Ooh, I’m excited to do this review!
A little over a year ago I tried Sun Love from Annmarie Skin Care. This sun protection product has since been my most favourite natural, non-toxic sunblock. Over the years I’ve tried a lot of sunscreens and most give me rashes and acne breakouts, or leaves a white cast, feels chalky or greasy, and are just too heavy on my skin. I’ve been using Sun Love regularly for over a year now, I’ve never had a breakout from it, no white cast, it’s light weight, tinted, and I like the gel-like texture. (read my full review here).
I always find that if I really like one or two products from a skincare company, I will probably like the rest of line. Once Sun Love became a staple in my skincare routine, I wanted to try some more products from Annmarie Skin Care.
I have to say, I love that they offer Sample Kits of their most popular, bestselling products (every skincare company should be doing this). And they don’t just offer a sample of an individual product, but a sample kits of a few products so you can get a better feel of the product line to see if it’s a good fit for your skin care needs.
Annmarie Skin Care offers 3 Sample Kits:
Balance Sample Kit for Normal & Combination Skin: (includes samples of Aloe-Herb Cleanser, Neroli Toning Mist, Herbal Facial Oil for Normal and Combination Skin)
Purify Sample Kit for Oily & Acne Prone Skin: (includes samples of Citrus Mint Facial Cleanser, Purifying Mud Mask, Herbal Facial Oil for Oily and Acne Prone Skin)
Restore Sample Kit for Dry & Mature Skin: (includes samples of Aloe-Herb Cleanser, Anti-Aging Serum, Anti-Aging Face Oil)
To be honest, the whole “skin type” thing makes my eyes cross. Me, I’m everything. I’ve got oily skin, acne prone skin, I’m 40 with some wrinkles, I’ve got sensitive skin, and the air conditioning we use at night completely dehydrates my skin. I pretty much have every skin type going at once! And when given so many options, I get nervous if I choose one thing, I might miss out on another (yes, a little weird, but that’s me and I accept that). So, I got all 3 Sample Kits, and I’m so happy I did!
My first impressions of Annmarie Skin Care
I have to say these products are a breath of fresh air. The first thing I thought when I tried them was I wished they were available a long time ago.
I’ve been interested in natural skin care way before I got into natural health and healthy eating. I’ve always been drawn to the idea of skin care products made from all natural ingredients. But, as great of an idea it is, back in the day (like 10-20 years ago), most natural skin care products sold at health food stores or markets were awful. They were heavy, waxy, non-absorbable, and would make my skin worse, not better. It’s only been in recent years that a bunch of natural skin care companies like Annmarie Skin Care have been popping up, offering high quality products that are just as good and effective as their conventional, mainstream counterparts.
I was really happy that I decide to try all 3 Samples Kits, not only because the products are great (and each kits definitely has stand out products I want to purchase), but also I got a full experience of their product line and what they offer.
What stands out the most from Annmarie Skin Care is how light-weight and absorbable the products are. Nothing in this product line is heavy or waxy, and nothing sits on your skin feeling like a mask (that’s the worst!). Also, my sensitive, acne prone skin didn’t react to a single product (most skincare lines I’ve tried, there’s always at least one or two products my skin has adverse reactions to, I was quite surprised that nothing made my skin red, irritated, or broken out).
They’ve also put a lot of effort into sourcing the highest quality organic and wild crafted ingredients for their products, and you can tell (usually what can stuff up your pores is fillers and stabilizers added to skincare products), and you can tell by the texture and absorbability of the products that they’re pure and professionally formulated.
Review Of All 3 Annmarie Skin Care Sample Kits
Balance Sample Kit for Normal & Combination Skin:
Includes samples of Aloe-Herb Cleanser, Neroli Toning Mist, Herbal Facial Oil for Normal and Combination Skin.
The Balance Sample Kit is great for soothing and de-stressing your skin. All products in this kit are especially gentle.
Aloe-Herb Cleanser is an aloe-based, non-foaming gel cleanser. This cleanser is very gentle, non-stripping. For some reason whenever I’ve used this product I think of it as a natural version of Cetaphil (if you know of Cetaphil, it’s what most dermatologists recommend for sensitive skin). I would recommend Aloe-Herb Cleanser over Cetaphil any day, it’s just as gentle, and won’t dry out your skin (plus it’s all natural).
Neroli Toning Mist is my absolute favourite product from the 3 Sample Kits (I can’t wait to buy it!). It’s so soothing and smells divine. I love wearing it before bed (it takes my sleeping ritual to a whole new level). I also like using it during the day to de-stress and hydrate my skin. I’ve never really got into using a mist until I tried this product.
Herbal Face Oil for Normal and Combination Skin smells just as good as the Neroli Mist! It’s a very light weight oil and a perfect compliment to the Aloe-Herb Cleanser and Neroli Mist. I find this oil absorbs really well, it doesn’t sit on the surface of your skin or make it greasy. I like to use this oil at night as a deep moisturizing treatment.
Purify Sample Kit for Oily & Acne Prone Skin:
Includes samples of Citrus Mint Facial Cleanser, Purifying Mud Mask, Herbal Facial Oil for Oily and Acne Prone Skin.
The Purify Sample Kit is deep cleansing treatment kit. Great for oily skin, soothing for acne and breakouts, and also perfect for hot summer months.
Like the Aloe-Herb Cleanser, the Citrus Mint Facial Cleanser is also an aloe-based gel cleanser. I find this cleanser is especially good at removing makeup and sunscreen, while at the same time still being gentle and non-stripping.
The Purifying Mud Mask is a mixture of clays and blue-green algae. I love that it comes in powder form, so you add some water to activate it when you are ready to use it. This way it always remains fresh. I like adding a few drops of the Herbal Face Oil to the mask to make it into a purifying and moisturizing mask. The clay is very gentle, and will leave your skin soft and smooth.
Out of all the products in all 3 Sample Kits, the Herbal Face Oil for Oily and Acne Prone Skin is my least favourite. The herbal scent is a little too overpowering for me. The oil itself is really nice, but the scent was too strong for me to use directly on my face. So instead, I add a few drops of it to the Mud Mask, and it makes a brilliant moisturizing detox mask.
Restore Sample Kit for Dry & Mature Skin:
Includes samples of Aloe-Herb Cleanser, Anti-Aging Serum, Anti-Aging Face Oil.
The Restore Sample Kit is my favourite Sample Kit of the three. The products are light-weight, easily absorbable, nourishing, and smell beautiful.
The Aloe-Herb Cleanser is the same cleanser as in the Balance Sample Kit. It’s a gentle aloe-based gel cleanser. Both the Aloe-Herb and the Citrus Mint Cleanser are non-foaming gel cleansers. I would say the big difference between the two is I find the Citrus Mint is better at removing makeup and sunscreen, and the Aloe-Herb is more balancing and nourishing (so if you wear a lot of makeup or sunscreen, I would use the Citrus Mint Cleanser, and if you don’t, use the Aloe-Herb Cleanser).
The Anti-Aging Serum is a high quality gel serum. What stands out about this products is unlike most gel serums, it’s not sticky and doesn’t heavily coat the surface of your skin. It’s absorbs right in without leaving residue. I have to say I’m really excited about this product, I found it to be especially hydrating and I could easily use it on its own in hot weather. I will definitely buy it.
The Anti-Aging Face Oil is non-greasy, extremely lightweight, and also absorbs beautifully. It also has a nice light scent, and complements the serum perfectly (great to wear the two together as an overnight treatment – heavenly!).
After trying the Sample Kits, what do I want to buy?
Neroli Toning Mist – This is my absolutely favourite product from all 3 Sample Kits (it’s heaven in a bottle!).
Anti-Aging Serum – I would like to use this beyond just a few days to see the effect it would have on my skin. I really like the texture and how well it hydrates my skin.
Sun Love – I’ve been using this sun protection/sunscreen regularly on my face, chest, and shoulders for over a year now, and I will definitely continue re-purchasing.
What Else Do I Want To Try From Annmarie Skin Care?
Anti-Aging Eye Cream – I really liked all the anti-aging products from the Restore Sample Kit, so I definitely would like to try their Anti-Aging Eye Cream. Everything from their product line has been light weight and absorbable, so I’m interested in seeing what the eye cream is like.
Repair Serum – The Anti-Aging Serum is great, I would also like to try the Repair Serum too!
Buy A Sample Kit & Get The Special Bonuses
When I was putting this review together, I contacted Annmarie Skin Care to let them know about the review.
I didn’t know this, but they have limited quantities of the Sample Kits (they are currently stocked and available). Each Sample Kit costs $10 (which includes free shipping anywhere in the world), and with every sample kit you order, you will receive a $10 off coupon towards your next purchase (which makes your sample kit free!), plus, for a limited time, they also include a free copy of “Toxic Free Home Guide” eBook with every Sample Kit purchase.
If you are interested in quality natural skin care products, these Sample Kits are definitely worth trying. Each sample can be used a few times, so it will give you enough time to try all the products out, see which ones you like, and how your skin responds to them. I highly recommend them. Depending on your skin type, there’s 3 different Sample Kits to choose from, or you can be like me, and try them all!!!
To order your Annmarie Skin Care Sample Kits, click here.
If you already use Annmarie Skin Care, I would love to know what products you use and which one is your absolute favourite! (Post in the comments below!).