I know I'm going to like a brand when they start a sentence with 'You’ve been told that clean skin should feel stretched and tight. That’s simply not true.'
Can I get an AMEN?
Votary is a fairly new brand to the market and contains a cleansing oil and three facial oils. Like members of Duran Duran, I have yet to meet a Votary product that I don't love.
The cleansing oil is one of my current favourites and has made its way into my regular routine.
Who is it for?
What’s in it?
Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium) Flower Oil, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Oil, Limonene+ Citronellol+ Geraniol+ Linalool+ (Naturally occurs in essential oils)
Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?
Natural? Organic? Man made? Vegan?
Tested on animals/sold in China?
What's not in it?
How do you use it?
Apply as usual to dry hands, then dry skin, then massage and remove with a hot flannel. I use two pumps for a second cleanse and one pump for a morning cleanse.
What’s good about it?
It's really refined and 'thin' - if you know what I mean. So much so that it comes out of a pump spray. I love using oils for massage but some are just thick and gloopy. This is almost water-y. And that's a compliment.
What’s not so good about it?
It's not 'cheap' - it's £45.00 for 100ml but that's on a par with most balm cleansers for the same quantity and this would definitely last longer.
It doesn't completely destroy the Chanel Kohl mascara (my ultimate cleansing test) and I like the ingredients on my skin, hence....
Where to use in your routine?
I use it either a second cleanse in the evening or a morning cleanse when I wake up.