BRAND SPOTLIGHT: Introducing Raspberrymint

2017 marks three years since my journey of being a beauty blogger started. I cringe whenever I re-read my earlier posts. The pictures were pretty much horrific and taken with then new-ish iPhone 5 and forget about having a theme or pretty backdrop and props, I had no idea what I was doing other than I needed a picture of the product. The writings were equally as horrific, I sound like a young teenager on her 10th Redbulls while screaming 'it's so pretty I'm going to die!!! I love it so buy buy buy!!!'.

I seriously die a little inside each time but it's also a great reminder how much I have grown as a blogger throughout these few short years. And throughout the three years, I notice another thing has bloomed throughout the beauty industry; cruelty free, natural and organic products and brands.

Raspberrymint is the newest kid in town and the creator, Cherish is a registered nurse who is passionate about providing eco-friendly, cruelty-free, organic, natural and high quality products to promote healthy skin. Her products are all handcrafted in small batches to ensure the freshest and best quality to customers.

I was kindly sent three products to try; Argan & Jojoba Body Oil*, Anti-Aging Protective Face Serum* and Pineapple Lip Balm*. These products have been tested for the past month and let's see how I got along with them.

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ARGAN & JOJOBA BODY OIL* (C$22.00/30mL)
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Ingredients list: coconut oil, grapeseed oil, organic argan oil, organic jojoba oil, organic hemp seed oil, natural flavour oil

I must admit that I was perplexed that a body oil would only come in a 30mL bottle as that's the usual amount for facial oil. I was almost half done with the bottle after a measly 4 usages and if such is the case, this is a very expensive body oil. The only way I could think of to prolong the limited amount is to mix it with my usual body lotions and have been doing so for the past 4 weeks.

The oil has a sweet strawberry scent (Mr. Platt is a huge fan of the scent) and the texture is just like a normal oil however it does take some time to sink into the skin when used by itself. I much prefer using it mixed with my usual body lotion as it doesn't leave me feeling like an oil slick and it actually helps to boost up the hydration factor.

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Ingredients list: organic olive oil (extra virgin), coconut oil, organic hemp seed oil, organic argan oil, lavender essential oil

This lavender scented face serum, or oil as I would describe it, has a light oil texture and absorbs relatively quickly into the skin. It reminds me of camellia oil as it's very lightweight and feels next to nothing on the skin. I use this as the last step of my skincare routine to lock in all the moisture and occasionally I mix a couple of drops with my moisturizer.

I don't see any of my fine lines reduced but let's be honest, I don't think any topical products would make a massive improvement to my skin as I am no longer a spring chicken so to speak. Do I love this serum? I do but honestly I find it to be terribly overpriced. C$60.00 for a facial serum/oil is a high end price and it's something I would pay for a very well known brand. The cult favourite Dr. Jart Ceramidin Liquid is retailing for only C$49.00 for a massive 150mL. Another example is the amazing all natural and organic Canadian brand, Delia Organic which has an amazing range of products that I truly love and their prices are extremely reasonable within the C$20.00 - C$40.00 range.

Bottom line, as much as I love this face serum unfortunately I will not be repurchasing due to the price.

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Ingredients: beeswax beads, organic shea butter, organic coconut oil, vitamin E, stevia extract powder, natural flavour oils

I am extremely fussy about my lip balms as I have the world's driest lips so I was very hesitant to try this. I love the scent, love the texture of this lip balm however it failed to keep my lips moisturized during winter. I look forward to giving this a try during the warmer months when my lips are not trying to shrivel up like an old prune.

It has been an interesting introduction to Raspberrymint and I appreciate Cherish's dedication to provide high quality products to consumers but I think the price point might be a problem for many.

What are your thoughts on Raspberrymint and which product caught your interest? 

*I received these products for free but my thoughts and opinions are 100% unbiased, honest and my own. There is no place for any sort of BS here.

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