Schaf Skincare Review | Simple, natural and it works!

schaf skincare review

Anyone remember that Kermit song from The Muppets, it ain't easy being green? Well, now it is - at least when it comes skincare. There are so many brands out there now touting ever higher levels of naturally sourced, organic ingredients, which is so exciting for skincare lovers like me. Now, I have nothing against using chemicals, but hey, who can deny the appeal of using items that you can actually recognize in your products?

Recently, myself and other members of the CBB were offered the opportunity to try out eco-certified skincare line, Schaf Skincare. All Schaf products are formulated using natural and organic ingredients, but more importantly, what distinguishes Schaf is what their products do not contain, namely parabens, silicones, mineral oil, artificial colors, gluten, propylene glycol, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfates, GMOs and animal byproducts.

In order to get a full sense of the Schaf Skincare system, we were each sent their White Lava Purifying Scrub, the Nutritive Daily Moisturizer and the Nutritive Daily Eye Cream to try and after a few weeks trial, I'm now ready to report back on my thoughts!

White Lava Purifying Scrub

schaf white lava purifying scrub

Price: $30 for 120 ml

What it is: a deep cleansing scrub containing white lava particles and apricot seed powder to gently and thoroughly exfoliate away dirt, impurities and dead skin cells, revealing fresher, smoother skin.

What's in it:
  • Deionized water
  • Aloe vera leaf juice - reduces inflammation and is an antioxidant
  • Vegetable glycerine - a humectant (draws moisture into skin)
  • Sodium cocoyl isothionate - a coconut based surfactant
  • Radish root ferment filtrate - has antibacterial properties
Other ingredients of note are sunflower seed oil (emollient), shea butter (moisturizing), lava powder (smooths skin), sodium hyaluronate (moisturizing), cucumber extract (cooling and moisturizing) and green tea extract (antioxidant).

schaf white lava face scrub review

My take: At first I was really skeptical about using this scrub since it contains apricot seeds, which generally are not recommended for use as an exfoliant as its irregular shape can leave fine scratches on your skin; however, I was advised that Schaf does not use apricot seeds, but instead uses apricot seed powder so the granules are spherical and therefore no longer harmful. Once I got over that, I actually quite liked this scrub. It has a light, clean scent and really does leave my skin feeling smoother and deeply cleansed. A warning to those who aren't used to deep exfoliation - this scrub could feel a bit too abrasive for you, but for me, I didn't find the granules to be packed so densely that it bothered me that much. Just be gentle when massaging this into your face and you'll be fine. 

The one thing I really disliked about this scrub is its packaging. This scrub is SUPER duper thick and it's really difficult to get anything out of the bottle. You pretty much have to slap the bottom of the bottle while holding it upside-down like an old-school Heinz ketchup bottle! It would have been way easier if this scrub came in squeezable tube. Despite that annoyance though, I still think this is a really great scrub that will provide that great thoroughly clean feeling one expects from a scrub while still containing a lot of natural moisturizers so your skin doesn't feel stripped.

Final Verdict: Buy

Nutritive Daily Moisturizer

schaf nutritive daily moisturizer

Price: $45 for 50 ml

What it is: A hyaluronic acid based moisturizer designed to minimize fine lines and wrinkles, repair environmental damage and provide long-lasting hydration, all in an oil-free formula that won't leave your skin feeling sticky or shiny.

What's in it:
  • Deionized water
  • Aloe leaf gel
  • Caprylic/capric triglyceride - an emollient (prevents moisture loss)
  • Grape seed oil - emollient and antioxidant
  • Palmitoyl oligopeptide - an anti-aging ingredient that helps increase moisture levels in skin
Other ingredients of note are sodium hyaluronate (moisturizing), avocado oil (antioxidant), coconut oil (moisturizing), jojoba seed oil (moisturizing), shea butter, pumpkin seed oil (antioxidant), vitamin E, and elder flower extract (moisturizing).

schaf moisturizer review

My take: Unlike the scrub, I really liked the packaging of the Nutritive Daily Moisturizer. The dispenser was perfect for dispensing just enough product to apply to the face and its stubby round bottle shape is just so cute! This moisturizer is pretty thick, so even though Schaf says it's supposed to be lightweight, I've been using it as a night cream instead. What's pretty awesome about this cream is that it really does what it claims and doesn't leave my skin feeling greasy or sticky, yet it's still easily spreadable across the skin. It left my face feeling soft and hydrated and although it wasn't a life-changer for me, I still feel like this is a solid choice for anyone looking to combat dry winter skin.

Final Verdict: Buy

schaf face moisturizer

Nutritive Daily Eye Cream

schaf nutritive eye cream

Price: $40 for 15 ml

What it is: an anti-aging eye cream containing coenzyme Q10, hyaluronic acid and rejuvenating peptides to smooth away fine lines and wrinkles and leave your under eye area feeling baby soft.

What's in it:
  • Deionized water
  • Aloe leaf gel
  • Sodium hyaluronate, aka hyaluronic acid - a humectant that helps hydrate and plump up the skin
  • Propanediol - helps with the penetration of other ingredients into the skin and also is a moisturizer
  • Palmitoyl oligopeptide
Other ingredients of note include shea butter, grape seed oil, radish root ferment (antibacterial), squalane (moisturizing), jojoba seed oil, marine collagen (moisturizing), and vitamin E. 

My take: Out of all the Schaf products I tried, this was my favouite. This eye cream can be used both night and day and has a thick, creamy, but not sticky texture. This cream spread easily across my under eye and absorbed readily, but still left my eye area feeling very soft and hydrated. I've also noticed that even when wearing concealer, I don't get as deep fine lines by the end of the day as I usually do. That may not sound like much, but trust me it is!

schaf nutritive eye cream review

Final Verdict: Buy

Overall thoughts
I love Schaf Skincare's focus on providing naturally sourced products that combine the best of nature with science. All of their products are packed full of great, proven, moisturizers like shea butter, squalane, and hyaluronic acid, making them a great option for people with dry skin. 

Many of the ingredients in each of these products are also organic, or eco-certified and while it's not 100% organic, I appreciate the effort and like I said, being "chemical-free" isn't that important to me, nor do I think personally that it is very practical. 

Each product worked well for me and I think the price range isn't too bad for a higher-end brand. Out of everything I tried, I'd probably repurchase the Nutritive Daily Eye Eye Cream. The scrub and the moisturizer were also great, but the eye cream to me really stood out as the winner as it actually made a difference to my eye area, whereas the other products were solid, but had dupeable results similar to other products. 

If you're interested in trying out anything from the Schaf Skincare line you can purchase them online through their website, or through certain retailers across Canada and the US.  

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