Skincare Review: Kelly Edwards Exfoliating Cream & Balancing Moisturiser

As part of my Xmas giveaway haul, Kelly Edwards had kindly sponsored a set of trial-sized skincare. Kelly Edwards is Made in Wales and available online at

Out of all the items in the small giftbox, I would like to review the Balancing Moisturiser and the Exfoliating Cream, which I’ve used.

The 5ml tub of Balancing Moisturiser went with me to The Philippines on a dive trip back in January 2013. It lasted me for a good 5 days when used in the night.

Photo taken off Kelly Edwards' website


Aqua, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate (Vegetable based Emulsifier), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract** (Aloe Vera), Rosa Rubiginosa Seed Oil**(Rosehip), Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil** (Jojoba), Glyceryl Stearate (Vegetable based Emulsifier), Cetyl Alcohol (Vegetable derived), Glycerine** (Vegetable derived), Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil (Sunflower Seed), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Squalane, Bisabolol, Glycine Soja Oil , Copaifera Officinalis (Balsam Copaiba) Resin, Carapa Guaianensis Seed Oil, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Oil, Xanthan gum, Sodium Phosphate, Epilobium Fleischeri Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate (Natural Vitamin E), Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract** (Marigold), Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil** (Thistle), Cananga Odorata Flower Oil** (Ylang Ylang), Citrus Nobilis Peel Oil** (Mandarin), Citrus Aurantium Amara Leaf/Twig Oil** (Petitgrain), Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract** (Rosemary), Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Limonene*, Linalool*, Geraniol*, Eugenol*, Farnesol*, Citral*, Isoeugenol*, Benzyl Alcohol*, Benzyl Benzoate*, Benzyl Salicylate*

 *Naturally occurring in Essential Oils
 **Certified Organic

Product Description

Rebalance congested skin with a blend of omega rich plant oils; Rosehip, Calendula and Thistle and potent the skin from free radical damage with antioxidants from Vitamins A & E and Acai Berries. The Essential Oils of Mandarin, Petitgrain and Ylang Ylang together with Willow Herb and Copaiba Resin help to soothe and regulate sebum production and provide a light aroma.

My thoughts:

First off, it’s a light yellow lotion-like moisturiser that has a very strong scent of something herbal. I’m not sure which of the ingredients is the culprit, or a cocktail of them. It’s stronger than your usual moisturiser scent, but on the natural side rather than synthetic.

This is pretty moisturising and as I was sleeping in an airconditioned bedroom, this helped to keep my face supple and moisturised. It absorbed fairy quickly though I found it a tad greasy for my liking. I did not get any breakouts or clogged pores from it so I guess it’s not a big deal. I do think 5ml is really too little to test the efficacy, so I’ll reserve my judgement on it.

A 5ml sample costs 2 quid and a 50ml pump bottle in a lovely metal canister will set you back by 15.50 pounds over at the Kelly Edwards website.

Moving over to the Exfoliating Cream.

This is a very generous 50ml full size included in the giveaway. A 5ml sample is just 1.50 quid and the 50ml full size a decent 12 quid here.

Product description:

Jojoba beads and cupuacu gently exfoliate the top layer of skin.

It is really important to exfoliate the skin in order to remove the older layers of “dead” skin which sit at the surface. By removing these skin cells, it lifts the dry patches, unclogs the pores and keeps the skin clean and in doing so reduces the possibility of skin breakouts. It also allows the moisturiser to work more efficiently.

This creamy exfoliator contains tiny circular jojoba beads together with cupuacu that remove the top skin cells without scratching the surface. The essential oils of May Chang and Ylang Ylang provide an uplifting refreshing aroma.

 Aqua, Ricinus Communis Seed Oil** (Castor Bean), Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate (Vegetable based Emulsifier), Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil** (Jojoba), Oryza Sativa Bran Oil (Rice Bran), Glyceryl Stearate (Vegetable based Emulsifier), Sorbitol, Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil** (Apricot Kernel), Cetyl Alcohol (Vegetable derived), Rosa Rubiginosa Seed Oil** (Rosehip), Hydrogenated Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba), Tocopheryl Acetate (Natural Vitamin E), Glycine Soja Oil, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil (Sunflower Seed), Litsea Cubeba Fruit Oil** (May Chang), Cananga Odorata Flower Oil** (Ylang Ylang), Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Powder, Lavandula Intermedia Oil** (Lavender), Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract** (Rosemary), Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citral*, Limonene*, Linalool*, Eugenool*, Farnesol*, Benzyl Benzoate*, Benzyl Salicylate*, Geraniol*


*Naturally occurring in Essential Oils


**Certified Organic

My thoughts:

This smells very much like my Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser with a predominant lemongrass scent. I love it!

While the granules aren’t plentiful, they do a decent exfoliation work as they don’t melt. I take about a 1/2 inch dollop for my face and neck. It exfoliates mildly with no stinging nor stripping sensation. My skin immediately felt softer as I was using this creamy exfoliant. It also rinses easily with warm water when used in the shower without any greasy film nor leaving the skin dry. My skin also feels smoother after usage.

If you’re looking for a mild exfoliant to use a couple of times a week without any AHA effect, I’d recommend this for all skintypes. The size and price is decent and the ingredients are good for you without any unnecessary fillers and chemicals.

I look forward to using the rest of the Kelly Edwards skincare received, once I finish up my current stash of skincare.

All of Kelly Edwards’ skincare come with Best Before dates.

~*Items received in a giveaway but opinions are my own*~


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