Skin Creamery is one of those brands that I keep see popping up and everyone seems to absolutely rave about them. A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to meet Hannah from Skin Creamery, and let me tell you, she is absolutely divine. We chatted about the products, how it all came to be and when I left, she very kindly sent me home with one of their Travel Gift Sets, the perfect way to test out the full range. I have been using the products for a little over two weeks now, and although I don’t feel like I can give a proper full review on them, I can most certainly give you my first impressions.
Before we dive into what I thought about the Skin Creamery products, let me give you a quick briefing on Skin Creamery and what they stand for. Founded in 2014, Hannah Rubin started to create a line of products that were simple, natural and good to the skin. It was incredibly important to her that everything that goes into the product (including the packaging) is made in South Africa and that all of the ingredients are organic meaning that they are less likely to cause any form of irritation to the skin.
Now that you have some background on the brand, let’s get into the juicy bits.
First up is the Oil-Milk Cleanser, probably my favourite product of the range. The initial consistency of this Skin Creamery cleanser is balm like which transforms into an oil when you start to massage it into your skin. I have never had a cleanser remove my make up (layers of mascara included) as quickly as this one does. After massaging the product into the skin for just under a minute, you can emulsify it with a little bit with water, this turns the product into a milky cleanser which washes off super easily once you are ready to do so. It doesn’t burn the eyes, leave an oily film or make my skin feel tight afterwards. Often when I use a cleaning balm, it feels more like I’ve nourished my skin, not cleansed it. The opposite is true for the Oil-Milk Cleanser; my skin feels really clean but plump and fed at the same time. I also love that once this product is finished, I can simply purchase a refill bag, so much more economical!
Key ingredient: Sesame oil is anti bacterial and anti inflammatory that also contains essential fatty acids and vitamins that the skin requires.
Next is the Facial Cleansing Powder. There are quite a few of these cleansing/exfoliating powders floating around in the market and I’m always keen to try a new one out. Generally they are quite hit or miss for me, and taking into consideration the extra admin that goes into using this type of product, it really has to blow me away for it to make it into my good books. Sadly, this one from Skin Creamery didn’t wow me enough. It’s not a bad product by any stretch of the imagination and I am sure that many of you will probably love it, I just didn’t find that it made enough of a noticable difference to my skin. If you prefer a more gentle everyday exfoliator/cleanser, this could 100% be up your street, like I said, I don’t think it’s a bad product, it just isn’t for me. If you are considering using it, there are some real positives to this product, like the fact that it can be used as both a mask and an exfoliator, it is completely hypoallergenic and doesn’t use plastic beads to exfoliate, macadamia nut shell is used instead.
Key ingredients: Calcium Bentonite is rich in minerals and helps to absorb excess oils from the surface of the skin. Baobab fruit powder contains high levels of vitamin C which is excellent for anti-ageing as it encourages the body to produce collagen.
The Facial Hydrating Oil is something that those of you with really dry or dehyrated skin will love, I certainly do! At the moment I use it as part of my night time routine, but I know when the really dry winter months come along, I might need to add a few drops into my day time moisturiser as well. I can absolutely feel a difference in my skin after using this the next morning; it feels so much more nourished, but never oily. Hannah also told me that if the oil feels a bit too rich when applying it, I can actually mix it with a few drops of water to thin it our slightly.
Key ingredients: Jojoba oil creates a barrier on the skin (without clogging the pores) and helps to soothe irritations. Kalahari Melon Seed has regenerating properties and maintains the skins barrier.
The Two-Phase Skin Tonic was definitely a wild card for me – I honestly didn’t think that that it would be a product that I would enjoy. Turns out, I really love it! At first I used it underneath the Facial Hydrating Oil as to “water down” it down a little bit. But over the past week or so I’ve been using it in the morning instead of a moisturiser, and it works so well! It’s really lightweight which is great as you all know how I’ve been battling with midday oiliness but it still hydrates my skin so well. If you have a more combination skin, I would really recommend this.
Key ingredients: Malachite has incredible anti-oxidant properties and is said to be incredibly healing and detoxifying.
Last but certainly not least is the product that really put Skin Creamery on the map; The Everyday Cream. First off, this smells absolutely incredible, a combination of spearmint, ylang ylang and patchouli oil. It’s fresh yet has a comforting fragrance, basically perfect. I’m not sure why, but I thought that it would be quite a heavy cream, but it isn’t at all, it is really lightweight but still very nourishing, spreads like a dream and absorbs really quickly. Hannah explained to me that The Everyday Cream can be used on the body as well as the face. I am always a bit hesitant of products that say that they can be used on both, I suppose it’s because I’ve just had a few bad experiences, but never the less, off I went and plopped The Everyday Cream onto my face, and it wasn’t bad! I definitely prefer the Two-Phase Tonic, but The Everyday Cream definitely hydrated and plumped up my skin. Personally, I feel that it works better on the body; after only one day, my skin felt so much more nourished but I didn’t have that horrible feeling of a thick cream all over me. This product is an absolute win in my books.
Key ingredients: Coconut and baobab oils are incredibly nourishing. Jojoba oil is anti-microbial. Vitamins A, D, E and F increase the skins natural glow.
All in all I am incredibly impressed with Skin Creamery products and how they have performed so far. Do I think that they will replace any of my anti-ageing products? No, but I do think that a good few of them will find a place in my routine because of how moisturising and nourishing they are – they really do help my skin look the best that it can.
Skin Creamery products are available online as well as specific stockists around the country.
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