I’m a great fan of sustainable and ethical products and think we should all try and shop a bit smarter. When it comes to ethical beauty, there’s often an air of worthiness that for some is off putting.
While many of us grew up with Body Shop and, roll on a decade or so, Lush; I don’t think either of these companies keep pace with developments in the beauty industry and make up trends. And to be perfectly honest; while I’m happy for my teenage daughter to use their products, neither of these brands offer the high end luxury experience that I want to replace.
As a fan of shops like Space NK, I’m used to seeing and buying niche brands and over the years, I’ve become loyal to quite a few. I’ve tried just about everything Creme de le Mere, Dr Sebagh, Philosophy and Aesop through to Clinique, Kiehls, Dr Hauschka and Elemis. But I hadn’t heard of Arbonne at all until a few months ago.
It’s a word of mouth product, sold through network sales so it’s something you’re going to hear about rather than see advertising for or on the shelf of your local chemist or beauty retailer. My interest was piqued because it’s a vegan range. So what are the products like?
The range is phenomenal; it’s got all the latest primers, serums and cc creams you could wish for. Their performance is pretty much on par with a lot of the quality ranges I have used and pricing is not bad either. It’s around the same as some of the stuff I usually buy, and if you work with an Arbonne consultant you can get all sorts of goodies and discounts too.
What am I switching?
Easy on the Eye Make Up Remover, £15 for 118ml
I can only describe this product as miraculous. I use waterproof mascara and black eyeliner,which needs careful handling when removing. My product of habit is Clarins Instant Eye Make Up Remover, £18 for 125ml but it doesn’t quite do the trick of cleaning all the make up off in one go. However, the Arbonne equivalent does the job brilliantly without irritating my eyes or leaving a greasy film on my skin.
Both products are used the same way; shake the bottle to merge the two liquids, then put some on a cotton wool eye make up remover pad and sit it on the eye for 10 seconds or more. This dissolves the make up and it comes off easily as you wipe your eye. The Clarins product often leaves behind some mascara so it’s not brilliant. Chanel and Clinique both do similar products but they don’t perform as well as the Arbonne one.
I’m a great fan of home facials and love Eve Lom’s Rescue Mask so did a road test of the Arbonne deep cleansing mask. It has less clay than Eve Lom, which I sometimes find a bit harsh on my skin, and doesn’t come with a muslin so probably not fair to do a like for like test. As it is not such a profound blitz for as the skin as the Eve Lom mask, I would say use this for weekly facials. I really enjoyed it, the texture is great and it’s a new addition to my weekly regime.
You can find out more about Arbonne here.