naturally democratic

Trying to keep your skin and hair products as natural as possible (I won’t say all-natural at this point) can be an expensive exercise at times, so I thought I would mention some products that I have either bought or been sent to test recently. I like the idea that skincare, as with fashion, should be democratic – that cost shouldn’t be a barrier to well made skincare, that is as natural as possible.

I have reasonably sensitive skin.   I can react to those stupid fly sprays, perfumes on other people and hair sprays and even shampoos coming down onto my skin. Bugger. Luckily all of these products passed my “sensitive skin test”


The new kid on the block is the Rosehip by Essano range. Rosehip has long been known to have restorative properties, as when I was a child rosehip syrup was given to wee ones in a drink for extra vitamin c intake. Now Essano have released an organic Rosehip Range which includes a body lotion ($16.99), a foaming cleaner ($$14.99), an oil ($22.99), a night cream ($19.99)and a facial moisturizer ($19.99). While it includes organic Rosehip, none of the products contain Parabens, sulphates, silicones, mineral oils, artificial colours nor are the products tested on animals. And even better, the range is available nationwide at Countdown stores and online at I liked the Rosehip Oil when my skin felt particularly tight and dry at night – it feels lovely to put on, and the skin on my face and hands felt great in the morning. I have five packs of  Rosehip by Essano ‘Treat Your Skin’ packs contain travel-size versions of Rosehip by Essano’s Certified Organic Rosehip Oil, Gentle Foaming Facial Cleanser, Regenerating Facial Moisturiser, Intensive Hydrating Body Lotion and Moisture Restorative Night Creme to give away. Like on either FB or comment below to be in to win.  I will draw the winners at the end of the week…



Nivea has released the Pure and Natural range with Cleansing Lotion,Cleansing Toner, Moisturising Day Cream and a Regenerist Night Cream. All are 95% of “natural origin” with no parabens, colorants, silicones or mineral oils. They still have some fragrances, which didn’t bother me at all, but may possibly bother some with especially sensitive skin. I have got especially used to my washing cleanser (see Aveeno below) so trying a cream cleanser was something different. I did like to splash my face with water at the end of using the cleanser, and I am sure this is entirely unnecessary, but I it just makes the process feel “finished” for me. The toner is light and easy to use (of course) with no reaction from me at all. The Moisturising Day Cream has Argan Oil and Aloe Vera in it and goes on nicely with a fresh a. I particularly liked the Regenerist Day Cream as I just like a thicker cream at night, it just feels like it is doing something good to my skin.


I have a couple of Aveeno products on my list, with the first two being the Aveeno Stress Relief Body Wash and the Aveeno Stress Relief Moisturising Lotion. With the soothing properties of colloidal oatmeal (one of the few things I could use in my childhood was a hand milled oatmeal soap with my excema-ridden skin) with the lovely hints of lavender (which I love) and chamomile and yang-lang to help you feeling relaxed, and generally smelling lovely. With both of these products just costing $16 I thought that was a lot of stress relief for your money.



Both of the next products are part of the YESto range. The YESto cucumbers Daily Calming Moisturiser is free of petroleum products, SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate) and is also Paraben-free as well. The products are also cruelty free to boot. This is a very soothing product that does exactly what it says, and does it well. With a bit of Sweet Almond Oil and Aloe is goes on nicely and the cucumber fragrance is a perfect summery smell. It retails for just $ and is available from supermarkets!

The YESto range continues with the YESto blueberries Healthy Hair Repair shampoo and conditioner. Gratefully I find that the shampoo isnt blue (thank goodness) and with blueberries, clover flower and sunflower it is a repairing shampoo that says you can have healthier looking hair in seven days.  I tried it on the Teenage Boy in the house, and surprisingly his hair looked less unruly and out of control by the end of a week, but that could have something to do with the fact that he actually used conditioner for the week, which I suspect he may not have been doing up til now… Its a win all round. I also really like the fact that this product is SLS free – Sodium Lauryl Sulphate is a surfactant that is slowly being removed from products, and with good reason. There is some evidence that long term exposure is not good for us, and I think the less, the better.



Skinfood is a label we all know and love. But it has had a bit of an update, with all new packaging and some new ingredients added. There is something in this range for pretty much everyone and the prices are still as low and as accessible as they have always been. With body butters ($18.99), moisturizers (from $13.99), mud masques ($13.99), lip balms ($4.49) exfoliating scrubs ($13.99), new cleansing bars (in four different versions from just $2.89) and my favourites – the Facial Cleansing Wipes ($10.19) and the ‘cleans all’ ($13.99).  All of the products continue to be made in New Zealand, and all are paraben-free.  They are NOT tested on animals, and after being available here in New Zealand for the last ten years, it is a brand we know we can trust. And you can find them at your local Countdown… how completely democratic is that?

9 Comments on “naturally democratic

  1. Would absolutely love to try the Essano rose hip range…my skin definitely could use some TLC and I love the whole concept behind the products; that it is cruelty-free, and also contains organic rosehip oil with no added nasties like paraben preservatives or mineral oils. Very big pluses! X

  2. Hi love this article and am definitely adding a selection of these products to my shopping list – so great that you can sneak in so many of these treats in amongst the boring old groceries, am already a fan of the aveeno stress releif wash and will definitely try the other recommendations. iI would also recommend the sukin brand as a good natural ethical and affordable range (although it is Australian!)…….have also stumbled across the Vision products range at countdown remuera – it’s got great social aims, is really well priced and great to use….their olive oil cleanser is pretty different but good..cheers for the info above am looking forward to my next countdown shop ( who’d have thought!)

    • Thanks for all that info Rebecca – both my Daughter and I have enjoyed using the range so far, and I love that I get to give five travel packs away right before Christmas!

  3. Thank you for this article-They all look like great products!!! The Rosehip range from Essano looks lovely, so lovely that I purchased the travel size pack today!!!

  4. You are god sent..thanks for the review..I think my hunt for a good skin care on budget will end with this line..I have tried a lot of drugstore brands but none of them has suited my skin..I would love to try this..was actually eyeing this one in countdown that day and thought might as well read the reviews first..thanks for the information

  5. The RoseHip range is wonderful, especially for sensitive skins. You will get no breaks outs, and running eyes with this range. I used the samplers first for two months and settled on buying the body lotion, the cleanser and the moisturiser. At least 3-4 months worth of product for around $45. I think this is good value for the quality of the products. I have mild skin irritations that have cleared up. the creams smell beautiful and natural Give it a try.

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