Thursday, 13 January 2011

Naked Skincare: An Introduction.

As most of you probably know I am a big fan and huge supporter of Naked Bodycare. Not only do I think they have some incredible products, the brand as a whole is very ethical and proves that products don’t have to contain a bunch of potentially nasty ingredients to work and that they don’t have to be tested on animals. There’s a lot more information on where Naked stand on a lot of issues that you can read about on the What is Naked? and Naked Values sections of their website.

With hair and body care covered all that was missing was a Naked skin care range, until now! Four new products have been added to the Naked family, which are the Perfect Getaway Cream Cleanser, the Up Tone Girl Gentle Toner, the Bare Faced Cheek Softening Face Wash and the Thirst Aid 12 Hour Moisturiser. The PR Company representing Naked have been kind enough to send me the cleanser, toner and moisturiser to sample and I will review them in full once I have thoroughly tested them out.

One of the first things I always notice is packaging and Naked always have a very simple yet effective and practical approach, which I think, is a good way to go. The bottles contain all the information you need to know and dispense the product inside easily. A pet peeve of mine is packaging that just doesn’t work and if it doesn’t work I’m not going to repurchase. The cleanser comes in a squeezable bottle with a push top, which is perfect for the consistency of the product inside, and you can control how much is dispensed easily. The toner comes in a bottle with a screw top lid and a stopper with a tiny hole in it, so if you knock it over accidentally you aren’t going to tip out the entire contents of the bottle all over the floor. I am very clumsy and that’s the kind of thing that would happen to me! Finally the moisturiser comes in a plastic tub with a screw top lid, which I really like. I know some people prefer creams that come in tubes but that’s not something that bothers me, as my hands are always clean before I dip my fingers in the tub.

The Perfect Getaway cleanser is a cream but compared with my Neal's Yard Chamomile Cleanser which is quite thick, the consistency is more comparable to a lotion. Like with a lot of cream cleansers the instructions tell you to apply the product to cotton wool and wipe over your face and I always ignore these instructions. I don't know about you, but if I did that I would go through a heck of a lot of cotton wool! Instead I have been massaging the product into my skin and removing it with a warm muslin cloth which has been working well so far and the cleanser has been doing a great job of removing my make up.

Scent wise this is very fresh & natural and if you've ever smelled Savlon, to me the cleanser has a slight hint of that. I'm a big fan of natural smelling products so I actually really like this, but if you don't then I would say that it doesn't seem to linger on the skin so that's something to bear in mind. So far I'm really liking this cleanser and it will be interesting to see if I end up liking this more than my beloved Neal's Yard cleanser. Time will tell!

Toners are something that I have generally stayed away from in the past because I associated them with stripping the skin. My opinion changed when I started using distilled witch hazel which is an ingredient in the Up Tone Girl toner so I'm looking forward to seeing what this does for my skin. A big plus for me is that this is alcohol free and with my skin leaning towards the dry side already, the last thing I need in my routine are products that will further dry out my skin. This doesn't sound like it will do that & I'm impressed so far. On a side note, how cute is the name of the product?! 

With ingredients like shea butter & argan oil it's no surprise that this is a cream that offers a lot of moisture but I was pleasantly surprised at just how quickly and easily this sinks into the skin. It has the same fresh and Savlon-esque scent as the cleanser at first but once it's rubbed into the skin it begins to smell quite delicate and almost faintly fruity, so even though it lingers for a little while, it's pleasant and doesn't smell like you've fallen face first into a first aid kit! 

On first impressions I'm not sure if i would recommend this skincare routine for oily skin because of the amount of ingredients with great moisturising properties. I wouldn't let that put you off if you have oily skin and are interested in trying one of these products because I'm not a professional and could be totally wrong! In fact I'd love to know how you get on, but if you would like more details I will of course go into as much detail as I possibly can in my reviews in a month or so.

The cleanser, face wash and toner retail for £4.49 each and the moisturiser retails for £7.49 so this is definitely an affordable skin care range that's also easily accessible. Naked is a brand that's available in Boots & online at NakedBodycare.co.uk.

Have you tried Naked skincare and is it a brand that interests you? Do any of these products sound like something you'd like to try?
xoxo

16 comments:

  1. OOo Fabulous! I didn't know that Naked did skincare as well :) I really should get round to trying them at some point soon - I can just never seem to find them properly :(

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  2. This looks great! I use all of the Naked products that have been released so far and I am a massive fan so I cannot wait to try these :D Thanks for the reviews! x

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  3. I love Naked skincare, and their shampoos! I would really love to try the cream cleanser so I may have to check that out! Lovely reviews as always. Fern xox

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  4. Oooh thanks for the post! I fancy trying the toner, ever since my failure with Clinique products (and now with my skin being extra dry) I've avoided it, but I've heard so much good about witch hazel, I think this toner might slip into my Boots basket...

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  5. I've never tried anything by Naked, but their products have intruiged me! May need to have a peek, as I've been looking for a new skincare regime. I'm looking forward to your reviews! xo

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  6. the toner looks lovely! great review :)

    xoxo

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  7. Thanks for this review sweetie. Im always looking for good natural products so I may have to give this load a try. I've been using Lush's cleanser and toner for a while now but I still would like to try new ranges that could be better than what Im using. I will keep my eyes open for this range in our boots and your reviews in the next couple of months :) xx

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  8. @Emily - Hope you manage to get hold of some soon!
    @Eleanor - Ooh another Naked addict! You're welcome!
    @Fern - So far I think it's a great product, probably my favourite of the range!
    @G - Could definitely be worth a try! I haven't found it drying at all, but I haven't tested it fully yet. Love it so far though!
    @Emma - They're super affordable, definitely worth a try!
    @Chelsea Lane - :)

    xoxo

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  9. What a fabulous post! I've never tried Naked skincare products, but after reading your reviews on them i'm definately going to have to try some! xx

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  10. @Bubbliecheeks - Thanks lovely!
    @Courtney - <3

    xoxo

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  11. That looks great - may have to check it out in Boots

    xx

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  12. Yes this definitely is the brand I'm interested in and your blogposts increase my interest even more. :) Love your detailed reviews.

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  13. Do you know if this is coming to the shops or will be online only?

    Clinique seem to have done some serious work making people think toner should be like paint-stripper for your face. It's not, it's in important step! Just don't bloody get one from there, they're horrific.

    I am coming to the end of a bottle of Botanics cleanser, so may need to have a little go with this Naked one - it sounds lovely. All the products do actually and as I'm a sucker for skincare I'll probably have to buy all of them :D

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  14. Jennie thank you so so so much! My necklace arrived today, I love the delicate design and is very much me. And truth be told I would never buy jewellery for myself so this was a wonderful prize to win :)

    And the pink tissue paper was just lovely too. I've mentioned the necklace on my blog, I hope you don't mind :)xxxx

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  15. @Amey Jane - Definitely worth a look!
    @Liene - Aww thank you!
    @Konni - They should be available in Boots stores now/very soon!
    @Alice - I'm so glad it got there safe and you like it! :)

    xoxo

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  16. I never heard of them before, but the products are really interesting (:

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