Founded in 2014, Woodlot is a Canadian line of home and body basics with the philosophy of using ancient methods of hands-on craftsmanship and ethically-sourced, natural ingredients have a ripple effect on the wellness rituals of future generations. Their products are made naturally without GMOs, parabens, petrochemicals, phthalates, sulfates, synthetic colours, dyes or fragrances. 100% eco-friendly, vegetarian and never tested on animals.
The first thing you’ll notice about Woodlot’s products (beyond their neat packaging) will undoubtedly be their strong smells, which pack a punch when you take a whiff from the container. This will be a hit or miss depending on the user, though the scents are noticeable once applied to the face.
The Nourishing Cleansing Balm ($39) contains organic shea butter, jojoba oil, olive oil, and apricot oil, which promise to provide soft and smooth skin after use. It has a hard waxy texture, which made it a bit difficult to scoop from its tub. Using a mask spatula, I was able to scrape the product. It feels lightweight and smells like a blend of wax and lemons. The product has to be massaged with a liberal amount of water to rinse. Due to the thickness of the balm’s consistency, I thought for sure this would leave a film, and it did at first. However, the more water you mix it with, the more it becomes lighter on the skin. After a few massages, the balm was completely rinsed off, without the filmy feeling. Instead, my skin felt nourished, relaxed, and plump. This can thoroughly remove stubborn makeup, dirt, and oil without the worry of over-drying your skin. Also, I loved the rejuvenating effect it has on the skin every after wash. I’d definitely recommend this to those who have sensitive and dry skin.
The Rejuvenating Green Tea Clay Mask ($24) uses colloidal clay and green tea to prep and prime the skin, minimize pores and leave the skin refreshed. This smells less like fresh tea and more like just clay when you add too much water. It’s also gentle to the skin and not stripping or drying. This would be a good clay mask for those with sensitive skin.
The standout in this set, however, is the Fresh Face Exfoliant ($28) which is one of the gentlest exfoliants I’ve ever tried. It uses organic almond flour, quinoa flour, oat flour, rice, french green clay, orange essential oil, bergamot essential oil, and rose geranium essential oil to refresh and smooth the skin. It leaves your skin feeling pampered and, indeed, fresh. Combined with the clay mask, it’s an instant glow-up perfect for a day without makeup.
The Nourishing Facial Toner ($28) is a blend of rose water and witch hazel to moisturize and soothe the skin. It has a sweet smell, normal watery texture. I was a bit weirded out with them using a dropper for a toning product but it makes it easier for those who pour toners on their hands then pat it on their face. However, I still like applying this with a cotton pad. I use 3-5 drops to cover my whole face. It absorbs easily but has a slight tackiness to it, making it feel moisturizing.
The Nourishing Facial Oil ($42) is light in texture, unlike other oils that can feel heavy on the skin. The product contains a blend of Rosehip Oil, Olive Oil, Apricot Oil, Jojoba Oil, Argan Oil, Shea Butter, and some essential oils to illuminate, brighten, and correct the appearance of skin tone. I prefer using the product before bedtime just so the oil soaks deeply on my skin overnight. 1-2 drops of the product already goes a long way. I gently massage the product on my face. I noticed how it gets quickly absorbed by my skin. Waking up the next day, results are even better, giving me softer and more radiant complexion. It brings out that natural glow. I liked that the product didn’t have a strong scent. I would also recommend this to anyone with sensitive to dry skin.
The Nourishing Facial Moisturiser ($38) uses chamomile and shea butter to gently moisturize the skin. It’s light and easy to apply and keeps the face looking fresh all day. Despite having oily skin, mine didn’t look too shiny even after a full day at work.
Overall, I’m glad I discovered Woodlot as they offer clean products that would benefit all skin types, especially dry and sensitive ones. Aside from this, using woodlot products in my routine gave me this empowering yet calming feeling.
Woodlot Skincare Products were provided by @woodlot for review. Available at shopwoodlot.com