If you’ve been reading this blog for a while now, you’ll know that SKINCARE is one of my #1 favourite things. Recently, the lovely Robin Lyons, co-founder at Simplicité, was kind enough to send me some of their end-of-year skin hydration products. Now, not so long ago, after being disappointed with my Burt’s Bees cleanser, I was starting to lose faith in natural skincare. However: Simplicité changed that.
Oh, Simplicité. How many ways do I love thee? Let me count the ways. No, really, let’s count.
1. EVERY PRODUCT IS PETA ACREDITED & VEGAN. Every. Product.
2. Everything smells truly incredible. I’d wear almost all these scents as perfumes.
3. David Lyons, co-founder of the brand, is a clinical naturopath, & every extract is medicinal-grade.
4. They’re a Queensland brand and all product creation and packaging (right down to the bottle production) is done in Australia #shoplocal.
But best of all:
5. These products work. They just work.
Let’s begin with the Hydrating Floral Toning Lotion.
I have kept this stuff in my fridge all summer long and what a lifesaver it was. February is usually one of the hottest months of the year in both Australia and New Zealand too, so if you need a toner or a simple hydrating spray that smells like some kind of botanist demi-god brought you a G&T, I can definitely vouch for this. It’s a lifesaver in 30 degrees and soothes and calms the skin like other toner products do not (*cough* Clinique).
It’s alcohol free, but it did sting a tiiiny bit when I put it on my skin one day last week when it was particularly dry. I think my skin’s sensitivity was upped after I’d spent maybe a little bit too much time in the sun, though, as I’ve not had problems with it otherwise and have really enjoyed a quick spray when I get home from uni every afternoon, or in the morning before moisturising. It kind of doubles as a light perfume for a little while too, which I love, as the scent is truly too good. It is important to note that there aren’t any synthetic or ‘natural’ fragrances in any of their products either – the delectable smells come straight from the plant extracts in each bottle.
Probably my favourite product of the three was this Results Lift Gel which Simplicité say is a ‘cosmetic herbal alternative to Botox.’ Since I’ve been using this, my skin has been noticeably plumper, especially around my eyes, and you can use this as an eye cream if you want too. You barely need any at all to cover your whole face, and it smells super citrussy so is pretty invigorating in the morning if you’ve just stepped out of the shower.
The scent alone is enough to wake my skin up for the day. It feels like a really luxurious little pick-me-up and if it gets any hotter I’ll probably keep this one in the fridge too for even more of a treat. The citrus scent comes from mandarin, but other ingredients include soothing calendula, rice bran, rosehip, olive leaf and cornsilk. Some of the pigmentation around my eyes has been reduced too, but I’m not sure if it’s down to this product or the next one – the Sage Face Oil.
When I put this product on at night, it makes me happy. It smells like sage (as you might expect for a sage oil), and it’s deliciously herb-y like your face is hosting a Sunday roast dinner. And I think that’s apt, really, because it really is just like having a couple of your faves round for a roast – it’s warm, it’s relaxing, and it nourishes your face in a way that good chats over a long meal nourish your soul.
The rosemary in this is what makes it smell the most roast-y, along with lavender, sandalwood and lemon. I mentioned earlier that this may be what caused a reduction in my eye pigmentation – while it’s still there in the below photos you can see that it’s been reduced at least from the last naked-face photo I took in December in the previous post. I’m excited to see how this keeps reducing using these Simplicité products for the next few months.
As you can see my sister (14 years younger than me) decided she wanted in on the blogging selfie, which perhaps provides a useful comparison. While good skin runs in the family it’s the taking care of it with high-quality products like Simplicité’s range that makes a difference in the long run.
A lot of Simplicité’s products come in trial sizes, which are easier on the student budget, but the full-size products are definitely worth it in my experience, especially when you take into account you’re cutting down on all of the associated environmental costs. I’m going to be buying myself the Damask Rose moisturiser when my birthday rolls around because I got a wee sample and couldn’t get enough of the scent!
NB. The items in this post were sent for me for review, which help to keep my blog running, but do not impact the thoughts or opinions presented on any of the products listed in this post. For more information, read my disclosure statement.