25 February 2017


I love when I come across new brands, so today I'm excited to share with you a new discovery, The Harvest Garden. The Harvest Garden is a family owned Australian Business that believes that you should be able to understand ingredients used in products and that what you put on your body is as important as what you put in it, so their products are made without using harmful ingredients or additives, including no synthetic fragrances or colours, no parabens, sulphates or palm oil.

I put a selection of products to the test, including the Herbal Facial Tea, which is described as a cup of tea for your face. The tea comes in a cute tin, and also comes with an adorable little timber spoon. And when you first open it, the most gorgeous scent awaits. The tea looks like a colourful floral potpourri, and it contains among others rose buds and rose petals, calendula flowers, peppermint leaves, lavender flowers, chamomile flowers, cornflower petals, aloe vera extract powder and sandalwood powder. All these ingredients have been put together, for their unique properties, such as being antibacterial to help fight acne and breakouts, soothe and calm irritated skin, speed up healing, reduce - scarring etc - and help give the skin a deep cleanse, deep down every single pore, removing dead skin cells and impurities, while detoxifying the skin. 

The Facial Tea is used by putting two spoon fulls of the mix into a glass bowl with near boiling water, and then placing a towel over your head and breathing in the steam for 5 minutes. This leaves all the pores open, and it is then ideal to follow with a facial mask, which can then really work its magic.

This is a really relaxing experience, and the gorgeous floral scent that evaporates when you pour the hot water over the tea, is just incredible. And while it is warm being under the towel with the steam, sweating it out is really great for the skin (just don’t do it just before going out, as it may leave your skin a tad blushed). I did feel that I got an increased amount of breakouts after the first few uses, but I think they were simply accelerated due to the heat and stem, as they also cleared up a lot faster than usual.


I then follow with one of the Facial Masks from The Harvest Garden I've also been putting to the test.
The Kaolin & Activated Charcoal Facial Masque is made with kaolin clay, activated coconut charcoal, licorice root extract and gotu kola extract, and has been designed to help rid the skin of toxins, drawing out impurities, while also purifying and tightening the pores, as well as it has antibacterial properties so it is great for oily and acne prone skin.

Alternatively I use the Zeolite & Pink Clay Facial Masque with pomegranate & passionflower, which contains Zeolite Clay, Australian Pink Clay, Pomegranate extract and Passionflower extract. It has been designed to help balance stressed and sensitive skin creating a youthful appearance, while also helping to refine the texture of the skin ,but it also draws out toxins and unclogs pores to combat breakouts and minimise scarring.

Unlike most other masks, these comes in powder form, and you need to mix them up yourself, with the liquid of your choice, such as diluted apple cider vinegar or honey, and then you simply apply the paste with the included brush and leave it to dry for 5-10 minutes before removing with warm water.

You only need to use one teaspoon-full mixed with around a teaspoon-full of liquid of your choice to make a paste sufficient for your whole face - so the bottle will last you forever - in fact, you'll get 16 uses in each bottle!

Once dry, you can rinse off the mask with lukewarm water, or use a face washer (just be cautious as they may stain, so be careful with your clothes, and use an old face washer).

Afterwards my skin is left soft and smooth, and clearly clean deep down every single pore, yet without feeling dried out of irritated. With my combination skin, both masks are great for my skin, but I do particularly love the Kaolin & Activated Charcoal Facial Mask, perhaps because my skin is particularly prone to breakouts at the moment, and it seems to draw them out a little better. That said, I do enjoy using both.

I love that they are made using nothing but natural ingredients, without chemicals or toxins, and the idea of making them up yourself is kind of novel, and I really like that too - though it can be a little tricky making sure you make up enough, and not too much, as well as there is a little mess associated with it. But again, knowing they're all natural, make it well worth it. I also love that they come with a dedicated brush to apply them with, with is a lovely touch. 

Overall I have really enjoyed putting these products from The Harvest Garden to the test, and really enjoyed all of them, though the standout without a doubt was the Facial Tea, - mostly because it is a new product I am not used to using, and I can clearly see and feel the benefit the steam facial has.

The Harvest Garden Herbal Facial Tea - RRP: $22.50 / 50g
The Harvest Garden Kaolin & Activated Charcoal Facial Masque - RRP: $30 / 70g
The Harvest Garden Zeolite & Pink Clay Facial Masque - RRP: $30 / 70g

Available from The Harvest Garden

* Products have been kindly provided for consideration, and have reviewed in accordance with my Disclosure Policy.

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