Organic skincare is nothing new but would you believe that most of the brands that claim their product is 100% organic are actually telling a few fibs? The fact is that there are so many organisations offering organic certification but none of them have the exact same standards. The People for Plant range is certified by Australian Certified Organic (ACO), Australia’s largest certifier for organic and biodynamic produce, responsible for certifying more than 70% of the Australian organic industry. They’re one of the strictest but that is exactly what PFP co-founders wanted. It’s also the reason you won’t see “100% organic” smacked on their packaging. Each PFP product lists the actual percentage of certified organic ingredients – like this day cream at 91.8%.
Anna Addicoat and Andrew Brown founded the brand with their good friend Jamie Durie (yes, THAT Jamie Durie) and as you would expect from Jamie’s love of plants, they only wanted to use the best in their product range. I’ve been learning a lot about this range since it launched in June 2013 and that is why I’ve chosen their Day Cream as the first review. Is it amazing or complete hogwash? Read on to find out.
- No expense has been spared on the packaging of these products. The Day Cream comes in a tube fitted with an airless pump so it allows the product to remain sanitary and at its optimal potency. The tube is made from HDPE and boxed in a FSC certified board printed with vegetable inks, meaning every single bit of the packaging is recyclable. Despite all the Go Green jargon, it looks and performs like a top shelf product which is where many other organic brands lose out.
- A single pump releases an amount of cream ideal for a full neck and face application. However, the good thing about the airless pump in this case is that depending on how light or hard you press you can control the amount expelled.
- The cream is light, I would actually refer to it as a slightly thickened lotion. It’s good for daytime use on all skin types.
- The instructions advise you to warm the cream in your hands before pressing it into your face. This is a method that’s usually only mentioned on high-end moisturisers but it’s actually the best way to apply your face cream no matter what brand. This cream still applies beautiful if you prefer to rub it in and it does absorb quickly.
- There is no added fragrance to the cream but it does have quite a strong scent. The best way I can describe it’s “Australia”. It smells like Australia. More specifically it smells like the bush when you go camping in Australia. I could speculate which ingredients are contributing to the scent but I really don’t know.
- Having tested this cream in both cold and hot climates I found it to be incredibly well-rounded. It let my skin breathe, it helped control oiliness on the T-zone and my skin remained hydrated.
- It works well under makeup and didn’t mess with the variety of formulas I tried teaming it with, including medium coverage foundation, bb cream and tinted moisturiser.
- It’s as much about what isn’t in these products as what is. They have promised they will never use parabens, any kind of sulphates, propylene glycol, synthetic fragrances, artificial colours, petrochemicals, silicones, phthalates, nature identical ingredients, PEG’s, DEA, TEA, EDTA, MEA, carbomers, ethoxylates, 1,4-dioxane or genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) to name a few.
What People For Plants say ….
91.8 % ORGANIC INGREDIENTS
Perfect for all skin types, this indulgent moisturising day face cream is packed full of precious bio-available ingredients, including anti-oxidants to give thirsty skin superior hydration on top of anti-ageing and calming benefits.
The secret is in the rosehip with its essential fatty acids, 9 and 6 and omega 3, which help strengthen and encourage skin elasticity and plumpness. Shea, jojoba and macadamia protect and ginkgo that was highly prized in ancient cultures for its detoxifying benefits is now known to also contain powerful anti-oxidants which help protect the skin from environmental aggressors. Your skin will feel soft, nourished looking visibly brighter and energised.
Australia $29.95 from David Jones, Priceline, Terry White and selected pharmacies.
USA & UK – International shipping available direct from People For Plants.
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People for Plants are certified cruelty-free by PETA.org. Some of their products are suitable for vegetarians and vegans – refer to the ingredients list before purchasing. You can find their animal cruelty policy information on their FAQ page.
Aloe Bardadensis Leaf Juice, Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Macadamia ternifolia Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract.