One of my favourite body lotions is the rosehip one from Essano. I love it because it smells great, is super moisturising and absorbs quickly.
Therefore, I was convinced I would also love the facial moisturiser. It’s vegan, cruelty-free, made with good ingredients and smells amazing. Furthermore, I love supporting ‘local’ brands and companies dedicated to creating cruelty-free products, and Essano fits the bill.
They’re from NZ and even though I’ve only been to Auckland once, I absolutely adored it.
This natural moisturiser is ‘Rich in certified organic Rosehip Oil, vitamins and organic Jojoba Oil and Shea Butter.’, which I think sounds awesome.
The full ingredient list is here:
Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Coco-caprylate, Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Cetearyl Glucoside,Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Bentonite, Glyceryl Stearate, Cera Alba, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, SimmondsiaChinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Benzyl Alcohol (and) Dehydroacetic Acid, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (VitaminE), Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate Xanthan Gum, Fragrance, Cyathea Medullaris (Mamaku) Extract, Phormium Tenax (Harakeke) Extract,Potassium Sorbate, Lactic Acid.
As you can see, rosehip oil actually makes up only a small proportion of the ingredients (this facial moisturiser has more shea butter than rosehip oil in fact!), but then it’s all marketing anyway 😉
Some things I like about this moisturiser:
- The scent. It’s just so nice, floral but not too overpowering and very feminine.
- That it’s suitable for my really sensitive skin. I haven’t had any breakouts, redness or dry patches when using this facial cream, which is a major plus.
- My skin feels moisturised for hours after I use it. Most of the time, my skin felt very regenerated in the evenings after a morning application, and also still moisturised in the morning before an evening application.
The things I dislike about the Essano Rosehip Facial Moisturiser:
- The moisturiser takes ages to absorb. I have really dry skin, so normally this isn’t a problem I encounter often, and given the great ingredient list, I wasn’t expecting the moisturiser to sit on top of skin for so long, but it does. If I plan on applying make up, I have to moisturise my face at least 20 minutes before. Same goes for when I moisturise at night – I have to plan in some time for the moisturiser to absorb or else it goes all over my pillow.
- It leaves my hands feeling greasy. I’m not sure about you, but whenever I’m done moisturising my face, I rub my hands together afterwards with the rest of the cream that’s on them. This comes back to the first point, because with other creams I haven’t had much excess on my fingers. When I do moisturise my hands with the rest though, it leaves them feeling so greasy due to the poor absorption and I eventually wash my hands because I don’t like how they feel.
- It’s really hard to get the right amount of cream out of the tub. Because of the pump system, you can’t really control to well how much you want, which means on more than one occasion did I get too much out and had to unscrew the top to put it back in with my finger – not very hygienic. I also often get too little and spend more time that I would like trying to pump just a tiny bit more out of the bottle.n
While this vegan facial moisturiser smells amazing and is, as promised, very moisturising, I don’t find it suitable for my needs and therefore wouldn’t purchase it again.
Please note that everyone’s skin is different though and just because I don’t love this Essano moisturiser doesn’t mean you won’t like it either.