🧐 Overview of Alder New York 🧐
Clean, vegan, and holistic, Alder New York is a genderless beauty company. Their claim to fame is that their products can be used by anyone – it doesn’t matter what gender you identify with. They are also a cruelty-free company as well. Their products are formulated without parabens, synthetic fragrances, silicone, and a bunch of other junk that other beauty products are secretly loaded with.
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💦 Everyday Face Cleanser 💦
I found immediate use for Alder New York’s Everyday Face Cleanser, as thus I decided to test this product out first. I used this product several nights in a row before bedtime. After dampening my face, I applied a single pump of product and worked it into my skin in circular motions. One thing you need to remember is to dampen your face before application. The consistency starts very gel-like and turns into a light foam as you apply it.
I have frequent breakouts. I also have hyperpigmentation issues, and the skin on my face gets blotchy, especially at night. So for me, it is 100% necessary that any skincare product I use addresses these issues. After rinsing this product off, I noticed that my acne was less inflamed and skin was actually significantly less red than it was just a minute or two before. The formula is pH balanced with a low dose of glycolic acid, which I believe to be the biggest reason for this outcome.
✅ Who this is for ✅
First of all, this product is for any gender. Just because I’m a female doesn’t mean it’s a “girly” face cleanser. Alder New York stresses that their products are truly meant for anyone who wants to try them. Second, If you are seeking skincare that that will address issues such as inflammation, you very well might enjoy using this product. You also don’t need to have skincare issues though to use this – it’s a great all-around cleanser that does the job. It’s also lightweight and there is no real scent. If you hate products with added fragrance, this would be a great choice for you.
❌ Who this is not for ❌
If you don’t like gel-like consistencies or any foaminess in your cleansers, then this may not be your cup of tea. Alder New York states this it is a very low foam product, which I don’t deny, however, mine did get pretty foamy. Would it still be considered low foam? Probably. For me, it was a perfect balance. However, if you’re not into that for whatever reason, then this may not be the right choice for you.
The price point may also be a snag in your sweater. At $28 USD, it is a decent cost for a product. That being said, it is 8 fl oz. At one or two pumps a night, this product is bound to set you up for many more months in the future. Even though you very well could save money in the end, the initial cost may catch some people off guard, which is understandable if you’re on a tighter budget.
💆♀️ Clarifying Face Mask 💆♀️
Confession: I have never used a mud mask before, which meant I was excited to try the Clarifying Face Mask! I used a flat makeup foundation brush to smooth the product all over my face in even strokes. I wouldn’t recommend using your hands because it is mud (and charcoal), so it will get messy. The consistency is very smooth and I had no issues with chunkiness.
The photos seen here were my first application of it. I had it on longer than the recommended time (because I was taking photos of course) so I didn’t get the full effects of it on my first go. My skin got a little dry, which is 100% expected given I passed the 3 – 5-minute mark. My acne was less inflamed though, which I was really surprised about. I expected it would actually flair it up even more because I had it on too long but this wasn’t the case. I wanted to give this product a fair shot though so I did the mask one more time to see how it would work. After rinsing in cool water, my skin felt soft and radiant. My pores were smaller and my skin was tighter without being too tight.
✅ Who this is for ✅
This product is definitely for any mask junkie who loves a good skincare facial. If you have issues with large pores or blackheads, this would be a great option for you to try out. I noticed that it actually began pushing out those impurities on my face after just the first application. It’s also a smooth consistency that doesn’t go on too thick. If you like thin layers, this so for you.
❌ Who this is not for ❌
Speaking of thin layers, if you like to have thicker masks, this mask won’t exactly give you what you are looking for. It’s not buildable, though it doesn’t really need to be. Still, I get the obsession with a pure black mud mask, so with that in mind, you may choose to bypass this one. If you prefer peel-off masks, know that this is meant as a wash-off. It can also stick to your skin a bit but I didn’t have any issues with either. The price point is again a concern that some will encounter. A single packet comes in at $6 USD. It states it’s for single-use, however, I have already had two uses out of it with still some product left to go.
👩⚖️ The Verdict 👩⚖️Alder New York has created very low-risk products. There are only a couple of things I can pull from that I may see that other consumers will not favor so much (because let’s face it, there’s literally no product in existence that’s 100% perfect for every single person). I really love that they strongly advocate genderless beauty products. It pushes the envelope on what society has created in terms of “beauty standards”, and it’s refreshing that we are seeing companies such as Alder New York popping up and taking a stand.
I genuinely recommend this company and I’m pleased with my experiences using Alder New York’s products. Their customer service is also great – I was sent a little personalized note that was hand-signed by Co-Founder Nina Zilka, which showed me that they really cared about my opinion and wanted to give me the best experience they could upon opening my package. Also, the packaging was very cute and well put together, which is always a plus! You can purchase their products directly from their website or on my Amazon storefront.
What are your thoughts on clean beauty products like these? Have you ever tried Alder New York? Would you like to see more articles outlining genderless beauty products? Leave me a comment below and let’s chat!
P.S. A special thank you to Join Palm and Alder New York for allowing me to test out these products and give an honest review. I appreciate your generosity and I am very grateful. You can check them out here and here.