Over the past few years, clean brands have been popping up left, right and centre. While it’s great to have so many options, it does get harder to tell which brands or products are genuine and which ones are just in it to keep up with the Jones.
Glow Recipe is one of the new skincare brands that promote clean, sustainable and cruelty-free products. The company first started with 8 curated brands but eventually launched solely with the Glow Recipe Skincare line. In May of 2017, they officially released the Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser and the cult-favourite, Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask.
Their unique element is ‘fruit-powered’ skincare and they are known for their pretty pastel jars. We all know the great benefits of eating fruit, and with skincare, it’s no different. Putting fruit into skincare can have some of the same wonderful effects. Watermelon, blueberry, pineapple, avocado and most recently banana – these are Glow Recipe superfruits that are infused into their skincare products.
These fruits are nourishing and plumping, filled with vitamin C and antioxidants that will a hundred per cent benefit our skin. One of our resolutions this year is to pay attention to the ingredients. The good thing with Glow Recipe is that they have full transparency on their formulas as well as their ingredients. They don’t include parabens, SLS and SLES (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate), Phthalates and more ingredients that can be unsafe to the skin.
You will easily find the ingredients labelled on their sustainable jars. Speaking of sustainable, Glow Recipe also stands by their eco-friendly jars which are designed to be repurposed. As their website states, “20% recycled glass, 100% recyclable”. You will have a pretty jar that you will be able to utilise even after the product is finished!
Glow Recipe’s latest skincare release has been their Banana Soufflé Moisture Cream! Early December, they launched their much-awaited Moisture Cream which was anticipated by many. So does it hold up with Glow Recipe’s glowing reputation? Let’s find out…
Banana Soufflé Moisture Cream
Glow Recipe was looking for the next best superfruit to add to their line. The team of Glow Recipe wanted a fruit that will help reduce redness, calm inflamed skin and moisturise. And they went bananas with bananas:))) Bananas have all the nourishing properties needed for a moisture cream. The Banana Soufflé Moisture Cream is supposed to suit all skin types, especially if your skin is on the drier or more sensitive side.
What are the ingredients on this?
For starters, bananas. Bananas are rich in magnesium, potassium and an excellent source of Vitamin B4. All these help in rebalancing the skin and relieve irritation as well as keep the skin moisturised.
Turmeric Extract – rich in anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory properties which helps with redness, irritation and also brightens your skin.
Chia Seed – these have excellent properties to treat dryness and help to maintain the moisture level in your skin.
Magnesium – apart from bananas having magnesium, they added more Magnesium to the cream because it is excellent for rebalancing and relaxing the skin. It will also help with the redness and maintain the skin barrier.
Centella Asiatica, aka Cica – one of the most effective ingredients for soothing and calming skin. This is amazing when it comes to treating dryness and irritation.
Hyaluronic Acid – in every great hydrating product, expect to see Hyaluronic Acid on the list. It can hold up to 1000 times weight in water which makes it penetrate deeper to your skin and hydrate it really well.
Jojoba Oil – another ingredient that has anti-inflammatory properties and very rich in Vitamins A, D and E. Jojoba Oil can penetrate deeply into the skin as it can mimic skin’s natural sebum which helps with moisture function.
That’s loads of natural and healthy ingredients! The fact that it is not packed with chemicals and other bad stuff, makes you want to grab this and go clean. Glow Recipe made sure that this cream will help heal and soothe stressed-out skin. It claims that it will make your skin feel plumper and moisturised plus giving you that natural dewy look.
But the important question is…does it actually do its job?
After trying it out for a few days, the Banana Soufflé Moisture Cream hasn’t made any significant changes to my skin. Once you open the jar, you get a ‘whipped souffle-like’ texture, almost watery to the touch. Even though this is loaded with moisturising ingredients, it was immediately underwhelming. It didn’t feel hydrating and moisturising as you would expect it to be but instead felt really lightweight. It has the banana scent which is slightly too powerful, however, it does dissipate after about 15-20 minutes after applying it.
With all the impressive ingredients, this was certainly not the result I expected. It could be because the cream is in a jar and once you open a jar, well it is half as good as it was before. Once the cream is exposed to air, it gets oxidised which could cause the ingredients not to be as effective as they should. I don’t know, what do you think?
The packaging is aesthetically pleasing and reusable, but it is not the most practical. When you open the jar, it has a small opening that can be difficult to dip your fingers into. I recommend getting a spatula (which they don’t provide) to scoop out the cream. I used this both day and night to truly test it out. For night time, I find myself layering it with a different moisturiser so I could really have a hydrated and moisturised skin in the morning.
As much as I appreciate the brand’s commitment to natural and cruelty-free products, the Banana Soufflé Moisture Cream seems to be a little less impressive. Especially when they market themselves as THE hydrating and moisturising cream that will solve all your dry skin problems. From what I have gathered, many people are unimpressed with Glow Recipe’s Banana Soufflé Moisture Cream as well. I hope Glow Recipe team better take notes next time they release a hydrating moisturizer!
If you have normal and not very oily, acne-prone skin, you might like this as a light everyday moisturiser. As mentioned, there is a strong banana smell that can be off-putting whatever your preference may be. The price tag is not the cheapest in the market and you will probably end up buying a different one to help you moisturise further.
There are loads of much more effective and cheaper moisturizers on the market that would be much more effective for dry skin than the Banana Souffle Moisture Cream. Check out my guide on The Best Moisturisers For Dry Skin In 2020, there are loads to choose from! With that said, I hope Glow Recipe comes up with a better formula for their moisture cream. Their products are usually pretty awesome so it was a little letdown.
What are your thoughts on the Glow Recipe Banana Souffle Moisture Cream? Were you impressed by it? Let me know your thoughts and comments below!