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Pilgrim 55: Natural & CF Skincare

As I get older, I am becoming more and more conscious of what products I'm using on my skin and increasingly concerned with said products ingredients. As a teen, I can honestly say I never once looked at the ingredients section of any shower gel, moisturiser, foundation etc. etc., but now it is something I like to pay close attention to as it's becoming more prevalent that some products and certain brands will often use harmful chemicals that are either not actually great for our skin or that are detrimental to the environment. So with that said, and especially since switching to cruelty free beauty, I love to see brands who proudly use lots of natural, environmentally friendly ingredients and who make a real effort to keep their brand and products that way. I particularly like to find smaller brands that are doing the right thing and not selling out to get their name out there so that's why today I need to talk to you all about Pilgrim 55.

Pilgrim 55 are a new, independent brand from my most beloved hometown of Newcastle and are part of Tyne Cosmetics LTD company. They believe in natural and organic skincare and are dedicated to delivering such products to consumers in a sustainable, ethically, and environmentally friendly way. As soon as the brand first contacted me and sent me a little bit of information about themselves, I new I had to give their products a try. All of their skincare is between 70-90% organic as they never include any sulphates, parabens, or isopropyl alcohol just to name but a few less than desirable ingredients that are unsettlingly common in many skincare and haircare items. Not only are their products ingredients focused on, the brand and wider company in general encourage customers to return their packaging from their purchases in order to recycle it and they aim to be carbon negative in the future - meaning they will commit to producing zero carbon dioxide (ultimately becoming active participants in trying to reverse global warming). They sound like a pretty fab brand right? So when Pilgrim 55 asked if I wanted to try out some products and review them for you guys, I knew I needed to see what their stuff was like because they sounded like a fantastic brand to support. I chose three products that were relevant to my skin type and current skincare needs so I could give a completely honest review and although I was sent these products to review, all opinions expressed in this post are my own and have not been influenced - so let's get into it shall we?

Organic Black Charcoal and Liquorice Scrub Mask* | £9.99-£12.99, 6Oml-12Oml
This detox mask was the first thing I knew I needed to try. As an oily skinned girl, any sort of charcoal mask or face wash is always something I want to try out as charcoal is a great ingredient for fighting excess oil production but can also work wonders on clearing up the skin if you are someone who suffers from acne like I do. This mask retails for £9.99-£12.99 depending on which size product you purchase and I think that is very reasonably priced for a face mask with good active ingredients in it. The mask is quite a thick but easy to spread formula which is great as it doesn't tug or pull on the skin. It has a very faint "typically skincare" smell so it is not overpowering and it is one of the most gentle masks I've ever used. Whilst it is described as a scrub and it does leave the skin feeling soft, it is not abrasive in any way and doesn't leave the skin feeling striped or tight after use.

My one tiny gripe with this product is that I find it really difficult to get a good even layer on my skin. For some reason, I always get a patch or two that doesn't seem to cover quite as well, but this is only minor as the mask never completely dries down so this small issue doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things. It is recommended to leave this on for around 1O-15 minutes, but I like to leave it on for a tiny bit longer (particularly if I've used a very thick layer), and it removes so incredibly easy - no scrubbing required!

Organic Cucumber Cleanser* | £11.99, 12Oml
Possibly my most favourite product I've used in a long time, Pilgrim 55's Cucumber Cleanser is the best thing I've ever used for cleansing sensitive skin. My skin usually fluctuates in its sensitivity, but if I've recently had a bad breakout, my face can become inflamed, irritated, and sore to the touch. This cleanser is obviously designed for sensitive skin and has a slight cucumber scent but again, nothing overpowering. Cucumber is a great ingredient for calming and soothing sensitive skin, but extracts of it are also packed with various essential vitamins which can help tackle puffiness, wrinkles, and give the skin a boost of hydration. I love using this cleanser in the evening as my "proper" full cleanse after removing my makeup. It is very thick and has the consistency of a creamy, heavy duty moisturiser. Therefore I like to scoop up a cherry-sized amount of cleanser and apply it directly to a dry face. I spend time massaging it into the skin before pulling some of it down onto my neck area and before adding water. As this is another easy and fuss free product to remove, you can either wash it off wish just water or use a muslin cloth to remove it (I tend to only do the latter if I feel like I really need to give the skin a bit of extra exfoliation TLC at the time). This cleanser doesn't irritate my extremely sensitive eyes at all which is wonderful and the best thing? I honestly can see a difference after extended use of this. When I use this every evening for a few consecutive days, my skin looks really healthy every morning and oddly enough, my spots appear reduced or not as noticeable which is a great benefit from a product that doesn't necessarily target that particular skin issue. I will be repurchasing this product myself as soon as I run out for sure.

Organic Hand & Nail Cream* | £9.99-£14.99, 6Oml-12Oml
Despite wanting to try more of the face masks and some of the eye creams, I opted to try out the hand and nail cream from Pilgrim 55 as my last product to review as my hands have been incredibly dry lately. My hands are a feature I actually quite like and I try my best to look after them and keep them looking presentable because as a teacher, they are always in everyone's face when I'm pointing at things, handing out work etc. So when I saw this cream and saw that it promised to be a non-greasy formula, I just had to give it a go because although I like to care for my hands, I cannot stand the way hand cream lingers and feels on the hands. This stuff is for all skin types and is jam-packed with natural plant extracts and oils (such as blackcurrant extract, almond oil, and coconut oil just to name a few) and therefore should leave the hands feeling soft and silky. The antioxidants present in the cream should also support healthy and strong nails and as a nailbiter all through my childhood and teen years, my nails still seem to be paying the price as they're often fragile and flaky underneath my nail polish.

This cream again has a very subtle "skincare" scent that I'm now starting to think is pretty signature of all of Pilgrim 55's products which is a nice change from my very fragrant The Body Shop hand creams I usually use. Because this stuff comes in such a hefty tub, I only use it when I'm at home but it's the best last step to have in my evening routine. It does have a thick consistency, so for me personally a little goes a long way, and I do find that it can take a while to sink into the skin but it doesn't leave a greasy residue behind and you get instant results. I've also been using this as a daily moisturiser on my feet too and it's keeping them soft and conditioned as well. If you're a hand cream aficionado, I think this one is definitely worth checking out as it performs and feels more like a high-end brand despite it's more than affordable price mark.

So it's probably pretty easy to see that I'm a huge fan of Pilgrim 55 and will definitely be purchasing from these guys again in the future once I've used up my current skincare products. I think their packaging is simple but slick and I like that the tubs are uniform across the range and that they're glass rather than plastic. They have a great weight to them and they look and feel more luxury than their prices dictate. One thing I forgot to mention about the brand that I also love is the fact that they explicitly display that they never test on animals on all their packaging and clearly list their ingredients so that there is no nasty surprises. If you want to support a very honest, considerate, and environmentally/animal friendly brand, I don't think I could think of a better small business to buy from.

As the products and service from Pilgrim 55 have been so fantastic, they've kindly given me a discount code for anyone who wants to purchase from them in the future. By using the code: NB0247 you will receive 15% off your order (valid for three uses per person!) and will be supporting a brand who are trying to keep skincare ethically sound and sustainable. Please note that I am making no profit from this post or discount code, but I want you guys to have the opportunity to buy into a brand who are just doing good things. I myself will certainly be buying from the brand again in future (I'm looking at you Aloe Retinol Facial Serum and Green Tea Anti-ageing Clay Mask) and will be recommending Pilgrim 55 to friends and family - especially though with dry skin or those who want to delve into anti-ageing products as these two areas seem to be a great focus for this brand. You can find out more information about what Pilgrim 55 are up to on the daily, over on their blog and Twitter.

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