Top 10 splurge-worthy luxury products, featuring La Prairie, Guerlain, Vintner’s Daughter, Charlotte Tilbury, and more

Guerlain Spring 2017 Meteorites 30th anniversary review

On this blog, I feature a ton of beauty products all the time. A lot of them are luxury products, some of them are worth buying, others not so much. I wanted to do a quick roundup of some of the luxury products truly worth picking up, and also give you guys a quick guide as to what to invest your money in to get the best bang for your buck.

  1. La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer and Foundation* (C$295 for 30mL) – Starting this list with a bang is my all-time favourite luxury foundation. I’ve talked about this a ton on the blog, and you can see my original in-depth review here. This is what I use when I need a guaranteed good skin day and night. It lasts all day and into the evening, and wears beautifully on the skin. It is expensive, and the price has actually gone up since the last time I reviewed it. Your foundation covers your face for usually 12+ hours a day, you really want something that will not just cover up your skin, but also treat it at the same time. If $300 is just way too much for you, I also love Guerlain Parure Gold foundation. It doesn’t have quite the level of skincare benefits in it, but it also gives me a flawless complexion that I can count on.
  2. Guerlain Meteorites Pearls* (C$76) – I love these and I’ve talked about them extensively on the blog as well (one review here). They are the perfect finishing powder to give you a blurred, glow from within look. They are truly the real life Instagram filter. I love them so much that I own four jars of the Pearls from the different releases, as well as two variations of the pressed version (the first few I purchased myself so I’m not just saying that because I received some as PR samples!). If you have the extra budget, the Meteorites Voyage Compact is the ultimate luxury version, but will set you back C$200.
  3. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow (C$80) – My favourite bronzing, sculpting, and highlighting compact, reviewed here. Actually, my favourite highlighter of all time. Mine actually cracked recently and the highlight is now missing a big corner of it, so I can’t travel with it. I’m so devastated that I might actually go pick up a brand new one just so I can take it around with me.
  4. Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum* (C$240 for 30mL) – The ultimate in face oils, this is the best of the best. I originally reviewed it here, so you can hear my backstory about how I started using this. I love this for when I have tired, stressed, dry, or angry skin that just won’t cooperate. It has amazing active ingredients in it, and is so nourishing. It feels amazing on the skin, both during application and afterwards, and then the morning after. It also smells incredible. I use this whenever I need that extra oomph!Guerlain Spring 2017 Meteorites 30th anniversary reviewLa Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer + Foundation review
  5. May Lindstrom The Blue Cocoon (US$180 for 50mL) – Another favourite face oil / balm is this blue cult favourite. I’ve talked about May’s products repeatedly on the blog, and I can’t rave about it enough with my friends. I love using this when my skin is feeling congested, as it has amazing healing and soothing properties. Compared to Vintner’s Daughter ABS, it’s lighter and more soothing, less nourishing. Both are moisturizing, but I like them for different purposes. I love using this to de-stress, and the scent alone calms me. Yes you need both, yes both are simply amazing.
  6. La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil* (C$430 for 30mL) – The last oil on this list, this relies on high tech and science, rather than natural botanicals. Different than the other two, I love this one for its versatility. It is a very lightweight oil that dries down almost immediately, with no residue or leftover greasy feeling. It’s fantastic for mixing in with your foundation or moisturizer, or used on its own. It also smells really fresh, and I love that for my mornings when I want something lighter. I mostly use this in the morning, compared to the other two that I use exclusively at night.
  7. Diptyque Room Spray (C$89 for 150mL) – I used to love burning candles, until I got my princess Noodles the Siamese cat, and then I got really paranoid about candles because she might hurt herself (or burn our home down if she accidentally knocks one over). I fell in love with Diptyque Room Spray on my trip to New York. The one I picked up was Baies (berries, which is scented with rose and blackcurrant), and it smells so good. One spritz is all you need for a medium sized room and it lasts a really long time. The bottle is pricey but we’ve used it every night since we’ve been back from New York and we’ve barely made a dent. I plan on picking up Figuier next; that was boyfriend’s preferred scent when we went to try it out, but I really loved Baies and have been wanting a Baies candle for a long time, so I had to get it. Well now I have an excuse to pick up Figuier too!
  8. Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser* (C$104 for 125mL) – The only cleanser on this list because I don’t generally believe in splurging in cleansers, but this one is SO GOOD. It’s a physical scrub and enzyme-based cleanser in one, and it’s pretty much the only physical scrub I use. I actually have the 50mL one because I couldn’t bear to spend over $100 on a cleanser, and I’ve been using it sparingly. I really love it, and you can also layer it with the Resurfacing Mask for a deeper cleanse.
  9. T3 Featherweight Blow Dryer (C$320) – I’ve never talked about this on my blog, but I have a T3 Dryer that I purchased from Sephora in 2012, and it’s still my favourite hair tool. I’ve used other blow dryers after that but I always still go back to this one. It’s lightweight, relatively quiet, hot, and dries my hair in record time. I have the older, original model, the current one is the Featherweight 2i, so I don’t know how this one performs, but I really love the original. With a good hair dryer, you save yourself a lot of time every time you wash your hair.
  10. Laura Mercier Body Souffle (C$72 for 355mL) – It’s a pain for me to say this because for a body cream, it is SO exorbitantly expensive. It is so good though, which is why I have to put it on this list. I purchased a set of six minis during the holidays, which came with six different “flavours” of the famous LM Body Souffle. I really wish I didn’t, but I fell in love so quickly that I had to buy the full size. Thankfully I did have the $20 VIB gift voucher from Sephora so I paid “only” $52 for this. I love this stuff because it’s so moisturizing, but it absorbs really quickly without feeling sticky. I have perpetually dry skin and this body moisturizer lasts until I wash it off, leaving my skin feel silky and hydrated, and also prevents itching. I compared it with the Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum cream that a lot of people are obsessing over, but I actually prefer this one. The Bum Bum cream leaves weird residue on my skin that never fully absorbs, whereas this one will absorb fully. Both smell AMAZING, but the Bum Bum cream scent will pretty much never dissipate, whereas this dissipates after an hour or so (which is my preference).

In terms of products I generally don’t prefer to spend too much money on, those are usually products that get washed off, such as cleansers or body washes. I review some luxury cleansers but only a select few will get the thumbs up from me, and usually because it does more than just cleanse. I generally use pretty inexpensive body products; I will buy LUSH shower gel but that’s pretty much it.

Facial mists are the other thing that I don’t spend too much money on, there are a select few that I think are worth the price (such May Lindstrom The Jasmine Garden), but I won’t necessarily go out of my way to purchase it. You can get pretty inexpensive facial mists that do the same thing, and I’d rather spend my money on something more potent like serums or moisturizers. I was recently gifted a tube of Marvis toothpaste. They are $12 for a small-ish size tube here. While it’s a nice splurge once in a while, I don’t think it’s a total necessity, and in my personal opinion, I’d rather buy cheap toothpaste, then pool the savings together over a year and buy myself a nice serum, you know?

What are some luxury splurges you love?

Products that were provided by PR are denoted with *, others were purchased by me. All opinions are my own.


Tata Harper Top 8


One of my all time favourite skincare products definitely hit me like a bus… I discovered this brand in 2016 and now I incorporate this in my daily routine. If you haven’t yet figured this out, I’m talking about Tata Harper. I’m very lucky that the brand sent me some products for review, but most of my Tata products I purchased with my own money. I’ve tried a large number of the collection, so now I’m here sharing with you my top eight favourite Tata Harper products. Why eight? Because I couldn’t narrow it down to five.

If you click through this link, you get a code for $25 off your $100 purchase! I don’t earn commission, but I can also get $25 off my next purchase (I don’t get anything  unless I purchase anything, and most of their stuff is over $25!).

Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser review

1. Regenerating Cleanser

I previously reviewed this here, and my thoughts are still the same. This is one of my favourite physical exfoliators. I have the 50mL version and because I only use this about once a week, it’s lasted me forever.

2. Honey Blossom Mask

I didn’t like the original Resurfacing Mask because I felt like it didn’t do much on my skin (except when paired with the Regenerating Cleanser for some deeper enzyme power), but the Honey Blossom version is seriously true love. It has everything in the Resurfacing Mask, with the addition of raw honey. For some reason, the honey makes all the difference, and this mask leaves my skin feeling so much smoother, firmer, brighter, and hydrated after every use. It is crazy expensive, priced at US$65 for just a measly 30mL jar, but I couldn’t help but get a back-up because it’s just so lovely, plus it’s limited edition!

3. Purifying Cleanser

My second favourite cleanser by Tata Harper is more of a daily cleanser. The Purifying Cleanser works to deep cleanse your pores and flush out any toxins, pollutants, and anything else nasty that resides in your pores. It’s ultra creamy, and despite it having a clay base, it’s gentle and leaves my skin feeling soft and cleansed, without being stripped.

4. Repairative Moisturizer

I love this deeply moisturizing creamy lotion from Tata Harper. It’s her one moisturizer designed for dry/mature skin, and my skin just soaks it up. I love using this in the winter – it doesn’t absorb immediately so I can do a nice facial massage with it. It contains honey, mango seed butter, and lots of other seriously nourishing ingredients to help soothe winter-dried skin. I only use this at night though because it does take a while to absorb. Reviewed here.

5. Replenishing Nutrient Complex

I brought a small 3mL rollerball bottle of this to Asia with me last fall, and I can say that this cult favourite Tata Harper facial oil is seriously the bomb. I have very dry and dehydrated skin, which is worsened on travels because of the dry airplane air and stress. I rolled this all over my face and neck and then massaged it in. Not only does it smell so heavenly, it completely rid my skin of flakes, dryness, and any other signs of dehydration, while adding glow and a healthy look to my face. While it is expensive (a 10mL rollerball bottle is US$48, while the full size 30mL is US$125), a little goes a long way. I’ve you can also use this as a spot treatment over acne, or a general spot treatment over dry spots. I haven’t tried it as an acne treatment, but it works wonders if you have any dry spots during the day, just dab and go! Also did I mention it smells so incredibly, I just want a little bottle to carry around with me so I can take a whiff anytime I want…

Tata Harper Concentrated Brightening Essence and Concentrated Brightening Serum review

6 + 7. Concentrated Brightening Essence and Concentrated Brightening Serum

I’ve reviewed this combo here. I can only recommend this as a combo because I didn’t use this separately. It gave me truly radiant skin… go read the full review for details!

8. Restorative Eye Creme

My first foray into natural eye cream was thanks to a few small Restorative Eye Cream sample sachets. The tiny 1mL sachet lasted me WEEKS, no joke. I have very dry undereyes, and this eye cream really helped to alleviate any dryness and fine lines that were caused by dryness. It does smell very strongly of florals, which isn’t perfume but just Tata’s proprietary blend of essential oils, so if you are sensitive to smells, I wouldn’t recommend this, but otherwise it’s great for anyone with dry skin around their eyes.

If you order directly from the Tata Harper website, you can get $25 off your order just by using this link here. Also you can get a deluxe sample of some of her products with your first purchase if you sign up to her newsletter. I’m signed up and she doesn’t send many e-mails, only to notify you of special deals and sales, which don’t even happen often!

Review – Tata Harper Concentrated Brightening Essence and Concentrated Brightening Serum

Tata Harper Concentrated Brightening Essence and Concentrated Brightening Serum review

Tata Harper‘s Concentrated Brightening products were the star products of the Tata Harper Brightening Facial that I received a few months ago. I’ve been into brightening products for a very, very long time, and these from Tata Harper are the only ones I have seen on the market that are 100% natural. As my love for natural beauty products grows, I’m so happy that I’m also able to combine my love for brightening products with this newfound passion. Tata’s Concentrated Brightening products are a part of the Supernatural collection, which is a high end collection that contains the highest concentration of quality ingredients to deliver the fastest results, with a primary goal of anti-aging.

Tata Harper Concentrated Brightening Essence and Concentrated Brightening Serum review

The Concentrated Brightening Essence (C$202 for 100mL) is a liquid essence lotion (essentially a serum toner) that combined Alpha and Beta Hydroxy technology to give the complexion a toned and refined look, helping to minimize the appearance of dark spots for a more even, luminous glow. It also boosts the performance of all Tata Harper serums, and can be used with all three of Tata Harper’s Supernatural collection serums. You should use this after cleansing, and before your serum of choice.

The Concentrated Brightening Serum (C$306 for 30mL) is a multitasking age-defying treatment that effectively illuminates, brightens and corrects the appearance of skin tone for a balanced, radiant complexion. It contains a blend of 35 high-performance ingredients which takes a triple-action approach to fighting and minimizing the appearance of dark spots. It claims to reduce melanin by 36% within 24 hours, boost the melanin elimination process by 155% in 3 days, decrease skin pigmentation by 41% in 28 days, and reduce the look of dark spots by 63% in 42 days.

I’ve been using these two products together and within the first week, I was noticing my improvements in my skin. I had just gotten back from my trip overseas, and I was also still in the midst of unpacking after my move so you know my skin wouldn’t be in the best condition. After just a few days, I could definitely see a noticeable an increase in brightness in my skin, as well as a smoother, more even-toned complexion. Despite being brightening products, i.e. full of exfoliating ingredients, my skin didn’t feel dry or dehydrated at all, rather it was quite hydrating and I did not need a second hydrating serum like I did with most brightening serums. It also complemented my choice of moisturizer or facial oil of the day. A little bit goes a long way, I only need 1-1.5 pumps of the Brightening Essence, and one pump of the Brightening Serum.

For those with sensitive skin – I generally have lightly sensitive skin that gets red very quickly. I haven’t noticed any increased sensitivity during or after using this. I definitely recommend using a high SPF sunscreen during the day though, because there are many chemical exfoliating ingredients in the products.

Tata Harper Concentrated Brightening Essence and Concentrated Brightening Serum review

I haven’t put either of these to the test separately, but together I can tell you they work very well. I’ve been using this for the last few months and I can say that there definitely has been a reduction in hyperpigmentation, scarring, and my freckles also appear slightly lighter. My complexion in general is brighter, and my skin is smoother in texture as well. These products together are lightly hydrating, so if you have oily skin you may not even need a moisturizer, but if you have combo, normal, or dry skin, a separate moisturizer is recommended. I’m loving the Tata Harper Regenerating Moisturizer at the moment, which contains honey, my current favourite beauty ingredient.

I’m not going to put it gently, these products are expensive. Tata Harper’s products are already pretty expensive, but the Supernatural collection, which includes these Concentrated Brightening products, are considered the crown jewels of her collection. If you are looking for a nice skincare splurge, and are looking for effective yet gentle brightening products, these are the ones for you.

Pick up your Tata Harper Concentrated Brightening Essence and Serum at, BeautyMarkGreen & Pure, and Cult Beauty.

Tata Harper Concentrated Brightening Essence and Concentrated Brightening Serum review

Concentrated Brightening Essence ingredients: Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit water*, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Water*, Glycerin, Water (Aqua), Propanediol, Leuconostoc Ferment Filtrate, Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Leucojum Aestivum (Summer Snowflake) Bulb Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Acacia Senegal Gum, Lilium candidum leaf cell extract, Sodium Phytate, Anogeissus Leiocarpus (Akulia) Bark Extract, Xanthan gum, Lonicera japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Extract, Populus tremuloides (Aspen) Bark Extract, Gluconolactone, Narcissus tazetta (Daffodil) Bulb Extract*, Brassica Napus Extract, Menyanthes trifoliata (Buckbean) Flower Extract, Ascophyllum nodosum (Norwegian Sea Kelp) Extract, Dictyopteris Membranacea (Sea fern) Extract, Aroma**, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Alcohol, Citral, Citronellol, Eugenol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool

*Ingredients from Organic Farming

**Clinical grade Essential Oils blend

Concentrated Brightening Serum ingredients: Aloe barbadensis leaf juice*, Glycerin, Rosa damascena flower water*, Propanediol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride,  Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) seed Oil, Hydroxystearyl Alcohol, Silybum marianum (Milk Thistle) ethyl ester, Glyceryl undecylenate, Leuconostoc ferment filtrate (radish root extract), Arachidyl Alcohol, Sesamum indicum (sesame) seed oil*, Leucojum aestivum (Summer Snowflake) Bulb Extract, Ascophyllum nodosum (Norwegian Sea Kelp) Extract, Lavandula stoechas (Spanish Lavender) extract, Narcissus tazetta (Daffodil) bulb extract*, Phoenix dactylifera (Date) seed extract, Sodium hyaluronate, Lilium candidum (Madonna Lily) leaf cell extract, Anogeissus Leiocarpus (Akulia) Bark Extract, Pancratium maritimum (Sea Dafodil) extract, Menyanthes trifoliata (Buckbean) Leaf Extract, Dunaliella salina (Algae) extract, Brassica Napus (rapeseed) extract, Squalene, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Seed wax, Cocos nucifera (Coconut) oil, Daucus carota sativa (Carrot) root Extract, Lonicera japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Populus tremuloides (Aspen) Bark Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Glyceryl,  Caprylate, Dictyopteris Membranacea (Sea fern) Extract, Acacia Senegal Gum, Xanthan gum, Behenyl Alcohol, Arachidyl Glucoside, Hydroxystearyl Glucoside / Glucoside Hydroxystearyl, Cetyl alcohol, Gluconolactone, Aroma**, Limonene, Linalool, Citral, Geranioll, Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol

*Ingredients from Organic farming

** Clinical grade essential oils blend

The products in this post were provided by PR for review consideration purposes; as always, all opinions are my own.

Honey, my skin looks awesome! A roundup of honey-based products from Farmacy, Tata Harper, LUSH, and The Body Shop

Ever since I discovered May Lindstrom’s The Honey Mud, my skin has been aching for more honey-based products. Today I am sharing with you some newly discovered products that contain honey as a key ingredient.

Farmacy Honey Potion Mask and Honey Savior Repair Salve review

Farmacy Honey Potion Hydration Mask and Honey Savior Repair Salve

Farmacy’s NEW Honey products were introduced this past summer. Farmcy’s patented ingredient is a variant of Echinacea Purpurea, the Echinacea GreenEnvy™.  The honey used in these products are harvested from bees that live on the Farmacy farm and pollinate the Echinacea GreenEnvy™ flowers.

The Honey Potion Hydration Mask is one of the coolest masks I’ve ever used – it is a thick, jelly-like texture, similar to honey, but when you massage it in your skin, it turns opaque and creamy, and it also heats up.  This mask contains honey (a natural humectant used since ancient times), propolis (a healing antiseptic found in beehives) and amino acid-rich royal jelly. These ingredients work together to create a hydrated, glowing complexion.

Farmacy Honey Potion Mask review

The Honey Savior Salve is a true saviour for dry skin. The boyfriend has eczema around his eyes and nose, and we keep this next to our bed for when he needs relief from dryness. The thick texture helps create a barrier over the skin, and the honey helps to hydrate and treat his eczema. This multi-purpose salve is also great for treating dry cuticles, cuts and scraps (due to honey’s antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties), and anywhere else where you need a boost of moisture and protection.

Farmacy Honey Savior Repair Salve review

You can purchase Farmacy products from Sephora.

Honey Potion ingredients: Glycerin, Diglycerin, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Honey Extract, Propolis Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Panthenol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Allantoin, Phenoxyethanol, Echinacea Purpurea Root Extract, Honey, Water, Flavor, Vanillyl Butyl Ether.

Honey Savior ingredients:

Tata Harper Repairative Moisturizer

I had a small sample sachet of this moisturizer, which I loved, and when I re-experienced this again at my Brightening Facial session with Collective Skincare, I had to purchase the full size. The Tata Harper Repairative Moisturizer (C$140), designed for dry or mature skin types, contains mango seed butter, jojoba seed oil, and raw honey sourced from a neighbouring farm in Vermont, to provide the most hydration and also keep the skin looking smooth and supple. It also contains rice extract to balance the complexion; willow bark extract, which is nature’s salicylic acid for exfoliation, and a slew of other natural and organic plant extracts.

Despite it containing so many heavily moisturizing ingredients, it’s actually very fluid and feels lightweight on the skin, while still packing a punch in terms of moisture levels. I’ve been using this mostly at night (two pumps is enough to cover my face and neck), but it is appropriate for being a daytime moisturizer as well. It just leaves my skin feeling balanced and happy, without any heaviness or greasiness. When I wake up in the morning, my skin is comfortable – not greasy or tight, which is the best I can ask for in any moisturizer. In addition, the smell is incredibly captivating. Tata Harper products don’t contain any fragrance, and rather relies on a blend of essential oils to create an experience similar to aromatherapy.

You can purchase Tata Harper from Sephora, Murale stores, and Beautymark in Yaletown (Vancouver).

Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Carthamus tinctorius (safflower) Oleosomes*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Olea europea (Olive) Oil*, Glycerin,  Oryza sativa (Rice) Extract*, Rosa damascena Flower Water*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Cetearyl Olivate, Leuconostoc ferment filtrate, Mel (Honey), Sodium hyaluronate, Theobroma Cacao*, Menyanthes trifoliata (Buckbean) Flower Extract, Sambucus Nigra Fruit Extract, Salix alba (Willow) Bark Extract*, Medicago sativa (Alfalfa) Extract*, Borago officinalis (Borage) Leaf Extract, Calendula officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract*, Spiraea Ulmaria (Meadowsweet) flower Extract*, Tilia europaea (Linden) Leaf & Flower Extract*, Lavandula stoechas (Spanish Lavender) Extract, Arnica montana (Arnica) Extract*, Galactoarabinan, Sclerotium gum, Sorbitan Olivate, Cetyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Palmitate, Soybean Peroxidase, Superoxide Dismutase, Sodium Phytate, Aroma**, Citral, Citronellol, Linalool, Eugenol

*Ingredients from Organic farming

** Clinical grade essential oils blend

Lush It's Raining Men, Fairly Traded Honey, and Ultrabland review

LUSH It’s Raining Men, Fairly Traded Honey, and Ultrabland

I love LUSH when it comes to integrating raw ingredients into the most awesome beauty products, so of course when I was in search of more honey products, I headed straight to LUSH. It didn’t disappoint!

LUSH’s It’s Raining Men has quickly become one of my favourite shower products – it is highly moisturizing, foams up very nicely, and just smells incredible. Inspired by the Honey, I Washed the Kids soap, It’s Raining Men makes my entire shower routine feel like a spa experience.

Fairly Traded Honey is made of 50% honey, and again is ultra moisturizing for my dry, overprocessed hair. It foams up lightly, and washes out well without leaving any residue. Lastly, it leaves my hair looking so shiny. Over time, I feel like my hair has definitely strengthened. The downside is that because of its highly moisturizing nature, it can weigh hair down a bit, but it also reduces frizz, so I love using this mostly during the winter months.

Lush Ultrabland review

LUSH Ultrabland is a beeswax-based cream cleanser that is great for removing makeup and cleansing the skin of a day’s worth of oil, dirt, and pollution. It also leaves my skin feeling very soft, supple, and nicely moisturized. The downside is that I find this slightly too heavy, as it leaves a bit of hydrating oils on my skin. I do generally like to do a second cleanse though, so after that my skin feels pretty comfortable. I also enjoy using this to do facial massage, drawing out impurities from deep within my pores.

LUSH products are available for purchase at LUSH retail stores and online.

It’s Raining Men ingredients: Honey (Mel) , Rosehip , Lotus Flower and Tiger Lily Infusion (Rosa canina, Nelumbo nucifera and Lilium tigrinum) , Sodium Laureth Sulfate , Sodium Cocoamphoacetate , Water (Aqua) , Fragrance , Propylene Glycol , Brazilian Oil (Citrus Sinensis) , Bergamot Oil (Citrus Aurantium bergamia) , Titanium Dioxide , *Limonene , *Citronellol , *Linalool , Amyl Cinnamal , Lilial , Methylparaben . *Occurs naturally in essential oils

Fairly Traded Honey ingredients: Fairly Traded Honey , Linseed Mucilage (Linum usitatissimum) , Sodium Laureth Sulfate , Sunflower Lecithin (Lecithin) , Lauryl Betaine , Geranium Oil (Pelargonium graveolens) , Beeswax Absolute (Apis Mellifera) , Neroli Oil (Citrus Aurantium amara) , Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena) , Bergamot Oil (Citrus Aurantium bergamia) , *Citral , Geraniol , Lilial , Citronellol , *Limonene , *Linalool , *Benzyl Salicylate , *Eugenol , Benzyl Benzoate , *Farnesol , Hydroxycitronellal , Fragrance . *Occurs naturally in essential oils

Ultrabland ingredients: Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis) , Rose Water (Rosa centifolia) , Beeswax (Cera alba) , Honey (Mel) , Fresh Iris Extract (Iris florentina) , Glycerine , Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena) , Tincture of Benzoin (Styrax benzoin) , Methylparaben , Propylparaben . *Occurs naturally in essential oils

The Body Shop Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask

I was the most excited about The Body Shop Expert Facial masks – I purchased the Ethiopian Honey and the British Rose formulas on the day they launched in Canada, and then I tried it immediately that night. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed in this. Despite being a gentle honey mask, it stung like crazy on my skin, and then I got these red bumps on my cheeks. Thankfully, the red bumps went away after using May Lindstrom’s The Youth Dew, but it was still annoying.

Apart from the sensitivity I got, this mask seemed just okay. My skin didn’t feel any more nourished or hydrated after using this, and I also really disliked the scent, as it was a very weird, synthetic, chemical fragrance. For the price ($28 per mask), you’d be better off getting the new Vichy masks.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Mel/Honey/Miel, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Propanediol, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Polysorbate 20, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PEG-150 Distearate, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Benzyl Alcohol, Parfum/Fragrance, Sodium Hydroxide, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Sesamum Indicum Seed Oil/Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil/Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Disodium EDTA, Linalool, Citronellol, Limonene, Benzyl Benzoate, Citric Acid, Caramel.

My top picks: Tata Harper Repairative Moisturizer, LUSH It’s Raining Men, and May Lindstrom’s The Honey Mud (even though it’s not in this post, it’s still a honey product!)

The Farmacy and LUSH products in this post were provided by PR; as usual, all opinions are my own.

Experience: Tata Harper Brightening Facial at Collective Skin Care


Tata Harper is one of my favourite natural skincare brands – their cleansers are just out-of-this-world amazing. Tata’s journey started when her father was diagnosed with cancer. The doctor stated that the chemicals present in every day life played a big part in this, thus Tata set out to research and create skincare products that were natural and non-toxic. Tata Harper products are created in a vertically integrated manufacturing and distribution plant located in Vermont, which also houses a farm where much of the ingredients are grown. Her products are certified organic, all natural, and most of the products are vegan, with the exception of certain products that contain beeswax and honey, and also cruelty-free.


As my biggest skin concerns are hyperpigmentation and dehydration. I received the brightening facial at Collective Skin Care. My facial started with the incredibly luxurious Nourishing Oil Cleanser, this is one of the richest oil cleansers I’ve ever used, and it’s also extremely hydrating and nourishing. It contains Beta Carotene, Vitamins A, C, E, Lycopene and Omega 3 to soften and improve skin texture. It removed all of my makeup, and prepped my skin for the Purifying Cleanser, a cleanser containing enzymes, designed to gently loosen dead skin cells, deep cleanse the pores, and release toxins and pollutants from the skin. Next came exfoliation using Tata Harper’s award winning Regenerating Cleanser, which also happens to be my favourite Tata Harper product. I’ve reviewed the Regenerating Cleanser extensively here, so check it out. One interesting thing to note was that all three cleansers were applied to dry skin, which allowed maximum product penetration and efficacy since the skin is not shielded by water. I felt that using the Regenerating Cleanser dry felt a bit rough on the skin, but I didn’t notice any long term sensitivity.

After triple cleansing and exfoliating, I got to try out the new Purifying Mask. This clay-based mask was designed to deep cleanse the skin and extract any toxins that were buried deep within the pores. It is also filled with natural pressed oils to help hydrate and nourish the skin. Clay is generally a very drying skincare ingredient, but when mixed with plant extracts and oils, it will replenish any dryness with moisture. After removing the mask, it was followed by a face, neck, and decollete massage with their Beautifying Facial Oil.

The oil was removed with the Refreshing Cleanser, which contains pomegranate enzymes, grapefruit and bergamot, french pink clay, and willow bark, which come together to gently cleanse the skin. The Resurfacing Mask, one of Tata Harper’s most popular products, was layered directly on top of the cleanser to create a concentrated enzyme mask, with double the brightening and exfoliating powers. I have the Resurfacing Mask and I’m kind of on the fence about it, which is why I haven’t done a review of it yet. I just felt like it hasn’t done much to my skin on its own, but together with the Refreshing Cleanser, there is mild stinging which feels like the enzymes are doing their jobs.


The key to this brightening facial was the incorporation of the Concentrated Brightening Essence, applied to the face blended with the Concentrated Brightening Serum. It is rare for a natural skincare line to have brightening products because most products on the market contain chemicals to reduce hyperpigmentation and even out the skintone. However, Tata Harper’s brightening products include ingredients such as sea kelp, milk thistle, enzymes, and willow bark extract to gently yet effectively exfoliate the skin, reduce the look of spots, and also prevent new spots from producing.

My facial finished off with a generous dose of the Repairative Moisturizer. This moisturizer, designed for dry or mature skin types, contains mango seed butter, jojoba seed oil, and raw honey sourced from a neighbouring farm in Vermont. I actually love this moisturizer so much that I went and bought a full sized version – I’m completely in love with honey in my skincare right now, so just the mention of that made me jump on it.

After my facial, I’ve noticed that my skin texture has improved significantly – it is definitely brighter, more refined, smoother, and much softer than it was before. My pores have been deep cleansed, and much of my blackheads have disappeared.

The only downside I can think of is that Tata Harper doesn’t have any products that contain sunscreen, so when I left the facial, I was walking outside on a sunny day with no sunscreen on.

Collective Skin Care in Yaletown offers Tata Harper facials, and while the prices are a bit higher than what I’ve been used to for facials, you will arrive and leave with confidence that the products being used are the very best of the best. I highly recommend the Brightening Facial, especially if your skin is going through a change of season, or if you are preparing for a special event that requires you to look your best. This is a great way to give yourself a skin “reset,” even if you are already using Tata Harper products in your regular routine.

Now here’s a photo with me post-facial with no makeup on. What do you think?


Facial essence sprays, featuring Kat Burki, Tata Harper, Tatcha, Odylique, Shiseido and Bliss

Kat Burki, Tata Harper, Tatcha, Odylique, Shiseido and Bliss facial essence spray review

I have a massive roundup for you today on one of my favourite new skincare products that has become super popular in the last little while – facial essence sprays! These products are one of my morning skincare staples. I spritz my face 3-4 times after cleansing, and before serum, moisturizer, and sunscreen.

Kat Burki, Tata Harper, Tatcha facial essence spray review

Kat Burki Balancing Elixir

I first tried this Kat Burki Balancing Elixir (C$72 for 80mL) when I interviewed Kat last year at the Nordstrom Beauty Trend Show. It contains Lavender Hydrosols, Purifying Bio-Processed carrier oils, such as Tamanu, Carrot and Raspberry Seed, Vitamin C (in Grapefruit Seed Extract and Camu Camu Berry, which contains 30 times the Vitamin C of an Orange). Together, these ingredients support collagen production, and brightens, lightens and tightens the skin. The version I have is the rose peony variation, and it smells faintly of roses and peonies.

In terms of hydration, I would rank it below the Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist and the Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence, but above everything else. It is truly skin balancing, as in my skin is getting the necessary hydration but it is also maintaining the level of oil production on my skin. This is perfect for my skin in the summer because it is so lightweight but still works, whereas the other two may be slightly too hydrating, particularly if I continue to use a serum and moisturizer.

You can purchase the Kat Burki Balancing Elixir at Murale stores.

Ingredients: Structured Electrolyzed Water (Water), Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM – Oxygen Sulfur Compound), Colloidal Silver, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Lavandula Officinalis (Lavender Water), Caprylyl Capryl Glucoside, Cucumber Hydrosols, Enzymes, Camu Camu Berry, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil, R Lipoic Acid, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Glycolic Acid, Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Oil, Morinda Citrifolia (Noni)

Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence

Tata Harper (C$81 for 50mL) is one of those brands that I’ve always been fascinated by. I’m always picking up the products as I walk by the displays, but I’ve never taken the jump and purchased a product. There are a lot of natural skincare brands out there, but Tata Harper is special in the way that they manufacture all of their 100% natural products on their farm and manufacturing facility in Vermont. They have ownership of the entire process, including research and development, to actual production. In each product, there are anywhere from 9 to 29 active ingredients to create the most multi-active skincare products. That means you can purchase one product to get a multitude of benefits. The products are from from synthetic fragrance, GMO, synthetic ingredients, fillers, and gluten to allow your skin to be closest to the ingredients in its most natural form.

The Hydrating Floral Essence is one of my favourite new products from Tata Harper. It is a lightweight, yet ultra hydrating essence spray that leaves my skin feeling super plumped up, supple, and smooth. I used 3-4 spritzes of this over my face every morning after cleansing and my skin feels nicely prepped for the rest of my skincare routine, as well as for makeup.

The downside is that this is quite pricey, you get only 50mL for C$81, which lasts you for about 10 weeks of daily use. The other issue I had with this is that I found the spray wasn’t very well made, as in I wouldn’t get a very fine or even mist on my face, rather the essence would be concentrated on the small area where I sprayed it. If this came in the bottle of the Odylique Rose Facial Tonic, it would be phenomenal.

You can purchase the Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence at Murale and Sephora.

Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis leaf juice*, Rosa damascena flower water*, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) flower water*, Leuconostoc ferment filtrate (radish root extract), Sodium hyaluronate, Beta vulgaris (Beet) Root,  Centella asiatica (Gotu Kola) extract*, Salix alba (Willow) bark extract*, Oryza sativa (Rice) extract*, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Sodium phytate, Superoxide dismutase*, Soybean peroxidase*, Aroma**, Limonene, Citral, Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol, Eugenol, Farnesol

Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist

One of Tatcha’s star products is the Dewy Skin Mist (C$58 for 40mL). Unlike other facial essence sprays, this one is a milky emulsion that’s slightly thicker. The Dewy Skin Mist is ultra popular with Youtubers who like to set their makeup with this, but I must prefer to use it as a skincare product. It contains squalane, Red Algae and Tatcha’s proprietary HADASEI-3™ Complex.

Of the options here, this one is the most hydrating. I only require 1-2 spritzes, instead of the 4-5 that I use for the other essences. I love love love the Dewy Skin Mist, and I can see why everyone else raves about this. I can actually use this in place of my daytime serum in the summer when my skin is less dehydrated, which is great because normally I require an additional hydrating serum step. I’ve also heard you can use this to set makeup to create a dewy look, but I haven’t tried that because I want to savour every last drop of it. I plan on buying another bottle and taking it on vacation with me in the future; the small 40mL bottle is very travel-friendly, and I can tell that it will be an essential product in soothing travel-fatigued skin.

You can purchase the Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist at Sephora.

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Squalane (Olive Origin), Cyclopentasiloxane, Propanediol, Triethylhexanoin, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Inositol (Rice Extract), Algae Extract, Sericin (Silk Extract), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Germ Oil, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Chondrus Crispus (Red Algae) Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Zizyphus Jujuba Fruit Extract, Thymus Serpillum (Thyme) Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate, PPG-5-ceteth-10 Phosphate, Trideceth-12, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Sorbitan Stearate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Behenyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Fragrance (Natural), Sodium Hyaluronate, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol.

Odylique, Shiseido and Bliss facial essence spray review

Odylique Rose Facial Tonic

The Odylique Rose Facial Tonic (£15.00 for 50mL) is the most cost effective of the bunch, it is also one of the most lightweight. The base is rose flower water, and it also contains rose essential oil, and calendula extract. The pump on this one is pretty amazing – the mist comes up super fine and just feels extremely cooling on the skin. Because of the fine mist, it works great as a makeup setting spray as well. I’m kind of on the fence about this one because it is super lightweight to the point where I feel like I’m just spraying water on my face. It absorbs almost immediately, and my skin still feels relatively tight afterward unless I follow it immediately with some hydrating serum. I noticed this most especially because I started using the Odylique Rose Facial Tonic right after I had finished my bottle of Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence, and even with everything else staying the same, I felt like my skin was a bit more dried out and not as hydrated compared to when I used the Tata Harper.

This product contains no artificial fragrance and is certified organic, so you know you’re getting the real thing. That being said, if you were expecting this happy floral rose scent, you will be surprised because this smells like real rosewater, i.e., a bit pungent. 

You can purchase the Odylique Rose Facial Tonic online at Odylique.

Ingredients: Rosa centifolia flower water*, Calendula officinalis flower extract*, Alcohol*, Rosa damascena flower oil* *Organically grown & produced (100% of product)

Plain English ingredients: Rose flower water*, Calendula flower extract*, Sugar-cane alcohol* (please note that we do not add any alcohol to the product – there is a very small amount of organic alcohol residue contained in one of the ingredients; a biodynamic herbal tincture. By law this must be listed on the product label.) Rose essential oil*

(*Organically grown/produced)

Shiseido Ibuki Quick Fix Mist

While not exactly a facial essence spray, this Ibuki Quick Fix Mist (C$32 for 48mL) can double as both a hydrating facial spray with skincare benefits, as well as a makeup setting spray. It has a thicker gel-based formula that really clings to the skin without evaporating. The key active ingredients are Majormam Extract, to target dehydration for supple-looking skin; an anti-shine complex: Reveals fresher-looking, smoother skin; and PhytoTarget Complex, to support the skin’s natural moisture factors.

I’m a bit on the fence about this product, the thicker texture feels like it doesn’t go on as finely as other sprays. While it is quite hydrating while I have it on, I don’t notice any long term skincare benefits or improvements in my skins hydration level. Also you’ll notice that fragrance is very high up on the ingredients list, and for some reason it also contains dimethicone. The smaller size allows it to be carried around with you or for a quick touchup during travels, but I wouldn’t use this in the long run as a main component of my skincare routine.

You can purchase the Shiseio Ibuki Quick Fix Mist at Hudson’s Bay, Sephora, Murale, and select Shopper’s Drug Mart.

Ingredients: Water, Alcohol Denat., Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Trehalose, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Gellan Gum, Peg/Ppg-30/10 Dimethicone, Peg-6, Peg-32, Sodium Citrate, Butylene Glycol, Menthol, Fragrance (Parfum), Disodium Edta, Citric Acid, Serine, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Benzyl Benzoate, Linalool, Menthyl Lactate, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Peg-30 Soy Sterol, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Tocopherol, Trisodium Edta, Origanum Majorana Leaf Extract, Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Blue 1 (CI 42090).

Bliss Triple Oxygen Radiance Restoring Mist

The Bliss Triple Oxygen Radiance Restoring Mist (C$49 for 100mL) is a gentle soothing mist. It contains ingredients such chamomile extract, licorice root extract, cranberry extract, acai fruit extract, grape seed extract, panax ginseng root extract (also in my La Prairie products!), and a slew of other beneficial ingredients. The spray is extremely fine, and creates a very nice mist of essence on your skin. This is great both over and under makeup as the essence is very lighweight. I didn’t find this to be super hydrating unless I sprayed my face 5-10 times – normally I do 3-5 spritzes. I really like the fine mist though, and it’s great for touching up your skin with hydration during the day.

You can purchase the Bliss Triple Oxygen Radiance Restoring Mist at Shopper’s Drug Mart, Hudson’s Bay, and Sephora.

Ingredients: water (aqua/eau), alcohol denat., ascorbyl glucoside, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root extract, hydrolyzed soy protein, sodium hyaluronate, vaccinium macrocarpon (cranberry) fruit extract, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, hydrolyzed wheat protein, euterpe oleracea fruit extract, punica granatum extract, vitis vinifera (grape) seed extract, lepidium sativum sprout extract, allium sativum (garlic) bulb extract, panax ginseng root extract, glycerin, tropolone, glycine soja (soybean) oil, tocopherol, lecithin, tripeptide-1, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, PEG-8 dimethicone, 1,2-hexanediol, caprylyl glycol, fragrance (parfum), phenoxyethanol, perfluorohexane, hydrogenated lecithin, perfluoroperhydrophenanthrene, perfluorodecalin, decarboxy carnosine HCL, butylene glycol, xanthan gum, tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane, sodium benzoate, perfluorodimethylcyclohexane, ethylbisiminomethylguaiacol manganese chloride, tetrahydrodemethoxydiferuloylmethane, tetrahydrobisdemethoxydiferuloylmethane, cyclodextrin, limonene, linalool, citral.

My picks

My top picks are the Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence, Kat Burki Balancing Elixir and the Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist.
Best for dry/normal skin: Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence, Kat Burki Balancing Elixir, Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist
Best for combination/oily skin: Kat Burki Balancing Elixir, Odylique Rose Facial Tonic, Shiseido Ibuki Quick Fix Mist, Bliss Triple Oxygen Radiance Restoring Mist

Natural facial cleansers – Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser, Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser, Odylique Creamy Coconut Cleanser, and REN Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Gel

Odylique Creamy Coconut Cleanser review

In addition to supplementary skincare, this year I will have a greater emphasis on showcasing natural skincare products. Today I’m going to share four different facial cleansers that are comprised primarily natural and/or organic ingredients – the Odylique Creamy Coconut Cleanser, the Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser, the Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser, and the REN Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Gel.

Odylique Creamy Coconut Cleanser

The Creamy Coconut Cleanser by Odylique (£18.00 for 200mL) is vegan, 100% natural, 87% organic and housed in a recycled bottle that’s entirely manufactured in the UK, where the brand is from. The key ingredients are coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, and rose water. This is a very milky cleanser that’s a lot lighter than the Pai Camellia & Rose Cleanser, and due to the lighter texture, I use about three pumps each time.

This cleanser is ultra gentle, but I feel like I don’t get a good enough clean each time I use it. My skin isn’t super moisturized afterwards, either, so it just feels okay. I would continue to use this, but it’s not as good as the Pai Camellia & Rose Cleanser. Keep in mind I do have dehydrated skin, so if you have normal skin then you may like this better. If you have combination or oily skin, though, it probably won’t be enough to truly cleanse your skin well enough to prep for your morning routine.

This cleanser is ideal for normal skin types.

Ingredients: Aqua, Cocos nucifera oil*, Olea europaea fruit oil*, Rosa centifolia flower water*, Glycerine**, Cetearyl alcohol, Cetearyl glucoside, Rosmarinus officinalis leaf extract*, Citrus limon peel oil*, Eucalyptus globulus leaf oil*, Salvia sclarea oil*, Lactic acid, Sodium anisate, Sodium levulinate, Sodium lauroyl lactylate, Xanthan gum, limonene* (in the lemon oil)

Plain English: Coconut oil*, Extra virgin olive oil*, Rose flower water*, Non-palm plant glycerine**, Rosemary extract*, Essential oils of Clary sage*, Eucalyptus* and Lemon*, Plant origin moisturisers & emulsifiers

*Organically grown & produced ** Organic origin (total 87%)

Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser review

Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser

My favourite of the bunch, the Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser (US$78 for 125mL) is a fan favourite of the brand. For those of you unfamiliar with this brand, I will do a brand overview another day, but I wanted to share my thoughts with you on this cleanser sooner rather than later. The Regenerating Cleanser is gentle daily exfoliating cleanser that thoroughly cleanses and improves skin glow while purifying, minimizing the appearance of pores and helping to protect the skin’s natural hydration balance. It contains apricot seed powder to gently exfoliate the skin, pomegranate enzyme to clear blackheads and minimize the appearance of pores, willow bark (a natural form of salicylic acid) to fight breakouts and reduce inflamation, and french pink clay to detoxify the skin and stimulate circulation.

I use this every night, or every other night, depending on how my skin is feeling. For an exfoliating cleanser, it is very gentle. Even after one use, I can tell that my skin is smoother, more supple, more radiant, and overall looks and feels better. With regular use, my skincare products seem to be absorbing much better with improved efficacy. This is one of the more expensive products on this list, which is why I only use this once every other night if I can help it.

In addition to the skincare benefits, it smells amazingly fresh to create a wonderful aromatherapy effect. My nightly showers have turned into facial sessions, which I am quite fond of. Like I said before, it is quite expensive, but I will re-purchase!

This cleanser is ideal for all skin types.

Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis leaf juice*, Cetearyl alcohol, Cetearyl olivate, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed oil*, Sorbitan olivate, Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) seed powder, Citrus paradisi (Grapefruit) peel extract,  Leuconostoc ferment filtrate (radish root extract), Oryza sativa (Rice) extract*, Lactobacillus/Punica granatum (pomegranate) fruit ferment extract, Salix alba (Willow) bark extract*, Kaolin (Rose Clay), Sclerotium gum, Coco-glucoside, Cetearyl glucoside, Cetyl palmitate, Sorbitan palmitate, Soybean peroxidase, Superoxide dismutase, Sodium phytate, Aroma**, Citral, Limonene, Linalool

*Ingredients from organic farming

**Clinical grade essential oils blend

Pai Camellia Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser review

Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser

The Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser (US$50 for 100mL) is a luxurious cream cleanser from British natural skincare brand Pai. I was first introduced to this brand last year, and I was very impressed by this Camellia & Rose cleanser, which is their most popular product. It contains camellia oil as the key ingredient, along with damask rose otto oil, castor oil, sweet almond oil, tocopherol (vitamin E), geranium oil, lavender oil, and lactic acid (to exfoliate).

I use this mainly in the morning when I want a gentle cleanser to wash off accumulated oil and dirt on my face after a night’s sleep, and it does a great job at making my skin feel cleansed yet still hydrated. It does come with a muslin cloth that will help with exfoliation, but because I use this in the morning I haven’t had to use the muslin cloth much. The cleanser also claims to remove makeup, and it does but only with simple base makeup such as foundation or BB cream, and nothing too intense such as heavy liners or lipsticks. The rich texture makes it very pleasant to use, and it has quickly become one of my favourite cream cleansers. I also love the fresh, rose scent that is luxurious and makes me feel like I’m getting a mini facial. I only use 1-2 pumps each time, and the 100mL bottle lasted me over three months, so despite the heftier price tag, it was worth it in my mind.

This cleanser is ideal for dry to normal skin types.

Ingredients: aqua, camellia sinensis seed oil*, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil*, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil*, cetearyl alcohol, vegetable glycerine*, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter* , cetearyl glucoside, rosa damascena (rose otto) oil*, pelargonium graveolens (geranium) oil*, lavandula officinalis (lavender) flower oil*, litsea cubeba fruit oil* – may chang oil, mixed tocopherols (natural vitamin e), sodium lauroyl lactylate, sodium anisate, sodium levulinate, lactic acid, glyceryl stearate citrate *Certified Organic

REN Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Gel review

REN Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Gel

Our third British product on this list, the REN Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Gel (US$28 for 150mL) was something I used many years ago, and was just recently reintroduced to. This is a fantastic gel cleanser for those with sensitive skins. It’s lightly foaming (just a tiny bit), very refreshing, and cleanses gently without stripping.

This is another cleanser I love to use in the morning, particularly in the summer when my skin tends to be oilier in the hot weather. It also works well in the evening as the second step to a double cleanse.  It has a light orange scent due to the bitter orange flower extract, and the oat ingredient also helps to soothe sensitive skin. Other than that, I have found this cleanser just to work, and nothing super special. It does a great job at cleansing, so no complaints.

This cleanser is ideal for normal to oily skin types.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Coco Glucoside, Polysorbate 20, Xanthan Gum, Panthenol, Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acids, Lactic Acid, Inulin, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Water Extract, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Carboxymethyl Betaglucan, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Linalool.

REN Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Gel review

It’s always hard for me to pick favourites, but if I had to pick, it’d be the Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser for morning, and then the Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser for evening. If you have normal to oily skin, I’d recommend the REN Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Gel for morning, and then the Tata Harper for evenings.