Saturday, May 18, 2013

NYL Skincare: 100% Vegan and Gluten-Free Skincare That Are MAGNIFICENT!

nyl's starter kit
I'm always happy when a natural/organic/vegan brand contacts me about their products and I look at the ingredient list and packaging and absolutely love it.  So was the story when the Founder of nyl skincare (pronounced nil, as in "nothing") Carol Sondesky reached out to me.  I loved the simplicity of the ingredients, the fact that it's all handmade (at this time) and the simple and clean look of their brand.

I was sent their Starter Kit ($45) which includes:

Whipped Hand & Body Lotion, Organic, 2 fl oz
Velvet Transformative Serum, 1/4 fl oz
Gentle Sugar Body Polish, Organic, 2 fl oz
Organic Rosewater Face Wash, Organic, 2 fl oz 

Whipped Hand & Body Lotion $34
Since I just got back from a short trip and my hands (as we all know when you return from a trip) looked and felt awful, I scrubbed my nails and then applied nyl's Whipped Hand & Body Lotion to my hands before bed.  That would be the test for my hands looked and felt in the morning. They were great - hydrated and soft, but what really impressed me was how super-fast this cream absorbs.  I'm not a fan of creams that feel sticky or slick after you apply.  This is a whipped hand cream that works, feels great and has a very, very light, clean scent.  

Velvet Transformative Serum $60
Usually I'm not a fan of trying new facial oils/ serums as I feel that I already have my favorites (yeah, I'm a face oil snob), but I wanted to try the whole nyl Starter Kit.  This face oil is excellent AND probably the fastest-absorbing oil I've ever used.  If you're one of those people who don't like the feel of oil after applying it, this is for you.  My skin feel super soft (like velvet), hydrated and clear after using it.  And, with these ingredients, you're getting the best of the best:  

Organic Grape Seed Oil, Organic Meadowfoam Seed Oil
 Acai Oil
 Organic Argan Oil
, Blackberry Seed Oil
, Blueberry Seed Oil
 Carrot Seed Oil
, Organic Cranberry Seed Oil
,Marula Oil
, Organic Pomegranate Seed Oil
, Organic Rosehip Seed Oil
, Vegetable Squalene, Vitamin E, Organic Watermelon Seed Oil, Essential Oils

Gentle Sugar Body Polish $34
You know when body polishes have lots of oil that leave you feeling really greasy like you need another shower?  You know when you're slipping in the shower because the container is 1/2 full of an oily mix?  Yeah, well, not here.  This body polish smooths and hydrates and is very easy to use.  Scoop up the gorgeously gold sugar and scrub away.  Love it.  My skin felt really, really soft post-use.

Organic Rosewater Face Wash $28
I would recommend this face wash to those of you with really sensitive skin who want something super pure to cleanse with.  I would also recommend it to those of you who don't like a creamy or overly foamy cleanser.  This a very pure, simple cleanser that would never irritate your skin.  To get an idea of how pure it is, check out the ingredients:

Organic Rosewater, Organic Vegetable Glycerine, Organic Castile Soap 
(Contains: water, organic coconut oil. sunflower oil, castor oil, citric acid, and rosemary extract)

With vegan, gluten-free, organic ingredients that are as effective as they are pretty to look at, I think nyl skincare is going to be one of the big brands in this industry...quote me!

*As mentioned, I was sent the Starter Kit for review.  All opinions are my own.


  1. Wow, sounds lovely! I love the packaging as well. I really want to try the face oils, love the sound of all the berry-seed oils, I don't see that very often! Thanks for the review!

    1. Thanks for reading, Eugenia. Yes, I loved all the berry oils in there as well. I'd never heard of this brand before, so I was excited to get it out to everyone.


    2. I started making my own skincare as a hobby, it was this serum (and our lotion) that inspired me to turn my homemade products into a business venture! I started giving it out to friends and everyone was loving it.

      I had done alot of research and found the fruit seed oils to be standouts - our skin receives much of the same benefits from the seed oil as our bodies do from eating the fruit. They're highly antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, high in vitamins, anti-aging. Really pretty amazing.

      I used the serum for about a year while this was still a hobby and the improvement in my skin was obvious. I have never had good skin, oily + large pores, and it has literally transformed me (hence the name). My skin is now what I would consider "normal", not oily, pore size has been reduced, overall smoother, and I actually wake up in the morning with naturally rosey cheeks and maintain a radiance throughout the day that I never had.

      We didn't specify this serum for a specific skin type or age group because it seems to do amazing things for all skin types. Highly recommend to everyone!

      Carol (founder of nyl Skincare)

  2. Yay another great new brand! Love discovering awesome new brands. This one especially looks so gorgeous, love the yellow! Must be good that it's working for you really well. I want to try this so bad, but the shipping to Australia is too outrageous :(

    1. Thank you so much for the kind words! At the moment we are available online only but we ship anywhere in the world. Understanding how expensive it can be, we only charge actual shipping costs and do not add handling or any other additional fees.

      Carol (founder of nyl Skincare)

    2. Oh good! Thanks Carol, it looks like the shipping option has been updated and you now offer the cheaper first class shipping. Thank you so much! I will be looking forward to trying the skin care out.

  3. These sound like lovely and effective products. Love the packaging and the clever name. I'll have to try these soon!
    Plus I also love homemade stuff. You can still feel the love that they're made with :-)

    1. Sarita: Right on, sister! That's one of the reasons I loved this line. There's nothing better than homemade!

  4. awww, they are made with love!
    it does make a difference, doesn't it?

  5. The Rosewater cleanser looks great! Can it remove make up? If not, what would you recommend to remove makeup? Thank you!

    1. I always like to use a separate remover in addition to cleansing because I just want everything off! So, if it's an eye makeup remover you're looking for:

      I also think that a quick swipe of toner also does the trick. I'm liking S.W. Basics (formerly Sprout) toner. Thanks for reading! K

  6. I received a sample of the Velvet Transformative Serum from Vegan Cuts and I'm so hooked on it. I've been plagued with a skin disease since I was 9 years old (well over 40+ years) and this product has been just super incredible for it. I can't wait to try the rest of them!

  7. This is first time I visit your blog. It's good to use this product. Thank for your sharing.

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