Earthwise Beauty Review Part II

A little over a month has passed since I have been using these products in my daily routine, switching them in for AMBAR products. I now feel confident enough to give a review on the remainder of my Earthwise Beauty Haul (read Part I here). Below I talk about 3 products: Nap in the Meadow, Carrot-A-Day, and Tigress Balm.

I want to specify that some of her products are recommended to be refrigerated, such as Nap in the Meadow: “Ideally REFRIGERATE, which protects freshness and enhances the cooling, refreshing, and de-puffing properties.” I’m a bit too lazy to go to my fridge and then apply the product, so I keep everything in my bathroom cabinet- a setting which does not contain windows and thus no direct exposure to sunlight- for the sake of convenience. This especially works well during winter, when the weather is cooler. I’m also using these products day and night, rather than keeping them in my cabinet and using them months later. Ambrosia del Cerrado, for example, is guaranteed freshness for 6 months, but I use it up in less than 2.

Nap In the Meadow ($16-$100 for 0.25 FL OZ – 2 FL OZ)

Nap in the Meadow

This is a soothing serum (click here for more info) that I decided to buy for its hydrating and anti-inflammatory benefits. Earthwise Beauty states that:

“Nap in the Meadow delivers a broad range of benefits in a single product: deep hydration, strong anti-inflammatory action, anti-oxidants, anti-aging benefits, refreshing effects, and even some acne reducing, tissue repairing, and sunburn and sun damage repair.”

It’s a beautiful light blue color (all her products have the loveliest colors) and is quite thin/watery in texture (there is no water contained, this is simply to describe the formula and emphasize how lightweight it is). I love how her products use aloe vera as their base over plain water, as it makes for truly hydrating and healing concoctions. I highly suggest you check their site out for a detailed description of why Ava chose each ingredient, and you can see for yourself what an impressive list this product consists of, as well as all of her products.

I actually add a drop of moss’s Zen Psychic into this serum once in a while, to boost its anti-inflammatory effects even more as well as further address congestion. This product sinks directly into my skin with ease, and afterwords my skin feels so soothed and comfortable, if that makes sense to you. At times I will combine this with other products for a micro-emulsion (particularly a good option with oils), otherwise I will layer my serums one at a time. It reminds me of the Hydrating Mineral Gelee from AMBAR in the general sense that both are soothing, hydrating, and are great for creating micro-emulsions with oils. I personally prefer the HMG from AMBAR, however, for those oil micro-emulsions.

In terms of repurchasing, I will not immediately replace this product once it runs out, whereas with other Earthwise products such as Ambrosia del Cerrado, Carrot-A-Day, and Tigress, I feel compelled to do the same. As I can get hydration and anti-inflammatory benefits from other multi-tasking products, it’s not an immediate need for me to continue using Nap in the Meadow. Keep in mind the results from any product are seen after a period of time, however for Nap in the Meadow I don’t see any immediate change in my skin when I apply it, as opposed to the immediate skin-softening, smoothing hydration I get from Ambrosia del Cerrado or immediate firming and plumping benefits from Carrot-A-Day. But is it still on my list of items to consider repurchasing? Yes. With skin that took a lot of damage from acids and peels, this has been a great addition to my skincare routine. I think this product is wonderful to use in improving skin texture due to it’s soothing, healing, and hydrating properties. So if you’re skin feels dehydrated and damaged, take a break from products and try this serum out.

Ingredients: Cold-press aloe barbadensis leaf juice*, Sambucus nigra (elderberry) fruit extract, Curcuma longa (turmeric) root Supercritical CO2 Select* extract*, caprylyl capryl glucoside (naturally derived), Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil (* and †), Achillea millefolium (yarrow) oil*, Helichrysum italicum (Italian everlasting) oil†, Marticaria recutita (German blue chamomile) oil*, potassium sorbate (natural food-grade preservative), organic Pelargonium graveolens (geranium bourbon) oil, Pelargonium roseum (geranium rose) oil*, Copaifera officinalis (copaiba balsam) resin†, Ferula galbaniflua (galbanum) essential oil*, xanthan gum, ascorbic acid (vit. C), wildflower essences†. {*Certified organic. †Responsibly wildcrafted. Aloe certified by the International Aloe Science Council (IASC) for purity and content}

Carrot-A-Day, Sensitive ($16-$100 for 0.25 FL OZ – 2 FL OZ)

Carrot a Day

Another winner in my book, Carrot-A-Day (click here for more info) is now one of my top favorite serums. It is once again a product thin in form but powerful in performance. Earthwise Beauty states that:

“The main active ingredient here is carrot seed essential oil, one of the most effective skin tissue regenerating ingredients, which also contains natural sun-blocking and sun-damage-preventing and -correcting properties.”

I was originally interested in the powerful benefits of carrot seed oil after eyeing Odacite’s CaR concentrate, so when I saw this product in the line up, I knew I had to try it out. What I love about this thin gel-like serum is that it is immediately firming and plumping upon application, and once again easily absorbs into the skin with a matte-like finish. There is a slight sticky feel on my skin afterwords, but not enough to actually bother me. Using it under my eyes is another great option due to all these properties. Ambrosia del Cerrado, Nap in the Meadow, Carrot-A-Day – these are all lightweight serums which absorb quickly and layer very well with other products. That’s what makes me love Earthwise Beauty products so much. Incorporating this particular serum has been great for my skin as it’s hydrating without being heavy or clogging my pores, brightening, lightening for scars, and also has worked well in improving fine lines. I also now love to layer this with Maya Chia’s Eye Achiever to further the brightening and de-puffing results under my eyes.

Ingredients: Cold-press aloe barbadensis juice*, Daucus carota (carrot) seed essential oil*, natural non-GMO tocopherol (vit. E from sunflowers), Helichrysum italicum (Italian everlasting) oil*, Marticaria recutita (German blue chamomile) oil*, Mentha spicata (spearmint) oil*, caprylyl capryl glucoside  (naturally derived), potassium sorbate (natural food-grade preservative), xanthan gum, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) extract, ascorbic acid (vit. C), citric acid. {*Certified organic. Aloe certified by the International Aloe Science Council (IASC) for purity and content)

Tigress Facial Balm ($22-$100 for 0.25 FL OZ – 1.2 FL OZ)

I have already spoken highly about this balm (see here), and I want to continue my review here. When I first opened the product, I was a little shocked by the scent- and not in a good way. It was quite overpowering and very strong. I didn’t expect it to grow on me, but I was surprised when it did. Lately I find that I’m starting to crave stronger, muskier scents that aren’t necessarily fruity or light. The heavy, tobacco scent of Tigress is refreshingly new in an industry which either attempts to mask the true fragrances of ingredients with synthetic additives, or aims to create blends for sweeter, lighter smells. Another benefit of finding the right products in the green industry is that you will not have this “scent-washing,” but rather you will get products formulated with powerful ingredients and whether their scent appeals to the general public or not, the ingredients are chosen for the sake of efficacy. Ava is one such formulator to be appreciated for this; for example in her decision to include spikenard as an ingredients, she states that

“Topically, spikenard is renowned for helping with stubborn skin issues, particularly acne, psoriasis, eczema, and scalp problems. It is a powerful tissue regenerator but still very gentle. It is almost never found in luxury skin care products because its deep herbal scent does not lend itself to ethereal formulas with rose or jasmine as the focus. We combined a small percentage of spikenard of a particularly refreshing, green variety into our well-balanced, contemporary scent.”

As much as I love the fragrances that are floral- particularly that of rose- or sweeter, I am now finding I also appreciate the stronger scents just as much. They give a sense of grounding and energy in a way that lighter blends can’t compete with. As stated with the example of spikenard, and parallels with the rest of Earthwise Beauty products, all the ingredients contained in this balm are effective, unique, and pure- you won’t find any fillers here. Once again they are listed in detail on the site (click here for more info), but the main takeaway for this particular product is that this is a wonderful concoction of healing, anti-inflammatory, acne-fighting, oil-balancing ingredients.

I am thoroughly impressed with this formulation: very rich yet easily absorbable and non-greasy, thick yet buttery and creamy, solid yet melts easy. These paradoxes are what makes this product so unique and successful amidst a whole plethora of balms in the green beauty world, a lot of which contain beeswax and are a little too rich to be friendly for acneic and oily skin. This balm does a wonderful job in not only balancing my oil production, but also in healing and helping to prevent breakouts. For the first time, during the luteal phase of my cycle (14-28), I also didn’t experience any breakouts on my face except one on my chin which faded after a day (also thanks to my spot treatments), even though my diet has been a mess during the holiday months. I’ve been incorporating Earthwise Beauty products into my daily routine for the past month and a half- Tigress has been used day and night- and if that doesn’t attest to their efficacy, I’m not sure what can!

Final Words…

I am very impressed with how easily absorbed, pure, and effective all of Ava’s creations. She truly is a skilled formulator, creating fun and unique skincare products that are made to impress. It is now without a doubt one of my favorite brands for my acne prone and oily skin.

Earthwise Beauty

The products I will repurchase when they run out are: Amborisa del Cerrado, Carrot-A-Day, and Tigress. Ambrosia is my favorite toner at this point, Tigress my top face balm, and Carrot-A-Day I’m obsessed with as a firming, corrective facial serum I can layer under other products.

What I would love to see from this line…

They have it all: Cleansers, Toners, Moisturizers, Masks, Oils for different skin types. What would be interesting, however, is to see a gentle exfoliating serum/peel in their product line-up.