Ursa Major founders Oliver and Emily moved north to Vermont for a healthier and more balanced lifestyle, which resulted to creating plant-powered skincare that is cruelty-free, gluten-free, and are made without petrochemicals, SLS, SLES, parabens, synthetic fragrance or color, glycols, silicones, or PEGs. I tried out their products via the Bestsellers Trial Kit.
This Hoppin’ Fresh Deodorant is 100% naturally-derived deodorant that promises to be non-staining, moisturizing, and perfect for those with sensitive skin. It also uses natural mint and eucalyptus for that fresh feeling and pleasant scent. My favorite thing about this product is how it feels on my skin after application. It has this cooling effect that I enjoy especially on a hot day. Unfortunately, it doesn’t do much to prevent sweat. For this reason, I would not recommend using this product if you live somewhere with a very warm climate or if you sweat a lot in the underarms like I tend to.
The Essential Face Wipe aims to cleanse, exfoliate, soothe, and hydrate the skin. True to its claim, the Essential Face Wipe refreshes and revitalizes my skin. The cooling properties in it really make me feel awake. It is perfect for those long days where you just need a boost. I would recommend this product for anybody who wants to freshen up and relieve tired skin after a tiring day or after an intensive workout.
The Fantastic Face Wash is made with 34 natural ingredients including aloe, green tea, cedarwood, spearmint, and lime. It is a gel that foams up once worked into the face. It has a very natural smell, like an herbal tea blend. I don’t mind the scent but some may find it too overpowering. The facial wash is to be left on the face for 30-60 seconds before rinsing it off completely. Upon washing off the product, my skin felt soft and clean without any tightness. I would recommend this product for all skin types and especially to those with sensitive skin. This product makes for a great everyday cleanser.
The 4-in-1 Face Tonic claims to clean, exfoliate, hydrate, and soothe the skin. It is a blend of 30 natural ingredients including aloe, green tea, and bamboo. It is a liquid solution that has a fresh herbal scent. I put some product on cotton before applying it on my face and my face feels refreshed immediately after. My face feels clean without a tightening sensation and the cotton’s appearance attests to the tonic’s dirt stripping abilities. My skin also has a healthy glow after use which I look for after applying my toner. I would recommend this product to anyone who is looking for a gentle, natural and effective toner.
This Fortifying Face Balm is a gel with a smooth and light consistency. It, like all the other products in the Ursa Major line, is made with naturally-derived ingredients. It feels like a serum when applied to the face and dries with a matte finish. I use this product specifically on my t-zone and I noticed my pores looked cleaner and my face less oily. It also is very gentle on the skin and doesn’t create a harsh reaction even after I applied it on an area where I was breaking out. I would recommend this product for people with oily skin as it really helps with managing this problem.
Overall, this kit is a good introduction to Ursa Major. My favorites, the 4-in-1 Face Tonic and the Fortifying Face Balm are a surprising discovery. I also liked the Essential Face Wipe and it has become a mainstay in my office drawer to some instant refreshment.