Months and months ago I was contacted by Melissa from Dr. Spiller skincare products asking me if I would be interested in trying some of the products from their organic line. Even though I was in the process of moving back to Israel Melissa still graciously mailed all the products to my new home. Not only that I also received full size products and an entire product brochure with ingredient breakdown. I was impressed! (Truth be told though I have been writing this blog for a little over three years I have very rarely received free products to try. If I am contacted about receiving free products I always let the person know that I can’t guarantee that I will review their product, and if I do review the product I can’t guarantee it will be a positive review)
Before I get to my product review let me be very upfront about a few things – I see no reason to purchase organic skincare or beauty products as opposed to “conventional” products, I have no problem with parabens in skincare products (truth be told the Dr. Spiller line doesn’t talk about parabens, but I thought I would just throw that out there anyhow since the topic of organic skincare and parabens usually go hand in hand), and I don’t buy into the organic or natural skincare products are better for you nonsense. (You can read more here and here for my opinions about these topics) I am more interested in the feel, smell, and above all efficiency of a skincare product. Does the product do what it says it will? Yet in regards to the organic claim I was happy to see that Dr. Spiller did not just slap that label on their products without being able to back it up. It turns out that their products meet strict standards for organic skincare products. The fact that the products are full of natural ingredients is heavily promoted by the company, but in my view the proof is in the pudding. If the product doesn’t feel good or make your skin look good then who cares what it has in it.
Here are the products that Melissa sent me to try:
First off take a look at the product information on the website. Very thorough! Not only is there a detailed explanation given for each of the main ingredients the product’s pH is stated along with the amount of lipids in the product and the base ingredient are listed as well. I am all for as much consumer transparency as possible in skincare products so I was happy to see how much information was provided on the website.
After receiving the products I realized that some of them were not ideal for my very oily, acne prone skin, but I tried everything anyhow for the sake of this review. After trying everything at least once I held onto the cleanser and passed the rest of the products along to my friend Vanessa. I chose Vanessa as my tester because she has sensitive skin and has had numerous reactions to skincare products in the past. Since this line is supposed to be good for sensitive skin I thought Vanessa would be the ideal candidate to try out the products. So what was the verdict in regards to Vanessa’s sensitive skin and these products? Vanessa experienced no irritation or side effects from using these products so indeed it seems that they really are ideal for those with sensitive or sensitized skin.
As I wrote above I kept the foaming cleanser for myself since I use a mild cleanser daily. I liked that the cleanser came out as a foam (that was fun), it has lasted me a good four months with twice daily use, and was indeed gentle though a little drying in the winter.
Vanessa actually hasn’t gotten around to trying the toner. From my use of it I really don’t have much to say. It was a pleasant toner, and my skin felt fine after using it. I didn’t notice anything either good or bad after using it.
The soft peeling for me was pleasant, but I am a fan (and my skin needs) of a much stronger exfoliant. Vanessa, on the other hand, was very happy with this mild exfoliant. She found it gentle with a good consistency and nice fragrance. Thumbs up from her on this product.
Both Vanessa and I found the protecting care cream way to thick. The consistency was almost like an ointment and not a cream. We both thought it was much too dense and hard to spread on our skin. This definitely was not the right cream for my oily skin even though my skin is really dehydrated. Despite my skin dehydration this product was too thick for my skin. Vanessa did not like the smell of the cream, and she felt it didn’t make her skin soft enough. If this cream was not as thick I think it would appeal to more people.
The reviving eye care cream was gentle around the eye area and did not cause irritation. Neither Vanessa or I saw a difference in how our eye area looked after using this cream, but we both found it pleasant and nice.
The last product we both tried was the cooling mineral mask which is really meant more for my skin type than Vanessa’s. Needless to say we both found the mask strange because after applying the mask it dries and becomes EXTREMELY tight on your face. So tight it is uncomfortable. I left it on for the full 15 minutes as instructed, but I did not enjoy those 15 minutes. My skin did feel soft afterwards but what I had to go through to get to temporarily softer skin wasn’t really worth it. Vanessa did not like the mask at all.
Bottom Line: If you have sensitive skin and/or are looking for an organic skincare line with natural ingredients than Dr. Spiller is for you. I particularly appreciate the fact that these product meet high standards for organic products instead of just slapping a label on the product and that the website shares a plethora of information with the consumer about the products. Though the products are not cheap they last a long time so you definitely get your money’s worth.
Image from Dr. Spiller website