I figured the best way to try out the brand would be to order one of the discovery/travel sets sooo that's what I did! I think it around mid-April when I bought the Sensitive Skin Discovery Set (I don't think this particular set is available anymore but they have a few other sets with various products from the range!) It was $39.00 when I bought it which was about £26.00 at the time - yes a little on the pricey side plus I had to pay postage for shipping from the USA to the UK but I really wanted to try them out!
The first product in the set is the Honey and Oat Gentle Deep Pore Cleanser (full size $24.00/approx. £15.00). Unfortunately about a quarter of the bottle had leaked everywhere by the time it was delivered to me in the mail. This was slightly annoying considering it's supposed to be a travel bottle so I expected the seal to be better, but maybe I had a faulty bottle or something! Anyway despite the loss of product I'm surprised to say I still have some of this left 4 months later after using this several times a week!! A little really goes a long way with this honey and citrus scented cleanser. You just need to massage in to wet skin, let it foam slightly and rinse. It removes makeup really well, doesn't irritate my eyes and also leaves my skin feeling soft too. I think I'll miss this when it runs out so I might consider getting a full-sized bottle (I just hope that one won't leak too!)
Ingredients: Organic Aloe Leaf Juice, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Coco Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Oat Extract, Olive Leaf Extract, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Beta-Carotene, Honey, Panthenol (Vitamin B-5), Potassium Sorbate, Orange Peel Oil, Ylang Ylang Flower Oil, Lavender Oil, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Phospholipids, Disodium Edta, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol.
Ingredients: Organic Aloe Juice, Coconut RBD Oil, Jojoba Wax Beads, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Emulsifying Wax, Palm Stearic Acid, Walnut Shell Powder, Phenoxyethanol, Lemon Essential Oil, Organic Green Papaya Extract, Organic Pineapple Extract, Organic Papaya Extract, Sweet Orange Essential Oil, Xanthan Gum (Polysaccharide Gum), Sodium Benzoate, Glucolactone, Quince Juice, Licorice Extract, Acai Fruit Pulp Powder, Sugar Cane, Banana Fruit Puree, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid.
The Charcoal Detoxifying Facial Mask (full size $34.00/approx. £22.00) was also included in this set which is specifically for dry, mature or sensitive skin. It has quite a runny consistency and is greyish in colour. To use just apply an even layer to your face and neck (avoiding eye area of course) and leave for 10-15 minutes before rinsing. When I've used this I really do feel like my pores have been unclogged and my skin seems to look less dull. It is slightly pricey for a mask though so I might try to find a cheaper alternative.
Ingredients: Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Rooibos Tea Extract, Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Emulsifying Wax, Organic Jojoba Oil, Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE), Xanthan Gum (Polysaccharide Gum), Green Tea Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Ester), DL-Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B5), Acai Fruit Pulp Powder, Hyaluronic Acid, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Charcoal, Black Willowbark Extract, Pomegranate Extract, Essential Oils.
The penultimate product in this set is the Blue Green Algae Antibacterial Toner (full size $18.00/approx. £11.50). This toner has a lovely lavender fragrance and is aimed at acne-prone and problem skin. I haven't particularly had acne since my mid teens but this would have been great for me back then! For my skin now though I don't feel like it does much for me and sometimes it even makes my skin a teeny bit red after using. I much prefer my Botanicals Skin Tonic (reviewed here and here) so I won't be repurchasing this in full size. (P.S. this toner contains Phenoxyethanol too by the way just incase that concerns you.)
Ingredients: Organic Aloe Leaf Juice, Organic Kelp Extract, Organic Blue Green Algae Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Hyaluronic Acid, Black Willowbark Extract, Acai Fruit Pulp Powder, Dead Sea Salt, Polysorbate, Tea Tree Essential Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Glucolactone, Citric Acid, Certifed Organic Lavender Hydrosol.
Finally there's the Citrus Cream Moisturiser (full size $29.00/approx. £18.50). I really like this moisturiser as it's so light but still sufficiently hydrating and is perfect for using underneath makeup. I was slightly disappointed to find this also contains Phenoxyethanol, but as I haven't quite decided what my thoughts are on this ingredient yet I'm going to keep using it until I find a cheaper alternative (£18.50 is a bit too expensive for an everyday moisturiser in my opinion!) If cost wasn't an issue though I would probably keep this in my skincare routine!
Ingredients:Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe Vera) Juice, Hibiscus Sp. (Hibiscus) Flower Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed) Oil, Rosa Mosqueta (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Emulsifying Wax, Palm Stearic Acid, Vegetable Glycerin, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Phenoxyethanol, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Beta Carotene (Pro Vitamin A), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Ester), Euterpe Oleracea (Acai Fruit) Pulp Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, DMAE (Dimethylaminoethanol), Dl-panthenol (Pro-vitamin B5), Xanthan Gum (Polysaccharide Gum), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Oleoresin, Azadirachta Indica (Neem) Oil, Citrus Cinensis (Sweet Orange) Essential Oil, Citrus Deliciosa (Mandarin) Essential Oil, Citrus Limonium (Lemon) Essential Oil, Citrus Arauntifolia (Lime) Essential Oil, Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot) Essential Oil, Litsea Cubeba (Litsea) Essential Oil, Citrus Aurantium (Neroli) Essential Oil, Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Essential Oil, Citric Acid.
Have you tried any Michael Todd products? Also I'd love to hear your thoughts on Phenoxyethanol as I'm a little bit clueless on that one?!