Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Review and giveaway (closed): Episencial Summer Skincare Essentials

Giveaway closed- congrats to my winner:  Shelly
 
It's May now, and summer is starting to arrive already in some parts of the country. It's made some brief appearances here in Seattle, and we've been enjoying getting out in the sun every chance that we get.  When the sun comes out, that means that it's time for me to pull out the summer skincare products for myself and my kids.  I'm a very, very fair skinned person, so I always have to be sure to have sunscreen on hand.  My kids inherited their dad's darker skin, but I still make it a point to put sunscreen on them before they head out. Better safe than sorry! This year we have three new products in our summer skincare arsenal, all from Episencial. Here's some information on the three products, from some information that I received:

Sunny Sunscreen SPF 35
Have fun in the sun without exposing your skin to harmful UVA and UVB rays or harsh chemical sunscreens using this natural blend of zinc and titanium minerals. Organic ingredients like shea butter, beeswax and avocado oil nourish and soften skin while green tea extract neutralizes sun-induced free radical damage. 

Additional Features & Benefits
•       Environmental Working Group top-rated sunscreen for safety and effectiveness.
•       Never greasy, does not leave a white residue.
•       Water-resistant


Soothing Cream
Bring comfort to dry, itchy, irritated skin with this intensely nourishing multi-purpose moisturizer featuring an organic blend of calming calendula, oat extract and borage seed to enhance natural lipids and restore moisture balance. Acidophilus and neem boost immunity while oxysomes protect skin from harsh elements. Perfect for after-sun too!

Additional Features & Benefits
•       Multi-purpose moisturizer helps treat rashes and red, irritated skin.
•       Fortified with probiotics, and made with a 50% aloe vera base to help soothe, cool and comfort bothered skin.
•       Insider tip! Great as diaper cream for use with cloth diapers; or to sooth adult skin post shave or wax.


Protective Face Balm SPF 6
Insulate baby’s vulnerable skin from wind, sun, and the ravages of runny noses and drool-y chins with this organic licorice extract and raspberry butter infused, intensely hydrating facial balm. Also protects chapped skin with zinc derived SPF 6 and shea butter.

Additional Features & Benefits
•       Ultra-healing facial balm.
•       Soothes and hydrates, chapped cheeks and lips.

All products are:
•       Enriched with Skin Immune Complex - an exclusive blend of natural ingredients for actively healthy skin
•       Baby safe and free from the bad stuff.
•       Loaded with healthy organics.
•       Timeless for all ages, 0 – 150 years!
We've reviewed Episencial products in the past and have been big fans of everything that we've tried. And these products are no exceptions, we thought they were all great. The sunscreen was nice and thick, but not greasy, and stayed put on my kids' exposed skin. It did take some work to rub it in, but that helped me see where I had already applied the sunscreen and get everything well covered.  The protective face balm is also really nice. I've actually been using it on my own skin, as well as the kids' dry skin patches. I think it does a nice job of moisturizing and protecting and really does help make my dry skin and lips feel and look better.

We also really like the soothing cream. Vivian has been suffering from eczema since she was a baby and we're always on the lookout for products that will help with her skin.  The soothing cream definitely helped relief the redness and itchiness from some bad patches of eczema that she was dealing with recently. I'm glad to have this on hand!

I'm really liking all three of these products and will be happily using them on myself and my kids all summer.  If you're in the market for summer skincare, I highly recommend giving these a try. None of the products have a scent to them, so you won't have to worry about that when you're using them on yourself and your kids. And there are no additives, parabens or petroleum in any of them!

You can find Episencial products near you using this link. Visit the Episencial Facebook page and Twitter page for more information on Episencial. And, to get 15% off your order of Episencial products, visit Dermstore.com and use the promocode: DSSUNNY. Discount good May 16-23, 2011.

And I have even more good news! One of you will win the same three products that I reviewed here- a full-sized Sunny Sunscreen SPF 35 (4oz) and Protective Face Balm SPF 6 (.75 oz), as well as a travel sized Soothing Cream (.75 oz.). Open to US mailing addresses only, please. 

Mandatory entry (must be done for extra entries to count):
Visit the Episencial page and let me know which product you most want to try! 

Extra entries (please leave a separate comment for each one that you do):
1. Follow me publicly with Google Friend Connect
2. "Like" me on Facebook
3. "Like" Episencial on Facebook
4. Follow me on Twitter and tweet this:  @gabreviews is giving away summer skincare set from Episencial (@episencial)! Visit http://bit.ly/lHi04N to enter #giveaway
You can tweet this once per day- just leave a separate comment with link each time that you tweet.
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6. Enter any of my other currently ongoing giveaways. Please leave a separate comment for each one that you've entered.
7. Put my button up on your blog/website. Code is on the right side of this page. Please let me know where I can find it!

Giveaway will close at 9PM Pacific time on June 3, 2011. I'll choose winners with random.org and will email those people who will then have 48 hours to respond. Good luck!

Disclosure: I received the products discussed above to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.

144 comments:

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