11 August 2014

Pollen & Wax April Trial Kit

Months and months ago, I was the lucky winner of a Pollen & Wax trial kit in a giveaway on Beauty by Britanie.  Pollen & Wax is a relatively new apothecary line that handcrafts all its products in the Pacific Northwest.  As well as being free of parabens, artificial fragrances and dyes, the company makes a point of sourcing organic, wild-harvested, pollutant-free ingredients.

The line is divided into four skin types, corroborated to the four seasons.


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I chose the April kit, which seemed the best suited for my skin.  The kit included Apollo Cleansing Milk, Lapis Facial Toner, Gold Petal Facial Serum, and Roses & Roses Complexion Clay.  As of right now, only Apollo and Gold Petal are listed on the Pollen & Wax website.  I'm unsure if Lapis and Roses & Roses are temporarily unavailable or if they have been discontinued since I received this kit.



Apollo Cleansing Milk
Apollo is a little different from your standard cleansing milk.  Kaolin clay gently exfoliates and the cleanser feels a bit gritty to the touch.  I like it, but it's a little too abrasive for my skin on an everyday basis.  I've gotten good results using it about twice a week.  It deep cleans and leaves my skin feeling refreshed and soft.

Lapis Facial Toner
This delicately scented toner is an anti-inflammatory blend that includes soothing calendula and aloe, alongside lavender and chamomile essential oils.  I didn't notice any real difference in my skin when using this, but I also didn't have any adverse reactions.  Me and toners is a mixed bag, so take that with a grain of salt.  Lapis does smell nice and it feels refreshing on the skin.  There's no emulsifier added, so you do need to shake it up before each use to re-incorporate the essential oils which rise to the top.

Gold Petal Facial Serum
Specifically geared towards sensitive skin, Gold Petal includes soothing calendula and St. John's Wort, alongside nourishing, reparative ingredients like sea buckthorn and evening primrose oils and helichrysum and carrot seed essential oils.  It's a pretty light oil, so it works equally well for day or night.  I really enjoyed using this one.  

Roses & Roses Complexion Clay
Probably my favorite item in the kit, this is the perfect clay mask for anyone with dry, sensitive or reactive skin.  Similar to my much loved Evan Healy French Rose Clay, Roses & Roses starts with a blend of gentle rose clay and rhassoul clay, but also incorporates kaolin clay, rose powder, marshmallow root, and vanilla bean.  The rose and vanilla add a delicate scent, while the marshmallow root soothes inflammation and prevents any over-drying from the clays.  

The Bottom Line
I'm really happy with my first experience with Pollen & Wax.  The company's attention to pure, quality ingredients really comes through and I'm happy I had the chance to try this kit. Although I enjoyed all four products, Roses & Roses was the clear favorite for me, so I really hope it will be available again in the future.  

Have you tried Pollen & Wax?


19 comments:

  1. These seems like wonderful products. Lately, I've been avdily in search of my HG face mask. I definitrly want to give this rose one a try!

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    1. I was definitely impressed! Hopefully Roses & Roses will be back soon :)

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  2. Great review! I've always wanted to try Pollen & Wax, but then I get caught up in other beauty products. Bassically I forgot about them and you just refreshed my memory, so thank you ;) Even though I'm partial to anything with roses, the rose clay mask truly looks beautiful! xx

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    1. I know exactly what you mean! With so many great brands to try, it's hard to keep track of them all :)

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  3. I haven't come across this brand before, but it looks very impressive x

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    1. I think so! I certainly enjoyed all four products :)

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  4. Same here, I've always wanted to try their stuff but never got around to it. My fave is the Rose mask too, sounds like a dream! xo

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    1. It really is! And I'm not even a fan of rose generally, so that says something :)

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  5. All of the products sound so lovely. I'm a big fan of toners so I love the sound of the one in this kit.

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    1. I bet you'd enjoy it! I go through phases with toners, but I just haven't come to fully appreciate them I guess! Maybe one day :)

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  6. Really lovely review :) I'd not heard of the brand before so I thought I'd have a look at the website, now I don't know what to try first! There does seem to be a lot out of stock though x

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    1. I noticed that too. They've been closed for a few weeks and just reopened, so I'm guessing things will gradually come back in stock :)

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  7. Oh my Roses & Roses sounds perfect for me! I need to google rose clay, I haven't heard about it! xx

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    1. You need to try it! It might be my favorite kind of clay...a little more gentle than other clays, but still gets the job done very well :)

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  8. You lucky girl! I've been wanting to try Pollen & Wax for a while. I love how carefully curated their formulas are and how beautiful the packaging is. The Cleanser and Serum are 2 products I definitely want to try. Great review! :)
    -Kasey

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    1. I know, I definitely felt lucky! You can really tell how much care and thought goes into each product :)

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  9. I'd never heard of this brand before but it sounds lovely! Interesting how they put the skin issues into seasons too! Roses & Roses sounds amazing x

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    1. I like the seasons idea...they tie in well to the whole natural/apothecary feel of the company :) I really hope Roses & Roses is available again soon!!

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