20 November 2014

Raw Gaia MSM Beauty Spray & Raw Chocolate Face Pack

Raw Gaia is a UK skin care line that's passionate about making 100% natural products that really work.  The ingredients lists are short, but they're packed with pure, minimally processed, unrefined and organic ingredients.  I was generously sent a couple products to review: the MSM Beauty Spray* and Raw Chocolate Face Pack*.  After reading a number of positive reviews from other bloggers and skimming the glowing testimonials on the company's own website, I was really eager to give these a try!



MSM Beauty Spray
MSM, often called the beauty mineral, is an organic sulphur compound that's anti-inflammatory and very beneficial for skin repair.  When taken internally, MSM can help with a whole host of things - everything from arthritis and joint health to strengthening hair and promoting radiant skin.  By applying MSM topically, as in Raw Gaia's MSM range, the MSM is directly absorbed by the skin, thereby maximizing its skin benefits.

In addition to MSM, the Beauty Spray contains wild crafted argan oil, organic rosehip oil, and wild crafted frankincense water and essential oil, all blended together to create a gentle spray that I think would suit just about any skin type.  The Beauty Spray is described as a light moisturizer, but I like to use it more as a hydrating toner.  It's a liquid spray with some oil in it (I recommend shaking it before you spray!), but it's definitely more on the watery side.  It's not hydrating enough for my skin to use it on its own, but I love using it either to dampen my skin before applying an additional face oil, or as an intermediate toning step between cleansing and moisturizing.  It smells like frankincense, but it isn't overly strong or overpowering in any way.  

Raw Chocolate Face Pack
The composition of this mask is a potent mix of organic raw chocolate powder, red clay, organic turmeric, and organic amla fruit powder.  The clay tones and decongests your pores, while the chocolate provides a boost of free radical fighting antioxidants.  The amla powder gives a high dose of vitamin C, great for increasing cell turnover and brightening the skin, and the turmeric is both anti-inflammatory and very effective at evening skin tone and fading hyperpigmentation and scarring.  

It smells phenomenal - just like chocolate - and it felt lovely and cool while it was on.  It wasn't overly drying and I was looking forward to radiant, glowy skin when I washed it off.  Unfortunately, what I found instead was that my entire face had been stained orange.  Bright, bad fake tan, Snookie orange.  I'm guessing it was the turmeric - in combination with how fair my skin is - but, needless to say, it wasn't a pretty sight.  I got the color off by washing my face a few times with Evolve's Gentle Cleansing Melt, but my skin doesn't thrive on a lot of touching/scrubbing, so by the time I'd gotten all the orange off, I felt like I'd probably negated many of the benefits of the mask.  I've been reluctant to reach for it since, so I'm not sure how I feel about this one.  I'll make sure to post an update once I've used it some more.

The Bottom Line
I'm conflicted on the Raw Chocolate Face Pack, but I'd wholeheartedly recommend the MSM Beauty Spray.  I don't generally fall hard for toners or sprays, but I really like this one.  I could definitely see myself buying a full size in the future.  If your skin is more on the oily side, it might even work as a light moisturizer.

Have you used anything from Raw Gaia?  Any tips to prevent the face pack from staining so badly?

*Press Sample

14 comments:

  1. I've definitely been hearing some really positive reviews from fellow bloggers as well and am interested in trying their products. Thanks for helpful review!

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    1. You're welcome! I think it's a great line :)

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  2. Would love to try this brand..I heard as well lots of good reviews. Oh what a pity for the mask…!! x

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    1. I've read lots of positive reviews of the mask as well, so it could just be me!

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  3. I was desperate to try the mask, but unfortunately I reacted to it. I wonder whether it may have been the tumeric x

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    1. I feel like there has to be a good bit of turmeric in the mask - based off how orange my skin was! - I don't know if that could cause a reaction, but maybe. Vitamin C can also be irritating in high concentrations. Either way, it's so disappointing when you get a reaction!

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  4. MSM is good for skin, i use lafes deodorant (spray aloe & msm) sometimes for my face (weird hey :) but works! I take msm supplement too :)) Great post Caitie Xx

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    1. I didn't even realize Lafe's made a deodorant with MSM. I'll have to keep an eye out for it :)

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  5. I think my skin really like anything that is formulated with MSM. If you feel like the spray didn't give enough moisture, did you try their MSM cream? Ru from Short Small Sweet gave a good review on it.

    I'd love to try anything to do with chocolate!! x

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    1. I really like the spray as more of a toner, but I might try the cream in the future too. I saw Ru's review too and it definitely piqued my curiosity :)

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  6. I always forget about Raw Gaia! I tried the mini MSM spray too and was a bit confused at first, but actually mixing the toner and oil into one is a pretty good idea...might have to try this one again at some point.

    Mayah x

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    1. Definitely do! It's worked really well for me in combo with another oil :)

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  7. The MSM spray sounds good! I was trying out the hemp spray and it didn't really do anything for me... Too bad about the chocolate mask - do you think maybe adding an oil or serum to it will help?

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    1. Maybe! I'll have to try that. I was thinking of maybe diluting it with some extra plain clay too. I'll just have to find a day when I don't need to be anywhere and get to experimenting :)

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