Urb Apothecary Skincare Review
It's starting to feel like summer here in So Cal when spring hasn't even begun! Aside from the crazy warm weather, I've been experimenting and testing different variations of my skincare routine since I'm still battling with some acne on my forehead.
I bought these items from Urb Apothecary back in November so I had a good amount of time to see how it interacted with my skin.
Cacao Mousse Mask, $30
Ingredients: Kaolin Clay, Raw Theobroma Cacao* (Cacao) Powder, Hamamelis Virginiana* (Witch Hazel) Extract, Vegetable Glycerine*, Aesculus Hippocastanum* (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Peel Extract. Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Leucidal (Radish Root Extract; Natural Preservative), Santalum Spicatum* (Sandalwood) Essential Oil, And Good Energy.
First of all, this mask smells heavenly, just like chocolate milkshake—and I don't even like chocolate but it smells so good?!
This cacoa mask is infused features an exfoliating kaolin clay base and infused with skin-softening cucumber peel extract, anti-inflammatory licorice root extract, and skin-toning horse chestnut extract. Cacao helps regenerate skin cell growth and ward off inflammation. I really like the idea of having an all-in-one mask treatment to fight aging skin and blemishes at the same time!
- Doesn't dry out the skin
- Helps dry up some acne breakouts
- Leaves my skin feeling soft
- Smells good
- Soothes inflammation and irritation
- Washes off nicely with warm water and wash cloth
- Contains glycerin (doesn't say which vegetable it's derived from) which makes me feel uncomfortable because it's most likely derived from coconut or cocoa butter—both of which are very comedogenic & can cause acne
- Texture is kind of goopy
Green Tea Serum, $20
Ingredients: Aleurites Moluccans* (Kukui Nut) Oil, Cannabis Sativa* (Hemp Seed) Oil, Infused W/ Green Tea*, Hypericum Perforatum* (St John's Wort), Matricaria Recutita* (Chamomile) Flowers, Calendula Officinalis* (Calendula), Plantago Major* (Plantain); Carthamus Tinctorius* (Safflower) Oil, Adansonia Digitate* (Baobab) Oil, Essential Oils Of Dalbergia Baronii* (Rosewood), Daucus Carota* (Carrot Seed) Lavandula Angustifolia* (Lavender), Pelargonium X Asperum* (Geranium), Tocopherols (Vitamin E Non-Gmo), And Good Energy.
It seems like I'm dealing with bits and pieces of breakouts here and there, every. single. day! Whether the blemishes are small or huge—I don't & never want to be surprised with new blemishes. So when I saw Sam of Antiox and Detox (she's amazing at explaining ingredients, by the way!) posting about the benefits of this particular Green Tea Serum, I had to get my hands on it!
Acne sufferers tend to have low amounts of linoleic acid, omega-6 fatty acid, but have high amounts of oleic acid so the best way to go about it is to use ingredients with higher concentration of linoleic acid. This oil-based serum contains safflower oil and hemp seed oil which are highly linoleic and absorb quickly into the skin without feeling greasy.
On top of that, the serum is fortified with antioxidant-rich green tea, antibacterial St John's Wort, redness-reducing plantain, and packed with a variety of youth-enhancing essential oils.
- Lightweight texture
- Helps reduce some of my acne
- Soothes inflammation of my painful blemishes
- Non-offensive smell
- I wish it didn't contain baobab oil since it's quite oleic
- Didn't get rid of all of my acne
Overall, I'd pass on the Cacao Mousse Mask but continue to use the Green Tea Serum! Let me know if you've tried any skincare with cacao or green tea in it!