I have a couple of superstars from Latvian brand Madara to share with you today. Madara is a brand that has been around for some time and it is one that I have used a lot over the years, especially as it is one of the few that was readily available when I first started to explore natural beauty products. Both of these products came to me via Love Lula monthly beauty boxes (see my round up of the best natural and cruelty free beauty boxes here) and I am so pleased to have discovered them!
Madara is a brand that is certified by ECOCERT, it focuses on natural ingredients such as Birch water and other plant ingredients growing in the Northern Baltic regions. The range is cruelty free and has many vegan friendly options.
Madara Active AHA peel mask – (£24 for 60 ml) Is a gentle exfoliating mask that uses lactic acid and fruit acids to gently remove dead skin cells and brighten the skin. This is a very fluid mask and it is easy to cover your whole face with only a small amount. It is easily one of the most gentle AHA products I tried, perfect for sensitive skin as lactic acid is more hydrating and less irritating than other acids such as glycolic. When I apply I feel a slight tingling, this is normal with exfoliating products but it shouldn’t feel too uncomfortable, so make sure you patch test before use.
The mask is easy to rinse off and remove and it leaves the skin soft, smooth and soothed. My only slight criticism is that it contains mica which gives it a slight shimmer, whist it isn’t overly glittery, I am not sure the shimmer adds to the function of the mask and suspect it is there simply to add colour. Otherwise this is one of my favourite Madara products, as my skin is very sensitive to other acid exfoliants this is one of the few that doesn’t cause redness or irritation.
Madara Daily Defence cream – (£15 for 60 ml) This is a gorgeous rich cream with lot’s of nourishing and moisturising ingredients. Great for tackling dry skin anywhere, great as a mask for dry skin, on lips, as a hand balm, the list goes on. We have been experiencing some of the worst weather I have ever seen in the UK and this cream was one I opened on a whim to see how it would perform. It exceeded all my expectations and is a really beautiful formulation, gently scented with a slightly addictive fruity scent. Despite it’s rich and healing nature this cream sinks in beautifully without leaving a heavy residue, so is perfect for using throughout the day. I love massaging it in to cuticles and nails as I tend to suffer with very dry hands. This cream isn’t suitable for vegans as it includes lanolin, but it is 100% natural with 20% organic ingredients.
For more skincare recommendations, see my Winter skin saviours post here. Have you tried any of these products from Madara? What are your favourites from the brand?