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12/03/17: Skin and Tonic - Steam Clean Balm

I remember when Skin and Tonic launched several years ago; I loved the name and the ethos behind the brand.  However, I wasn't looking for a new balm or scrub so I put them to the back of my shopping list.  Three years later and I still hadn't tried anything by them so when I saw them pop up in a local shop with a few new products it piqued my interest again.

Skin and Tonic started in 2014 with a select line of balms and scrubs.  These days you can find around twelve products, with many also available in mini versions (love!).  I decided as an introduction to buy myself a mini Steam Clean.  This is their original balm cleanser and contains just seven ingredients:  Grape Seed Oil, Thistle Seed Oil, Beeswax, Borage Seed oil, Eucalyptus Leaf Oil, Spearmint Herb Oil and Tocopherol.   All bar the tocopherol are certified Organic by the Soil Association, the products are made here in the UK, they support women's co-operatives in Ghana, don't test on animals annnnd they donate 10% of profits to  a water charity (I'm not sure which as the link on their homepage doesn't work and they haven't yet responded to my tweet - but the premise is a good one).

A mini pot of Steam Clean is £11 (15ml) and has so far lasted me about two and a half weeks, using it in rotation with my Pai cleanser.  I'm about two-thirds through the pot, so I think I can probably eek out a month's worth before I have to consider purchasing the full size (£27 - 50ml).   Any concerns I had about it being too medicinal have vanished.  The spearmint is sweet and balances out the eucalyptus wonderfully.  After using my skin feels wonderfully refreshed, awake and clean.  It melts immediately on the skin and a relatively small amount goes a long way.  I've been using this at night to remove the last traces of my make up after removing my mascara with Pai - you don't want to get the Steam Clean too near your eyes, but it would also work really well first thing in the morning to prep your face ready for the day.

Good for me?  My skin loves grapeseed oil, so I hoped this would be a winner and I think it could be with a longer period of use.  It's a soothing, grime-busting hot cloth cleanser that I would recommend anyone tries.  The only drawback for me is the cost of a full pot so I think I'll try a mini Calm Clean before making the investment. 

Good for you? It's a shame that it contains beeswax for those who prefer their skincare to be vegan. If that's you, then it may be worth checking out one of their new additions, their oil cleanser.   Skin and Tonic is sold on Naturisimo, Content and LoveLula (amongst others!).

Have you tried Skin and Tonic?

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Skin and Tonic Steam Clean: Vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil *, Carthamus tinctorius (thistle) seed oil *, Cera alba (beeswax) *, Borago officinalis (borage) seed oil *, Eucalyptus globulus (eucalyptus) leaf oil *, Mentha spicata (spearmint) herb oil *, Tocopherol (vitamin E) **
*Certified organic by the Soil Association
**Non GMO

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