Eskay Apothecary — #MuslimBiz for January 2019
Hi, and welcome to my #MuslimBiz for January! I have got an absolute gem of a brand for you to read about. The reason I’m publishing this in February is because I wanted to try the products for at least a month so that I could write a proper review.
Related post: #MuslimBiz December 2018
Muslim entrepreneur, Aamena Adam is the creator of Eskay Apothecary, a hand crafted, organic skin care brand made from pure and natural ingredients. Aamena has had twenty years of experience in using natural remedies, using the knowledge given to her by her family who always used herbs and spices for small ailments, before turning to conventional medicine.
I’d heard a lot about Aamena Adam from Simply Humaira’s blog so I started following Eskay Apothecary on Instagram. I asked Aamena a few questions about skin care over Instagram and she was always happy to reply and advise me. I knew straight away I wanted to feature her on Britpakgirl as her products and service are so unique.
I realised very quickly that Aamena really knows her stuff; not just about skin care products but everything related to well-being, taking a very holistic approach to beauty. Everything she makes is also cruelty-free, vegetarian and halal. Aamena advises, that everybody they should know what they’re putting on and into their bodies. Do the research yourself she says — good advice!
My Skin Issues
After going through severe medication a few years ago for my acne, I knew I had to invest in my skin and not just use any old cream or potion. As I’ve described in this Beauty post I have acne-prone, sensitive, combination skin. Winter is tough for skin so extra TLC was in need. Since the cold weather started I’ve been getting dry patches on my forehead, nose and chin which means foundation looks cakey on my face. Nightmare. All the products that suited me in the summer, just weren’t up to the job. That’s when I knew I needed to up my game. For makeup to look good, skin needs to be hydrated, but not oily either. It’s a difficult balance for my skin! Can you relate?
Why Eskay Apothecary?
Aamena uses natural and organic ingredients in her products. So no acids or any chemical nasties. What I love about Aamena is If you want to order anything from Eskay Apothecary, Aamena will advise you what may be best for your skin type. That kind of customer service is like gold dust when it comes to beauty and skin care — where the maker of the product is on hand to answer your questions. She will also recommend any herbal supplements that she thinks would work for you.
Aamena kindly sent me some products she thought will work for my skin, along with an email advising me how and when to use everything. Here is what I thought of the products:
I am beginning to love facial oils! Eskay Apothecary makes four different oils that you can choose from. The Restore Facial Oil is a thick, potent oil for acne-prone skin and smells a bit like henna. It’s made from organic cold pressed neem, jojoba and rosehip oil as well as a few other ingredients. I was advised to use this as cleanser first thing after washing my face and before going to bed. It immediately softened my skin and hydrated it without making it greasy. After two weeks of using my skin balanced out and the dry patches went. Amazing! I sometimes use this as a moisturizer too as extreme weather is causing even more dryness than usual. As far as facial oils are concerned you can’t go wrong with any of these.
This red mist comes in a spray bottle and is to be used as a toner after using a cleanser. It’s a soothing, cooling spray which I can see would be great in the summer too. It works wonderfully hand in hand with the Restore Facial Oil and is my absolute daily essential.
This scrub which Aamena said I should use twice a week smells gorgeous — probably because it is a sugar scrub with manuka honey and green tea. It’s a gritty scrub which leaves your face feeling softer. This can also double up as a mask if you leave it on for longer.
Both these masks are amazing and so potent in colour. Unfortunately I’m allergic to the pure clay that is in both of these masks so I couldn’t use them again. However if you use clay masks then I would recommend the Strawberry Exfoliating Mask as it’s for sensitive skin, to brighten and give you that glow. (Also it’s pink and smells yummy).
This is a serum to get rid of dark circles, fine lines, pigmentation and scars. It’s a highly concentrated serum but smooths on really nicely on my skin. I’m using a tiny amount on a few acne scars I’ve got. I only started using this recently so will continue for a few more week to see the effects, but I know it’s one of the best-selling items and is often sold out on the website!
The good news is that you can get 10% off everything ordered from Eskay Apothecary using discount code ‘BRIT10’. Not only that, you will get free delivery too if you spend over £40. This offer is only on until 1st March 2019. If you have any questions about skin care or any of the products I’ve mentioned then do get in touch with Aamena via her website or on Facebook or Instagram. If you want to ask me anything then feel free to leave a comment below.
This is a collaborative post.