Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Review: Beauty Origin Lab

This post contains PR samples

Beauty Origin Lab products

I'm not the pickiest person about using organic and natural ingredients in my skincare routine, but I do recognize that using products that have organic and natural ingredients can have great benefits. I don't actively seek out such products, but when they do contain more natural ingredients, it makes me feel better about the things I put on my face and body. 

Recently, Beauty Origin Lab reached out to me to try some of their products. They are a Canadian company that's based in Toronto (support local companies!) that produces a range of handcrafted skincare products using organic and natural ingredients.

Beauty Origin Lab products

Beauty Origin Lab detoxifying mask, pumice exfoliant, lavender body butter

I was kindly sent the Detoxifying French Green Clay Mask, Face Exfoliant with Extra Fine Pumice, Lavender Body Butter, and two lip balms. 

I was quite excited to try out the Detoxifying French Green Clay Mask* ($23). I already use and love the Aesop Parsley but it's quite expensive. The French Green Clay mask is a great alternative and works exactly like the Aesop mask. Apply it to clean skin, wait for it to dry, and watch the clay suck out the excess oils and impurities in the skin. After rinsing off the mask, my skin felt quite smooth and clean. Because this is in a jar and quite loose, it's hard to take out with your fingers. I used a spare flat foundation brush to apply which helped with getting around the eyes and in crevices on the face. 

Next is the Face Exfoliant with Extra Fine Pumice* ($19). I've never used an exfoliant containing pumice, but I was quite intrigued. The first thing I noticed was it smelled quite peppery, but nothing that bothered me. I expected this to be extremely rough on the skin, but because it's extra fine pumice, I find it's gentle enough on the face, but still abrasive enough to use on the body, if you choose to do so. You just have to be careful with gently rubbing the exfoliant on the face so you aren't too rough on the skin. My skin on my face and body were so smooth after using this!

I have never tried a body butter that's 100% natural, so I was quite interested in the Lavender Body Butter* ($24). First off, I love the scent of this body butter - it's a light lemony lavender scent and I do find it's quite calming. Because this contains mostly oils (coconut, olive, mango, jojoba, almond and lavender) and shea butter, it actually feels like you're spreading soft butter on your skin. It's quite oily feeling on the skin and can take a while for it to fully absorb into the skin. I'd suggest using this at night and leaving it to soak into the skin overnight. I do find it's quite moisturising. 

And lastly, the lip balms* ($4.50). I was sent the Cherry and Coffee flavours (scents?) and both of them contain oils to keep the lips moisturised. I find they last for about 2 hours before I need to reapply. As for the scents, they smell so good that it makes me want to lick my lips! I expected them to have that fake artificial scent, but they're quite close to what the actual food/drink smell like.

Beauty Origin Lab product swatches
L-R: Face Exfoliant with Extra Fine Pumice, Detoxifying French Green Clay Mask, Lavender Body Butter

I'm really glad that I got the opportunity to try out some of the products Beauty Origin Lab offers. I feel good about using them on my skin since they contain natural and organic ingredients. Their full range of products can be found and ordered online if you're interested in reasonably priced organic and natural skincare products that are made locally in Toronto. 

Disclosure: The products included in this post were sent to me for consideration. I am not affiliated with the company and am not being paid for this post. Opinions expressed are based on my own personal experiences with the products. 

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