Despite the simple no frills packaging, this new range of skin care products pack a punch with potent ingredients such as Vitamin C, Organic Gotu Kula, Bee Propolish, Royal Jelly, Organic Green Tea, and Vitamin A amongst others. Dubbed “The Pure Natural Skincare”, they are formulated by the Green People Corporation in US, founded by two women who are passionate about healthy lifestyle and overall well-being. I was sent four products in the range for a complimentary review but today I’ll only discuss three of them, leaving out the Vitamin C Eye Gel for a future review under my eye care series.
The Pure Natural Skincare aims to be non-toxic and use mostly a mix of natural, naturally derived and organically certified ingredients without parabens, urea, 1,4-dioxane, petrochemicals, MEA/DEA/TEA, petroleum based sulfates, synthetic fragrances containing phthalates, synthetic colors, and chelators. Products are also not tested on animals.
Although this cleanser is not formulated with SLS or SLES, it comes with 6 different surfactants; namely Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamide MIPA, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, and Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate. So it does lather up well enough to cleanse my skin. I really wish I can say I love this one because it did deliver what it promises, and that is to refine the texture and appearance of skin. But unfortunately, this is the cleanser I had to abandon after a week of usage because it stung my eyes so badly that it took them a few minutes to recover after each wash. I had thought the sting might be temporary and that’s why I persisted awhile more but in the end, I decided that it was just not worth putting my eyes through that sort of strain. Plus, the smell is quite bad to me. I am not sure exactly what caused my eyes to be stung by the cleanser but when I did a pH level testing on this cleanser, it is neutral at around 7. So even though this one is said to be suitable for all skin types, I truly can’t vouch for it.
I had high hopes on this product because this is lightweight facial serum loaded with bee products (Bee Propolis, Royal Jelly and Honey) along with vitamins and antioxidants from botanicals and amino acid proteins. It comes with a rather pleasant bee product smell that isn’t too strong and is slightly gel like but is not sticky. When applied, it instantly gets absorbed into the skin and I find my skin looking rather dewy and fresh in the morning. I love this product and sometimes use this with my facial oil and sometimes I use it with The Pure Vitamin C Facial Moisturizer. It’s also practically contained in a dropper glass bottle although I don’t like that it is transparent.
Vitamin C Facial Moisturizer 2oz US$34
This is described as a lightweight nourishing moisturizer rich in vitamin C and botanicals. It absorbs easily into the skin but I didn’t find it all that moisturizing for my skin type. So on some nights, I ventured to use this with my facial oil but they didn’t agree as I broke out some and I realized that I can only use this facial moisturizer on its own or with the Plant Bio-Active Serum. This product might have helped even out my skin tone as one of the claims of this product is that it can help reduce age spots and skin blotches. However, I wish to qualify that I only use this on some nights and I’m also using products in the day that help with reducing sun spots. But one of the thing that I dislike about this product is the packaging – an open jar that isn’t all that hygienic to use and allows for quick product degradation.
Other than the cleanser, I have to say I like this range quite a bit because the ingredients are suitable to address my pigmentation concerns and I see some positive results having use the products since early January in the night. However, I don’t use these products all that consistently because when I started on this range, the skin around my nose peeled a little and I had to stop for a few nights before resuming. In addition, I also like to state that I’m also using a facial oil with Astaxanthin along with this range and so, I cannot validate that all improvements to my skin are due solely to this range.
Now, some of you may have noticed that while I love the Plant Bio-Active Serum, I didn’t give it a full 5 heart ratings. The reason is because the product contains vitamin A. In fact, all the products that I received under The Pure Natural Skincare contains vitamin A, which I have a love-hate relationship. Additionally, I am not too hot about the packaging of the products as they are housed in transparent bottles or containers, which means light can penetrate through the products quite easily. Otherwise, I would recommend this range as they’re formulated with the potent ingredients at fairly affordable prices. But other than the Vitamin C range, you can also find a botanical range listed on their website, which I suppose is milder in formulation.