I was introduced to UK-based Elemental Herbology range of products when I visited Sccube The Apothecary for a facial in August. While not organic, the range is 95 per cent natural, containing botanical, mineral and marine ingredients. What’s also interesting about the range is that the products are formulated under three categories – Summer Daily Essentials, Winter Daily Essentials and Essential Skin Therapy – because founder, Kristy Goodger, understands that our skin changes according to the seasons. We don’t have the different seasons in Singapore so obviously the Essential Skin Therapy range works best for us to nurture over-exposed skin all year round.
Intensively hydrating overnight mask
Because of a special 20% extended to the media, I bought the Elemental Herbology Biodynamic Facial Souffle, which retails originally at S$110. I was looking for an overnight hydrating mask and this one seems to fit the bill as it’s described as an intensively hydrating and reparative mask, ideal for nourishing parched, overexposed skin. As it is formulated to be rich in amino acids, collagen and reparative botanicals, this cream is said to help soothe, plump and hydrate the skin to reveal a dewy, fresh and vibrant complexion. Hence, it is particularly ideal for travelling and soothing sunburn.
The ingredient list is rather long and the first two ingredients are aqua and glycerin, which didn’t excite me for an upmarket product. But as a whole, the formulation seems interesting and the idea of slathering something containing marine collagen and allantoin kind of intrigued me.
Elemental Herbology Biodynamic Facial Souffle comes in a 50ml jar. Personally, I don’t quite like products in jars because the potency of the ingredients can degrade far more quickly each time the jar is open. In addition, there is also the risk of product contamination. One way to counteract this problem is to transfer some of the product into a smaller container but since I only use this souffle once or twice a week, I left the product as it is in the jar and use a spatula to scoop the cream for each usage.
Texture and scent
Just like the name, this facial souffle looks and feels rich on contact but is actually quite lightweight because it sinks in very quickly when applied. This is best applied when your face is slightly damp with toner or after a shower. Even though I always apply a generous amount on my face and neck, my skin did not feel greasy or sticky. The souffle has a pleasant light calendula scent and should appeal to most people quite easily.
After application effects
I was initially a bit worried that my acne prone skin might break out after using this. However, my worries were unfounded. I can use this up to twice a week, especially after exfoliation or after using a clarifying face mask. I can’t say that my skin is more radiant after using this but I do notice the slight plumbing effects and an overall dewy complexion the morning after. No greasiness, no oilness and no breakouts! So yes, I like this product and would recommend this for anyone looking at an overnight hydrating cream and do not mind the
slightly higher price point.
Natural formulation made without animal testing
All the products under Elemental Herbology are formulated to be free of mineral oils, synthetic fragrance and colours, sulphates, PABA sun screens and paraben preservatives. Additionally, the company also supports recycling and protection of the environment and do not test their products on animals. The products are considered mid to high range as a few of the items cost around S$100 each.
Elemental Herbology Biodynamic Facial Souffle can be purchased at Sccube The Apothecary located at #05-25A Takashimaya Shopping Centre or #03-19A, The Centrepoint.
What’s your favorite overnight hydrating mask?
Any of you used this product? Or perhaps you can share with us about your favorite overnight hydrating mask?