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Over a month ago I was lucky to have collaborated with Belif Canada to test and review a number of their skincare products. I had great experience with their The true cream – moisturizing bomb facial moisturizer, and I was happy to see that they have sent me another product from the same line, as well as some products from their other lines. In total I have received four products, which could make a simple skincare routine all on their own.
If you are not familiar with the company, Belif is a company inspired by the work of a Scottish apothecary herbalist Duncan Napier, and their products follow the intricate skincare routines of Korea. These pure herbal formulas are free from synthetic preservatives, dyes, fragrances, mineral oil and animal origin ingredients. Belif products are packaged without exaggerated claims and they are focused on presenting the most effective ingredients in a truthful way.
I have been testing these products for 6 weeks, within my regular facial routines. What I mean by this is that I did use other products with these, but I mostly focused on these four Belif products!
Mild and Effective Facial Scrub is a product that couldn’t have been named more accurately! This is one of the most gentle scrubs I’ve ever used. It has a texture if a thicker gel-liquid with a lot of very very tiny exfoliating particles. I apply it to damp skin, and even if I press hard when massaging it in, it never feels rough on my skin.
If you have ever used sandpaper, I’d compare this to the finest sandpaper you can find, the one that feels like it almost does nothing, but smooths the surface perfectly. It’s a weird comparison, but the best I could think of. And that is exactly how this scrub works for me – it is gentle, removes some dead skin with each use, but not all, and over 4-5 days it effectively removed all my dry skin patches and smoothed my skin.
I am also happy to report that although it is made for oily to normal/combo skin, my dry/combo skin loves it. This is one of the rare scrubs I would use more than 2 times a week (although Belif recommends using it only 1-2 times a week). It can easily be used every day because it is so gentle. I use it as necessary – if my skin is more rough, I use it even 3-4 times a week, if it’s smoother I reach for it only once or twice a week.
Ingredients: Water/Eau, Cellulose, Alcohol Denat., Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract+, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract+, Nepeta Cataria Extract+, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Leaf Extract+, Baptisia Tinctoria Root Extract+, Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Extract+, Arnica Montana Flower Extract++, Dioscorea Villosa (Wild Yam) Root Extract++, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract++, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract++, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Lygodium Japonicum Spore, Ceteareth-20, Tromethamine, Carbomer, Microscrystalline cellulose , Hydroxyethyl-cellulose, Trisodium EDTA, Parfum/Fragrance *, Limonene
Hungarian Water Essence is the product that got me really excited! My dry/combo skin can never have enough moisture, so anything that is light and hydrates is great for me.
This essence is a very thin liquid, as expected, with a herbal, a bit medicinal scent. If you have tried Belif Aqua bomb, this is the same scent. The essence is supposed to be used after cleansing and toning, and since it’s so thin I would have added it into my routine at that very spot anyways. It feels very hydrating immediately and sinks in instantly. It is great for layering – my skin is very dehydrated lately due to some medication, and I can easily layer this essence a few times, or layer my other essences and serums over it. Since I started using it all my dry patches have disappeared, and my skin feels very hydrated and plump in general. I attribute this to the essence, because it’s the most hydrating product in my routine at the moment. I have been using it in the morning ad evening, sometimes even again during the day if I’ve been in the sun for a while.
Ingredients: Water/Eau, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Poncirus Trifoliata Fruit Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Lavandula Angu- stifolia (Lavender) Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Peucedanum Graveolens (Dill) Extract, Alchemilla Vulgaris Extract, Rose Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract*, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Nepeta Cataria Extract*, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Leaf Extract*, Baptisia Tinctoria Root Extract*, Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Extract*+, Alchemilla Vulgaris Leaf Extract+, Equisetum Arvense Leaf Extract+, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract+, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Triethylhexanoin, Tromethamine, Sclerotium Gum, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Acrylates/ C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Trisodium EDTA, Parfum/Fragrance++, Citronellol, Limonene
Peat Miracle Revital Cream was a real surprise! I am familiar with the Aqua bomb, a facial moisturizer from Belif’s different line, but this Peat cream was completely new to me. To be honest, I had to look up what peat was. This is what I find on Belif’s website:
“Peat Lands are one of the rarest forms of tundras; found in the tundras of Northern Europe, more than 80 different kinds of herbs have been deposited over millennia in uncontaminated glacial water pools to create and store the perfect herbal energy known as Peat. Peat Miracle, formulated with the herbal peat water from Finland, is rich in astringent, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich organic acids such as humic acid (28.5%). The people of Finland, to this day, use mudpacks and various skincare products infused with herbal peat water to help protect and nourish their skin. Created by the natural accumulation of mineral-rich herbs over thousands of years, this extremely rare, precious and delicate Peat is cultivated by hand to preserve and use it in its purest form.”
Before you start thinking about how gross it is to rub soil (not literally) onto your face, let me remind you that you probably use mud and clay masks. This is actually better, because, from what I can understand, the cream doesn’t include actual soil, just the peat water rich in minerals and other beneficial compounds.
For me this cream is a real miracle. It’s very rich, but absorbs really quickly and doesn’t make my skin greasy, even when layered over multiple products. After using it for a few weeks weeks, my skin got very nicely balanced – my dry patches are pretty much gone, and my T-zone is not getting oily. Since it started getting hot here, I stopped using it in the mornings, and kept it only in my evening routine. My skin soaks it up after all the sun and wind exposure, and it looks great when I wake up in the morning. The cream has a lovely herbal scent that is very relaxing, which adds a spa feeling to my evening routine.
It’s hard to tell is this cream what helped to even out my skin, but the continuous use of the scrub, essence and the peat cream definitely improved my skin. Although I expose it to the elements a lot, my skin is no longer dehydrated, my dry patches are gone, and my T-zone is not getting too oily. For my skin this combination obviously works very well!
Ingredients: Water/Eau, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Triethylhexanoin, Cyclopentasiloxane, 1,2-Hexanediol, Cetearyl Alcohol, C14022 Alcohols, Glyceryl Stearate,Silica, Poncirus Trifoliata Fruit Extract, Panthenol, Perfluorononylethyl Stearyl Dimethicone, Jojoba Esters, Peat Extract, Euphrasia Officinalis Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (licorice) Root Extract, Achillea Millefolium Flower Extract, Aesculus Hipposcastanum (horse Chestnut) Leaf Extract, Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Equisetum Arvense Leaf Extract, Avena Sativa (oat) Kernel Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Nepeta Cataria Extract, Rubus Idaeus (raspberry) Leaf Extract, Baptisia Tinctoria Root Extract, Stellaria Media (chickweed) Extract, Alchemilla Vulgaris Leaf Extract, Viola Tricolor Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract, Spiraea Ulmaria Flower Extract, Althaea Officianlis Root Extract, Ceramide Np, Phytosphingosine, Cetearyl Olicate, Sucrose Polystearate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Peg-10, Rapeseed Sterol, Glycereth-20, Cetearyl Olivate, Sucrose Polystearate, Hyrdrogenated Lecithin, Peg-10 Stearate, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Niacimide, Alanyl Glutamine, Dimethicone, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (ci77891), Iron Oxides (ci 77491), Trisodium Edta, Potassium Hydroxide, Parfum/Fragrance, Citronellol, Limonene, Geraniol, Linalool
Here’s the thing. The first fine lines I started noticing appeared under my eyes. In my 20s I rarely used an eye cream, and this thin and sensitive area definitely shows that. A few years ago I started using eye cream more regularly (although still not as much as I should), and although my fine lines aren’t gone, I didn’t get any new ones and the existing ones didn’t get any deeper. I am always on the lookout for a good eye cream, and my favorite ones are moisturizing enough for my dry skin, not too greasy, and get absorbed fast (because nobody wants shiny under eyes in the morning).
Belif Peat eye cream is rich, and I need only a tiny little bit for my eye area. It absorbs pretty fast and hydrates all day. I’ve been using it morning and evening, mostly, and it’s keeping the skin around my eyes well hydrated – there is no dryness at all. My concealer goes over it nicely, and when set with a powder doesn’t crease or get cakey, which definitely proves that my under eyes are moisturized. I also didn’t cause any milia in my under eye area, which is a big win!
Ingredients: Water/Eau, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Stearate, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, 1,2-Hexanediol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (shea) Butter, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, C14-22 Alcohols, Portulaca Olearoacea Extract, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Panthenol, Peg-100 Stearate, Peat Extract, Euphrasia Officinalis Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (licorice) Root Extract, Achillea Millefolium Flower Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum (horse Chestnut) Leaf Extract, Rhadiala Rosea Root Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Equisetum Arvense Leaf Extract, Alchemilla Vulgaris Leaf Extract, Viola Tricolor Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract, Spiraea Ulmaria Flower Extract, Althaea Offinialis Root Extract, Avena Sativa (oat) Kernel Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Nepeta Cataria Extract, Rubus Idaeus (raspberry) Leaf Extract, Baptisia Tinctoria Root Extract, Stellaria Media (chickweed) Extract, Aminobutyric Acid, Jojoba Esters, Dimethicone, Sorbitan Stearate, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Ammonium Acryloydimethlaurate/ Vp Copolymer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tromethamine, Mica, Titanium Oxide (ci 77891), Iron Oxides (ci 77491), Trisodium Edta, Parfum/Fragrance, Citronellol, Limonene, Geranial, Linalool
I am quite surprised to have loved all four products! Normally there is at least one that I’m trying that is just OK, but all of these products work great for my dry/combo skin. If I had to pick a favorite, it would be the Hungarian Water Essence, but that is just because I adore lightweight hydrating products – I loved all the rest, too. I am so happy to have had a chance to try such luxurious and effective products.
- Mild and Effective Facial Scrub – $29/ 100 ml
- Hungarian Water Essence – $51/ 75 ml
- Peat Miracle Revital Cream – $71/ 50 ml
- Peat Miracle Eye Cream – $71/ 25 ml
Currently both website have a special Peat combo (Peat Cream, Peat Mask and Peat Serum) – $116 for all three.
I consider 15 ml as a regular eye cream size, so this 25 ml jar is almost twice the regular size, make sure to take this into account when considering is it worth the price!
Did you try any Belif products? Do you have any favorites to recommend? How familiar are you with Korean skincare?