With the change of the weather, I've noticed my skin was feeling a bit dry. I knew I needed to winterize my skincare, so I went to my fail-safe Beautypedia. But #momlife, I got interrupted by a million other things and ended up at the local pharmacy, perusing the skincare offerings. I decided to try SW Basics, which is a Brooklyn-based all-natural skincare line known for their simple ingredients, plus it was on sale. I read Adina Grigore's book Skin Cleanse while I was pregnant with my youngest son two years ago (already?!)--it's a great read--but hadn't tried her skincare line, mainly because I'm a bit afraid of oil products. I've nearly finished with just about each item in the sample pack and definitely have an opinion about each item. Without further ado, here's my full review of SW Basics Bestseller Mini Kit:
The Bestseller kit comes with a makeup remover, cleanser, toner, and cream for $45. They all have ingredient lists that are short and simple. I also like the packaging which feels both contemporary and vintage at the same time. If you don't have cotton balls, you'll need to stock up because most of these products are meant to be applied with them. After about a month of using these products, my face on a whole is feeling really really balanced and "normal," not tight, no dry patches, not oily and no breakouts (which is amazing because those pesky pimples pop up about once a month).
This is a bit long, so I'll give you the Bottom Line: The cream is a new must-have for me with the cleanser following suit. I could take or leave the makeup remover, but that's only because I have other methods I'm happy with. The toner is probably not for me because of the essential oils, which can irritate my skin. Below, I go in depth into each product.
This is made up of 4 different oils: organic sweet almond oil, organic olive oil, and organic jojoba oil. I tend to pour some into my hand, work the product into my face and then wipe with a cotton ball. The product does remove all of my makeup pretty easily and does NOT make me break out. But I'm on the fence about this one. It's not bad, but I also really like these makeup erasers with just water.
With three ingredients, I was a bit skeptical about how well this would perform. But the combination of organic rosewater, organic vegetable glycerin, and organic tea tree oil left my skin feeling really clean and soft. No tightness here. The only downside for me is in applying it. I like using my hands to really work the product into my skin but the packaging makes it hard to dispense the right amount. I should probably just apply it with a cotton ball, like the instructions suggest, but the cotton rounds I have didn't work well. I definitely will try this one again, possibly with the SW Basics cotton rounds.
For those who don't know what the heck glycerin is, here is an excerpt from the Ingredient Dictionary: "Glycerin is a skin-replenishing and restoring ingredient, meaning it is a substance found naturally in skin, helping to establish normal balance and hydration. It’s one of the many substances in skin that helps maintain a healthy look and feel, defending against dryness and working to maintain skin’s moisture level."
Toner balances the skin's ph which keeps acne at bay. I was hopeful for this toner to do just that. The ingredient list includes organic raw apple cider vinegar (with the mother which can look gross but is 100% safe), organic witch hazel, and essential oils of clary sage and sandalwood. I really like how this toner isn't drying at all but I'm not sure why they added the essential oils to this toner. Essential oils cause skin sensitivity, so as someone who has already sensitive skin, I won't be using this one again.
Fair trade organic shea butter, organic coconut oil and organic olive oil make this cream thick but super spreadable and doesn't feel heavy. I end up using this before bed on my face, neck, lips, hands, and arms. I really work it into my face and try not to put it too close to my hairline (I sometimes shower at night and don't want my hair to soak up any of it). It takes a while to soak into the skin, but I love that feeling of being super hydrated when my head hits the pillow. And, in the morning, my skin is baby-smooth. Everything has soaked in and my skin just feels like baby skin! I'm sort of obsessed with this cream right now and use it sometimes in the morning if I'm not wearing makeup (I find mixing oils with makeup tends to melt everything away).
So there you have it. I apologize for rambling on a bit. This is my first product review, so I hope to figure out a better way to give you the info in a more efficient way. Any tips? What do you want to hear more/less about?
I'd love to hear from you. Comment below! What skincare products are you loving? Have you tried SW Basics, or another all-natural skincare line? How do you like it?