Review – Earthwise Beauty Nap in the Meadow Face Serum, Carrot-a-Day Face and Eye Serum (Classic), Tigress Face Balm & Ambrosia del Cerrado Liquid Moisturizer and Toner

Hey guys, I would like to introduce you to this brand that I’ve been really loving lately – Earthwise Beauty! Earthwise Beauty is a brand that I had discovered via Instagram in the skincare lineup of a few of my favourite beauty bloggers. Although the brand is new to me, Earthwise Beauty has been around for a decade and is founded by Ava Zhan. Ava, to me, is a skincare alchemist. The potions that she creates are unique, powerful and truly works.

Earthwise Beauty is a luxury organic skincare brand. Their formulas are made from unrefined, unprocessed fair-trade ingredients: unrefined botanical oils and butters, traditionally prepared herbs, and therapeutic-grade essential oils and absolutes. During the Black Friday sale, I picked up a few of their best-selling products to try and I’ve been impressed with all (yes, all!) of them. So I thought that I shouldn’t keep this exquisite secret to myself and that more people should experience the magic of Ava’s products.

The products that I’d purchased are as follows:

  • Nap in the Meadow Face Serum
  • Ambrosia del Cerrado Liquid Moisturizer and Toner
  • Carrot-a-day Face and Eye Serum
  • Tigress Face Balm

I’ve been using Nap in the Meadow and Ambrosia del Cerrado in the mornings and Carrot-a-day and Tigress Face Balm at night.

How does the Nap in the Meadow Face Serum fare?

Nap in the Meadow was the first product that drew me in when I saw it in the skincare lineup of my favourite beauty bloggers on Instagram. The spearmint colour of this serum as well as its beautifully poetic name attracted me to find out more about this brand. This product itself is an ultra-lightweight aloe-based serum that claims to offer a broad range of benefits in a single product: deep hydration, strong anti-inflammatory action, anti-oxidants, anti-aging benefits, refreshing effects, and even some acne reducing, tissue repairing, and sunburn and sun damage repair.

Nap in the Meadow Face Serum Ingredients

Cold-press aloe barbadensis leaf juice*, Sambucus nigra (elderberry) fruit extract, Curcuma longa (turmeric) root Supercritical CO2 Select* extract*, caprylyl capryl glucoside (naturally derived), Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil (* and †), Achillea millefolium (yarrow) oil*, Helichrysum italicum (Italian everlasting) oil†, Marticaria recutita (German blue chamomile) oil*, potassium sorbate (natural food-grade preservative), organic Pelargonium graveolens (geranium bourbon) oil, Pelargonium roseum (geranium rose) oil*, Copaifera officinalis (copaiba balsam) resin†, Ferula galbaniflua (galbanum) essential oil*, xanthan gum, ascorbic acid (vit. C), wildflower essences†.
*Certified organic. †Responsibly wildcrafted. Aloe certified by the International Aloe Science Council (IASC) for purity and content.

Now, I’m not sure about its claims of skin tissue and sun damage repair but I can honestly say that this serum is one of the best anti-inflammatory skincare products that I’ve ever used. Even though it does not work quickly, I’ve noticed that ever since I’ve included this product in my skincare routine, my skin has been very very calm (unusually so!) and the slight redness that I usually get when I OD on my strong actives (acids and retinol) at night has been practically non-existent. I also find it hydrating enough for my skin such that I’ve often skipped using my hyaluronic acid serum in the mornings (without realising it!) since the hydrating effects of this serum are quite substantial.

I would also be remiss if I don’t mention the utterly beguiling scent of this product. To me, it smells of the most intoxicating fresh lavender mixed with the green scents of meadow wildflowers. It’s a very complex smell and sometimes I would take the bottle to sniff it even when I’m not applying it. That’s how obsessed I am with this scent! I’ve been using this product for around 1.5 months and I’m already half-way through a 1 fl oz bottle. I can foresee Nap in the Meadow becoming one of my staple products.

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I imagine that the scent of Nap in the Meadow is akin to walking amongst these lavender fields!

How does the Ambrosia del Cerrado Liquid Moisturizer and Toner fare?

The main reason why I purchased the Ambrosia del Cerrado is very simple. In one of Ava’s Instagram posts, she had indicated that this product is the most best-selling amongst her range. This piqued my interest and I was sold when I saw the many glowing reviews of it on her website.

The Ambrosia del Cerrado is a cross between a hydrating toner and a moisturizer. This hybrid allows it to deliver lots of moisture without a waxy or overly emollient feel. Ingredients such as pequi fruit oil, buriti oil and moringa pod oil delivers Vitamin C, B1 and B2 as well as betacarotenes, selenium, and zinc to promote firm, supple, and even-toned skin.

Ingredients for Ambrosia del Cerrado Liquid Moisturizer and Toner:

Cold-press aloe barbadensis whole-leaf juice*, sustainably wildcrafted cold-press unrefined Caryocar braziliensis (pequi) fruit oil, sustainably wildcrafted cold-press unrefined Mauritia flexuosa (buriti) fruit oil, sustainably wildcrafted cold-press unrefined Moringa oleifera seed oil, polysorbate 20 (naturally derived), potassium sorbate (natural food-grade preservative), natural non-GMO tocopherol (vit. E from sunflowers), xanthan gum, ascorbic acid (vit. C), citric acid. *Certified organic.
Aloe certified by the International Aloe Science Council (IASC) for purity and content.

Top: Ambrosia del Cerrado Bottom: Nap in the Meadow

Even from the first use of the Ambrosia, I could see why this product is the best-selling amongst all her other products. This is a very easy product to like or even love! The texture of this product is very light and it sinks in quickly into my skin without any fuss. Despite its light texture, this product also offers adequate hydrating powers. If you are a skincare minimalist with oily or combination skin, I suspect that applying this product alone would be enough. For my combination dry skin, I would usually need to top up with either a facial oil or a thicker moisturiser to retain the moisture in my skin whilst being in a drying air-conditioned office.

As with all Earthwise Beauty products, the Ambrosia has a delightful scent that’s reminiscent of ripe guavas in the sunlight. This scent is literally summer in a bottle! Although I’m not sure of the exact reasons why, I’ve also noticed that whenever I used this product in the mornings, my Shiseido Anessa sunscreen spreads incredibly well and sinks in faster than usual. I like this product a lot and would consider repurchasing it.

How does the Carrot-a-day Face and Eye Serum (Classic) fare?

The Carrot-a-day Face and Eye Serum is, surprisingly, my favourite out of all the 4 products that I’ve tried so far. I had originally expected Nap in the Meadow to be my favourite when I first started using the products but now I think that I can’t live without Carrot-a-day! It is an anti-aging serum with incredible youth-returning and brown-spot-reducing powers in an ultra-light fresh aloe gel format. The main  active ingredient included is carrot seed essential oil, one of the most effective yet very gentle skin-tissue-regenerating ingredients, which also contains natural sun-blocking and sun-damage-preventing and correcting properties. Other anti-inflammatory ingredients such as German blue chamomile and helichrysum aid in skin healing, scar and other spot reduction as well as wrinkle reversal.

Carrot-a-Day Face and Eye Serum (Classic) Ingredients

Cold-press aloe barbadensis leaf*, Daucus carota (carrot) seed essential oil*, natural non-GMO tocopherol (vit. E from sunflowers), Helichrysum italicum (Italian everlasting) oil*, natural ECOCERT preservative {glycerin, Leuconostoc (radish root) ferment filtrate, Lonicera japonica (honeysuckle) flower extract, Lonicera caprifolium (honeysuckle) extract, Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen) bark extract, gluconolactone}, Marticaria recutita (German blue chamomile) oil*, carbomer, ascorbic acid (vit. C), Mentha spicata (spearmint) oil*.

*Certified organic. Aloe certified by the International Aloe Science Council (IASC) for purity and content.

This product is really a multi-tasking do-it-all! Over the past 6 weeks of using this product, I’ve noticed a much more even skin tone with some lightening of my old PIH scars (which even my dedicated Vitamin C serums cannot budge!). The most incredible effects of this serum has been in spot-reduction. Now, I don’t have very bad acne problem but I’ve noticed that this serum seems to keep my easily-congested pores relatively clear. When I had one irritatingly big pimple pop up on my cheek area, applying this product over it helps to soothe the pain and gently coax it to go away within 2 days.

Besides the above effects that I’ve seen from using this product, I must confess that the main reason why I’m so addicted to it is because of its scent. Due to the high concentration of carrot seed oil, it has a deeply earthy scent (you would know what I’m talking about if you’ve drank fresh carrot juice before) that just feels so grounding and soothing to me. The scent seems to speak to my soul even (it sounds so weird but it’s true!) and I feel protected and calm whenever I use this product. As with Nap in the Meadow, I can’t stop sniffing the bottle even when I’m not applying this product (ok, now I’m starting to sound like a crazy junkie!). I’m not sure if everybody would like this scent but to me, it’s everything.

How does the Tigress Face Balm fare?

The Tigress Face Balm is a product newly released in late 2017 from Earthwise Beauty. At that time, I was already following Ava on Instagram and so when this product was released, I was so hyped for it! The Tigress Face Balm is the very first facial balm created by Ava in response to her customers requesting a face balm for acne-prone skin. As indicated in their website, it is a lightweight (that is, lightweight for a balm, but not as light as a face oil or a moisturiser), healing, deeply penetrating balm that invigorates the skin tissue, heals acne breakouts, reduces acne and blackhead tendencies, balances excessive oil production, and firms skin in the long run. It protects from moisture loss and from the wind and cold.

Ingredients for Tigress Face Balm:

Cold-press unrefined Garcinia indica (kokum) kernel butter†, cold-press unrefined Virola surinamensis (ucuuba) seed butter†, cold-press unrefined whole-fruit Passiflora edulis (passionfruit) oil*, cold-press unrefined Attalea speciosa (babassu) kernel oil†, cold-press unrefined Pouteria sapota (sapote) kernel oil†, cold-press unrefined Calophyllum inophyllum (tamanu) nut kernel oil*, cold-press unrefined organic Rosa canina (whole-fruit rosehip) oil, cold-press unrefined Coffea (green coffee) bean oil*, vitamin E (from certified non-GMO sunflowers), supercritical co2 select Curcuma longa (turmeric) rhizome extract*, Boswellia carterii (frankincense) oil†, Nardostachys jatamansi (spikenard) oil† (Nepal), Pinus edulis (pinyon pine) oil†, Helichrysum italicum (Italian everlasting) absolute (France), Usnea (old man’s beard) lichen CO2 extract (Helianthus annuus [sunflower] seed oil, and polyglyceryl-6 caprylate [emulsifier], and polyglyceryl-3 palmitate [emulsifier] and Usnea barbata lichen extract*.

*Certified organic.  †Responsibly wildcrafted.

Left: Carrot-a-day Right: Tigress Balm

The moment I received this balm, it was slathered all over my face that very night. The smell of this face balm was unlike any other that I’ve used. It has a smoky tobacco and curry leaves scent that fades into something that smells woodsy and comforting at the same time. At the time that I started using this balm, I was experiencing mild breakouts due to that time of the month. I knew that Ava had specially formulated this balm for acne-prone skin and somehow I trust Ava’s creations even though I had not used any of her products before. My gut instinct was right. Using this product consecutively for one week has helped to calm down my skin and eliminate the irritating breakouts. My face also looks very bright and calm the morning after. My only gripe for this product is that it has a slight orangey-brown tinge that I can’t use it on my skin in the daytime as I’m quite fair. Also, I’m based in Singapore (a tropical country that’s literally on the equator line) and this balm is a bit oily for me to use in the daytime in tropical weather. Having received my feedback, Ava had recommended for me to mix their Farizad’s Veil (which is a sunscreen in powder form) into this balm to lighten its colour as well as to reduce the feeling of oiliness.

After using this product nightly for around one month plus, I’ve been impressed by its nourishing and healing powers. I look forward to seeing its effects over a longer period of time.

In Conclusion…

Wow! Ok, that was a long review! Congrats if you’ve made it this far!

Using all these products from Earthwise Beauty has made me realised something quite surprising. You know, I’ve never really realised the power of strong anti-inflammatory ingredients in skincare until I’ve experienced it myself with these products. With skin inflammation kept to an all-time low, my overall skin health has improved with much better results achieved from my actives such as acids or retinol. I think I’ll need to keep this in mind as I stumble my way through all the dizzy and exciting new advances in skincare technology.

Where can you find it?

I bought the Ambrosia del Cerrado (US$74 for 2 fl oz sized) and Tigress Face Balm (US$100 for 1.2 fl oz sized) from Earthwise Beauty’s official website.

I bought the Carrot-a-day (US$52 for 1.2 fl oz sized) and Nap in the Meadow (US$50 for 1 fl oz sized) from Sassafras Online.

Thank you for reading!

Review – Jordan Samuel Skin The After Show Treatment Cleanser (PLIÉ)

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Jordan Samuel’s PLIÉ cleanser is one of the products that I’ve been dying to try for the longest time. It is literally a staple in the Instagram beauty routines for all major skincare bloggers. Therefore, when Jordan Samuel skin was offering their Black Friday sets in November last year (2017), I immediately purchased their Active Collection set to try. The Active Collection includes a whole range of products that I’ve been wanting to try for the longest time.

The set includes the following products:

  • Jordan Samuel Skin The After Show Treatment Cleanser (PLIÉ)
  • Jordan Samuel Skin Hydrate Serum (used it before and love it! Full review here!)
  • Jordan Samuel Skin The Performance Cream
  • Jordan Samuel Skin étOILe with Retinol Treatment Oil

As usual, ingredients for the The After Show Treatment Cleanser are as below:

Ingredients

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Glycerin, Water, Sucrose Laurate, Propanediol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey) Rhizome/Root Extract, Anthemis Noblis (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Citrus Fruit Extract Blend, Simmodsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylhyroxamic Acid, Capryl Glycol

How does the Jordan Samuel Skin The After Show Treatment Cleanser (PLIÉ) fare?

The After Show Treatment Cleanser is a first step cleanser that utilises olive, jojoba, and grape seed oils to remove every trace of makeup (including hard to remove stage makeup). Additional ingredients such as sugarcane, apple and willow bark extracts provide a gentle exfoliation to leave the skin hydrated, soft and absolutely pristine. TLDR; it’s a makeup remover.

First of all, I need to mention the texture of this cleanser. When you squeeze the product out, it actually comes in a gel form. However, when you massage this gel onto your dry face (note: you must use this product on a dry face if you want to use it for makeup removal!), it actually turns into a thick oil that glides over your face to dissolve your makeup and grime. You would then use water to slowly emulsify the product into a milky lotion and rinse it off thoroughly. Although it’s stated on their official website that you can simply rinse the cleanser off, I find that this cleanser doesn’t really rinse off thoroughly if you just splash water over it (unlike your typical cleansing oils). Instead, I would strongly recommend that you use a warm wet washcloth to remove the cleanser itself as well as all traces of makeup. You are then left with a very soft clean face without the tightness and irritation of over-cleansing.

I’ve been rotating this product in my evening cleansing routine for around 2 months and I’m liking it thus far. It works well to remove even heavy makeup or my super waterproof sunscreen and it has never broke me out. However, the main reason why I don’t love it is stated as above. This makeup remover needs a washcloth to be removed thoroughly and I’m just too tired most evenings to really go through this additional step. Otherwise, there’s really nothing much to fault with this product. It’s relatively inexpensive, does the job well and easy to travel with. Try it and tell me how it works for you!

Where can you find it?

You can purchase this product from their official website. It retails at US$20 (3 fl. oz/ 94ml sized).

Note that Jordan Samuel Skin only sells their products through their official website and never through any third party website.    

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Review – MV Organic Skincare Oxygen Moisturiser

I’ve heard of MV Organic Skincare for a long time. However, the prices for their skincare are quite steep and it wasn’t easily available in Singapore. It wasn’t until Sep last year (2017) that I decided to treat myself to one of their best-selling moisturisers since it was my birthday month and I had received a 15% off coupon code from Cult Beauty. The product that I’m gonna review today is this – MV Organic Skincare Oxygen Moisturiser. MV Organic Skincare is a skincare brand from Australia that was founded by master facialist and holistic skin specialist Sharon McGlinchey. The MV line was originally developed for those plagued with skin sensitivities such as eczema and rosacea. Since then, it has gained loyal fans from health and beauty journalists, holistic GPs and naturopaths to internationally-renowned stars such as Nichola Joss, British supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whitely and actors Maggie Gyllenhaal, Melissa George and Emma Watson.

As usual, ingredients for the product are below for your reference.

Ingredients

Water, Camellia (Camellia Sinensis) Oil*, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Vegetable Glycerin*, Glyceryl Stearate, Rosehip (Rosa Canina Fruit) Oil*, Avocado (Persea Gratissima) Oil*, Jojoba (Simmondsia Chinesis) Seed Oil*, Xanthan Gum, Vitamin E non-GM (Tocopherol), Honeysuckle (Lonicera Caprifolium & Lonicera Japonica) Extract, Potassium Sorbate, with essential oils of: Bitter Orange, Lavender, Sandalwood, Frankincense, Neroli and Carrot Seed.

*Organically Grown

How does the MV Organic Skincare Oxygen Moisturiser fare?

The MV Organic Skincare Oxygen Moisturiser claims to be energising and regenerative by protecting stressed, devitalized and sun-damaged skin against environmental aggressors. It is rich in antioxidants such as Vitamins A, C & E to soothe, elasticise and strengthen. Essential oils of bitter orange, frankincense, lavender, sandalwood, carrot seed and neroli works to enhance moisture retention, regulate sebum synthesis, restore radiance and kick-start cellular regeneration and repair.

The product itself comes in a cream form that looks rich but sinks in without leaving any greasiness into my skin. You only need a little bit to cover your whole face since it is pretty spreadable. Use too much and you’ll risk having a too-white face, although the cream does sink in eventually. You are then left with a well-nourished but matte looking face. To me, it’s pretty amazing that a cream with such a creamy texture leaves my face looking literally matte at the end. In fact, I suspect that this cream actually helped to control my oily T-zone. I’ve noticed that ever since I’ve incorporated it into my daytime routine, my mid-day T-zone shine has reduced by quite a lot. I guess its claims of helping to regulate sebum synthesis were not too far-fetched after all for a purely botanical product. My skin also feels well-protected against the drying air-conditioning in my office. Although I’ve bought the small 15ml sized product, it has lasted me around 2 whole months since I only need to use so little of it each time. I can’t say that this is my holy grail product but I do like it enough to repurchase it.

Where can you find it?

I bought the product from Cult Beauty Online. It retails at £24.00 (15ml sized) and £60 (70ml sized).

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