I basically called my mom for help. Except when I say mom, I mean an esthetician.
I recently slipped into a rut with my skin care routine. What was once a fun and exciting process had become dull and unsatisfying.
Most nights I would even feign fatigue to get out of using the same green tea cleanser and dry skin moisturizer. And while the two products did fulfill my needs for six long years, it was finally time to admit that the chemistry was no longer there.
So when a blogger posted a photo on Instagram and raved about the Vancouver-based organic skincare line Belmondo, I was intrigued. Made in Canada, the products are cruelty-free, contain no harmful chemicals, and are gentle enough for sensitive or problematic skin conditions.
But what stood out the most is the line's star ingredient: olive oil sourced straight from Italy.
Although I don’t suffer from acne, oil, or dryness, my skin is sensitive. The fact that Belmondo products are free of harsh chemicals made me feel safe enough to give them a try without fear of shocking my skin. But just in case, I ordered the travel kit to sample. New relationships, you know? I like to take it slow.
The travel kit includes The Rain Face Cleanser, After The Rain Face Toner, The Cloud Face Cream, The Dunes Face Exfoliant, and The Nectar Hand and Body Cream. The bottles are neatly packaged and shipped safely in a handmade bag that reads:
“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”--Jawaharlal Nehru
I don't have a degree in typeface or anything, but the design and labels of these glass bottles are A++. The eco-friendly bag isn’t too shabby, either. But enough about the packaging, it’s what’s inside that counts.
The Rain Cleanser
For makeup removal, I began by rubbing coconut oil into my skin and then wiped it off with a warm, wet cloth.
Next up was The Rain Cleanser, which is a no-wash cleanser formulated with apple cider vinegar. I spritzed it onto a cotton pad and applied it to my skin. While skeptical at first (no suds?), the product has a definite cleansing effect and didn't strip my skin's natural oils.
Since it's made without alcohol or synthetic fragrances, I felt no drying or irritation after use. Too bad it doesn’t smell anything like the rain.
After The Rain Face Toner
The After The Rain Toner, on the other hand, is scented with lavender, chamomile, and rosewood and smells exactly like the wet earth after a rainstorm. Ingredients include witch hazel and organic aloe juice to help refresh and clarify.
I usually skip toners on account of my sensitive skin, but this stuff is pretty incredible. The smell is invigorating and the formula isn’t harsh.
The Cloud Face Cream And The Dunes Face Exfoliant
The Cloud Olive Oil Face Cream is a drug for your face and you should definitely buy it for winter. The formula is so intense and moisturizing that I only required a small amount to smooth into my face. (I’m convinced that this tiny jar will last two months). I used it in combination with rosehip oil and had no clogged pores to speak of.
Last but not least, The Dunes is my least favorite product of the bunch, mostly because its sweet almond oil and jojoba bead formula was just too gentle. I’ve been using a coffee scrub on my body and face for the last four months, and let me tell you, that stuff feels like it's taking off a few layers of skin each time I use it.
After several days of using the Belmondo products I’m happy to share this NO-MAKEUP SELFIE with you guys. Excuse me as I go purchase a pregnancy test to make sure I don't have the other kind of glow (kidding, mom).
My skin has never looked or felt this incredible before. And considering that I added four new products to my routine without experiencing a skin riot, I'm more than pleasantly surprised.
Do you have sensitive skin? What do you look for in a product before you test it out on your skin? Ever tried Belmondo?