Friday, 17 April 2015

#AtoZChallenge: Origins

origins skincare for oily skin

Origins is the first brand that comes to mind when I’m asked about natural, organic skincare. I really want to try and move my skincare over to a more organic line, so this year I’ve been trialling lots of different Origins products, and I can’t lie, I’ve pretty much fell in love with everything I’ve tried so far. I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t happen too often!

Origins products are created with natural, certified organic ingredients and 100% natural essential oils. Their products contain no parabans, petrolatum, paraffin, or animal ingredients (see harmful skincare ingredients here). And if you’re not already sold, they also create everything using a combination of renewable resources, wind energy and earth friendly practices. How many other brands can boast that?

All of their products are derived from nature and the power of plants. They identify the most skin loving nutrients in the plants, purify them down to their most powerful components and formulate them into usable, skin-loving products.

I had a mini consultation with one of their representatives at a local counter and after talking through my skin worries and woes, she recommended me a set containing a combination of skin brightening moisturisers and oil balancing scrubs and masks. I’ve got to say, as consultations go (and this one was brief) it was the most thorough yet least intimidating skin consultation I’ve ever had. I didn’t feel pressured into buying anything and got sent away with several samples of products I wasn’t too sure on. 

I’ve just finished their GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturiser (£23). Such a super, lightweight formula that brightened my skin without giving it an oily shine. I really want to try the GinZing VitaZing (£29), similar formula but it has a slight tone corrector and spf protection. 

Clear Improvement (£23) has to be one of the nicest charcoal masks I’ve ever used and comes in at less than half the price of GlamGlows SuperMud and I actually think Clear Improvement beats GlamGlow hands down!

I recently popped by the counter and had a look at their Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask (£23) as I had a small sample of the 10-minute Drink Up mask and loved it so I’m really intrigued by the overnight, more intense version, but this could be more of a Autumn/Winter mask for my oily skin. Out of Trouble (£23) has really caught my eye, being specific for oily skin. With Summer on the way my skin will start to get oilier so I need to keep it in check!

Modern Friction (£33) has a cult following and I was super excited to try it. I’ve got to admit it, yes it’s probably the gentlest exfoliator I’ve ever used but the smell is so not organic, it just smells like chemicals and I’ve found it so off putting. Hey, you win some, you lose some! 

Stepping a little over the skincare line, I’ve also picked up the GinZing Revitalizing Mineral Foundation (£25) which I have, beyond words, fell in love with. It’s brightening without making me look like I dunked my face in glitter and gives great light-medium coverage. 

Have you tried anything from Origins? Anything you can recommend?

Until next time,


  1. It's so expensive but I want to try it. Last couple of times I've splurged on skincare I've been really disappointed though!

    Corinne x

    1. Stop by the counter and pick up some samples! They're usually pretty generous with them. It's an expensive commitment to purchase a full size product your not sure on so always be a little cheeky and ask if they have samples, I do! Or, if I'm buying one thing, I'll ask what other products work well with it and if I can have a sample to try. The girls at my local counter practically throw them at me!

      Sarah :)