Saturday, June 20, 2009

Review & Giveaway: Skin Free Skin Care Products

I hadn't heard of Skin Free skin care products until I received an email message from Julie. She's the owner of Blue Ridge Gypsy Studio, which distributes Skin Free products. Julie asked if she could send me a few products to try, so I did a little research into the product line.

Although I hadn't heard of Skin Free products, they're available at Walgreens, CVS.com, and drugstore.com. The products are specially formulated for people with extremely sensitive skin, allergies, or skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis. They're hypoallergic, all natural, and they contain no petroleum products, fragrance, or colorants.

I can't tell you how many skin care products I've tossed, over the years, because they irritated my skin. I've discarded cheap products and expensive ones, brand names and store brands. I wrote back to Julie and accepted her offer.

Let me say that I'm not being paid to write this review, although I received the products at no cost. Julie asked me to share my experiences with the products with her and also to review them honestly on my blog.

The first product I tried was the Extra Moisturizing Soap.



This soap lathers easily, not into a profuse lather with big bubbles, but into a silky, creamy, fine-bubbled lather that feels like lotion on my skin. I really liked using this, especially on my face. It rinsed quickly and easily, and it left my skin feeling soft, not dry at all. That softness lasted for hours ... really, about 24 hours. I used the soap in the shower, as well. It was great for shaving my legs: it felt more like a lotion than a soap, and my skin wasn't irritated at all. Since the soap is fragrance-free, it left my skin smelling like ... nothing. That's okay with me and, if I wore perfumes, I think I'd appreciate the lack of a competing scent.

The soap package also says that it can be used as shampoo, so I tried that. My hair is long, thick, fine, wavy, frizz-prone, and tangle-prone. The product felt good on my scalp and rinsed easily. Within about sixteen hours, though, the roots of my hair felt oily; my hair usually isn't prone to oiliness. I don't think I'd use this as shampoo again, except in a pinch. I do think this product would be a good shampoo for babies and toddlers, with whom the quick rinse is a major benefit.

The next product I tried was the After Shower Moisture Spritz.


This product is made from a few familiar oils, like olive and sweet almond, plus vitamin E. The label directions say to spray this on after a shower, then towel off. I didn't want to get the oil on my towel, so I applied it directly to my skin, after I toweled off. The spritz is more of a stream, and a little goes a long way. I had visions of glistening like a bodybuilder, but no worries: most of the product absorbs quickly. As long as the product is applied with a light hand, there's no gloppiness. I had no skin irritation, even though I used it immediately after shaving my legs. I imagine I'll appreciate this product even more in winter than in summer.

The final product I tried was Super Moisture Body Balm.

Like the Moisture Spritz, this is a concentrated moisturizer. It also contains olive and sweet almond oil, but also oils from macadamia and soy, cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut butter, and vitamin E. My son thought he could smell the cocoa butter, but it wasn't detectable to me. This product is a semi-solid at (our indoor, air-conditioned) room temperature, but can be warmed briefly to restore it to its original consistency.

Also like the Moisture Spritz, a little of this balm goes a long way. It absorbs quickly and leaves my skin feeling soft and slightly moist. This product, too, will be even better for me in winter than in summer.

So, for the most part, I really like these products. I, personally, wouldn't use the soap as shampoo again, but other than that, I recommend these, particularly for anyone with sensitive skin.

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Heather from Vintage Fabulous who won this prize!

Here's the giveaway:

Julie would like to give a $30 gift certificate to one reader! Here's how to enter:

Visit Skin Free then leave a comment here to tell me how you'd spend the gift certificate if you win. Be sure to leave a way for me to contact you. This must be done in order to qualify for extra entries.

Here's how you can earn up to two additional entries:

  • Grab my button and add it to your sidebar. Leave a comment with a link to your blog.
  • Subscribe to my feed in a feed reader or by email. Leave an extra comment to let me know you've done this. If you already subscribe, leave a comment to let me know.
More details: Open to residents of USA and Canada. Giveaway ends Friday 7/3/09 at noon (Eastern time). Winner will be chosen by the random number generator at Random.org. Winner will be contacted by email and must claim the prize within 72 hours, or another winner will be chosen.

Good luck, and thanks for reading!

26 comments :

  1. i was ready to go search for some of these products but I am allergic to nuts and some of them contain that. So I guess I will pass. Even nuts in lotions cause a reaction on my skin.

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  2. @Lorie, I can relate: I'm allergic to avocado, of all things, and I've learned to look out for skin care products that contain avocado oil.

    I like that the Skin Free ingredient list is easy to read; the ingredients are listed by both scientific and common names (e.g., "Olea europea (Olive) seed oil"). It really helps us to avoid allergens.

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  3. I'd get the Corrective Face Nectar!

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  4. Oh, this stuff looks perfect for me. I'm in my first trimester of pregnancy so I've been keeping an eye out for products that aren't full of nasty chemicals. I'd get the Skin Free™ Super Moisture Butter Creme™, which even says it's good for pregnancy stretch marks, and the Green Clay Mask for Blemish Prone Skin which might help with my pregnancy skin issues!!

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  6. I'd buy the Basic Four Gift Set so I could get a sample of their best items.

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  8. I'd use it to buy the Lite Moisture for Blemish Prone Skin, and the Corrective Face Nectar!

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  11. I would choose the Sweet & Smooth Sugar Scrub, th Niaouli butter stick and the extra moistureizing soap and shampoo bar
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  12. i would get Lite Moisture for Blemish Prone Skin and the Extra Moisturizing Liquid Soap

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  15. Oh, these products look wonderful! Thanks for reviewing them.

    I would have to try the Extra Moisturizing Liquid Soap, and the Daytime Light Moisture.

    The Super Moisture Body Balm I would buy for my mom. She can just bend her fingers and her skin cracks, and starts bleeding.

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  16. I am already subscribed in reader, and I have your button on my blog.

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  17. I would buy the Spa Scrub Power Pak.

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  18. I would like to try a product for eczema.

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  19. I would get the spa scrub power pak and Lite Moisture for Blemish Prone Skin(50 ml). Everything looks great- Thanks for the chance to win!

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  20. supper moisture butter and LOTS of it!

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  21. I like her items for Blemish Prone skin, like the face mask and the Corrective Face Nectar. Great review :)

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  23. I would get the Spa Scrub Power Pak .
    thanks for the contest.

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  24. Everything looks great! I guess I would have to get the Basic Four Gift Set first. paulajomyers@yahoo.com

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  25. I would buy the Spa Scrub Power Pak. I love these kinds of things. :)

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