I’ve been trying out a selection of skincare from PHB Ethical Beauty for a couple of weeks now – you can read a little more about the history of the brand and their values in my post on their Shampoo & Conditioner here, but suffice to say that it’s fantastic to have a beauty brand that doesn’t use any nasties right here on my doorstep.
When I visited PHB, Georgie chatted to me about my skin for some time and based on my description (dehydrated, blemish prone, never had any sensitivity problems until this flare up of dermatitis/eczema that I’ve had on my mouth/lips for the last 6 months or so, which has now spread to my eye – joy), she recommended the Hydrating range, along with their Aloe based Skin Restore Gel. The routine is the traditional cleanse, tone and moisturise, and then I have also been using the gel on sore spots as needed.
I’ve really enjoyed using the Facial Cleanser, (there is also a facial wash available, but I prefer a creamy cleanser to a foaming wash) it smells fantastic, is gentle, hasn’t irritated my eczema at all, and gets makeup off really effectively – including eye makeup (I imagine it would also shift lipstick, but sad times as I can’t wear it at the moment with my skin issues). I particularly like the packaging – the pump bottle means it’s super hygenic, but also incredibly easy to use in the shower – the number of cleansers I struggle to open with wet hands in the morning!
I know that toners can be a bit controversial in the beauty world (as in, is there any point to using them!?) but I loved the PHB Hydrating Tonic with Ylang Ylang – again, it smells amazing, and is incredibly refreshing, I particularly enjoyed a spritz of it in the morning to wake me up! The toner can be used in two ways – either sprayed onto cotton wool and swept over the face, or sprayed directly onto the face (even over makeup) as a quick pick-me-up. I can imagine that this will be fantastic to use on hot Summer days when I’m feeling in need of a refresh.
The Hydrating Moisturiser with Frankincense and Sandalwood I really, really wanted to love. It is strong smelling and particularly earthy and delicious (my other half noticed it the first night I used it and was very approving!) and it is a very thick, rich cream – I would say particularly suited to very dry skins and good to use at night. Unfortunately it’s a little too rich for me to use in the mornings, and also did sting a bit on my sore areas of skin, so I haven’t used this quite as much. I would definitely give it another try once my dermatitis clears up though, as I think it would make a lovely, hydrating night cream.
But now, I have to talk about the real hero product of the bunch for me…
PHB Beauty Skin Restore Gel with Aloe Vera is one of their range of skin gels. It comes in a rather lovely pot, and has a faintly bubbled, jelly-like texture with no real discernible fragrance. It was recommended to me due to the healing qualities of the Aloe, and I’ve been using it throughout the day on my lips and eye – it’s been an absolute god send! Now, it hasn’t done anything to heal or clear up my sore, dry, chapped patches, but I didn’t expect it too, as it looks like those have been caused by an as yet undiscovered allergy to something. However, it is incredibly soothing, and has been pretty much the only thing I can use to keep my lips soothed during the day without any irritation (I have discovered that pretty much any lip balm or ointment is a nono). I keep it at my desk all day as I work to use to stop me licking my lips, and have also decanted some into a small pot to pop in my handbag to take out and about with me (the cold weather at the moment plays havoc with my lips, and a layer of this seems to offer some protection!)
I think the range is particularly well priced given its organic and chemical nasty free nature, and when I visited the store there was a special offer on if you bought cleanser, toner and moisturiser together. Having tried these products I’d definitely be keen to try more from the range – perhaps the Gentle Moisturiser and mask may be a good idea whilst my skin is in this delicate state!
Disclosure – PR Samples provided to me for review.