It's taken me a few months but I've finally tested out pretty much the whole of the Dr Roebuck's skincare line! You might have seen this brand around before but it has a whole new look (which I LOVE) and a ton of new products and reformulations. It's an all-natural brand that aims to maximise your skincare results with minimal ingredients, and the actives are all listed on the front of the packaging. This Aussie brand recently launched over at Space NK for those of us here in the UK - today I'm going to take you through the entire product range that I've tried...
Noosa Creme Cleanser* | £20 | This is a very lightweight cream cleanser that almost has a bit of a watery quality to it. It contains oat leaf, calendula and arnica, which are all lovely, gentle, hydrating ingredients. I like this cleanser but I don't love it. I tend to use it in the morning - I really like the pump packaging, as it's just quicker and easier. I just think the formula is a bit too thin for it to really pack a punch for my skin in terms of hydration. There's nothing wrong with this; it's fine, it does the job well enough, but I don't look at my skin or touch it after use and think 'wow, my skin feels so soft!' or 'my skin looks so nice and hydrated!'
Bondi Hydrating Mist* | £22 | This has been a go-to product for me on an everyday basis - it smells so good and gives my skin a light boost of hydration that lasts. I use this in the morning instead of a toner, as it's just way easier than getting out a bottle and my cotton wool pads. It feels nice and refreshing but isn't at all sticky on my skin. This contains kakadu plum, cucumber and vitamin B3.
Lifesaver Brightening Toner* | £24 | This is actually a pretty unique product in my collection, as I don't have an AHA-based product in a quick and easy spray bottle. This contains witch hazel, aloe vera and glycolic acid, making it very similar to my beloved Pixi Glow Tonic. It doesn't give the most intense results, however I do notice my skin looks fresher after use. What I actually recommend to boost its effectiveness (which does kind of defeat the purpose of having it in the spray bottle!) is to mist this on a cotton wool pad and apply it like that because it does help get rid of the dead skin cells. I don't know that this will replace my favourite acid exfoliation products, but it's nice and gentle and I do like it.
Perky Collagen Boosting Serum* | £46 | The three serums in the range are more or less the same as they were before the rebrand and the UK launch, however I find that for this slightly goopy consistency, this packaging with a pump works far better than the old bottle with a dropper (plus, it makes it easier to get that last bit of product out at the end). This serum contains plant-based squalene, pullulan and hyaluronic acid. I really like this - I've been using it over the past several weeks and it helps to plump out my skin. I suffer from dehydration, meaning I can get fine lines and my skin can look a bit lacklustre and tired if I'm not taking care of it. This has a really nice softening and smoothing effect and doesn't feel tacky on my skin at all. If you have a similar skin type and just want something hydrating and plumping, then I recommend checking this out.
Surf Chaser Reverse Ageing Serum* | £46 | I was initially a bit iffy on trying this product, however the ingredients listed are vitamin A, peptides and amino acids, which I think can be beneficial to a lot of different skin types. I have no idea if this is going to make me look like ageless Angela Bassett when I'm 60, but I can tell you how it worked for my skin during the weeks I tested it for. I did find that this made my skin look smooth, fresh and healthy, whilst also providing hydration. The consistency and the way the product sits on the skin is very similar across all three serums, to be honest. This isn't my favourite of the three, but I'm going to continue to use it to see if it can help reduce the appearance of my fine lines and go beyond hydrating my skin. As you can see from the ingredients in these serums, they are fairly similar, so you don't really need all three - I'd recommend looking at your existing skincare collection and considering which of these products would work best for your skin.
True Blue Ultimate Hydrating Serum* | £46 | This is a highlight from the brand for me and I'm so glad that the formula has remained pretty much unaltered (as far as I can tell) from the original edition. It was their hero product so I'm glad it survived the rebranding! It contains hyaluronic acid, peptides and CoQ10. I would absolutely buy this myself when it runs out and of the three serums - this is the one for me (though they're all nice). It just softens, plumps and hydrates my skin, which is what I want from a serum. It's a great all-rounder if you're on the dehydrated side of things.
Nuddy Ultra Hydrating and Repair Creme* | £30 | This is another formula from the original line that was given a second chance, however I didn't like this the first time round and I don't like it now! It just has the strangest consistency - it's a little easier to use in this pump packaging when compared to the original pot, however I just don't like how it feels or applies on my skin. It's weirdly heavy and dry and breaks up when I try to work it into the skin. This is aimed more towards dry and sensitive skin, so maybe it will work for someone of that skin type, however I can't recommend this based on my personal experience.
No Worries Hydrating Face Moisturiser* | £30 | Regular readers will probably have seen this featured many times before - spoiler alert: I love it! This is another one I'll happily buy when I'm out of it because it's been my everyday moisturiser this summer. It just has a lovely lightweight formula that softens, smoothes and hydrates my skin. It's fast-absorbing and doesn't leave my face looking greasy, which is why it's been a favourite during the hotter months of the year. Its ingredients include hyaluronic acid, macadamia oil and vitamin E.
Byron 2-in-1 Mask + Exfoliator* | £25 | This isn't my favourite product from the range, but it isn't my least-favourite either - it's decidedly in the middle of the pack! What's a little annoying is that you have to look online for the instructions on how to use these masks as they aren't on the tube - I apply this by massaging it onto the skin (taking my time) and then leaving it for 5-10 minutes before rinsing. It's a sort of cream-paste with natural exfoliating particles, so it's fine if you want a natural product but it just isn't heavy-duty enough for me. On a day-to-day basis, I tend to use acids to exfoliate, so when I reach for a scrub, it's for real problem areas when I need something that's really going to work for me. This is nice enough and it feels refreshing with jojoba beads, peppermint and kaolin, but I wouldn't buy this myself.
Daintree AHA Brightening Mask* | £25 | I really do like this mask, which is formulated with caviar lime, kakadu plum and multi-fruit AHA - it smooths and brightens my skin without feeling too aggressive. I definitely get a bit of sensation when using this (so it might not be great if you're quite sensitive) but it isn't irritating and I can see the results when I use it, so I really don't mind. I use this a couple of times a week to make my skin look fresh, feel smooth and to restore clarity. My only negative is that it doesn't seem like there's a lot of product in these mask tubes - though they are listed as 50ml, which seems reasonable.
Iceberg Hydrating Mask* | £25 | I actually quite liked this mask when I first used it, but in hindsight I think those effects may have been due to the products I followed it up with, because after using this a few more times I just don't think it does much for my skin. It's a very light gel-based product that dries into the skin very quickly, though online it says to leave it for 10-20 minutes, I find this has all but disappeared well before that time is up and there are minimal effects when I use it. This contains red algae, hyaluronic acid and cucumber, which sounds great on paper but somehow the execution of this mask fell flat for me.
Tama Healing Mask* | £25 | This is one of my favourite products from the range and it contains turmeric, manuka honey and avocado oil. It's just so calming and hydrating, plus helps keep my skin nice and clear. If I've had a bit of a heavy weekend or a bit of a tiring day; I immediately reach for this mask and it just makes things look so much better!
Uluru Purifying Mask* | £25 | This is your classic detox clay mask - whilst I wouldn't say this mask goes above and beyond the other products like this I've tried, I do think it's a good option if you're looking for a purifying mask. It gives my skin a deep cleanse, helping it look fresh and stay clear. It isn't crazy-drying yet it does the job for me. The ingredients include Australian red clay, Australian white clay and desert harvest.