17 August 2012

Green Tea - the skincare and makeup ingredient du jour!


Green tea is having a moment. I realised this the other night as I was enjoying a cup of it with lemon, sent to me by the lovely folk at Barry’s (you can check the range out here). We’ve known for ages that drinking the stuff is good for us – the Chinese use it to treat everything from depression to tooth decay – but now it’s popping up in skincare, makeup and fragrance , too. Thanks to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, it both soothes the skin and helps fight the signs of aging. Definitely the ingredient du jour!

I’ve been loving the Ginvera Green Tea Skincare line; this Asian brand is available from UK distributors Janiro – check out their website here – or Harvey Nichols. Their BB cream is one of my favourites – I reviewed it on beaut.ie here, along with their Marvel Gel. These are definitely worth checking out, and the range also includes cleansers, moisturisers, a spot-corrector and an under-eye roll on thingummyjig.




And as well as drinking it and rubbing it on my face, I’ve also been wearing the stuff – in the form of this wonderful fragrant water from Roger & Gallet. This is such a lovely brand, offering premium quality products at a far from premium price. No surprise, then, that it’s the no. 1 perfume brand in its native France. The company has a proud and distinguished heritage, too – they created the first perfumed soap in 1879, and their products have scented the likes of Napoleon III, Queen Victoria and the Spanish royal court.
The Green Tea collection is gorgeous – it’s a really unique, refreshing scent, which also has notes of grapefruit, white freesia, cedar wood and amber. The fragrant water is €17 for a bottle this size (30ml) or €39.75 for 100ml. Soap, liquid soap, shower gel and body lotion are also available.
And as if all this wasn’t enough, I’ve also noticed green tea popping up as an ingredient in my new Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation and Rockstar Wash Off Tan. It was also a key ingredient in this Fire and Ice Facial that I loved so much, and it comes as a variety of my current favourite deodorant, too!
So tell me, are you a fan? Have you noticed green tea popping up anywhere that isn’t your breakfast table?

26 comments:

Emily said...

I saw a beauty blogger (I can't remember who though, oops) use green tea to make her own toner - possibly the most forgotten of skincare steps. Might have to give it a go myself!

little t said...

Green tea is NOT tea!

Actually, this is probably the only way I could stomach it... in beauty products!

Adele said...

I adore Green Tea & drink a lot of it! Not seen around in make - up yet but will be up for trying it.
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Nicola McLaughlin said...

I wouldnt be a big tea drinker but I really must try green tea! Its meant to be the miracle drink x

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Martie @ Spunkyrella said...

I love mine iced with lemon or white tea which is a powerful source as well! I love green tea pretty much in everything :)

Roxy said...

I'm sipping a cuppa now!

Zoe said...

I really wish i liked green tea because it seems like it has so many benefits!x

Sam said...

I've previously tried green tea products and found it really effective and soothing, you get such a great and diverse range there, I'd like to try the gel. Happy Friday doll!

Niki said...

i see green tea products everywhere and love it! i have a green tea cleanser at home and love it!

ElsaD said...

Never heard about this, but I am totally into it! :) have a great weekend doll! xoxo

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Tracy@Beauty Reflections said...

Green tea is popping up in everything! I have a couple of products with green tea and I find them very soothing!

MissGreenEyes said...

I drink the version with Lemon, couldn't touch the pure stuff, yuck, but have one or two things with green tea in them and I like them. Want to try that BB cream!

Sarah Lanagan said...

I always really like green tea scents and bath products - they're zingy and refreshing! Great round up there Emma xx

Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

That's why I enjoy reading your blog. You tell us the latest and greatest! I didn't know they were putting green tea in beauty products. That's fab!!! I have to drink more of it. Have a great weekend girly girl!
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Alex said...

I love the Ginvera gel.... Great product!!! And drinking green tea, actually. Hehe ;) x

Leslie said...

Hi Emma!

I carry a few products at the office that contain green tea. It's very calming and there is low incidence of allergy or sensitivity .. so it's great for all skin types (generally). I try to switch to green tea (yerba matte) in the afternoon.. so many health benefits!

xx
leslie

A stylish distraction said...

I love green tea, never heard of using it for skincare, this sounds great though, I just love your blog!!

Froso M. said...

Greet tea extracts do wonders! I really like Roger Gallet.

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Froso
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Giancarlo said...

Mi piace moltissimo il te verde!! buona serata...ciao

Anonymous said...

I would love to try these products. Green tea sounds good!

Thick Threads said...

that sounds like it is pretty healthy for you. will have to try it out! :)

xo
anita

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Vicki said...

i love green tea, and green tea perfume is so refreshing! found your blog thru an irish times article that both our blogs were mentioned in. So nice to find so many great irish bloggers out there! :) xo

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