Efficient skincare — completely free from palm oil? Exists! Discover now: Amaranthine Beauty.
Amaranthine is a place in Dragon Age and a planet in Mass Effect, if you’re talking games. The name lends itself so well to fantastic worlds because it implies something otherworldly — immortal, everlasting. The very word is a dream and a promise.
If you’re talking skincare, Amaranthine is an indie natural beauty brand from Scotland; the first ever to be certified “palm-oil free” under a government-approved palm oil free certification trademark, and neither a dream nor an (empty) promise as I can say after weeks of testing.
For those of you who appreciate hand-blended, exquisite and mostly botanical recipes, lightweight textures and the palm-oil free philosophy, comes a special treat:
I invite you to meet founder Sarah Rueger for a quick round of Q&As, check out three highly efficient products (my personal favourites from the range) and follow both @amaranthine skincare and @beautycalypse on Instagram for an upcoming readers raffle.
The heroes of my “test run”: Amaranthine Facial Oil, Cleansing Balm and Radiance Face Mask. All three wipe away the first signs of tiredness and ageing, and impart a delicious, healthy glow so beautiful it made me skip foundation for the entire period of testing.
The Facial Oil is as lightweight as liquid silk. Jojoba, argan, raspberry seed and pumpkin seed oils to balance the skin and to make it firmer and smoother are accompanied by moisturising olive-derived squalane and a slew of essential oils with soothing and calming benefits — frankincense, geranium bourbon, lavender and sweet orange.
The Cleansing Balm is the first balm I personally can approve of: the texture is non-greasy and light (think whipped cream), and it contains my favourite exfoliating ingredient. Apricot, coconut, castor and papaya oils plus mango butter and a little beeswax make the cleansing balm not just a nourishing and deeply softening treat; the enzyme papain exfoliates the top layers of the skin in the gentlest way possible. The skin is left soft and hydrated (I remove the balm with a damp face cloth), perfect at night. BTW: the balm is ideal for facial massages.
Radiance Face Mask: this clay mask (lava and bentonite) was made absolutely sublime by adding aloe vera, camu camu and mango fruit powders and organic mandarin oil to the recipe: the texture feels soft and gentle on the skin. After removal, the skin feels supple and looks dewy fresh. If your skin is not dry, you’ll hardly feel the need to moisturise.
The review is based on the usage of press samples and entirely editorial.