I spend a fair bit of time talking about natural beauty to my friends – sometimes they even ASK for my opinion! My friend T was looking to try out some natural options as an alternative to her Origins routine and after a bit of to-ing and fro-ing on email, she decided on a few products from Balance Me’s skincare range.
T has combination skin – she described it as normal with an oily T-zone – so I was thrilled when she agreed to write up her thoughts on using the new products. It’s nice to have some feedback on products that aren’t for dry/sensitive skin for once!
Over to you, T…
After turning 30 a few years ago I started investing a little more in my skincare products, for example upgrading from Olay to Origins. The only habit I hung on to was insisting on SPF in my moisturiser. Faye pointed me in the direction of Balance Me, and in particular their Natural Protection Daily Moisturiser SPF25. Price wise the range seemed to be good value for money compared with my usual Origins products, so I put in an order with Beauty Expert. My regular products were put to one side while I experimented with the Balance Me range, though some of them have since been reintroduced…
This is quite a peculiar mucilaginous gel texture, rather like snail slime (sorry!). However, that oddity is more than balanced out by the lovely scent of frankincense and grapefruit – I’ve caught myself sniffing the tube once or twice for a pick-me-up. In terms of functionality, the Pure Skin Face Wash does a good job at removing most make-up, though it did struggle a little with my indelible 24-hour lipstick, and kept my skin reasonably blemish-free. I probably won’t replace the Wash when it runs out, unless Balance Me change their packaging: the gel keeps blocking the nozzle of the tube and needing to be syringed out!
I know that Faye loves a spritz [I do! I do love a good spritz!] so I gave this product a shot but have to say that, for my skin, spritzing doesn’t come close to a proper wipe with a cotton pad and a good toner. After using the Mist for a couple of weeks, my pores were clogging up and I had to switch back to my usual product. All is not lost, though, because the rose and pineapple extracts are so luscious that I have now taken the bottle into the office to refresh myself during the day. I’m not a fan of gassing my colleagues with perfume so will definitely be replacing this as my in-office spray when the Mist runs out.
This is a lovely light texture which sinks in well and left my skin feeling soft and smooth to the touch. I suspect it wouldn’t work so well for someone with dry skin, but it handled both my cheeks and my T-zone very effectively. Fabulous for the summer, I suspect this will become a staple in my bathroom cabinet.
I really, really wanted to like this product. A green moisturiser with SPF 25? Perfect! Unfortunately it really didn’t work for me, mostly because of the texture, which I found to be thick and claggy. It sat on the surface of my skin in a sort of white film, feeling sticky and rubbing off onto all sorts of surfaces (mostly my clothes and phone). I tried thinning it down by mixing with the lighter Balancing Face Moisturiser, which helped a little, but after just a couple of weeks I could see spots developing under the surface of my skin and knew that I had to switch back from this to my usual day-time moisturiser (which is also SPF25). [It’s a shame T didn’t get on with this, but mineral sunscreens do feel really different on the skin and they won’t be for everyone. The mineral sunscreen ingredient in the Balance Me moisturiser is Titanium dioxide, which can cause breakouts for some people.]
I was sent a Rose Otto Hand Cream as a free gift with my order, and I can only echo Faye’s earlier post: it’s AMAZING. Gorgeous smell, fabulous texture and almost the only product out there which soaks in quickly enough that I can use it without damaging my craft materials (yarn and beads do not play well with greasy hands). I’ve recommended this to my crafty friends, who agree that it’s fab.
Thanks so much, T, for sharing your opinions!
Aqua, Decyl glucoside, Lauryl glucoside, Oryza sativa (rice) bran oil, Glycerin, Xanthan gum, Modified potato starch, Moringa oliefera (moringa) oil, Citric acid, Abies picea (spruce knot) extract, Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf extract***, Citrus paradisi (grapefruit)*, Boswellia carteri (frankincense)*, Citrus aurantium amara (petitgrain)*, Cymbopogon martini (palma rosa)*, Cananga odorata (ylang ylang)*, Anthemis nobilis (Roman chamomile)*, Benzyl alcohol, potassium sorbate, Dehydroacetic acid, Limonene**, Linalool**, Geraniol** *natural pure essential oil **naturally occurring in essential oils ***certified organic ingredient
Balance Me Skin Bright Hydrating Mist (60ml)
Aqua, Rosa centifolia (rose) aqueous extract, Ananas sativus (pineapple) aqueous extract, Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-4 caprate, Sodium hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid), Citrus aurantium (neroli)*, Nardostachys jatamansi (spikenard)*, Rosa centifolia (rose absolute)*, Citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot)*, Pelargonium roseum asperum (rose geranium)*, Achillea millefolium (yarrow)*, Anthemis nobilis (Roman chamomile)*, Benzyl alcohol, Dehydroacetic acid, Limonene**, Linalool**, Citronellol**, Geraniol**
Balance Me Balancing Face Moisturiser (50ml)
Aqua, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric triglyceride, Polyglyceryl-3 dicitrate/stearate, Coco caprylate, Glyceryl stearate, Cetearyl alcohol, Oryza sativa (rice) bran oil, Limanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil, Moringa oliefera (moringa) oil, Abies picea (spruce knot) extract, Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf extract***, Citrus aurantium (neroli)*, Boswellia carteri (frankincense)*, Citrus aurantium amara (petitgrain)*, Citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot)*, Anthemis nobilis (Roman chamomile)*, Cymbopogon flexuosus (lemongrass)*, Cananga odorata (ylang ylang)*, Chondrus crispus (carrageenan) seaweed gum, Xanthan gum, Sodium stearoyl lactylate, Benzyl alcohol, Dehydroacetic acid, Citric acid, Potassium sorbate, Limonene**, Linalool**, Citral**, Farnesol**, Geraniol**, Benzyl benzoate**, Benzyl salicylate** *natural pure essential oil **naturally occurring in essential oils ***certified organic ingredient
Balance Me Natural Protection Daily Moisturiser SPF25 (40ml)
Aqua, Titanium Dioxide, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Coco Caprylate, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-2-dipolyhydroxystearate, Alumina, Stearic Acid, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Cellulose, Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui) Seed Oil, Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil, Crambe Abyssinica (Abyssinian) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract***, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Maltodextrin, Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Leaf Extract, Bisabolol, Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil*, Salvia Sclarea (Clary Sage) Leaf Oil*, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Oil*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil*, Boswellia Carterii (Frankincense) Gum Oil*, Agonis Fragrans (Fragonia) Leaf Oil*, Limonene**, Linalool**, Geranial**, Citral** *natural pure essential oil **naturally occurring in essential oils ***certified organic ingredient
Balance Me Rose Otto Hand Cream (50ml)
Aqua, Glycerin, Cetearyl alcohol, Caprylic/Capric triglyceride, Prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, Butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter***, Glyceryl stearate, Cetyl ricinoleate, Cera alba (beeswax), Cetearyl glucoside, Hydroxystearic/ Linolenic/ Oleic polyglycerides, Camellia oleifera (camellia) seed oil, Aleurites moluccana (kukui) nut oil, Lanolin, Rubus chamaemorus (cloudberry) seed extract, Rosa damascena (rose otto)*, Rosa centifolia (rose absolute)*, Cymbopogon martini (palmarosa)*, Pelargonium roseum asperum (rose geranium)*, Styrax benzoin (benzoin), Lavandula angustifolia (lavender)*, Citrus reticulata (mandarin red)*, Cananga odorata (ylang ylang)*, Anthemis nobilis (Roman chamomile)*, Pogostemon cablin (patchouli)*, Citrus aurantium amara (petitgrain)*, Xanthan gum, Chondrus crispus (carrageenan) seaweed gum, Sodium stearoyl lactate, Citric acid, Benzyl alcohol, Dehydroacetic acid, Potassium sorbate, Geraniol**, Linalool**, Farnesol**, Citral**, Limonene**, Citronellol**, Benzyl benzoate**, Benzyl alcohol**, Benzyl salicylate**