Friday, July 26, 2013

Beauty Spotlight - Ft. Benedetta Facial Care On the Go Set (Oilier Skin/Ylang Ylang)


This has turned out to be Cookie's Skin Care Month! For some reason my skin has gone rogue and turned against me (skin, where did I go wrong!) but it also gave me the chance to try out a bunch of new and different products! I've been dealing with cystic acne on my chin, redness (since I have rosacea), oiliness from the hot weather and dark circles from some long work weeks. After a few weeks of trying out different products I have a selection that I'd like to share with you! Today it's an amazing On the Go Facial Care set by Benedetta. 

For those of you who haven't heard of Benedetta, let me show you a little bit about them:

 Holistic Skin Care
Organic & Biodynamic Ingredients
 Farm-Sourced From Seed to Bottle

"Our vibrant preparations are made with botanical ingredients purchased from our global community of farmers, all with their own rich heritage and story. Benedetta is offering the finest, most bio-available product line possible. We are constantly sourcing new Certified Biodynamic and Organic Botanicals in this pursuit of excellence and sustainability. Our products never contain synthetic fragrances, fillers or coloring agents; each formula has the rich color and sweet smell with which nature intended. Benedetta Skin Care is non-comedogenic (won't clog pores) and highly concentrated so a little goes a long, long way. Enjoy!" - from Benedetta pamphlet

I really love that it's non-comedogenic and I was very intrigued to try out the oilier skin set since my face tends to get very very oily in the summer. Here is the set I tried! - 

 From Left to Right:
Crystal Radiance Hydrating Elixer Ylang Ylang
Visibly Radiant Moisturizer Ylang Ylang
Creme Cleanser Rosemary & Geranium 
Control Creme Blemish Treatment

They came in this adorable zippered travel pouch:

 It's very well-made so I'll definitely be keeping it and using it for traveling, etc! Plus I like that you can see through part of it, that way you can quickly locate items.

Time for product breakdown!


"Originally formulated for professional treatments, this is a 1 step treatment that will CLEANSE, TONE and EXFOLIATE. This cleanser was developed to purify the skin by releasing toxins into the bloodstream to be eliminated by means of lymphatic drain. Our unsurpassed formula will not only cleanse the skin's upper surface but will eliminate toxins at deeper levels without stripping all of the natural oils. There is no need for using a separate toner as the cleansing and toning process is complete after use of this product. Rich is therapeutic quality nourishing oils and anti-oxidants this REVOLUTIONARY CLEANSER will do a beautiful job, whether you have normal, dry or oily skin." - from

The recommended use of this cleanser is to apply to dry skin, which was sooooo very strange for me at first since I'm used to foaming cleansers or those that say apply to a damp face. However, I found that I loved the way it felt! It's VERY rich, creamy and you can really massage it into the pores. When they say there are no added fragrances, they certainly mean it, this cleanser is made from all-natural ingredients (all of which you can easily pronounce!) and it has a very strong, rich aroma of botanical rosemary and geranium! If you're not a fan of natural organic earthy scents than this may not be the product for you, however, keep in mind that I myself don't care for those aromas but I absolutely loved this cleanser! It left my skin smooth and taut feeling without that squeaky-tight sensation that some toners and cleansers can give you. It did not dry out my skin at all, but definitely mattified it which was amazing. It also calmed my rosacea and lessened inflammation around my cystic acne just after one single use! I saw noticeable improvement each time I used it. This cleanser is for use both morning and night, and I found that I especially love the way my skin feels the next morning after using it the night before. The creme is very thick, so a little goes a long way and you can even leave the product on and keep gently massaging for up to 10 minutes as a gently exfoliation AS WELL as use this as an overnight spot treatment for blemishes. It certainly does wonders for inflammation! Definitely a great new find for me!


"The Crystal Radiance series of Hydrating Elixirs are comprised of therapeutic hydrosols with an amazing ability to nourish and renew. Each Crystal Radiance Elixir incorporates Organic and Biodynamic Hydrosols and Essential Oils with Organic Aloe Vera and Gem Elixir chosen for it's specific mineral qualities. These Elixirs were developed as treatments to HYDRATE, BALANCE and REJUVENATE skin day and night. During the day, use to re-hydrate after morning cleansing or shower and as a synergistic compliment to the Visibly Radiant Moisturizers and Precious & Nourishing Facial Oils. At night use alone to regulate the skin, omitting night cremes. Crystal Radiance Hydrating Elixir Ylang Ylang is best suited for Normal to Oilier Skin." - from

THIS is my little treasure of the group. I absolutely adore this elixir! It's a spritz bottle, with a fantastically refreshing formula. The liquid is so light-weight and delicate and it works into the skin so nicely. It would seem, since it IS so light, that it wouldn't give you much hydration but that is NOT the case! It seriously hydrated my face without the oily creaminess! I used about 3 spritzes and gently patted it on my skin with my fingertips. Immediately I noticed how soft my skin felt and how breathable it was. It does exactly what it balances your skin and natural oils. It keeps your face fresh and flake-free, tones down redness and softens inflamed areas around acne so it can heal. It's very nourishing and has a pleasant floral scent that reminds me of rich, fragrant wildflowers. You know the feeling that a good toner can give you, where the skin is super smooth, extra clean and oil-free? Yeah...this is better.

This Elixir also comes in three formulas other than Ylang Ylang / Oilier Skin:
  • Rosemary Verbenone - Most Skin
  • Neroli - Dry Skin 
  • Artemisia - Sensitive Skin


"Revitalize your skin with a Visibly Radiant Moisturizer. Used as a daytime beauty treatment, these moisturizers will nourish, purify and protect the skin. Amazingly rich in nutrients and anti-oxidants, all of the Visibly Radiant moisturizers will leave your skin more supple and smooth, all while diminishing the signs of wrinkles." - from

Is it possible to have your face look shiny and gorgeous but not in an oily way? Well, this product certainly does the trick! This is a daytime only recommended moisturizer, very highly concentrated so I really only needed about 2 pumps to fully cover my face. At first I was worried because it seemed like it left a sheen on my skin that made it appear oily, but after a minute it settled and the sheen disappeared! It left a soft, glowing, natural coverage and heavens, does my skin FEEL moisturized. It feels moisturized to the point where you'd THINK it's super shiny if you didn't look at it. Very hydrated, supple and creamy soft. I have creamy soft skin. I like the sound of that! The only thing I wasn't too fond of is the aroma. It's very similar to the cleanser, however, this product has Sea Buckthorn in it, which I'm not a big fan of. To some Sea Buckthorn has a citrus, almost overripe fruit fragrance, but it leans on the too-musky side to me for some reason. That along with the Rosehips and Rosemary make this a very naturally fragrant moisturizer but with the results it gives, I'll overlook the aroma when needed!

This Moisturizer also comes in two formulas other than Ylang Ylang / Oilier Skin
  • Rosemary Verbenone - Most Skin
  • Neroli - Dry Skin


"Whether you suffer from the occasional breakout or more chronic blemish problems, Control Creme won't destroy your skin like so many other products will. Control Creme is a very effective antibacterial, antiviral and antiseptic preparation that zaps blemishes by targeting the source deep within the skin's dermis. Created for overactive (oily) and blemished skin conditions, Benedetta's Control Creme will also rejuvenate sluggish skin. This is a treatment product and not to be used in the place of a moisturizer. Safe to use at any age!" - from

I love this little extra that Benedetta included in the On the Go pack! This Control Creme treats problem areas unlike anything I've seen. So I dabbed it on one spot that had inflammation and cystic acne and another on my cheek that tends to get oily quickly, but I only did one cheek for comparison. The creme itself is a thicker liquid, similar to the cleanser. The fragrance is also very similar but it's a bit lighter and fresher. Immediately I felt a gentle cooling, tingling sensation on the areas I had applied it to (I adore that sensation!) After a while I noticed that it was gently drying the area without causing the skin to peel or flake. It basically just lightly tightened the skin, but kept it moisturized as well. The next day I noticed that the inflammation had gone down some and the redness surrounding the cystic acne has lessened and decreased in size. I also noticed that the cheek that I had applied the creme to wasn't shiny at all compared to the other cheek which showed a little bit of natural oil developed overnight. The cystic acne are had previously been bumpy and raised where the acne was but the skin appeared flatter and smoother. I am very intrigued to see how this will work for long-term use as it seems to give a wonderful difference for short-term!


On the Go travel set - Oilier Skin / Ylang Ylang:  $52
  • Comes with:
    • Cream Cleanser Rosemary & Geranium - 1 fl oz
    • Crystal Radiance Hydrating Elixir Ylang Ylang - 1 fl oz
    • Visibly Radiant Moisturizer Ylang Ylang - 0.5 fl oz
    • Control Creme Blemish Treatment - 0.5 dram 

Individual Items:

Creme Cleanser Rosemary & Geranium
  • 1 fl oz - $15
  • 3.4 fl oz - $42

Crystal Radiance Hydrating Elixir Ylang Ylang
  • 3.4 fl oz - $32
Visibly Radiant Moisturizer Ylang Ylang 
  • 1 fl oz - $42

Control Creme Blemish Treatment
  • 0.5 fl oz - $24

I highly recommend the travel set if you wanted to try all 4 products, I calculated the worth of the sizes in the travel set and it's less than than if you could purchase all of these in those same exact sizes individually. (Only the cleanser and moisturizer can be purchased in the same size as the travel set ones though). The difference is that the set is worth $17.41 more than what you actually pay AND you get the full-size of the Moisturizer, which alone is worth $42. Even if you think you'd prefer to have the larger sizes, try these out first, I can tell you right now they will last a LONG time. I'd say months in fact!



I loved this set, and I'll definitely be keeping it in my stash for further use as I think it does wonders for the skin! I also love that there are multiple sets for various uses - dry skin, normal skin, oily skin AAAAND....sensitive skin! For those of you with redness and rosacea, I'd definitely suggest that you check this brand out. If the oily line helped my redness out to the extent that it did, imagine what the sensitive line would do! They do in fact carry a On the Go travel set in Artimesia, which is for sensitive skin, and it's $4 cheaper than Ylang Ylang at $48! 

Good news though for those of you that are worried about the higher prices....

Benedetta is having a HARVEST SALE! 

Tomorrow - Saturday, June 27th for 1 DAY ONLY Benedetta entire line is 25% OFF!

Coupon Code: HARVEST2013

Check out more info about it here:

and be sure to check out their Facebook as well:

Happy Makeuping and taking care of that skin!

Love, Cookie   
 *Disclaimer: I received these complimentary products in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and experiences are my own and I received no compensation for them. This entire review was written only by me and was in no way influenced by the brand provider. 


  1. Interesting! Never seen this brand before but I am very intrigued!

    1. It's definitely worth a look :-) I'm positively addicted to the Control Creme now.

  2. Oh really interesting products sweetie!
    Now I´m following you in GFC ad Bloglovin´
    I hope your follow me back in Both!

    1. I am indeed now! Thank you so much for stopping by :-D