Non-Comedogenic Moisturiser ft. Handmade Naturals
A couple of weeks ago I put out a tweet asking for recommendations for an affordable hydrating moisturiser from natural/organic brands. After my interesting faux-pas with coconut oil as a moisturiser (I ended up having to steam my face over the course of a few weeks to help clear my skin again) I have become very wary of which oils and butters are the most comedogenic i.e. pore-blocking. A bit of research using this very helpful list and this one interestingly found that cocoa butter, coconut butter, coconut oil, wheatgerm oil, soybean oil and red algae are the main oils and butters to avoid for those who are prone to break-outs, blocked pores and acne.
I have to say I was quite surprised cocoa butter was in the list, as I naively assumed it was lovely for the skin (maybe a partial result of Palmers Cocoa Butter marketing which used to be an old favourite of mine before going green) as many natural products include it in their blend and hunting for a moisturiser without cocoa butter was actually something of a mission.
From the recommendations I received on twitter, I finally settled on the Handmade Naturals Balancing Face Cream for normal to combination skin, which completely fit the bill. Small independent British company, great ethics, vegan, handmade product and no comedogenic butters or oils!
First and foremost, as mentioned, I wanted a moisturiser to help with my sensitive, temperamental and dry skin – so as well as needing to avoid certain ingredients as listed above, I was also looking for a moisturiser with calming herbs and botanicals. Handmade Naturals blend together camomile flower water, virgin shea butter, rosehip seed oil, jojoba oil, peach kernel oil, aspen bark (natural preservative), mandarin oil, and rose geranium oil especially for creating a light yet hydrating cream for combination skin. All of these elements have very low comedogenic ratings and no cocoa or coconut butter in sight 🙂
Camomile is excellent for calming skin as well as being inflammatory and anti-bacterial. Rosehip seed oil is great for acne prone skin, as is rose geranium oil.
Texture & Application
The texture is light and leaves a mattifying feel to skin after application. It would have been excellent if the cream was a tad more hydrating but nevertheless it smells heavenly and has passed the no skin irritation test! I have been using for just over a week, as part of my morning and evening skincare routine, and so far my acne has steadily cleared up.
The Verdict – Love!
Totally in love with this moisturiser, and I’m not surprised it has won The Green Parent’s Natural Beauty Award in 2012. At £11.50 for a 50ml bottle, it’s not too badly priced when compared to other natural moisturisers on the market. I definitely recommend for anyone who has acne or issues with breakouts, and very excited to see my skin continue to clear.