UK beauty brand Martha Hill, have recently launched a new range of four affordable, daily skin care products called Essentials.
- Cream Cleanser
- Gel Toner
- Day Cream
- Overnight Cream
Four essential products combining the finest natural and herbal ingredients. For all skin types including combination and mature. Fragranced only with Pure Organic Rosewater.
All products are free from parabens, propylene glycol, mineral oil, artificial fragrance & colour and are UK made.
No. 1 ESSENTIAL CREAM CLEANSER
Ideal for both morning and evening this gentle cleanser works for all skin types. The creamy texture will swiftly remove all traces of make up and daily grime leaving skin smooth and supple.
This gentle cleanser produces a creamy lather and a little goes a long way. Enriched with naturally active, vitamin rich ingredients including shea butter, avocado oil and sodium hyaluronate to moisturise and soften.
HOW TO USE
Moisten face and apply cleanser with fingertips. Massage gently then rinse thoroughly.
I’m already trialling day and night-time moisturisers for other brands and I don’t want them to cross over, so I’m just reviewing the No. 1 Essential Cream Cleanser and the No. 2 Essential Gel Toner.
I would certainly agree that a little cleanser goes a long way. It’s almost like a gel cleanser and it’s quite runny, so I would suggest storing the tube flat or lid side upwards to avoid waste. You really only need a 10p sized blob to cover your face and neck.
It’s not a foaming cleanser, but it does spread very easily. With a little gentle massage, it managed to dissolve my foundation in one go. Instead of rinsing by hand, I use a muslin cloth dipped in warm water. My skin afterwards was soft and felt smoother, there was no tightness.
I love tube packaging, it’s not only more hygienic, but economical as well, because you can cut the tube down to get to every last drop of product. This is a robust tube with a strong lid (I have snapped so many lids in my time), plus the cleanser isn’t going to leak out, so this is ideal for travel.
The price is great too, at £6.30 for 75ml, this is going to last for ages.
No. 2 ESSENTIAL GEL TONER
This cooling, rose-scented, pre-moisturising treatment refreshes and brightens your skin.
- Cucumber Extract – Cooling, calming, relieves puffiness
- Allantoin – Derived from comfrey and beneficial for troubled skin
- Witch Hazel – One of natures best astringents, and skin soothing
- Sodium hyaluronate – Natural humectatnt to restore essential hydration
- Rose Flower Water – Calming and soothing
HOW TO USE
After cleansing apply over face and neck and leave to be absorbed. Follow with your daytime moisturiser.
Alternatively, use to revitalise and cool at any time during the day. ←THIS!
For me, this is the star product. Because of my rosacea, I’m very fussy about toners, I find a lot of even the mildest formulations, redden and sting my skin.
I couldn’t detect any fragrance with the cleanser, but I can definitely smell the rosewater in the toner. The consistency is fairly runny, so store on its side or upside down, as above.
The gel is very cooling upon application and I would recommend using just a 5p sized blob, which is enough to cover face and neck. It glides on and spreads even better than the cleanser.
It dries fast to a matt finish. There was no redness, stinging or tightness.
I can easily see me storing this in the fridge (talk about icy cold!) and using a blob whenever a hot flush threatens me.