reviews · skincare

Brand Overview: Urb Apothecary

Using organic ingredients, #urbapothecary aims to infuse the healing power of botanicals in their products. Their products are also cruelty-free, SLS-free, synthetic fragrance-free, and free of chemical additives and preservatives.

The Willow Charcoal Cleanser ($47) promises to be a hydrating cleanser that soothes and clears the skin without tightening it and stripping it of natural oils. It contains white willow extracts to cleanse oily skin, activated charcoal to cleanse the pores, aloe vera to soothe and calm, which hazel extracts to prevent acne, redness, and swelling, jojoba oil to look in moisture, and safflower oil to soothe and replenish the skin.

It’s hard to find cleansers that work with oily and sensitive skin. Most of the time, my skin gets a harsh reaction from strong products or it gets to stripped that my face becomes too oily after. It feels incredibly gentle and it gives a cooling effect as you cleanse. Unlike other products with charcoal, this didn’t make my skin feel dry. After using it, my face feels chilled, relaxed, and hydrated. It didn’t give any harsh effects to my blemishes and instead helped soothe them.

The Green Tea Serum ($20) is designed to protect skin, slow signs of aging, balance sebum production, and minimize pores and wrinkles using organic ingredients like kukui but oil, hemp seed oil, green tea, st john’s wort, chamomile flowers, calendula flowers, plantain, safflower oil, baobab oil.

The serum gets absorbed quickly into the skin without feeling greasy. I use this 1-2 times a day with 1-2 pumps and gently massage it to my face. I liked how its texture is very lightweight. It also helped reduce some of my blemishes. What I disliked is the strong herbal floral scent.

These products would be best for those with #oilyskin looking for organic products to help with oil and blemishes. Both products contain essential oils, though so that’s something to note.

The Urb Apothecary Willow Charcoal Cleanser and Green Tea Serum were provided by @urbapothecary for review. Available at urbapothecary.com

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