I’m into testing skincare products right now that are effective but also a little more elegant. So here are three: Apiceuticals takes goodness from the bees. Phytomer takes goodness from the seas. Brownlee & Company focuses on distressed skin that also needs soothing TLC,
Bees are the BEST!
Bees are amazing. And, who doesn’t love honey? But bees can give us important beauty and wellness benefits, too. For example, Apiceuticals Body Lotion and Shower Gel Antioxidant Body Care Duo ($49). These feature Propowax™Apiceuticals’ patented living honeycomb. It’s a blend of organic bee ingredients for the continued release of antioxidants. This means anti-aging and anti-pollutant protection for your skin.
There is no damage to the bees. Apiceuticals uses sustainable beekeeping in the Arcadian mountains in Greece. The honey-based products actually smell deliciously floral and herbal, but not like honey. Still, to remind you that this skincare is courtesy of bees, there is a bit of honeycomb in the shower gel which you might just see floating at the top of the golden gel in my photo above.
Bee a Good Friend:
This duo would make a lovely gift for a friend or for your weekend host/hostess. The shower gel is lovely and lathers nicely. A plastic flip-top bottle with a coppery collar makes it pretty in the shower. I also really liked the plastic pump bottle of Body Lotion. It is in a white plastic bottle and coordinates its scent with the shower gel. It also contains lemon balm aloe vera, olive, maracuja, almond oil, and grape seed oil.
The cost is approximately $23-$141, Apiceutcals has hair care too, along with premium oils, cryotherapy seats, and organic honey. Canadian honey is the gift of nature for health, euphoria, and strength and our bee products bring you all the bounty of Arcadia, restoring the pure beauty of nature within you. Visit https://www.apiceuticals.com/
Happy 50th Anniversary Phytomer!
It’s Phytomer’s 50th anniversary and they’re celebrating with a brand new product. The Oligo 6 Marine Concentrate with Vitamins, Prebiotic Complex and Trace Elements. This lightly floral scented liquidy gel is in an opaque blue glass bottle with a dropper tip. The top six actives in this liquidy gel offer a vitality boost for your skin with 94% natural ingredients The key ingredients are Phytomer’s signature Oligomer seawater concentrate ((seawater concentrate with magnesium that strengthens the epidermis of the skin). It also has a prebiotic complex of algae extracts, marine sugars, and marine spring water. there are also revitalizing Vitamin C, Provitamin B5, Vitamin B3, and Vitamin E. Together, they provide super hydration and more energy to boost cells and make your skin better.
The press literature says to pat, not massage the liquid into your face. No matter how you apply it you’ll notice that it quickly is absorbed. This new ultramarine formula does pep up your skin. Over time, it might not just look better. It might be better!
Phytomer also has several elegant skincare sets in travel sizes. I received 0.5 oz. tubes of Phytomer CityLife Face and Eye Contour Sorbet Cream (from their anti-pollution line) and Hydrasea Night Plumping Rich Cream plus a Gentle Milk Cleanser and Rosee Visage Toning Cleanser ( fl. oz.). Although I love the full sizes, I also appreciate the fact that Phytomer has some travel sets that allow me to take my favorites along on vacation. For more information about Phytomer products visit https://www.phytomerusa.com/
Skin by Brownlee & Co
Advicesisters.com was recently introduced to Skin by Brownlee & Co. Skin by Brownlee & Co. is a Cincinnati Black-owned niche skin expertise clinic specializing in the treatment of acne and hyperpigmentation in the skin. They also have a nice line of products that you can purchase online. We reviewed their unique sunscreen in a luxury sunscreen article already. However, in our package, we received three other really nice products also from the anti-aging collection. The photo above shows all four (read sunscreen review).
What grabbed my attention right away is that these products are housed in glass. I love that because it is more upscale and elegant. But glass can shatter. If you live with a bunch of active kids and pets, be sure you don’t leave these where little hands or big paws can knock them over and break them. I noticed that a few of these products were also being sold at Target including the Balancing Face Cleanser with aloe vera, panthenol, and glycerin.
Balancing Face Cleanser:
So I’ll start with a review of the Balancing Face Cleanser. As I already mentioned the products are in glass containers. A nice touch is a reminder on the clear glass with gender-neutral beige and copper labels is a reminder to use SPF for sun protection. This one has a spray pump top. You apply some to damp skin, work it into a lather, and rinse. Repeat if you wish. The unscented gel is good for most skin types and helps to balance the skin’s natural pH level without drying your skin.
Cucumber Refreshing Mist:
Another product I really liked was the Cucumber Refreshing Mist. You may have used cucumber slices on your eyes in the past, to de-puff them. This refreshing liquid toner is also in a glass bottle with a spray diffuser top. Use before your serums or to set your makeup. I love the scent of fresh cucumber, and this one with Cucumber water, hydrating aloe leaf juice, exfoliating white willow bark extract, and tea tree leaf oil makes me feel pampered every time I use it. It just makes me feel good. Recommended for all skin types. It’s also acne and eczema friendly.
Tip: put it in the fridge to make a cooling and refreshing spray that revives you. It’s especially good after you’re been in the heat
Aloe Protect Soothing Cream:
The last product I tested out was the Aloe Protect Soothing Cream for Mildly Stressed or Dehydrated Skin, this one is in a glass jar with a screw top and no applicator. If there is anything I dislike, it is sticking my fingers into a jar of cream. For starters, it’s messy. And also, it contaminates the product more quickly. But that said, if your skin feels dry, irritated, or tight, this luxurious gel/cream with calming Aloe and Hydrocortisone makes the dry tight feeling go away almost instantly. You don’t need more than a small amount, maybe the size of a dime. It’s gentle and soothing and my new go-to when I need non-greasy but seriously hydrating TLC for my face. TO learn more visit https://www.skinbybrownleeandco.com/