As an avid user of Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm, I’ve avoided falling in love with any more of this premium skin care brand’s products – by simply not buying them. Expensive, with a single pot of rejuvenating face cream costing anything up to and beyond £100, the fear of finding I can’t live without something has held me back. Imagine achieving your best look ever only to find you can’t afford to keep it up! However, with the brakes about to come off lockdown, I really do want to look my best when I step out into the big, wide world again.
The Elemis Travel Essentials kit is a great way of benefiting from top-quality products without completely breaking the bank. This set is ideal if you want to trial a range of products without committing to an extortionate layout. I’ve seen this kit and been drawn to it, but not tempted enough to buy, on numerous occasions in the past. It is not always available, and when I looked for it just after Christmas it appeared to be out of stock.
I got the final nudge to splash out when it reappeared – and on a special offer for £55.25. Click image below to see the deal.
What’s In The Box?
- Pro-Collagen Marine Cream 15ml
- Pro-Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream 15ml
- Cellular Recovery Skin Bliss Capsules
- Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm 20g
- Soothing Apricot Toner 50ml
- Sea Lavender and Sapphire Bath and Shower Milk 100ml
- Branded double-sided cosmetics bag with branded metal zip toggles
The Pro-Collagen Marine Cream is formulated to be used in the morning after cleansing. Elemis says, it can have a dramatic anti-ageing effect in two weeks. A 0.2 gram pot of this stuff is currently retailing at £87. It is also available with an SPF of 30. The brand, luckily, recommends only using a pea-sized amount. An anti-wrinkle moisturiser, it increases hydration and firms the skin. Ingredients include the algae Padina Pavonica, as well as Rose and Mimosa.
A 50ml pot of the Oxygenating Night Cream retails at around £99, so to have a small tube of this in the kit is a real bonus. Rich and intensely moisturising, it is designed to firm and give the skin a natural glow. A clinical trial found it can keep the skin hydrated for more than 12 hours. Ingredients include Laminaria Digitata and Red Algae, Padina Pavonica and Sesame and Avocado Oils.
A full-size pot of 60 Cellular Recovery Skin Bliss Capsules retails at £69.50. The pot included in the trial kit contains a week’s worth each of day and night capsules. Rich in antioxidants, they contain specially blended oils to counteract the effects of pollution and to deliver nourishment to the face.
The Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm, available to buy in the same size for £9.50, melts away baked on dirt and make-up, and is formulated to leave the skin feeling soft and smooth. A 100g pot retails for £44 and Elemis has brought out a fragrance-free version.
Alcohol-free, the Soothing Apricot Cleanser refreshes, calms and hydrates. The same-size bottle, if bought separately, retails at £7.50. Ingredients include Apricot Extract, Sweet Betty Flower and a natural cleanser extracted from Quillaja Wood.
A full-size 300ml bottle of the Sea Lavender and Samphire Bath and Shower Milk would set you back £28, so you get almost a tenner’s worth in this kit. It is said to deeply clean the skin and leave you smelling divine. The scent is described as light and aromatic, inspired by the sea.
Using The Elemis Essentials Travel Kit
I ordered the kit on a Saturday and it arrived the following day, on a Sunday. I knew before I got the box out of its packaging that I was in for a pleasant surprise. It was big. I don’t know what I was expecting but it definitely surpassed my expectations.
The set arrived in a fully branded Elemis box. Inside, I found the well-made cosmetics bag. The products were wrapped in paper to protect them during transit. I couldn’t wait to unwrap them. What immediately stood out was the size and style of the branded bag. It has two zipped compartments and the zips benefit from stylish metal toggles, again branded. The products, three each side, filled it up nicely. Bottles and tubes, with the exception of the capsules pot, are trimmed with metal, making them very attractive. If you’ve got space, they’d look good on a dressing table.
I knew exactly what I was getting with the cleansing balm because it is a staple of my skin care routine. I use it two or three times a week and it leaves my skin feeling amazing. To be honest, it is the only cleanser I trust to remove all traces of make-up. The one drawback is that it does have quite a strong smell, so I am delighted to discover Elemis now has a ‘Naked’, fragrance-free version. However, I will put up with the pong if I can’t get the unscented version in the same, small size. I wish a cloth could be included at a small additional cost.
Apricot Toner: Beautifully fragranced, this liquid glided over the skin. It felt refreshing as well as hydrating. The only potential issue with this product is that I found it quite tempting to squirt a second helping on my cotton pad.
Cellular Recovery Skin Bliss Capsules: These are nothing like Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsules. They appear smaller but longer. The twist-off caps are also more pronounced. I used a pink one first and then, later in the day, a green one (not sure if this is the correct way around). The oil, however, goes a long way because it is quite runny. It also has a proper perfume smell, although much more subtle than the cleansing balm. I assume this is Elemis’s signature scent which, of course, adds to the cost of the products. The oil was readily absorbed by my skin and left it glowing. You won’t need to use a highlighter with this range!
Pro-Collagen Marine Cream: I would describe this as a medium-weight day cream. I massaged it into the skin. It was quickly absorbed and did leave my skin looking radiant. It actually gave me a bit of colour. My other half snatched the tube out of my hand as I was putting the lid back on, saying: ‘I’ve got a dry bit of skin.’ I could have cried but, luckily, I persuaded him to use the tiniest blob. Hours later, my skin still felt beautifully hydrated – something a lot of moisturises simply cannot achieve.
I knew I’d fall in love with the Pro-Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream, because it is expensive. It left my skin feeling fantastic – firmer, smoother and hydrated. I couldn’t wait to look in the mirror when I woke up. I intend to stretch out this tube to get the best possible benefits. You can’t get away from the fact that, unless you are minted, it is not something you’d be able to pop into your cart on a monthly basis. However, if I can continue to find it in trial kits every now and then…
I agree with other reviewers, the Elemis Essentials Travel Kit for Her offers value for money. It is packed with quality products in a beautiful, branded bag. It is perfect to take on holiday or for use in the run-up to a special occasion. I estimate the toner and creams will last for a month if used very sparingly every day. The cleansing balm will last longer. I will only use the capsules once or twice a week to string them out. I am unable to test the bath and shower milk at the moment as I am still undergoing radiotherapy. I look forward to writing a separate review on that product in around a month or two’s time.
For the price, you get a complete anti-ageing regime from a leading, premium skin and wellness brand. If you don’t like your skin care to include fragrances, this kit won’t be for you. But, if you’ve always wanted to try Elemis products, this is a really great buy.
*I purchase all the items I review and write without fear or favour.
If the trial kit is too expensive for your budget, I’ve got an £11 alternative. This trial/travel kit from premium Canadian brand Vasanti. Detox and brighten set. Everything you need to get radiant skin on a shoestring.
**All prices correct at the time of publishing.
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