Revisiting Green Beauty Favourites *

Revisiting natural skincare products is always fun, but even more so when they used to be favourites!  Today I'm retrying products that used to top my best of lists to see if they still stand up to the hype...

Ben & Anna, Flaya, Esse, Trilogy, and Balm Balm natural skincare products

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Have you ever raved about a product, but then just... Stopped using it?  Either it was sold out for a while, you found something new, or you couldn't afford it for a bit, and so the beauty of the formula just slipped your mind for a while.  Well, that's what today is all about!  Natural skincare products I have loved in the past and am revisiting to see if the magic is still alive.

Ben & Anna plastic free mouthwash in front of green plants

Ben & Anna Natural Toothpaste White

Past Thoughts: Would buy again! Plastic free and gentle on mouth while feeling effective.  It freshens breath and leaves mouth feeling clean. It does have an oddly bitter aftertaste, but really impressed overall.

Current Thoughts: While I do still quite like this mouthwash and it is the best plastic free option I have tried, I haven't been as drawn to it as I anticipated.  The taste isn't my favourite, and while it does give me a clean feeling and fresher breath, I just don't find myself reaching for it that often.  The bitterness is just a little too off putting.  I'll keep searching for my perfect fit.

Trilogy Blemish Control Gel on a red floral decoration

Trilogy Blemish Control Gel

Past Thoughts: If I have a breakout, especially if it is cystic acne (which I get if coconut oil is even near me it seems), I just pop a bit of this gel on and let it rest overnight.  The next day the spot has severely reduced in size and is much less angry.  After a few applications it is all but gone!  It does sting a little when first applied, but that quickly settles and it doesn't leave any redness.  The Blemish Control Gel is definitely my holy grail spot treatment, and I haven't found one better!

Current Thoughts: This definitely has the be one of the fastest acting blemish treatments I have ever tried.  I was really disappointed when they discontinued it, but then suddenly it was back in the range and I immediately snapped one up from Love Lula.  But weirdly, now that the brand has had a little reboot in the packaging it is no longer in the lineup again.  Hopefully it will be back soon because if you feel a spot coming on, this will zap it gone.  Just apply a little bit and it sorts it out almost overnight.  The formula is really effective, though with that comes a bit of a compromise -- it really dries out the skin.  This isn't something to apply every single day because if you do you'll end up with dry flaky patches.  However, if you want a breakout treated ASAP, then this is the perfect choice.  I love it for angry spots in particular, as it draws out the gunk and helps get rid of the pain and inflammation.  Overall, I still am really happy with this an will continue to use it.

Esse Gel Cleanser natural skincare

Esse Gel Cleanser

Past Thoughts: I love this stuff -- everything about it is seriously great. The smell is minty and fresh, the gel consistency is perfectly smooth, and the formula helps keep my skin clear and radiant. This gel cleanser is light and refreshing, and works into the skin really effectively. I didn't find it drying at all, and I seriously love the scent.

Current Thoughts: The love continues! I am still totally obsessed with the clean and revitalizing aroma of spearmint and peppermint as it just awakens my senses and feels so cooling on my face. It does a brilliant job of cleansing away dirt and grime, and it really resets the skin. I do find the essential oils a little overpowering at times, so if my face is experiencing any sensitivity I tend to go for a different product, but on the whole I can't get enough of this formula. Plus, with antioxidants that help protect and repair I feel like I am getting the benefits I want in each step of my routine.

Balm Balm Rose Floral Water Hydrosol on top of festive decoration

Balm Balm Rose Floral Water

Past Thoughts: The rose water is probably my favourite of the four, as I find it completely refreshing and gives me a glowy, revived look after using.  If I am having trouble concentrating on my work, I can lightly spray this and wake myself right up, or if I am feeling a bit warm or sticky, this is my go to for feeling fresh.

Current Thoughts: This is one product that never fails to disappoint.  I mean, it's super affordable, comes in a great size, and works wonders as a multi-tasker.  The rose scent is not too overpowering and is actually pretty soothing for both the senses and the skin.  It's a lovely floral aroma, and I find the mist is refreshing, cooling, and hydrating.  I especially love using this to wipe away any excess makeup in the mornings as well as a skin reset when I get home from work.

Flaya Natural Organic Perfume on a copy of Wonders of the World

Flaya Island Organic Perfume

Past Thoughts: This vegan friendly perfume brand uses natural and organic ingredients to craft amazing scent profiles that actually last for a fair amount of time.  Each one I've tried so far is fairly sweet, juicy, and just so different from the other natural perfumes I have used in the past.  Island is cheerful yet sensual with notes of ylang ylang.

Current Thoughts: I am still totally obsessed with this perfume, and the price point means I can actually afford to buy it when I run out which is a huge plus.  The aroma is incredible, and the staying power is pretty impressive too. I love how this isn't your run of the mill scent - it actually is unique and stands out with the delicate sweet notes and magical dose of ylang ylang.  It's beautiful.  And the organic perfume is pretty gentle on the lungs too. I never end up sneezing or feeling sick (which happens with a ton of mainstream perfumes!), and I adore getting a whiff of the fragrance during the day.  This is seriously one special brand.

Ben & Anna, Flaya, Esse, Balm Balm, and Trilogy roundup of natural beauty products

So what are your old favourites that you haven't revisited in a while?  Do you think they would still stand the test of time?  Often I find that green beauty treatments that I used to really enjoy just don't suit my skin type anymore or have an ingredient list I am not comfortable with.  Other times, the brand itself has caused me to rethink my choices.  There are a lot of reasons you might stop using a product, and I think it is worth thinking about!  What's your opinion? xx

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