Rooibos tea is a traditional drink in South Africa which has gained popularity worldwide in recent years for its powerful antioxidant properties, smooth taste and lack of caffeine. Rooibos is so gentle, that many mothers in South Africa make the tea for babies as one of the first liquids introduced when weaning. I love this tea with a bit of honey and lemon. It is something I grew up with and have been making for my little one as well, minus the honey.
The local industry has also introduced Green Rooibos, along the same lines as green tea, which cuts out much of the fermentation process in tea production and retains more of the benefits of the plants. Today I’m reviewing three products from Annique, South Africa’s biggest and possibly most well known producer of rooibos derived cosmetics. I will review two of my favourite Annique rooibos teas in a later post.
- Annique Resque MistThis is by far my favourite Annique product. The mist has a very strong but pleasant aroma of eucalyptus, peppermint and menthol from the essential oils it contains. It also contains green rooibos, which is a natural antioxidant. This mist is formulated to help relieve allergies and sinus.My toddler and I suffer from sinus issues caused by dry air and I always have to have a warm heat humidifier on in winter when we sleep, otherwise we get nosebleeds. Now that it is summer I don’t use it and I don’t want to buy a separate cool air humidifier either. This mist is a great alternative. I spray a little onto our pillows and it makes all the difference between a good night’s sleep and a restless night suffering from congestion. I also like to spray it towards my face(with my eyes closed) from arm’s length, for a refreshing feel during the day.
Both the mist and the spray can also be applied to sore muscles, which is something I was not aware of.
- Annique Resque Zero Stress sprayI have just recently started using the Zero Stress spray. I used to use the Resque Mist as my “aromatherapy on the go”. What do I mean by that? Well, I have found scents to be a very powerful mood altering option for me when I want to relax. I like to keep a bottle of a refreshing mist in my handbag to spray into the air or myself to help me de-stress.While I like this spray, I do not see much of a difference between it and the mist. The ingredients are almost identical. I find that this spray has a little bit of an initial chemical / alcohol smell like an eau de parfum, before one starts to experience the menthol and herbal smells. This has a warm scent perhaps from the rose and sandalwood it contains. If one had to choose between the two, I would rather get only the Resque Mist.
- Annique Miracle Tissue oil
The great Tissue oil debate will never see an end. There are so many on the market at different price points and everyone’s experiences are different. Firstly, I don’t believe that stretch marks can be cured with anything external, besides lasers and so on. I don’t look for that in a tissue oil. I use tissue oils to get some vitamin e and to treat my very dry, eczema prone skin in winter.I used Bio-Oil for a long time and honestly did not notice any improvement in my skin. I liked it simply because it is an oil and my skin gets very dry in winter. I have found that I now prefer what are marketed as “dry oils” otherwise I find the product is wasted, because after one applies it you’d have to blot some off before you can continue with your routine or dressing.
Annique’s Miracle Tissue oil isn’t marketed as a dry oil but it is just right for my skin. I find it absorbs very quickly and has a very faint, almost undetectable scent that reminds me a bit of baby powder. The beauty consultant at the Annique Day Spa also reccommended using the oil on the face before exfoliating with any product, as this gives extra nourishment and protection to the skin. I will try this with the Annique Creme Exfoliator and review in a another post.
Have you tried any rooibos products? What are your favourites?