I still have one of our lovely sponsors to tell you about: Novena Maternity Skin Care. As part of my giveaway package (over $250 in prizes!), they will be providing the winner with two full-size versions of their skin care products: the Organic Luminscent Moisturizer, and the Organic Anti-Aging Mineral Sun Block SPF 30 (total value $63).
Novena thoughtfully provided me with the same two products, so that I could give an honest review.
Let me start by telling you a little more about the company:
Novena is determined to provide women of childbearing years a worry free skincare line designed for Pregnancy. Novena does not contain any of the possible harmful ingredients which could potentially affect the health of a developing baby. Whether you are pregnant, trying to get pregnant or even one day planning on having a baby, Novena is the right choice for you and your miracle of life.
As I read through the materials and information the company sent me, I was more and more impressed. Here are some of the things I learned:
*All of Novena’s products are organic and completely safe for pregnancy. No need to wonder about the ingredients if you are using their products.
*The products are geared toward women who are pregnant, want to become pregnant, or have already been pregnant, so it’s nice to know that these products can continue to be beneficial to me, even after baby comes.
*Novena is manufactured in the U.S.A., in Oregon to be specific, where their lab uses windmill energy to run their facilities. They do not test on animals, and their packaging is all recyclable.
*Novena has been featured in just about every pregnancy/skin care-related magazine I’ve heard of (and many I haven’t), and they are recommended by many high-profile celebrities.
Now I know that the product inside the packaging is more important than it’s outward appearance, but I LOVE the way the Novena products are contained. The pink and silver colors are very attractive, and the containers are smooth and pleasant to touch. Don’t you enjoy using a product just a little bit more when it looks pretty?
As for the moisturizer and sunblock themselves, I’ve found both to be effective. The moisturizer comes in a slim pump bottle, and it is recommended that you apply two pumps in the morning and again at night. Two pumps were just the right amount to cover my face and neck, and it left my face feeling soft and smooth.
Novena suggests using these two products together, following your morning moisturizer with the sunblock. The sunblock also went on smoothly and gave me another layer of protection- greatly necessary here in Arizona, where it’s already in the 80s and sunny every day!
Ultimately, I just love the idea of having skin care products that were meant for me and other pregnant moms who don’t want to worry if the products they are using are safe. As you’ve probably noticed, I’ve had the opportunity to try out several different skin care products recently, but I didn’t have a face moisturizer or sunscreen, so thank you to Novena for providing me with exactly what I was missing! I would definitely like to try some of their other products in the future.