Hope you all are having a good week so far! I was lucky enough to snag an invite to the launch of a brand new beauty brand right here in Lagos called Emmaus (pronouned uh-may-us) two weeks ago and it honestly was one of the best launches I'd been to. Emmaus is a 100% cruelty free brand made in the USA and founded by fellow Nigerian, Aminah Sagoe. Their philosophy is to use natural, safe ingredients but scientifically-formulated with the best technology to ensure the products are effective. Emmaus specifically uses Plant Stem Cell technology which is pretty much the basis of all life. These cells have the ability to renew and repair themselves so the idea is that using these cells in their products will provide the necessary antioxidants and nutrients to rejuvenate our skin. Sounds cool right?
Their three-step range consists firstly of their cleansing Smiling Beads Body Wash - a clarifying body wash containing salicylic acid, glycolic acid, sunflower seed wax and pumice powder which promotes the exfoliation of dry, dead and dull skin cells, and allows for new, glowing skin to surface. The second step in the range is the Touch of Love Mini Towels, which are basically thick, super soft towels soaked in salicylic and glycolic acids, arginine and (my favourite astringent) witch hazel to rejuvenate your skin. The last step is to moisturise and and nourish with their Softness Bliss Body Lotion. Emmaus products are said to help with various skin conditions such as body acne, eczema, psoriasis, dark spots and discolouration.
We were lucky enough to get samples of two out of their three products in our goody bags to try (disclaimer, excuse the condition of my nails, I'm off to get them done now lol):
The Smiling Beads Body Wash is an exfoliating shower gel. It has a very light citrus smell that is extremely pleasant and not at all overpowering. It foams so well that you only need a tiny bit at once. The smell of this product and the tiny exfoliating beads created an invigorating experience for me - I really did not want to stop using it, it's the perfect pick-me-up for those kind of mornings. My only cristicism would be that after I got out of the bath, my skin didn't feel as moisturised and soft as my regular Dove shower gel. It by no means felt dry though.
The Softness Body Lotion was thick and creamy, just how I like my lotions to be (pause). As soon as I smelled it it made me smile, and I instantly recognised the lemongrass fragrance. As far as lotions go, I personally didn't find it creamy enough to use all over my body but then again, my skin's used to AJALI now. It was great for moisturising my hands but I did find that you had to top it up as the day went on.
All in all, the Emmaus brand is undoubtedly a premium one. The quality of the ingredients and the packaging are top notch and it definitely creates the kind of experience that you want to "save for special occassions" or possibly give as a gift to a loved one. Their products are excusilvely sold at MedPlus pharmacies across Lagos and B Natural Spas in Victoria Island and Ikeja. I don't have exact prices at this time but once I do, I'll update you.
Have you tried any products from Emmaus?