New skincare brands seem to be launched every week when you're a beauty blogger - there's always a shiny new email waiting to be opened, but I find that many just don't interest me or wouldn't be suitable with regards to what I look for in my skincare routine. However, when I found out that natural skincare specialist, Claudia Louch, was launching her own range of skincare products, well, that quickly got my attention!
I first came across Claudia Louch in an interview in Healthy Magazine a year or so ago, and I remember agreeing with her comments on aging and how to treat conditions like eczema from a natural point of view. For those unfamiliar with her, she's very well revered in the skincare industry and has her own Natural Skin Clinic in the prestigious Harley Street in London. She's a natural holistic skin specialist, nutritionist, pharmacologist and health scientist and is most well known for her Phytomedicine (plant based medicine) techniques and botanical skin treatments.
Her new range of skincare products has been developed with her key natural approach in mind and are all mineral/plant based, hypoallergenic, allergy-tested and free from harsh chemicals such as parabens and SLS. I've been lucky enough to be able to road test two products from the range recently, the Jojoba Day Moisturiser and Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover.
Claudia Louch Jojoba Day Moisturiser* (40ml, £52.50, link)
Formulated for Oily to Combination skintypes, this daily moisturiser is housed in a sleek black tower with a very fancy metal pump applicator. Aesthetics aside, this is a truly beautiful moisturiser. It has a creamy yet light texture with a subtle natural scent, and once massaged onto the skin, it feels weightless with an almost velvety soft and smooth finish. It uses the key ingredient of jojoba oil as an anti-inflammatory which also helps to dissolve excess sebum (oil) so it's ideal for those with troublesome and oily skintypes. It's 94% natural and features 18% oils (Jojoba, Avocado and Grape Seed) and 2% Shea Butter, as well as Vegetable Glycerine and Vitamins A and E. This has been great for reducing the overall redness in my skin and for helping to keep my oily t-zone shine at bay for longer. I haven't noticed any difference in it controlling breakouts just yet as I haven't been using it for long (just a few weeks), but I will include my final thoughts in a future empties post.
Claudia Louch Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover* (40ml, £37.40, link)
Packaged in the same format as the moisturiser, I was incredibly eager to give this a go as soon as it arrived through my letterbox. This eye makeup remover is 94% natural and has Cucumber and Chamomile Extracts which provides an oil-free and non-irritating base. It's very gentle on the eye area and definitely lives up to its non-irritating claim, but I think it might be a little too gentle for my needs. I poured some of it onto two cotton pads and have to say that it struggled to remove my non-waterproof mascara without repeat applications, but it completely removed my eyeshadow, non-waterproof eyeliner and concealer without any fuss. As I tend to wear a lot of hardcore and profoundly stubborn mascaras (I'm looking at you Benefit They're Real!), it's not really for me, but I will happily use it on days when I'm wearing less eye makeup.
Summary: Incredibly impressed by the Jojoba Day Moisturiser - if you have the cash to splash, I'd definitely recommend trying it out! Sadly I found the Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover disappointing, but if you don't wear much makeup and fancy a splurge, this could be a holy grail product for you because it's so gentle and does the job with removing everything else.
The full range of Claudia Louch skincare can be purchased direct from her online shop here.
Have you heard of Claudia Louch?