A Review of Parisian Brand Typology

-If a product is marked with an * then it was PR/Gifted to me. This post contains no sponsored content-
New to the UK, Typology was created by the founder of MADE.com and they provide natural, vegan, cruelty-free products that have been stripped back to basics and don't contain any harsh, suspect chemicals. All of the extracts in their products have been sourced from sustainable farms and are extracted in a gentle way. They offer skincare, bodycare and even Eaux De Parfum! The packaging is simple but still eye-catching, it definitely gives me apothecary vibes. All of their products and packaging is recyclable and they either use glass, recyclable plastic or aluminium. They also have an ingredient blacklist which contains 15 ingredients that you'll never find in their products and an explanation of why. They also make sure to keep their containers flat which means smaller packages that fit inside your mailbox leave a lower carbon footprint.

As soon as I saw their products and read more about the brand itself, I just loved what they're about. I am trying to cut back on single-use plastic where possible and opt for more sustainable brands and Typology definitely fit the bill. There's a lot of known brands that really need to jump on board and start thinking more about the planet and stop just thinking about the money they're putting in their pockets. Anyway, instead of me going off in a rant about brands who are unsustainable and don't seem to be making any considerable changes, here is my review of the skincare products I was kindly sent over to try by Typology which I have been testing out on/off for around a month now.

The first product I'm going to talk about is the Purifying Cleansing Bar RRP £11.80* which contains Eucalyptus globulus essential oil, Spearmint essential oil and Nettle powder and has been made to regulate sebum production, repair and promote damaged skin and rebalance oily skin. I'm still trying to get to grips of using a bar of soap on my face because it still seems a little weird to me. My skin can be a little hit and miss when it comes to soap too. However, it seems to be working well with for my skin so far, I haven't broken out any more than usual or had any irritation from using it. I sometimes find soap can be a little drying but this one definitely isn't. The scent reminds of a soap bar from LUSH but I just can't think of what it was called and it might be something that has been discontinued. But it's got a really nice natural minty scent which is obviously down to the Spearmint essential oil present. I particularly like using it in the morning of the scent is really uplifting and kind of wakes you up. So I will definitely repurchase this as it seems to work well for my skin and it's a great "wake me up" kind of product too and it's great to use on those mornings when you wake up and don't know who you are or what planet you're on haha. 

They also sent me the 7-Ingredient Micellar Water RRP £12.80* which is what it says on the tin. It's a simple, fragrance-free, gentle micellar water that shouldn't upset your skin in any way. I'll be honest I don't usually use micellar water anymore, no real reason why I just tend to use a balm cleanser to remove my make up just because I find it's a little easier and quicker to use. However, I've been reaching for this during the day when my skin is feeling and looking a little oily, especially during the heatwaves we keep getting and it's a really refreshing pick-me-up. 

They also have a range of LAB serums which are highly concentrated in active ingredients which help you to treat your skin concerns effectively. The serums should be applied before your moisturiser onto clean skin.

The 0.3% Retinol RRP £14.80* is a great starter retinol with the strength only being 0.3%, meaning you can let your skin get used to it before moving onto a stronger strength if you wish to. Retinol is supposed to be great for fine lines and wrinkles as it helps stimulate cell regeneration and build up collagen. It's something I've been wanting to try properly for a while but I'll admit I have been a little wary because I've heard people say that it makes their skin peel as it renews. This one hasn't made my skin peel so far, you do have to be careful of other products in your routine as it can obviously react but a quick search on google should help you understand what you should and shouldn't use alongside Retinol. I do think my complexion is looking more evened out which I'm pretty sure is down to the Retinol.

The 1% Bakuchiol RRP £14.80* has definitely been a standout product for me. I'm pretty sure I haven't used Bakuchiol before and I'm honestly regretting it so much because it seems to really help to clear up active spots. It's a lightweight serum and a little goes a long way but it is a little greasy so I tend to use it at night on any areas where it's needed. 

Next is the 10% Azelaic Acid RRP £11.80* which helps to reduce excess sebum and mattifies oily skin which obviously sounds like a dream to anyone who has an oilier skin type. I haven't really reached for this a lot because I've been using the Retinol and Bakuchiol more but I can see a difference in my oiliness when I've used it so it does do what it says.

The last serum I've tried from the LAB serums range is the 3% Hyaluronic Acid + 2% B5 RRP £19.80*. I don't feel like I personally need to use Hyaluronic Acid serums that often because the skin of my skin being more on the oilier side and I tend to only have dry patches here and there. So although it does leave your skin feeling very soft and plump, it's not something I would repurchase as I feel like my moisturiser does a good enough job.

Lastly is the Hydrolate Organic Fine Lavender RRP £8.80* which can be used to purify both your skin and your scalp and has been created for oily and combination skin types. I'll be honest I really don't like the smell of this, I was expecting it to smell nice with it being Lavender but it smells very natural and almost soil-like to me, however the smell doesn't stick around for too long after using it (thankfully!) and I do feel like it's an extra step in my routine that helps to calm my skin down, especially if I'm breaking out. I haven't used it as a scalp treatment yet just because I was worried it was going to strip my freshly dyed hair but it is fading a little now so I will give it a go soon and see if it helps my hair. I do have quite oily roots so I should notice a difference straight away if it does help.

Overall I've thoroughly enjoyed trying out the selection of skincare from Typology. There are definitely some products that stand out to me more than others and I will be repurchasing the Cleansing Bar, 1% Bakuchiol and the 0.3% Retinol. I've already got my eyes on a few other products on the website that I want to try which are the 7% Niacinamide Soothing Toner, 5% Caffeine + 5% Niacinamide Eye Serum and their Perfume Discovery Sets.

Have you tried anything from Typology?

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