pollen & wax // a review

Good morning, friends! I've been meaning to share this post with you for awhile, because I'm so excited about these natural skincare products I recently started using. I've talked about natural health before on the blog, but today I'm going to focus solely on the face. 

Have you ever heard of Pollen & Wax? I hadn't either, until a few months ago when I was browsing Etsy for a new cleansing routine. Pollen & Wax is a tiny holistic apothecary in the Pacific Northwest, where they make organic beauty and wellness products for your skin and more. 

Pollen & Wax is unique because they actually wild-harvest many of their ingredients. Folks, it doesn't get more organic than that, right? But even though the ingredients are simple, the combinations are luxurious for your skin and very beneficial to your health. 

I've always had fairly good skin, but like most women, I often get breakouts around my time of the month, and my skin fluctuates each day from oily to dry. It's never consistent, and after exploring the Skin Deep website, I realized just how unnecessarily strong my everyday facial products were--not just for my skin, but anyone's. The amount of toxins in most cleansing brands is ridiculous, so I started a journey to finding natural alternatives to heal my skin and health. 

I bought a trial kit and was surprised with how much of each product I actually received! This stuff will last me for a few months at least, and was fairly affordable for a trial kit. Pollen & Wax has a Typology page on their website that helps you decipher your skin type--I ended up going with the September kit, because my skin is so confused from all the different products I've used over the years. The September kit includes: Apollo Cleansing Milk, Orion Facial Toner, Sinatra Blue Facial Serum, and Provence Complexion Clay. 

1. Apollo Cleansing Milk: You only need about 3 pumps, which you then massage over your face, working in little upward circles. The consistency is more liquid-like than I expected and not very thick, but despite being gentle, this stuff is powerful. I usually try to remove most of my makeup beforehand so the cleansing milk can work its magic on my skin. The smell has a undertone of lavender so it doesn't bother me, and it immediately leaves your skin feeling soft and even. 

2. Orion Facial Toner: I use about 2-3 pumps, which I spray mostly on the problem areas of my face, and then massage around the rest. The toner immediately makes your skin feel tighter and refreshed, but it's not overpowering (neither is the smell). It absorbs quickly and doesn't leave your skin feeling sticky or dried out. In fact, my skin already appears brighter and more even after using this. 

3. Sinatra Blue Facial Serum: I use 2-3 drops of this oil on my entire face. It sounds strange to put oil on your face if you struggle with oily skin at all, but it actually makes sense. When we dry out our skin, our oil glands have to overcompensate for that. By restoring oil to your face each night, you actually retrain your skin to produce a normal amount of oil because you aren't depleting the nutrients. This serum doesn't leave your skin 'feeling' oily because of how quickly it absorbs. It's very light, easy to work into your skin, although my only complaint is the smell--it's pretty strong! (Because of the herbs and essential oils, these products have a slight wildflower scent to them). Thankfully, you don't need a lot to get the job done, and the results are worth it. 

4. Provence Complexion Clay: I use a dime-size amount of this clay, which I then dampen with water and massage in upward circles over my face and allow to sit for about ten minutes. This should only be used about once a week, but the results are amazing. The clay removes a lot of toxins, tightens and repairs skin, and most importantly, exfoliates without damaging. I love this stuff--and the smell is gorgeous. 

In the few weeks I've been using these products, my skin feels softer and more balanced and looks clearer. I've only had one pimple, and my skin tone doesn't look as blotchy and red anymore without makeup. It feels wonderful not having patches of dry skin around my eyebrows and mouth, and oily patches around my nose and in between my brows. It's crazy how quickly the healing has begun, just by using a natural, organic skincare routine. 

What about you? Do you use any natural healthcare or skincare products? If you're looking for something new, I would definitely recommend Pollen & Wax.    (photos // P & W)