The organic beauty market shows no signs of slowing down after recording +23% growth last year, the ninth year of consecutive growth (source: The Soil Association), so it’s no surprise that new organic ranges keep cropping up on the skincare landscape. The latest one I’ve discovered is Nuxe’s offering: certified organic by Ecocert, the range of 11 products comes in forest green bottles and jars promising ‘active ingredients obtained using environmentally-friendly technologies’. Better known for its iconic Huile Prodigieuse (which I review in The Best French Pharmacy Cult Beauty Products), I’ve also recently found out that Nuxe has a pretty extensive suncare range. Here I review a selection of the French pharmacy brand’s organic skincare products. All products photographed are gifted samples.
Serums have become as much part of any skincare routine as moisturisers, delivering high concentrations of active ingredients to the skin. Containing 99% natural ingredients, I find very interesting that all product names on the packaging are trumped by the lead active ingredient. So the first piece of writing that caught my eye when looking at this serum’s bottle (whether sample or full size) was not Essential Antioxidant Serum’, but ‘Chia Seeds’ which is written much larger, bolder and before the product name. The ultimate proof that ingredient-led skincare is one of the biggest trends of 2020? When the hero ingredient leads the way over and above the actual product name. Skincare enthusiasts have become so knowledgeable in ingredients benefits that the mere mention of niacinamide or vitamin C (which, incidentally, this serum contains) can entice us to purchase. I’m not so familiar with the benefits of chia seed though, which apparently offers antioxidant benefits, protecting the skin from external aggressors. This easily absorbed gel feels light on skin and smells incredibly fresh and green. 30ml RRP £36.00
Another refreshingly scented product, this moisturiser works best applied in the morning straight after the serum. Ideal for combination skin, it’s incredibly light, mattifying and sinks into skin straightaway so there’s no need to wait before applying makeup. Towards the end of the day my skin does feel a little tight on my cheeks so I think this fluid works best for less dehydrated skin than mine, but if I’m wearing an SPF on top then it’s perfect as it doesn’t overload skin. The star ingredient here is marine seaweed extract which helps to correct skin imperfections such as the appearance of pores, blemishes and irregular texture. I’m probably not using it consistently enough to see these improvements, but for combination or normal skin this is a beautifully light and delicately scented moisturiser. 50ml RRP £36.00
As a big fan of masks – my current favourites being Evolve’s Insta-wow Bio Retinol Gold Mask and their super polishing Radiant Glow Mask – it’s no surprise that this Radiance Detox Mask turned out to be my top choice out of the four products I tested. Although the highlighted active ingredients don’t speak to me – i.e. no idea what sesame seeds and citrus extract do for my skin – the product name alone addresses two of my main skincare concerns so I’m starting off with high expectations. The texture looks like it’ll deliver a huge hit of hydration: a green tinted but clear gel, it looks like it’s made of cucumber water. But when I scoop it out and apply a generous layer onto clean skin it transforms into an oil. And once I’ve left in on for 5 minutes then massage with water it turns into a milk before I wipe it off with a muslin cloth. Not what I was expecting, but it turned out to be a very pleasant surprise and my skin certainly wasn’t complaining, looking plumped, soothed and refreshed. 50ml RRP £25.00
What I really like about oils is that it’s relatively easy to find a 100% natural option, which this one from Nuxe is (and 88% organic). This product’s star ingredient? Rice oil extract sourced from the French Camargue region known for its horses and – yes you’ve guessed it – rice, and which works overnight to repair and strengthen the skin’s defences. This is a light and easily absorbed oil so it doesn’t overload my skin or leave grease patches on my pillowcase. What it does leave is gently nourished and smoothed skin the following morning. And although all the products reviewed here I received as deluxe samples, I was really impressed with the quality of the packaging. The mask comes in a mini version of the full-size jar, and the serum and oil both come in tall elegant glass bottles with the thinnest, most delicate pipette I’ve ever seen. Frankly it’s a miracle I’ve not broken at least one of them. 30ml RRP £37.00
What is the latest organic skincare product you’ve discovered? Please leave a comment below to let me know.
Features gifted samples.