Products of the week: Garnier’s new SkinActive Natural Origins range

I’m generally happy to spend money on products with active ingredients, and anti-ageing procedures, but when it comes to cleansers and toners, budget buys are my best.

New on my bathroom shelf are the recently launched Garnier SkinActive Naturals range in Rose Water, suitable for dry skin. The new range comes in two other variants: Aloe Vera (for normal and combo skin) and Green Tea (combination to oily). Each variant has a cleanser (the aloe and green tea have a gel wash, while the rose has a cleansing milk), toner and moisturiser.

This is Garnier’s first plant-based line (96% of the ingredients are of “natural origin), with each variant having a specific benefit – aloe vera for hydrating, rose water for soothing, and green tea for purifying.



At the launch event, we were all oohing and aahing over the incredible smells, and green tea is my favourite. Based on my dry skin type, I was given the rose range to try. I liked the toner and moisturiser, and only used the cleanser once as I’m generally not a fan of cleansing milk as I don’t find it refreshing, and it feels like more admin to get off. So I went and bought the aloe vera gel cleanser, which I adored – refreshing and non-drying.

I’d probably buy the cleanser and toner again, but at my age, I’d rather opt for a moisturiser with some kind of anti-ageing ingredient. For those who don’t need these kind of ingredients, then this moisturiser should be just fine.

If you’re looking for a dependable range of affordable products that do as they promise, then these are worth making it to your shopping cart.

The products start at around R60 for the cleanser and toner, and R69 for the moisturiser, and are available from Takealot, Clicks and DisChem.


Feature image of roses: Shutterstock



Win a Garnier hamper with all the favourites!

Sometimes the best things are the most affordable and effective, which is why Garnier is so loved – for its pricing and efficacy. This week, I'm giving away some Garnier favourites that are often raved about, and which you'll find is many a beauty editor's bathroom cabinet. (PS: If you want to see my video on how Garnier withstood 12 hours on my face without touch-ups, click here)

The hamper includes the following:

Garnier BB Creams (assorted)

What they say: Garnier BB Creams provide flawless coverage that protects skin from imperfections, while boosting hydration.

What I say: These BB creams are everything – they're lightweight, and offer great coverage which lasts long (side note: I recently did a 12-hour Garnier BB Cream Challenge, and the coverage lasted from morning to night – you can see my video here).

Garnier Skin Naturals MIcellar Cleansing Water (assorted)

What they say: This helps to remove make-up from lips, eyes and the face, and leaves skin cleansed and soothed. There's no need for rinsing after use. Hypoallergenic.Dermatologically and ophthalmologically tested.

What I say: This is a must-have in your bathroom and it's brilliant for removing eye makeup and mascara, and I've occasionally used just this at night when I'm too tired or busy with the kids to do much more.

Garnier Skin Naturals Cleansing Wipes (assorted)

What they say: These gently and effectively cleanse away dirt, make-up and oil for skin that is instantly refreshed and oil-free. Dermatologically and ophthalmologically tested. 

What I say: Too tired to do the cleanse and tone routine at night? Just use these wipes!


To enter to win

Simply comment below, and your details will go into the draw. This giveway closes on Friday 18 October 2017

at 9am, after which the winner will be announced on the Rattle and Mum Facebook page, and then emailed.

Please note that this giveaway is open to South African residents only, and that the prize cannot be exchanged for cash or anything else in the Garnier range.


Feature image: Shutterstock

If you’re new to BB creams, here’s one to try – Garnier

There are two questions I often see on social media – what is a BB cream, and what is a good one to try.

For those who don’t know, BB stands for blemish balm, though it’s not *only* for those with blemishes. BB cream can be used on any skin types, and most brands will have shades to suit all skin colours.  A good BB cream will prime skin, even out complexion, cover imperfections and redness, hydrate and brighten up skin.

For those with good skin, it can serve as the only cover-up you’ll need, but in my case, I need much heavier coverage, and I generally use BB cream under my foundation, or on weekends when I’m less conscious, or even to the gym and shops during the week.

One BB cream that keeps coming up on beauty editors’ “best of” lists, and comes recommended by moms (perhaps we need it the most) and many women is Garnier. New to the BB offering is BB Cream PureActive, and BB Cream Eye Roll-On.



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I can’t say I’m noticing a massive difference with the eye cream, which promises to reduce the appearance of dark circles and bags, conceal signs of fatigue, blur fine lines, illuminate and hydrate. I think it might have something to do with having very dark circles, and needing more coverage than any BB cream could provide.

I love the BB cream for face though. It’s great for basic coverage, but for going out to functions and meetings, I definitely need proper foundation.

Both products come in light and medium shades, and the eye roll-on is around R69.95, and the face cream R84.95.

Would I recommend these? I’d recommend the face cream, definitely. Would I buy them for myself? The face cream, yes. Does it beat or match up to other high-end BB creams I’ve used? Yes, which makes me realise once again how much I overspend on big names.