COOLA is a quintessential California brand that embodies their penchant for organic wellness and an active lifestyle. Products use scientifically advanced ingredients that are natural, organic, sustainable and locally sourced as can be. Not to mention that they are vegan, Eco-friendly, and avoid parabens, GMO’s and oxybenzone.
Last Wednesday, I attended the COOLA cocktail party at 1 Ham Yard Hotel. I have to mention that the rooftop is like a garden. If it were not for the lift and the chimney buildings in view, I might believe that we were on the ground.
Secondly, all the cookies on display contained milk. When one of the staff heard that I was vegan, he came back a few minutes later with 2 vegan biscuits. Filled with pink flavour in the middle, they were absolutely delicious. And what a relief to not go without!
Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; is it up to you to merit the face you have at fifty – Coco Chanel
COOLA has just launched the first ever Eco-certified Cosmos Organic Sunless Tan Collection. Arriving at the party, me and my beauty editor for ithestylist.co.uk, were greeted with a discussion and Q&A.
Eco-certified Cosmos if you are wondering, is an international standard for organic and natural products that is arguably the most rigorous cosmetic certification in the world. It’s designed to serve the environment, as well as the industry and customers.
Sunless Tan range
Previously, I have never applied fake tan. The fear of smell, streaks and an orange glow, have forever put me off. In the past, I shockingly rubbed olive oil on my body before stepping out in the sun. I also use to wear a ridiculously low SPF because I tend to not burn in the sun.
Sunless Tan Anti-Ageing Face Serum
This serum is a gradual self-tan that’s 70% organic. You dispense a small amount (1 or 2 pumps) between hands and apply evenly over skin. There’s also the choice of mixing in with your moisturiser.
I’ve been using for the past couple of days and my tan is now noticeable. It looks really natural and I feel like I have that holiday glow. As the product is clear, you avoid worrying about streaks. It’s supposedly for someone who wants to look youthful, radiant and just a bit bronzy.
I would say stronger than ‘bronzy’ though. However you define that word, my skin colour appears darker.
It’s recommended that you use up to several days and then apply daily to continue results. I will struggle not using daily. I feel that I should wait for special occasions or the summer, which means that I will take a break from using and slowly cry as my skin turns back to normal.
A great benefit; plenty of vitamins and anti-ageing ingredients. This includes hyaluronic acid – naturally found in skin and perfect for hydration, Argan oil, Vitamin C and plant stem cell cultures.
Additionally, I have oily skin and this serum is light-weight. I haven’t noticed my skin feeling more greasy. If anything, the hydration it contains is helping.
Sunless Tan Dry Oil Mist
Similar to the face serum, this oil mist is 70% organic and creates a dewy, natural-looking radiance that lasts up to 3 days (unless applying daily).
While using Argan oil and Vitamin C, there’s also hibiscus and chamomile extract.
Invest in your skin. It is going to represent you for a very long time – Linden Tyler
As the weather is not yet made for flaunting skin, I haven’t been as aware of the results on my body. I do believe that it’s again darker and there is a wonderful sheen. My favourite thing is that it dries super quick. My clothes can almost go on straight away.
Slightly concerned at first that it’s colourless. Nevertheless, I cannot see any streaks. Minus that my hands are a tad yellow. I prefer the face formula as the texture is easier to blend. When I apply the oil mist, I wonder if I’m using too much or too little.
Pina Colada sunscreen spray
Pina Colada is my favourite cocktail. In the summer, I make non-alcoholic versions using coconut milk and frozen pineapple.
This sunscreen spray is water-resistant for up to 40 minutes and is SPF 30. An array of hydrating ingredients such as cucumber, algae and strawberry extracts.
Is it worth spending more on sunscreen…I’m not sure. I suppose the added benefit is the hydration, the fast absorbing texture and the incredible, natural fragrance inside. By the summer, I will be loving – I can’t forget to use when it smells Pina Colada good!
I was lucky to take home plenty of lip sunscreens. Both the tinted and clear.
Yesterday, I was telling my mum how important SPF is for our lips. I think people forget that they age as well and can look dehydrated and suffer sun damage.
The tinted versions are very light – not as sheer as Nivea, and transfer as lip stains. Because I like a stronger lip, I apply lipstick on top. But for an evening meal or just throughout the day not wanting red, these are gorgeous.
All I can say is that they feel nice on my lips. I don’t see as many cracks or suffer from awful dry lip sensation – unless it’s been hours.
Overall, I am a huge fan of COOLA. It’s hard for me to find brands that care about the environment, use natural, organic ingredients and importantly, are vegan.
Be good to your skin. You’ll wear it every day for the rest of your life – Renée Rouleau
The event opened my eyes to what I have spoken about plenty of times before – SPF. I’m also now experimenting with self-tan and seeing whether that becomes a normal part in my routine. Yes, I am still aiming for natural and all ‘French chic‘, but the tan is not a Tango tone.
What are your thoughts? Interested in trying COOLA? Do you use self-tan; have you had any bad experiences? And I’m interested to see who uses SPF routinely – as a product, in foundation or in moisturiser?
This post is not sponsored and all thoughts as always, are entirely my own.
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