Hey everyone! This post is about products I have purchased from the brand Pretty Organic Cosmetics, a small Canadian skincare brand created by two sisters; one is a dietitian, the other a make-up artist and aesthetician. One of the sisters had suffered eczema, and both were on a constant hunt for products that would not aggravate the sister’s sensitive skin. This proved to be a tough feat, for many brands they have looked at were filled with cheap, irritating ingredients and preservatives. The two sisters decided to take matters into their own hands and create an all-natural skincare line with minimal, organic, high quality ingredients.
Company Philosophy: “Simple, clean and honest. We are a company that believes in returning to the fundamentals of nature. We want you to take a step back, and enter our world of holistic skincare, a time before ingredients found in cosmetics became strange and unfamiliar. We think it should be simple–our goal is to nurture our skin with the best ingredients that Mother Nature has to offer.”
I’m all about local, natural, and spending money… So Pretty definitely captured my interest, especially with its cute packaging! (I know, I’m a sucker.) I will be reviewing the Rose & Citrus Purifying Facial Serum and Tea Tree & Aloe Purifying Beauty Mud. Keep calm, grab a cuppa, and read on!
Rose & Citrus Purifying Facial Serum
I was a bit skeptical when buying this product; it is $21.99 CAD for 14ml and it claims to be a serum, yet it is all oils.
“This quick-penetrating serum acts deep down to balance and regulate excess oil production. Astringent oil of rose geranium and lemon calm inflammation while still providing the essential moisture needed to heal the skin.”
Pomegranate oil, camellia oil, sweet almond oil, shea butter oil, olive oil, rose geranium oil, lemon oil, clary sage oil, cypress oil, basil oil, lemongrass oil, carrot seed oil, grapefruit oil, argan oil, sea buckthorn oil.
How to Use:
Apply 6 drops into the palm of your hand and then massage into face and neck.”
Usage: I did my normal nighttime skincare routine without moisturizer and used the serum as my last step. At first application, I could definitely smell the rose and citrus. I liked it at first, but it quickly became overwhelming. I massaged 6 drops evenly onto my face and neck, and the scent disappeared quite quickly. My results:
Balance and regulate excess oil production: I wouldn’t pinpoint this product as the main reason my oils are controlled; it’s a combination of all my skincare products, perhaps including this, that help me regulate my oiliness and keep my skin balanced.
Calm inflammation: The inflammation around my breakouts noticeably decreased overnight; breakouts felt less painful; skin was even-toned.
Providing essential moisture: Face felt surprisingly moisturized and hydrated despite my thoughts of oils only being able to sit on top of the skin.
Overall Opinion: After using the Rose & Citrus Serum for 3 weeks, I am happy with the results I’ve been getting and how it helps with my aggravated spots. It does make my face a bit too glowy, so I cut it down to 4 drops and use it in my nighttime routine. Despite its odd smell, size and price, I would repurchase; I absolutely love all the ingredients in this product, and how much it helps my skin with minimal amount needed; I’ve also grown to like the scent! I find with every application, the aroma calms me down and helps me relax. I plan on buying the bigger bottle so it will last longer in my skincare drawer. I wouldn’t necessarily replace my serum or moisturizer with this, but it is definitely a must in my skincare routine. I’d recommend giving this little baby a try, for I believe you’ll only get good results from it.
Tea Tree & Aloe Purifying Mud
After using a salicylic acid mask for a few months, I was in search for something gentler. I bought this mask for $26 CAD and hoped it would answer my skincare prayers to be effective and gentle.
“This deep cleansing mask contains French Montmorillonite clay to detoxify and draw out impurities from the skin. Antibacterial tea tree and rosemary oil calm and prevent blemishes while nourishing aloe soothes the skin and speeds healing.
French montmorillonite clay, kaolin clay, green tea extract, aloe extract, tea tree oil, lavender oil, rosemary oil.
How to Use:
Mix 2 tbsp of clay with a little mineral or floral water until a smooth paste is formed. Apply a thick layer. Let dry 10 minutes and rinse thoroughly. Use 2 to 3 times weekly.”
Usage: 2 tbsp took about 1/4 of the product, and I wanted it to last me as long as possible. Instead, I used 1 tbsp of clay with Heritage Store Rose Water, and use my fingers to apply. Upon application I felt an immediate cooling sensation and smelled a mild aroma, both being very enjoyable! I felt quite pampered, until I saw how quickly the clay was drying on my fingers, and how difficult it became to transfer it to my face. I tried using a foundation brush and/or spoon to minimize product waste, but unfortunately the same problem existed. Leaning over the washroom sink frustrated, I concluded the best way was to use what my momma (and daddy) gave me, and apply the clay with my fingers, while wiping residue on my neck. I waited until the mask hardened; I rinsed it off and patted my face dry. My results:
Draw out impurities from the skin: Breakouts still existed after I washed the mask off.
Calm and prevent blemishes: They definitely feel less sore! Not sure sure about prevention, but usually consistent use of clay masks combined with a good skincare routine will keep most blemishes away.
Soothes the skin: I noticed the redness around the pimple sliiightly lightened, but my entire face had an even, glowing complexion.
Speeds healing: I didn’t notice much of a difference after washing off the mask, and I didn’t expect to. However, what I didn’t expect was how most of my breakouts disappeared the next morning! With my current skincare routine, it definitely helps at calming my skin and keeping inflammation at bay, but it never makes breakouts disappear the next morning!
Overall Opinion: I’m on the fence. I like the initial results the mask gives my complexion, but I have not used it consistently enough to notice if it is making a huge impact with preventing future breakouts. I’m not impressed that only 100g of clay is sold for this product; A tbsp is around 15g, and the recommended usage is 30g. That means that this product will run out with just over 4 uses! I’ve used it sparingly, and scoop out just over a flat tbsp mixed with rose water; I was able to cover my entire face and underneath my jaw with the mixture, whilst being able to apply a thick layer on needed areas. I’ll use the mask more consistently (2 times a week) until the product runs out, and I will report back.
Update: I’ve used up all of this mask, and I still stand by what I have previously written. I do think the mask does its job, but it may just be too gentle for me, despite me buying it for that purpose!
Final Thoughts on Pretty Organic Cosmetics: I am “pretty” pleased with my purchases. Although both products did not get a 5/5 rating, I enjoyed the pampered feeling while using each product, and how they have aided my skin. The serum and the mask both prove to be very gentle and effective. I would mostly recommend them to those with problematic skin, especially if your face is feeling raw from an abrasive product and is in need of something soothing. I plan on purchasing other products from the line, and I hope this review encourages you to check out this small Canadian brand!
I hope you enjoyed this review! Let me know in the comments section if you’ve tried anything from Pretty Cosmetics, or recommend another small Canadian company to check out!
Pretty Organic Cosmetics can be purchased on their website at www.prettycosmetics.ca or at various retailers in Canada. All products were purchased by myself and I am not paid to review this product. I will always give my honest opinion.