Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Yuli Elixirs review




For whatever reason, despite being aware of Yuli for quiet sometime I only took the plunge to try my first product from the line earlier this spring. However once I started there was no stopping, and in the true fashion of a beauty addict I made it my mission to sample most everything that was on offer from the Yuli range. Although my task is far from being complete I feel that that Yuli elixirs are a true heart of the collection. They are the foundation, the first step that will make the rest of your skin care ritual sing.

While I have always been a big fan of toners, these Elixirs are in the league of their own, yes they are liquid, yes they are based on hydrolats, yet somehow it is not just a toner, it is more than sum of its parts, it is an Elixir, a potion that promises and delivers healthier looking skin.

My journey started with Metamorphic elixir that is designed for anti-ageing/dry skin, while neither of these apply to me, I always find seasonal transitions from winter into spring a little difficult in terms of skincare and the fact that this elixir in particular is supposed to help prevent and reverse sun damage made it seem like an excellent choice for the season. Shortly after receiving my first Yuli bottle, I not only caught a nasty cold but also managed to twist my ankle so badly that I couldn't walk for a couple of days (and then was resting it as much as possible). Due to those unfortunate events my skincare routine was practically non existent, I couldn't face standing up to wash my face properly, so I was mainly using some wipe of cleansers and spraying my face with Metamorphic 3-4 times a day for moisture. Of course I would not recommend anyone follow my regimen (unless you find yourself in similar circumstances), and I was fully prepared for rather awful skin days, however my skin looked absolutely fabulous all glowy and healthy, unlike the rest of me. This was the first time that I was really ill but my skin did not reflect it. I give full props to Metamorphic elixir for that. The scent was rather unusual, reminded me of cooked carrots and something else savoury, I came to associate it with good skin. I think it takes a little while to notice the difference that it makes in terms of skin tone and general look and feel, maybe about 2-3 weeks. I did really enjoy using it and I think that for me it is a good product to use with the change of seasons (between cold to hot and hot to cold weather), however it is not my favourite of the three.

Before I even ran out of Metamorphic I already purchased the Cocoon Elixir, I also got Panacea as a birthday present. Panacea is what I was using most through the summer and it only just ran out. It is designed for normal/combination skin and is a really good option for those prone to blemishes. The smell reminds me of field flowers and dry herbal teas, it is a little sweeter than metamorphic. I think the effects on my skin were similar as with the other elixir, however since blemishes have not really been a concern for the past year I again feel that this was not the best option for me all year round, but a really great choice for summer when my skin tends to be on the oily side.

Cocoon Elixir is my absolute favourite of the lot. It has the most delicious, light floral aroma. As well as having the wonderful effects on the appearance of my skin (similar to the other to elixirs), it also makes my skin feel calm. Occasionally my skin can get sensitive during weather changes, it starts to feel itchy or appear a bit blotchy for no apparent reason and this elixir sorts those things out within minutes. With sudden temperature changes this elixir has become my best friend, it just works with my skin no matter what the elements are like.

Over all I feel that the elixirs have certain similarities in terms of how they make your skin look, however certain ingredients are more beneficial depending on what your concerns are, and while I originally anticipated that Panacea would be my elixir of choice, it turned out that Cocoon was the winner. Perhaps this is not surprising as Yuli products are adaptogenic, meaning they interact and work in synergy with individual skin needs, making them hard to go wrong with, but getting the product with the right characteristics will yield most results.

All of the elixirs come in three sizes 10ml, 50ml and 100ml. Once you open the bottle it has a shelf life of 6 months, I find that a 50ml bottle lasts me about 4 months so a 100ml bottle would not be a sensible choice for me, as it would expire before I had a chance to use it up. I use it mostly once a day in the evenings, but if I am at home I find myself spraying more often 2-3 times, so it is a little difficult to predict how many sprays you get, my suggestion would be to start with a 50ml bottle to see if a bigger bottle makes sense for you.

Even though I don't think that Yuli elixirs are the only things responsible for my skin looking its best, I can not deny that they made a significant difference. I have been using them non stop with only a short break while I was in Marseille, and I have to say my skin did not look all that fabulous during the holiday. My cocoon bottle has a good few months in it but I am curious to see what happens if I change to a different toner once I run out (yet a part of me is scared to do that as Yuli has become a very good friend, and I don't want to let it go).

In Europe you can get Yuli from Amazingy a German online retailer, and they have always been great with providing samples whith orders.

17 comments:

  1. Tempted by cocoon! sounds perfection :D

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    1. It is so very good, you can always get the mini sample size ;)

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  2. So tempted to get Panacea! I have about 3 toners open at the minute so I'll get through a couple of those first but these are high up on my wishlist! Sorry to hear you injured your ankle, hope you're up & back on your feet now :)

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    1. Definitely give it a go! I've been nothing but impressed with it.

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    2. yes it was awhile back I am all good now, thank you for asking :) Panacea could be perfect for you, but yeah no point in having loads of unfinished prod xxucts ;)

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  3. Awesome review Tammy! I hope your ankle is is fine now! I've been trying to save up for M.E skin fuel which looks like a fitting product for me, but everytime something gets in the way, (*ahem* a new serum or a lipstick etc.) I was thinking of getting Kahina's toner, but I now really like the sound of Panacea. Decisions, decisions lol. xx ps. I haven't forgotten the starting over tag ;)

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    1. Thank you Liz! Yes I am all healed :) Yeah I know how all other products get in the way all to well, Yuli toners are very very special but hey it is up to you ;) xx

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  4. Fabulous review I have cocoon on my wishlist Xx

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    1. Yay thank you! Oh get Ana as soon as you can, so good xx

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  5. I absolutely adore the Panacea Elixir and want to give the Cocoon a try, thanks for sharing. And lovely artwork is always, I love how you fittingly chose to feature a butterfly.

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    1. Thank you very much, means a lot the you enjoy the art :) I really like all three but Cocoon seems to have a speciall affinity with my skin

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  6. Wonderful review and now I want Cocoon! x

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    1. Thank you! It is a fab more than toner :) xx

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  7. I've been enjoying Cocoon so much! I spritz it all over my face after I apply my moisturizer and throughout the day. So refreshing.. and yes finally something that is truly calming the skin. I did not get on well with Panacea unfortunately, but intrigued to try the metamorphic next. Take care well!!

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    1. Yes I can see Panacea being almost too active, cocoon is a star! I really love metamortphic but honestly think that is probably best to use if you are looking for anti-aging products xx

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