If you are an organic skincare aficionado - this post is right up your alley.
2 Words About The Brand
I first spoke about Eminence back in August - read more here. It is not a brand you hear much about in our relentless beauty community, which is a shame really, because it is [indeed] one of the best organic skincare lines I have come across so far. AND! My beau Chris [Hemsworth] is a fan of the brand too #dropthemic. Read more about Mr. Thor's experience here.
Herbal Eye Make-Up Remover
Overview: let's start with an award-winning product, shall we? This little guy is made of calendula, cucumber, comfrey, green tea and chamomile extracts. Although the bottle is very small, you actually get 150 ml/ 5.07 oz, so it should last you a while. This product has a light, herbal scent and comes with a pump (which is so convenient).
Experience: you have to use a cotton pad, saturate it and wipe over closed eyelids. My biggest issue here is - I always (always) get the liquid inside my eyeballs and it burns like the Lord Of Light (my GOT people - you get the vibe). However! This product works like magic anywhere else on the face - similarly to a good old micellar water (except it's greener). Although I no longer try to remove mascara with it, I find that it does such a good job as a first-step-cleanser.
Final Thoughts: I wish this product would not sting my eyes, because I truly wanted to recommend it. I don't know about you guys, but I still prefer oil-based cleansers for my sensitive eyes. I find that either Caudalie Makeup Removing Cleansing Oil or Boscia MakeUp-BreakUp Cool Cleansing Oil are amazing for that (they will melt your mascara, without giving you a blurry vision or irritating the eye).
Bright Skin Cleanser
Overview: this is a cleanser designed specifically for normal/dry skin types. It claims to brighten the appearance of skin, while gently removing impurities. You get a lot of product here (250 ml/ 8.4 fl oz) and the ingredients' list is rather impressive. This cleanser does contain lactic acid, vitamins A, C, E as well as salicylic acid (which is perfect for exfoliation and deep cleansing).
Experience: this product has a very creamy, almost body lotion type of a consistency. You only need a pea-size amount for your entire face and it will certainly work as a wonderful second-step-cleanser for someone, who has a sensitive/dry/irritated skin. It is perfect for a facial massage (if you are curious to try Lisa Eldridge technique) and rinses off well, leaving no sticky or oily residue. Skin feels soft, properly cleansed and refreshed.
Final Thoughts: if you live in a cold climate or you find that generic liquid cleansers strip and dry you out - certainly give this one a go. This is easily one of the best discoveries in this entire Eminence haul, so if you are feeling painfully dry or your skin is a bit uneven/dull - don't even sleep on it.
Soothing Chamomile Tonique
Overview: this product claims to calm and restore skin's balance. Unlike your traditional toners, it comes in a form of a spray and contains glycolic and lactic acids, which are "softened" by the presence of organic herbs (chamomile, licorice, aloe and more).
Experience: although it is technically a spray-on product, I highly recommend using it with a cotton pad, instead of spraying it directly all over your face. As you might know, exfoliating acids [such as glycolic in particular] can sting/tingle your skin; now imagine getting it into your eyes #beentheredonethat. No matter how careful you are, microscopic droplets will definitely find their way into your precious eyeballs and that is not a very fun experience, let me tell you.
Other than that, I do think this is a great toner for your nighttime routine. I don't think it is that extra hydrating or calming; if anything - it does tingle on my skin quite a bit (and I am used to AHAs). I do see results the morning after - skin appears clear and texture is even. This formula does not irritate my sensitive skin.
Final Thoughts: if you love your exfoliating toners and AHAs, you might really enjoy this! Great for all skin types.
Stone Crop Serum
Overview: "look years younger after one application"; this serum claims to intensely hydrate and detoxify your skin. It also promises to relieve look of dark spots with its Biocomplex (Vitamin A, C, E + Coenzyme Q10, Alpha Lipoic Acid). This serum has a very faint, semi-sweet herbal scent.
Experience: one of the key ingredients here - Stone Crop - is actually a wonderful healing and calming natural agent. It helps a lot with redness and any type of skin irritation. Although the serum itself doesn't look very appealing (a yellowish-brown liquid), it feels quite watery and lightweight. I find that once you've worked it in - it gets absorbed really fast, leaving your skin feeling soft and hydrated.
Now, if you have dry skin like moi, then using the serum alone won't do the trick. You will have to layer a few products in order to get that well-moisturized feel. Did it make me look like I am 16 again? No. But it works well in combination with my favourite moisturizers, as well as on my neck and décolleté.
Final Thoughts: I would not expect age-rewind miracles here, but if you have a combination/oily skin and are on a hunt for a lightweight serum (one that is packed with antioxidants; is free of nasty chemicals; restores your skin's natural radiance) - look this way.
I personally think that the brand's Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Serum would be best for beauties with dry skin. I have yet to try it, but judging from my experience with skincare products in general - I have a feeling it would do a great job at rehydrating dry winter skin.
Calm Skin Chamomile Moisturizer
Overview: this is a strictly dry/dehydrated/sensitive skin cream. It promises to soothe irritation, calm and hydrate. Wonderful thing about this product is - although it is packed with amazing ingredients, that are known for deeply hydrating and protecting the skin (shea butter, grape leaf extract, aloe, rosemary, calendula, Coenzyme Q10 and Alpha Lipoic Acid to name a few) - it never feels heavy or greasy on the skin. You know those vaseline-kind of creams? Those that you are supposed to just whack on (while your skin is suffocating underneath them)? Well, this is not that kind of a cream.
Experience: I would only go for a rich formula like this during the winter season; aka that time of the year when all of my other creams fail. This formula is definitely on a thicker side, but in a very sophisticated way. I normally grab a small amount, warm it up between my fingers and then press it onto my face/neck. It does have a relaxing, herbal scent to it and instantly gives even the most dry skin a very much needed "hug". Doesn't clog pores or cause milia.
If you have ever used Kiehl's Ultra Facial Deep Moisture Balm - a heavier balm formula for those people who suffer from flaky, cracked, patchy skin - then you would (actually) prefer the Eminence version. When I lived in New York last year [if you are from the Tri-State area, then you know how harsh those winters can be] I would rely heavily on my Kiehl's cream, but it would look horrible underneath make-up. Whereas this Eminence cream is a miracle-worker: it can be used both day/night and I always feel like I wake up with a very healthy, fresh and rejuvenated skin when I use it overnight.
Final Thoughts: if you live in a cold climate and your skin is feeling miserably dry and flaky at the moment - give this one a go. It is, hands down, the thickest cream I own - but for this time of the year, I couldn't ask for more! Great alternative to a hydrating facial oil (in case you don't get along with oils). Plus it will last you ages, because you only need a very small amount.
Stone Crop Body Lotion
Overview: as a brand loved by many SPA salons across the Globe, Eminence body products are something I have been curious to try ever since posting my very first review. Just like a few products mentioned earlier in this post, Stone Crop Body Lotion contains Coenzyme Q10 and Alpha Lipoic Acid (two guys known for reducing wrinkles and improving an overall quality of the skin) - definitely not something you come across often when buying a body lotion. The bottle comes with a pump (yay) and contains 250 ml/ 8.4 oz.
Experience: so, this is one of those body lotions that is neither too watery or thick; consistency-wise it sits right in the middle (which personally - is something I prefer). It does leave a few white streaks as you are trying to blend it, but just keep working it into your skin and it will be fine. Since we have our good old Stone Crop here, this formula will not only hydrate your skin, but also help with age spots/scar healing. Once it is on your skin, it gets absorbed really fast, leaving your body feeling smooth and hydrated.
Final Thoughts: there is literally nothing bad I can say about this formula. Long gone are the days when I could use a cheap body lotion with a chemical strawberry scent and be happy about it. These days I am more cautious about what bodycare I use and it is good to know that there are organic brands out there, that are willing to invest into research and production to give us products that don't just feel good, but also take special care of the largest organ of our bodies.
Eminence is now available at leading salons/spas across the UAE and is exclusively distributed by Beautylicious. You can always read more about the brand on their website here.