When it comes to bloggers reviewing beauty products, it’s easy to trial the product for a day or two and then make a hasty decision about whether or not the brand works for you.
We see this all the time in the beauty space.
Whether the product is organic or otherwise, the review usually goes something like, ‘Hey guys, welcome to my channel/blog! Here’s the product, here are the ingredients. Did I mention I love this brand because they gave me something for free?! You should definitely buy it because it solved ALL of my concerns…’.
While it’s easy to both create and read positive reviews like the one above, that sort of review truly provides no value at all.
It would save everyone who then purchases said reviewed product a whole lot of time and money if bloggers and vloggers were more honest about how products really work for them and what drew them to collaborate with a brand in the first place.
So, that’s what I’m going to attempt to do here.
SCOUT Organic Active Beauty
In early December, SCOUT reached out to me to trial their Organic Active Beauty products. I had heard about their cosmetics range through Nourished Life (affiliate link) previously, so I was immediately intrigued by their invitation.
Since receiving their gifted products, I have been using SCOUT for an entire month now (where did the time go?!). The best part? I have no intention to stop any time soon!
Upon first real impression, SCOUT seemed like a genuinely well-researched brand. They don’t exploit their goodness to position themselves any higher than anyone else and they really know their stuff. I always admire that in a business.
Plus, all their products are BOTH certified by COSMOS and ACO Certified Organic and are vegan and cruelty-free. Not to mention, they have built their skincare range around the use of Australian Superfoods.
As I’ve been researching a bit more about uses for Australian native plants, discovering that SCOUT uses Australian botanicals is what ultimately drew me to their products!
Active Ingredients + Australian Superfoods
SCOUT gave me three products; their super fruit exfoliating wash-off cleanser with blueberries, grape skin and açaí, their vitamin c brightening serum with Kakadu plum, turmeric and rosehip, and their balance and replenish light moisturiser with calendula, red mandarin and pumpkin.
Upon unboxing, I was overwhelmed with all the goodness in each of these bottles!
Each ingredient list is, in my opinion, flawless. I always get a bit freaked out when I read ‘parfum (fragrance)’ on a bottle but after immediately contacting SCOUT I was assured that this ingredient is (and only is) essential oils.
Each product I trialled contains SCOUT’s Signature Superfood Blend amongst other active ingredients. The blend contains:
- Desert lime: high in Vitamin C, prevents pigmentation.
- Davidson plum: antioxidant, soothes irritation, protects from free radical damage, stimulates collagen production.
- Kangaroo apple: anti-inflammatory, helps the healing process and reduces redness.
If you’d like to take a deeper peek into the ingredients that SCOUT use, you can find their full ingredients page here.
Along with the Superfood Blend, SCOUT’s super fruit exfoliating cleanser contains organic blueberry extract and açaí berry oil; rich antioxidants that help to prevent everyday damage. Açaí berry oil is also packed with Omega, 3, 6, and 9 to retain moisture.
The beautiful natural purple tone of the cleanser also comes from grape skin extract, which works to nourish and strengthen the outermost layer of your skin.
At the end of the day, this is a good cleanser.
It’s actually natural, feels gentle, foams just the right amount, cleans well, and a little goes a long way. While my skin can feel a little dry if I don’t moisturise immediately after using this cleanser, I think that’s more of a reflection of my skin and not the quality of the product.
I’ve never really been into serums. They’ve always felt unnecessary and – for lack of a better word – cosmetic. For a long time, serums felt like something I’d only use if I had the money and the time to spare (so, never? ?).
While I have tried a few serums before, none have ever really stuck until I forced myself to use SCOUT’s brightening serum every evening. I now genuinely look forward to using this serum.
While SCOUT suggests you apply this serum twice a day, I find my skin doesn’t respond well if I put too much on it. So currently, I just use the moisturiser in the morning and the serum at night.
Although this product is designed to ‘brighten’ (after years of reading product descriptions for beauty brands I still don’t know what that even means?!), I’ve found it does a better job, for me, at reducing inflammation and redness. In fact, it does an incredible job.
Active ingredients for this recipe include curcumin, the antibacterial, active ingredient in turmeric (my faaaavourite spice for food and life!). There is also Kakadu plum to protect the skin and a dash of miracle rosehip oil for a bit of Omega 3, 6, and 9.
Out of all the products gifted to me by SCOUT, I’d definitely re-purchase this one.
SCOUT’s balance and replenish light moisturiser is an excellent everyday moisturiser. However, I’m still on the fence about whether or not it is right for my skin.
Throughout December, I applied a pump or two every morning for a month. I found that while it did a great job at nourishing and healing my skin, by the end of most days my skin felt greasy.
Again, this could be a reflection of oily skin or, as per my sneaky suspicion, it could have something to do with the coconut oil in the product. For me, coconut oil has always been one of those moisturisers that initially makes my skin feel great until I pay for the oil’s comedogenic properties a few days later.
Nevertheless, this moisturiser is packed with some incredible ingredients, too! The ingredients list not only features anti-inflammatory fig and bergamot, but also protective Kakadu plum and exfoliating pumpkin seed and sea buckthorn fruit oils.
It all sounds delicious, honestly.
If your skin is sensitive to comedogenic oils and/or clogs easily, I’d give this one a miss. However, if you’re in desperate need of a bit of quality hydration combined with a bit of Australian Superfood magic, then this may be the moisturiser you’ve been dreaming of.
Overall, I’m genuinely impressed with the research, richness, and quality that’s been manifested into SCOUT’s Organic Active Beauty range.
As with any skincare review, it’s important to remember that good skin health is a holistic process. Even then, if you exercise often, eat well, manage your stress, and use clean beauty products, there are still no promises.
So, I’m not even going to propose that SCOUT cured all my concerns or performed any miracles because ingredients and products are only a fraction of the recipe toward happy skin. But, for the record, I think SCOUT’s Organic Active Beauty range does a pretty damn good job.
(I think the fact that I’m still using all the products after one month speaks for itself, really!).
Got a question about SCOUT Organic Active Beauty? Leave a comment or message me on Instagram or Facebook.
You can find SCOUT’s website here or you can dive deeper into their story over on their Facebook and Instagram.
This is not a paid post (unless you count the goodies received) 🙂