Le Mont Botanique Natural Skincare Programme Review
Le Mont Botanique provides natural skincare in a unique way. I've never seen anything like it before anyway. All of the skincare comes in little tubes (as pictured), designed to provide one use per tube. This might seem strange, but they use all natural ingredients, and natural ingredients are prone to oxidation, which can reduce their effectiveness. Other brands use chemical preservatives to avoid this, but Le Mont Botanique doesn't use any of these and instead keeps everything in packaging which will keep the products fresh and effective.
I'm always up for trying natural skincare as it's a favourite thing of mine. I put chemicals on my face, hair, and body a lot, but I wish I didn't have to. If I could find a good natural alternative for everything I use, I would. So, of course, I was happy to try the 5 day programme* from Le Mont Botanique. This provides 5 days worth of all of the essentials: primer, revitalising serum, moisturising concentrate, anti-acne, super 8 hour hydration, and eye contour serum.
Basically the general idea is that every morning you use the primer (which is sort of like a toner for something to compare it to... but I don't think it is a toner. It's describe as a 'hydrating tonic'.), followed by the day revitalising serum (which is like a moisturiser), followed by the eye contour serum (eye cream). If you need it, you can use the anti-acne and super hydration on areas you need it. It's the same at night but using the night time moisturising concentrate.
All of the products have that natural scent which most natural products have. I'm not a huge fan of the smells but I associate it all with natural products so it seems a good thing. I could definitely smell the rosehip oil.
As far as the primer goes, I liked it. It did not dry my skin out AT ALL, and I felt I could've used it without a moisturiser if needed and it wouldn't feel uncomfortable. I don't want to go into too much detail about all of the products since this would be the longest review ever, but there's a lot more information on their website if you're interested. Basically it contains natural ingredients to increase moisture retention and elasticity, and should be used before using the revitalising serum or moisturising concentrate. It is not a cleanser, but it did remove some extra dirt from my face after I'd cleansed, a bit like a toner would.
Both the day & night moisturisers worked well for me. They definitely kept my skin hydrated. It wasn't just the one hour hydration you get from some moisturiser, my skin actually felt hydrated all day. The only trouble I had with it was that it felt slightly sticky.
The eye contour serum is a really thin serum which is easy to apply and pat into the skin. Again, it felt very hydrating. It contains ingredients to stimulate cell regeneration and boost the ability to produce collagen, so has natural anti-ageing qualities.
Now, I did have a problem with the anti-acne serum. It says in the booklet that it prevents the formation of blackheads and acne. I thought this meant I could apply it to problematic areas to prevent spots. I was wrong, and it broke me out nicely. The trick is, apparently, to apply it directly to spots and to spots only. Then again, my skin may just be sensitive to tea tree oil, I don't know as I've never used it before. I guess it did get rid of the spots I already had? (Or maybe they just went away on their own. Who knows?)
The super hydration was pretty much just a moisturiser to me. I don't have problematic dry or damaged skin, so I just tried it out and, yep, very moisturising but I can't boast anything special since my skin was fine to begin with! It actually did make my skin look a little more glowy than usual, in a natural non-greaseball way. I'd recommend this if you have dry skin as it didn't look greasy and it didn't feel like it was just sitting on my skin all day, but it did keep my skin moisturised all day.
And I think I've been through everything! I enjoyed using this programme, and I felt it was a lot more moisturising than what I usually use. I'd love to see a cleanser involved in future products since I felt that was missing from the set, but everything else was great.
If you're wondering what some of the ingredients they use are, head to their website. To list a few: lavender oil, tea tree oil, bulgarian rosewater, jojoba oil, and green tea extract.
It was nice to do a review like this again. I feel like it's been forever since I have. I hope you found this review interesting, and if you're looking for natural skincare I really would recommend this! It is a little pricey but if you want to spend a little more on something, why not skincare? I always think skincare is something worth spending more money on, though I am often reluctant to myself.
Anyway, all of their different products can be found on their website, and there's a lot more information on there for you! They also do hair care!
P.S. excuse my gross nails. They get so messed up when I'm at work.