Knowing that I had been on the lookout for some new natural cosmetics, Purity Organic Skincare kindly sent me a selection of their products to try. I hadn't previously heard of the brand until I found them on Twitter where I have been keeping my eyes peeled for some new organic skincare companies. I've been using this skincare for a week now and have really enjoyed experimenting with the new products.
Here are the six products which I have been using, separated into the ones which I use in the morning (left) and the ones which I use at night (right).
After excitedly tearing into my pack of goodies, I decided that although the packaging looked very clean, it was very basic and probably never would have caught my eye in a store. Also, despite the name, it didn't strike me as looking organic or natural (whatever that might entail). I think that I have come to associate organic and natural products with the idea of luxury and this didn't look to me like a high-end product. After looking on the website however, I realised why: these products are incredibly affordable! Purity Organic Skincare seems to be redressing the 'elitest' barrier associated with organic skincare by pricing each of these everyday products at under a tenner. Finally!
All of the Purity products are fragrance free to ensure that they are suitable for even the most sensitive of skin types but this facial wash has a very mild fresh scent to it which was lovely to use in the mornings. I was surprised that the face wash transformed from this light liquid into a white creamy lather. I'm usually paranoid that when a face wash lathers, it's using artificial chemicals to strip my skin and will dry it out but this uses a naturally derived ingredient, Xanthan gum, to create the lather and my skin felt nothing but clean after use.
It has been a long time since I have used a facial exfoliator. Generally, I will just have a really good scrub with my Liz Earle Muslin Cloth but I was quite excited to try this as it uses ground coconut shell as the exfoliant within a blend including coconut oil which I thought was a great idea. As I have fairly delicate skin, I am always careful to avoid exfoliators which are too 'deep cleansing' as I don't want to scratch my skin with harsh beads and potentially introduce bacteria. This exfoliator was very easy to rub in as the 'bits' spread easily. The formulation is gentle enough to use daily (as Purity assured me) but I found I didn't have to use it that regularly. I used it 2 or 3 times this week (mainly because I just enjoyed using it) and now have very smooth skin. I will definitely continue using this product.
Anti-aging Serum & Mask
This was the most unusual of all of the Purity Organic Skincare products. When I opened the tub, I decided that it looked like a kind of milk jelly and when I stuck my finger into it, it was quite gloopy; not the muddy clay-like texture which I have experienced with a lot of face masks. After covering my face in a thick layer of slime, I relaxed for 10 minutes before I rinsed it off with warm water. I found that the thinner areas of the mask had started to harden slightly which made me feel like it was working some kind of magic. My skin was very soft afterwards and I am looking forward to trying this product for a second time. I will probably use this as a weekly treatment.
My only criticism is that I was a little confused by the directions on the tub which instructed me to 'either rinse off or leave on' which I felt was a little misleading and a pointless 'direction'. There was no way that I could have gone around all day with this on my face! I looked a little like I had emerged from an alien pod. After doing a little research on their website however, I think they meant that it can also be left on as an overnight treatment which I'm sure would have great results.
I am particularly fond of the ingredients list which includes Rosewater to tone, Cranberry Seed Oil with Omega 3, 6 & 9 and Vitamin E.
I wouldn't usually choose to buy a moisturiser which is 'anti-aging' as I still have young(ish) skin but I suppose you have to start sometime. I have heard wonderful things about the affects of rosehip seed oil on your skin and so this, as well as some of the other ingredients, really appealed to me. The butter-like texture of this moisturiser reminded me of Body Shop's body butter and I worried at first that it may be too heavy. I was very happy to find that it spread and absorbed easily and made my skin feel very hydrated. No complaints!
Conditioning Cleansing Lotion - make-up remover
This is now the first product that I use each evening. I love the feeling of stripping off my makeup and I love it even more with this product. The milky liquid is so easy to massage into my face, is very gentle around my eyes and doesn't feel like it drags my skin at all. I remove it with a muslin cloth and all of my mascara comes off with it. It's such an easy product to use and does a really good job. I really like that there is rosewater in this to help tone my skin. I think I will introduce an additional toner back into my evening skin routine though as I really like to see that all of the grime has gone.
Finally, I will follow my evening cleansing routine with
Regenerating Overnight Moisturiser
. The consistency of this cream is the same buttery texture as the anti-aging moisturiser which again, had me concerned that I would wake up with an shiny, oily face but for the first time in months, my skin was clean and matte in the morning! I use this on my face, neck and chest every night now.
I have to say I have been very pleasantly surprised by the Purity Organic Skincare range which I have been using. It has been great fun to form a whole new routine and see how it has affected my skin. I am usually very dubious of using a new product, let alone an entire range, but it was great to have products which complimented each other so well. As these products are so reasonably priced too, I will definitely be recommending them to friends.
Had you heard of this brand before or tried any of the products? Which product from this range appeals to you most?