Helen of Pure Tincture had asked me to try MADARA Ecoface range of skin care since early last year but I declined then due to my acne issues. Since the acne has cleared, I’m more ready to try new products and that’s how I started on using this range about a month ago. The MADARA range of products including skin and body care products are certified by Ecocert and made in Latvia, a small country in Northern Europe in the Baltic region. According to the literature from the company, their products are made with cleavers green flowering plants with tiny white blossoms and starry leaves that are especially rich with active substances and extracts because these plants are forced to concentrate all of their energy on the short blossoming period as Northern summers are shorter and harsher.
As a whole, the ingredients are pretty agreeable to me. The only ingredient that I had some initial concerns were the alcohol even though it is natural ethyl alcohol or ethanol derived from grains. But I decided to cast that concern aside and agreed to test three of the products sent to me on a complimentary basis – MADARA FACE Deep Purifying Foam, MADARA FACE Deep Balance Toner and MADARA FACE Deep Moisture Fluid.
MADARA FACE Deep Purfying Foam 150ml S$39
This is a best seller in their slate and I can see why. It cleanses well and smells wonderful. It cleanses away light makeup but you will definitely need to double cleanse. So since it is a foam cleanser, I use this only in the mornings as I find it quite a waste to use for double cleansing. No tight or taut feeling after cleansing and face is soft and smooth afterwards.
MADARA FACE Deep Balance Toner 200ml S$32
Helen picked this toner for me because I have combination skin and when I first started since it, I thought my face felt dry. It was after the second usage that I realized it was a tightening effect as this has an effect of tightening the pores of our skin.
MADARA FACE Deep Moisture Fluid 50ml S$55
Usually I don’t like moisturizers because my preference is to use oil. However, this is fluid and not creamy and hence, is rather light for my combination skin. I didn’t feel much hydration but I would agree it softens the skin. I think my makeup looks quite nice on top of this moisturizer. The only thing is that it doesn’t have any SPF (but contains titanium dioxide) and so I still use my MVO sunscreen on top of this and now I know why some of you are complaining that it’s hard to blend the sunscreen. I had the same issue using it with this moisturizer. In the end, I just patted on the sunscreen.
I was surprised at how much I like this range of MADARA Ecoface Face care series. First of all, the clean product packaging gets my attention and are user friendly. Second, the three products all smell very pleasant like plant extracts. Finally, they are easy to use and even though they contain grain alcohol, they do not dry up my skin – but I still wish they don’t have this ingredient at all. My skin did not break out using the products and I would describe the overall feeling as “just nice” for my combination skin. I also think the price is fairly reasonable and not pricey – something to recommend for daily skin care routine. Perhaps I might move on to try some of their cosmetics in time.
MADARA Ecoface range, which includes products for face and body, are available at Pure Tincture, a company based in Singapore but offers international shipping. For more information, check out their website.