Grown Alchemist Skincare Review

I love myself a little luxury. Just the illusion of luxury and I’m a happy chappy. For me Grown Alchemist embodies that feeling. From their simple, too-elegant-to-try-too-hard packaging to the high-quality ingredients I’d always put them up on a pedestal as a brand. We’d had their hand soap and hand cream around the house for years and they are both amaze. So when I finally got around to trying out their skincare range I was a little worried that I was going to be disappointed by my high expectations.

So what did I think?…



Hydra-Restore Cream Cleanser


I have dry-combination skin, but this winter the dry side of that equation went to a whole new level. I have no idea why so I’m gonna go ahead and blame global warming, or the economy, or maybe Obama. Whatever the reason, it got dry and my pores became clogged and things on my face were just not going very well! So when I came across a cleanser with the term “hydra-restore” in the name I was obviously going to smother it all over my face and cross my fingers.

It boasts olive leaf extract, B vitamins, yarrow extracts, trace elements of zinc, and polysaccarides and fucoidans from Red Seaweed. The combination of which is deemed to help slow signs of aging, reduce fine lines, hydrate, visibly even skin tone, and reduce pore size! What’s not to love! But does it work?

I was not disappointed. This puppy cleanses, even removing most makeup, but also kept my skin felling supple and hydrated. I also used it in combination with bi-carb soda every 2-3 days as an exfoliator, and it worked really well! However, I saw no change in my signs of aging and, if anything, I think my pores may have become more noticeable. My one issue with cream cleansers is that they sometimes leave my skin feeling weighed down. On particularly dry days this feels nourishing, but on the average day it feels as though my pores are a little clogged, and this came across in the their appearance on my face. It is also AU$36 for 100mL of products, so it’s not cheap.

Did I like it? Yes, I really did. Did I love it? Hmm, I’m going to have to say no, but that I would keep it around for my periods of extreme dryness because it really did help remedy that issue. So if you’re a dry skinned gal or guy, this is probably for you!


Gentle Gel Facial Cleanser


Gel cleansers have a special place in my heart. For no reason other than the fact that I just love the feel of them on my face. Whilst my rant above may not have shown this, I’ve had mixed experiences with cream cleansers. They have, on the whole, been very hydrating, but their cleansing effectiveness often leaves something to be desired. Gel cleansers seem to take that hydration that I so love and long for, but with the added boost of cleansing strength.

This particular gel cleanser is packed with chamomile, bergamont, willow bark, aloe vera, and polyphenols and mucilages from cold pressed rose petals. These ingredients blend to gently remove impurities from the skin without stripping it of natural oils.

Whilst I really did like with cream cleanser, I LOVED the gel cleanser. It was definitely my favourite of the two. Whilst the cream cleanser took two washes to really get makeup off, the gel did it in one go. My skin felt hydrated but also thoroughly cleansed. First possibly the first time in my life I noticed a difference in the appearance of my pores! YIEW! And in combination with bi-carb soda there was also a dramatic difference in my skin tone.

I really cannot rave about his enough. Even at AU$39.95 for 200mL I will still be keeping this in my life forever and ever and ever…I guess it’s time to start auctioning off my future children so I can fund this latest obsession. Does anybody know Rumpelstiltskin’s number?



Hydra-Repair Day Cream


This moisturising cream contains camellia, rosehip, aloe vera, jojoba oil and mayblossom to help combat hydration issues, softness, appearance and combat stress. Anything that combines my infatuation with rosehip and the term “hydra-repair” was obviously going to end up in my shopping basket.

I used this product in combination with one of Grown Alchemist’s facial oils (see below) and the result was fantastic. This was the luxury I was expecting from this brand. On it’s own it is still a great moisturising cream, but in conjunction with the facial oil it really takes it to another level. It hydrated my poor, dry skin incredibly without leaving my face feeling weighed down by product. The lightweight cream left my skin feeling soft and moisturised all day, something that other products (particularly those that are lightweight) have struggled to do.

Downsides? It is AU$34.95 for 65mL. It lasted me about 2 ½ months with daily use, which isn’t too bad I guess , but that adds up to about $209 a year. My old fave from Sukin is a lot less than that.

So if you can afford it give it a go! But there are other creams that give a similar effect for a lot less money.



Antioxidant Facial Oil: Rosehip & Camellia Seed


Rosehip oil is one of my great skincare loves. It has transformed the appearance of my skin. So any product with it as a main ingredient is always one I am keen to try. This facial oil by Grown Alchemist is marketed to help hydrate, reduce fine lines, improve appearance, and soften. It did all these things. I used it both on its own (before night cream) in the evening and in conjunction with the moisturising cream (see above) in the morning, and both ways it gave a great result. The most prominent change was in the visible appearance of my skin; it became visibly lightened, rejuvenated and soft.

Some other facial oils, especially the more heavy alternatives, have had me break out initially (or the whole time in one case) but I didn’t experience that with this product. It is lightweight but also packs a punch of hydration. As far as facial oils go the price of this one is, unlike the other Grown Alchemist products so far, about on average at AU$24.95 for 20mL. I’m going to make a very bold claim and say that I may like this oil just as much as my all-time fave Trilogy rosehip oil antioxidant+…and that was not an easy feat.   Good job Grown Alchemist.


All in all I really enjoyed my experience with Grown Alchemist’s skincare range! Have you got any other skincare ranges that you would recommend? Let me know in the comments below.


Keep smiling, N x



Mini Lush Haul


I had always heard people rave about Lush. YouTube is filled with people describing the amazing qualities of their bath bombs and the scent of their new Lush Hand cream but I never thought it was worth so much money for one bath’s worth of bomb.

About a month ago I was having a lazy day and had gone in to the city to have a look around for a dress to wear to my best friend’s 21st . I wandered past Lush and decided to go and smell their bath bombs and hand creams for myself.

It turns out that their bath bombs DO smell absolutely incredible (but I’m still not convinced that I need to fork out so much money for a one-time thing.). I instead picked up a few of their other items that I didn’t even know they had.

Rub Rub Rub is a sea salt shower scrub that you can use all over your body. I have quite dry skin and some scrubs can aggravate this even more and give me eczema on my inner elbow (or whatever its called). Rub Rub Rub has been a life saver! It’s harsh enough to take off the dead skin and leave you with a silky layer of amazingness, but not so rough that it leaves you feeling red raw. I’ve used my tub all up and will definitely be re-purchasing it ASAP!

Eau Roma Water toner water is a toning mist that is amazing for dry skin. They had five different toner options when I was there and the girl said that this one was best suited to dry skin. Boy howdy was she right. It has rose water in it to brighten and soften the skin and lavender to help keep it supple. I spray it all over my face before I moisturize my skin morning and night, and I have noticed a massive difference in how moisturized my skin feels! I also use it as a refresher during the day if I’m feeling tired or worn out; the rose smell is so calming and the mist is super soothing.

The Olive Branch shower gel is a moisturising shower gel with olive oil to keep skin moisturized. This has been another hit as it keeps my skin super soft and nourished even if I forget to moisturize after I shower. There’s not too much else to say about this one. Definitely pick it up if you like to be clean and soft.

I have been looking for a powder dry shampoo for ages but could never find one in our local shops. For some reason spray dry shampoos just don’t work on my hair and they leave it looking dry and broken. So when I saw the No Drought dry shampoo in Lush I put it straight in my basket! No drought didn’t disappoint! This is the best dry shampoo to chuck on in the morning without having to worry about drying out your hair too much. I also use this off a night all over my hair if it’s a particularly oily mess and chuck my hair in a bun so that, by morning, my hair is looking super luscious and ready for another day.


All in all I have been very impressed by the quality of my first Lush products (and they didn’t break my budget). I am keen to know what I should buy next! What do you think? Do you have a favorite Lush product?

-M x

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