Sunday, 9 August 2015

REVIEW - PHB Ethical Beauty Skin Brighten Gel*

PHB Ethical Beauty Skin Brighten Gel

From time to time the very lovely people at the Vegan Lifestyle Association and the brands they work with ask if I would like to give a product a go.

A little while back I got the opportunity to try something by PHB Ethical Beauty, a company creating natural, organic cosmetics which are both vegan and cruelty free. The brand itself really impressed me. All of the products are handmade with natural ingredients which are designed to benefit your skin as well as the environment. Aside from being vegan and cruelty free, the products are all palm oil free, and they donate 15% of the profits from sales to charity.

PHB Ethical Beauty Skin Brighten Gel

I was sent the Skin Brighten Gel to try and I've been using this as part of my skincare routine for a little while now, here's what I thought.

What's it supposed to do?

"A specialised skin treatment gel for brighter and more even skin."

What's inside?

A generous 120ml of product. Ingredients include Aloe Vera, Licorice, Neroli and Immortelle.

"Immortelle has powerful cell regenerative properties that encourage clear and radiant skin.

"Neroli is rich in Vitamin C which targets dark spots and helps reduce discolouration.

Licorice is a powerful anti-inflammatory that soothes and renews skin. Rich in Glabridin to help eliminate dark spots for a more even skin tone. It also reduces hyperpigmentation by temporarily blocking the actions of tyrosinase, which is responsible for the skin's pigmentation process.

Aloe Vera is famed for its skin healing health benefits."


The jar is a heavy duty glass which instantly makes the product feel more high-end. Labels have a vintage, almost Victorian feel to them, and are clear and easy to read. The lid is a screw-on metal lid embossed with the PHB logo and the company's main values. Although I prefer a pump when it comes to skin products, I really like the packaging.

PHB Ethical Beauty Skin Brighten Gel

The look, feel and scent

OK. Here's where it falls down a little bit. The product is a gel which looks most unappealing in the jar but goes on clear (I promise). I have to admit I was a bit put-off with it in the jar because it does look distinctly slimy. Fortunately it doesn't feel at all slimy on the skin, it's incredibly cooling and soothing which makes it a joy to apply. It sinks in quickly and leaves the skin ready for the next step. For me, the next step was moisturiser, there is no way I could apply makeup straight over the top of this. After it's dried my skin does feel quite tight - not uncomfortably so, but enough to make me reach for the day cream before piling on the foundation.
The scent is incredible. Very 'plant based,' natural and almost medicinal, I really love how this smells.

Does it work?

I'm fortunate to not suffer too badly with pigmentation, although I do have some patches of redness and scarring from teenage spots. It's a bit too early to say whether this will make these disappear, but I can definitely tell a difference in the luminosity of my skin. I feel like I have a lot more of a glow about me when I use this, and it's managed to keep my puffy eyes at bay the past few weeks which is no mean feat.

How much does it cost and where can I get one?

It's £13.75 and you can buy it at PHB's website here.

You can knock an amazing 25% off that if you sign up to be an associate with the Vegan Lifestyle Association which is totally free! To get the offer code and sign up, click here.


I am a bit of a skincare junky and I've been really enjoying using this. The scent is wonderful, and the cooling sensation on my skin is really nice first thing in the morning. It's too early to say whether it's evening out my skin tone, but it's definitely made my skin look brighter. A lovely product with a strong set of ethics to back it up.

Have you ever tried anything from PHB? Will you be giving this a go?

Emily xo

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