I recently tried out a combo of sample products from Lily Organics
, a line that uses all natural organic ingredients without synthetics. I tried out their Nourishing Facial Cleanser, Organic Rose Facial Toner, Rejuvenating Enzyme Mask and Organic Moisturizing Cream. While I can't say I loved each and every product, I did feel like their mask/moisturizer combo has made a big difference in how soft my skin feels. I’ve been using it before bed and waking up to incredibly soft skin with a glow. The cleanser and toner seem to give me only a light clean -- for someone who wears concealer and sometimes foundation during the day, I need a little more than that! As great as the mask and moisturizer are though, I do have a one complaint – they don’t smell all that great. But if you can get over that, I feel the two are quite effective. Here are my likes and gripes of each product:
Nourishing Facial Cleanser ($16.39 for 3.4 fl oz): Rejected
The first thing I thought when I used this was how overpowering the smell of witch hazel
was. The cleanser is non-foaming, and a little on the slimy side. It does have soothing almond oil soap, and brightening lemon juice, but it also contains lavender and tree tea oil (two ingredients that according to the book Toxic Beauty
which I reviewed recently should NOT be going on your face). I felt like I only got a superficial clean instead of a deep cleaning I normally prefer.
Organic Rose Facial Toner ($19.99 for 3.4 fl oz): Rejected
What the cleanser leaves behind, I feel like the toner picks up a bit -- but not by a lot. I can’t remember the last time I used a toner
, mainly because many of them fall into the astringent category and contain alcohol which can be very drying. This one, though, is pretty gentle – no stinging at all and only contains water, organic rose bud tincture, kosher vegetable glycerin
, rose essential oil and smells, well, rosey. Although I could respect that it didn’t burn, it also doesn't contain any ingredients that seem to do much except act as a pick-me-up – an added step my skin could probably skip.
Rejuvenating Enzyme Mask ($28.79 for 1.66 fl oz): Recommended
After the toner, I applied the Enzyme Mask, which looks like a honey/sugar concoction you could make in your kitchen. As I mentioned, the raw honey smell was a bit offensive at first. But where it lacks in fragrance, it does make up in ingredients, including exfoliating papaya and pineapple (two ingredients my skin seems to love, as it also favors 100% Pure Pineapple Enzyme Facial Peel
). Honey, a natural humectant draws moisture into the skin, is a main ingredient as well as lily which the brand says helps fades dark spots and pigmentation. Another plus is horsetail which improves circulation and boosts connective tissue. I think of all the products, this probably contributed the most to my softer, brighter skin -- especially beneficial for dry or dull skin types.
Organic Moisturizing Cream ($33.49 for 2 fl oz): Recommended
Finally, I end with this moisturizer, which contains healing shea butter
and protective beeswax. St. John’s Wort (which is more famously known to treat depression when taken in capsules), in this case is used for its anti-inflammatory properties. I also love that it contains arnica
, which I’m a huge fan of. I buy this arnica-based shampoo every time I go to India and I swear it does wonders for my scalp and hair. I can imagine it will work just as great for skin as it’s known to have healing properties.
As I said, I ended up loving the results even though I wasn’t sure I could take some of the smells. I decided all in all, I could definitely do without the cleanser and toner combo, but I felt like the enzyme mask and moisturizing cream was really where the softening and brightening power lie for this combo.
To purchase, visit their website, www.lilyorganics.com
Ingredients for Nourishing Facial Cleanser
VEGAN) Lily’s homemade almond oil soap, Lily flower extract, kosher vegetable glycerin, Irish moss, witch hazel, lemon juice, essential oils of lavender, sage, tea tree oil, rosemary, camphor, and vitamin E.
Ingredients for Organic Rose Facial Toner
Purified water, organic rose bud tincture, kosher vegetable glycerin, pure essential oil of rose.
Ingredients for Rejuvenating Enzyme Mask
Honey, papaya, pineapple, certified organic comfrey, lily, horsetail, mint, vitamins E and C, citrus seed extract.
Ingredients for Organic Moisturizing Cream
Purified water, sweet almond oil, lily extract, aloe vera gel, shea butter, seaweeds, beeswax, rosehip seed oil, primrose oil, tinctures of the following herbs: certified organic St John’s wort, certified organic coltsfoot, certified organic horsetail, yarrow, arnica, myrrh, elderflowers, certified organic rosemary, benzoin tree gum, kosher vegetable glycerin, bee propolis, hectorite mineral, horse-chestnut, citrus seed extract, tea tree oil, essential oil of ylang ylang.