Megan at Essentielle Beauty asked if I’d be willing to test some new products she was releasing. From her email, I could tell she was looking for honest feedback. The line about what works can vary resonates, because there is no miracle on size fits all product. I also like Megan, so I hoped I could do an impartial review. Criticizing your friends is a lot harder than criticizing an unknown person’s work. My reviews are always my own, friend or not, and I can tell that Megan understands that. I’ve actually been exploring natural brands more than I used to, so this product test was right up my alley.
The items I received were a Raspberry Cream and a Lavender Balm. I emailed her for clarification on use. Her response did not specify whether they were for face or body, so I decided to try them on both. When I am sampling new products, I try to only use them and nothing else in the specified area. That not only gives me a chance to really test them, but it prevents my skin from getting irritated by using too many products on one area in a short period. At the time, I was not testing anything else for anyone, so this was possible. It also meant that while I planned to try them in all areas of my body, I also wanted to stick to one area as much as possible to give the best review.
They items arrived late in the day on 08/31/15, but I was under the weather. When I am sick, I try to avoid new products. A weakened immune system is not the best time to experiment. She mentioned the shelf life is less than traditional products with preservatives, so I did not want to put off the trial too long. By 09/08/15, I was on the mend, so I tried both for the first time.
Before bed, I applied the Raspberry Cream all over my face and only applied the Lavender Balm to the drier patches of my face. My first thought was I did not care for the scent on the Raspberry one. It was not so bad that I could not use it, and it luckily faded quickly. That, or I got used to the smell quickly. The Lavender Balm on the other hand smells like Christmas. While I cannot for the life of me smell any lavender in it, I do smell a spice that reminds me of Christmas. It could be nutmeg or something similar. Good smelling products always make me hungry, so do not apply this on an empty stomach. Hopefully, Megan can respond below with ingredients for these.
While I do not mind testing things where I am unsure on the ingredients, I know others need a list before they consider purchasing. Of course, there is also the possibility she will list the ingredients when she lists the product on her site. Right now, she is selling a $5 sampler pack. It includes four deluxe handmade samples, which based on the two I received are generously sized. The sizes of the tubs are 0.50oz and 1oz, and they were filled to the brim. The Raspberry cream is a face cream according to her website, so I probably should not have tested it on my body. Oops.
I have combination skin that is somewhat oily in my reverse T-zone (nose, chin, and jaw line). My cheeks are forehead get very dry. When my skin is too dry, my cheeks get tight and itchy. They need a lot of moisture. The Raspberry cream delivered. From one wash to the next, I found this cream did the trick. It did not irritate my skin, and it kept everything feeling moisturized. If you knew how many products failed my poor cheeks, you’d know that means this is a very moisturizing cream. This did great on the oily parts of my skin, too. Oil production did not increase while I was using this, and it did not look like an oil slick as some products do. The cream does have a slight shine, so I preferred it at night to the day time.
When I used it during the day time, my It Cosmetics No. 50 Serum Anti-Aging Foundation Primer paired well with this. My makeup looked no more shiny than when I use a matte moisturizer. That means other than the smell I am not fond of, I thoroughly enjoyed the cream.
On my body, the cream moisturized better than most regular body moisturizers. Now knowing that it’s for faces, I probably would not use it on my body again. If you really wanted to, nothing would stop you from doing so. It lasted all day and provided immediate dry skin relief.
The balm, while it smelled lovely, took a while to melt into the skin. That means I was only able to tolerate it twice on my face. I used it the first night as a spot treatment, and the second night by itself. Most people would not use a balm on their face, and I am not suggesting they should. On my body, I really liked it. It still took at least 20-30 minutes to melt into the skin, so I suggest waiting a while to get dressed if you’re using it all over your body. Yes, there was a day where I applied this balm all over. My skin felt incredible the rest of the day.
While it is not as thick and does not penetrate as deeply as my beloved Egyptian Magic, it provided intense moisture and makes me think of Christmas. I can see myself using it on dry spots on my body all winter long that are too dry for regular cream but not in need of the thicker Egyptian Magic. I can also see myself applying it all over my body again
These are both items I’d seriously consider purchasing (depending on the retail price) once I’ve used up items in my stash. At $5, the four piece sampler makes each item $1.25. I definitely recommend trying these for yourself. If you’re thinking of placing an order, remember to look at check all offers. See all Essentielle Beauty articles. View my main page for the guide map to the site and deeper deal exploration.