* Disclaimer - These products have been gifted (but my opinions are my own)
As I mentioned in my guide to plastic free beauty, White Rabbit Skincare are a vegan and cruelty free skincare company based in Kilmarnock, Scotland. They make all of their products exclusively by hand in small batches and have a real focus on ethics and quality.
Founder Melanie, is extremely passionate about creating a eco-friendly business which focuses on using packaging that is fully recyclable (and often recycled) to minimise the impact on the environment.
She recently got in touch to ask if I would be interested in trying out some of their products in return for my honest thoughts, which you can find below.
Overall Impressions of White Rabbit Skincare
As I mentioned, one of the big UPS’s of the brand is their focus on using recycled/recyclable packaging. Alongside this, for every packaging item you send back, customers also get fifty pence off each new product they order.
Most of the products come In aluminium bottles or tins, which are extremely sturdy and survived a few overnight trips in my luggage. The only plastic component came in the Glycolic Cleanser, which had a plastic pump. However I appreciate that alternatives to this are hard to source at this point in time.
(However, Melanie did mention in our correspondence that they are in the process of going through a rebrand/redesign and new packaging is part of this overhaul.)
My overall experience of using the products over 4-6 weeks was overwhelmingly positive.
As someone who can’t bear to think about the money I’ve spent on skincare over the years… I found pretty much everything lived up to its price point, with some products representing amazing value compared with some of the seriously high-end bits I’ve tried in the past.
The Products I tried
Glycolic Cleanser - £25 for 100ml (4/5)
As someone who has faced a constant battle with acne for over 14 years now, I have come to rely on these types of products to provide exfoliation and keep my acne and poor skin texture in check. However as I’ve aged, my skin has increasingly moved towards a wonderful combination of dryness and oiliness, which means that aggressive exfoliation can sometimes leave my skin stripped bare.
I love the consistency and ease of application of White Rabbit’s AHA glycolic based cleanser, which is designed to slough away any dead skin cells and reveal brighter, smoother skin. It actually performs notably better than a number of similar, but orders of magnitude more expensive, products I’ve tried over the years.
The only downside is the redness, which is to be expected as blood rushes to the surface in reaction to the chemical process, however this does go away after 20/30 mins. (Do not use whilst rushing to get ready for a night out…)
Personally I use this on my skin only once a week to avoid over-exfoliation which can sometimes increase oil production in the skin.
Comfort Cleansing Balm - £27 for 100ml with facecloth (5/5)
This was without a doubt my favourite product of the lot, which is surprising for someone who usually hates balm cleansers (I usually prefer liquids). Count me now as a one of the converted.
I use this as a second cleanser in the evening after getting the bulk of my makeup off with the cleansing water. I do find that I have to work hard to remove the product with the cloth, but it does leave my skin beautifully soft and hydrated.
I do find that there is sometimes a bit of residue if I’m in a rush, but this can be remedied with a sweep of toner.
Lime & Coconut Cleansing Water - £30 for 200ml (3/5)
As I note above, I tend to only use the cleansing water when I’m wearing makeup (personally I think a double cleanse is a bit overkill if you don’t have any slap to remove). It does a great job of getting rid of lingering traces of liquid eyeliner or heavy night eye looks and has a gorgeous scent to boot.
I’ve taken to applying it with a clean corner of a muslin facecloth, as I don't like throwing away loads of cotton pads, which works well.
Rosehip and Camellia Day Cream - £28 for 100ml (5/5)
If the cleansing balm is my favourite product of the lot, this has to be undoubtedly the best value for money, as 100ml is a generous “serving” for any kind of moisturiser!
Alongside providing just the right amount of moisture for my combination skin, I’ve also found that this also surprisingly works really well as a primer - foundation just seems to glide across it and stick to it!
Orange Blossom and Aloe Vera Toner - £25 for 100ml (2/5)
I have to admit that this product didn’t wow me, but then again, I’ve never been a toner kind of gal.
However after using for a week or so without much luck, I read a tip on the White Rabbit Website which suggested adding an atomiser to the bottle to turn it into a spray.
After a bit of jerry rigging I now use this just before applying moisturiser as a skin pick-me-up, which does seem indulgent, but very refreshing!