Zuzka Natural Beauty – Skincare Selection
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The name “Zuzka” is slovakian for Susan, and Zuzka Natural Beauty was named by owner Susan Kohutova inspired by her Slovakian husband. Medical research shows that significant amounts of cosmetic ingredients (including some carcinogenic substances) penetrate the skin & end up in the blood stream – with this in mind, only certified organic herbs, plants & flowers free from pesticides & chemicals are used in Zuzka cosmetics. They are also free from harsh detergents, sodium lauryl sulphate, synthetic ingredients, parabens, animal ingredients or artificial fragrance.
I was sent three Zuzka skincare products to try – Organic Precious Oil, Coconut Cream Cleanser and Cool Blue Contour Day Cream.
Organic Precious Oil
Created for oily/problematic skin Organic Precious Oil contains calendula, soya & jojoba oils blended with organic essential oils including lavender, tea tree & lemongrass. The citrusy scent of the lemongrass really comes through, it smells divine and warming. I have combination skin with an oily chin and nose and I regularly suffer with spots and blemishes. I’ve been applying Organic Precious Oil to my skin at night after cleansing and my skin has felt soft and nourished when I wake up in the morning, plus my skin seems to have been clearer than usual. Zuzka recommends applying around 4 drops of the oil, but I find that I need nearer to 7 drops to fully coat my whole face – my forehead is rather dry though and soaks up the oil quickly.
UPDATE 19th August 2017 – the Organic Precious Oil doesn’t seem to be available any more, and has been replaced with Zuzka Organic Rosehip Oil which is a blend of of rosehip, calendula, evening primrose, jojoba & the ultimate cell regenerating rose essential oil. Zuzka Organic Rosehip Oil is priced at £18 for 30ml.
Coconut Cream Cleanser
Aimed at oily and problematic skins Coconut Cream Cleanser is from Zuzka’s Derma Care range. The first thing to strike me about this cleanser was the fantastic coconut-ty smell, it’s quite strong and uplifting and you can smell it as soon as you’ve pumped the cleanser into your hand.
Coconut Cream Cleanser is a thick white lotion that feels quite light on the skin, I have found that the best way to use it is to massage it into the skin in a circular motion then remove it gently using a muslin cloth. Unfortunately the pump dispenser broke on my sample after only using it twice so I haven’t been able to give a thorough testing, but my initial impressions are that it’s a nice cream cleanser with a fab coconut scent.
Coconut Cream Cleanser is priced at £20 for a 150ml bottle, available from Zuzka.
Cool Blue Contour Day Cream
Cool Blue Contour Day Cream is a day moisturiser, it’s a pale blue coloured whipped light cream that contains sea minerals, including kelp. I was put off a little bit when I saw that it was blue as I don’t think of blue as a particularly natural colour when it comes to skincare, but it’s a nice, light day moisturiser and it has a similar lemony scent to the Organic Precious Oil.
Being whipped it sinks into the skin really quickly and you can apply make-up literally straight after without any greasiness being left on the skin. I don’t find it quite nourishing enough for my dry forehead, particularly in this cold, harsh weather, but I think it would be really good in Summer when I don’t need a moisturiser that is quite as rich.
Cool Blue Contour Day Cream is priced at £34.99 for a 50ml pot, available from Zuzka.
Overall a good trio of natural skincare products and Zuzka Natural Beauty, based in Dorset, is definitely a brand that I’ll be keeping an eye out for over the coming years. I’m not too keep on the packaging, it looks a bit industrial for a natural beauty brand, but I suppose the main thing is what’s inside. Zuzka is also developing a range of mineral make-up which I’d be interested to try in the future.
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