Greetings again, everybody. Apologies for my brief blogging absence; dissertations and exams are so inconvenient, eh? Today I'm back with a good ol' skincare review for you all. Naobay is a brand that I have been familiar with for a while (having tried their toner in the past) and one that I wanted to introduce to you. An acronym for 'Natural and Organic, Beauty and You', this brand focuses on ingredients which are in no way harmful to you or the environment. Strong ethical commitments within the beauty industry regarding organic ingredients, animal testing and environment protection are an incredible and increasingly recognised stand, but the products still have to live up to a great quality too. Having been trying their calming toner, milk cleanser and oxygenating moisturising cream for the past month or so, I can confirm that these products are not only great for those who look out for 'certified' products, but are well worth trying out if you're a beauty lover in general.
Firstly, I am 100% in love with the packaging. All the packaging Naobay uses comes from recycled materials; even the cute little wooden lids are made using waste from their local Spanish timber industry. This brand have thought of every small detail, making their commitment to ethical beauty even more sincere and noteworthy. They ensure that each ingredient is assigned a percentage of natural and organic origin, just to make things totally transparent with you, the consumer. Standing against any form of animal testing or use of animal by-product follows the increasing demand for cruelty-free products, and their complete avoidance of any ingredient known to remotely cause any risk to health (whether short-term or long-term) ensures that your skin is looked after in the best way. If you are interested in the details of each pledge, they have expansive information on their website which is well worth checking out.
Back to the products themselves; whilst it isn't photographed (silly me forgot to take it home with me), the calming toner is an absolute dream to use on freshly cleansed skin. Whilst the super-subtle citrus scent (try saying that after a few gins) may be barely detectable, the formula itself works wonders at removing any last traces of product or make-up. It has a gentle cleansing effect and is so refreshing to use on your skin; the chamomile and gotu kola extracts help to soothe the skin and prepare for any serums or moisturisers. It's definitely a great product for sensitive skin types, and you'll get so much use out of the huge bottle.
The oxygenating moisturiser is just as good, if not better. Whilst not necessarily designed with a specific skin type in mind, the universal cream helps to protect, nourish and hydrate your skin without overloading it with a greasy feeling. That slightly greasy feel is one which comes with many thicker moisturisers, but this product (whilst pumps out quite thick initially) becomes much thinner as you work it into your skin, and is untraceable within seconds. I often take my time in massaging my night creams into my face, so found that I had to work quite quickly with this product as it does soak into your skin so fast. Despite this, plant extracts such as rosehip oil and sweet almond oil help provide your skin with all the moisture it needs, and the fast-absorbing nature of the cream makes it an ideal moisturiser to wear underneath make-up in the morning.
Lastly, the cleansing milk is a product I am still on the fence about. It's not unpleasant to use, but it's not completely amazing either. Applied and wiped away with a damp muslin cloth, it does take all my make-up off really well, and doesn't overload skin in the slightest; the thinner 'milk' formula does the job without feeling too heavy. Despite its thinner texture, it's packed full with nourishing ingredients such as sweet almond oil and olive oil to ensure your skin isn't stripped but kept hydrated. I've found it OK to use, but still prefer the cleansing balms I've been so used to using recently. Perhaps it is better suited to someone with normal skin rather than dry tendencies, as I feel as though I need something a bit more intense in the evenings. Naobay do have a few different ranges, including a 'mattifying' collection (for those with oilier skin) and a 'hydraplus' range for those with drier skin (perhaps this one is for me!), so if you know you struggle with a certain skin type, definitely have a peek at these products!
Have you heard of Naobay? Which natural, vegan and organic brands do you love?
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