I’m so thrilled to introduce you this new jewel among the best organic beauty brands! Laurel Whole Plant organics – a renewed, redesigned and reformulated brand from California. You might remember it better under the name Sequoia beauty. For those who follow my blog will remember many mentions of their gorgeous products and the whole review here that I did 2 years ago. Well, since then many things has changed in their “herbal atelier” as you might see and now after testing their new products I’m so excited to share with you my love of these new green beauty jewels! I was very pleased with Sequoia as well, but this new brand upgrade is something ultra fascinating for all senses!
Before the review, let me suggest you to visit Laurel’s new website, which is so beautiful! Not just the highest quality products among organic brands, she has also curated the packages, the entire design and the photos so well, that it’s absolutely worth trying her products and visit the new website. Once you try them, you won’t want to go back 🙂 The smell is divine, pure blends of precious organic plants, highest quality oils and the incomparable feeling on the skin after using them.
Here on the left is one of the new Laurel products in completely renewed design and formulation, compared to the previous ones named Sequoia (I still have the beautiful Anti-inflammatory serum – on the right)
Review of Laurel Facial cleanser (for normal/dry skin)
This new facial cleanser has blown me away! Right now I was looking for a cleanser, because it’s summer time and I wanted to switch from cleansing butters to something lighter. And here it is my dream cleanser! Suitable for dry skin types, I’m very pleased with it, especially on my sensitive and dry skin. Why? Because it has so many beneficial ingredients that after using it the skin remains soft and nourished. In the night time, I skip now the moisturiser and add just lots of toner on my face and my skin is perfectly and enough hydrated (because it’s summer and hot, I wouldn’t do this is winter). The texture of this cleanser is liquid, creamy and soft, with a nice light scent of natural oils and what is most important it’s not foamy at all, which is great.
Regarding ingredients Laurel claims:
“This creamy cleanser features a whole plant blend of Burdock, Dandelion, Licorice and Calendula that encourages cellular turnover, soothes skin, releases impurities and detoxes pores. Washing your face becomes a treasure with a soft, delicate blend of organic and therapeutic grade essential oils of: Rose, Rose Geranium, Bergamot and Myrrh to soothe, regenerate, balance and heal skin.”
Yes, it’s absolutely true! Moreover, you need just a small amount of this rich cleanser to clean your entire face from impurities. For removing makeup, I massage it first gently into the skin and then rinse abundantly with warm water. Once a week I use a natural soft facial brush for removing dead cells, before washing with water. And below is the full list:
INCI: Rose Hydrosol˚, Calendula Hydrosol˚, Rose Geranium Hydrosol˚, Aqueous extracts of Burdock˚ and Dandelion˚, Safflower Oil˚, Sunflower Oil˚, Rosehip Seed Oil˚, Coconut Oil˚, Honey˚, Olive Wax (Cetearyl Olivate and Sorbitan Olivate), Vegetable Glycerine˚, Vegetable Lecithin˚, Jojoba Oil˚, Citrus Extract˚, Extracts of Licorice˚, Calendula˚, Rosemary˚, and Cleaver˚; Essential Oil blend of Rose˚, Rose Geranium˚, Bergamot˚, and Myrrh˚; Proprietary Flower Essence, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate ˚signifies certified organic ingredient
The cleanser comes in a luxurious black glass bottle of 100ml with a pump. There is another amazing thing that I just love; Laurel has put on the pump some kind of cork (see the picture above, so when you put it in your bag there is no fright that the cleanser will open. Stupendo 🙂
Note for Sequoia beauty users: Now you can choose among 2 luxurious facial cleansers depending on your skin type.
Laurel Facial balm: restore nightly
Another fantastic product that I warmly recommend especially to ladies with very dry, mature or sensitive skin. This night balm is so luxurious that when I tried it, it was love at first touch & smell 🙂 Because of its extremely nourishing ingredients it is designed for night treatments. It praises itself with a splendid plant blend of “Calendula, Pomegranate, Sea Buckthorn, Astragalus, Comfrey, Gotu Kola and many more to stimulate and lengthen the life of collagen, heal damaged cellular structure, soothe skin, regenerate skin cells, even skin tone, reduce fine lines, and scavenge free radicals. An indulgent, exotic floral, blend of organic and therapeutic grade essential oils of Rose, Sandalwood and Myrrh are included to soften, plump and restore skin.”
As you can see from the picture it has an incredibly natural yellow color and a silky texture. Because it does not contain any water, you need a small amount to nourish the entire face. It leaves a soft feeling and a healthy glow on the skin, without being too greasy or thick, which is amazing! I like to spritz my face with toner and then follow with this balm. It comes in a beautiful black glass jar of 30ml.
Note for Sequoia beauty users Before at Sequoia, this night balm was a light cream with liquid texture, packed in a bottle and therefore, now is completely a different, even more luxurious product. The difference is also that you need a really small amount of it and so it will last you even longer.
INCI: Jojoba Oil˚, Shea Butter˚, Rosehip Seed Oil˚, Borage Seed Oil˚, Almond Oil˚, Evening Primrose Oil˚, Tamanu Oil˚, Sea Buckthorn Oil˚, Beeswax˚, Pomegranate Oil˚, Rosemary˚, in-house biodynamic proprietary blend of Gotu Kola˚, Calendula˚, Comfrey˚, Nettle˚, Chamomile˚, Licorice˚, Red Clover˚, Lemon Balm˚, Astragalus˚, Yarrow˚, Elderflower˚, and Horsetail˚; and essential oils of Rose˚, Sandalwood˚, and Myrrh˚ ˚signifies certified organic ingredient
Both reviewed products are fantastic and I really recommend them to everyone! I’m sure that especially organic enthusiasts will be pleased with the entire concept of this brand. In addition, Laurel herself, the founder, is not just ultra professional and passionate in her job, she also has a very good service! The package always arrive to me in a beautiful package of recycled paper and every detail is made with love.
Laurel Body oil California
I was given additionally a sample of their new body oil that I couldn’t not mention it, because is a completely new product and its smell is divine! When applied on the skin it leaves a silky sensation without being too heavy. Not to mention all highly beneficial oils and other ingredients! Here is the link to all additional informations of this luxurious body oil that will thrill your senses.
CharlotteJune 10, 2014 at 1:38 pm (9 years ago)
Thanks for this post. This sounds lovely! Where can you buy it in Europe? (Netherlands)
green makeupJune 10, 2014 at 1:43 pm (9 years ago)
Hi Charlotte! Thanks for stopping by! I order directly from them, because they don’t sell in stores here in EU (but you can ask them because they have a great service and will help you for sure, perhaps now they will sell even here). In every case I order directly, receive super quickly everything and the shipping is not so high for EU.
Btw. just a suggestion: they also have great travel kits where there are many products to try and in a bigger size than a sample, which is a great option I think for a beginner.
Hope was helpful 🙂
Have a nice summer!
beautyorsomethingcgJune 10, 2014 at 2:43 pm (9 years ago)
The ingredients in the night balm look amazing. Thanks for this post! Very informative 🙂
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Amber KarlsonJune 20, 2014 at 5:24 am (9 years ago)
Great review! I love Laurel products 🙂 I haven’t tried that nightly facial balm yet but omg it looks heavenly. I’ll definitely be getting it as soon as fall comes! I’m sharing your awesome review on my Facebook page, please let me know if this is okay! I started up my own online natural cosmetics store and we are an exclusive Canadian online retailer for Laurel!
green makeupJune 20, 2014 at 8:08 am (9 years ago)
Hi Amber! Thanks for sharing your love 🙂 of course is ok 🙂 nice to hear that you’re opening your own green shop! Laurel’s products are amazing and I’m sure you will like them. Best, Dasha