Thinking & Feeling

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Sunday, 22 April 2012

I got lucky!

The fabulous, and just simply divine, Sally-Jane who is the one and only PINK HAIR GIRL had a give-away competition on her blog  recently. And the prize was some fantasic skincare products by esse!

Now I know the esse range, because in one of my EXTREMELY RARE facials (I am not kidding when I say I have had maybe 5 in my whole life), the last one in fact, esse products were used and I loved them. They smell and feel great on your skin. They seem light, fresh, rich and well, real to me.

I am not really into expensive, 'clinically formulated', latest and greatest fad cosmetics, but somehow these feel genuine, honest and nutritious.* I really love them, and I am not just saying that.

So when I got the news that I was the winner I was quite simply thrilled!! Especially since it has become evident of late that I really need do to pay more attention to my skin now...

The hamper arrived while we were away on holiday (I must blog about that. We had an amazing holiday!),so it was a wonderful surprise to come home to.

I have been using the products for about a week now and I love them!

The Gel Clenser is fresh and cleans well. I struggle to not use good ole soap if I don't have a cleanser that feels like it is actually washing, and this one does. It is a nice foaming gel. Does the job and my face is not dry and tight afterwards. Perfect.

Toner..? Ok, so I seriously need to learn what this is about and for. It doesn't really make sense to me, but I am trying to be dilligent and actually use it, and we'll see how it goes. It is nice and refreshing though so I'd use it as a face spritz in summer! (See I am useless/clueess with this stuff!?).

The Cocoa Exfoliator.. ? Wow, I LOVE IT! Yum! It smells delicious! Exfoliates just enough, so it is really gentle but gives you a nice scrub. As someone who runs and cycles and gets very sweat and salty this is great! And the smell?? Simply amazing! I actually want to eat it. It is so luxuriously decadently yummy. Just like Belgian chocolate. It leaves you face feeling sparkly clean but soft and moisturised too. Have I said how much I love this!? I. LOVE. IT!!

The moisturisier is nicely rich and creamy, but not at all oily. It manages to be noutishing but still very light and it absorbs well. Perfect for me. I could possibly use a richer night cream too, but for day time this one is really great.

THANK-YOU esse and Sally-Jane!

Here is the more official info on the products (get them you won't be disappointed, especially the Cocoa Exfoliator!):

Esse Organic Skincare offers a range of organic products produced by a company that is 100% ethical in all its dealings. They are certified organic by Ecocert France, and also support PhytoTrade and the Fair Trade movement which ensures that the ingredients and raw materials used are sourced and purchased from local co-operatives to uplift and empower rural communities. Please see more of all the Esse organic skincare products at
Esse hamper
Containing: Gel cleanser, Toner, Cocoa exfoliator and Deep moisturiser. Valued at R740!
Gel Cleanser
A foaming, tingling wash that deep cleanses without drying.
Peppermint and Spearmint oils refresh and improve micro-circulation to aid in the elimination of toxins. pH balanced at 4.5 and uses mild biodegradable surfactants made from coconut oil and glucose. Additional Uses:
Can be used as a body wash
Same to use on acne affected skins
Natural and Organic Cosmetic certified by ECOCERT Greenlife according to ECOCERT Standard available at
100% of the total ingredients are from natural origin
66.3% of the total ingredients are from Organic Farming
Esse Toner completes the cleansing process with actives to revitalize, protect and improve skin texture.
Rooibos Extract provides potent antioxidant activity. Olive leave extract combats the negative effects of pollution and reduces sun damage. Additional Uses: Can be sprayed over make- up to freshen and re-hydrate throughout the day.
Natural and Organic certified by ECOCERT Greenlife according to ECOCERT Standard available at
100% of the total ingredients are from natural origin.
82.8% of the total ingredients are from Organic Farming
Cocoa Exfoliator
A delectable exfoliation experience for all skin types.
Fine Cocoa particles polish and refine the skin’s surface and flavanoids help protect against future sun damage. Wild sourced African oils provide slip and nourishment.
Additonal Information: Treat hands and feet to a gentle exfoliation.
100% of the total ingredients are from Natural Origin
56.5% of the total ingredients are from Organic Farming
Deep Moisurizer
Esse Deep Moisturiser will moisturise and maintain balance without leaving greasy residues or dry areas.
Ylang Ylang’s balancing effect stabilises both oily and dry skin patches creating an even skin state. Honeybush is included for its anti-aging, anti-oxidant and healing properties.
Natural and Organic certified by ECOCERT Greenlife according to ECOCERT Standard available at
100% of the total ingredients are from natural origin.
82.1% of the total ingredients are from Organic Farming
* All my very own unsolicited opinion this. I was not asked to do this post or say anything about the products at all.

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