Well, surprise – Forêt Bleue

Well surprise, surprise, surprise

Yeah surprise, surprise, surprise

Well surprise, surprise, come on open your eyes

And let your love shine down

Bruce Springsteen – Surprise, Surprise

After our chat with the Forêt Bleue founder, Emmanuelle Engeli, I picked up some products to try as I was high on empties in my stash! I was more than happy to shop at a local business and have the extra luxury of having personalized explanations.

I immediately fell in love with the luxurious minimalist packaging. The creams come in glass jars (she provides spatulas for scooping) and long practical plastic bottles for the shower products.

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My Forêt Bleue “haul” – from left to right SHOLYN body butter – AVELEEN apricot face sap – LINEN shower cream – GINSENG toning mask.

Although I enjoyed using all products, I definitely had a *coup de coeur* for 2!

First of all the GINSENG MASK – ingredients:  Argila, Ginseng Powder, Lemon Powder.

As soon as I saw it in the shop, I knew I had to have to it. It contains ginseng which, she explains,  is a known ingredient to tone and firm the skin, a mix of clays to cleanse and mattify the skin and lemon powder, rich in vitamins has astringent and purifying properties.

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I use it 2 to 3 times a week. I scoop 2 teaspoons of the powder that I mix with approx. 2 other teaspoons of water and let it sit on my face for 10 min. I usually do this mask at night: after taking it off, I have such a luminous and healthy looking skin, but it is after a good night of sleep that I appreciate its powers. For the next few days, my skin feels less irritated and brightened.

Last and definitely not least is a product that is one of my 2017 highlights :AVELEEN   APRICOT FACE SAP – ingredients: Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil*, Carthamus Tinctorius Safflower Seed Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter*, Cetylanum, Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil*, Cocos Nucifera Oil*, Cera Alba, Parfum. * From organic farming

When formulating the product, Emmanuelle was thinking of a way to provide the full power of oils to people who are afraid to put it in its liquid form on their faces.

By adding beeswax, she hopes to help them feel more comfortable with the concept of oils.

I use it mainly in the mornings, sometimes in the evenings if my skin is feeling particularly dry. At first, it has the consistency of a balm. I scoop some with my spatula and then apply it on my palm. After rubbing it melts down to delicious oils that I massage for 2 minutes and it leaves my skin so smooth! What surprised me the most is, because I have dehydrated skin, whenever I use oils it tends to sit on my face, not doing much. But with this, I truly feel and look hydrated, moisturized and healthy! I have been wearing for a month straight and it is definitely something I would recommend for all dry skin people or anyone looking for a good winter protection!

I am more than happy with my purchases and will be repurchasing at Forêt Bleue for 3 reasons :

  • I am supporting a local enterprise;

  • The composition and textures of products are superb;

  • It is a value-based company!

Author: Asta

I try to live following what I believe. I'm passionate about many things, skincare, sustainability and sharing being some of them. I hope you find what you are looking for, if not, drop me a line :)

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