Hey loves! Just over a week ago I was sent some awesome samples from Skin and Tonic, a natural skin care line owned by Charlene Palfey, a skin care enthusiast and licensed aesthetician in Vermont. She uses no synthetic fragrances, no chemicals and parabens, and no mineral oils in her line. I was given the chance to try out their Oil Facial Cleanser and Makeup Remover, and Queen of Hungary Water, and would like to share my experience so far with you. 

Skin and Tonic's Oil Facial Cleanser and Makeup Remover may just be my new favourite oil cleanser. The oil cleanser contains a blend of three oils including camellia, rice bran, and sweet almond oil, as well as botanical extracts, and essential oils. Upon seeing these ingredients, I immediately checked online to see the benefits of the different oils. Camellia oil has remarkable anti-aging properties, and helps protect the skin from UV rays, and reduces scars and stretch marks,  Rice bran oil is rich in Vitamin E and fatty acids and is beneficial in improving the skin's elasticity and boosting the skin's natural regeneration process. It also helps to even out the skin tone, improving your overall complexion. Sweet almond oil soothes skin inflammation, treats skin disorders such as eczema, and reduces fine lines and wrinkles.
If you have oily skin, you may be a little skeptic about using oil to cleanse your skin. However, experts are now saying that oil may just well be the key to balanced skin - "Oil gently yet effectively removes makeup, dirt, sweat, and excess sebum, the skin's natural oil that keeps it protected and supple," says Jeanette Jacknin, M.D., a San Diego-based holistic dermatologist.
On my lazy nights, you won't find me using the oil cleanser as it does require a little time and patience. However, on those nights where I want to spend a little more time on myself, I'll reach for this product to give myself a good 5 minute face massage. The oil is not super thick, but it isn't runny either. The right consistency, if you ask me. I'll leave it on for a short period, after which I then use a warm washcloth to gently remove the oil, dirt, and any traces of makeup. Compared to many other oil cleansers I have tried, this does not leave that thin film after removal, so that's a win in my book. You'll want to use a tiny amount of product, as a little goes a long way. I was amazed at how soft and supple my skin was after one use. Seeing that I have acne-prone skin, it's safe to say that I have not experienced any irritation or additional breakouts since using this product.

Next up is the Queen of Hungary Water. Now just in case you are not familiar with Queen of Hungary Water, here's a little background. It was said that in the 1300's, Queen Elizabeth of Hungary had the blend distilled for her by an alchemist. Many claim that she would bathe in this mixture, and even drink it, as it supposedly restored her youth. Oh, the things we do for youthful looking skin! Lol. Skin and Tonic's QOHW (yea, for short) contains five herbs, four different flowers, rinds of orange, lemon, and lime, which are combined and left in apple cider vinegar for weeks for the magic to happen. I think I was drawn to this product because of the apple cider vinegar, which I have been using solely as my toner for a while now. I use the QOHW daily, and the smell is so refreshing, as the vinegar fragrance is not overwhelming. It gently cleans your pores, and unlike many toners, it does not contain any alcohol, so you won't have to worry about your skin drying out. 
Skin and Tonic suggests that you use the Queen of Hungary Water before using the cleanser, but I do this the other way around. Talk about breaking the rules. 


*Financial compensation was not received for this post. Sample products were gifted from Skin and Tonic. Opinions expressed here are my own.*


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