I’ll admit it — I’m slightly obsessed with PHB Ethical Beauty.
Their products are cruelty-free, palm oil-free, vegan, and Halal, plus 15% of their profits go to charity. They make practically every beauty product you can think of, from mascara to body scrubs to candles, and their prices are reasonable too, starting at £3.95 for a bar of soap. (And their soaps last forever.)
Basically, they’re an excellent starting point if you’d like to branch out from the high street and try an independent cruelty-free brand.
Today I’m going to be looking at two products that are designed to brighten your skin and even it out, to see if they live up to the claims. Let’s get started.
Skin Brighten Gel*, £13.75 for 120ml (v)
- Immortelle (regenerative properties)
- Neroli (rich in Vitamin C)
- Licorice (anti-inflammatory)
- Aloe vera (healing)
This is a curious little product. It’s not sticky, but it’s not particularly moisturising either, so I tend to use a very light layer of it underneath my moisturiser. The neroli fragrance is quite strong, so I’m wary of putting too much on my face at one time. I’d like to see how this gel fares as an aftersun in the summer, especially with all the aloe vera.
Skin Brighten Gel definitely makes my skin look more awake in the mornings, which is always welcome, but I’m not sure it’s made much of a difference to my acne scars. They have faded a little, but I’m not sure if this is because of my prescription cream, my medication, or this gel.
I think my favourite thing about this product is the packaging. The old-school label makes me think of Harry Potter and apothecaries, and it looks lovely on display.
Brightening Eye Gel*, £16.95 for 15ml (v)
- Neroli (rich in Vitamin C)
- White birch
I’ve been using the Brightening Eye Gel for nearly three months now and there’s still some left! Like the Skin Brighten Gel, this product is smooth rather than sticky, and it absorbs into the skin fairly quickly.
It actually feels quite refreshing on sore eyes, although the neroli scent might be a bit much for some, and although the difference in my under-eye area isn’t huge, it’s noticeable — my eyes look more wide awake. I’ll be sad when this runs out.
Both products did improve the appearance of my skin. I’m not sure I love the Skin Brighten Gel quite enough to go out and buy it, but I’d consider getting the Brightening Eye Gel if I had some extra cash to spare! You can find them both online at LoveLula.
What are your favourite brightening skincare products? Let me know in the comments!
(v) = vegan
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Beth, 25, South East England.
Lover of books, dogs, yoga, travel, gin, and the Oxford comma.
I write about cruelty-free beauty, vegan & veggie food, and trying to lead a less wasteful life. I throw the odd think piece in there, too.