Skincare Review: Plant Apothecary

Wanting to promote healthy ingredients, environmental friendliness, and social responsibility, couple Holly McWhorter and Bjarke Ballisager created Plant Apothecary, an overall wellness brand aimed to moisturize, purify, de-stress, exfoliate any skin. Their uses aromatherapy and herbalism to create plant-based products that are vegan, cruelty-free and are made without gluten, GMO, petroleum, parabens, phthalates, sulfates, and silicones.

The Re:Fresh Organic Toning Face Mist ($12) promises to hydrate and nourish the skin using cucumber, rosewater, and aloe vera. It felt a little heavy on my face but it smells great. It always feels hydrating and nourishing to the skin. I use it in the morning as a toner before applying makeup.

Providing antioxidants while purifying the skin, the Matcha Organic Antioxidant Face Mask ($24) uses white clay, fair trade matcha tea, and chamomile flower oil. Smelling like matcha, it instantly relaxes me. It leaves the skin feeling plump and smooth without stripping and overly drying my skin.

The Be Well Body Wash ($18) contains coconut oil soap, olive oil soap, jojoba oil soap, glycerin, and guar. First off, this smells so good. The texture feels like honey slowly being poured to your skin and it leaves my body feeling cleansed and soft.

For relaxing, the Super Soak ($32) has sea salt, organic mustard, organic eucalyptus essential oil to increase circulation, help wash away painful lactic acid buildup in your muscles, and provide gentle pain relief. I enjoyed every bath with this as it helps calm and relax me. It’s good for days when you’re feeling under the weather.

I really enjoyed using Plant Apothecary products. Aside from smelling great, all their product claims are true. Also, the price is amazing, honestly.

The Plant Apothecary Re:Fresh, Matcha, Be Well, Super Soak were provided by @plantapothecary. Available at plantapothecary.com

Brand Overview: Rooki Beauty

Using superfoods and japanese extraction techniques and modern delivery systems, Rooki Beauty capitalizes on fruits and veggies’ antioxidants, vitamins, and phytonutrients on their skincare products that promise glowing and healthy skin. Their products are also cruelty-free and are made without artificial fragrances, mineral oils, parabens, phthalates, PEGs, and coal tire dyes.

The Honey Matcha Cleansing Drops (₱2,239/$44) aims to remove dirt and impurities while nourishing the skin using honey, chia seeds, uji matcha, cape jasmine fruit, and lactic acid. A little, and I mean a small dot, can go so far with this. I once dispensed a penny-sized amount and it foamed so much. I didn’t mind, though, because it made my face feel like it’s in inside a cloud. It rinses easily and left my skin feeling deeply cleansed and smooth without the filmy residue. I like this on my oily skin.

A moisturizing mask, the Green Pulp Paste Masque (₱2,429/$47) uses the brand’s Green Pulp Paste™, a blend of plant complexes (carrots, tomatoes, matcha, kale, and soybeans) to fight free radicals for a brighter and plumper skin. It looks like a green gel right out of the tube but applies white on the skin. Because of the creamy texture, I like applying this with my fingers. It feels warm on the skin, not tightening at all. I let it stay on my face for about 10 minutes and noticed that it somehow sinks into my skin and dries clear while still feeling creamy. It so easy to rinse, only a couple of splashes will do to completely remove it. It leaves my face feel so soft and balanced. This is my favorite product out of the bunch and I have already incorporated it in my weekly mask collection. I use this in the middle of the week to help balance my skin to keep it from looking dull.

The Superfood Saviour Crème (₱2,999/$58) uses kale, lingonberries, and chia seeds together with their 3-in-1 moisture system (hyaluronic acid, squalene, and coq10) to regenerate, firm, and moisturize the skin. Its consistency is heavier than most of the moisturizers I usually go for, denser too. It has some weight to it and has a slight rubbery grip to the skin. It dries well but leaves a bit of a tacky finish. It leaves the skin looking plump and feeling bouncy though. For my oily skin, this is best used at night. I usually reach for this when I am doing a short routine or when I’m having a good skin day and just want to pack on antioxidants.

New brands are tricky – I’m excited to try them but of course, there can be repercussions. I am pleasantly surprised with how Rooki Beauty’s products, especially the Honey Matcha Cleansing Drops and Green Pulp Paste Masque, worked so well with my skin and have provided me with balanced and healthy-looking skin. Honestly, glad to get the opportunity to try their first batch of products and I can’t wait to see what they do next.

The Rooki Beauty Honey Matcha Cleansing Drops, Green Pulp Paste Masque, and Superfood Saviour Crème were provided by @rookibeauty. Available at rookibeauty.co