I just can’t help myself … I’m a sucker for stylish cosmetics (provided they’re not tested on animals of course!).
Unfortunately the well-styled products generally come with a luxury price tag however, and as much as I try to tell myself that they do the same thing as the cheaper brands the packaging gets me every time.
Molton Brown, Murchison-Hume and Aesop with their gorgeous products and chic packaging have all long been the objects of my affections – however I have a new lux-crush in the form of an Australian-based skin care brand called Grown Alchemist.
Not only does Grown Alchemist look gorgeous – I adore the vintage-styled simplicity of their packaging – it is also backed by some serious science and product development.
According to the website:
Grown Alchemist is a new generation of organic skincare formulations comprising of natural technologies that have revolutionised the traditional approach to anti-aging skincare, body and hair care. It is now not only preferable, but finally possible, to achieve real beauty results without harmful chemicals.
Crucially for me neither their products or ingredients are tested on animals and – since plastic packaging can leach nasty chemicals into the products they contain – they also use lined-aluminium tubes and glass bottles for packaging.
This brand has it all – and I’m seriously in love, however as much as I’d love to buy every product in the range I’ve had to restrain myself a little as the price points are quite high.
When I’m trialling a new brand I normally start with a moisturiser – so I selected the Grown Alchemist Age Repair Moisturiser ($69.95 for 40ml) as the first product to review.
Without doubt this is truly one of the most beautiful moisturisers that I have ever used.
The formulation of the product was actually lighter than I had expected, however I found it literally glided across my skin. And, as I massaged it in it quickly absorbed leaving a dry finish, and my skin feeling super soft and wonderfully hydrated.
I forgot to take pictures of the ‘before’ – but as you can see I’ve squeezed every last drop out of this tube, I can’t get enough of it.
The only downside to this brand is the price range (although I completely understand that this is how they are able to use the best ingredients) – however I’d recommend keeping an eye out at David Jones as they often seem to have great discounts.