With the months flying by faster than ever before, Summer has jumped out of nowhere. It feels like just last week I was curled up in my big cosy jumpers.
Luckily, Freshly Cosmetics has kindly gifted me a couple of their products to get my glow on. (All of the products featured in this post were gifted in return for an honest review).
When their package arrived, I did an unboxing video on IGTV. Since then, I’ve been trying out their products and I’m finally ready to share my thoughts.
Freshly Cosmetics are an all-natural Spanish cosmetics company. It all began three years ago, and now they’re expanding into the UK cosmetics market. Their products are 100% free of toxic chemicals, vegan, and cruelty free. That means absolutely no parabens, silicones, sulphates, petroleum derivatives, dyes, and synthetic perfumes.
As for the packaging; it’s all recycled glass and aluminium! All plastic components to their packaging (such as the lids) are all fully recyclable.
What I love most is that they’re passionate about sustainability.
In addition to their recycled packaging efforts, Freshly Cosmetics run a dedicated reforestation project. Their aim is to restore 350 million hectares of forest land by 2030. They’re able to make this happen through partnering with We Forest. Since 2016, they’ve planted over 30,000 trees!
Every £50 spent on Freshly Cosmetics contributes towards the planting of one tree.
As I mentioned previously, all of the Freshly Cosmetics product packaging is made from recycled aluminium and glass. Everything else is cardboard and paper. All of which is recyclable and reusable. I’ll be reusing my box when I move out of my flat in a few weeks time. The brown packing paper could also be reused as gift wrap for future birthdays.
The only item I was unsure of in the package was the sticker sheet they included. There wasn’t any information stating it was recyclable or biodegradable, but I’ll research into it further.
The two products sent over were the golden radiance body oil and the detox revitalising body scrub. I thought these would be perfectly complimentary as part of a summer skincare routine. As someone with psoriasis, the summer can be a nightmare without the right skincare.
Made with marula, chia seeds, and rosehip oil, this body oil is designed to reduce the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite. Not only that, but it can also reduce the appearance of scars. It’s also packaged in a sturdy glass bottle as opposed to plastic.
My biggest worry was the texture of the oil. I’ve used various ones in the past and they’ve always been horribly greasy. Amazingly, that didn’t happen with Freshly Cosmetics. I used 3-4 pumps of oil on my legs and I wasn’t left with sticky, greasy hands afterwards! This is definitely going to be one of my staple summer skincare products.
I’ve even been able to use the oil on my face. Usually I break out at even a hint of a facial oil, but not this time!
While I can say this definitely helps with giving a radiant finish, I can’t speak for it’s promises for reducing cellulite and stretch marks. Not because I don’t have any (I most definitely do) but because I haven’t been using it long enough. It’s also something I’m not bothered about reducing the appearance of.
My absolute favourite thing about the body oil is the scent. It has a fresh citrus scent and quite frankly, I’m hooked.
If I had to describe this body scrub in two words, they would be “fresh” and “fruity”. Combining raspberry seeds with bamboo powder, it’s naturally exfoliating. What I love the most is that it doesn’t dry my skin out like other scrubs. This is due to the combination of jojoba, avocado, and almond oil.
When used with an exfoliating glove, the effects of this scrub are heavenly. My only slight annoyance is how fine the texture is. I do prefer a chunkier, sugar scrub type of situation. But let’s be real, that’s just me being picky. It doesn’t affect the way the product works in any way whatsoever, and I’m extremely pleased with the results I’ve had.
As with the body oil, I adore the scent. It reminded me of raspberries, although after taking a look at the Freshly Cosmetics website I’ve found out it’s actually cherry blossom!
A couple of weeks after receiving the scrub and body oil, Freshly Cosmetics sent over another package. This is something that hasn’t happened to me ever before, and was certainly a welcome surprise!
Upon opening, I’d realised they’d sent me their Healthy Protection Pack. This is fairly new to their skincare range, containing both face & body sunscreen. The packaging is the same as with their other products; biodegradable and made from recycled materials.
This arrived at the perfect time, with temperatures of 18°c coming back to the UK! It’s been a long and rainy few weeks, so I’m glad to need sunscreen once again.
Both products are fragrance free, cruelty free, and ocean-safe. While I haven’t fully tested them out, I’ve used both a couple of times and have really enjoyed them. The face cream is slightly thicker, but isn’t greasy and dries down to a matte finish. No more greasy sunscreen hands!
Since receiving this package from Freshly Cosmetics at the beginning of May, I’ve been using their products habitually. When I say habitually, I mean most mornings and sometimes evenings too. All in all, my body has never been smoother. My skin looks radiant (albeit pale) and it’s been keeping my psoriasis breakouts at bay.
I’ll be honest, I’m not much of an oil person. I usually avoid skincare oils at all costs, but I’m so glad I decided to give this a try. It’s been nothing short of a game-changer and I’ll definitely be repurchasing in the future.
I feel like a brand new woman!
*These products were kindly gifted to me by Freshly Cosmetics. Despite this, all opinions stated are my own and are in no way influenced by any third parties. To understand more about sponsored/gifted/affiliate opportunities here on Welsh Wanderer please see my disclaimer.
I'm Elen Mai, the brains behind Welsh Wanderer and 20-something human biology student from (you guessed it) Wales! Welsh Wanderer is designed with the eco-conscious adventurer in mind. So stick around for tips & tricks on living sustainably.