When I received the Esse Limited Edition 10 Year Celebration Pack for review, I was so excited because I never heard of this range before. It’s a 100% vegan range and endorsed as cruelty-free by Beauty Without Cruelty. I liked how the package looks and it’s very convenient for using as a travel kit. I like the idea of using bottles too – very environmentally friendly.
The first thing I noticed with all the products is that they have an oily feeling to the touch. I have very dry skin but they still left my skin smooth and moist for the whole day. I also noticed the scent is quite strong but after few more days using the products my nose got used to it.
I was happy to note that all the ingredients are natural and organic. That’s what I’m looking for before, not just because I’m vegan but because I don’t want to use more chemicals on my body.
Overall, I really love the products and I’m very glad to have discovered Esse for myself. I will definitely highly recommend them to my friends.
The products contained in the pack are:
Gel Cleanser Esse Organic Skincare
Description/claims: A foaming, tingling wash that deep cleanses without drying. Peppermint and spearmint oils refresh and improve microcirculation to aid in the elimination of toxins. African Aloe extract exhibits anti-inflammatory properties and regulates immune function.
Recommended retail price: R 200 (200 ml).
Review: This foamy, brownish gel cleanser works well and gives me a breezy feeling after I wash my face. I love the feeling of mint on my face as it’s really refreshing. Apart from the scent being too strong for me, I had nothing to complain about this lovely gel cleanser.
Description/claims: Fine cocoa particles polish and remove dead skin cells leaving the skin refined, soft and smooth. Wild sourced African oils ensure skin is not dry but nourished and protected.
Recommended retail price: R180 (50 ml).
Review: When I first try this exfoliator I noticed the wonderful cocoa scent. The cocoa granules are very fine so they didn’t damage my skin, but they are coarse enough to loosen the dead skin cells on the surface of my skin; it really removes it! After use, my skin felt smooth, soft and moisturized. I felt like my face was glowing afterwards.
Description/claims: The Esse Toner completes the cleansing process to revitalize, protect and improve skin texture. Rooibos extract provides potent antioxidant activity. Extract from olive leaves combats the negative effects of pollution and reduces sun damage. The toner can also be sprayed over make-up to freshen and re-hydrate throughout the day.
Recommended retail price: R135 (100 ml). 10 ml sample size only included in this pack.
Review: When I opened the package and pulled out this little toner bottle, it made me smile because it looks so cute. And when I opened the bottle it the scent was so mild and gave me a relaxed feeling. After I used it, my skin was very smooth and moisturised, I even didn’t need to use moisturizer anymore. It works very well and, what’s more, there’s no added fragrance, just the scent of the natural ingredients.
Eye & Lip Cream
Description/claims: A treatment with high levels of hyaluronic acid which hydrates and reduces the sub-clinical inflammation that leads to long term damage.
Recommended retail price: R210 (20 ml).
Review: I used the eye & lip cream every morning for a week and I noticed my eyes and lips feel instantly moisturized after application. My eye area feels more supple and refreshed. And my lips stopped cracking; it really does its job. It has very mild scent, non-sticky, very easily absorbed and only a tiny amount is needed each time. Love the packaging – no messy pots to put my fingers in – and very easy to get the right amount out.
Description/claims: A mask to feed and nourish the most dehydrated skins.
Recommended retail price: R300 (50 ml). 10 ml sample size only included in this pack.
Review: I’m not that familiar with using face masks but this product smells great, went on my skin smoothly. It’s not the same the other face masks that leave you looking like a monster afterwards; just a thin layer is applied. After I washed my face with warm water my skin was very smooth, soft and felt fresh.
Note: the Esse Limited Edition 10 Year Celebration Pack RRP is R 490, and contains products worth R 590.
Esse products are available at spas, salons and health shops nationwide.
Review by Marjorie Marino, October 2012
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