Friday, May 9, 2014

Savane Organics Product Review

The Makeup Examiner had never heard of Savane Organics and was obviously unfamiliar with this brand, so when I was approached to do a review truth be told I wasn’t overly enthusiastic and initially turned the brand down. But as I always believe that all things happen for a reason, I’m thrilled that I was asked a second time because I, and TME readers, would have missed out on a very interesting experience.

Beginning with the backstory of Savane Organic Skincare, in 2006 we find Harvard-educated Jennifer Peters aiming to create a brand that respects the planet, is committed to ethical production practices, organic formulations and sustainability. Jennifer's journey literally carried her across the African continent in search of the purest natural ingredients. The next four years were spent in research and development, forming partnerships with like-minded organic suppliers, and getting the stamp of approval from organizations such as Phyto Trade and Ecocert. In 2010, Savane Organic Skincare was quietly launched with an initial offering of six certified organic products.

The Savane Organic Skincare range consists of seven products:
  • Soothing Cleanser
  • Gentle Exfoliant
  • Purifying Toner
  • Anti-Aging Lift Serum
  • Balancing Face Oil
  • Protective Moisturizer
  • Nourishing Eye Cream

Soothing Cleanser ($42- 100ml) made with Aloe Ferox, Rooibos, Moringa is certified natural (99%) and organic (67%) by Ecocert and contains 55% fair-trade content. I found the Soothing Cleanser to be just that, soothing and effective. After the first usage, my skin looked more radiant and felt amazing.

Gentle Exfoliant ($50-50ml) made with Rooibos, Marula and Jojoba is certified natural (99%) and organic (91%) by Ecocert and contains 5% fair-trade content. Savane Gentle Exfoliant smells absolutely lovely and adds to a relaxing spa experience. The exfoliant is gentle and left my skin feeling soft. 

Purifying Toner ($40-100ml) made with Rooibos is certified natural (100%) and organic (78%) by Ecocert and contains 79% fair-trade content. Purifying Toner is packed with antioxidants and is my favorite product from the Savane Organic Skincare line. Given, The Makeup Examiner is addicted to toner, but with that said I’m super picky about toners. I want a toner that refreshes my skin without all the garbage … that’s exactly what I found with Purifying Toner.

Anti-Aging Lift Serum ($90-30 ml) made with Kigelia, Baobab, Buchu is certified natural (99%) and organic (76%) by Ecocert and contains 71% fair-trade content. Using the Anti-Aging Lift Serum twice a day for a week, I did notice that my skin looked more youthful. With a high dosage of hyaluronic acid, the Serum opens your pores to promote deep penetration and prepares your skin for the follow-on product, which for me was the Balancing Face Oil ($80-30 ml -- made with Marula, Kalahari Melon, Manketti is certified natural (100%) and organic (95%) by Ecocert and contains 45% fair-trade content) at night and the Protective Moisturizer ($85-50ml -- made with Baobab, Kigelia, Manketti, Yangu is certified natural (99%) and organic (89%) by Ecocert and contains 79% fair-trade content) in the morning.

The wasn’t a single product in the Savane Organic Skincare line that The Makeup Examiner disliked and the brand’s dedication to responsible practices, places them at the top of the list. All Savane products are: Made in Africa; Certified natural and organic by Ecocert; Made with Fair Trade ingredients; Contain only sustainably harvested wild ingredients; Packaged in recyclable eco-friendly packaging; Not tested on animals and contain no animal products; Suitable for all skin types. 

The Savane Organic Skincare range is available online at Zaega and Zaega is offering a SavaneOrganic Skin Care Trial/Travel Kit ($25), which is perfect for Mother’s Day or travel!

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