crop

 

So I have a theory, and it goes a little something like this – ‘Everything at the supermarket is a necessity’ – because groceries are a necessity and supermarkets sell groceries.  Everything at the supermarket is ‘groceries’, therefore, everything at the supermarket is a necessity.

Furthermore, any ‘cash out’ taken from said supermarket is also ‘groceries’, and therefore anything you use this ‘cash out’ to purchase becomes a necessity – even a bejeweled head adornment, that you are never going to have the occasion nor guts to wear = cash out = groceries = necessity.

This theory, as I’m sure you’ll all agree is solid, makes the boring drudgery of grocery shopping that little bit sweeter and more eventful…magazines, King Island Dairy Triple Cream Brie, and for those of you in the ‘lucky’ states, booze.  All that awesome aside, however, you know my heart, and credit card, belong to the cosmetics aisle, and with the shelves filling up with kind beauty brands like Thankyou, Milk & Co, Model Co and EcoTools, taking one for the team and doing the grocery run, has never been so…necessary.  Finding cruelty free and natural hair, body and even tanning goodies, is becoming increasingly easy at the supermarket, with these fantastic brands producing high quality and affordable products.  A full range of effective skin care, that’s free of all the nasty crap, has however, proven to be a little more difficult, nay, impossible.

Well fear not, Coles shoppers, because any minute now (or actually now) a new brand is about to hit your local stores and, dare I say, blow your minds?!

Crop Natural Skincare offers a comprehensive range of natural facial care products that rival any high end aromatherapy inspired brand, in both ingredients and shelf appeal.  The brand features six products, most of which are multi-tasking, that contain a minimum of 95% natural ingredients.  There are three different cleansing options, including an exfoliator, three multi-use oils, and a moisturiser.  Crop is against animal testing and all products are free from parabens, phthalates and sulphates.  Prices range from $6 to $18, making the brand an affordable and easily accessible option for those close to a Coles supermarket.

I was lucky enough to be given the range to try and have been using it exclusively for a few weeks.  My routine begins with the Pure Macadamia Oil, which I use as a cleanser.  Unlike the lighter cleansing oils that I’ve reviewed from Aesop and Balm Balm, Crop’s offering is denser and richer, leaving a residue on the skin similar to a balm cleanser.  For this reason I feel it necessary to remove either with a wash cloth or with the Gentle Cleansing Gel, as suggested.  It’s beautiful, and a dream come true for anyone with dry skin.  You can get a pretty intensive massage on and leave it to feed your skin for as long as you want before removing it – or hell, you can just give it a quick rinse and let the oil stay on if you like the feel of it.  My preference is to use a wash cloth, but most of the time I don’t have a clean one handy so I just use a teeny tiny bit of the Cleansing Gel, and am left with soft, clean skin.  The Macadamia Oil is a multi-tasker and can also be used as an intensely hydrating treatment for the face, body, hair and nails.  Like all of the Crop oils, the fragrance is ever so slightly nutty and not at all strong or overpowering – a great option for those who are sensitive to smelly stuff.

I’m trying to ween myself off foaming cleansers as my skin becomes more dehydrated with age and my increasingly ‘outdoorsy’ lifestyle.  I can’t protect it by hermitting away in a nice cozy apartment or shopping centre any more, so it now takes a bit of a battering from the elements.  Since trying the Puretopia cream cleanser, I haven’t had my usual ‘on call for lazy emergencies’ foaming cleanser in the shower, so the Crop Gentle Cleansing Gel is the first contact I’ve had with such a product in quite a few months.  It is on par with the Sukin Foaming Facial Cleanser, and if your skin responds well, and you enjoy this style of cleanser, then give it a go.  I am finding them a bit too drying for my skin of late, but used in conjunction with the Macadamia Oil, it’s actually pretty good, mostly because it smells amazingly aromatherapeutic…that’s not a word.

Exfoliatastic (also not a word), is how I would describe one of my favourite new things to use on my face, the Double Sided Facial Wipes.  I have used chemical exfoliating wipes before, loaded with AHA and BHAs, to smooth rough and flaky skin, but never a physical exfoliator, in wipe form.  Lazy girls, bow down to your new hero, then quickly pick one up and get to work…and by ‘work’ I mean gently wiping the bumpy side over yourself for less than 30 seconds to achieve really smooth skin anywhere you want it.  I mainly just stick to my face and chest, but that’s just me.  These babies are so awesome that you could get very addicted and over do it, so just practice a little self control and nobody gets hurt.  I have limited myself to everyday three times twice a week, because I’m disciplined like that.  The exfoliating side of the wipe is great for prepping your skin for a night out, or before applying a face mask.  Dry bits are completely removed without the use of a rough or abrasive application.  There isn’t a toner offering in the Crop range, so if you like to have that finishing step, then you could use the not as much fun side to refresh your skin or remove any stubborn makeup.

So now that you are properly cleansed and exfoliated, it’s time to get oiled up.  There are two more oils in the Crop range, the Pure Rosehip Oil and the Pure Argan Oil.  I have been using the Rosehip in the morning and the Argan at night.  Having previously been a little reactive to rosehip oil, I was hesitant to try this, as it is what it says – pure rosehip oil – 100%.  My skin seems to be fine with it though, which is great because it is super lovely and makes my face glow.  The texture is light enough for my skin to wear during the day and I love the fact that rosehip is chockers with collagen boosting vitamin C.  As there isn’t an eye cream in the range, I have been taking the oils up around my eye area, which is thankfully keeping the skin feeling firm and hydrated – I have temporarily kicking and screaming shelved my Antipodes eye cream to test these products properly for you…the shit I do, seriously.  At night, I use the Argan Oil in the same way, taking a little extra to run through the ends of my hair.  Again, this is pure, 100% argan oil, available at the supermarket.  Crazy.  Not only can you use it on your face and hair, but Crop also suggest rubbing it into your nails, which I’ll get around to, but for now I’ll just continue to neglect that part of me like so many pet shop kittens after Christmas.

Finally, to the moisturiser, then I’ll shut up, I promise.  The Daily Facial Moisturiser by Crop is just lovely.  Full of nourishing natural ingredients, it’s not groundbreaking new technology, but it does make your skin feel soft and thoroughly hydrated.  Light enough for normal to oily skin, or to use throughout summer, and perfect to layer over one of the oils for drier skin.  It also sits beautifully under makeup and the essential oil blend makes it smell incredible, unlike all the usual synthetically fragranced products on the supermarket shelves.  The moisturiser is packaged in a tube which makes it an excellent choice for traveling or for those of you who hate sticking your fingers in a jar.  I wholeheartedly recommend this product if you are looking for an inexpensive yet effective moisturiser which is an absolute pleasure to use.

So that is Crop Skincare my beauties.  Check it out if you are wandering the aisles of your local Coles looking for a little something to add to your trolley, happy in the knowledge that according to my well researched Theory of Necessity, you are only getting boring old groceries, so there should be no guilt felt nor judgement received, as a result of your purchase.  Enjoy.

Kind Beauty Points : Cruelty free, eco friendly and over 95% natural.

I was lucky enough to receive these products as a gift, but all opinions are my own.  Loveface has an ‘if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all’ policy, so if I don’t love it, you won’t see it here.

 

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