I’m going to jump right into talking about more products from Andalou Naturals. Here are a couple of products from their newly released Quenching Coconut line that I was so excited to find at Whole Foods about a month ago and have been itching to talk about: the Coconut Water Firming Toner and Coconut Milk Firming Serum.
Not only is Andalou Naturals one of my favorite skincare brands, but I have skin that is more and more prone to dryness as I get older. So, a new Quenching line for “parched and dehydrated skin” in beautiful aqua packaging was something I was immediately drawn to.
The 7-product line is formulated with coconut water or milk, vitamin C, and with AquaCacteen, which Andalou says is “derived from prickly pear cactus, nourishes and soothes as unique water-binding nutrients provide lasting hydration for a lifted and firmer appearance and youthful skin vitality.” In addition to the brand’s standard BioActive 8 Berry Complex which I believe they put in all of their products, this Quenching line is also formulated with a Skin Firming Complex, which includes chicory root oligosaccharides, tara tree gum, and green coffee extract which “restores firmness and tones skin for visible anti-aging effects and a healthy appearance.” As usual, Andalou’s overall ingredients lists for these products look pretty awesome to me.
Andalou Naturals Quenching Coconut Water Firming Toner ($12.99) is a lightweight hydrating spritz that smells like, well, coconut water! Previous to trying this one, my favorite toner from Andalou was their 1000 Roses Floral Toner, but I have to say that the Roses and Quenching toners feel quite similar on the skin. My personal preference is the floral scent of the rose toner, but I’m drawn to some of the ingredients in the Quenching toner – namely, that vitamin C is present in the top 10 ingredients. Though, the highest ingredients are mostly the same between the two: aloe, panthenol (vitamin B5), vitamin E, lauric acid, fruit stem cells and Andalou’s BioActive 8 Berry Complex. Anyways, because of the lightly hydrating and refreshing feel on the skin, I think this toner would work for a whole lot of people. I like it!
Coconut Water Firming Toner ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Purified Water (Aqua), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water*†, Vegetable Glycerin, Panthenol, Sodium PCA, Tocopherol, Sorbitan Oleate Decylglucoside Crosspolymer, Opuntia Ficus-Indica (Prickly Pear) Stem Extract*, Fruit Stem Cells (Malus Domestica, Solar Vitis) and BioActive 8 Berry Complex*, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Skin Firming Complex: [Cichorium Intybus (Chicory) Root Oligosaccharides, Caesalpinia Spinosa (Tara Tree) Gum, Coffea Arabica (Green Coffee) Extract*], Opuntia Ficus-Indica (Prickly Pear) Seed Oil*, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract*†, Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Extract*†, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Coconut Isolates, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Peel Oil*, Mentha Spicata (Spearmint) Leaf Oil*
Non-GMO verified *Organic ^Fair Trade
I was also happy to grab the Coconut Milk Firming Serum as a second product to try. I had really nice luck in the past with Andalou’s Age Defying Fruit Stem Cell Revitalizing Serum, and this one has a similar lightweight lotion texture. It doesn’t have much of a scent (the toner is noticeably more fragrant). The website claims, “this nourishing facial serum with coconut milk amino and essential fatty acids, instantly hydrates, fortifies, softens, and conditions improving the appearance of skin tone and texture for a healthy, smooth complexion.”
The thing is that I think this serum is a nice basic. It adds a little bit of hydration and some nutrition to the skin, but I haven’t see any big miracles in my skin over the time I’ve used it. The hydration factor is also light so I think it’d fit a lot of skin types, not just dry. It gives skin a pleasant softness and is nice over the eye area, too. Using one pump of it twice a day nearly emptied out the bottle in about a month, so it doesn’t last a massively long time, but $25 is not a high price for a serum, either. This could be a good option if you want to take care of your skin but don’t necessarily have major skin concerns you want to target.
Coconut Milk Firming Serum ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Juice*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water*^, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Lauric Acid, AquaCacteen*, Fruit Stem Cells (Malus Domestica, Solar Vitis) and BioActive 8 Berry Complex*, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Skin Firming Complex: [Cichorium Intybus (Chicory) Root Oligosaccharides, Caesalpinia Spinosa (Tara Tree) Gum and Coffea Arabica (Green Coffee) Extract*], Opuntia Ficus Indica (Prickly Pear) Seed Oil*, Sodium PCA, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) and Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Extracts*^, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime), Styrax Benzoin and Mentha Spicata (Spearmint) Oils*
Non-GMO verified *Organic ^Fair Trade
I’m interested in trying the other Quenching products, which include a cleanser, firming mask, firming day and night creams (packaged in pump bottles instead of jars – nice!), and a lifting eye cream (also in a tube). Andalou Naturals products can be found in Whole Foods and similar natural grocery stores, their own website, and Vitacost.com, though the Quench line has yet to make it to Vitacost. Andalou Naturals carries non-GMO, cruelty-free, gluten-free, and vegetarian certifications, and it looks like the Quench line goes one further and is vegan.
Have you tried these, or any other Quench products yet? Do you have any natural skincare favorites you’d recommend? I’d love to hear!