Late last year, I was contacted by Griffin+Row to see if I would like to try one of their products. As with any brand that contacts me, I did some research and was pleasantly surprised to find that Griffin+Row are an Australian skincare brand that focus on natural ingredients and are cruelty free and vegan friendly. The range contains no artificial fragrances or colouring, parabens, petrochemicals or synthetics – including no Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS). They also only use recyclable packing to reduce their carbon footprint, which is important to me. Griffin+Row have a small range of products but everything you need for a daily skincare regime is there. They have Cleanse (skin cleanser cream) $25, Exfoliate (natural exfoliant cloth) $25, Hydrate (skin hydration spray) $32, Nourish (natural skin moisturiser) $38, and Enrich (antioxidant night cream) $42. I chose to try Enrich as my skin has become flaky lately so I needed an extra night time product to help with hydration.
Griffin+Row Enrich comes in a 75ml easy to use white tube. The website calls it an antioxidant night cream, but I use it day and night as it really doesn’t matter. The packaging says it is designed to be used on top of your normal moisturiser as it boosts the efficiency of your daily moisturiser for faster results on all areas of dry, damaged and thirsty skin. The product description originally confused me as it mentions the use of a ‘Centess+Complex’ which is a ‘unique cocktail of powerful botanical extracts with highly effective antioxidant, protective and revitalising properties’. Which just means that it is a new word for a combination of natural ingredients that they have specifically formulated for their products. The Centess+Complex ingredients are agonis fragrans, centipeda cunninghamii, lentinus edodes, santalum spicatum, undaria pinnatifida and vitis vinifera – you can read about the beneficial properties of each extract in the centess+complex section of the Griffin and Row website. Enrich also includes other good skincare ingredients like Macadamia Seed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Aloe Vera Juice, Avocado Oil, Jojoba Oil, Rosemary Extract, Shea Nut Butter as well as Rosehip, Lavender, Pink Grapefruit, and Rose oils.
Griffin+Row Enrich has a light scent to it that to me smells a bit like lavender and citrus, which makes sense considering the ingredients. I normally can’t stand the smell of lavender but this product has quite a pleasant smell despite it – probably because it is not overwhelming like some skincare products. When the product is squeezed out of the tube, it is on the thicker side, but is quickly and easily massaged into the skin without leaving a sticky or oily residue. I included Enrich in my normal skincare regime so that I could see if it had added benefits that I wasn’t already getting from my normal skincare products. I moisturise and use a good quality facial oil day and night but my skin was still getting flaky in some areas (especially my nose). After a couple of weeks of continuous use, I found that Enrich did help to reduce the flakiness and made my skin feel more hydrated and plump. I haven’t had any problems with irritation while using this on my sensitive skin, but it’s hard to comment on the anti aging benefits as at 27, I am using anti aging products to prevent future skin aging rather than treating aging that I currently have. However, hydration and plumping always help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles anyway. As with all skincare brands, Griffin+Row products will work best when used in conjunction with each other as they are formulated that way but the products still work great when used alone with items from other brands. This Griffin+Row skincare range does include everything you need in a daily skincare routine but I think they could add an eye specific anti-ageing cream and a certified organic facial oil if they expand the range in future – a little birdy told me that Serums are coming.
Before trying this, I hadn’t heard of Griffin+Row, I think because a lot of their marketing has previously been aimed at the generation above mine but now they seem to be branching out and using marketing strategies for millennials – which I think is great as everyone at every age should have a good skincare regime. The Griffin and Row products are at a reasonable price point compared to many other brands that are using good quality natural ingredients. It can seem like a lot of money when purchasing a whole skincare range, so I often buy one product at a time and slowly collect the whole skincare line.
There is no replacement for a good quality skincare routine, even makeup doesn’t look as nice if the skin isn’t healthy. It took me many years to realise how important using good quality skincare really is, but now I am dedicated to looking after my skin. For the last two or so years, I have changed to using mainly natural skincare products and Griffin+Row seem to be one of the good quality brands out there. Being a natural, vegan and cruelty free company is important to me, but at the end of the day, the products need to show results. Thankfully, Enrich antioxidant night cream did show good results by plumping and hydrating the skin, plus it is easy to use and didn’t irritate my sensitive skin. The ingredients in the other Griffin and Row products make me believe that they will also be good quality and worth trying. Griffin+Row products are suitable for all skin types and all ages, including sensitive skin and rosacea. If you like the sound of this this product then keep an eye on my Instagram as I will be giving away a brand new bottle of Enrich kindly donated by Griffin+Row. It will be for Australians only but it will be really easy to enter, so don’t forget to check that out tomorrow.
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