I have been on the hunt, lately, for natural beauty skincare products that only contain ingredients that are needed. No extra chemicals, please! I found such a company, and I have a very interesting story about how using these products changed my mind about my least favorite vegetable on earth: the cucumber.
Clairvoyant Beauty is all about giving your skin the best. From their site, “We believe that what you feed your skin is just as important as what you feed your body so our products our 100% natural and organic, paraben-free, with no chemical preservatives and no synthetic fragrances.” I turned 30 several months ago, and I really had an epiphany that I needed to stop taking my skin for granted and get serious about taking good care of it. Basically, I realized that I wasn’t getting any younger!
When my package arrived from Clairvoyant Beauty, I was immediately struck by the beautiful packaging of the products. The bottles are beautiful and so are the boxes they come in! This makes them fabulous gift options for a girlfriend.
After opening everything up, I realized that two of the four products I was sent had cucumbers as a primary ingredients. I HATE cucumbers. I think they are completely foul. I remember thinking, “This is going to be interesting.”
The first product I started testing was their Refreshing Cucumber Facial Toner. The scent, first of all, was very light and didn’t bother me. This was surprising, because in case I haven’t made it perfectly clear, I HATE CUCUMBERS. Toner has always been something that I have skipped over in my face care routine because I have really dry skin, and I assumed that it was meant for people with oily skin. WRONG! Its purpose is to restore the pH balance in your skin (cleansers tend to throw it off) and also to help remove any excess dirt left over from the cleanser. And by the way, your cleanser WILL leave some makeup/dirt behind. Promise! I was surprised to see evidence of it on my cotton pad, but it is true! So now I use this toner every day and I love it, cucumbers and all.
The second product is one I did battle with for a while. It is the Light & Refreshing Cucumber Cream. Any guesses about what my initial problem was with this? Could it be…..CUCUMBER???? Let me say this: if you like cucumbers, as many people do, this moisturizer smells exactly like fresh cucumbers. It doesn’t smell like a chemical version of cucumbers. It is the real deal, 100%! So I’ll be honest, when I first smelled it, I almost gagged. I then stopped breathing through my nose and applied the product. The smell of cucumbers was gone in about 20 seconds. Whew! Over the next several uses, I did notice that my skin, here in the dead of winter, was staying well-hydrated all day long. But it wasn’t greasy. It was quite nice, actually. So I just kept using the product and starting to “smell” the product a little more each time. I’ve been using it for several weeks now, and I actually don’t mind the smell now, nor do I hold my breath when applying it. To say I love the smell would not be true, but it definitely doesn’t make me gag. I think what I’m realizing is that cucumbers really do have their place…not on my plate, but on my face! I can’t believe it. Seriously, you guys, I can’t even put into words how much I used to hate cucumbers. This is major progress.
The third product I tried was the Skin Firming DMAE & MSM Serum. My first thought is that this product needs a new name. I have no idea what DMAE and MSM are! Here’s what their site says, “DMAE is a powerful nutrient that extends the life of cells. stimulates the facial muscles to contract. this gives it a toned appearance with less sagging. MSM feeds the formation of collagen and elastin.” Good stuff! I definitely have mornings where I look in the mirror and wonder if a train ran over my face while I was sleeping. That might be a bit extreme, but I think you know what I’m talking about! This product is great for those mornings, and can really help firm up your appearance and give you a brighter look. Basically, its that youthful glow in a bottle. Two thumbs up!
Finally, I tried the Gentle and Healing Rosewater Eye Cream. Doesn’t that just sound like a dream? The smell is delicious and the cream is very soothing. This is my very first eye cream (I’m kicking myself for not starting to use eye cream at 25) and I absolutely love this. The skin around my eyes feels very soft, just like a rose petal!