During the month of February, I tried out another set of skin care products.
This set was given to me as a gift to enjoy and not necessarily for a review. Overall, I’ve enjoyed the products, so I thought I’d put together a review for you.
The brand is Annmarie Gianni Skin Care. Her tag line is organic, natural, and wild-crafted. Seriously, how could you resist a tag line that has the words “wild-crafted” in it?
I had three products to try out. The first was the Aloe-herb Facial Cleanser. The second was a Neroli Toning Mist and third, the Herbal Facial Oil. I used the cleanser and the oil every morning and every night. I used the toner less often, probably once every couple of days.
Each of these products has a fairly strong scent. I was not surprised, given the “wild-crafted” theme. The scents are herbal and last for a few minutes. However, even with the strong scents, I didn’t notice them for long. For the record, they aren’t unpleasant.
Aloe-herb Facial Cleanser
This cleanser has the consistency of a thin lotion. I experimented with different amounts and eventually settled on using two pumps each time I washed my face. As you can see from the photo, two pumps from the bottle is not too much in my hand. The cleanser does not foam up at all. Rather, it coated my skin with a thin film until I washed it off. I always find non-foaming cleanser and soaps to be a little deceiving. I was brought up thinking that foam and suds were signs of effectiveness. The cleanser washes off very easily, leaving skin clean, despite the lack of suds.
Neroli Toning Mist
This toner has a citrus scent, which I love. I ended using a couple of sprays each time and I found that it was enough to cover my skin well. It’s light and refreshing. It also never caused my skin to break out!
Herbal Facial Oil
I’ve used many face oils in the past couple of years. I went so far as to start making my own, which I have come to love. This oil worked fairly well for me. I found it to be a little on the thick side, so I used a scant single pump each time. I found that any more than that was too much for my skin and I would end up feeling like I had greasy skin. Again, the scent is on the strong side, but pleasant.
Like I said earlier, I like the set overall. My preference would be to have a slightly thicker cleanser and a slightly thinner oil. I think that would work a bit better for my skin. Having said that, I had clean and moist skin all month while I was trying this out. Perhaps it’s time for me to break out of my norms and get used to something new!
The cleanser and the facial oil are both housed in dark glass bottles with pumps. The dark glass (Miron Violet Glass) helps to protect the oils. When I originally opened up the gift bag, I noticed that there was a little mesh bag of fresh lavender included. It’s a lovely touch to the presentation of the products.
The entire Annmarie Gianni Skin Care line is made with natural, organic and wild crafted ingredients. The ingredient list for the cleanser was included right on the bottle. Here’s the list:
Love, aloe vera juice infused with (Lavender flowers, calendula flower, life everlasting flowers, hyssop, lemon balm, neem leaf, olive leaf, plantago leaf), coconut oil, cocoglucoside (coconut oil & glycerin), vegetable glycerin; aspen bark extract; ruby grapefruit oil, lemon oil, green mandarin oil, xanthan gym, rosemary oleoresin
I love that the first ingredient is Love! I also love that the she explains right on the bottle what things like cocoglucoside are. I always take a lot of comfort in knowing what I’m putting on my skin and this list of ingredients helps with that.
The sample of the toning mist was simple too small for an ingredient list. A quick look at the website told me everything I needed to know about the toner. It has a total of two ingredients, Love and pure organic neroli distillate. That’s my kind of ingredient list!
The facial oil didn’t have an ingredient list on the bottle, which I found disappointing. However, I suspect it’s an issue of space on the label. I found the full ingredient list on the website:
Love, herb oil (grapeseed oil, life everlasting, green tea, gotu kola, rosemary, calendula, lavender, milk thistle, lemon balm, licorice root, roobibos, hibiscus, rhodiola, gingko, plantain, amla, ashwaghanda, acai, goji berry, horsetail, comfrey leaves, comfrey root, rose petal, echinacea, ginseng, lotus, boswellia, blue violet), fractionated coconut oil, oleic sunflower oil, olive oil, aloe vera oil, passion fruit oil, tamanu oil, carrot seed oil, vitamin E tocopherols, evening primrose extract, seabuckthorn berry extract, red raspberry seed oil, cranberry seed oil, rosehip extract, calendula extract, buriti fruit oil, sandalwood oil, jasmine sambac oil, bergamot oil, blue chamomile oil, rosemary oleoresin. Organic or Wildcrafted.
With each of these products, a little goes a really long way. For that reason, they will each last a long time. I can’t get a great feel of exactly how much I’ve used in the past month, mainly because the Miron Violet Glass is so dark!
The Facial Cleanser is the more economical choice, if you’re looking for a deal. For about $25, you can get a 50 mL bottle. I imagine that bottle would last a few months. The Facial Oil, on the other hand, is a bit more pricey at about $35 for only 15 mL. Though I only used one pump at a time of the facial oil, I find the price quite a bit more than for the cleanser. And having said all of that, my personal opinion is that these products are priced within a reasonable range.
For what you pay, you are getting an effective product that is made with natural ingredients, free from all unnecessary chemicals. Knowing that I’m using safe cosmetics on my skin goes a long way in my books.
If you’re looking for skin care products that are free of unnecessary chemicals, this is definitely a set to try out. You need to be willing to accept a different texture for the cleanser. If you can get past that, this might just work for you. I would definitely recommend giving it a try!