paid collaboration with Sintra Naturals in support of this review
Occasionally in the skincare industry, it’s not always about the fancy, bright and bold colours that gain the reader’s attention. Knowing why the brand was created is one way to gain my personal interest from a brand. Quite often, before accepting a brand collaboration [such as this one], I like to really dig deep into the brand, learn about the brand’s history and the reason behind creation. After all, it has to work for me, as a skincare writer, and most importantly, the brand has to connect with my long-term readership. I don’t publish content that isn’t going to relate with my audience needs. Today, we’re discussing an all-natural, cold-pressed indie skincare company called Sintra Naturals.
When the passion for natural skincare involved…
Natural shouldn’t be more expensive than synthetic ingredients, Geethika, founder of Sintra Naturals stated. Geethika always had a long-loving passion for skincare that used natural ingredients, after having experienced the use of a shop bought babycare product that gave her son an unsightly allergic reaction, Sintra sourced and located a few natural alternatives that did the job, but still contained synthetics and harsh cleansing detergents.
To resolve this, Geethika created her very own brand, a brand that she believed would solve the missing puzzle, the fine line between synthetic and natural formulas.
Beginning with the product review, I have an amber glass jar of Second Skin in my hand, a product that withholds many purposes, just like the ever-famous Elizabeth Arden 8-Hour Protectant Ointment, but better. If you’re forever searching for a multi-tasking balm that simply “does it all”, this product comes with a high-recommendation by myself.
With a delightful infusion of Shea Butters that cocoons the skin with comfort and hydration, there’s also an appearance of Chamomile Flower that’s infused carefully with Hemp Seed Oil, both of which work in synergy to calm and restore the skin from possible inflammation caused by harsh products. We know that Vitamin E is great for the skin, it’s a natural wonder for fighting off free radicals whilst nourishing the skin from inside and out. Sintra decided to add this antioxidant-rich vitamin into the highly-praised Second Skin.
Upon opening the lid, I noticed an energising, herbal scent that unleashed from the amber glass jar. It’s not a common scent that you may have stumbled upon before, but one fragrance to surely remember, in a positive light. If problematic skin is high on your list of skin concerns then this budget-friendly, long-lasting jar of natural goodness might become your long-term antidote for troublesome skin.
We’re all aware of how beneficial charcoal is for the skin, especially those with problematic skin, this natural healer is able to deeply cleanse and treat a majority of skin concerns including acne-prone, congested and oily skins. Charcoal can also be very drying, so Geethika worked hard at creating a soap bar that not only provided a thorough cleansing experience for the user, but a rich, moisturising formula that conforted the skin with hydration. The Charcoal Deep Cleanse Soap Bar smells just how I imagined, an earthy, invigorating yet creamy scent that provided an uplifting experience to the individual user. Combined with indulging shea and coconut butters that protects the skin’s pH balance during the application, you couldn’t possibly use a more satisfying, hydrating soap bar for skin sufferers. There’s also the natural oils from olives that inject long-term hydration to the skin. This was particularly noted as I stepped out from my shower, I was able to feel the locked-in hydration which is somewhat of a rarity for me when using everyday soaps. 100% genderless, if you’re on the lookout for a classic soap bar that takes the sweat away from a hot Summers day or from an intensive workout session, this could be the one for you.
The next soap bar that I’m about to talk through with you works in synergy with the second skin balm that I discussed earlier [although you could quite pass it off as an ointment or skin salve], both products were designed to soothe and desensitise problematic skin. The name of this product will give you a clue on why this particular bar of handmade soap was created. Skin Saviour is a prime example of how a well-formulated bar of soap should consist of: nourishing substances from coconut milk, olive oil, and grass-fed tallow which helps to repair damaged skin to its natural healthy state. Almond shell powder is added into the making process for its ability to provide a medium abrasion to the skin. If you look closely at the soap itself, you will be able to see the finely-ground speckled powder that gleams with elegance. If sensitivity and dehydration is a #1 concern for you then this could become your next best find.
Sometimes our body seeks more than just basic hydration, meaning, lightweight formulas from gels and lotions may do the job for a short while, but from my own experience they have never provided a solid bed of intense, long-lasting hydration. Body butters are the king and queens of providing the ultimate skin-quenching hydration, and I’m sure you’ll agree with me on that statement. You can often find rich, indulging body butter in appealing large tubs along the skincare aisle of popular high-street stores, but nothing beats a decent body butter bar for half the price. As we know, packaging plays a big part on how a product is priced, and that’s why Geethika wanted to cut ‘the middle man price’ by curating a selection of body butter available in amber glass jars and sustainable tins.
Caution, what I’m about tell you might may grab your full attention!
If the renowned Dream Cream Body Lotion from LUSH Cosmetics is your usual buy for SOS skin moisture, then this particular body butter bar from Sintra Naturals could knock it off the top spot quite easily. With its almost identical aroma and soothing formula, this dreamy lavender-scented body bar is something to consider purchasing when your beloved dream cream lotion runs out. With Cocoa Butter and Plant Wax as its base ingredient, I can promise you how deeply nourishing your skin will feel after the first initial application. For mint lovers, there is a peppermint-scented version that might tempt the modern man, however, both formulas will deliver a truly memorable experience.
If all-natural, palm-oil free formulas are something that you tend to look out for when looking for skincare products, Sintra Naturals may fit the bill just perfectly. What products have caught your eye from Sintra Naturals? What independent brands have you been supporting during the lockdown?