Beauty review: Carol Priest’s beautiful cleanser and toner duo

It’s always a good idea to track down a richer cleanser when the temperature starts to cool down, it can definitely help address the dryness that comes with the cooler air and when used correctly can make a real difference to your skin’s health and wellbeing. I love a rich cleanser year round given my skin type, and think everyone needs one in their skincare “wardrobe” for when sensitivity or dryness are at play.
With that in mind, I was super excited when I received a parcel a few weeks ago from New Zealand skincare brand, Carol Priest that included a cleanser and toner that have slotted seamlessly into my routine – and I’ve become a raving fan. I had hitherto not been aware of the brand, which has actually been “pioneering the path towards chemical-free beauty” since its establishment way back in 1988. Long before the beauty industry at large recognised the need for more gentle and eco-friendly alternatives, Priest was creating some very special formulas from her base in Nelson. A visionary scientist formerly associated with the pharmaceutical giant Glaxo Smith Kline, the brand has grown an army of fans globally, flying slightly under the radar while making a difference in the health of skins all around the world.

But back to the brand’s Lavender & Manuka Honey Cleansing Cream, which is an absolute joy to use and soothes and nurtures skin beyond belief. Key ingredients in the mix include active New Zealand Manuka Honey and South Island New Zealand distilled true Lavender and Lavandin Grosso Essential Oils, while Mānuka Honey, commonly used for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, helps to cleanse skin of surface impurities while reducing the appearance of redness. The ideal recipe for slightly sensitive, mature skin like mine, it glides onto a dry face with ease before transforming into a creamy lather with a few drops of warm water. I love that it cuts through makeup without stripping my skin, and also serves as a lovely wakeup in the morning thanks to a deliciously herby scent thanks to the lavender.

For optimal results, the brand recommends that complete your cleansing routine with a toner that suits your skin type; in my case the Damask Rose Toner that smells as good as it sounds. You can spritz it onto a cotton pad or straight onto your face after cleansing, and it’s also gorgeous misted on during the day for a makeup and skin refresher. And that scent – so perfect if you like to treat your morning and evening routine more like a ritual, or for a little self-care exactly when you need it.

If you’d like to try these two wonders yourself, you’ll find the whole collection online here.


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