The problem with writing for Chidi Beauty, or any luxury skincare blog or vlog really, is that it is easy to become accustomed to using high-end skincare and beauty products. That is not to say that all high-end skincare and beauty products are necessarily wonderful, or even ideal for any one person’s skin type, lifestyle or even climate. Nonetheless, what is important, especially for brands and you, dear reader, is that products that might otherwise be transformative or special can seem ordinary. That is not necessarily a bad thing for consumers – we should expect the norm to be products with great, clean ingredients that do what they promise. Fillers and junk should never be the standard for anything that we put in or on our bodies.
LILFOX is one of those brands that uses clean, quality ingredients. Beauty Heroes previously featured their Jungle Glow Enzyme Cleanser & Mask and Cleopatra Restorative Milk & Honey Beauty Mask in April 2017. Those products were quite good to my skin. However, little sharp pieces that were in, or that formed in Jungle Glow told me that the brand was perhaps not quite ready for prime time – at least as far as my face was concerned. Fast-forward one year and a half later and it seems that LILFOX has finally arrived. The two products featured in Beauty Heroes’ October 2018 Subscription Box, Prickly Pear Illuminating Tourmaline Infused Beauty Nectar and Kalahari Peridot Infused Brightening Eye Serum are both flawless and a good starting point for getting to know the brand.
Prickly Pear Illuminating Tourmaline Infused Beauty Nectar (1.0 fl oz/30 mL)
LILFOX’s Prickly Pear Illuminating Tourmaline Infused Beauty Nectar is a lightweight, non-comedogenic serum that has become an anticipated part of my nighttime beauty routine. Frankly, if I return home early or am spending the day indoors it ends up being a cherished part of my daytime beauty routine too. I actually prefer using Beauty Nectar during the daytime because when I do it tends to be the only product on my face. This allows my skin to benefit, unimpeded, from all of the wonderful ingredients in this jar of goodness. At $110.00 USD for 1.0 oz/30mL Beauty Nectar isn’t exactly cheap. But when you read the ingredients list you will know why.
The packaging boasts that this beauty oil is a “nectar of prickly pear, pomegranate seed, jasmine, and sandalwood to brighten, even skin tone and and deliver the perfect amount of moisture.” The full ingredients list reads:
- Opuntia ficus indica oil*,
- Passiflora edulis oil*,
- Vitus vinifera oil*,
- Cannibus sativa oil*,
- Punica granatum oil*,
- Rubus idaeus Co2 extract*,
- Helianthus annuus seed oil + Opuntia tuna fruit extract,
- Santalum austrocaledonicum oil,
- Citrus paradisi oil,
- Citrus bergamia FCF oil*,
- Jasminum grandiflorum absolute,
- Jasminum sambac absolute,
- Boswellia carterii oil**,
- Brassica napus oil*,
- Rosmarinus officinalis extract*,
- Linalool***, and
- Tourmalne crystal
*Certified organic ingredient
*** Naturally occurring in essential oils
Upon application Beauty Nectar feels smooth and luxurious. The directions recommend using 2 – 5 drops. Being heavy-handed I initially applied a lot more, sometimes almost up to one dropper. But that is an incredibly excessive application. After about one month of use I have settled on a seemingly more reasonable average of 8 drops or fewer, as the second or third step in my nighttime skincare routine, to cover my entire face and neck. Anything more tends to accomplish little more than an oil treatment for my pillow.
When it comes to skincare I am a firm believer that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. I am as skeptical of lotions and potions that claim to be able to reverse wrinkles and fine lines, as I am receptive of products that claim to help prevent them in the first place. Reading LILFOX’s claims that this Beauty Nectar will brighten, even and moisturize the skin helped reassure me that it is not a bottle of snake oil. Actually using LILFOX’s Beauty Nectar reassured me that there are still high quality, non-gimmicky products on the market that are a pleasure to use.
Beauty Nectar maintained my skin in its naturally soft, supple state. As promised, it didn’t cause my skin to break out – though I still experienced the occasional breakout as is normal for my skin. It did not worsen the oily or dry patches of skin, but instead seamlessly harmonized both. Used in the right amount it absorbs nicely and can even be worn to go out. I did not notice any drastic changes in my skin, which some may consider a drawback, but I consider a benefit. My beauty arsenal normally contains at least one physical and one chemical exfoliant to help brighten and even my skin tone. Beauty Nectar shines, pun intended, as a faithful, long-term staple and is ideal for daily maintenance. It is a welcome respite from the stronger skincare products that often walk a fine line between effective and damaging. With star brightening ingredients like prickly pear seed oil and pomegranate seed oil, it is evident that this serum was developed for long-term use – not an overnight miracle.
Kalahari Peridot Infused Brightening Eye Serum (0.17 fl oz/5 mL)
Beauty Nectar easily asserted itself as a staple skincare product. But of the two items in Beauty Heroes’ October 2018 subscription box Kalahari Peridot Infused Brightening Eye Serum quickly became my favourite. LILFOX describes this eye serum as “[a] nutrient infusion of prickly pear, watermelon, and coffee bean to tighten, moisturize, and brighten.” The full size product retails for $68.00.
Kalahari’s ingredients list boasts:
- Argania spinosa (argan seed) oil*,
- Opuntia ficus indica (prickly pear seed) oil*,
- Rosa mosqueta (rosehip seed) oil*,
- Citrullus lanatus (watermelon seed) oil,
- Passiflora incarnata (passionfruit seed) oil*,
- Coffee arabica (coffee bean) oil,
- Punica granatum (pomegranate seed) oil*,
- Squalene (olive) Helianthus annuus (sunflower seed) oil + Centella asiatica (gotu kola) extract + Carthamus tinctorius (safflower seed) oil + Equestim hiemale (horsetail) extract,
- Santalum austrocaledonicum (sandalwood) oil,
- Rosa damascena (rose) absolute,
- Brassica napus (rapeseed) oil*,
- Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) extract, and
- Peridot crystal
*Certified organic ingredient
Kalahari is non-irritating on the eyes. Upon application the carefully crafted formula is neither runny nor messy; but it does look too oily for me to use it in my daytime skincare routine. While I can’t say that it reduced the puffiness underneath my eyes, I can’t say I that wouldn’t expect that miracle of any eye product or treatment in the world, short of surgery or vibranium. Kalahari has definitely kept the skin surrounding my eyes in good condition. But what truly makes it a winner in my book is the packaging. The soothing oil is gently dispersed by a glass rollerball, allowing the applicator to always feel cool upon contact – no refrigeration required.
As odd as this may sound, the best thing about LILFOX’s Brightening Eye Serum is the way it feels upon application. Every application is a cooling, mini-massage for the eyes. We are used to heeding warnings about the delicate skin around the eye area and not applying certain products to that delicate skin. There is something about applying the luxurious oil that is Kalahari with its cooling, glass rollerball applicator that just feels good.
At the end of the day LILFOX’s Prickly Pear Illuminating Tourmaline Infused Beauty Nectar and Kalahari Peridot Infused Brightening Eye Serum are great staple skincare products for the clean beauty aficionado. They are both appropriately-priced for what they deliver and worthwhile purchases subscription box notwithstanding. I would not recommend either if you are looking for a dramatic transformation – they will not resolve your skin discoloration, texture or other issues overnight or even over several nights. At least not for my skin. If you are new, or at least not a regular in the world of luxe clean beauty, or have a different skin type, your experience might be different – I would love to know in the comments section below. Regardless, LILFOX’s Beauty Nectar and Brightening Eye Serum are best-suited for the skincare enthusiast who has a long-term, healthy-skin goal in mind. This is especially true if that goal is to establish or maintain a skincare routine using clean products with stellar ingredients that will keep your skin looking its best.