As we live in a society that is becoming more and more conscious every day of its impact on the natural environment, we take many more hours of our time searching for items that fit into our new criteria for when purchasing.

I for one am hunting high and low for products for my skin that are not only cruelty-free but also plastic-free, and if possible vegan. So coming across Whitford was an amazing chance.

About the brand

Whitfords is a brand that stands by the values of efficacy and sustainability and focuses on the care of the planets ecosystems as well as people’s livelihoods. They’re making their mark as being different from all those other brands out there by making 100% plastic-free botanical skincare.

The products I tried

I was lucky enough to try out two of their products, the Fruit AHAs Exfoliating Mask and the Hemp & Algae Face Cream. Oh and I’m so in love with these products!

The Fruit AHAs Exfoliating Mask is a gentle exfoliator that removes impurities and surface dead cells for a brighter look and smoother feel. And let me tell you it definitely does this! My skin doesn’t have the best texture with it being acne-prone, however after using this product I joke you not my skin felt such an improvement. I’m actually starting to feel a lot happier with my skin now, even if I still have a long way to go. It also doubles as a conditioning mask, my skin is thanking it so much for that, using ingredients such as watermelon, buriti and jojoba oils.

The Hemp & Algae Face Cream is a protective moisturiser for day and night use. With a matte-finish, it absorbs fast and leaves your skin feeling refreshed and regenerated. This one is for normal to oily skin, including sensitive types, ticking all the boxes for me.

Key Ingredients

The Fruit AHAs Exfoliating Mask:

  • White willow bark extract
  • Natural Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)

The Hemp & Algae Face Cream:

  • Hemp oil Liposome
  • Green Algae
  • Ectoin®natural


Well, first and foremost the products are plastic-free! The containers are made from aluminium, and the boxes made of FSC cardboard, they are lightweight yet strong and are endlessly recyclable, making it a great alternative from plastic or even glass that isn’t the safest option when you can be on the clumsy side. Or are even great for repurposing! Pots like these are great for little nick-nacks such as hair ties.

They are also cruelty-free and vegan.

They are all 100% petroleum-free. This is something new I have learnt from these products but while it is not necessarily bad for your skin it is an ingredient that is not renewable and therefore not sustainable.

The mask is a gentle exfoliator, so though I have sensitive skin and struggle using anything even the slightest bit rough on my skin this doesn’t irritate it and I have been able to use it more than once a week. Which has also been great for my oily, stressed-out skin. Because even a 4-minute mask gives you that break from everything whirling around you.

The watermelon in the mask is known to be full of antioxidants as well as vitamin C and A, all of which help to encourage the growth of collagen and the elastin cells that then helps your skin in fighting any signs of ageing and to keep that youthful glow.

The buriti oils also include antioxidants as well helps to protect your skin from UV ray damage.
Jojoba oil has a multitude of benefits including being moisturising, antibacterial and oil-controlling. Now discovering this ingredient, I think it might have to be on the lookout for it in other products since it seems to be a great addition to fighting acne.

The product is really great for acne-prone skin. For us, acne-prone humans keeping our sebum production under control is at the top of our priority list for skincare product function and the salicylic acid is what does this. In the mask, the willow bark extract gives this salicylic acid. Far more gentle than the synthetic version that most other brands use.

The moisturiser gives just the right amount of moisturising. My skin doesn’t feel drench afterwards and it also doesn’t feel like there is nothing there. For my nighttime skincare routine is has been the perfect addition.


The only caution I can say with the packaging is something nature does and that is that you have to be careful about leaving it near water. Because while aluminium doesn’t necessarily corrode or rust like other metals (it would only stain) you don’t want to get water inside of the tins as this might affect the product; especially the mask because it does not contain preservatives and it emulsifies in contact with water - it turns from gel to milk. But then this is the same for any other brand using pots for its products.

The moisturiser though good at its job is not really a morning cream but more of an evening one. I can’t really say this is a con unless you try and buy it as an addition to your morning skincare routine. You can definitely feel it on your face after you’ve put it on, so, for at least my skin, my makeup doesn’t feel quite right when places on top. However, taking into account my skin type being young, oily and acne-prone as well as sensitive this might not be the case for everyone.

Overall verdict

I never normally like to give something full marks because then it makes the grading of other products difficult, however, I really do have to give these products from Whitfords a solid 5 gold stars out of 5. My skin hasn’t reacted this well to a product in ages! And I’ve even been overly stressed at the moment. So if it’s combating that alongside my normal skin and period skin then it really must be a well-made product.

Of course, just because it works for me doesn’t mean it will work for everyone, but it definitely gets the thumbs up from me.

If you do fancy trying out some of Whitfords products I have a 25% off code for you all that is valid until March 15th 2020 (15/03/2020), DT5X4NPK.

- Sophie

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This post contains gifted items, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.