Maybe it’s the anticipation, eagerness for improvement or my beauty past – I love reviewing skincare. When I had severe acne, I hated skin products. I hated choosing them, I’d wait for disappointment over a lack of results. Now my spots have decreased, I feel freer to experiment. And I’m always curious to try vegan, eco-friendly brands. Today I’m reviewing some Arbonne new cruelty free, botanical skincare products.
Arbonne cruelty free – About the brand
Arbonne haven’t jumped on the eco and animal friendly hype – since 1980, the brand has focused on sustainability and have created products with an emphasis on high quality ingredients that do not harm people, animals or the environment. The company is well known to many because of their sales reps. I’ve read some controversial posts online suggesting Arbonne are not as clean or botanical as they suggest, but this is a summary of points about them from their website:
- Recyclable packaging including recyclable shipping boxes
- Committed to zero waste and achieving carbon neutrality
- Supports the UN Global Compact for sustainable and socially responsible practices
- Core philosophy = pure, safe and beneficial (recognised as cruelty free by Peta and certified by the Gluten Free Certification Organisation)
- Skincare is based on botanical principles
- More than 2,000 ingredients are banned from their products.
Having worked in the luxury retail industry for beauty, I’m aware that even the most expensive skincare lines can feature ingredients which I consider either drying or potentially irritating. I like that Arbonne are strict with what they include. While I’m not qualified to debate the merit of their ingredients list, I do believe Arbonne has great policies in place and being cruelty-free, they’re one of the better options on the market.
New Arbonne Intelligence Counter Spot Essence
They say: “Treat spots and wrinkles in one step and wake up to even better skin”
I’m not sure about the wrinkles but I’ve definitely awoken to better skin. On my first week with the product, I ignored the advice and generously smoothed across my face in the evening. (The product advises to initially use every 3 nights and gradually increase.) A week later, my skin felt dry and looked a little dull. I cut back on my usage and this reversed the drying effect.
I wouldn’t say it’s a miracle worker in the sense I awake and bam – spots are gone. However, my whiteheads do vanish quicker and my overall complexion is more even. The product has a nice pump attached which dispenses the ideal amount. I’ve been using since early July and there’s still product left – suggesting it lasts around 2 months.
New Arbonne RE9 Advanced Paperwork Overnight Face Jelly
They say: “Spread this light jelly over your face before you hit the sack and let it recharge parched skin while you sleep. Good morning, baby soft skin!”
One of my favourite skincare products I’ve reviewed. At first, I was using as a night-time moisturiser replacement, but now use as an additional item. Put the gel on one hand and compare with the other – you’ll notice a glowing difference. The jelly makes my skin feel soft and as my mum commented: “look healthy”. I would define as a radiance boost – recharging dehydrated skin and replenishing “skin’s natural moisture barrier”.
The product contains Vitamin C, raspberry ceramide as well as Vitamin E. I’m not the biggest fan of the pump which you press down on, and would have preferred a similar style to the Counter Spot Essence.
New Arbonne RE9 Advanced Prepwork Micellar Water
They say: “Micelles (tiny bunches of molecules) in this formula trap dirt, makeup and daily grime while coconut water conditions skin with hydration.”
I was hesitant to review the Micellar Water because I’m old-fashioned and preach cleansing with water. I still stick to this principle and do not use this item daily. It’s nice when wearing heavy eye makeup and wanting a quick remover arriving home in the evening, and for taking on overnight visits and packing in a suitcase.
Overall, non-irritating, comfortable and easy to use.
- Cruelty-free! I don’t believe they use chemicals such as SLS which is packed in many luxury brand products.
- I’ve noticed results – I don’t have incredible skin but realistically the products have produced the results I expect from good skincare.
- No irritation – my skin is sometimes sensitive but I’ve experienced no issues with Arbonne.
- Long-lasting products – in particular the Overnight Face Jelly has a nice size of 50ml. Typically, creams are packaged as 30ml.
The not so good:
- The packaging – it’s not the most aesthetically pleasing. As it’s recyclable though, I can overlook this factor.
- The price – based on Arbonne claims and their mission, the price is understandable. Although it is expensive in comparison to other brands.
Have you tried Arbonne products before? How important is cruelty free skincare in your beauty regime? Click here to visit the website.
Products gifted to me by Arbonne. This does not reflect my review or opinions.