A 'Natural Instinct' Review: a 100% Natural, Hair, Body and Skin Care Range
By Amy Crawford
I write about toxicity a lot, and for good reason - it was toxicity that got me into terrible trouble a few years ago when I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Since that time I have become hugely passionate about clean living, about eradicating toxicity from my life as far and wide as possible. It's a constant quest because us city dwellers (in particular) are forever breathing in environmental toxins. Not only do we breath them in but we eat them - at cafes and restaurants who use highly toxic cleaning products and fresh produce that may well not have been washed (for example). The fact is, we can't ever be entirely free of toxicity but we can most certainly ease the burden. I choose to buy only organic foods, to drink alkalised and filter water, to lie in a far infra red sauna several times a week and to avoid any toxic chemicals in products - whether they be cleaning products, make up or hair care.
This brings me to the point of my post. To review an Australian face, hair, body and baby care range that is 100% natural and not only benefits us, but it benefits the environment. This range is called Natural Instinct and I'm very happy to say it ticks the toxic-free box well and truly.
What is Natural Instinct?
Natural Instinct is a range made entirely with plant-derived ingredients, certified organic extracts and pure essential oils. None of these products contain sulphates, petrochemicals, parabens, PEGs or mineral oils. There are no artificial fragrances, harmful chemicals or animal derivatives. The range includes a line of products developed specifically for sensitive skin. Most of the range is 100% vegan friendly, not tested on animals, grey water safe and made of recyclable packaging. So far, so good.
Exactly how affordable is it really?
In my book? Very. I'll be honest, I have always willingly spent a lot of money on skin care and believe me it has not always been health promoting. I learnt to look after my skin from an early age and it is a habit that is ingrained in me. I cleanse twice a day, use an eye cream, an exfoliant twice a week, a serum and a day and night cream. I used to use a toner but gave that step up. In my view, the more I spent the more benefit the product must be providing,surely? To $70+ on a facial moisturiser a few years ago was commonplace (read: single girl, one disposable income, no real understanding of the damage this commercial product was doing). What a waste of money that was.
So let me give you an idea of their prices. A 110-125mL tube of face moisturiser, toner, facial scrub, hand cream, cleanser will set you back $9.95. 500ml body lotion or wash, $11.95; 125mL hand cream $9.95. Personally I think this is very good value. I believe this range is a fantastic option in particular for families and those with budgets who want to make a difference. There are large 1 litre pump action bottles that are great value too. For those that perhaps spend even less, just be mindful of what you are putting on your bodies - is it worth it (assuming the product is not natural)? Having said that there are no doubt even cheaper options that are just as good, one of which I will discuss shortly.
Which products did I try and what are my thoughts?
* Post edited September 27 2016 - please note I have not tried the facial wipes and based on the comments below I would consider proceeding with caution.
I tested most, but not all products. I have listed them below.
Body wash - this smells ace, really fresh and invigorating. I'm really enjoying using it. Its ingredients include ginger, lemon grass, acai and ginkgo - I'm definitely left feeling clean and that's well, pretty important!
Shampoo and conditioner - admittedly I have only washed my hair three times since receiving the products but so far so good. My hair feels good, it hasn't gone limp or fallen out so that's a good sign! My hair is typically dry and this product hasn't dried it out any more.
Body moisturiser - it has been a change for me using a cream (given I use coconut oil every day, which is definitely a cheaper option) but I have enjoyed it. It smells great and absorbs well. My skin feels soft, not greasy. I recommend it though my personal choice is coconut oil for my body. I love it for a whole host of reasons.
Foaming cleanser & cream cleanser - I was a little nervous about trialling an unknown product on my face, I'll be honest. We all have different skin types and not one cream will suit all. Having said that I have continued to trial both of these and my skin feels great. You know if you use a harsh cleanser and your skin feels squeaky clean? Not with this one. It removes make up beautifully - I know that because I then use their toner and there is nothing on the cotton pad. Result!
Facial scrub - this product is my least favourite. The exfoliant is walnut shell that in my book is too coarse and I am not so comfortable rubbing my skin with it. I think it could be improved with finer granules.
Clarifying toner - Well it's certainly not astringent like the Lancome one I used to use! It is very subtle, including rose water and sweet orange flower water. I feel a little like I am wiping water on my face so I'm not sure if it's a necessary inclusion, personally. Each to their own with toners though.
Daily moisturiser - Easily absorbed, smells great, seems to suit my skin. I was nervous about trialling this product too but I am pleased with the result so far and am comfortable finishing off the tube. It includes almond oil, lavender and chamomile, lovely soothing ingredients.
Hand wash - great, very happy to recommend. Not drying, lathers enough, smells good.
Hand cream - I am a very frequent user of hand cream and would consider myself fussy. It can't be too thick or thin, too oily or rich! For the price, I think one is good. It leaves a slightly waxy feeling on the skin afterwards, not sure if that is possibly the Shea butter or Cocoa butter? Maybe. Irrespective it's good value.
Where can you purchase Natural Instinct?
It is widely available pharmacies including Priceline and Terry White. You can also buy it online. Jump onto their website for stockists.
I have no hesitation in recommending this product. My opinion is that it is safe, affordable, nourishing and easily obtainable. As to whether I will continue to use the entire range? Not the entire range but a couple of their products most likely (like the body wash and possibly the hand cream). This is only because I have my preferred skin care range that is made here in Melbourne on a much smaller scale (I will be sharing that with you very soon). Whilst it is more expensive I choose to support small, local businesses where I can.
Please note that whilst this is a sponsored post all views are my honest opinion. I will not feature any products on this site that do not resonate with my message wholeheartedly.