I’ve had the good fortune to receive samples of everything music CD’s to pillows filled with tea. The one category that I always approach with a bit of skepticism is beauty products. Apologies in advance to my male readers, the struggle is real! I have sensitive, blemish-prone combination skin that gets painfully dry in the winter months. Cleansers, toners and moisturizers that won’t make matters worse are very hard to find. It took a lot of experimentation and wasted money at Sephora to get things figured out.
Rob Murray from Puritea Naturals impressed me before even sending samples because he wrote a personal but professional email that showed he had actually read my blog. You’d be surprised at how few companies do that. He’s also a fellow New Jersey native so that automatically add some awesome points. He generously sent me full sized bottles of both of their products. Here’s a bit about my experience:
The toner doesn’t have much of an aroma. There was just a touch of the fermentation smell from the kombucha but it wasn’t gross or off putting at all. I really liked the fresh, slightly tingly feeling that I had after using it. There was a noticeable difference in the number of blemishes over time. The few that I did get were not as angry and disappeared faster than they usually would have.
Puritea’s all natural Kombucha Facial Toner is made from only a handful of high-quality, natural ingredients to give you a healthy way to remove blemishes, shrink pores, and brighten your complexion
Ingredients: Kombucha, Witch Hazel Hydrosol, Organic Chamomile Extract, Organic Calendula Extract, Distilled Water
Green Tea Moisturizer
The moisturizer basically resembles very green coconut oil. It smells like matcha and that makes me so very happy. The directions recommended using it at night. I was worried about making my pillow greasy but that hasn’t been an issue at all. My skin absorbed the moisturizer quickly, leaving behind a soft and smooth feeling. I’ve been amazed at how much less dry my skin is during the day, even during a bitter cold spell. I’m in my early 30’s so the age-defying aspect is yet to be evaluated (I hope).
This deeply moisturizing face cream contains 10 simple ingredients that each serve to nourish and provide instant hydration to your skin. It is enriched with age-defying Vitamin C and can be used every day as a part of your daily skincare routine.
Ingredients: Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Macadamia Oil, Green Tea Extract, Organic Matcha Green Tea, Organic Kelp, Organic Pomegranate Oil, Vitamin-C (L-ascorbic Acid), Lavender Oil, Vegetable Glycerin
I’ve been using both of these products along with my regular cleanser since February. I’m sure you get the picture but I highly recommend them. In fact, I like them so much that I asked Rob if he could make travel sizes. That would make it much easier to take them with me to World Tea Expo or even to give as small gifts.
Samples provided by Puritea Naturals.