I’m sure by now, many of you know my affinity for goop, Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle brand that offers wellness advice, travel recs + more. What with all the linking back to their website, recreating It’s All Easy Cookbook recipes, and raving about articles I’ve found insightful (re: forcing my friends to drop everything they have going on in life to read).
Until recently though, my love for goop had only been digital (cookbook aside)! All intangible, like receiving GP’s weekly email newsletter, browsing the site at all hours of the day (and night), and adding product to my online basket without ever checking out – they don’t deliver to Canada. *tear, sniff sniff, tear*
Howeverrrrrrr, I recently had the pleasure of visiting goop’s pop-up shop at Nordstrom, Toronto Eaton Centre, which – was – e v e r y t h i n g ! And alas, a tangible relationship was formed!
I had to hold myself back a bit, you know, to keep my investment advisor and banker relationships in tact. >_<
Though, I did treat myself to the following goop goodies:
1 – goop exfoliating instant facial mask
2 – goop perfecting eye cream
3 – edition 02 scented candle (which has become a personal fave of mine)
You may recall a recent post I shared on the nine things I do to get clear skin. In that post, and on subsequent Inspired by Nick Instagram photos and stories, I shared that creams, serums, and the world of skincare + beauty products was all very new to me. Especially organic + non-toxic beauty and skincare.
When it comes to beauty products, reasons why I have few to none in my arsenal are twofold; the first being my constant struggle to find products that are in fact, non-toxic and derived from organic ingredients. The second being my resistance toward marketing and advertising ploys that convince us to spend money on products we don’t need (or want).
I think that as a digital marketer, I’m hyper aware of when I’m being marketed to, and I feel like I can recognize when I fall victim to advertising, marketing campaigns, or simply appealing product packaging.
That being said, I’m very happy to drop some dolla dolla bills at goop – because of their ethos. Because their products are toxin- and chemical-free, health-centric, and above all, trustworthy.
The team at goop has successfully made a sustainable health/wellness lifestyle look cool. Period. And while they’re primarily geared toward women, their wellness advice, city guides, and expert authored articles resonate with both sexes.
[ PS – this article is not sponsored by goop in any way. These are my honest opinions and brand reviews ]
Organic Skincare Product Review | Goop Exfoliating Mask, Instant Facial – by Juice Beauty
For the instant facial exfoliating mask by goop, I followed the instructions, and applied the scrub to my face in the following order:
- Cleansed face with warm water + towel,
- Lightly patted face until dry with dry cloth,
- Applied scrub evenly and consistently across my face, using my index finger,
- Let sit for 2-3 minutes – I left it on for about 5-7 mins or so.
- Gently wiped off scrub from face with warm towel.
The results were pretty spot on with what I was expecting. Some tingling after applying the scrub, and some red patches after removing. It mimicked the results you’d see from getting an actual facial with minor extractions. The redness subsided after just a few minutes (15-20), and my face really did feel refreshed.
Organic Skincare Product Review | Goop Perfecting Eye Cream – by Juice Beauty
To be one hundo percent honest with you, my under-eyes are a very sensitive topic for me. They’re probably the area on my face about which I’m most self-conscious. Maybe I’m just hyper aware of how they look all of the time, but having tired eyes is something I’m always actively trying to overcome.
I’m the type of person who, to really feel like something is working, I always go above and beyond what the label actually says. Like I did with the exfoliating mask, I left the eye cream to work its magic on me for far longer than I likely needed.
Though, the packaging doesn’t indicate exactly how long to leave it on, I went with the overnight route. I applied a small amount under + around my eyes using my index finger, and went to bed.
To say I woke up feeling amazing and energized with NOTICEABLE age-defying results, would be more along the lines of a sales-y L’Oreal commercial.
Full disclosure, as it relates to the goop perfecting eye cream, I did notice SOME results, nothing major and no age-defying action, but definitely results.
I normally see either a hint (or more) of dark circles, as if I had a bad night’s sleep, which is often the case, but after using the eye cream, the circles were close to invisible. Still noticeable, but significantly reduced. So I was definitely happy to see that.
I’ve used it couple more times since originally writing this piece, the results are consistent. I’d definitely re-purchase both the eye cream and the exfoliating mask, and recommend both products to friends.
Important info worth noting:
Good to know, is that goop skincare products have a shelf-life of two years, and expire after six months of opening. If that doesn’t sound like your jam, then goop may not be for you, and that’s cool, but consider this;
Products that are designed to live a long time on a shelf, are likely designed to do the same in your body.
That goes for food, or anything that you would put inside or on your body, really.
The quantities are good sizes in my opinion, that shouldn’t really take more than six months to use.
Lastly, the Edition 02 Scented Candle – Shiso
I personally LOVE the smell, though, I will say the price of approx. $100 CDN is at a slightly higher than avg price-point. But prices are all relative, I suppose.
The candle’s scent is described as life unfurling on the forest ground – love that! While true, I also scented notes of pine, fresh nature air and florals.
And despite the floral touch, I also found it to have a masculine scent to it – crisp and earthy. So good! I can’t wait to light it on warm & breezy summer nights, with the windows open!
What are some of you favourite all-natural skincare products?!
Like I said, the worlds of skincare and men’s beauty products are fairly new to me. I’ve tried products in the past that I’ve found to be full of chemicals, and did more damage than repair. But if you’ve got any good ones that are organically-derived, toss them down in the comment section below for me!
My next great hunt is for sulphate-free shampoos!
Here’s an interesting article from Forbes that sparked my interest in sulphate-free shampoos!
Nick Joly | Inspired by Nick