I’ve found another hidden gem in Etsy and it’s the luxuriously handmade beauty products from EthicBioskin Organics. The moment I opened the package which contained a generous mix of samples from EthicBioskin, I was greeted with the fresh and wonderful scent of flowers and essential oils. The whole range is handmade, vegan, cruelty free, 100% natural and the products are usually prepared in small batches to ensure the freshness of ingredients.
A French Beauty in Montreal
I can’t review EthicBioskin products without talking about its passionate founder. Marion is a “wife, mother of three and entrepreneur” with a kin interest in integrative medicine. She’s originally from France and she specialized in holistic medicine and ethno-pharmacology during her studies. She started developing natural skincare products after suffering from a phase of rebellious skin right after her first pregnancy. Some ingredients in EthicBioskin products are wild-picked from their very own organic farm and other small local farms in Montreal.
Extremely Potent & Active Ingredients!
The ingredients used in EthicBioskin are so fresh and potent that your skin will most likely react to the products almost immediately. Some EthicBioskin products like the toner and the serum can make you ‘blush’ especially during the first few times of using them. The smell of fresh essential oils and pure hydrosols is also undeniable. The only downside is that because the products really stimulate the skin, those with sensitive skin might need to take extra care.
My favorite products from the range
I’ve tried almost all products from the range but for now, I’ll focus on the two products I loved the most which I happily repurchased after my samples ran out: the Phyto Eclat (Toner) and the Infusion Facial (Cleansing Oil).
Phyto Eclat (Toner), US$58 for 4.7 oz
I feel that this toner really helps maintain the hydration, tightness and the glow of my skin. When I first used this, I noticed the warming effect almost immediately. Whenever my skin is looking particularly dull and parched, I’ll spray the toner on a few square cotton pads and place the pads on my skin like a mask. But I take extra care not to leave it on for too long or my skin will start to burn and turn red and patchy.
I also like to apply this after extractions since it helps to tighten pores. Since it’s quite expensive, now I’m only using this as a “mist” rather than a toner. I have one big spray bottle at home and one small spray bottle which I carry in my bag EVERYWHERE I go.
Infusion Facial, US$24 for 2.7 oz
Marion once told me that she’s deeply inspired by Asian skincare routines, like how the Japanese love to use oil cleansers. Infusion Facial smells really nice, is not heavy yet cleanses really well and best of all, it dissolves when rinsed with water and leaves just a comfortable film of oil on the skin. When I want to wake up to a skin that looks like it was pampered with a luxurious facial the night before, I usually do a facial massage using this oil after exfoliating with the Rose Exfoliant.
Only downside is that because this oil is also very potent, it can draw out impurities from deep within the skin which can sometimes cause underlying pimples to come out. It can also sting the eyes so I never use this as an eye-makeup remover.
Other Products from EthicBioskin
Aside from the toner and oil cleanser, I’ve also tried the Soin Regen+ Moisturizer, Pure Skin Cleanser, Sublime Nectar Serum and the Rose Exfoliant. The Rose Exfoliant is probably my third most favorite as it goes really well with the oil cleanser. The other products, in general, are quite good but in my case, probably just gets way too active sometimes when I use all of them at the same time. I will probably review some of them on a separate post. Any requests?
A Few Slips in the ‘Feedback Corner’
If there’s one thing about Ethic Bioskin that definitely needs improvement, it’s the inconsistent quality of customer service. Sometimes, it’s okay. Sometimes, it isn’t. The responses to inquiries can sometimes be very slow. I think that 24-48 hours gap between responses should be the absolute max. In fact, anything beyond 24 hours already causes me panic attacks as a buyer. And because most etsy packages can take over 3 weeks to cross the sea (if you’re buying from outside US), I think the packaging needs to be really kick-proof, toss-proof… possibly even shark-proof? You get the idea.
The Etsy Store
Because the ingredients are extremely potent which may trigger some skin sensitivities, I suggest you try the samples first before buying the full sizes. You can check out the full range of EthicBioskin products on their Etsy store.
Good news! Marion has offered to give away a full-sized Infusion Facial (I chose this!) to one lucky Eco Beauty Secrets reader. Just comment below and tell me which EthicBioskin product has tickled your interest and you’re automatically entered in the giveaway. This is open to readers worldwide and will close on Oct. 28, 2012, 5 PM (SST). To receive updates on promotions and random natural beauty tips, don’t forget to drop by EthicBioskin’s Facebook page, as well!
Chosen by random, winner is Kira! Congratulations! Thanks to everyone who participated. I should really host a giveaway with multiple winners next time — the more winners, the merrier, don’t you think? Cheesy! Kira, you’ll receive an e-mail from me shortly. Hope you’ll like the infusion facial as much as I did!