When I first tried Earthwise Beauty’s Nap In The Meadow, I liked it, but it didn’t immediately blow me away. However, the more I used it the more I loved it. It visibly makes a difference to the tone, texture and clarity of my skin when I use it regularly, and it has become one of my favourite hydrating serums (no easy feat considering I currently have about 30 serums on rotation!). Carrot-a-Day was love at first sight (or should I say, use?), and I still adore it. Others like Ruby Facial Oil and Blackstrap Molasses Face Mask have become skincare staples, and I am yet to meet an Earthwise Beauty product that hasn’t impressed me with its cleverness.

A couple of months ago, the brand sent me a few more of their products to try (Tigress was a more recent gift), and I’ve been loving them all. I’ve been meaning to write about them, but I have been struggling to find the time to work on detailed, essay-length reviews. I guess haikus can be just as effective as epic-length poems – so on that vein, I’m trialling a new, shorter approach to reviews. In fact, I’ve given myself the challenge of reviewing all these products as succinctly as possible in a single sentence. Without further ado, here are my one-liner reviews of some of my recent favourites from Earthwise Beauty.

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Moss Skincare founder Celestyna Higgins is a person I’ve admired from afar. Although I don’t know her well, she is one of the most passionate and talented green beauty formulators I’ve ever encountered. I’m always intrigued by her creations, as she uses unusual ingredients in innovative ways.

I’ve tried many products from her original line (‘Moss 1.0’), but many of those products were discontinued, repackaged or reformulated by the time I finished testing them (and blogging about them felt redundant). Most brands do all of the above, but Moss seems to do them at dizzying speeds. Last year, the original line was put into hibernation before they brought out a new Moss 2.0 with a slimmed-down selection of products. Originally meant to be an essential oil-free line comprising just two products that would ‘constitute a complete acne-clearing system,’ it has grown into a six-product line to include several products that include essential oils. In addition to the Moss reboot, she has also created a more pared-down diffusion line called Ambar (Sanskrit/Hindi for ‘sky’ – watch this music video if you want to learn how it’s actually pronounced in India – closer to ‘UM-ber’ than ‘amber’), which is what I will review below. I say ‘review,’ but it’s more of a mini-review-first-impressions-situation since I’ve only used these products for about a month. View Post

My friend Samantha Sargent, the founder of green beauty store Be Naturally You, introduced me to Inlight just over a month ago. She is super selective about the brands she curates, and Inlight is no exception. This super niche brand from the UK, created by renowned skin expert Dr Mariano Spiezia, uses 100% organic ingredients to create some of the purest products available. Most of their products are water-free, and features the patented ‘Bio Lipophilic Matrix®, a specific blend of pure organic, cold-pressed plant oils carefully nurtured for their high biochemical affinity to the lipidic human skin layer.’
 
Recently, Inlight went through a rebrand, and the look and packaging of the products are now as luxurious as the formulas inside. Here are my brief reviews of three of their products (all gifted by Be Naturally You).

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It’s rare that I fall in love with a brand almost instantly. I’d never heard about Manyo Factory before Franki and Seoul sent me their products to try. I was experiencing a bad case of breakouts on my jaw and temples, and these products (along with Carrot-a-Day from Earthwise Beauty) completely cleared up my skin. Without further delay, here are my thoughts about this fantastic Korean brand:

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Most of us lead fast-paced lives. I find that the more stressful my life becomes, the more I’m drawn to everyday rituals that force me to slow down and give time back to myself. San Francisco-based luxury skincare label, founded by modern-day alchemist Julie Elliott, takes self-care rituals to new heights by creating seductive products that evoke the opulence of a bygone era. She uses her deep understanding of aromachology and uses natural ‘perfumerie as medicine.’ Intensely perfumed using high-vibrational floral extracts, oils, and essences, her products combine ancient wisdom with modern technology to create thoroughly singular creations that, according to their website, ‘stimulate the senses while offering hydrating and curative effects.’ All housed in beautiful red glass (a nod to the colour of glass originally used by alchemists, who considered the colour of blood to represent life force), these creations make no concessions to the fact that some us may be too time-poor (or just plain tired) to spend half an hour every evening on a skin ritual.

I’d been meaning to explore the line for a very long time, but I’d never known where to start! Julie solved this problem for me by surprising me with a very large, beautifully packaged box of treasures containing the entire ‘foundation collection:’ a selection of nine signature In Fiore treatments designed to be used cohesively or layered on top of each other. I’ve been using these products on and off for the last two months, and I’ve been enjoying their unique approach to skincare. Before I go into the reviews, I’ll briefly go through the order in which you’re meant to layer these products. This layering order, they claim, will maximise the potency of their products and yield the most visible results (while also reducing congestion). The order is: 1) Oil, 2) Toner, 3) Serum, 4) Cream, and 5) Balm.

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