What is Au Natural and why is this an important brand to know about? Once we know the answers to those questions we can better understand what makes their line an essential one.
Au Natural was created by New Zealand founders Tracy and Tony Ahern who have been in the beauty business for 30 years. They were determined to create an effective clean beauty brand that used New Zealand’s best and most natural ingredients. They were also very concerned about packaging and didn’t want to put a strain on the environment. That’s one of the reasons why their products are refillable. In addition they wanted to use Manuka Honey since it’s considered one of the best healing ingredients in the world. Their products are devoid of preservatives, parabens, nano-particles and toxic fillers.
I was sent the products in their DISCOVERY KIT, a 14 day supply of 4 travel size essential products from Au Natural. It’s a wonderful way to learn their line, have enough for travel and see how great their products are. I’ve been using these products for weeks. (I have full size products.)
4 products are in the Discovery Kit: Remove Cleanser, Prepare Lotion (Toner), AM Day Serum & PM Night Cream. Each are Manuka honey-based products that are extremely effective and smell good too. They’ve been designed to repair and care, it nourishes healthy skin by stimulating cell turnover and supporting it to maintain a low pH balance.
REMOVE CLEANSER: Start and end the day with this creamy cleanser. It uses Active 16+ Manuka Honey and concentrated plant extracts. Not only does it cleanse and purify your skin but it helps with removing bacteria and environmental toxins.
To use, pump an almond size amount in your palm and add about two drops of water. Rub the cleanser and you’ll notice it becomes creamy. It’s safe to use all over your face, even your eyes. I haven’t seen if it would remove eye makeup though since I barely ever wear it these days. Massage it gently and then rinse clean. It leaves my skin feeling hydrated and clean but not squeaky clean which would be a no-no.
PREPARE LOTION (Toner) is a lotion and toner that contains retinol & kiwifruit (vitamin C). Using this helps to remove any traces of cleanser left while creating a protective barrier between your skin and makeup.
It’s a clear spray that you apply after cleansing. I cover my eyes and spray for a few seconds or spray this onto my hands and pat it on. Prepare helps keep the pH balance of your skin and with the use of Vitamin C helps with skin’s brightness. It’s also recommended to be used on your body to tone, tighten and even out the skin.
AM DAY SERUM is really unique. As a “connoisseur” of serums I’ve yet to find any like this. How many times have your seen a serum in a tin? One that is white and creamy? I haven’t. And like all Au Natural products it’s easy to refill. This works as both a primer and a moisturizer. It’s lightweight and once warmed on your skin you gently rub it in. Then follow with another moisturizer or, in my case, a creamy sunscreen.
To protect you from daily environmental damage AM Day Serum Manuka honey moisturizer contains New Zealand Ponga seed fern oil & Manuka honey. (Hero ingredients: Grape Seed Extract, NZ Ponga Seed Fern Oil, Majestem – Plant cells, active for tightening & lifting, Manuka honey.)
PM NIGHT CREAM WITH MANUKA HONEY has the advantage of bee venom as one of its ingredients. You’ve got the beauty of Manuka Honey, the advantage of New Zealand Bee Venom and Evening Primrose Oil. To top it off it has a light almond scent leading me into dreamland with the fragrance of marzipan.
While you are sleeping your skin should be working on repairing itself and making it stronger. PM Night Cream does this actively with micro-damage/micro-repair, stimulating collagen and elastin production.
The Discovery Kit is a complete bargain. You get all 4 items I’ve shared with you for just $19.95. You won’t believe it unless you try it. These are NOT the sample sizes you’d get from one of the subscriptions or as a gwp. These are bigger and fab! I’m so impressed with every single product in this kit and I love that you can buy refills so that there’s no waste of the original packaging. — Marcia
Animal testing is not our thing and our products are cruelty free. All our products are also New Zealand Vegetarian Society approved, meeting their very strict auditing criteria. Our products are vegetarian, except our Collagen Powder – Hair. Skin. Nails. Au Natural Skinfood contains only natural ingredients, are paraben- and perfume-free, safe for pregnancy and healthy for your skin.