For a very long time now I have been looking into limiting the harsh chemicals some beauty products I use have especially the ones I tend to use on a daily basis like cleansers and moisturizers. So this past winter I went out and purchased a few Aubrey Organics products starting off with their Rose hip ( Rosa Mosqueta ) moisturizer for dry skin.
When I first tried this I was surprised to see how thick this moisturizer was especially for a facial moisturizer. It was winter and with all the artificial heat my skin was exposed to I thought the extra boost in moisture would not hurt. I paid $15 for a 4oz bottle at my local natural food store. I really love how creamy this moisturizer is and how it instantly absorbed into my skin with a light, soft and sweet scent. Unfortunately soon after, I started breaking out and was dealing with major breakouts. Knowing my skin hardly breaks out I immediately stopped using it. I have read that rose hip tends to be comedogenic meaning that it tends to clog pores especially for acne prone oily skin types, so I suppose that may have been one of the reasons why I may have reacted to it.
Despite my not so well experience with the moisturizer I decided to still give Aubrey organics another try this time using their Sea Buckthorn facial cleanser. I purchased this in combination dry skin since at the time I could not figure out my skin type which was kind of dry but then oily if that even makes sense. Like the rose hip moisturizer this cleanser is also very thick and creamy. At first I was a bit wary of a creamy cleanser because I tend to have a better experience with foam or gel cleansers. Once again I noticed that my face was breaking out along the hair line so after 2 weeks I stopped using it. This cleanser did a decent job at taking off my makeup on those light makeup days. This also took off most of my mascaras, however eyeshadow with primer would not come off as easily, so I would use olive oil first to wipe off most of the eyeshadow then use the cleanser. This is a very nice cleanser for those who wear light to moderate makeup. This cleanser is too creamy for my liking and skin type but if your skin is very dry this can be an ideal cleanser for you.
So last month after I ran out of my Dickinson’s toner I decided to purchase Aubrey’s Blue Green Algae Toner for combination oily skin and their sunscreen. So far I like this toner, no breakouts at all and my skin seems to be back to normal. I don’t see any radical or spectacular difference though. I would buy it again but the price is a bit steep for a toner ($8) that I can get for a cheaper price and basically provide me with the same results. So once I run out of Aubrey’s Blue Green Algae toner I will just go back to Dickinson’s toner or if I’m brave enough will finally make my homemade toner. We shall see.
I finally believe I figured out what the problem was with my skin and both the moisturizer and cleanser. I believe the coconut fatty acid base most of Aubrey Organics products are made up of is just too thick for my skin type which basically tends to be oily.
I did not think too much about the coconut fatty acid base but then realized that the sunscreen did not break me out, so I compared the ingredients and noticed that the sunscreen did not have the coconut fatty acid base like the cleanser and moisturizer did.
This sunscreen is SPF 20 and is ideal for both the face and body and I’m really loving this. So far It does not break me out nor does it contain the coconut fatty acid base my skin tends to dislike. Usually throughout the years I would go without sunscreen and would burn and get really red (I have the sun spots on my face to prove it), but with this sunscreen I got a real nice tan and no redness or burning feeling at all. I have tried this on my bare face and over light makeup and it absorbs quickly. However if you get heavy handed with it can get white at times. It has no scent I could capture and it almost feels like a moisturizer.
This is what most of the products looked like. Very thick and creamy, except for the sunscreen it’s not as thick and tends to have a watery consistency as well.
Overall I really like Aubrey Organics and will continue to try their products. Right now I’m curious about their eye cream and of course hair conditioners. The problem with my skin and Aubrey’s products is perhaps I just couldn’t quite figure out my skin type at the time and/or the coconut fatty acid base most of Aubrey’s products are made up of is just too thick for my skin type. I have been using the sunscreen almost daily and no breakouts at all so I’m sure it was the coconut fatty acid base breaking me out in which the sunscreen does not contain. I will give the Rose Hip moisturizer to my mom since she has “mature” skin and her skin tends to be dry at times. The cleanser will also be donated to her since it tends to be way too creamy for my liking and see how well it works out for her. So basically I’m back to square one in terms of my search for a truly natural skin care regimen. I’ll just stick with my oil of olay facial cleanser until I figure something out.
I was in no way compensated for this review. All products were bought and paid by me.
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