When Herbal Choice Mari contacted me and asked if I’d like to do a review of a few of their products I was ecstatic! I’d found their line while looking for organic cruelty free vegan products to replace a few products I love that either have begun animal testing to sell to other countries or something was in them my skin could no longer tolerate. All of their products are made in the USA and wild-crafted whenever possible. I’m not a total eco-mama but I really appreciate products that work all while being as natural as possible.
The Organic Skin Rejuvinator or “Face Butter” as Mr.CGR calls it
My favorite product they sent over was their Organic Skin Rejuvinator. They sent over the oily/combination version so both my husband and I could test it. Here is the description from Herbal Choice Mari:
1) This all natural face moisturizer is certified USDA Organic. Unlike other skin care products that claim to be organic but are not, all Herbal Choice Mari Organic Skin Care products are certified under the National Organic Program. See our organic certification for each product;
2) Provides light hydration to normal to oily skin, making it supple and radiant looking;
3) It is a paraben free moisturizer without synthetic preservatives or other toxic ingredients;
4) The light liquid texture makes it perfect for every day use and works well under make up;
5) It quickly penetrates the skin, won’t clog pores, offering the skin instant rejuvenating properties
6) This organic face moisturizer is made in the USA.
My results were moderate. On my combo/dry skin, it kept me moisturized with no breakouts. I didn’t notice much in the way of rejuvenation in the month I’ve used it. My skin is already in decent condition on my face. I did use it on my chest and neck. The skin on my chest was definitely improved by the serum-oil hybrid. It helped with the little bit of crepe-y look my skin was starting to get right in the center of my cleavage. It also helped even out my skin tone a little bit and made the area look a little younger. I really enjoy the scent at night! It’s got a lot of lavender oil in it and it’s quite soothing.
My husbands results were pretty drastic! Keep in mind my husband doesn’t use any face products. I have to fight him to wear sunscreen when I know he’ll have more than incidental exposure. It took a long time to get him to even use face wash instead of harsh deodorant bar soap on his face. He really didn’t want to be a Guinea pig but because they sent it for him to use too I was able to put it on him nightly for a month now. First off, his expression lines have softened quite a bit. His skin isn’t looking as haggard and lifeless as it was. The biggest improvements have been on blackheads and shaving irritation. The blackheads on his nose and forehead are much improved and the pore size is much smaller on the nose once they have come out. Not to be gross but they have just come right out with facial massage. Even though my husband uses an electric razor most of the time he’d still break out in a rash post shave. That’s pretty much a thing of the past now. It’s also helped with the flaky skin condition he had in his brow area and by one of his ears! He may hate the “Face Butter” but it’s certainly been a change for the better! This is certainly an A+ product, especially for those who are looking for a single product that meets many skin needs. I’d also like to report that it’s very soothing on sunburns and bug bites! At $26 for 3.4 oz you really can’t beat the price for the ingredients!
Here is the ingredient list which you can see is chock full of skin loving oils:
Organic olive oil, purified water, organic carnauba wax (plant based), organic grape seed oil, organic argan oil, organic rose hip oil, organic hemp oil, organic primrose oil, organic lavender oil, potassium carbonate (natural earth mineral)*, organic geranium oil, organic hawthorn berry, organic green tea, organic shiitake mushroom. *
Now onto the Organic SPF Moisturizer. Herbal Choice Mari says:
1) This SPF 15 moisturizer is pure and natural and contains organic ingredients;
2) Replenishes your skin with natural moisture while protecting it from the elements of the environment;
3) It hydrates and nourishes your skin without clogging up the pores;
4) This chemical free facial moisturizer with SPF is excellent for all skin types including delicate and sensitive skin;
5) The natural whitish film dissipates quickly into the skin;
6) This SPF Day cream is made in the USA.
The day cream is great but it can separate a bit in the heat. Nothing a quick stir won’t fix. It was 100 degrees in my house when I took this picture… No AC!
I agree with all these statements. My only problems with this product are that it takes a long time to absorb and it’s not sweat-proof. If you sweat and it rolls in your eyes, it really stings! I’ve found it to be as protective as my normal face moisturizer for day that’s got SPF 30. It’s more moisturizing by far and doesn’t smell like sunscreen. It smells like minerals and oranges. Since I do most of my workouts outdoors, I save this for days when I know I won’t be sweaty or I use it on my neck and chest. Since it makes no claims to be sweat-proof, I can’t knock it for that. Based on the absorption time and it’s positive results, I’d give it a B+. It’s $26 for 1.7 oz which may seem a little steep compared to the average drugstore sunscreen. For those of you who get clogs or acne from sunscreens it might be worth trying!
Here are the ingredients:
Active ingredient: Zinc oxide (77947) 12.5% (natural earth mineral, largest particle size used, non-nano particles). Other Ingredients: Organic olive oil, purified water (alkaline), wild harvested candellila wax (plant based), organic sweet orange oil, organic bergamot oil, organic sage herb.
You can find out more about Herbal Choice Mari at www.herbalchoicemari.com. Hopefully one of their formulations will work as well for you as they did for us!