La Belle Lune First Impressions

La Belle Lune Organic Skin was my first purchase in my new-found status as a ‘beauty blogger’. I would never have discovered this if it wasn’t for Instagram – so thank you to the amazing ladies out there who love and recommend this.

When deciding what I was going to buy to kick start my blog, I did ALOT of research and La Belle Lune quickly went to the top of my list. Reading through its creator Annabelle’s Instagram feed I realised that this was a no brainer. Annabelle has been through her fair share of skin troubles and on her journey to healing her skin she “discovered the incredible benefits of cold pressed seed oils and essential oils for healing and nourishment”.

She created this product, as so many of the founders of amazing small brands do, because she found ingredients that worked wonders for her and wanted to share them with others who have been through the same experience as she has.

So, as someone who still suffers from troublesome skin, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this.

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What do they say?

La Belle Lune has been created to “feed and deeply nourish the skin”. It is full of  Vitamins A, B, B1, B2, B6, C, D and E, Amino Acids, Beta Carotene and Omegas 3, 6, 7 and 9. Its ingredients have been thoughtfully bought together to “protect against free radicals, reduce inflammation, restore and balance moisture, stimulate cell renewal, encourage collagen production, repair tissue damage and therefore slow down the ageing of cells”.

The product is housed in the increasingly popular Miron violet glass (think May Lindstrom), which protects the oil from UV rays which can degrade the ingredients. There is a great post here on the website which talks about the testing that has been carried out on the glass to prove its efficacy.

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Ingredients

Rosa Rubiginosa (Rosehip Seed Oil) Silybum Marianum (Milk Thistle Seed Oil) Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond Oil) Salvia Hispanica (Chia Seed Oil) Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn Oil) Persea Gratissima (Avocado Oil) Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender Essential Oil) Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Seed Oil) Rosa Damascena (Rose Otto Essential Oil) Boswellia Carterii (Frankincense Essential Oil) Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot Seed Essential Oil) Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary Leaf Extract)

*d-Limonene, *Geraniol, *Linalol, *Farnesol

*Naturally occurring in Essential Oils

I’ll be honest, I previously shied away from anything featuring some of the ‘stronger’ essential oils such as lavender and rosemary. Not because I had ever had a reaction to them in other products, just because something in the back of my mind told me they were ‘harsh’. However, I read such amazing reviews about this oil I went for it anyway.

All the ingredients are organic, meaning the plants they are extracted from are optimally potent in the nutrients which benefit our skin.

The ingredients that really piqued my interest and stood out from some of the more familiar oils were Milk Thistle Oil, Chia Seed Oil and Sea Buckthorn Oil.

La Belle Lune’s website has a wonderful page detailing the properties of each ingredient. It’s worth a read if you are keen on buying this oil, or are an ingredient junkie!

How do I use it?

I use La Belle Lune as I would any other oil, in the evening, on its own or after serum.

The name of product is a pretty decent indicator that this oil is for night-time use only. Some ingredients can react when exposed to UV so Annabelle recommends only using this at night, and of course wearing SPF during the day.

What do I think?

Let me start with where my skin was at when I first used this. I was at the tail-end of a pretty hefty breakout. I had a number of active blemishes and many more that were healing but still inflamed.

It felt very ‘active’ the first night I tried it. I used it alone, straight on top of my toner, and I did feel like I needed something else for some extra moisture. Despite this, I woke up the next day and my skin looked amazingly calm. Inflammation was reduced in all blemishes, active and healing, and my skin had a light glow.

The second morning my skin felt plump and hydrated and my blemishes were healing fast.  After four days of solo use I started to incorporate it into my regular routine and it has slotted in nicely. (Though I do still feel it needs a little help to ensure my skin is really hydrated.)

It smells very definitely of lavender, which is lovely and calming for a night-time product. It applies nicely – non-greasy and it sinks in well.

For me, the power of this product lies in its healing properties, and I am more than OK with having an oil that plays a specific role in my skincare stash. When my blemishes are really active I will use Sunday Riley Artemis (read why here); when they are healing I will use La Belle Lune. I didn’t find it quite fulfilled my hydrating and moisturising needs, but then I usually rely on Jordan Samuel’s Étoile for that. I LOVE oils, so I am more than happy to have a wardrobe of them that do different things, rather than have lots of oils that do the same thing (ie. I can feel less guilty about having so many!!)

I just want to touch on the customer service experience I have had with La Belle Lune. Actually, to be honest I can’t really call it customer service because it was far more personal than that.

I posted an Instagram showing the product as soon as I opened it and had tried it on my hand. I commented that it smelled strongly of lavender. What followed was a great conversation between some fellow skincare Instagrammers about the properties of lavender oil and some research which has shown it to be phototoxic (turns toxic when exposed to daylight). It got a little heated and Annabelle chimed in saying that lavender oil can make skin sensitive to sunlight, which is why La Belle Lune is a night-time product.

She then followed up personally with me to make sure I wasn’t worried about using the product and to reassure me that the product is safe. We then carried on chatting about other products, ingredients and the passion we both have for healing the skin from the inside out through intelligent nutrition and supplement use. I feel so honoured that Annabelle took so much of her time to chat to me, as she does with so many of her other customers.

For me, so much of skincare is about the experience. The product has to work, but I also have to love using it. Annabelle has added a whole other level to my experience with La Belle Lune, and for that reason alone I can see myself staying loyal to this brand for a long-time. I can’t wait to see what she does next!

La Belle Lune is £46 for 20ml, from labellelune.com  (free worldwide delivery).

[While this is 10ml less than most oils, for a similar price, I actually don’t have an issue with this as I rarely get through 30ml before the product expires]

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