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I received a 10ml sample of the Green People Fruitful nights back in September 2011 in my Glossybox. The 10ml sample would set you back £3.60 to try out through the Green Peoples official website, and the full size ( 50ml) is £14.95. Personally, I think £3.60 is a little steep for just 10ml of product!
My sample came in a little white soft plastic squeeze tube with screw lid. Soft plastic is great as it's easily cut open so once you can squeeze no more you can open it up and scoop out the remainder that is clinging onto the sides of the tube. It has an aqua blue strip along one edge, making it look quite clinical. It claims to be 90.1% certified organic, suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
It claims to minimize and eventually banish blemishes, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, smooth skin and texture, as well as removing dead skin cells and reviving tired skin. For use with normal, dry and oily skin, it recommends those with very sensitive skin avoid. I was a little skeptical about it being able to cover all three-skin types but I still gave it a go. The cream itself is quite thick, and smooth. It's grey in colour and it doesn't smell as fruity as you might expect! The smell reminds me of damp cardboard that has started to dry out. Considering it's active ingredients are jojoba, rosehip and hibiscus I was expecting something with a more pleasant fragrance. The unpleasant smell lingers for some time too which is off putting. The cream itself is absorbed easily into the skin but it does leave behind some residue and feels quite heavy for a night cream. I know rosehip is recommended as a treatment for can scars and jojoba a treatment for oily skin, so I was expecting some great results.
Using only at night time, apply a pea sized amount across your face in a tapping motion, avoiding the eye area. Green People recommend you apply this sparingly, which means it is going to last you quite a while. The 10ml sample I received lasted me well over 4 weeks, but after some skin reactions, I had to cease using it, leaving about 1/6th of product left in the tube.
I'm only in my 20s, and as this is designed for ageing skin I wasn't expecting to see any dramatic results. I was surprised however to find my skin was starting to look a lot smoother after a weeks use, especially around my cheeks My skin did feel quite refreshed in the morning once I had rinsed with cool water.
My skin appeared mattified in the morning but felt as though it had a thick film smeared across it. I wouldn't say it improved my acne at all, or controlled my oily skin. I have no fine lines or wrinkles to comment on either. I also noticed that after around a fortnight the skin near the outer corners of my eyes had started to mottle and become dry and sore. I kept to applying it to m t-zone and cheeks but I was quite concerned about the reaction around my eyes (I did try to keep away from them as much as possible!). The smell was pretty over powering too, which made for an unpleasant experience!
It had some good qualities but I cannot see this becoming a staple in my beauty regime. Perhaps for older skin, the rich fatty acids it contains would be beneficial, especially in improving texture and elasticity. It has however, introduced me to the Green People range, which I was previously unaware of and I am intrigued by some of their other organic products!
Green People promote their organic skin care range as 'gentle beauty products that are kind to sensitive skin and exzema.' They are free from parabens, lanolin, sodium laurel sulphate (a known skin irritant) sodium laureth sulphate, GMO's, artificial fragrances, ethyl alcohol and harsh foaming agents and are not tested on animals. Also all formulations are vegetarian. I don't like the idea of animal products in my face cream, so this is nice to know!
Green People products appeal to me as I like natural organic products with as few added chemicals as possible. I've tried their day cream and was impressed with that, so thought I'd give the night cream a try, so that I'm using products from the same range day and night. They have a range of different ones and I decided to try Fruitful Nights, which contains organic apricot, hibiscus and rosehip. It's recommended for normal, dry and even oily skin, so seems okay for any kind of skin really. It's supposed to lift away dead skin cells, minimise fine lines and give skin a soft even texture. However it is not suitable for sensitive skin.
Fruitful Nights comes in a 50ml plastic bottle, with a pump dispenser. The cream is quite light in texture and is absorbed easily into the skin without leaving it too oily. It's got a gentle fruity smell to it, and I found if I accidentally get some on my lips there's a fruity tang, which makes a pleasant change. Some face creams have a really bitter horrible taste to them!
I found it made my skin feel a little tingly, but not in an unpleasant way and this eases off after a few minutes. After only a couple of days of using this as well as the day cream I noticed my skin was clearer and the pores smaller. However I've found that I can't use it every night, as it just isn't quite moisturising enough, and the tingliness starts to increase. Every three or four nights I have a break and use one of my other skin products. I can see where this would be a problem for really sensitive skin.
I'll buy this again. It's good when used carefully, and really helps even out skin texture.
Fruitful Night comes in a 50ml bottle for £12.99 and a 10ml trial size for £3.00. Delivery is free for your first order.
An overnight skin repair that helps to minimises fine lines and blemishes to leave your skin even and soft /