Well, it finally happened — a clean beauty company sent me some products to review*! As a newbie blogger, this is something I’ve been dreaming about from day one.
Lily Organics is a Colorado-based skincare company that grows its own ingredients on their USDA-certified organic farm (and the products are made fresh weekly in their FDA-inspected lab!). How cool is that? Lily is a 7th generation grower and she’s been in business since 1986. She sells her products online, and at Whole Foods and other natural food stores in the Rocky Mountain region. I’ve never seen her products in any stores in Minnesota, so this brand was completely new to me.
I love this lip balm. It goes on smoothly and is rich and moisturizing. I’ve been using it every night before bed and it seems to last through the night. It has a really nice texture and isn’t waxy, gummy, or sticky. Though I haven’t used it anyplace other than my lips, their website says it can be used on elbows, cuticles, and other dry skin (a multi-tasker!). This lip balm is unscented, which is great for someone with sensitive skin (or a sensitive nose). I did find myself wishing there was a scented version of this — I’m a sucker for (naturally) scented lip balms! That aside, I really like this product. I will more than likely purchase this when I run out.
Lily Moisture Mist
This is a moisturizing spray that can be used as both a toner and a moisturizer. The scent of this product is lovely. It reminds me of a fragrant lily and it lingers without being overpowering. Going on, this feels nice and slightly cooling. I’ve been mostly using this at night as the last step of my routine and I’ve used it a few times as a make-up setting spray. Before using this, I was skeptical of its moisturizing properties because it contains grain alcohol. I thought the alcohol would be drying, but it doesn’t seem to dry out my skin at all. One thing I have noticed, though, is that 3-5 minutes after using this my skin feels hot. It’s not hot to the touch, I just feel like I’m blushing. It’s mild and only lasts a few minutes, but I notice it nonetheless. That was really the only downside. I like this product, but I don’t think I’ll purchase it. I love a good moisturizer, but generally not in the form of a spray, and I don’t see myself replacing my hydrosols with this.
Rejuvenating Enzyme Mask
This! I know I said in a previous post that I’m more of a physical exfoliator… but this product has completely changed my mind about exfoliating masks. The first ingredient in this is honey, and we all know how much I love honey. Papaya and pineapple are the second and third ingredients, respectively, and their enzymes dissolve dead skin cells. The other ingredients are pretty awesome, too, but these first three got me pretty excited because they’re edible! I’m not saying this product is edible, but it smells amazing. OK, fine, I tasted it and it was awesome. I couldn’t help myself! In all seriousness, though, this product is not for eating and you shouldn’t eat it. According to the directions, you should apply a thin layer to your freshly cleaned face and keep it on for about 25 minutes. Then wipe it off with a warm washcloth, or rinse it off with warm water, and tone and/or moisturize as usual. Yes, it is sticky, so don’t get it in your hair, but it comes off easily. Twenty-five minutes seems like a long time, but believe me, you will want to carve out time for this. This mask is very effective and leaves my face feeling soft and refreshed — no more dry spots! At the same time it’s gentle enough for me to use a couple times a week if I so desire. I absolutely love it and will definitely be buying this.
*These products were sent to me for free by Lily Organics, but they did not otherwise compensate me for this review. The opinions in this post are my own.