Instead of having the products divided into categories of skin type, EH have the range divided by season, I found this interesting and when I thought about how my own skin changes over the year, an extremely good idea. The concept seems to be very much about protecting against the elements.
I emailed the brands website to ask for some ingredient lists and was suitably impressed when I got an almost instant friendly response with the requested ingredients and an offer to send out samples. I decided to buy the Cleansing balm and Flower Harmonising Mist but asked for a sample of the Cell Plumping Facial hydrator.
The Purify & Soothe Cleansing balm 75ml (£28), is very thick and has a smooth texture.
It gently dissolves makeup (including mascara without making you eyes go blurry).
Amongst the ingredients it contains Marshmallow to hydrate and soften; Strawberry Cells rich in fresh fruit enzymes to help shed dead skin cells; Sacha Inchi Oil which is a rich source of omega 3, 6 and 9 and Vitamin E rich Argan Oil.
I have found this a joy for my dry, reactive skin. I can attest to its soothing abilities as I have been using it over a nasty breakout I had (after using Oilatum Natural Face Cream) and also when my little boy came home with orange pen all over his face, which we couldn’t get off. I reached for this balm as I couldn’t think of what else to use. His cheeks were really red, extremely dry and irritated and this balm took off all the orange and caused him no discomfort. His skin was left soft and the redness eased. I’m not going to start my little boy on a skincare regime before you get worried but I was rather impressed and would use this again on him if the nursery decided to give him non washable pens again!
Purify & Soothe Ingredients:
Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride*, Hydrogenated Vegetable (Soya Bean) Oil*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax*, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Peel Powder*, Plukenetia Volubilis (Sacha Inchi) Oil*, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract*, Canola Oil*, Fragaria Vesca (Strawberry) Fruit Extract*, Narcissus Poeticus Flower Wax*, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Althaea Officinalis Root Extract*, Angelica Archangelica Root Oil*, Boswellia Carterii Oil*, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil*, Maltodextrin*, Citronellol*, Geraniol*, Limonene*, Linalool*. *Ingredients derived from 100% natural source
The Cell Plumping Facial hydrator SPF 8 50ml (£40) is meant to Plump, hydrate and repair parched,overexposed winter skin. I initially didn’t buy this as I thought it would be very heavy and was concerned about the Maris Sal, as although quite far down the ingredients list, I always break out if a product has sodium chloride in it, I'd be interested to know if sea salt and sodium chloride are exactly the same?
However, I got no break outs and after using my samples I bought the full size one. The texture is quite thick, however it sinks in extremely quickly with no greasiness. It provides just enough moisture for my dry skin, however I don’t think it would be enough for those with very dry skin. It contains anti-oxidants, marine actives and soothing botanicals. I think this is a good cream to soothe winter skin.
Cell Plumping Ingredients:
Rosa Damascena Flower Water*, Aqua*, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (SPF 12), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil*, Cetearyl Alcohol*, Ceteareth-6 Olivate*, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Glyceryl Stearate*, Glycerin*, Plukenetia Volubilis (Sacha Inchi) Oil*, Rosa Canina Seed Oil*, Panthenol (Vitamin B3), Soluble Collagen*, Pearl Powder*, Ubiquinone, Royal Jelly*, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil*, Avena Strigosa Seed Extract*, Paniceum Milliaceum (Millet) Seed Extract*, Malpighia Glabra (Acerola) Fruit Extract*, Lecithin*, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), PEG-100 Stearate*, Cetearyl Glucoside*, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil*, Oryzanol*, Arginine*, Maris Sal*, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Disodium EDTA, Maltodextrin*, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tannic Acid*, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Citral*, Citronellol*, Geraniol*, Limonene*, Linalool*. *Ingredients derived from 100% natural source
I was initially using the Flower Harmonising Mist Facial tonic 50ml (£20) as a toner but then decided it might be more beneficial if I just left it on my skin after I sprayed it. Its made from Pure Rose Damask Water and Rose Damask Essential Oil. It feels comforting and makes my skin feel soft.
Flower Harmonising Mist ingredients:
Rosa Damascena Flower Water*, Glycerin*, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil*, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil*, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Citral (source essential oil), Eugenol(source essential oil), Geraniol (source essential oil), Citronellol (source essential oil), Linalool (source essential oil)
* Ingredients derived from 100% natural source
None of these items have broken me out nor caused my sensitive skin any reactions. Note that all the products seems to have a natural fragrance, probably the flower oils. I think all of them are particularly suited to my dry, easily irritated and sensitive skin. I am on my second Mist and Cleanser now so its a definite thumbs up from me.
I bought these from SpaceNK and I think that is the only site that stocks the brand.
Here is the website for more information http://www.elementalherbology.com/