If you’ve followed me long enough, you’ll know that African Botanics is one of my all-time favourite brands. It’s one of the only brands that has consistently wowed me. Sure, there are some products I love more than others, but overall, I haven’t disliked anything I’ve tried from the brand so far. I know the brand founders personally, and I love how they work closely with local African communities and high-tech labs to create products that marry the purest ingredients with the latest skincare technologies. I’ve used all of these products for a fairly long time (4 months plus), and here are my thoughts:
Pure Marula Cleansing Oil: This gel-like oil is one of the only cleansing oils I’ve used that rinses clean 100%, without leaving even the slightest film behind. It melts away makeup, sunscreen and dirt instantly, and I find that I can get away without a second cleanse if I’m feeling lazy. What’s amazing about this cleansing oil is that it contains AHAs that exfoliate the skin as it cleanses. I find it fantastic for my congestion-prone skin, and it is very effective against black and whiteheads. The downside to having AHAs is that this cleanser cannot be used around the eyes (it stings if you do). Also, be sure not to get it in your mouth because it causes a strange numbing sensation if you do. These two minor negatives aside, this is probably one of the best cleansing oils I’ve ever used.
Neroli Infused Marula Oil: This is African Botanics’ bestseller, and it’s easy to see why. This super versatile oil only contains a handful of ingredients, and it can be used on the face, body and hair. Not all marula oils are created equal. African Botanics cold press the oil from wild marula trees located in South Africa to ensure they are unadulterated, raw and nutrient dense. This is how their website describes it:
“In South Africa, Marula trees are indigenous botanical treasures and are protected under the Forest Act and other laws that prohibit the cutting down of the trees. It is an extraordinary wild tree, that is uncultivated by man and grows naturally in the remote woodlands of South Africa. Wild-growing under the hot African sun and only watered by summer thunderstorms it has never been touched by a single pesticide or commercial farming method unlike other countries like Namibia and Kenya where the trees are more likely to be found in farmed environments.”
The neroli in this oil is very sophisticated-smelling, and is combined with a sweet, gummy bear-like scent (100% natural, of course). This medium-weight oil doesn’t clog my pores, and I love using it all-year round.
African Botanics recently changed the packaging for this product. The new dropper packaging is more elegant and luxurious-looking, but I love my pump bottle for how travel-friendly and portable it is. I wish they offered two packaging options for this product.
Resurrection Eye Creme: I don’t normally use eye creams regularly, but I really like using this at night. It’s a very gentle yet effective eye cream that hydrates, plumps, and smooths the eye contour. It doesn’t have much of a scent, and it feels really cooling on the skin. Many eye creams give me eye irritation and milia, but this doesn’t irritate me in any way.
Firming Botanical Body Oil: This has become one of my favourite body oils. The texture, slip and smell of this product are just perfect, in my opinion. I do feel an instant firming sensation when I apply this oil after a shower. The smell is supposed to be “reminiscent of the Fynbos biome located at the southern tip of the African continent, the Wester Cape Peninsula – fresh, grassy with a hint of honeyed base notes.” I’d call it honeyed citrus. Love!
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