Shamanuti is one of these natural skincare brands that have some magical feel to it. I don’t know if this has something to do with a beautiful packaging or if it’s something else, but I adore this brand. I already had my first encounter with Shamanuti through its Pumpkin Enzyme Masque (great product). So, I was so excited to try more products from its range and share my first impressions with you.
When all of these tiny bottles came into mail last week, I just could not keep my hands off them for long. I pushed all of my current skincare to the side and started my acquaintance with the range. I usually tend to test products for at least two weeks and even longer before posting a thorough review. However, this time I decided not to wait and share my opinions faster, after almost a week of daily use, and see how it goes.
I consider a cleanser probably the most important step in my skincare routine. I also tend to get very picky about it. At first glance, I thought that this Activated Charcoal Cleanser* (30ml sample / $10) is a loose dry product, but it turns out that it’s actually a gel cleanser. And admittedly, a good one. First, the scent – a mild lavender and tea tree aroma, which feels very calming. The product looks pitch black in the bottle but comes out dark gray. It does not stain the sink, which is a plus. Once rubbed on the skin, it turns into a milky, foamy consistency. The Cleanser washes the skin exquisitely well, and, therefore, does not leave any makeup on. Like many of us, I like a cleanser that doesn’t dry out the skin, so I’m pleased that the Activated Charcoal Cleanser leaves the skin clear and clean, but not dry in any way. I then follow with the Seaweed Toner* (30 ml sample / $10), which contains not only algae but also hyaluronic acid for extra hydration. It’s a nice toner, but I’m not pleased with its spray head at all. Instead of mist that covers my whole face, it comes out as a direct stream, which is a bit wasteful and not pleasant to use.
The Essential Serum* (15ml / $42) is the third step in my Shamanuti skincare routine (and in my skincare routine in general). The first ingredient in this Serum is firming rose distillate. This fully explains why this Serum smells like a garden of fresh roses. If you’re a fan of this scent, you’d love the Serum a lot. Though, I am pretty sure that you would like it anyway. It’s a potent skin soothing and toning treatment that helps to soften wrinkles and fine lines. The next product I want to mention is the Chamomile Cucumber Eye Gel* (30ml / $24). It’s formulated to brighten, hydrate and reduce undereye puffiness. I don’t have problems with puffiness so I can not comment on that. But I do suffer from an occasional light insomnia, so my under eye area tends to get dark circles. I don’t see any instant results, but I think it’s too soon to comment its effectiveness yet, so I’ll keep you updated. The Eye Gel has a refreshing scent that reminds me of cucumbers a lot. I also like how gentle and light it feels after application.
Another important step in any skincare routine is skin moisturizing. For this, Shamanuti sent a multi-purpose conditioning stick for face, called Organic Smudge* (30ml / $16). The Smudge is made with organic face oils such as olive oil, coconut oil, shea butter, jojoba oil, and more. To be honest, I use this as a moisturizer just because I want to have a full experience with Shamanuti products without other products involved in the process. But even though it’s moisturizing enough and does not leave any greasy residue (which is excellent considering the ingredients it contains), I think it’s more suitable as an all-purpose balm for lips or dry skin areas that need extra attention rather than for the whole face. It’s just a personal preference, though.
Overall, my two most favorites from this bunch are the Charcoal Cleanser and the Essential Serum. Though, other skincare products from Shamanuti did not disappoint one bit.
You can explore the whole range of Shamanuti here. If you consider having a splurge, there’s also a discount code ORGANICBEAUTY17. It’s valid until the 5th of January 2018 and would give you 20% off of any purchase above $100.
Have you tried Shamanuti? Which product looks the most tempting?