agent
  • Decyl Blucoside – A mild non-ionic surfactant
  • Sodium Cocaomphodiacetate – Used to clean the hair and increase foaming capacity; made from fatty acids from coconut oil
  • Panthenol – Used to coat the hair shaft
  • Arginine, serine & threonine – Amino acids for stimulating hair growth
  • Sodium Chloride (salt) – Used to thicken the formula, but can also be used to remove dead cells and product build-up
  • Sodium PCA -A derivative of naturally occurring amino acid proline; a conditioning agent and humectant; binds moisture to cells
  • Sodium Hyaluronate – Salt form of hyaluronic acid; used to retain moisture
  • Sulfur – Often used in shampoos to help relieve dandruff, and to enhance the appearance and feel of hair by increasing hair body, suppleness, or sheen
  • Evening Primrose Oil – the star ingredient of this shampoo; helps to add moisture and strengthen hair

I’m not sure why evening primrose oil is the main featured ingredient of this shampoo.

If you look at where it’s located in the ingredients list, there are a lot of other essential oil ingredients that come before it.

Why not call this John Masters “Jojoba Oil & Nettle Root” shampoo? Hmm…?

How To Use: Shake well. Apply to wet hair. Lather. Rinse.

My experience:

The first thing I noticed is the dark amber color of this shampoo. It has the consistency of a non-sticky gel. And the scent is a light herbal blend of mint and pine.

Another noticeable characteristic of this shampoo is that it hardly lathers up.

If you like sudsy foamy shampoo, then the lack of bubbles in this shampoo might bother you. But keep in mind that bubbles in shampoos are used to make it seem like the product is really good at cleaning your hair.

When I use this shampoo, I only need a teaspoon’s worth. I focus on working it onto my scalp and then work my way down to the tips.

Results:

I’ve been using this shampoo for a month now. And the results were everything that I could want from my shampoo!

My scalp is clean without being stripped of its natural oils.

My hair looks and feels super soft and shiny, frizz-free and full of body. And the results last for up to three days.

In summary, I love it!

Rosemary & Peppermint Detangler

John Masters Organics haircare: Rosemary & Peppermint Detangler

This is a lightweight conditioner made with organic plant oils, protein & vitamins. It works to detangle unruly hair and add shine.

As a detangler, this product has a thinner consistency than regular conditioners. Detanglers are not as deep-moisturizing. But they work to soften hair and reduce static in order to keep hair tangle-free.

This is the first time I’ve used a detangler, so I expected it to be quite similar to a conditioner. But in fact, I would say it’s better at reducing hair frizz than other conditioners that I’ve tried.

As with the shampoo, the ingredients list is long and packed full of plant extracts and essential oils which work to soften and moisturize the hair.

Ingredients: Made with 17 certified organic ingredients

Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice*, aqua, behentrimonium methosulfate, cetearyl alcohol, panthenol (vitamin B5), hydrolyzed soy protein, hydrolyzed wheat protein, sorbitol, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil*, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil*, linum usitatissimum (flax) seed oil*, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, borago officinalis (borage) seed oil*, lecithin, tocopherol, sulfur, citric acid, arnica montana (arnica) flower extract*, camellia sinensis (white tea) leaf extract*, chamomilla recutita (chamomile) extract*, calendula officinalis (calendula) flower extract*, equisetum hiemale (horsetail) extract*, foeniculum vulgare (fennel) seed extract*, lonicera japonica (honeysuckle) flower extract, hyaluronic acid, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, mentha piperita (peppermint) oil*, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf oil*, rosa canina (rose) flower oil*, geranium maculatum (geranium) oil, mentha viridis (spearmint) leaf oil*, nardostachys jatamansi (spikenard) rhizome/root extract*, limonene†
* Certified Organic
† A natural component of essential oils

Ingredients of interest:

  • Behentrimonium Methosulfate – Despite the fact that it has the word ‘sulfate’ at the end, this ingredient is considered to be mild and safe, and acts as an anti-static and conditioning agent
  • Cetearyl Alcohol – Don’t be fooled by the word alcohol. Not all alcohols are created equal. This is a fatty alcohol, and fatty alcohols are usually derived from natural sources to give a smooth, soft feeling to the hair shaft by helping the cuticle to lie flat on the surface of the hair
  • Panthenol – Used to coat the hair shaft
  • Hydrolyzed Soy Protein – ‘Hydrolyzed’ means it’s been formulated to be absorbed by the hair shaft. A protein that’s used for moisture retention and for improving hair texture and gloss
  • Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein – Used to increase hair’s ability to retain moisture, add volume and reduce hair porosity, overall improving smoothness
  • Sorbitol – A humectant that prevents moisture loss by pulling water by osmoses
  • Jojoba Seed Oil – A natural ingredient that works to condition hair and scalp and balance sebum production
  • Coconut Oil – Another popular natural hair conditioning agent. Coconut oil is wonderfully moisturizing!
  • Rosemary Oil – Stimulates hair growth; adds volume and shine
  • Peppermint Oil – Reduces scalp irritation, treats oily scalp

Again, as with the shampoo, the featured ingredients of the Detangler (Rosemary & Peppermint) are found lower on the ingredients list.

Maybe calling this product John Masters “Jojoba and Coconut Oil Detangler” would have made more sense?

How To Use: Apply desired amount to clean, wet hair. Leave in 1 to 3 minutes. Rinse.

My experience: 

This is a light cream with a fresh peppermint scent. More peppermint than rosemary, actually.

I need to use only a teaspoon’s worth of this stuff.

I work backwards, starting from the tips of my hair and work may way up towards the scalp.

Results:

I’ve washed my hair with and without this detangler. After a month of use and observation, I can say that this detangler really makes a difference on my hair.

It works immediately to reduce static and frizz. Especially at the tips, which makes combing through my hair a lot easier.

It leaves my hair soft, moisturized and full of bounce. When I scrunch my hair, there is less static and frizz. So for a lightweight conditioner, this works very well for me.

As I have thick, medium coarse hair, I’m not sure how well this detangler would work for very coarse hair types.

John Masters Organics Evening Primrose Shampoo + Rosemary & Peppermint Detangler

[Closeup view of the Shampoo and Detangler]

Closing Thoughts 

On occasion, I’ve tested these products separately. But mainly, I’ve used them in conjunction with each other. So it’s hard for me to say which product really made the difference.

I can say with certainty that, for me, the John Masters Evening Primrose Shampoo and Rosemary & Peppermint Detangler work wonderfully together!

When I say that the effects last for up to three days, I simply mean that I can go three days without washing my hair.

But these products seem to have an on-going effect on my hair.

Overall, my hair feels softer, looks shinier and is a lot more manageable than it’s been in a long time.

John Masters Organics haircare results: Before

[BEFORE photo. My greasy hair badly in need of a wash]

John Masters Organics haircare results: After

[AFTER photo. Better, but I still need a haircut! ]

To sum it up

What I Like About The John Masters Evening Primrose Shampoo & Rosemary and Peppermint Detangler: 

– Clean and healthy balanced scalp
– Soft, moisturized hair
– Silky strands, reduced frizz
– Bouncy hair (not weighed down)
– The light herbal scent
– Packed with incredible ingredients
– High quantities of natural and organic ingredients
– The clean simple presentation of the bottles
– Recyclable packaging

What I Don’t Like About Them :

– The scent is too light; there’s hardly a trace of a nice scent left on my hair… but this is just me looking for something to complain about 😉

How Much: $16 for each bottle (both products come in 8 fl oz / 236 ml size bottles)

Would I Buy These Two Products Again: A resounding YES!!!

John Masters Organics haircare results

[Sorry to get all like ‘The Ring’ on you, but…]

John Masters Organics haircare results

[The proof is in the shine!]

I’m really happy with how soft and shiny my hair looks and how my scalp feels clean and healthy. The effects are incredibly long lasting.

I’m also impressed with the level of quality with which these products were made and the ethics behind the John Masters Organics brand.

To me, I’m willing to pay more for stellar results by quality products from responsible companies.

* * *

A note about where I like to read up about cosmetic ingredients… 

Like most of you, I don’t have a background in cosmetics chemistry and I don’t have a cosmetics ingredients dictionary, so I end up having to rely on google search pretty much all the time.

The sites that I frequent the most are: 

Cosmetics Ingredient Review
Environmental Working Group Skin Deep Cosmetics Database
Truth In Aging
Paula’s Choice Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary 

 

Ma Boîte À Beauté May 2013

Ma Boîte À Beauté – May 2013 Beauty Box For Summer Travel

June 13, 2013

Ma Boite A Beauté - May Box

If that photo above looks a little busy to you, it’s because Ma Boîte À Beauté May 2013 Beauty Box came with a total of 8 beauty products.

6 of which were full-sized products! 

The contents in the box are geared for “Summer Travel”:

1) BOURGOGNE BEAUTÉ Face and Body Milk
2) AFRIKISSIME Hair Mask Conditioner
3) BRITANIE Gentle Shampoo
4) POLAAR Moisturizing Gel Cream
5) ATTIRANCE Melon Body Yoghurt
6) PURA BALI Purifying & Moisturizing Massage Oil
7) KARITÉ Instant Bronzing Water
8) ELITE Kohl Smoky Effect Eyeliner

Ma Boîte A Beauté (MBAB) is a French beauty box. At this time, they don’t ship internationally. Which is too bad, because the beauty products they send out are always of top quality (check out the contents of my first Ma Boîte A Beauté beauty box).

Recently, MBAB came out with a new formula called the MAYA box.

You pay 29 euros + 3 euros for shipping. And you are guaranteed at least 120 euros worth of beauty products and a minimum of 7 different beauty products.

They offer the MAYA box only once every two months. But you can still subscribe to the regular 16 euro beauty box which comes out every month.

Here are my first impressions of each product in the
MBAB MAY MAYA Box! (now say that with me 5 times) … 

BOURGOGNE Beauté Face and Body Milk

BOURGOGNE BEAUTÉ Face and Body Milk

With Vine Extract – 250 ml (Full Size) 

This lotion comes with a lot of lotion! Even though it’s formulated for the face and body, I would only dare use this on my body.

The smell is quite peculiar. I’d say it’s a mixture of soap and candy.  The lotion feels cool and is sufficiently hydrating.

Retail Value: 18 €

AFRIKISSIME Hair Mask Conditioner 

AFRIKISSIME Hair Mask Conditioner

With Shea Butter and Orange Blossom – 200 ml (Full Size)

What a coincidence! It so happens that I’d been looking for a great conditioner! Afrikissime is a natural cosmetic brand which features shea butter as the star ingredient in their products.

You can use this regularly after shampoo. And once a week as a mask.  The scent is quite natural, with a hint of spice. I’ve already had great results from this conditioner!

Retail Value: 20,50 €

BRITANIE Gentle Shampoo

BRITANIE Gentle Shampoo

With Wheat Protein – 50 ml (Not Full Size)

Another great hair care product! Britanie is a natural and organic brand that uses locally sourced ingredients from the coastal regions of France. The scent of this shampoo is light, fresh and zesty.

I’ve used this with and without conditioner. And each time, I’ve gotten remarkably soft and shiny hair. I would definitely buy the full size version of this.

Retail Value (of the full size): 21,00 €

POLAAR Moisturizing Gel Cream with glacial water and arctic micro-algae

POLAAR Moisturizing Gel Cream

With Glacial Water and Arctic Micro-Algae – 20 ml (Full Size)

Polaar is a brand that capitalizes on glacial water from beyond the polar circle. Because “experts unanimously agree that polar plants contain the most potent and purest natural antioxidants” …really?

In any case, this moisturizer is suited for normal to combination skin. It is a gel that feels really cool on the skin. Unfortunately, my skin reacts kind of badly to this moisturizer. And the smell is too masculine for me.

Retail Value: 34,90 €

ATTIRANCE Melon Body Yoghurt with avocado oil

ATTIRANCE Melon Body Yoghurt

With Avocado Oil – 100 gr (Full Size)

Attirance is a natural cosmetic brand from Latvia. I love the melon smell of this body yoghurt! And the creamy texture just makes me want to eat this!

But don’t eat it. Because that’s not what this lotion is for.

Actually, I’m not gonna lie. I did taste this. And you know? It wasn’t bad!

Retail Value: 9,90 €

PURA BALI Purifying & Moisturizing Massage Oil with sesame seed oil

PURA BALI Massage Oil

With Sesame Seed Oil – 75 ml (Not Full Size)

This is a purifying and moisturize massage oil. It’s actually more like a dry oil. It absorbs very quickly and doesn’t leave a greasy residue on the skin. So actually, it’s not ideal for massaging (you want an oil that stays on the surface of the skin to help reduce friction).

But in any case, this oil is still really nice to use on the skin. The smell makes me think of incense. It’s a scent that you would associate with spas.

Retail Value (of the full size): 13,50 €

KARITÉ Instant Bronzing Water without auto-bronzing

KARITÉ Instant Bronzing Water

100 ml (Full Size)

Karité emphasizes that this product contains no auto-bronzing. This was the only product that has no use for me. I’m already perfectly happy with my brown tanned skin. I tried this out anyway, just to see what it’s all about.

At first, when you spray it on, you get these droplets on your skin that has the look and consistency of runny poo. But once you rub it in, the resulting look is actually natural and not as orange as I’d feared.

Retail Value: 20 €

ELITE Kohl Smoky Effect Eyeliner

ELITE Kohl Smokey Effect Eyeliner

(Full Size)

The only makeup product that came in the box. I really like the thickness of this eyeliner because it’s easy to apply. It doesn’t smudge too much.

It’s really great for getting that smokey eye effect. But I’m just not sure how I’m going to sharpen the tip once it gets blunt.

Retail Value: 11,15 €

Ma Boîte À Beauté May 2013

If you add up the retail value of all the full-size products, this box came out to being around 115€ in value at least.

Not too bad, since I only paid 32€ for everything. Plus, I got to discover two great haircare products that has done wonders on my hair!

Overall, I’m quite satisfied with the contents of this box.

I’ll probably end up giving away the Karité Bronzing Water to someone who could use it more than me…

Any takers?

Oliv' Radiance Face Mask & Smooth Day Face Care Open

Oliv’ Radiance Face Mask & Smooth Day Face Care Moisturizer

April 18, 2013

Oliv' Radiance Face Mask & Smooth Day Face Care

I first discovered the Oliv’ Radiance Face Mask in the Ma Boîte À Beauté (MBAB) December box.

This is a lovely face mask. I was impressed with the quality of the product and how well it worked for me.

So when MBAB recently had a 50% flash sale in their online store, I immediately looked for this mask. Then I threw in another product into my cart, the Oliv’ Smooth Day Face Care Moisturizer (50% promo is kind of hard to pass up :D)

ABOUT OLIV’

Oliv’ is a Made In France Natural and Organic skincare brand. I emphasize “Made In France” because this is a feature that French people seem to be quite proud of.

The main active ingredient in their products are extracts from the olive tree leaves, which contain oleoeuropeine and other polyphenolic compounds. Polyphenols have been shown to protect against free radicals and slow down the aging process.

Oliv’ prides itself in creating highly natural products from locally and responsibly sourced ingredients.

Their olive leaves are collected from the Haute Provence area in France. Oliv’ boasts that all their formulations and packaging are made according to “Locavore” ethics. Meaning everything is locally done within a 160km radius.

Oliv’s respect for ecological sustainability is pretty awesome. But I also imagine that’s what you pay for when it comes to the steep prices of these products.

Oliv' Radiance Face Mask & Smooth Day Face Care Open

Radiance Face Mask

What It Is: A face mask that is rich in Kaolin white clay. It works to detoxify, tighten and brighten the skin while providing it with essential minerals and trace elements. This mask is suitable for all skin types.

How To Use: Apply an even layer over the entire face. Leave it for 10 minutes or massage with the fingertips by using smooth movements on the whole face and neck. Avoid applying on the delicate eye area. Rinse with water.

Active Ingredients and Their Role

  • Kaolin white clay 20%: absorbs sebum.
  • Olive leaf extract 15.5%: anti-radical, antioxidant.
  • Aloe vera juice 10%: moisturizes*, stimulates the production of collagen, heals and fights against aging.
  • Sesame oil 5%: rich in essential fatty acids, restructures, eases and prevents drying of the skin.
  • Jojoba oil 2%: nourishes, rehydrates*, and softens.
  • Macadamia oil 1%: nourishes, moisturizes*, and restructures. Soothes and softens.
  • Shea butter 1%: nourishes, protects from drying, and heals the skin.
  • Edelweiss extract 1%: anti-oxidant, slows down the action of free radicals.
  • Carrot extract 1%: anti-oxidant, fights against wrinkles.
  • Green tea leaf extract: powerful anti-oxidant, also contains vitamin C.
  • Lemon peel essential oil: tones skin.
  • Cedar essential oil: heals, cleanses.
  • Palmarosa essential oil: anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.
  • Gluconate Manganese: stimulates the synthesis of the collagen.

* Upper layers of the epidermis

INCI Ingredients

AQUA (Water) – KAOLIN (White Clay) – ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE** (Aloe Vera Juice) – CETEARYL ALCOHOL (Texturizing Active Ingredient) – GLYCERIN (Hydrating Active Ingredient) – BENTONITE (Agent for Controlling Viscosity) – SESAMUM INDICUM SEED OIL** (Sesame Oil) – ALCOHOL** (Solvent) – SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS SEED OIL**(Jojoba Oil) – BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII ** (Shea Butter) – MACADAMIA TERNIFOLIA SEED OIL**(Macadamia Oil) – SQUALANE (Hydrating Active Ingredient) – SODIUM CETEARYL SULFATE (Emulsifier) – OLEA EUROPAEA LEAF EXTRACT (Olive Tree Leaf Extract) – BENZYL ALCOHOL (Preservative) – GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE (Hydrating Emulsifier) – PARFUM – DAUCUS CAROTA SATIVA EXTRACT** (Carrot Extract) – TOCOPHEROL (Vitamin E) – DEHYDROACETIC ACID (Preservative) – CAMELIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT** (Green Tea Leaf Extract) – LINALOOL (Fragrance) – LEONTOPODIUM ALPINUM EXTRACT** (Edelweiss Extract) – CEDRUS ATLANTICA BARK OIL (Cedar Essential Oil – CITRUS MEDICA LIMONUM PEEL OIL (Zest Of Lemon Essential Oil) – CYMBOPOGON MARTINI OIL (Palmarosa Essential Oil).
** Ingredients from organic farming.
99% of total ingredients are from natural origins.
99% of plant ingredients are from organic farming.

Oliv' Radiance Face Mask Close Up

Oliv' Radiance Face Mask On My Face

[1 Minute After The Mask Is Applied]
Oliv' Radiance Face Mask On My Face
[10 Minutes After The Mask Is Applied]

My Experience: This mask is quite easy and pleasant to use. The scent is very subtle. And yes, it mostly smells like clay. But there is a hint of sweetness too.

When I first apply the mask, it looks like an ashy, flaky layer over my skin. But as it’s absorbed, I can feel and actually see how my skin becomes more tightened (toned).

I can literally see my skin being transformed.

Ten minutes later, after the mask has been completely absorbed, my skin has a very smooth and toned appearance.

Results: After rinsing off the mask, my skin feels fresh, smooth and looks brighter. These effects take place immediately. And they last until the following day.

What I Like About It:
– My skin feels super smooth
– My skin is brighter
– The mask helps detoxify my skin
– Great quality ingredients
– Natural and organic
– Good ethics behind the Oliv’ brand
– The glass jar it comes in is reusable
– You don’t need to use much

What I Don’t Like About It:
– Nothing
– I love this Oliv’s Radiance Face Mask!

How Much: Usually it’s 29€ for a 100 ml bottle (3.4 fl oz)

Would I buy it again: Yes! The 100ml jar will last me for a while, so to me it’s worth it. Even at the full price.

Smooth Day Face Care

What It Is: A soothing moisturizing day cream that nourishes the skin and optimizes the production of collagen. It makes the skin softer, more supple and radiant. And it also protects the skin against external aggressions. Works well as a base for makeup. Suitable for all skin types.

How To Use: Apply with gentle, light massaging motions starting from the lower neck, upwards and over the entire face.

Active Ingredients and Their Roles

  • Olive leaf extract 23%: anti-radical, anti-oxidant.
  • Aloe vera juice 10%: hydrates*, stimulates the production of collagen, heals and fights against ageing.
  • Jojoba seed oil 2%: smooth, firms, softens, hydrates* and improves the elasticity of the skin.
  • Macadamia  Oil 1%: nourishes, restructures, heals and calms, strengthens the hydrolipidic film and protects cells.
  • Shea butter 1%: nourishes, heals, protects from drying.
  • Pink coralline seaweed extract: moisturize, anti-oxidant.
  • Cucumber fruit extract: improves the hydration* of the skin, gently removes excess sebum and impurities.
  • Edelweiss extract: anti-oxidant, slows down the action the free radicals.
  • Lemon peel essential oil: tones skin.
  • Cedar essential oil: heals and cleans up.
  • Palmarosa essential oil: anti-bacterial and anti-fungal

* Upper layers of the epidermis

INCI Ingredients:

WATER, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE** (Aloe Vera Juice), GLYCERIN, DICAPRYLYLETHER (Oily Compound) – C12-16 ALCOHOLS (Stabilizer) – SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS SEED OIL** (Jojoba See Oil) – OLEA EUROPAEA LEAF EXTRACT (Olive Tree Leaf Extract) – HYDROGENATED LECITHIN (Co-Emulsifying Agent) – PALMITIC ACID (Hydrating Agent) – BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII** (Shea Butter) – GLYCERYL STEARATE (Emulsifying Agent, Hydrating) – MACADAMIA TERNIFOLIA SEED OIL** (Macadamia Oil) – SQUALANE (Hydrating Active Agent)- ALCOHOL** (Solvent) – BENZYL ALCOHOL (Preservative) – COCO-CAPRYLATE/CAPRATE (Spreading Agent) -TOCOPHERYL ACETATE (Anti-oxidant Active Ingredient) – CORALLINA OFFICINALIS EXTRACT (Pink Coralline Seaweed Extract) – PARFUM – XANTHAN GUM (Gelling Agent) – UNDECYLENOYL GLYCINE (Cleansing Active Agent) – CUCUMIS SATIVUS FRUIT EXTRACT (Cucumber Fruit Extract) – TOCOPHEROL (Vitamin E) – DEHYDROACETIC ACID (Preservative)- CAMELIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT ** (Green Tea Leaf Extract) – CITRIC ACID (Ph Regulator) – LINALOOL (Fragrance) – SODIUM HYALURONATE (Firming Agent) – CITRONELLOL (Fragrance) – LIMONENE (Fragrance) – LEONTOPODIUM ALPINUM EXTRACT** (Edelweiss Extract) – CEDRUS ATLANTICA BARK OIL(Cedar Essential Oil) – CITRUS MEDICA LIMONUM PEEL OIL (Zest Of Orange Essential Oil) -CYMBOPOGON MARTINI OIL (Palmarosa Essential Oil).
** Ingredients from organic farming.
99% of total ingredients are from natural origin.
99% of plant ingredients come from organic farming.

Oliv' Radiance Face Smooth Day Face Care Moisturizer Close Up

My Experience: I have the impression that this works just like the mask. Except it’s more hydrating.

The scent is still subtle. Not as clay like , and a little bit sweeter. The texture is light and absorbs easily.

When I put it on my skin, it feels cooling and soothing. This would be great for people with sensitive skin.

It doesn’t become greasy later on. So just as it says, this moisturizer works very well under makeup.

The only minor inconvenience is that I’m not used to having to scoop my moisturizer out of a jar. So I’m a little paranoid about the hygiene implications. But I’m sure if you keep your hands clean, it should be alright.

Results: I get soft, smooth, hydrated skin throughout the day. It doesn’t get greasy later on.

I’m not sure though that this moisturizer works to brighten and firm my skin. That happens more with the mask.

What I Like About It:
– Soft, smooth, hydrated skin throughout the day
– Works well under makeup
– Great quality ingredients
– Natural and organic
– Good ethics behind the Oliv’ brand
– Feels soothing when I apply it
– The reusable glass jar it comes in

What I Don’t Like About It:
– Nothing!
– I love Oliv’s Smooth Day Face Care Moisturizer!

How Much: Usually it’s 34€ for a 50 ml bottle (1.7 fl oz)

Would I buy it again: Yes! Especially if I find another great deal on this =)

Closing Thoughts

I really LOVE these products!

These two Oliv’ products are packed with TOP NOTCH plant derived ingredients. And they do not contain any of the questionable ingredients like parabens, silicones, phenoxyetanol, or GMO’s.

They are very pleasant to use. And most importantly, they are incredibly good at what they do! I cannot rave enough about how excellent the quality of these products are!!

Also, I admire the ethics behind the brand. I like how they focus more on the quality of their ingredients rather than packaging and marketing.

What is odd about Oliv’ is that I don’t see the organic label (BIO in french) anywhere on their products. Though they claim that a high percentage of their plant derived ingredients are from organic sources.

Maybe they are still in the process of working out all the paperwork to obtain the Organic label?

I don’t know. But in any case, I am going to get in touch with Oliv’ and ask them about this.

To learn more about Oliv’ visit their official website.