At the Big Vegan Fair, Melbourne, I first laid eyes on Concordia.. I was taken in by the playfully illustrated mermaid and her cute specs. I was too busy during that event to properly take a look so It wasn’t until ‘Mind Body Soul’ festival that I had the pleasure of meeting Natasha Bell, the beauty and the brains behind Concordia.
“I struggled to find products that suited my reactive skin, and found them either too heavy or not hydrating enough. I wanted products that could nourish and harmonize my skin – not tip it from one side of the scale to the other.” – Natasha Bell
OVERVIEW The price is pretty level with other organic and well-made skincare brands I have discovered, but this price can be scary when you haven’t tested how the ingredients (natural or otherwise) react with your skin. Since I wanted to have a good overview of the range I chose to purchase a pack of minis containing a scrub, cleanser, spray and moisturiser. I also wanted to see how the range would work together, without other skincare interfering so I waiting until my holiday to England to try the set. I did break my own rules a couple of times however before my holiday with the facial scrub…it was too good not to try and also I was lacking one in my everyday collection. The jute bag they come in is so beautiful, a great size for the minis (and the minis are also quite a generous size might I add, I’ve been away for a month and they are still going strong) and was, of course, adorned with my favourite mermaid. Yes I am a sucker for superb packaging, but that is not what I am here to review, so on with the show.
Ingredients: Aqua, Pumice Stone, Sea Salt, White Clay, Avena sativa* (Oats), Sandalwood Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Coconut Butter*, Vitellaria paradoxa (Shea) Butter*, Glycerine*, Stearic Acid, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Lactic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Grapefruit Oil*. | $39.95
Possibly my favourite piece in the bag, and the first step of my skincare routine. Scrubs are best used in moderation and I tried to use it on occasions where my skin felt extra greasy or in need of some love. Usually, my skin is pretty darn good, if I do say so myself. However, I had just arrived in England after a 24-hour flight and a week away camping in the German countryside. Might I add the tent had zero ventilation and it was 30 degrees by 8am every. single. day. So my skin had a bit of a beating and this scrub was just what the doctor ordered. Unlike most drugstore scrubs, Concordia contains no microbeads – microbeads are made from plastic and are used to add texture to a scrub and make it…well… scrub …instead Concordia use ingredients like sea salt and pumice stone and I find it is a perfect texture for my skin. The smell, which is a soft grapefruit scent is light but wonderful, and the packaging (yes fine I know I cannot help myself) is gorgeous. The scrub comes in a frosted glass jar and like the other mini’s contains 15ml of product and even though I have used it quite a bit, I have so much left! The normal size version is in a tube instead of a jar so I may end up squirting some into my mini jar as I love it so much! Some scrubs can be too harsh for my skin, or end up getting stuck in my pores and causing spots. But I am so pleased with this scrub and pleased to say I will continue using it in my normal routine!
I also used the facial scrub on my upper-chest as I had a build up of spots here from sweat and not washing soon enough. I am so thrilled to say the spots are now gone too! Although you can use body scrubs on areas like this, I tend to think that facial scrubs are designed to be softer. Since I was using it on my chest and the skin here is rather thin I think a facial scrub is perfect, and in my case it worked a treat.
Ingredients: Aqua, Fucus vesiculosus (Bladderwrack Seaweed) Extract*, Cetyl Alcohol, Calophyllum inophyllum (Tamanu) Oil*, Mangifera indica (Mango) Butter, Glycerine*, Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Oil*, Ricinus communis (Castor Seed) Oil*, Green Clay, Stearic Acid, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Lactic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Citrus × limon (Lemon) Oil*^, Mentha piperita (Peppermint) Oil^. | $44.95
I didn’t wear much makeup on holiday, but still used this gentle cleanser in most of my morning showers. It smelt gorgeously fresh (mango, peppermint & lemon) and one or two small pumps was enough to cover my face. I also occasionally used both the scrub and cleanser on my chest as this was a spotty area for me and in the past three weeks of only using these products my skin has completely recovered. As I said earlier, my skin suffered a lot from the flights and camping, but is normally really good, so I am pleased that Concordia helped my skin to return to normal and not cause further issues. I have a few more cleansers at home to try out but this one is definitely a favourite.
Since returning to Melbourne I have been using this to remove makeup too and it does an okay job. I usually just wear eyeshadow and mascara, all but some of the mascara is usually removed, and I am just slightly smudgy under my eyes which is easy to clean up. I definitely prefer cream cleansers to foaming cleansers, as foam tends to dry-out my skin, so if this is something you suffer with too I recommend trying out a cream based cleanser. If you can’t quite afford this one then try out a cream cleanser from Sukin, I adored mine and it was under $10.
Ingredients: Aqua, Rosa × damascene (Damask Rose) Hydrosol*, Melissa officinalis (Lemon Balm) Hydrosol*, Cucumis sativus (Cucumber) Extract, Glycerine*, Tasman Sea Salt, Lactic Acid, Citrus × paradise (Grapefruit) Seed Extract. | $22.95 50ml
Gentle and refreshing, this is the perfect spritz for your face before moisturising, or if your skin needs a quick drink. I know a few of us would love this for summer days and its gentleness and beautiful soft fragrance make it perfect for everyday use. It sprays out perfectly despite only being a mini version, making my face feel fresh without being too damp. Although I used this every day (after a shower, and before moisturising) with the Concordia products, I will also now use it if other products (I test quite a few) leaves my skin feeling dry. At $22.95 it is the cheapest of the products and is also incredibly pure as you can see from the ingredients above. Plus according to Concordia “Sea salt is naturally antimicrobial and helps promote peripheral circulation. It is mineral rich and a good source of sulphur, which is healing for skin conditions such as acne and eczema. We use naturally harvested sea salt from the Tasman Sea.” I love the frosty glass bottle and it is the perfect compadre to the next item…
Ingredients: Fucus vesiculosus (Bladderwrack Seaweed) Extract*, Backhousia citriodora (Lemon Myrtle) Hydrosol*, Cetyl Alcohol, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Oil*, Glycerine*, Mangifera indica(Mango) Butter, Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Oil*, Cucumis melo var. cantalupensis (Cantaloupe) Extract*, Calendula officinalis (Calendula) Oil*, Santalum spicatum (Sandalwood) Water, Mentha spicata (Spearmint) Water, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Stearic Acid, Lactic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Rosemary Extract. | $49.95
According to Concordia, the Bladderwrack Seaweed (which is the main ingredient) is “Clinically proven to brighten skin complexion (gloss), this seaweed exerts potent antioxidant activity on the skin, whilst enhancing skin radiance and reducing skin pigmentation and age spots.” Okay, yes this may be the most expensive part of the pack…BUT I am obsessed. Usually I wear concealer every single day under my eyes, but since I have started using this moisturiser I swear I no longer need my concealer. This may be helped by the fact that I wasn’t getting up early for work each day, but I have struggled with dark eyes for longer than I can remember, regardless of work. So I will try to keep up a habit of drinking water and sleeping well AS MUCH AS I POSSIBLY CAN, but I get busy, and don’t always treat my body like the temple it is. So I think I will also hold on to this holy grail of skincare that keeps my skin moisturised and bright. Plus you only have to use a small amount each time.
I’ll be honest people, when I started to write about this review I thought the face scrub was a clear winner, but the more I think about it, the more I am in love with every single piece in this bag which is incredibly rare to find. I suppose I have Natasha and her sensitive skin to thank.
If you are interested in any of the products mentioned click on their header titles to be sent to the relevant Concordia shop page, or click below if you want to try out the mini’s like I did and get your paws on the gorgeous little bag too.
You may think skincare like this is expensive, and in some ways I agree. I am always scared to take the plunge and wonder how much extra good it will do for my skin compared to my old routine of warm water (which I’ll be honest, I still do some days). But if you love your skin and show it care then it will show you a lot of gratitude in return. Natural ingredients are less likely to react, and using a company such as Concordia is a great place to start as they are small, and small brands only ever use the ingredients they have to. No additives to make it last longer. So you know that everything inside these bottles has your skins best interest in mind. If you have any questions please comment below. I have enjoyed this review so much and I think I have definitely found a brand that will be in my regular collection for a long time.
The Face Kit | $35.95
(or try the Seaweed Sampler: Comes with Purifying Cream Cleanser, Nourishing Body Lotion, Brightening Moisturiser, Replenishing Hand Cream)