Celtic Complexion

Date Wed, December 7 2011

Celtic Complexion is a company that focuses on natural solutions for sensitive skin and rosacea issues. Although my skin is not particularly sensitive, I am always looking for the best solution for my skin so when I had the opportunity to work with the company, I jumped on it.

One of the things I like about Celtic Complexion is that the packaging is charming. Jennifer Devlin, the founder of the company, is UK based and the logo and art are reminiscent of that heritage. It’s what some might call quaint. I hate to judge a book by its cover but I frequently do. Celtic Complexion passes, though. The products wouldn’t necessarily look out of place in a drug store. The packaging feels complete.

But unlike other drug store products, Celtic Complexion isn’t mass produced. Jennifer hand pours all the products herself so the textures and smells may vary from batch to batch. It is because of this very reason that I have to tell you to take any negatives in my review with a grain of salt because your mileage certainly can vary.

Love Your Skin Travel Kit

Love Your Skin Travel Kit

I received the Love Your Skin Travel set, which contains six weeks of moisturizer, sunscreen and calming serum, as well as the lip balm. I’ll start with the lip balm. It’s probably my least favorite product but simply because lemongrass and peppermint are both strong scents that I don’t necessarily love. I’m also not sure that they mix well together because they are so strong. Something a little more vanilla or nutty might have tempered out those strong scents for someone who isn’t as big of a fan or who wants something a little more overwhelming.

Smell aside, the balm comes in a small tin and you can use your fingers to apply it. It’s a bit waxy, like many balms. Because I wasn’t as fond of the smell, I found myself using it less than I would other moisturizing lip products but it didn’t seem to last quite as long as my Chapstick, especially as the weather becomes more dry.

I was most excited about the sunscreen in the travel set as I don’t have any light sunscreens and not all my moisturizers have sunscreen in them. This sunscreen offers SPF 22 which is pretty significant compared to many facial products. It is a light product that I was able to wear with my usual beauty routine without any problems. It’s supposed to be tinted but looks quite white to me. This isn’t a big deal at I’m quite white, too. LOL

The moisturizer was quite different from any I’d used before. It includes a ton of natural oils, ranging from coconut to jojoba to sandalwood and even including grapefruit oil. The texture is like a thin wax almost. It comes in a jar and the instructions say to dip your fingers in and rub the moisturizer between them to warm it, which will cause it to become more liquid-like. I expected the moisturizer to feel greasy because of its texture but was surprised that it didn’t. However, toward the end of the day my face did feel greasy. It can feel greasy if you use too much, though. I probably need a lighter/oil-free product because of my specific skin chemistry. This product was lightly scented. I could detect a slight sweetness to it, which I didn’t mind.

Calming Serum

Calming Serum

The calming serum was a product that especially interested me because my skin can sometimes become sensitive because of clothing or chafing. Although this product is intended for sensitivity caused by rosacea, broken capillaries and sun burned skin, I though I’d give it a try. The serum comes in a tiny bottle with a dropper applicator and the instructions say to use a few droplets to a clean face, with a moisturizer if you’d like. It’s a very thin liquid that’s slightly purplish but the color doesn’t transfer to skin, of course.

Ironically, I keep forgetting to use it when I do have sensitive skin but it’s definitely best for minor irritations as the bottle is small and the formula is difficult to apply to a broad area. With a product like this, I want to readily wet a cotton ball or Q-tip to apply it but the dropper isn’t ideal for that. I feel like using my hands results in most of the product winding up on the area where I first touch my skin and not so much elsewhere.

This one also has a stronger herbal scent that I don’t necessarily love, which has contributed to me using it less than I expected. I’m pretty unlikely to use products on my face, if I don’t love how they smell. This is personal preference, of course, and your serum may smell a little differently or not as strongly because of the hand pouring. In retrospect, this might be the type of product I’d be better using before bed so I could fall asleep and let it do its work without bothering me.

Celtic Complex products are definitely something to consider if you have trouble with big name facial care or if your skin is especially sensitive or you experience rosacea. None of the products contain parabens or synthetic fragrances. Instead, Jennifer relies on organic and non-toxic ingredients to produce her products. My experience was a toss up, due to my picky nature. However, the sunscreen is something every person should have in their arsenal and the Love Your Skin Travel Kit is a great introduction to the products, to see if they’ll work for you.

2 Responses

  1. Michelle August 16 2013 @ 3:41 pm

    Hi, I am UK based and desperate to get hold of the spf from this range, can I order it here? Thanks

  2. Cole August 16 2013 @ 4:12 pm

    No, this is a blog where I review products. You can order it from the official website, which is linked in the post: http://celticcomplexion.com/

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