Skin & Tonic Steam Clean

June 23, 2017

Skin & Tonic is a brand I've already wrote on this blog of mine. I've reviewed their Rose Mist, a lovely rose toner, and today I'm going to talk about Skin & Tonic's cult product, the Steam Clean. I'm saying cult product because I've seen it on quite a number of blogs and the reviews are always positive. I was really excited to try out this product but my first impression wasn't as good as I was hoping it would be. But things quickly changed for the better.
 Skin & Tonic is a brand made in the UK and they are all about simplicity and organic ingredients. I can just finish here because this definitely makes my heart sing. The founder Sarah truly believes in less is more and creates certified organic, sustainable skincare with no more than 7 ingredients. They support, wherever possible, small and local British & French producers/ farmers, they source from Fair Trade women’s co-operatives in Ghana & Sri Lanka, they've partnered with Charity Water and donate 10% of profits to them, providing essential, clean water and sanitation to those in the world who need it the most. They also strive to be as carbon neutral a company as possible and have already started planting trees in the Suffolk countryside to offset our carbon footprint. I mean how could you not love and adore such philosophy?

Steam Clean is described as a "simple but effective cleansing balm". It contains Grape, Thistle and Borage Seed Oils, and Beeswax. These ingredients create a very lovely consistency of the balm. I'm struggling to describe it, it's very smooth and the word slick actually comes to my mind. It's not grainy which many cleansing balms are due to Shea Butter. It's quite lightweight and I really think it would work great on oily skin types. I don't know how the texture changes in winter but I really enjoyed using it in the warmer months. I was surprised to be so into it, I don't normally go on and on about the consistency. I mean the empty jar speaks for itself, I loved it. Steam Clean turns into oil in seconds and it's such a wonderful product to remove your makeup with. It just glides on the skin and just a little bit of massaging breaks everything down and effectively removes all traces of makeup. It really works like a charm and I can say it's definitely one of my fave cleansing balms I've used. 

The only thing that slightly bothered me was the scent of Eucalyptus and Spearmint. I wasn't too keen of it. I consider myself lucky that I can quite quickly get used to smelly-to-me scents and in the end I kinda even enjoy them. In all honesty this unisex scent doesn't smell bad but I would definitely prefer something else. On the other hand Eucalyptus is a very beneficial plant, especially for acne-prone and oily skin. It's anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and has healing properties. Spearmint has some of the same skin benefits. To think about it now my skin did look healthy and nice when I was using this balm. 
As said I used the Steam Clean in the evenings to remove my makeup and all the grime from the day. I massaged a small amount of balm straight onto my face and removed it with a warm washcloth. I always double cleanse so this was my first cleanser and then I went in with a little bit of this or some other balm/oil, and repeat the whole process. After removing my makeup my skin was always very soft and smooth, properly cleansed but never dry or uncomfortable. 

Handmade, cruelty free and packaged in 100% recyclable glass container, this product is suitable for normal to oily skin. It excites me to also mention that Skin & Tonic will soon be providing refills to save on packaging. I got it from Love Lula but you can also get it straight from the Skin & Tonic website.

Happy Friday!

With love,

Jana xx

*sample generously provided
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