I recommend reading the disclaimer before continuing with this post so that you can understand what the term “cruelty-free” means on this blog. This is not a sponsored post, all of these products were bought by me out of my own free will.
Over the past few weeks I have been using African Extracts Rooibos Purifying products on my skin. I started off by using their Purifying Starter Kit, which is a set of three mini-products. You get a tiny Spot Control Face Wash, Toner and Dual-Action Moisturiser. I recommend buying the starter kit so that you can test your skin’s reaction to the products before going in full force. My skin’s reaction was a positive one, so I went ahead and bought the 3-in-1 Facial Wipes, as well as the 3-in-1 Wash, Scrub & Mask.
So, what is rooibos?
Rooibos is a shrub indigenous to South Africa, specifically the Western Cape. Us South Africans have been drying out the plant for years and drinking it as a tea. People say it’s because of the AMAZING health benefits (I mean, apparently it has 50 times more antioxidants than green tea and has been proven to prevent Type II Diabetes, improve your blood circulation and more!), but I think that’s all just a bonus. We drink it because it tastes so good! There is probably no shop that doesn’t stock rooibos tea, or workplace that doesn’t have a stash hiding somewhere. Not only is it caffeine-free and proven to be beneficial to your health, it is also good for your skin and hair. Directly translated to English, “rooibos” means “red bush“, which is appropriate because it has a reddish-brown colour without milk.
Before we get to the review, I want to share a few things that I LOVE (♥) about this brand. First of all, I can smear their products all over my face with the knowledge that absolutely NO animals were harmed (not even the slightest bit). Secondly, they are a local brand! You can read their story here.
Here’s what they have to say for themselves…
African Extracts Rooibos, one of South Africa’s top-selling ranges, is celebrating 15 years of skin-care excellence and the amazing properties of rooibos.
Launched in South Africa 15 years ago, African Extracts Rooibos is formulated to international benchmarks, using world-class ingredients, and manufactured at a sophisticated plant in Cape Town.
African Extracts uses an advanced Bio-Active Rooibos plant extract from fresh, green rooibos plants harvested in the Cederberg mountains of the Western Cape. Used for millennia by South Africa’s first inhabitants, Rooibos is rich in minerals and antioxidants, including aspalathin and nothofagin, which act against free radicals.
Rooibos is known for its anti-inflammatory, skin-soothing and protective properties. All our products also contain other natural plant actives proven for their skin-care benefits – in line with our promise of “skin care inspired by nature”.
♥ African Extracts Rooibos Purifying: 3-in-1 Facial Wipes
Facial wipes are extremely handy! There is nothing better than grabbing a makeup wipe and getting rid of hundreds of Rands worth of makeup from your face (was that sarcasm? I don’t know.). What I like about this specific product is the packaging. I have used many brands before, but the wipes tend to dry out over time due to the wetness of the wipes removing the stickiness from the seal. The 3-in-1 Facial Wipes have a plastic lid that clips down, so your wipes never dry out. I can successfully remove my makeup when I use these, but I have yet to find a product that can really remove my mascara effectively. I would still recommend using a face wash afterwards (although they do state that you do not have to rinse your face after use). For some reason, my skin burns and heats up when I use these. I emailed African Extracts and I was informed that a different preservative is used in the Facial Wipes, compared to the rest of the products, which my skin may be allergic to. For this reason, I avoid using these. Your skin may react differently, so if your skin is pretty tough, you can buy these at Dis-Chem. They retail for R48.99 and there are 25 wipes inside.
♥ African Extracts Rooibos Purifying: 3-in-1 Wash, Scrub & Mask
I am so in love with this product! The fact that it is 3-in-1 is just too cool, and for only R57.99 you really aren’t losing out on anything.
TIP: Whenever you feel like a little pamper night, you can use this with some other ingredients to create an amazing face mask! Let me know of any ideas!
As you can see, the consistency is really creamy with little granules in it. It is easy to wash off and doesn’t leave any oil behind, nor does it make my skin feel dry. In fact, my skin feels extremely clean, soft and supple after washing/scrubbing my face with it. I like the fact that it can be used as a scrub as it really helps with my dreaded pores. This product contains active ingredients such as Baobab Fruit Extract, Shea Butter and, of course, Green Rooibos. I also got this from Dis-Chem, and I will most definitely be restocking very soon!
♥ African Extracts Rooibos Purifying: Toner
This is the toner that I got in my Purifying Starter Kit and I always use it after washing my face. All that I do is apply it on a bit of cotton and dab it all over. At first, I was afraid of my face feeling sticky after it dries. Turns out, it doesn’t! My face definitely feels clear of impurities and a tad bit tighter, for the lack of better words. I really like this toner and, chances are, I will be replacing this mini one with it’s bigger version very soon. The active ingredients include Salicylic Acid, Witch Hazel and, again, Green Rooibos. The big bottle is R55.99 and can be found in Dis-Chem.
♥ African Extracts Rooibos Purifying: Moisturiser
As with the toner, this is the moisturiser that was included in the Purifying Starter Kit. I was also quite nervous at first, as I really don’t like a sticky face. Once again, everything worked out! The consistency is quite thin, so it sinks into your skin, leaving it feeling fresh and mosturised. I use it every night after the toner, as well as every morning before applying my makeup. I guess it’s also good to note that it does not affect the application of my makeup at all, nor does it make my face look oily or shiny. The active ingredients include Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Green Rooibos (duh!). The big bottle of the Dual-Action Moisturiser is R45.99, a huge bargain! You can grab a bottle from Dis-Chem.
Overall, I am a fan of the African Extracts Rooibos Purifying range! There are a few more products in this range that I haven’t used yet, as well as their Classic Range, Even Tone range, Body Care range and AdvantAGE range (for ages 35+). I have my eye on the Body Care range next, specifically the Body Scrub, Nourishing Lip Balm and Rooibos Tissue Oil. I probably won’t use the Facial Wipes any longer, so perhaps I’ll replace it with the Dual-Phase Eye Makeup Remover.
I think that African Extracts is an amazing cruelty-free brand and also student-friendly as their prices are really not bad. If, like me, you’re starting to take skincare more seriously due to, uh, hitting your 20s so suddenly, then this is a great place to start!
Have you used any African Extracts products? Also, has anyone else ever reacted negatively to facial wipes before?