Tuesday, 8 October 2013

evanhealy Facial Tonic Hydrosols: Frankincense and Immortelle - Review

Today I'll be rambling about the best hydrosols on the face of the planet: the ones made by evanhealy. evanhealy is one of those brands that will go down in the green beauty history books as true trail blazers (they've been open for business since 1999!) and, having tried many of their products, it's clear to me why they've had such success and incredible staying power in an industry that is constantly fluctuating. Evan's approach to skincare (as embodied by her brand's tagline: the skin breathes) is to encourage the skin's natural function by promoting healing and whole wellbeing; her products feel truly holistic and are an absolute joy to use. Best of all, though, they perform exceptionally! Most recently, I've been using the frankincense and immortelle tonic hydrosols; here are my thoughts:

evanhealy frankincense facial tonic hydrosol: sourced from somalia, this unique mist (I've never known of another brand that sells a frankincense hydrosol) gives the skin an immediate burst of energy. Frankincense has superb anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and, as such, is incredibly useful at combatting acne and other infectious conditions of the skin (dandruff, dermatitis, athlete's foot). On evenings when I don't bathe, I like to drench my whole body in this rich, invigorating mist post dry-brushing and pre body-oiling. It soothes my freshly exfoliated skin, while allowing the body oil to penetrate more deeply. I, of course, finish this whole routine off with a few saturating blasts of the hydrosol to the face and scalp, after which I sit peacefully and inhale the cloud of bright, invigorating, and slightly spicy frankincense while reflecting on my day.

evanhealy immortelle facial tonic hydrosol: I anticipated that I would love this stuff, and I wasn't wrong. Immortelle (or helichrysum, whichever you prefer) is one of my all time favourite ingredients; it's extremely healing, revitalizing, and (best of all) plays nicely with sensitive skin as it has superior soothing powers. A quick blast of this warm, creamy, and spicy water immediately calms any inflammation, taking down the facial redness I tend to develop during long days in dry, climate controlled environments. This tonic is also perfect after stimulating facial masks, steams, and baths as it helps appease the skin while quietly erasing any signs of irritation and effectively cooling its surface.

I'm confident in saying that, for the rest of my life, I will always have at least one evanhealy hydrosol on hand. You can check them out here.


  1. Excellent choices! I would pick them too and probably would try out the Blue Tansy and Jasmine hydrosols as well. I am also confident anyone who has tried out Evanhealy hydrosols will eventually come back to one or two. They have such a nice range to offer. If only I could get something like that here.. might need to ask my friend in Canada to get it for me! :)

    Totally creeping over your Instagram pictures. Love your impeccable taste in thrifting and books.

    1. They're really magical. I'm currently trying to figure out if I can justify purchasing another two (lemon thyme and tulsi)!

      Thank you! Creep away, that's what it's there for! :)

  2. I don't like to be without Immortelle Hydrosol from Evan Healy. I have rosacea and it's the only thing that keeps my skin calm and redness-free. It's a miracle product for me. I finally realized that it's not about anti-aging products and trying to make myself look younger. It's about having beautiful glowing healthy skin at any age. I'm glad that you did the review.

  3. These sound lovely! I've recently fallen hard for my first Evan Healy product - the Rose Clay Mask - and I'm definitely curious to try more from the line :)