I’ve been lucky enough to not really need to think about skin care all that much for most of my life. Sure, I had a few pimples here and there in my teen years (and still do when I get super stressed), and my eczema still pops up to say hello a few times in the winter, but I’ve otherwise never really struggled with anything extreme. And because there was no struggle, I thought there was no need for skincare products. Was I ever wrong. Wild Hill Botanicals.
I tried my first face mask probably halfway through university, and my only experience with exfoliating was a nice and scratchy loofah in the shower. But wow, when you start showing your skin that kind of love, there is no going back. The only problem is that unfortunately, there’s very little regulation on skin and beauty products, meaning lots of harmful, toxic chemicals can be slipped into them and you wouldn’t even know that you’re lathering on a carcinogen. That is where Wild Hill Botanicals swoops in to save the day.
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While there are many natural, organic and cruelty-free skincare brands out there, many of them start by looking at how they can take out those yucky toxins and still have a product with a reasonable shelf life or effectiveness or whatever they’re looking at. Wild Hill Botanicals approaches it from a completed different perspective. They ask, what does nature give us that will help nourish our skin’s health?
All the products are handmade in small batches on Vancouver Island, with the ingredients coming right from the organic farm in their backyard. They kindly sent me a few products to test out: a Sweet Orange and Honey Sugar Scrub, Nootka Rose Cleansing Clay, and Blackberry Face Serum. Here are my experiences with them!
The first thing I noticed about this was how absolutely amazing it smelled. I used it in the shower (duh) and it turns out that a small amount can cover quite a fair bit of skin. As you massage it in, the sugar slowly dissolves into your skin, gently exfoliating, something desperately needed this time of year! On top of exfoliating, the honey works it’s magic by nourishing your skin and softening it even more. Surprisingly, the experience of using it was very beautiful itself – massaging it on and smelling the delicious sweet orange scent makes for a wonderful self-love ritual to treat yourself to twice a week. Wild Hill Botanicals sure knows how to make a girl feel special.
This product is meant to be an alternative to soap, used as a facial cleanser to unclog your pores of oil without stripping your face completely. It’s in the form of powder, which you moisten so that it becomes a sort of paste. I found that it didn’t really turn into a “clay-like” substance and was a little clumpy rather than smooth, but was still just as easy to put on. I actually even liked the clumpy texture because the little pieces gently exfoliated as well. Again, I didn’t need a lot of the powder to cover my face, which is great because that means it will last me a while! After my first use, I thought it was decent, but after using it every other night or so for a week, I absolutely fell in love with the way it made my skin feel. It was soft, and felt just very clean and almost empty, like there was nothing left in there that shouldn’t be, which is exactly what you want from a cleanser.
This is by far one of my favourite skincare products ever (conventional skincare products and face masks included). I could rave about it all day. 10/10. If you want to try it, I’ve got a little surprise for you at the end of this post 😉
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this one, as I’ve never used a face serum before, only moisturizers. According to the description, its really supposed to help with skin healing, repair and regeneration through deep moisturizing. I thought that it would be something like an oily moisturizer, but it’s not. Yes, it is made of many different oils so it goes on oily at first, but I would put it on after cleaning my face before bed and by morning, there was no oily layer on my face (which is more than I can say for my moisturizer…). Again, like the Cleansing Clay, it’s results weren’t immediately obvious after just one use, but after about 3 applications of it, I noticed a difference. My skin felt more healthy, not exactly moisturized but not as weathered and dry as it was before. It feels like it’s working from the inside out, nourishing the skin instead of being a temporary fix. That kind of genuine work is definitely something I can support.
If I could only use one word to describe Wild Hill Botanical products, it would be nourishing. Every product feels like its truly helping you achieve better skin, not just temporarily, but for the long run.