In 2010, health advocate Annmarie Giannie released her very own natural, organic, and wildcrafted skin care line. As part of this review I will share my experiences with several of her products.
Before continuing with this review, I invite you to get to know more about Annmarie Gianni in the video interview I had the pleasure of doing with her. You can also see my first reactions of her products and why natural products are important in the following video featuring Annmarie’s products.
This collection started as Annmarie Gianni skin care and over the years has evolved to be annmarie products that feature face, body, and outdoor care, as well as some other products. It was created by Annmarie Gianni with an emphasis on providing truly natural personal care, being totally chemical-free. Her products come from organic and wild-crafted sources, feature ingredients that are all listed on the label and easy to understand. The collection features numerous items to cater pretty much to everyone’s skin care needs. It includes all sorts of facial oils to moisturize, masks, a serum, cleanser, scrub and toner. The products come in MIRON violet-glass bottles or jars, which do not allow visible light to pass through. This helps to prevent the products from breaking down in unfavorable ways.
Aloe-Herb Cleanser Review (March 14, 2011)
Ingredients: Organic Aloe Vera Juice infused with herbs: (lavender flowers, calendula flowers, life everlasting flowers, hyssop, lemon balm, neem leaf, olive leaf, plantago leaf), Organic Coconut Oil, Cocoglucoside, Organic Vegetable Glycerine, Aspen Bark Extract, Organic Ruby Grapefruit Oil, Organic Lemon Oil, Organic Green Mandarin Oil, Xanthan Gum, Organic Rosemary Oleoresin
I really enjoyed using this cleanser for many reasons. The ingredient list was very clear and made of easily recognizable things, without any long or unknown chemical names. The ingredients all seem to be plant-derived, without any obvious hazardous byproducts, artificial preservatives, fragrances or any other chemical additions. Being aloe-based with the various plant oils, it is great for our skin.
I used a little of the cleanser in the palm of my hand and gently rubbed it all over my face in the evenings. The product does not foam, which is nice and expected, seeing that it is not infused with any chemical lathering agents. It worked great at removing my natural make-up and leaving my skin feeling fresh and clean. The cleanser is creamy-white and has a silky cream consistency. The scent is gentle, not overpowering, lemony, and very pleasant.
Herbal Facial Oil Review (March 20, 2011)
Ingredients for Natural & Combination Skin Oil: Organic or wildcrafted herb oil [grapeseed, life everlasting, green tea, gotu kola, rosemary, calendula, lavender, milk thistle, lemon balm, licorice root, roobibos, hibiscus, rhodiola, gingko, plantain, amla, ashwaghanda, acai, goji berry, horsetail, comfrey leaves, comfrey root, rose petal, echinacea, ginseng, lotus, boswellia, blue violet], fractionated coconut oil, organic oleic sunflower oil, organic olive oil, organic aloe vera oil, organic passion fruit oil, organic tamanu oil, organic carrot seed oil, vitamin E tocopherols, organic evening primrose extract, organic seabuckthorn berry extract, organic red raspberry seed oil, organic cranberry seed oil, organic rosehip extract, organic calendula extract, organic buriti fruit oil, organic sandalwood oil, organic jasmine sambac oil, organic bergamot oil, blue chamomile oil, organic rosemary oleoresin.
The annmarie skin care line includes several kinds of facial oils to suit our different skin and life stage needs. These facial oils oils offer great natural ingredients that are easy to understand, clearly labelled, and beneficial to nourish our skin and provide protection against microorganisms and the elements. They are easy to work with and absorb very fast. I normally moisturize my face once a day, in the evenings, after thoroughly washing my face. After putting on the herbal facial oil, I was able to put my head on the pillow within minutes, without getting any oily residue on my pillowcase and feeling like everything was really well absorbed. My skin was smooth to the touch and felt really good with this product.
The only challenging part for me in using these facial oils was getting used to the scents. Even though Annmarie’s products do not come with overwhelming scents, I found the facial oils to be the strongest smelling of all the products. The natural & combination skin facial oil had a rich flowery smell, with its strongest note coming from the jasmine. The oily & acne skin facial oil had a much stronger and much less pleasant scent, perhaps influenced by the very astringent neem oil it contains.