I find that there are times when I avoid certain products just because everyone is talking about it. A lot of bloggers I admire have reviewed Jane Scrivner’s cleanser, and their reviews were unanimously positive. It made me wonder if there was anything more I could add to the conversation, and I never really sought it out. Recently, my lovely friend and blogger Jamey insisted that I try the line and she contacted Jane herself to send me some products. I’m so glad and grateful that she did. The line is more amazing than I could ever have imagined, and I can see why the products are so universally loved. Without further ado, here are my impressions of the Nourishing Cleanser and OO Cream.
Nourishing Cleanser: The ingredients of this cleanser are deceptively simple. It’s just jojoba oil and beeswax blended with essential oils of ylang ylang, elemi, eucalptus, frankincense, lemongrass, lavender, myrrh, sandalwood and sweet orange. In theory, this could seem like a thick, waxy mess, but it’s just perfect.
When I opened the jar, the first thing I noticed was how generous it was. A lot of brands tend to be stingy with product and some even have false bottoms to make it look like there is more product than there actually is. Not Jane Scrivner! This cleanser was filled to the brim, and the abundance of bright, yellow product made me smile. Its scent is equally uplifting. The eucalyptus is prominent, but the addition of sweeter essential oils combined with the soothing scent of beeswax prevents it from getting into the Vicks VapoRub territory. The eucalyptus reminded me of Eve Lom’s cleansers, but Jane Scrivner’s Nourishing Cleanser smells a lot purer and superior – and it is! While Eve Lom contains mineral oil and a number of other questionable ingredients, Jane Scrivner is as ‘clean’ as clean can get. And it delivers results that are, in my opinion, far superior, as well.
I use it on dry, dirty skin and take it off with a warm washcloth after massaging it in. It takes dirt, grime, makeup and sunscreen off in one easy swipe. I do like to follow with a second, water based-cleanser, to make sure my skin is 100% clean. Nourishing Cleanser comes with a cleansing mitt (it’s a lot handier than washcloths, but I have a serious question, how do you guys keep your terry washcloths spotless? Mine always get discoloured/stained after a few uses).
Overall, Nourishing Cleanser is an outstanding balm cleanser. It is a simple thing done well. It should suit all skin types, including sensitive, oily and acne-prone.
Price: £46.00 for 100ml
‘OO’ (Over Oil) Cream: This is a very unique product that is meant to be used over a face oil to ‘lock in moisture, nourish, protect and mattify.’ It has an orange/yellow colour and smells refreshing. Designed to protect the skin from trans-epidermal water loss (this often happens when you only use oils to moisturise), it contains colloidal oatmeal, argan oil, white birch bark extract and vitamin E.
I was hesitant to use this because it contains shea butter, an ingredient that normally breaks me out. Thankfully, it doesn’t. It doesn’t feel heavy and greasy like most shea-based products: it sinks in instantly and leaves a velvety semi-matte finish.
This product feels soothing and healing on the skin. Although it can be used morning and night, I prefer to use it only at night, after using my favourite oil. I find that I wake up with calmer and clearer-looking skin the next morning.
Price: £39 for 100ml
I am so glad I got to try Jane Scrivner’s line (thanks Jamey!). The products are clean and well-made, and you instantly know that it’s made by someone with years of experience dealing with a multitude of skin types. Jane included a note that said that she hoped I’d find something in the package that worked for my skin (instead of ‘I hope you love my entire line’), and I found that approach very mature. She’d included samples of some of her other products, and my first impressions of most of those products were great, as well. Highly recommend checking out the line. I’ll definitely be sharing my thoughts on more of her products in the future!
Where to Buy: JaneScrivner.com
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