When I was asked to review the new Skin Sapiens Products, I jumped at the chance. As someone who struggles with skin dryness and an uneven skin tone, alongside sensitivity, it is often hard to find products potent enough to alleviate my problems without causing flair ups.
Skin Sapiens started life in a kitchen in Madrid, when the founders started a family, they couldn’t bear the thought of commercial chemicals in such fragile skin. And they knew what they were talking about. Having worked for large skincare brands, they knew exactly what we don’t…. what actually goes into commercial skin care products. They decided that that was not what they wanted for their child.
They developed a range that uses as few ingredients as possible, with as little effect on the environment as possible. The products are entirely vegan and packaged in recycled packaging. They have a clean, modern look to them that looks high end. What I like most is ‘they do what they say on the tin’ no wordy scientific labelling… moreover what you see is what you get. Facial wash to body lotion… it’s all written on the packet.
I was gifted the Facial Cleansing gel (150ml for £7) and the Lip Balm (10ml £7) to try. At these prices they are affordable but not too cheap that you would worry how ethically they were products or indeed the quality of the ingredients used.
First off, the Cleanser. It’s a gel, somewhat more viscous than I’m used to so a little does go a long way. Its silky soft and lathers up well. Made from oats, it was calming on my sensitive skin and it felt soft and nourished post wash. It didn’t remove all traces of make-up however so I did have to use a cleanser on cotton wool after to remove the last traces… that’s no big deal for me as its part of my routine anyway. All in all, it’s a lovely product, not luxurious but does a good job and my skin felt soft and clean afterwards. Definitely something I would use daily as part of my skin care routine.
Second, the lip balm. It comes in a squeezable tube, not my usual choice as I prefer ‘twist up’ more solid balms but it gives a beautiful gloss, which, paired with lip liner, doubles up as a lipstick. It’s a great handbag sized item and again, my lips felt soft and nourished. Another lovely product, my only quibble being: don’t wear it on windy days if you have long hair! It was the classic case of ‘hair sticking to lips’ but you’ll get that with lots of brands.
On the whole, I love the Skin Sapiens ethos and the products are a fantastic way to make your daily skincare routine more ethical and less harmful to the environment. The market is becoming saturated with products claiming to be ‘vegan’ or ‘plant based’ and its great to see some that actually fit the bill on all levels.