August 12, 2018

Stopping to Smell... Evanhealy's Rose Face Care Kit

I'm always drawn to pretty little things in dainty packaging. What about you?
Have you seen these adorably curated boxes of Evanhealy face kits? So Pretty!

Evanhealy is one of the seminal and earliest natural skincare companies - formed almost twenty years ago! This description may sound a little hippy-ish, but their holistic, handcrafted, and sustainable approach to the creation of their skin care products sets them apart from other toxin-free brands. 100% of their ingredients are natural, much of it USDA organic with no artificial fragrance, preservatives, or fillers, and also vegan [except for the use of beeswax]. Ms. Evan Healy was an aesthetician in the skin care industry for over 30 years before becoming one of the first to identify the need for holistic beauty and co-founding Evanhealy in 1984!

"I developed evanhealy based on my experience that the less you interfere with the skin’s own ability to achieve balance the better. The concept of ‘less is more’ is consistently missed by a beauty industry fueled by the ‘ingredient du jour’. I’ve taken my love of plants, and my experience of what works on the skin, and created a selection of simple plant-based skin care that radically changes how women view their skin." - Evan Healy

There are three Face Care Sets available for every skin type - Rose for normal skin, Blue for sensitive skin, and the Blemish set for those with acne prone skin. Each box comes with five items - a small bottle of cleanser, hydrosoul, serum, moisturizer, and clay mask. These kits are great if you tend to have sensitive or reactive skin and you're wanting to experience Evanhealy products without having to commit to their full sizes, or if you're traveling for a time and are wanting an easily packable, fuss-free set to bring along. This set retails for $34 and mine lasted for about 11 days - with a generous application of the products in the morning and in the evening. 

I've been on such a flower high recently with Thayer's Rose Water Toner that I thought I would give Evenhealy's rose kit a try! This skin care collection is prepared for those with dry, oily and combination skin and uses the natural properties of rose geranium and carrot seed oils to balance the skin. This is all yet to be scientifically proven, but rose geranium, the main active ingredient, is used in the holistic community for its antibacterial properties, for treating inflammation and acne, promoting radiant skin and much more. Let's take a look at the five main characters that come inside this pretty box and see if they perform as well as they look!

Rose Cleansing Milk

This is a gentle coconut and shea butter based cleanser with essential oils and extractions from flowers and herbs. To use, you mix two to three pumps of this cleanser with a few drops of lukewarm water, massage it into the face and neck, and then rinse off thoroughly with warm water.

My Experience - I used this cleanser after having removed all of my makeup but  sometimes I felt like this formula didn't leave me feeling clean. I am all for massaging the face to gently remove impurities from my pores but I'm also mindful of not stretching my skin in order to maintain its elasticity for as long as possible. With this oil formula, it took some vigorous rubbing to remove the cleanser itself and even then it left a film of oil, which, then, I had to take off with toner pads. Although the ingredients sound like it could benefit my skin, the actual process of washing my face with this product makes me a little uneasy for my skin's long-term suppleness.

Rose Geranium HydroSoul & the Rosehip Treatment Serum

I don't think I could explain what a hydrosoul is as well as Evan Healy, so here's what she says: "This fluid ‘plant-milk’ embodies the soul of the plant, symbolizing a transformation of spirit (ether) into matter (water). Aromatic molecules are part of the plant’s immune system, and a hydrosol represents the watery aspect of this complex, intelligent system – a system that has biologically adapted over millions of years to live in symbiotic harmony with its environment. hydrosols are gentle botanical remedies and their extraordinary aromatic vitality acts to subtly reawaken the quiet connection we have to nature."

Do you understand what a hydrosoul is now? [head scratch]  A couple drops of the rosehip oil serum and several spritzes of the rose geranium hydrosoul are blended together in the palms of the hands and pressed onto the face and neck area. You could use the serum on its own but the instructions recommend blending them in order to "mimic the natural environment of the skin" and boost the effects of the serum. Together, they are supposed to balance your oily and dry areas by maintaining the health of your acid mantle (a protective film on the surface of your skin).

My Experience - This water based hydrosoul smelled subtly sweet of flowers with a bit of an earthy musk - like freshly cut grass. I don't know if you use oils but I've got primarily dry skin and my skin really benefits from putting oils on my face.  I enjoy the blend of the varying oils in this particular formula and I appreciate this hydrating step in the kit's skin care routine. For me personally, if I were to purchase the full sizes, I would buy the rosehip oil serum and perhaps pass on the hydrosoul.

Ingredients in the Rosehip Treatement Facial Serum - Rosehip Seed Fruit Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Rose Geranium Oil, Carrot Fruit Oil, Sandalwood Wood Oil, Lavender Flower Oil, Rose Otto Flower Oil, Vitamin E [all the ingredients are USDA organic] 

Rose Vetiver Day Moisturizer

The Day Moisturizer is the final step of the rose skin care regimen and is used as a hydrating and protective barrier for the skin. Its formula has the essential oils- rose geranium, carrot seed oil - like the rest of the kit and also vetiver [a plant originating from India used for its antiseptic properties], mallow, horsetail and green tea for a boost of antioxidants and argon, sunflower and jojoba oils to  "moisturize, soften, create suppleness and protect skin."

My Experience - As I shared before. My skin - face and body - is naturally dry. Which means that if I'm not adding sufficient amounts of the right types of oils to my face, I'll most likely be dealing with flake-y patches around my mouth and cheeks - definitely not pretty to look at and especially difficult to work with when putting on foundation. Because of this, I really appreciate any help I can get in hydrating my face and I can very easily tell if a moisturizer is doing what it's supposed to do - or not doing what it says it will do. 

With that being said, I thought this moisturizer was okay. If you have oily or combination skin, this one might actually work wonderfully for you. But for me, especially with my aging skin concerns, I needed a little bit more oomph. When I put on a normal amount of lotion, it just didn't feel hydrating enough. But if I put on more, it felt slightly more hydrating but felt thick, didn't absorb well, and left a film of dried moisturizer on top of my face.

French Rose Clay

To end on a positive note - I like the French Rose Clay Mask quite a bit! There are only two ingredients - Pink Clay (Kaolinite), Rhassoul (Moroccan Lava Clay) - and, although I'm not sure why the mask is named "rose" or "French," I found this mask to be excellent at gently exfoliating and effective at refining and cleaning my pores! This weekly mask treatment slewed off dead skin on top of my skin which helped keep potential breakouts at bay. And after each masking, I could tell immediately that my skin felt smooth and polished and looked bright and glowing!

My Final Thoughts - So, did I like Evanhealy's Rose Face Care Kit? Yes. Would I be tempted to purchase the full sizes? Perhaps the facial serum and the clay mask. I think this kit would be a good match for someone in their late teens/early twenties with normal to oily skin. For folks with dry and/aging skin, [like moi] I can't say for sure that this skin care routine will be nourishing or hydrating enough to address your needs.

I do, theoretically, enjoy Ms. Evan Healy's theology of balancing the skin by not interfering with the its natural ability to take care of itself - it sounds so... harmonious! And even though I love the fact that Evanhealy's products avoid potentially unsafe chemicals, sometimes, the performance of their all natural formula leaves something to be desired.

Whew, that was long... Thanks for hanging out with me! You've been a trooper!
Wishing you a Beauty-Full day.

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