I've noticed that more and more skincare companies are now doing these very handy trial kits. I am all for them. I think it's a great way to try things out before splurging on a new range.
My latest trial and error kit was the 'Five Steps to Radiance' Organic Skincare Collection from Pukka who are probably better known for their teas.
This is a smartly presented kit with a selection of 5 items that cover most of the basic skincare requirements. I say MOST as there is no eye cream.
I think this is nice travel friendly collection with just enough contained in each little tube for me to really get a feel of each product. The tube and spray contains 10ml + the sachet contains 2ml of facial oil.
\\Revitalising Formula - Radiance Serum
Contains aloe vera + manuka honey.
This was a miss for me, it felt far too light for my dry/combination skin and often left my skin feeling a little tight.
\\Total Repair Complex - Nourishing Night Cream.
Contains frankincense + avocado.
I prefer rich night creams and often find myself opting for oil serums at night to really pack in the moisture while I slumber. This was a bit on the light side and may suit normal/combination skin types better than mine.
\\Deep Nurture Complex - Moisturising Day Cream.
Contains organic neroli + shea butter.
This smells and feels wonderful on my skin. It's soothing and moisturising and sinks right into my skin. This is the star of the collection for me and I would certainly consider buying a full-sized item which is not too steeply priced at £26.
\\Skin Purifying Formula - Gentle Cleanser.
Contains rosewater + green tea.
I am not a fan of this. It is very gentle but my skin doesn't feel clean after using it. It leaves a slightly waxy film in its wake that really bothers me.
\\ Skin Firming Formula - Uplifting Toner.
Contains organic rose + orange flower.
Another miss for me. I dislike the scent which to me is a akin to the squashed dirty flowers that I used to swirl around in water when I was a kid playing "perfume maker". This also contains alcohol which I find too harsh to use as a facial mist.
\\ Mature Skin Formula - Firming Face Oil.
Contains arnica + rosehip.
This is a thick and quite greasy facial oil that had difficulty sinking into my skin. I think this was too heavy for me so my skin felt rather congested after a few attempts with it. I may try it again in a few years when my skin is more...mature?
I am glad that I tried these items. I was drawn in by their paraben, petrochemical, synthetic fragrance and colour free philosophy. I suppose 1 hit item out of 5 isn't too bad going is it?
Have you tried any Pukka skincare items? I would like to hear your thoughts.