September 20, 2018

Gaelle Organic - SPLASH! - "Skincare for Timeless Beauty"



Do you remember the margarine brand that tasted so similar to real butter that one would be inspired to exclaim "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!"? 

It speaks to the quality and the horse-power of a product when, astonished at how well it's working, I go back to the ingredients list wondering "what is in this thing?!" and then to exclaim, "I Can't Believe It's 100% Natural!" That is precisely what happens when using Gaelle Organic's [pronounced like "Gail"] skin care line. Their products feel so good to the skin that it's hard to believe that all of their products are formulated with only Ecocert Certified organic and natural ingredients!

I had the opportunity to test out their newest product line "LES PETITES" before its [any-day-now] launch this fall. Not only are their products organic and cruelty free, they soon will be eco-conscious as well - a triple threat in the holistic skin care world! One of the benefits of their PETITES is that you can try and test their luxurious and artisanal skin care collection at a fraction of the cost, not to mention how perfectly sized they are for travel.

Check out this artfully illustrated interactive list where you can read about the benefits of each botanical ingredient in their products.


MASQUE SUPÉRIEURE

"Rich in sea minerals, seaweed extracts and clays, Masque Supérieure is fortified with essential minerals to revitalize the complexion." - Gaelle Organic

The Masque Supérieure hydrates more than any other I've experienced thus far from the green beauty world. The creamy, lotion-like formula feels like spreading a lightweight and lush chocolate mousse over the face - just heavenly - and this rich mask leaves my face feeling moisturized and dewy, and soft. A blend of white & red clay, aloe vera, botanical extracts, and essential oils – this mask truly exemplifies “Divine Intervention for Luminious skin.”

Unlike purely clay based masks [like a charcoal mask] whose purpose is to clarify, draw impurities out of pores and to exfoliate, this one is unique in that it focuses on infusing your skin with H2O - almost like a sheet mask - but without the sheet.

It's been the perfect addition to all of my most recent masking sessions and I've been enjoying getting creative with its uses. On days when I want to target my T-zone with a charcoal mask to tighten pores and soak up the excess oils in that area, instead of leaving the rest of my face exposed to dry out, I'll spread on the Masque Supérieure for optimal hydration.

A great thing about this mask is that it goes on fairly sheer which means I can walk around the house with it on and not scare my husband or my furry pets. The directions say to leave it on for 20-30 min but this is mask is so hydrating that I've gotten into the habit of leaving it on whilst brewing up a blog post [I'm actually wearing it now! haha].

Simplified Ingredient List - Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, White Clay, Glycerin, Safflower Seed Oil and/or Sunflower Seed Oil, Red Clay, Sesame Seed Oil, Coconut Oil, Rose Flower Water, Propanediol, Saccharomyces/Sea Silt Ferment, Jojoba Oil, Bladderwrack Extract, Irish Moss Extract, Lecithin, Sea Buckthorn Oil, Cucumber Fruit Extract, Peppermint Extract, Goji Fruit Extract, Acai Fruit Extract, Green Tea Extract, Calendula Extract, Rose Geranium Oil, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Beeswax, Carnauba Wax, Vit E, Xanthan Gum, Squalene, Beta-sitosterol, Aqua, Sodium Benzoate, Calcium Gluconate


EXFOLIANT SUPÉRIEURE


The Ex­fo­liant Supérieure is a hybrid of a gentle masking peel and exfoliant all in one. It's formulated with a mixture of finely milled pink salts and french sea salts, willow bark extract, and a blend of fairly non-comedogenic oils [comedogenic level of 2- jojoba, 0- safflower seed, 0- sunflower seed , 3- sesame seed , 2-olive, 4- coconut].

A unique and active ingredient, the willow bark works as an effective botanical extract. It contains salicin, the natural form of salicylic acid, [the chemical form of salicylic acid is used for many products targeting acne and breakouts] without the drawback of the synthetic form which can cause irritation and dryness! It's known and used for its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and "is also high in tannins, phenolic acids, flavonoids, and various minerals, all of which help soothe the skin and aid in cell regeneration, allowing for a more youthful, refreshed complexion." [munskin.com] Wow. Now take the effects of the willow bark extract and marry it with the exfoliating/cleansing qualities of the sea salts and voila, the Ex­fo­liant Supérieure is born.

Now to the "how to's" - Once every four days, while my face is still a little wet from cleansing, I'll take a teaspoon of the product and spread it all over my face. Then I'll let the organic oils and the plant extracts soak in to my pores to do their magic of refining and moisturizing for about 10min. [I wouldn't leave it on for much longer than 15-20min because the salts could have a drying effect.] Then I'll bring myself back to the sink and exfoliate my skin in a gentle circular motion with the sea salts. And as a side note, as with any physical exfoliate, a gentle touch is best. Although the salts are finely ground, there's always a chance, if rubbed too enthusiastically, to damage, irritate, and redden the skin. So turn on your most calming classical music in the background and channel fluffy, feather-filled pillowcases as you massage your face with the Ex­fo­liant Supérieure.

As a heads up, perhaps because of the blend of organic oils in this formula, my face usually feels slightly oily after having used this product. I've tried a couple different methods of washing it off, from using cold to warm water to the oil cleansing method of soaking a washcloth with hot enough water to soften the pores and to wipe away the leftover oil. The latter seems to work better. On days when I'm planning to sheet mask or apply a water based serum, I'll usually go in with a gentle foaming cleanser to wash away all the residual oil.

So if you have skin [dry, oily, aging, acne prone, irritated...] this gentle peel and exfoliator will have a purpose in your weekly skin care regimen.

Simplified Ingredient List - Bolivian Pink Salt or Himalayan Salt, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, French Gray Sea Salt, Jojoba Oil, Safflower Seed Oil and/or Sunflower Seed Oil, Sesame Seed Oil, Olive Fruit Oil, Beeswax, Shea Butter, Virgin Coconut Oil, Gluconolactone and Sodium Benzoate, Xanthan Gum, Willow Bark Extract, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Rose Geranium Oil, Bergamot Fruit Oil


CRÈME SUPÉRIEURE & ULTRA SENSITIVE CRÈME


If you're on the lookout to try an all-natural and organic moisturizer to satisfy your skin's hydration needs - especially as the temperature/humidity levels drop for the cooler seasons - keep your eyes peeled for Gaelle's Crème Supérieure and Ultra Sensitive Crème's PETITES. Their formula uses a unique blend of plant extracts and oils to bring natural radiance and youthfulness back to your skin. A single pot of creme from their PETITES line will last about 3 weeks, with morning and evening use, as just a tiny bit of product goes a long way.

These crèmes leave an incredibly dewy finish - almost too dewy to wear under foundation. But in the morning I wear them on my neck and décol­loté [upper chest, shoulder areas] to moisturize and to highlight the areas near the collarbone. As for an evening moisturizer, the crèmes are so rich and hydrating I don't ever feel the need to apply facial oil or an overnight mask on top, yet delicate enough that I don't feel the need for the extra step of eye cream - simplifying my skincare routine and shaving down precious minutes that I could be getting some beauty sleep!

They're very similar but if I had to choose one out of the two crèmes, I would say, [hmmm...] the Ultra Sensitive Crème. It is slightly lighter in texture than the Crème Supérieure, not to mention that the Ultra Sensitive Crème contains premature-aging-preventative antioxidants from edelweiss extracts. I don't have serious wrinkles as of yet but pesky fine lines around my eyes and smile lines are starting to show and I can use all the help I can get in nipping aging at the bud.

Now let's get into the nitty-gritty of what these crèmes are made out of! Fun, right? [haha] If you're not into that, feel free to scroll down past this part. In carefully studying and comparing their ingredient lists, the base for both of these moisturizers is aloe vera juice. Both formulations include a blend of similar oils - jojoba, sesame, olive, and coconut oil, with beeswax, and shea butter - with a few differences - the Ultra Sensitive Crème has saffron and/or sunflower oil while the Crème Supérieure has apricot kernel oil. They employ varying plant based essential oils and extracts - Evening Primrose Oil, Pomegranate Seed Oil, Chamomile Flower Oil, Rosemary Leaf Extract - for their natural benefitsSome hard-to-read ingredients you might not recognize right away [I checked for you!] are all considered safe by EWG and Paula's Choice and are linked for your reference here and also in the ingredient lists below -  Bovine [aka cattle] Colostrum PowderGluconolactone and Sodium Benzoate, and Beta-sitosterol.


Simplified Ingredient List of Crème Supérieure - Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Jojoba Oil, Sesame Seed Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Pomegranate Seed Oil, Beeswax, Olive Fruit Oil, Virgin Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Bovine Colostrum Powder, Gluconolactone and Sodium Benzoate, Glycerin (preservative), Ghee, Calendula Flower Extract, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Squalene, Litsea Cubeba Fruit Oil, Rose Geranium Oil, Beta-sitosterol

Simplified Ingredient List of Ultra Sensitive Crème - Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Safflower Seed Oil and/or Sunflower Seed Oil, Jojoba Oil, Sesame Seed Oil, Olive Fruit Oil, Bovine Colostrum Powder, Beeswax, Evening Primrose Oil, Pomegranate Seed Oil, Virgin Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Glycerin, Gluconolactone and Sodium Benzoate, Roman Chamomile Flower Oil, Edelweiss Flower/Leaf Extract, Rosemary Leaf Extract
pictured from left to right - Masque Supérieure, Ex­fo­liant Supérieure, Crème Supérieure and Ultra Sensitive Crème

To close, I want to highlight the woman behind this skin care line - Ms. Gaelle herself. It's always a pleasure to get to know and understand the soul and heart behind a skin care collection. A former model turned esthetician, she shares her philosophy, wisdom and stories of her journey to clean beauty on her blog. Her published posts include skin care tips on how to age beautifully, simplifying a skin care routine to the essentials and how a single great moisturizer is all you need for all your skin care needs, and the story of how she discovered the best exfoliant ever. Her philosophy of skin care is mindful and encourages all of us to continue a holistic lifestyle - taking care of the skin through well-being, proper nutrition, and exercise. At 60-something years old with beautifully glowing skin, her personal skin care collection - now available to all of us - is absolutely worth looking into.

Have a BEAUTY-FULL day!
xoxo
Grace

*These products from the PETITES line were kindly gifted by Gaelle Organic for an honest review.

All images © 2018 Grace Song Photography
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2 comments

  1. That's a complete review of the product and the brand!! I love so much your splash pictures ahah!
    xoxo
    Manon

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    1. Thanks Manon for your sweet message! I enjoyed Gaelle Organic's petites so much that I'm getting a full size of their mask and will be trying their serum and toner soon. Hopefully those will also be a hit! They're an all-around lovely natural skin care line that I would recommend to most skin types - especially those with aging concerns and normal to dry skin. xoxoxo Grace

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