Alteya Organics Rose & Mullein Collection boasts of affordable yet effective face care treats in a form of face cleanser, toner and serum – all containing Alteya’s signature rose oil, and accompanied with a gentle and lovely scent.
The first thing that comes to mind when hearing about Alteya Organics is rose oil – their rose oil of the highest quality. And their high quality floral waters/hydrolates, which I’ve been using for quite some time now and my skin feels delighted. But Alteya Organics are evolving and developing new products on a regular basis and so far, all the products I’ve tried from this brand, I’ve enjoyed them a great deal and have many, if not most of their products on my wish list – and how lucky are we that Love Lula is keeping all of our cosmetic shelves stocked up with this brand, right? In case you missed it, I reviewed their delicious lip balms, rose hydrolate and glow-making face sunscreen – with many more reviews of this brand coming soon.
Not too long ago, Alteya Organics launched their new Rose & Mullein collection, and I was, of course, intrigued and curious to try all the products from this collection, with a serum being on the top of my list – as you know I am a huge fan of face serums.
All three featured products are of a creamy consistency – with toner and serum, of course, being runnier than a cleanser. Their scent is pretty much the same – quite rosey. One of the two main ingredients, along with a rose, of this collection is Verbascum Thapsus Flower – aka Mullein, which, outside of beauty, it’s been used (my great grandmas and grandma used it) as a medicine for headaches, coughing etc. In beauty, Mullein has brightening properties.
Alteya Organics Gentle Cleanser comes in a 200ml plastic bottle with a pump. Its texture is of a more on the runny side creamy cleanser – a milk cleanser, in fact, easily spread on the skin: I first splash my face with a bit of water and then, using only one pump of cleanser, massage it all over my face. The cleanser is gentle to the skin yet removes makeup as well as any impurities on the skin. Even though the cleanser contains a few mild foaming agents, there’s basically no foaming; the cleansing performance of this cleanser falls onto cleansing ingredients massaged onto the skin as opposed to foaming. The skin is left cleaned, soft and hydrated and there’s no tight feeling. As mentioned, this cleanser is a great option for a cleaning in the evening routine, but I’ve been mostly using it in the morning, as it’s so gentle. The cleanser consists of quite a lot of ingredients, including jojoba, castor seed, camelina seed oil and – a rosa damascena extract.
The lovely scent of roses, ylang ylang and sandalwood makes for an added bonus of aromatherapy.
Price? Affordable £15,00 for a 200ml bottle – an one, at most, pump, covers all the cleansing needs, making it this gentle, softening and nicely smelling cleanser an affordable and long lasting choice of a cleanser.
Ingredients: Distilled Thermal Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Helianthus Annuus Sunflower Seed Oil*, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Glycerin*, Aqua, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Lauryl Glucoside, Coco Glucoside, Glyceryl Caprylate, Camelina Sativa (Camelina) Seed oil*, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Trigonella Foenum Groecum Seed Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Lactic Acid, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Glyceryl Undecylenate, Dalbergia Sissoo (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot) Oil*, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Verbascum Thapsus Flower*, Cananga Odorata (Ylang-Ylang) Flower Oil*, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil*, Potassium Sorbate, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil*, Parfum (Fragrance)**, Eugenol***, Geraniol***, Citronellol***, Linalool***. *Certified Organic Ingredients **Fragrance derived from natural sources ***Naturally occurring in essential oil
Alteya Organics Hydrating Toner is a bit of a mystery and a bit of a conundrum of a toner. Is it really just a toner? Or does it moonlight as a very runny cleanser as well? Should I spray it on my face and leave it there or use a cotton ball to spread it or… Should I rinse it off? I know, many questions to be asked of a toner, right?
This toner comes in a 120ml glass spray bottle. Its texture is of a very runny cream/milk. There’s a tiny bit of a foaming action going on as well (due to Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate), very unusual for a toner, right? Upon spraying it, at first it feels a bit sticky, but then, when it absorbs into the skin, it just leaves an invisible feeling of smoothness and softness on the skin. I could even argue it’s almost like a very runny, diluted serum, upon which you can layer other products, while on the other hand, you can even use it a mild cleanser?
One aspect of this toner (and the same issue repeats itself with the serum as well) that I’ve found negative is the ingredients called Phenethyl Alcohol, a preservative and fragrance ingredient. It made my face feel, at first, warm and then redness set on my face – a very clear irritation, as it’s not unusual for this ingredient.
Price? £13,00 for a 120ml bottle, which falls under a very reasonably and affordably priced toner.
Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water*, Coco Caprylate/Caprate, Pyrus Cydonia Seed Extract, Citric Acid, Glyceryl Caprylate, Aqua, Glycerin*, Sodium Benzoate, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Xanthan Gum, Hydrolyzed Verbascum Thapsus Flower*, Glyceryl Undecylenate, Potassium Sorbate, Phenethyl Alcohol, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Eugenol**, Geraniol**, Citronellol**, Linalool**. *Certified Organic Ingredients **Naturally occurring in essential oils
Being a huge fan of face serums and Alteya Organics, a combination of the two makes for a great choice. The Alteya Organics Light Serum comes in a 30ml glass bottle with a pipette. The texture is a very light and runny and creamy – serum. Just a few dots on the face are enough, as the serum spreads nicely, and absorbs fast. Similarity to the toner, at first, it seems like it left a bit of a sticky trace, but then it quickly disappears and all that is left is a smooth, soft, matte and so lovely smelling and hydrating serum – which can be used alone or for layering other treatments, and given how smooth, matte and basically invisible it is, it really works well with other products – whether it’s a face oil or foundation – both will just glide on. The serum itself isn’t alone feeling light on the skin, the hydration also makes for a very light feeling on the skin, yet so very prominent as far as effectiveness.
The ingredients list, along with the performance of this serum, is equally impressive, with such skin-beneficial ingredients as hazelnut oil, mullein flower, sodium hyaluronate, rosa damascena flower oil and extract…
Unfortunately, just as it’s the case with the toner, the serum also contains the irritating Phenethyl Alcohol, and while clearly in less concentration than in the toner, my skin still reacts to it, even if not as strongly, with redness, feeling of warmth and over all irritation.
Ingredients: Distilled Thermal Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Polyglyceryl-6-Stearate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Coco-Caprylate/ Caprate, Corylus Avellana (Hazelnut) Oil*, Glycerin*, Glyceryl Caprylate, Polyglyceryl-6-Behenate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax*, Pyrus Cydonia Seed Extract, Lecithin*, Hydrolyzed Verbascum Thapsus Flower*, Citric Acid, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Dalbergia Sissoo (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glyceryl Undecylenate, Xanthan Gum, Bisabolol*, Mallow Sylvestris (Mallow) Leaves*, Tocopherol, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract, Copaifera Officinalis Oil, Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot) Oil*, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil*, Cananga Odorata (Ylang-Ylang) Flower Oil*, Aqua, Phenethyl Alcohol, Eugenol**, Geraniol**, Citronellol**, Linalool**. *Certified Organic Ingredients **Naturally occurring in essential oils
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My final word?
Alteya Organics is known for their effective yet affordable products and all these three face care products from their Rose & Mullein Collection are no different – formulations, while on one hand simple, are at the same time unique and Alteya is not shy when it comes to including the rose oil and rose extract in their products – something I, a huge fan of rose oil, appreciates immensely.
These three products (there’s also a face cream available from this collection) on their own work just as nicely as they do in cooperation with each other – and any other face care product you can imagine – whether it’s hydrolates, face oils, face creams, foundations… They fulfill their promises, whether it’s thorough but gentle cleansing, hydration and softness of the skin,… With one issue, and that is an ingredient, which, quite honestly, is not worth the Alteya Organics products and that’s the irritating and redness inducing preservative Phenethyl Alcohol.
All these products should be well shaken before use. There’s quite a generous amount of each of these products, and you really don’t have to use a lot to achieve a goal, making them reasonably priced and affordable – priced way below what many other brands would charge for.
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Are you familiar with Alteya Organics products? Have you had a chance to try any of the products from their Rose & Mullein Collection? How did you like them? Let me know!
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Alteya Organics Cleanser, Toner and Serum gifted to Nature of Europe by Love Lula for the purpose of an honest review.
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