As you may have seen in my Nourish Balance Mini Kit review, for some reason my skin decided to have a slight disagreement with the Balance Serum, but no fear! The Nourish team are so amazing, they sent me over the Relax Serum to try instead! I’m pleased to say that this review has a much happier ending!
I never really thought of myself as having sensitive skin… rather just that my skin is particularly choosy about what it absorbs and what it doesn’t. The Relax Serum is aimed at those with sensitivities, and for this reason I normally wouldn’t have gone for it if I was just shopping online, but I’m really pleased that Dr Pauline (Curator of the products) saw outside the box and suggested to send it over!
The serum has quite a thin consistency, which means it’s very light on the skin and a little goes a long way, again making it fantastic value for money at only £16.95. It has a gorgeous Lavender scent, which is really soothing for my pre-bedtime skincare routine. I am delighted to say that my skin absorbs it a treat! Within about 5 minutes my skin is smooth and soft again, with no stickiness in sight. The light gel also has a slight cooling effect, which again is relaxing and gentle – especially great if you have skin prone to blemishes.
The active ingredients in this serum really bring home the benefits of making the transition to a more natural skincare regime. Whereas most ‘main steam’ cosmetics are loaded full of cancer causing chemicals, this product actually contains Carrot Root Powder, which is great for reducing the risk of cancer! Another active ingredient is Ginger Root Powder, which is excellent for reducing irritation and again, calming down inflammation if you struggle with problem skin.
I really like this serum, used alongside the rest of my Nourish products, it helps to maintain an even complexion, which is super important with winter rearing its ugly head! I would definitely recommend this product if you have sensitive skin or struggle to absorb rich, heavy products. Along with the rest of the Nourish range it also has anti-aging properties, which is a definite bonus. Never a bad thing to start early!
Are you using anything from the Nourish range? Let me know your thoughts!
This week I have had the pleasure of trying out the Nourish Balance Mini Kit! Please read on to see what I thought of each product. You can also read more information on Nourish here in my previous post
Balance Detoxifying Cleanser – 94% Organic
A very simple cream cleanser, with a light texture and intriguing aroma!
I must say, I’m not always a massive fan of cream cleansers, I usually like to exfoliate a little when cleansing my skin, but this product was
surprisingly enjoyable to use! It is a very light cream, which needs to be applied with a cotton wool pad (organic if possible), and when I used this on my skin, I absorbed the product really quickly, which gave me the impression it is quite deep cleansing cleanser, even for a cream! The cotton wool pad also absorbed it rather well, so I used around 3-4 pumps from my little bottle.
The balance range has a really subtle apple scent, which is quite different for skincare product, but it smells really purifying and uplifting! It makes a pleasant change to the usual lavender oriented more calming products. The cleanser needs to be removed using cool/warm water, this is great for the skin as using hot water can actually increase oil production and is harsh on the skin, so very fitting for the balance range. After rinsing the cleanser off my face with a muslin cloth, it felt very soft and looked fresh, but felt the tiniest bit dry, which was soon rectified by using the rest of the products in the range.
Balance Refining Toning Mist – 97% Organic
Again, another very uplifting and energising product! The directions suggest spraying directly onto your face and letting it dry naturally, this is a really refreshing method of applying a toner, if you haven’t done it before definitely give it a try! I did give my face a little sweep over with an organic cotton wool pad afterwards just to get rid of the excess, and once dry my skin felt incredibly soft, and again looked very fresh leaving my complexion looking balanced. Results really are instant with this range!
What I love about the Nourish range is how obviously natural the products are! I have absolute faith in using these products around my eyes, which gives me confidence in the safe ingredients.
Balance Essential Moisturiser – 89% Organic
One thing I have to admit is that I’m not a great advocate of moisturisers. I have always found each one to be too heavy, sticky, rich
, thick… you name it – I’ve just never found one suitable for my skin! I tend to use oils where possible, as I do my skincare routine at night it doesn’t matter too much if I’m left with a bit of a residue in the morning as it just comes off in the shower.
I was however very impressed with this product. At first when I was using it I did feel as though I wasn’t absorbing it well enough and it left me feeling a bit greasy before bed, but when I spoke to the Nourish team they suggested that I simply used less of it and low and behold, improvement was noticed! It made me worry a little bit that all my moisturiser concerns are simply because I have been using too much product, but this cream is noticeably different to most moisturisers aimed at my skin type (combination/oily/unbalanced). It has a very light texture, but isn’t a gel which is great as it still has a feel of luxury to it. I used about a pea sized amount for my whole face, which is quite impressive, and of course makes the products even better value for money which is fantastic.
This product was a bit of a revelation for me, so I was very, very pleased and look forward to having perfectly moisturised and nourished skin for the foreseeable future!
Balance Nutritious Peptide Serum – 80% Organic
I love serums; there is always something that feels so luscious and luxurious about them. They are absorbed by the epidermis – this is great because it means they are genuinely moisturising, whereas some moisturisers can only create the illusion by sitting on top of the skin.
I’m sad to say that surprisingly the Balance serum didn’t quite work for me. It left my skin feeling a little sticky, which isn’t out of the ordinary, this has happened even with toning waters – my face is very picky about what it likes! Although this serum wasn’t quite right for me, I have persisted and used it a few times since as I’m still sure that the ingredients are beneficial to my skin!
What I am pleased to say is that when I spoke to the Nourish team about my experience with the serum, they were incredibly speedy in rectifying the issue. Before I had even replied to the email I had another product on its way to me in the post!
I have been absolutely blown away by the amazing customer service delivered by the team! I have been looked after incredibly well, and they seem to have a genuine interest in how I am getting on with the products. To me this shows great faith in their range, and a dedication to research and improvement. They also have an understanding that each customer is different and may need to mix and match the products. I know this seems obvious, but one thing I can’t stand is companies blaming the customers’ skin for any problems with their purchases, Nourish really are a cut above the rest! My Balance serum is being replaced with the Relax Hydrating Peptide Serum, and I look forward to updating you with the results!
The Nourish Balance Mini Kit Retails for £24.99, which I think is great value. I think this would give around 2/3 months usage in the cleanser and toner, and a little longer for the serum and moisturiser. You can buy one here!
Watch this space for my review on the Nourish Golden Glow Illuminating Face Shimmer and the Relax Hydrating Peptide Serum!
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This week I was lucky enough to have a chat with natural beauty company Nourish Skincare! I must admit their products have been on my skincare hoard hit list for quite some time after seeing them on Ethical Superstore (if you haven’t found this site yet, get on it, it’s amazing!). One of my most annoying flaws is my inability to resist good packaging and branding, so obviously Nourish is a company that certainly stuck in my mind and niggled away for a while.
I thought it would be wise to start with a bit of a background check before I get onto my product review, just because Nourish have such a great approach to skincare and I think it warrants its own post!
One thing that I consider to be hugely important about skincare products is the R&D to ensure it is suitable for our modern lifestyles, so it doesn’t just end up as a load of ingredients thrown together to sound and smell lovely, but not actually have much of a benefit to our skin. Nourish was founded by Dr Pauline Hili, who had an understanding for exactly this. She took a bit of a scientific approach to formulating the products and decided on four ranges to cover all bases, which are: Balance for combination skin, Radiance for normal skin, Relax for sensitive skin and Protect for dry skin. There are also some bolt on products, such as the Argan Collection and the Golden Glow Illuminating Face Shimmer.
Nourish use innovative plant extracts to protect, support and stimulate our skin’s natural processes; the skincare range empowers the skin to naturally resist the signs of ageing and stimulates the production of healthy cells. Dr Hili has a belief that what you put on your skin not only affects its appearance, but also reflects in your body and mood. This means that the products contain lots of naturally enriching ingredients with plenty of health benefits – perfect! Here is a brief overview of some of these:
Balance for Combination Skin
The balance range is fortified with a vitamin and mineral blend to help support skin’s natural metabolism without over stimulating. This range purifies and tones, so skin is left refreshed and hydrated. These products contain vitamins B3,5 and 6 which all promote energised, moisturised and healthy skin function. They also have a fresh and energising apple aroma!
Protect for Dry Skin
This range contains phyto-actives which have superior antioxidant abilities as well as moisture enhancing properties to protect your skin from the hostile surroundings of pollution exposure and stress. Perfect for those city dwellers amongst you!
Radiance for Normal Skin
Radiance products are infused with alpine foxberry, which contains brightening properties and helps to even the skin tone, as well as Tonka bean extract which naturally helps to reflect light to boost your skins luminosity. This range will help skin appear healthy, youthful and bright.
Relax for Sensitive Skin
Products from the Relax range features a blend of soothing and replenishing plant extracts to care for sensitive skin and is designed to help resist damage and restore healthy skin. This range incorporates carrot, which is rich in betacarotene, helping to protect skin cells. As well as this ginger extract soothes irritation and helps protects the skin from sensitivity whilst the lavender aroma calms and soothes.
Check back for my Nourish Product review coming soon!