A Different Kind of Morning Tea: A Foxie Cosmetics Review
Ever since I went 95 percent au natural (hey, I'm not perfect), I've been looking for my go-to morning face wash for the summer. During most of the year, I wash my face mainly at night, but during the summer, I commit to twice a day.
And thanks to all of my other skincare blogging lovelies, I think I've found a possible keeper!
I have to say, when I ordered this, I did feel a bit skeptical. I hadn't heard too much about Foxie Cosmetics, but had come across it during one of my nightly strolls through the lovely Instagram search feed. And I am pretty glad that I did.
First comes first—hide your wallet before entering the Foxie Cosmetics website if you're on a budget like I am. Literally, though. Everything looks beautiful, and you'll want to buy it all. Trust me. And it's all thanks to Kayla Phillips.
Phillips started the company in 2015, and makes every product herself. Which means? Well, she knows everything that goes into each and every one of them, of course. She has complete and utter control. Everything is vegan and cruelty free, and come in a variety of beautiful colors and textures. And the best part is that there's a rainbow of products from face washes (like this one) and fragrances to bath bombs and memorabilia from Phillips' band Bleed the Pigs.
When it comes down to it, what I really like about Foxie is that it's just, well, real. There's no bullshit (for lack of a better term), and is straight to the point. Great and simple skincare that works.
What does it look / feel like?
smooth, light scent, clean...
I chose to purchase the Morning Tea cleanser for a variety of reasons. Why? I was looking for a new morning cleanser (I like to use one that really wakes up my skin), and I was attracted by the word "tea." It sounds silly, but it's true. I'm a HUGE coffee person, but often switch to tea every couple of months in a (usually failed) attempt to stop drinking too much caffeine. Tea wakes me up, so I thought, hey, it'll wake up my skin too!
And you know what? It did! The cleanser comes in a plastic 8 ounce bottle with a pump. The label is super simple, clean and legible (and is also made by Phillips).
When it comes to the actual product, it's as simple as the ingredients itself. The formula is gel-like, but not too thick, and it has a soothing effect in the morning. One of the best parts, though, is the light green tea scent that wakes up both my complexion and mind. It kills two birds with one stone. And this is all before drinking coffee!
Over all, I do really enjoy this face wash. I've seen changes in my skin and it does help me to start my day on a positive note. I think the only thing that works against it—while also working with it—is simplicity. I mean, it's REALLY simple.
What is it supposed to do?
The Morning Tea cleanser is made for soothing irritated skin. According to the website description, it is ideal for easily irritated and hyper-sensitive skin. It also refines pores and may even protect skin from excessive elemental damage!
What are the ingredients?
I have to say, all of the Foxie Cosmetic products are great when it comes to ingredients. As I said earlier, there's literally no bullshit, and all of what goes into the products are right on the label.
For this little beauty? There's only three: green tea, calendula and carob. THAT'S. IT.
But what are the benefits of these ingredients?
Green Tea: Green tea is great for more than just drinking, and actually has a ton of health benefits, so it comes as no surprise to me that it is also good for your skin. According to an article in Marie Claire, using the tea on your skin literally helps to wake it up through circulation and reducing fluid that creates puffiness. The ingredient can also help to heal pimples and breakouts faster due to calming properties.
Calendula: I honestly had no idea what this was until looking it up. Calendula is actually a species of plant that contains Marigolds. According to Livestrong.com, the plant is great for those with dry or damaged skin, and promotes fast healing for conditions like eczema, burns, inflammatory skin conditions and more.
Carob: Another ingredient that I knew nothing about (until now!). Guys, we are learning so much here. Carob is actually from a Carob Tree, and, according to Health Line, it's a chocolate substitute (suspicious to me, but I'll play along). Using the ingredient actually goes back 4,000 years to ancient Greece, pretty cool, right? It has a ton of vitamins and minerals like A, B-2, B-3 and B-6 along with copper, magnesium, zinc and more. While all of these are good for skin health, vitamins A and B-2 are especially great—and also helps your eye health!
Would I buy the product again?
Over all, I do enjoy this product. I'm not sure if I will be repurchasing it after I run out, but mainly because I'm a cleanser snob and I always look for something a little extra. For right now, though, it works. I do see a difference in my skin. It feels softer, has a glow and also keeps my complexion moisturized. While this isn't making it into my permanent routine, this does not mean that I will never try the company again. I really enjoy the ethics that Foxie has, so I definitely will be trying other products from the site. In fact, I've had my eye on the pink slime and pumpkin fruit enzyme mask, so more on that soon ;)
Happy product hunting!