I’m super excited to share my final review of my 30 Day Living Libations Experiment. I have to say, I’m still shocked by my results!

Before I jump in, I want to thank you guys for being so patient. I had to extend my 30 day experiment a few extra weeks because the results I got were outstanding, and I had to figure out what product(s) did it. I know many of you have been eagerly awaiting my final review, some of you have even bought the products to follow along with the experiment. So thank you for waiting (it’s worth the wait, I promise!).

For those of you new to this experiment, pretty much I’ve started a new series on The CLEAR SKIN Essentials where I choose a skincare brand, select a few products from their range to put a skincare routine together, and for 30 days I use the products exclusively, and then report back to you with my results.

To kick off the series, I decided to do my first 30 day experiment using Living Libations all natural skincare products. As you already know, I love their products and have been using them for many years. But I’ve never used their products exclusively in my skincare routine, so I was curious to see what would happen, and if the products would work even better if used together. I also wanted to see what would happen using so many products containing essential oils (would my skin completely freak out, or the reverse, would my skin benefit from it?). Plus, I usually use products containing active ingredients like AHAs, BHA and retinols, so for this experiment, I took a complete break from the actives and wanted to see how the all natural products would perform in comparison.

For this 30 day experiment, I used 5 Living Libations products. 3 out of the 5 products you guys requested, and 4 out of the 5 products I never used before this experiment.

So before we jump into the review, incase you didn’t see Part 1 of my 30 Day Living Libations Experiment (First Impressions), I recommend checking out that blog post and video first. In it, I talk more about the experiment, show you the products and why I chose them, what my expectations were of each product, and in the video I try all the products out for the first time and share my first impressions. Many of you commented how much you enjoyed that video, seeing how I used the products and what it did to my skin. So if you haven’t checked that out, go watch it now, and then come back here to see Part 2, my final review (click here to see Part 1).

Living Libations review featuring Frankincense Best Skin Ever, Rose Renewal + Frankincense Firming Fluid, All Season Serum, All Seeing Eye Creme, and Royal Rose Honey Mask.

The Products & Skincare Routine:

Just to refresh your memory, these are the 5 Living Libations products I used for my 30 day experiment:

SKINCARE ROUTINE (I used these products twice a day, in this order):

Frankincense Best Skin Ever (an oil blend for cleansing my skin in the morning, and double cleansing at night)

Rose Renewal + Frankincense Firming Fluid (lightweight moisturizer with anti-aging properties)

All Season Serum (oil blend for extra moisturizing)

All Seeing Eye Crème (eye cream and treatment of wrinkles around my eyes and upper lip)

TREATMENT PRODUCT:

Royal Rose Honey Mask Active Enzymes + Clarifying Clay (exfoliating and clarifying mask I used twice a week. I used this mask at night, after double cleansing with the Frankincense Best Skin Ever. After the mask treatment, I would use the rest of the products to finish off my evening skincare routine).

My Results

I will tell you right now that my results were polar extremes. My biggest benefit being that my melasma (pigmentation on my forehead and sides of my face) was completely gone by the end of the experiment.

COMPLETELY GONE!

I was shocked!

On the other end of the spectrum, the skincare routine wasn’t moisturizing enough for my skin, and half way through the experiment I ran into some problems. I believe it’s one product in particular that just didn’t work for me (and was throwing everything else off).

It was definitely a very dramatic 30 day experiment (at least in my world!). I still can’t believe the melasma is gone, especially because I’ve done so many videos talking about it recently, and as you know, I’ve tried so many things.

Anyway, let’s jump into the complete review. Watch today’s video below of my Final Review of my 30 Day Living Libations Experiment. In the video I review the skincare routine, the products, what worked for me, what didn’t, and of course, how I got rid of that melasma!

For easy reference, I’ve also put together a written review of each product summarizing how I used the products, the benefits, the challenges, who would benefit from using the products, and who wouldn’t. You can check that out below today’s video, as well as my final thoughts on the actual skincare routine as a whole.

Just so you know the context of this review and what my skin was like when I started this experiment, I’m 42 years old, and my skin is normal to dry, maturing, and when I started the experiment I had some melasma on my forehead and sides of my face. I gave birth to my second daughter a little over a year ago, so the fluctuating hormones and breastfeeding affects my skin causing the melasma, sometimes breakouts, and my skin can sometimes swing back and forth from being oily to dry.

Review Of The Living Libations Products

Living Libations Frankincense Best Skin Ever review.

Frankincense Best Skin Ever

What is it?

Frankincense Best Skin Ever is  a multi-purpose oil blend that can be used for oil cleansing your face, and as a moisturizer for your face and body.

How did I use it?

I used it as my cleanser. I washed my face with it every morning, and double cleansed with it every night.

It thoroughly cleansed my skin of makeup, dirt, debris, sunscreen, and any build up of dead skin cells and sebum. Like all other oil cleansers, it ever so gently exfoliates, especially when used with a gentle wash cloth (I use baby wash cloths for oil cleansing).

I did experiment a few times using it as a moisturizer, but I much prefer using Living Libations oil-based serums or creams as a moisturizer. For my dry skin, I didn’t find this to be moisturizing enough as a moisturizer. It’s too light weight for me, but if you have oily skin, this could work.

Benefits from using it?

Frankincense Best Skin Ever is gentle, lightweight, and easy to apply on your face. It cleanses your skin thoroughly without drying it out or stripping it. I find something about this blend to be calming and clarifying, which helps prevent clogged pores, breakouts, and redness.

My biggest benefit was using this product with the Rose Renewal + Frankincense Firming Fluid (the moisturizer I used in this experiment); together they completely got rid of all my melasma.

To make sure it really was both these products working together to get rid of my melasma, at the end of the 30 day experiment, I tried using the Rose Renewal + Frankincense Firming Fluid with other cleansers, as well as other Best Skin Evers. But when I did that, within days, my melasma would start coming back. Also, when I used the Frankincense Best Skin Ever on it’s own without the Rose Renewal + Frankincense Firming Fluid, the same thing would happen, the hyperpigmentation would start appearing again. So, if you have melasma, try using these two products together (use them both twice a day).

Challenges?

Frankincense Best Skin Ever is not extremely moisturizing. Personally, for my dry maturing skin, I much prefer oil cleansing with the Seabuckthorn Best Skin Ever. But, the Seabuckthorn one does not help with fading my melasma like the Frankincense Best Skin Ever does. So, in my situation, I’d rather stick with the Frankincense Best Skin Ever for a while until the melasma has been completely gone for at least a few months. Later on, I can always go back to using the Seabuckthorn Best Skin Ever when I no longer have any pigmentation issues.

Also, the pump in the larger bottles (50ml & 100ml),  dispenses a lot of product which is fine when you are oil cleansing (I use two pumps for every cleanse), but annoying if you want just a few drops to moisturize. I think this is why I don’t use this as my moisturizer because too much comes out at once with the pump, and I don’t want to waste the precious product. If you get the smaller bottle (30ml) with the pipette/dropper, then it’s much easier to control the amount of product you are using to moisturize your face, but if you use that as your cleanser, you’d go through the small bottle pretty quickly.

Who would I recommend this to?

Anyone who likes oil cleansing. It’s quite lightweight which would make it well suited for all skin types, especially normal, oily, and acne prone skin.

I also find the array of ingredients in this oil cleanser to be very good at preventing breakouts. It’s calming and clarifying, so if you have acne prone skin and oil cleansing works well for you, I would strongly recommend trying this product. It would be soothing and clarifying while you have active breakouts and can help prevent future pimples and breakouts from forming.

If you have melasma, pigmentation, sun spots, age spots, acne scars and marks that you want to fade – I strongly recommend using the Frankincense Best Skin Ever with the Rose Renewal + Frankincense Firming Fluid (use the Frankincense Best Skin Ever to wash your face, then moisturize your skin with the Rose Renewal + Frankincense Firming Fluid. If you have dry skin, you’ll probably want to use a heavier moisturizer or facial oil on top of the Rose Renewal + Frankincense Firming Fluid). Do this twice a day.

If you’ve never done oil cleansing before and want to try it using this product, you definitely can! Check out my video and instructions on how to oil cleanse.

Who shouldn’t use it?

If you have really dry skin (and no hyperpigmentation issues), I would recommend using a richer oil for oil cleansing like the Rose Best Skin Ever or the Seabuckthorn Best Skin Ever.

If you get breakouts from coconut oil, you might not want to use this. I get bumps all over my face and body from pure coconut oil, but I’ve never had any breakouts or issues from this product or any other Best Skin Evers. For me personally, some products with coconut oil adversely affects my skin, but others don’t. I believe it’s all down to the formulation, how much coconut oil is in the product, and maybe how the coconut oil is processed.

Click to shop: Living Libations Frankincense Best Skin Ever

Living Libations Rose Renewal + Frankincense Firming Fluid review.

Rose Renewal + Frankincense Firming Fluid

What is it?

On Living Libations website, Rose Renewal + Frankincense Firming Fluid is described as a light weight moisturizer good for oily skin, summer months, humid weather.

What stands out about this product is how hydrating it is. Personally I believe all skin types would benefit from this product because most people have dehydrated skin due to climate, pollution, air conditioning, or indoor heating.

This product is aloe-based, so it has a watery consistency, not an oily consistency (it’s not oily at all). I would say it’s lighter than a lotion, but heavier than a toner or essence. It’s kind of like a hydrating essence X 1000!

Depending on your skin type, you can use this as a light weight moisturizer, or as a hydration boost in addition to your regular moisturizer or facial oil.

It also claims to have anti-aging properties (it’s got the CoQ10 which can help with firming the skin). Because it’s so hydrating, it will plump the skin and smooth the appearance of fine lines.

How did I use it?

I used it twice a day, right after cleansing. I apply a small amount to my damp skin, using it on my face and neck.

Benefits from using it?

Using this product along with cleansing with the Frankincense Best Skin Ever has completely got rid of my melasma. If I stopped using this product, or used it with another cleanser, the melasma would start coming back again.

Besides getting rid of the melasma, I just absolutely loved this product. I can go as far to say that it is now my most favourite Living Libations product I’ve ever tried (runner ups are the Vanilla Best Skin Ever and their Gardenia Petal Perfume – total heaven!).

As you probably saw in Part 1 of this experiment, I fell in love with this product the first time I used it.

What impressed me is how hydrating it is, while at the same time it absorbs beautifully, making your skin velvety soft. Unlike a lot of moisturizers, it doesn’t sit on your skin, it doesn’t feel heavy, and in fact,  once you apply it, you don’t feel it at all. There’s something about it that makes it feel cooling and calming to your skin. And unlike many hydrating serums and toners, it doesn’t make your skin sticky or tight.

In all, I feel like this product can bring life back into dull skin, sooth irritated and dehydrated skin, plump up your skin, and give you a youthful glow.

Challenges?

No.

But, if you are expecting an instant face lift (from the “firming fluid” name), you won’t get that type of result. I don’t think any skincare product can do major firming of the skin. But what it can do is plump up the skin with extra moisture, which can help to smooth the appearance of lines, wrinkles, crepey skin, and sagging skin (kind of like adding water to a raisin).

Who I would recommend this to?

Everyone. It’s such a versatile product.

If you have normal, oily, acne prone skin – you can use this as your moisturizer.

If you have dry skin or maturing skin – I recommend using this like a hydrating serum, and use a moisturizer or facial oil on top.

If you have melasma or hyperpigmentation, I recommend using Rose Renewal + Frankincense Firming Fluid with the Frankincense Best Skin Ever. These two products got rid of all my pigmentation (wash you face with Frankincense Best Skin Ever, followed by moisturizing with this product – do this twice a day).

If you have acne or breakout prone skin, this would be an amazing moisturizer. It will hydrate your skin, reduce irritation, and won’t clog pores, or be too occlusive or heavy.

Who shouldn’t use it?

This products is suitable for all skin types.

If you have dry skin, you’ll probably need to use a moisturizer or facial oil in addition to this product.

Click to shop: Living Libations Rose Renewal + Frankincense Firming Fluid

Living Libations All Season Serum review

All Season Serum

What is it?

All Season Serum is an oil-based serum formulated to balance all skin types.

In the description of this product, it says that if you have dry skin it will help to moisturize it, if you have oily skin it will help balance oil production.

The base oil is camellia seed oil which is high in oelic acid, absorbs quickly, very light weight, and is known as a “dry oil.”

How did I use it?

I used it twice a day, on top of the Rose Renewal + Frankincense Firming Fluid. I applied it to my face and neck.

In the morning I used 3 drops, and in the evening 5 drops.

Benefits from using it?

I loved how light weight this product is. It really does absorb quickly and leaves no oily or greasy residue.

The texture and consistency of the product makes it great for hot weather and humid climates because it won’t sit on your skin, and it doesn’t make you look shiny or oily.

This is the only facial oil I have found that I can comfortably wear during the day. I love facial oils, but I don’t like wearing them during the day because of how shiny and oily they look. I find the heaviness of some oils to be very uncomfortable. This oil is so lightweight you don’t see it or feel it.

This is an excellent product for oily skin. It will lightly moisturize your skin, and I do believe it will help to balance or even decrease oil production.

Challenges?

I currently have normal to dry skin and this product wasn’t moisturizing enough. This is a dream product for oily skin, but not for dry skin!

When I started the experiment, my skin felt great for the first week. But by the middle of the experiment I was getting dry patches and irritation. My skin started to ache. At first I wasn’t sure if maybe there was too much essential oils in all the products, that maybe that was irritating my skin, or, if the products in the routine just weren’t moisturizing enough.

I did a few experiment swapping some products, and narrowed down the issue to this product. It just didn’t moisturize my skin enough. I tried mixing a few drops of Living Libations SoothSayer Serum (which is slightly richer jojoba oil-based serum) to the All Season Serum, and that did the trick of getting my skin back to balance, and moisturizing my skin properly.

For the last two weeks of the experiment, in the morning I would combine 1-2 drops of the Soothsayer Serum + 3 drops of the All Season Serum, and in the evening 2-3 drops of the Soothsayer Serum + 3-5 drops of the All Season Serum. That worked a lot better for my skin.

If I were to start this experiment all over again, I would not use this product. Instead, I would try the Royal Rose CoQ10 Serum which has rose hip oil as the base, which I believe would be more nourishing. Originally I was going to use that serum for the experiment, but when I heard about the All Season Serum, and how light weight and easily absorbable it was, I was intrigued and wanted to try it.

Out of all 5 products in this experiment, this is the only one that did not work for me. If I used this 10-20 years ago when my skin was a lot oilier (and younger), this serum would have worked out great for me.

Who I would recommend this to?

Normal to oily skin types.

This would also be a great oil to use in hot, humid climates.

Who shouldn’t use it?

I don’t recommend using this if you have dry or sensitive skin.

Not only was it not very moisturizing, I also found it to be slightly irritating for my dry skin.

I’m also not sure I would recommend this to anyone with active acne (it would be fine once your acne is healing over), but if you have red, irritated, open pimples and breakouts, I think this product and the essential oils in it, could potentially irritate your skin more (if you’ve used this while you’ve had active acne, I’m curious to know how it worked out for you?).

Click to shop: Living Libations All Season Serum

Living Libations All Seeing Eye Creme review

All Seeing Eye Crème

What is it?

All Seeing Eye Creme is an eye cream to hydrate the under eye area and smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

On Living Libations website they say you can also use this as a facial moisturizer.

How did I use it?

I dab a very small amount under my eyes and on my brow bone, as well as above my upper lip (anywhere where I have lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin).

I use this twice a day, at the very end of my skin care routine.

I also started using this on my lips, and I find this even better than most lip balms. It absorbs quickly into your lips, softens them, and moisturizes beautifully. No heavy or waxy coating.

After I read that you could use this as a moisturizer, I tried it twice. It’s definitely rich, so better to use it at night. It’s hydrating, plus very soothing and calming (probably because of the aloe vera and blue tansy).

Benefits from using it?

Out of the 5 products I chose for this 30 Day Living Libations Experiment, this is the only one I’ve used before. I’ve been using this product for years. It’s one of my favourite eye creams.

I like how rich it is, but it’s not heavy. I can sometimes get bumps and milia under my eyes, and this product has never given me an issue.

Not only does it hydrate the skin under your eyes, it does help to smooth the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and it feels quite soothing on the skin.

Challenges?

If you wear concealer or foundation over it, I recommend giving it a few minutes to absorb into your skin before applying makeup. Since it is quite rich, it needs a little time to absorb, if not, your makeup might not adhear to it, and could move or crease.

Who I would recommend this to?

Anyone with dry under eyes, or needs to smooth the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

If you have dry or chapped lips or don’t like lip balms, try this, it works great.

Who shouldn’t use it?

If you have really oily skin, or the weather is really hot and humid – it might be too rich to use during the day (if that’s the case, only use at night as an overnight eye/wrinkle treatment).

Click to shop: Living Libations All Seeing Eye Creme

Living Libations Royal Rose Honey Mask review.

Royal Rose Honey Mask Active Enzymes + Clarifying Clay

What is it?

Royal Rose Honey Mask Active Enzymes + Clarifying Clay is an all-in-one exfoliant and clarifying mask.

Can be use as a treatment mask, or even as a daily cleanser.

How did I use it?

I used it twice a week as a treatment mask.

Benefits from using it?

I was REALLY surprised by this mask. To be honest, I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did.

I was afraid the scrub and clay would just dry out and irritate my skin, but the mask was quite gentle, hydrating, and brightening. My skin always felt so soft and balanced after using it.

As I mentioned in the review, I struggled with dry skin during this 30 day experiment, and this mask really made a difference getting rid of dry patches and flakey skin, plus relieving my skin of tightness and irritation. I found it to be quite therapeutic, and always looked forward to using it.

During this experiment, I took a complete break from my usual products containing exfoliating acids and retinols, and instead, used this mask as my twice-weekly exfoliating treatment. And, I was fully impressed by its performance. I would go as far to say that it works just as good as using a chemical exfoliant, and at the same time it’s quite soothing to the skin. I didn’t feel like I was missing out on anything during the experiment and using this mask twice a week kept up with my exfoliating needs.

There’s a lot in this mask – there’s pearl powder to polish the skin, honey that works as a humectant and as an enzymatic exfoliant, red clay that gently clarifies the skin and pores, CoQ10 for firming. I was afraid there was too much, but really, it’s super gentle, and all the ingredients work synergistically to balance your skin.

I also want to mention that this mask never completely dries down, it always remains slightly moist/tacky, which is a good thing. My understanding is if a mask contains clay and dries down completely, you run the risk of it pulling moisture from your skin and potentially drying your skin out. If the mask remains slightly moist, the clay will still work to purify your skin, but without drying it out (which is good for dry skin types, and perhaps this is why it worked so great for me).

I would say the most noticeable benefits I got from using the mask is a clearer complexion, smooth skin, less blackheads, brighter skin, more even skin tone, and extra hydration.

This mask is one of the most requested Living Libations products I get asked to review. I can now see why.

Challenges?

No challenges what so ever.

But, I did try using it as a cleanser, and I didn’t like it as a cleanser. Using it on a daily basis would be too much for me personally. It’s got the clay and has a scrub-like texture, and that sort of thing I can’t use more than 2 times a week. I also found that when I left it on as a mask, my skin would be super bright and hydrated afterward, but if I used it as a cleanser and rinsed it off immediately, I didn’t get those same benefits. I believe it’s one of those products you have to leave on your skin for 20-30 minutes for it to do its magic.

Who I would recommend this to?

I would recommend this to most skin types including normal, oily, dry, combination, mature, and acne prone (acne prone skin types can use this when you don’t have active pimples or breakouts).

It’s especially good if you are looking for a product to treat clogged pores, congested skin, blackheads, dullness, texture, dry patches, acne scars, or pigmentation.

Who shouldn’t use it?

If you are sensitive to scrubs or physical exfoliants, I wouldn’t recommend this. Compared to most facial scrubs it is quite gentle, but it is still a scrub, and not always suitable for everyone.

I also wouldn’t recommend using this if you have active acne. Like any other texture product, it will just irritate your pimples more. Best to wait until your breakouts and acne have healed over to use this product.

I also wouldn’t use this product if you have rosacea or any other inflammatory skin condition. Like all facial scrubs, it would be too stimulating for your skin.

This product contains honey, so if you have an allergy to bee products, don’t use this.

Click to shop: Living Libations Royal Rose Honey Mask Active Enzymes + Clarifying Clay

Living Libations review featuring Frankincense Best Skin Ever, Rose Renewal + Frankincense Firming Fluid, All Season Serum, All Seeing Eye Creme, and Royal Rose Honey Mask.

My final thoughts

I just want to end by saying how much I enjoyed doing this experiment, and how impressed I was with Living Libations products.

I was quite nervous going in. I was afraid using so many new products all at once would really make my skin freak out, and I was really not sure what would happen using so many products containing essential oils. I feared my melasma would get worse.

To my surprise, the reverse happened! My melasma completely disappeared, my skin didn’t freak out or break out from all the new products, and apart from one product not being moisturizing enough, I didn’t run into any issues with all the essential oils in the products and skincare routine.

But my biggest benefit from this experiment is my renewed awe and wonder for natural skincare products. Sometimes I feel like I get into a skincare rut, where everything feels the same and does the same. But these products truly felt different, and the results they delivered was nothing I had expected.

It reminded me just when we think we know it all, we really don’t.

Yes, there isn’t much science or studies backing natural skincare, but it still doesn’t mean it doesn’t work. And there’s formulators out there that are true masters of their craft.

This experiment reminded me to never stop seeking, never stop trying. And of course, to keep doing my experiments 🙂

Let me know if you enjoyed this experiment, and if there is a brand or products you want me to try next.

If you did the 30 Day Living Libations Experiment as well, or have used any of these products; I’d love to hear your results, and how everything worked out for you?

Product Links

If you want to shop the products I used in the experiment or learn more about them, click the links below:

Frankincense Best Skin Ever

Rose Renewal + Frankincense Firming Fluid

All Season Serum

All Seeing Eye Crème

Royal Rose Honey Mask Active Enzymes + Clarifying Clay

We now sell Living Libations here at The Clear Skin Essentials, click here to shop.

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