Crystal Cleansing Water x Girl Undiscovered
It's not very often that I come across a brand on Instagram and then set myself the task of finding out everything I can about them. That's exactly what happened though when I saw the word about Girl Undiscovered being spread and had to find out what it was all about for myself. Flash-forward to February and an incredibly beautifully presented box, containing the product you see above arrived. I like to give most skincare products at least a month's trial so I can see how it works longer term. You aren't truly going to know if something's making a difference in a day or two, even a week. Before we get on to the product itself though, here's a bit of a lowdown for those of you who aren't familiar with Girl Undiscovered.
So local brand Girl Undiscovered pride themselves on their use of pure, natural products. All three of their current products, there's also an oil and a face mask, are made using natural, ethically sourced ingredients. Even the crystals in the Cleansing Water are ethically sourced. Their products are all made in New Zealand, cruelty free, sustainable and in reusable packaging. Each product comes in a gold pouch, which you may have seen on my Instagram. You can repurpose this as a succulent holder, a clutch, makeup bag. Whatever you fancy. Mine will probably become a sunglass case. As someone who is lucky to receive a few parcels, I was seriously impressed by how little excess waste there was in terms of packaging. The box fit the water inside perfectly and the honeycomb paper, while decorative is something I will use again.
Now on to the fun part, the Under The Waterfall Crystal Cleansing Water* contains water sourced at 160 metres which is then infused with Kanuka Honey, Thanaka and Cold Pressed Coconut Oil. For those wondering, the water does not feel 'oily' in the slightest and it's not a bi-phase solution. If your skin is sensitive, note that it does contain Benzyl Alcohol (natural preservatives made up of aromatic alcohol) but it is far down the ingredients list. Correct me if I'm wrong but I feel like I read on Caroline Hirons site that the only time that can be problematic for combination/sensitive skin is when it's higher up the ingredients' table. Other than that this is paraben free and synthetic-fragrance free so it should be suitable for most skin types. As with anything, patch test first.
You can use this Cleansing Water as a pre-cleanse, much like you would a micellar water. At this stage you'd be removing the bulk of your makeup. The other way you can use this is as a toner, after cleansing and before moisturising, exfoliating, serum-ing** and vice versa. In my opinion, if you're using this to remove makeup it works well. You will need to, and should be following up with a cleanser afterwards. I didn't test this on my eyes so I can't vouch for its eye makeup removal properties. I always use this exclusively for eyes, in case you were wondering. In my opinion it really shines as a toner. Inoffensive, gentle and so lovely and cooling on the skin. It doesn't leave your skin feeling stripped or tight and is just a treat to use. You may have noticed that there are Rose Citrine and Clear Quartz crystals in the bottom. Crystals are known for their healing qualities and I will admit, I am a bit skeptical about their use in skincare. Maybe they make a difference. If anything I think they're more of an aesthetic thing in this case.
If you're after a natural alternative to the supermarket micellar waters and toners, you should look at this one. Oh and if you want to shop local of course! It's nice to support the local artisans. Girl Undiscovered can be purchased online and their products are also in store at Blush Flowers in Parnell.
*PR Sample. This post is not sponsored but Girl Undiscovered were kind enough to send me this for review. As always, all thoughts and musings are my own, unless otherwise stated.
**Not a word, I'm doing a paper on editing at the moment so this feels like a rebellious move. Let me have my moment.
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