After testing the lavender balm and raspberry cream, Megan from Essentielle Beauty asked if I’d be willing to test some more. She had some new formulas with Christmas in mind. I love Christmas, but I really love all the scents released in products around the holidays in general. My package, which included a Chocolate Face Cream, a Peppermint Face Cream, and a Gingerbread Face cream arrived on 09/28/15. They were all labeled face creams this time, so I was not going to make the same mistake of applying it to my body like I did the last time. That sample tube was huge. Even with two body applications, I still had enough leftover for several applications on my face.
The note explained why she sent small tubs, and I understand. Besides, now that I know these are only for my face, it is not like I need a lot to test them out. Unless a cream has anti-aging properties, it does not take long to see what you think of them. This is enough to review.
Sadly, the Chocolate Face Cream did not fully survive the commute. Our weather was finally starting to cool down before a brief change in temperature sent us back to triple digits, which is odd for Fall, even in Vegas. Her note said she was thinking of removing the honey. She did let me know (once I published this article) that the honey has been removed from the formula. I think the honey may have been what melted in this. Looking at the color of the stains on the note and the envelope, it looks like honey. She said the ingredients list is on the website, but I have yet to pinpoint the ingredients that cause reactions in my skin. Unless I react something, I generally do not look into the ingredient list. When something is natural, it rarely has many ingredients overall, and I love trying natural products like these creams.
My skin was a wreck when the creams arrived. When my skin is going through anything, I try not to use new products. New products can make my skin worse, because I do not know how they will react. They also can get judged unfairly if they do not immediately fix the problem. That is a lot of pressure for something brand new. After waiting nearly a month for my skin to improve, it was obvious my skin had other plans. These are natural products, so they do not have a long shelf life. That meant I had to try them anyway despite the skin issues.
I started with chocolate, because the melting probably changed the formula and shortened the shelf-life. It was somewhat hardened compared to the other two creams and even looked drastically different from when it arrived. It did not look bad though, so it was not even as thick as many creams are naturally. Luckily, the leaked fluid did not prevent the cream from being extremely moisturizing. Megan at Essentielle Beauty has mastered making a moderately light weight cream that penetrates deeply to moisturize from within. They are seriously magical in that sense. Thick creams feel wonderful, and I will never completely get rid of them, but they can clog pores. That makes using them on already wrecked skin so much worse.
I hate the smell of the chocolate cream. It did not stink to high heavens when it arrived (it was all over the paper so I could smell it), so I wonder if the liquid that oozed out changed the smell or if it always smells this way when you get a whiff of the entire cream. Scent is a personal thing, so it is possible this may not smell as bad to someone else. Thankfully, within 10-15 minutes, the smell either dissipates or I become accustomed to it, because it is totally fine after that. Unless I get a hold of the new formulation to sample, I am done with the chocolate.
The Gingerbread Face Cream smells divine. It really smells like Gingerbread. Although I am not a fan of eating Gingerbread, I adore the way it smells. Coffee beans and coconut have the same effect in that I love the way they smell even though I do not care for the way they taste. Like all four creams I’ve sampled for Megan, it is deeply moisturizing. I find myself applying more than I need to moisturize, because I love the scent and it really makes me think of Christmas.
The Peppermint Face Cream intrigued me, because I cannot recall ever using peppermint on my face. I do not check ingredients the way I probably should, so it is possible I have. It is the ingredient in many of my favorite foot items, including my beloved June Jacobs Foot Cream. Like all the other creams, it deeply moisturizes. This cream is thicker than the gingerbread but not as thick as the chocolate. The smell really reminds me of peppermint, which is very nice. I prefer Gingerbread scents to peppermint, so this cream comes in just below the other one, even though I prefer its slightly thicker consistency.
If you’re looking for a simple, natural cream that is not too thick but deeply moisturizing, I highly suggest trying one of Megan’s hand-made creams at Essentielle Beauty. Experiment with the different scents until you find one you love, but the consistency and quality across the line (at least the four I’ve tried) is wonderful. They all penetrate and will keep you moisturized until your next wash even if your skin is dry. She is currently offering a four piece sample pack for $3! Fingers crossed you get Gingerbread in your randomly selected set, but if you do not, I think at least one of the four will be a hit for you. Peppermint is my runner-up from the four I’ve tried, so I think you will be happy with that as well.
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I'm Kimberly. Shopping is always more fun when I've found the best deal available, so I am always on the hunt. My father instilled that in me, and I love that I carry a piece of him. Sometimes, my husband and sons (12 and 7) let me shop for them, too. They do not use as many beauty products as I do. We can all benefit from nice products, even though their routine ends with moisturizer. That is when I can convince my 12-year-old to apply it.