I’m actually a bit proud that one of the true pioneers of organic and cruelty-free cosmetics is a lady from Berlin.
I bet you didn’t. Well, unless you have read my piece about i+m on LOCALSPOTTER last year -> click!
By the way, other than another year has passed, not much has changed. You still get a vanilla pod, a certified biodynamic one by Rapunzel, when ordering the vanilla line 😉
Today, the production facillities and the lab sit in Berlin’s surroundings in Brandenburg, the main office resides in Berlin, so you are really buying something local, not just cleverly labelled. The company’s main secret is in their efficient processing of cold-ground natural oils, besides from being cruelty-free, vegan, certified organic and plain awesome. Also fairtrade sourcing and cooperations with other organic heroes are high on the agenda.
SOIN BONNE MINE
God knows I’ve been dying to type those exact words! I just love French beauty copy!!!111 LOVE!!!!
Excuse me. *cough*
While it has no actual pigments or any coverage – makes the headline appear bolder than planned, huh? – the cream itself is
pretty intensely orange UPDATE: in the second bottle I bought, the cream was white (updated recipe, methinks?); and the texture is quite thick. It spreads really well, and leaves the skin feeling soft and pampered.
It doesn’t clog the pores or leave a film on your skin though, and it also doesn’t give you a carrot glow, but just as with any tiny amount of natural pigment, something “sticks”. Like with May Lindstrom’s The Youth Dew, that just gives you a noticeable, but “can’t quite put the finger on it”-glow, you know? The skin feels very smooth and soft, and looks dewy fresh.
Teint Refresh has a fragrance in its formula – essential oils only – that reminded me, in a good way, of the good old times whem mum had that one heavy glass jar with one of those apricot-coloured, divinely scented, luxury face creams (and we didn’t know how toxic it was, neither, but that’s another story). In other words: it is a scented face care. The scent is a buddy, and likes to hang out with you, at least for some ten minutes. The fragrance is hard to decribe, but it’s rather spicy, with sweet notes of vanilla.
Since it doesn’t contain any of my pet peeve allergens (my aloe vera sensitivity seems to be gone), I am choosing to forget my no-moisturiser routine for a while and give this beauty a try. My guess is, since I have learned that I’m allergic to the otherwise gorgeous Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, that too many creams I’ve used in the past might have contained this exact ingredient. Will report 🙂