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Annmarie Gianni Essentials Collection Review

This is my Annmarie Gianni Essentials Collection Review. I’ve reviewed some other Annmarie Gianni products in the past; you can check out one of those reviews here.

About Annmarie Gianni Skincare:

Curate. We carefully curate organic and wildcrafted ingredients—from herbs to high-vibration plant extracts—that meet the highest standards of quality and effectiveness for your skin and body. We forge relationships with farmers and tirelessly audit our sources to maintain our standards of purity and sustainability.

Infuse. We infuse hand-selected herbs into organic aloe vera and skin-nutritive oils at low heat (never over 95°). These botanical infusions are left to steep for up to 30 days and energized by crystals before serving as a potent base for all our formulas.

Create. We then add high-performance seed oils, antioxidant-rich botanicals, and synergistic plant stem cells that deliver skin-supporting nutrients and luxurious aromatherapy. The result? Active, supernaturally-effective skin care—and our commitment to Clean Beauty Since Day 1. Finally, we house all of our products in Miron violet glass, which energizes the organic molecules of the product by filtering in a small percentage of light while protecting it from the harmful rays of the light spectrum. These are then packaged with intention using sustainable materials that are recyclable or made up of post-consumer-waste, and produced at a wind-powered facility.

Annmarie Gianni Essentials Collection Review

Our Renew & Radiate Bundle includes two all-natural products for effortless radiance: the Renew Facial Cream Cleanser and Radiate Moisturizing Facial Oil. Blending a wildly simple scent profile with proven plant-based ingredients, this duo forms the perfect introduction to Annmarie Skin Care for all ages and skin types.

Renew Facial Cream Cleanser

Benefits: hydrates. purifies. pH balanced

Suitable For: All Skin Types, Including Oily and Sensitive

Price: $22.00

Radiate Moisturizing Facial Oil

Benefits: nourishes. softens. beautifies

Suitable For: All Skin Types, Including Oily and Sensitive

Price: $32.00

My Experience + Thoughts:

These are a couple of many products I’ve tried by Annmarie Gianni skincare over the years and let me just say–they never dissappoint. The Essentials Collection smells of citrus-woody aromas and brings restoration and the deepest nourishment to skin.

If you’re new to clean beauty, it’s tough to differentiate one brand from the next. I’ll help you out in offering up that Annmarie is heads and shoulders above 99% of the other brands out there. Yes, some brands are “sans” toxic ingredients. But, the quality of the ingredients they do use are not always mindfully selected.

All of this matters because it effects the synergy of the products and how they perform! Wildcrafted, pure ingredients don’t strip or irritate skin and they don’t expose you to unwanted toxins (as are common in so many personal care items nowadays).

Renew Facial Cream Cleanser

The Renew Facial Cream Cleanser provides a nourishing clean, leaving your skin refreshed but not stripped. This is important because aggravating the moisture barrier in your skin can causes irritation and redness. If you’re wearing makeup before cleansing, I’d recommend using a microfiber washcloth or gentle wash rag. Look for gentle fabrics like hemp to accompany the cleanser in getting makeup off. The smell is an uplifting, yet grounding citrusy-woodsy aroma. I am a huge fan; it’s so beautiful.

Radiate Moisturizing Facial Oil

The Radiate Moisturizing Facial Oil is jam packed with some of my favorite oils for having an even, healthy complexion. Tamanu, jojoba, argan oils form the base. In addition, sea buckthorn berry extract takes it up another notch. I’ve bought them all individually in the past, but it’s nice to have ultra-clean versions of all of them in one blend. This one soaks into skin easily and leaves an incredible floral + foresty scent left on the skin.

Using Annmarie products always feels like going to a luxurious, wildcrafted, organic, natural spa. Any irritation I may have on the skin gets some relief and the aromatherapy experience with these formulations is second to none.

Thank you for stopping by my Annmarie Gianni Essentials Collection Review!

Blum Naturals Skin Care Review

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Blum Naturals

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

About Blum Naturals:

“Blum pronounced [bloom] is a condition of vigor, freshness and beauty.

Blum Naturals is built on the simple things in life and uses ingredients found only in nature. Our products are infused with natural plant extracts, fruit sugars and nourishing antioxidants that easily remove waterproof makeup and dirt buildup leaving your skin clean and smooth.

Our History:

Blum is a new line of natural skin care products developed by Jean Pierre Cosmetics. Blum was created to provide a natural and organic cleanser for women to reinvigorate their skin and keep it clean and smooth. At Blum, we believe that your skin deserves the pure goodness of all-natural ingredients from certified sources to keep you fresh at home or on the go.

Our Product:

Our products are developed and primarily produced in Israel and the United States. Our manufacturing processes are natural, energy efficient and environmentally conscious. We remain committed to the environment with recycled and recyclable packaging and use soy ink when possible for printing. We love animals and will never use them for any kind of product testing. Our products are made with certified natural ingredients, are hypoallergenic, alcohol free and PH balanced. By choosing Blum Naturals you are selecting products that are Paraben-free, SLS free, and free of any kind of synthetic preservatives. We know that you deserve the pure goodness of Blum naturals products and work hard to ensure that every item we produce is an effective and gentle cleanser for any skin type.

Our Daily Motto:

Cleanse. Balance. Restore. ®.”

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Daily Combination/Oily Towelettes: Organic Tea Tree Oil and Organic Cucumber & Aloe Vera

Blum Naturals’ Description:

“Our Combination/Oily Towelettes are infused with natural and organic botanicals that gently remove eye & face make-up. These soft towelettes will leave your skin feeling naturally clean and pure.

Featured Ingredient:

Tea Tree Oil, also known as Melaleuca Alternifolia, is derived from the leaf itself. It combats oily skin by dissolving oils deep down where the problem begins- leaving your face feeling fresh and supple.

Ingredients:

Aqua (Water), Decyl Glucoside**, Sage Extract*, Salicylic Acid*, Organic Tea Tree Oil*, Gluconolactone***, Sodium Benzoate***, Glycerin*.

*Plant Derived **Sugar Derived ***Naturally Derived.”

My Description & Thoughts:

My family and I like using these wipes a lot. My husband and I each have a pouch of them in our car for easy cleanups. They appear and feel much better than brands of wipes you’d find at a big box grocery store.

They do a great job of getting gunk and grime off of my hands, which is what I mainly use them for. The tea tree oil and aloe vera in each of these wipe types prevents skin from getting dried out, which seems common with cleanup wipes.

I would recommend these to a family or any individual looking for a more natural wipe to have on hand for virtually any body clean up purpose–and since they are pH balanced, they won’t irritate young skin.

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Face Serum

Description & Photo via Lucky Vitamin online (as product was not pictured on Blum website):

Ingredients:

Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Propanediol, Acacia Senegal Gum, Xanthan Gum, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil (Inca Inchi Oil), Cetearyl Alcohol, Olea Eurapaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinesis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Glyceryl Caprylate, Squalane, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Bisabolol, Isoamyl Cocoate, Isoamyl Laurate, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzoic Acid, Citric Acid, p-Anisic Acid, Aqua, Parfum (fragrance). May Contain: Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Citronellol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool.

  • No Synthetic Preservative or Fragrances
  • Paraben-Free
  • No SLS
  • Hypo-Allergenic
  • pH Balanced
  • Not Tested On Animals.”

My Description & Thoughts:

This serum on one that is right about average all the way around–mainly because of the complex ingredients. The scent reminds me of baby wipes, which isn’t too bad–just clean and fresh smelling.

To me, the best, organic ingredients make for the the most effective products. That thought was solidified after using this face serum. It doesn’t have a great lasting effect as far as leaving skin moisturized. Products with a more pure list of ingredients tend to do a great job of that. This one, unfortunately, seems to have a lot of  “filler” ingredients in the mix.

Can’t say that I’d recommend this because I could recommend so many other facial serums that are the real deal, organic and pure.

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Oil Absorbing Facial Tissues

Blum Naturals’ Description:

“Our Oil Absorbing Facial Tissues contains no harsh powders. They instantly soak up excess oil and removes shine from your face without smudging your make up.

Our convenient pack can be used anywhere, anytime, throughout the day.

Ingredients: None.

No Synthetic Preservatives or Fragrances, Paraben-free, No SLS, Alcohol free, Hypo-Allergenic, and PH Balanced. Not Tested on Animals.”

My Description & Thoughts:

This little tissues are an absolute savior and dream for someone with oily skin. I even used these on my wedding day! Especially when wearing foundation and powder, my skin gets increasingly gets more oily as time goes on.

Sometimes it takes two sheets, but the tissues do a great job of getting that greasy, oily look off of my skin without messing up or taking off my makeup. They have a simple ingredient list: none 🙂 and the tissue doesn’t irritate skin at all.

They are also a perfect size to keep in your travel makeup bag or purse. I would absolutely recommend these to anyone, male or female, makeup wearing or not. They are a great “weapon” to have on hand for an oily complexion.

*These complimentary products have been generously provided to me for the purpose of trying them in order to write a review on my experience.