One of the biggest and most obvious perks of running a blog dedicated to skincare is trying products I normally wouldn’t. I’ve stated here a few times that I am not usually a fan of “natural” skincare products, but Fleur & Bee caught my eye.
More and more companies are making the push to sustainable, earth-friendly products and packaging so the “green beauty” market is getting pretty saturated. But Fleur & Bee is one of the best I’ve tried so far and stands out from the rest for a number of reasons. Not only do their products work and contain effective ingredients, but they are also a reasonable price point making them accessible to more people who are looking to greenify their beauty routine. They make high-quality natural skincare essentials that are good for you, the planet, and your budget!
Their products are natural, vegan, and cruelty-free. They also donate 1% of sales to Days for Girls, an organization that provides access to menstrual care and education to girls in need.
So naturally (see what I did there?) I reviewed (almost) their entire line and was pleasantly surprised! Here’s what I learned:
Eyes Eyes Baby
I wanted to kick off this review with my favorite product from their line, the Eyes Eyes Baby Anti-Aging Eye Cream. It contains some of my favorite ingredients like peptides and squalane but the big selling point for me is the caffeine. Dermatologists say that the caffeine works as a vasoconstrictor to shrink the offending veins that cause eye puffiness in the first place. It also works because its main ingredient, theophylline, permeates the skin to reduce subcutaneous fat by dehydrating skin cells and reducing inflammation.
This fragrance-free cream has a mousse-like texture, absorbs quickly, and doesn’t cause milia. My eyes are pretty sensitive and I haven’t noticed any negative reactions thus far. And at just $22, this is a must-buy for me.
Nectar of the C
I also am a big fan of Nectar of the C, a daily vitamin C serum. It uses both vitamin C and ferulic acid which longtime readers know, I am a big fan of.
The vitamin C derivative they use here is sodium ascorbyl palmitate. This is a water-soluble form of L-ascorbic acid combined with palmitic acid, a fatty acid, and – you’ll never guess – sodium. It’s more stable and bioavailable than some other vitamin C derivatives and for this reason, it’s best for the budget. Cosmetic chemists like sodium ascorbyl palmitate because it is stable in both water-in-oil emulsions and oil-in-water emulsions, unlike ascorbyl palmitate. It also is more active at a higher range of pH levels than L-ascorbic acid, which has to be formulated at a pH under 4 for maximum results.
This serum doesn’t have the pungent scent associated with other vitamin C serums and performs well under makeup and SPF. I like it a lot!
Crème de la Cream
Next is the Crème de la Cream which is formulated with aloe and has a light, whipped texture.
Aloe is made mostly of water, however, the mucilaginous aloe gel also contains numerous phytochemicals (phytochemicals are completely natural chemical compounds found in plants) like glycoproteins, polysaccharides, sterols, lipids, and vitamins – all of which have been studied for bioactivity. Glycoproteins help speed the healing process by minimizing pain and inflammation, while polysaccharides stimulate skin growth and repair. Vitamins C and E in aloe gel improve the strength of the skin tissues and pack a powerful, hydrating punch to dehydrated or aging skin.
For those with oily to normal skin types, you will love this cream! I don’t think it is heavy enough for those who are in need of more hydration, so you can top it off with a face oil or rose water spray to get an extra boost.
Rose and Shine
Speaking of rose water spray… next up Rose and Shine, a rose water toner (nice transition, huh?). Rose is sentimental, it’s beautiful, and it is about as classic as fragrance comes. As far as a skincare ingredient goes, it has been proven to have some mild anti-inflammatory, soothing, antioxidant, and antibacterial properties, including being a natural source of geraniol, which has seven times the antiseptic activity of phenol.
Is this product essential to your routine? No. But it’s one of those nice-to-have kinds of products when you are in the mood to treat yourself or if you need a little pick me up during the day.
Finally, I tried the So Clean cleanser which is formulated with sunflower seed oil. Sunflower seed oil is commonly found in cleaning products due to its high concentration of linoleic acid (about 60%), which hydrates as it is both incorporated into skin lipids and prevents water loss from the skin.
Sunflower seed oil has been shown to be even more effective in hydrating than olive oil: According to a very small study (3 individuals!), the application of sunflower seed oil to the individuals’ right forearms for 2 weeks markedly increased the amount of lecithin in the patients’ skin. In addition, the rate of transepidermal water loss was significantly lowered, and the patients’ scaly skin lesions disappeared – results not found with olive oil. The authors speculate that the reason is that sunflower seed oil is a natural source of linoleic acid, whereas olive oil is a source of oleic acid.
This is a solid cleanser but should be used as part of a double-cleanse as it doesn’t quite get off all the makeup and residue on your face in one go around. Also if you are sensitive to coconuts and coconut oil, skip this one!
This is one of the best natural and sustainable skincare lines I have come across in quite some time. Not only are the products effective, but they are also affordable which is always a winning combination!