Let me start off this review by saying I haven’t been this excited about a product line since I discovered Benton. Last month I was contacted with the opportunity to review a new product, normally I pass on these types of solicitations but they caught my eye with the words “fermented” and “natural”. As my long time readers and people familiar with my articles might know by now, I swear by ferments and love to go as natural as possible with skincare. First treatment essences, serums, emulsions, masks, anything with ferments usually ends up on my favourites list. Out of all the popular ingredients, my skin reacts best to ferments and absolutely loves them. They impart a glow like nothing else does, fitting, since the name of the company that contacted me was Glow Recipe.
Glow Recipe is an online store co-founded by two women with nearly 20 years combined experience within the US and Korean beauty industry in marketing and product development. Glow Recipe aims to showcase smaller brands that prioritize natural ingredients (Hello, are you speaking directly to me? I think you are, because YES, I’m so here for that!).
The two products sent to me were from a brand I’d never heard of, but have certainly become a fan of since. The brand is Whamisa and the products are Organic Flowers Fermentation Olive Leaf Mist and Organic Flowers Water Cream. I’ll start with the mist review first.
(note, that is about three weeks worth of use in the picture, one spray is enough to cover your entire face)
The Glow Recipe website gives us a rundown of Organic Flowers Fermentation Olive Leaf Mist:
An organic refreshing mist that instantly hydrates and soothes skin. For all skin types.
How it works:
Whamisa utilizes a natural fermentation process to distill and preserve the potency of selectnatural ingredients. This refreshing mist is formulated with 92.5% organic ingredients, which are naturally fermented to preserve maximum efficacy. This unique mist is water-free – instead it relies on a blend of Olive, Green Tea Extract and Aloe Vera extract to help rehydrate and calm dry, depleted skin. BDIH Standard Certified.
Parabens, Silicones, Mineral Oils, Synthetic dyes & fragrances
This is a must have for Glow Recipe offices, as skin becomes sensitive and dry from air conditioning in the summer and heating in the winter. Keep it on your desk and pamper skin throughout the day.”
Once I read that I was impressed, I asked Glow Recipe if they could send me over an ingredient list just to make sure this product was going to be up to snuff, once I received this list I wasn’t just impressed I was blown away!
Whamisa Organic Flowers Olive Leaf Mist (80ml, $38)
*Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Olive, Caulerpa Lentillifera Extract, *Alcohol, *Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract Olive, *Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract, *Saururus Chinensis Leaf/Root Extract, *Angelica Keiskei Leaf/Stem Extract, *Dioscorea Opposita (Wild Yam) Root Extract, *Centella Asiatica Extract, *Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, *Lactobacillus/Rice Ferment, *Lactobacillus/Oat Ferment Extract Filtrate,*Lactobacillus/Chrysanthemum Sinense Flower Ferment Filtrate,*Lactobacillus/Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Ferment Filtrate, *Lactobacillus/Dandelion Leaf/Root Extract Ferment Filtrate, Evernia Prunastri (Oakmoss) Extract Oakmoss, Cetraria Islandica Extract, **Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, **Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, **Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Natto Gum, ***Propanediol, Xanthan Gum, Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (Guar) Gum, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil.
Look at all of those amazing natural ingredients! Antioxidants everywhere! Emollients, astringents, loads of organic ingredients with soothing properties! This is why I haven’t been this excited since Benton, I haven’t seen a list this natural and impressive since then. Honestly this both meets their ingredient lists (especially with their first ingredient being Aloe Leaf Juice instead of water!) and exceeds it with this long list of skin loving elements that score an absolute zero on the scale of potential acne triggers or skin irritants!
The mist itself is 80ml , 2.7 oz so not too unwieldily to travel with if you’re so inclined. I love the inclusion of actual olive leafs in the bottle, and the mist nozzle does a nice fine spray. Little details like that are great. It has a very natural pleasant earthy scent that I love. Personally I’m crazy for earthy scents and don’t care much for the cloyingly sweet perfumed smell that’s popular with a lot of other skincare, so I really appreciate this feature. It’s very soothing and hydrating and not at all sticky and doesn’t leave you with a film. It’s perfect to mist yourself with if you’re in an office building or apartment building with dry recycled air like I am. I feel like beef jerky by about mid-winter so something like this is quite welcome. I also love to use it to mist my face right before applying my bb cream if I’m wearing it, or after I’m done with my makeup to set it. My absolutely favourite way to use it is after I’ve let my vitamin C serum and BHA or AHA set for 20 minutes. Once that’s done I’ll mist myself with the Organic Flowers Olive Leaf Mist to prepare my skin for my serum, emulsion, and cream steps. I am now addicted to this mist, it’s my absolute favourite I’ve ever used! I love it! I think this could totally double as a toner, the ingredients are that awesome. It’s on the pricey side but after a look at that ingredient list and it’s lack of fillers and crap that a lot of other brands use to cheapen their products, I totally understand and accept that price. You get what you pay for, and in this case you’re getting a lot.
Definitely a well deserved 5 out of 5 turtles, plus one for being so great!
If you’re interested, Glow Recipe has offered to give you $5 off your first order if you order through my link! Yay for saving money!
Next up I’ll be reviewing the Whamisa Organic Flowers Water Cream!