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!

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