Nolaskinsentials: vegan + cruelty-free skincare!

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In an effort to be conscious of not only my consumption, but it’s effect on the planet – I decided to forego the convenience of something I could buy at Target or CVS.

I had, almost a year ago, purchased some of the Tea Tree products from The Body Shop, which I enjoyed (two products I still have – a toner and a mask) but wasn’t too excited about repurchasing.

A dear friend of mine gave me samples of USANA’s new skincare Celavive, launching in February of 2018.

“Products in the USANA® Celavive™ line include USANA InCelligence Technology® to support healthy looking skin. InCelligence ingredients are included in the Celavive Cell Signaling Complex. This Cell Signaling Complex includes targeted ingredients to support the genes responsible for your body’s natural, beauty-preserving functions.”

I’m not sure if it was the products alone, or maybe in conjunction with the cold winter mornings and nights – but my skin started to get very dry. I have combination skin, with an oily t zone. Perhaps, the products worked too well? My nose and around my mouth was getting patchy, and I had a little patch that was so dry it felt like it was going to get callous-like.

Thus again, I was on the hunt.

Enter, Nolaskinsentials.

I’m not sure where I had heard of this company before, but the name was very familiar to me. I’m sure it was when I was doing “vegan skincare” searches, but those searches usually led to too much information. This time, I was in the place and had the money to make an investment – and it was by chance that Nolaskinsentials showed up in my first search.

Now, I couldn’t find much about the company itself (who created the company, and their story) but Nolaskinsentials is a black-women owned company. The products are vegan, cruelty-free and hand-crafted in New York. With that said, there is a bit of a production/shipping delay (but so worth it!) so purchasing replacement products should be well planned out beforehand.

Skinmap : I have combination skin, oily T zone. I do not suffer (nor have I) from acne – although I do get breakouts (usually on my chin and forehead) – that usually end with me popping them and getting scars. I have to extract the pores on my nose VERY often. I have whiteheads, often, and the occassional blackhead.

Products I purchased were all targeted for my pores and scarring:

  • Glycolic Face Wash ($19) – focused on combating comedonal acne (blackheads and enlarged pores), specially formulated to deeply penetrate pores and clear the skin of excess sebum and dirt.
  • Witches Brew Toner (4 oz, $15) –  multi purpose toner water to treat existing and emerging acne breakouts by cleansing out congested pores.
  • Hyperpigmentation Serum (2oz, $15) – formulated to help achieve healthier looking and feeling skin, erasing signs of hyper-pigmentation to restore your skin to its youthful clarity.
  • Hydra-Moisturizing Facial Cream ($17) – Hydrating powerhouse, made with cucumber extract, vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C and Jojoba oil and infused with antioxidants to fight off free radialcs to soften and protect the skin.
  • Exfoliating Glycolic Night Creme (2oz, $17) – A night cream with a gentle exfoliant to remove dead and dull skin to decrease blackheads, brighten skin, increasingly even skin texture and clean pore from excess sebum, dirt and bacteria.

[Note, I did purchase on cyber monday, and received a 30% discount).

I used them (very excitedly) last night, and again this morning but will come back next week to do a full recap. For now though, first impressions? ABSOLUTELY LOVE.