Warning, this post is going to have a lot gushing! Today I'm thrilled to share with you my first experiences trying out Eminence Organics Skin Care. Although founded in Hungary, I always think of this brand as Canadian, as they have a large office here where many of their products are developed. With a focus on providing quality natural ingredients in gentle, yet effective products, Eminence has long been on my radar.
A few months ago, Eminence was kind enough to share with me four products spanning across the entirety of my skincare routine: the Eminence Firm Skin Acai Cleanser, the Eminence Neroli Age Corrective Hydrating Mist, the Eminence Stone Crop Hydrating Gel and the Eminence Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant. Each of these are designed to turn back the clock, revealing younger, smoother and more radiant skin.
Eminence Firm Skin Acai Cleanser
Price: $38 for 248 ml
What it is: A gentle cream cleanser enriched with that antioxidant powers of Acai berries and seabuckthorn oil to refine and repair dull skin.
What's in it:
- Corn oil - an emollient (helps skin retain moisture)
- Sunflower oil - an emollient
- Acai berry juice - an antioxidant
- Blueberry juice - an antioxidant
The ingredients list for this cleanser is incredible! I love that Acai is right up there, alongside blueberry juice. This cleanser also contains hyaluronic acid (moisturizing), lactic acid (exfoliating), vitamin A and E, coenzyme Q10 (anti-aging), and salicylic acid (exfoliating) - all great ingredients for ensuring skin renewal and repair.
My thoughts: In case you couldn't guess, I love this cleanser! It's become an instant favourite of mine and I almost don't want to use it for fear of using it up. First of all, it's a cute bright purple color, reminiscent of crushed blueberries. Second, it smells like a juicy bowl of fruit and I love fresh, fruity smells! Thirdly, it cleanses effectively and quickly without that tight, drying feeling.
I'd recommend applying this to slightly damp skin and just massaging it in for a minute. It rinses away easily and leaves your skin feeling so refreshed and soft. If you're used to foam cleansers then you'll notice a distinct lack of foam, but that's probably a good thing as foam cleansers tend to be more drying. The only thing this cleanser is not amazing at, is cleansing off makeup. I do need a good pre-cleanse beforehand and a toner after just to be sure my skin is squeaky clean of makeup. Other than that though, this one is a must-have!
Eminence Neroli Age Corrective Hydrating Mist
Price: $38 for 142 ml
What it is: An anti-aging facial mist that rejuvenates tired skin with a mix of antioxidants and collagen-boosting ingredients. Eminence claims this mist will increase collagen levels by 25% in a week and reduce crow's feet in a month.
What's in it:
- Coconut water - helps hydrate and soothe skin
- Chicory root oligosaccharides - helps tighten skin and improve collagen production
- Glycerin - a humectant (draws moisture into skin)
- Tara tree gum - firms and moisturizes skin
This mist also contains squalane (moisturizing), coenzyme Q10, vitamin E and C, salicylic acid and neroli flower oil (fragrance).
My thoughts: I love to use 3-4 sprays of this facial mist in the morning right after cleansing. It leaves my skin feeling so refreshed and awakened. Thanks to the neroli oils, this mist has a light, floral scent, but it's not overpowering in any way. This mist is quite wet, so I'd only use this as a toner and not as a setting spray, but you could use it as a mid-day refresher as well if you're not wearing too much makeup. It's hard to really attribute any true skincare benefits to a mist as they're just so fine, but they're one of those products that just makes you feel good to use and the mist format helps ensure an even application of toner across your entire face.
Eminence Stone Crop Hydrating Gel
Price: $59 for 35 ml
What it is: A mattifying oil-free moisturizer that provides deep hydration without any greasy feeling. Stone crop cactus juice and green tea reduce fine lines and bring back suppleness to skin, while reducing blemishes and scars.
What's in it:
- Stone crop pulp and juice - an antioxidant that also helps reduce hyper-pigmentation
- Bearberry extract - brightens skin and reduces hyper-pigmentation
- Green tea extract - an antioxidant
This moisturizer also contains soybean oil (moisturizing), coenzyme Q10, vitamins E and C.
My thoughts: Out of all of the Eminence products I was sent, this is my least favourite, entirely because of the smell. I hate to let fragrance affect me so much, but smell is such a big part of one's skincare experience. This moisturizer smells strongly of I guess, cactus juice, which apparently is very herbaceous; other than that, this moisturizer is really nice. It's one of the few actually mattifying moisturizers I've ever used and it leaves my skin feeling comfortably hydrated. It's a gel texture so it feels very light and leaves a kinda strange stickiness to the skin, but not in a tacky way like most face creams. Although I think this gel is meant for daytime use, I've only been using it at night as it does not play well with my sunscreen and makeup as it causes it to pill like crazy. As a night cream, it's not bad for summer, but not heavy enough for my liking so I usually top it with a facial oil and mist. For these reasons, and for the high price point, I have to give this one a pass.
Eminence Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant
Price: $48 for 124 ml
What it is: This rice powder based exfoliant is quite unique as it's a fine powder that you combine with drops of water to make into a paste. This exfoliant combines physical and chemical exfoliators in the form of lactic and salicylic acids to renew skin's surface and allow for better absorption of skincare treatments.
What's in it:
- Rice starch - an anti-inflammatory to help even skin tone
- Chickpea flour - helps brighten skin and exfoliate
- Thermal mud - detoxify and deep cleanse pores
- Sodium cocoyl isethionate - a cleanser
This scrub also contains oat starch and oatmeal (exfoliating), salicylic acid (exfoliating), grapefruit seed extract (astringent), strawberry fruit seed (astringent), and rhubarb root extract (repairs skin to retain moisture).
My thoughts: Out of all the products I tried, this scrub is definitely the best value as you need to so little per application. The Dermafoliant comes in a tall metal bottle that contains a sifter lid. It's a bit tricky to figure out a good ratio of powder to water and I recommend adding a single drop at a time until you get the right consistency. The powder itself is super fine, but when applied feels surprisingly coarse (in a good way). I love how this exfoliant feels on my skin; it never feels harsh or causes my skin to sting and it just deep cleans into every pore. Afterwards, my skin feels super clean and smoother. Eminence says that you could use this scrub daily, but I think it's is a bit too strong for that and would recommend only a couple times a week.
As you can see, each of these products were winners for me. with the only exception being the moisturizer due to the smell and price. The quality of the ingredients and packaging for all of these products is impeccable. Some of you may balk at the prices, but considering Eminence's positioning in its category, I think the price point is pretty fair and the results are awesome. I would compare these to a more grownup, more hippy version of Lush and I'm definitely looking forward to trying more in future!
* This post contains PR samples