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PHB Ethical Beauty – moisturiser and BB cream

PHB Ethical Beauty – moisturiser and BB cream Posted on 19/02/20175 Comments
Ahoy, hello! My name is Jenny. I am a thirty-something human female from Manchester in the north of England. I enjoy rainy days and sad songs, custard donuts and salt & pepper chips and beer, lentil dhal and fried okra, X-Files and Twin Peaks, fierce fat heroines and mental health advocates, dogs and cats and otters and a very special beirdo. To paraphrase Sylvia Plath: "I blog because there is a voice within me that insists on writing lots of ridiculous chuff".

Yanno friends, the last few months have been a bit up-and-down. For a good ol’ fashioned bit of splendid news to come along was exactly what I needed early in the new year when Vegan Life magazine let me know I’d won a competition on their Facebook page. A £50 voucher for PHB Ethical Beauty was MINE. That’s a double squee right there.

I’ve had a couple of their products on my Pinterest vegan beauty wishlist board for a while now (aka the It’s Never Going To Happen Board but hey, that’s what Pinterest is for, right?) so I was super excited at the chance to check ’em out.

PHB (‘pure, handmade, british’) tick pretty much every ‘natural’ box going…

  • No Alcohol
  • No Animal Ingredients\No Animal Testing
  • No Parabens
  • No SLS / SLeS / ALS
  • No Palm Oil
  • No Synthetic Fragrance / Parfum
  • No Colourants /Dyes
  • No PEG / Petrochemicals
  • No Formaldehyde
  • No DEA / TEA / Phthalates
  • No Urea

They state all of their ingredients are organic and ethically sourced (using cooperatives where possible, including co-ops overseas) and a portion of their net profits go to charity. It would be great to see them included in this list of skincare brands rated on their ethics by Ethical Consumer magazine (eek, Superdrug skincare not strong here….)

All said, PHB products aren’t cheap, but I really like what they stand for and that their ethics go beyond the non-use of animal products.

But back to it, what did I splash out on?

Well, as frequent readers of my blog will know (you lucky pups) my skin can be super oily, and in the past couple of years I’ve had more breakout-prone skin as I’ve forced my body through some weird hormonal stuff (contraception changes, etc). Until very recently, I used a mattifying ‘blemish control’ serum in the morning, and a ‘balancing’ (but richer) moisturiser at night. I love that you can filter by skin type on the PHB website, and that I could navigate right to the oily/blemish prone section. I went for the lavender and tamanu moisturiser. (Folks, tamanu oil is a non edible nut oil used in skincare products, and I didn’t know that either.)

I’m secretly an old lady, so I love lavender scented stuff. I love actual lavender, and the number of lavender plants I’ve killed over the years really breaks my heart. But thankfully I can still pick up products like this and get my lavender fix. The cream smells delightful; any whiff of ~botanics and this girl is highly impressed. I’ve actually been using it both morning and night for a few weeks now and my skin’s feeling pretty good. No breakouts (yet) but since I just got a new hormonal IUD fitted recently, it remains to be seen whether this cream can successfully battle the horrifying spectre of ‘female’ reproductive health options….

You guys, at £17.95 it ain’t cheap, but if it manages to keep my skin in good condition until the pot is empty then I think I could certainly be persuaded to buy another.

As summer approaches (HA HA HA) I also wanted to try out another BB cream, as the couple I have (Tropic and Superdrug own brand) are not quite doing it for me. (The Tropic is lovely in so many ways but too dark for my pasty complexion.)

What I love about this guy is that the palest is actually pale….

At £18.95, still not cheap, but if you’re looking for a light coverage through the summer (HA HA HA) months then this might be the one for you, particularly with the SPF 15. I’ve been using it as a mixer with other ‘pale’ foundations (that are actually too dark) and for that, it’s great. Definitely one for a natural look, it blends in super well and my skin feels lovely.

The colour options are pretty limited, and it would be super to see PHB catering for much darker skin tones. Having said that, it’s rare to find a ‘porcelain’ that really is so pale, and I might check out the foundation ‘proper’ at some point if I’m feeling flush.

And if you want to see both in action, here’s my face with only the moisturiser and BB cream, then a little powder on top….

No filter! Also I am 35, so all in all, not bad.

Also on my face:

  • MUA Skin Define Hydro Powder
  • Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter
  • Barry M Eye Define liquid eyeliner
  • Barry M Illuminating Strobe Cream
  • Soap & Glory Thick & Fast mascara
  • Barry M eyebrow pencil
  • An ancient Urban Decay eyeshadow palette (for brows)
  • An ancient pot of Barry M glitter
  • ELF lip stain stuff

(Remember you can check ingredients in the Skin Deep database, which links to PETA’s own database. I know, it’s PETA, but there it is.)

Have you tried anything from PHB? As far as high end vegan-friendly skincare goes, they seem like a very decent and ethically forward-thinking option to me!

I bought this gear myself because I wanted to and because I won a voucher; ain’t been sponsored.

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  1. Yay, for competitions! I won some lovely hand cream last year but at £86 a pot I won’t be buying it again 🙂 The products sound great and your skin looks fab. I’ve not used PHB myself but I bought my mum a shower gel and body lotion a few years ago and she seemed to like them. The Ethical Consumer list is an eye opener! Wow, shocked to see Body Shop so low. I’ve tried to use Superdrug stuff as I’m on a budget but I didn’t like it at all. My main range I use is Dead Sea Magik. The majority of their stuff is vegan and it’s reasonably priced. I can be prone to stress related eczema and their products really keep it in check.

    1. Holy moly, £86 is bonkers for hand cream! I will check out Dead Sea Magik for sure. PHB are lovely but one for the Christmas list maybe 🙂

  2. I love lavender too! A drop on my pillow and it knocks me right out! I hadn’t even heard of this company but I’m happy to see it exists in the the realm of higher end, ethical beauty products. Nice you could try it out thanks to the competition, would be such a bummer to pay full price and find out the product doesn’t agree with your skin. I’m a pretty simple coconut oil kinda gal myself but when I’m at my parents house I get into all of mom’s fancy aussie products 😉

    1. I’d be curious to see the effects of coconut oil on my face since I’m already oily as heck! I’m a complete sucker for anything ~botanic in m’bathroom though. I’ve actually found some super nice Aussie vegan skincare stuff in TK Maxx before now!

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