Sleeping in this day of age has become a bit of a challenge. We are more stressed than ever, worried to death and sometimes even too tired to sleep calmly. But where there is a problem, there is a solution!
There’s been a couple of brands lately pushing out sleeping mist products to help us find that Zen before or during sleep. One of the most impressive ones being the Amly Botanical Alchemy Beauty Sleep Silver Rich Face Mist which had me intrigued.
The Amly Botanical Alchemy Beauty Sleep Silver Rich Face Mist is meant to be a spray to help you sleep with its calming scent but it also contains some ingredients which have skincare value too.
So, is this a product worth using and will it help you reach Zen? Let’s get right into the details.
The Amly Botanical Alchemy Beauty Sleep Silver Rich Face Mist comes in pink cardboard packaging. Although it’s not specifically designed, you can feel that the packaging is of good quality and the pink colour gives it an interesting character.
The product itself comes in a black glass bottle with a spray pump at the top. It feels heavy and luxurious and although it is also not specially designed, it looks simple, elegant and expensive. I love that the black bottle has pink writing which makes it match the outer packaging nicely and bring the product together.
The pump of the bottle works really well, better than any pump I’ve used before. The mist is so fine and even that you don’t even feel it on your face unless you spray it from a small distance and press the pump with power.
One 100mL bottle retails for £52. You can also buy a travel size 15mL bottle for £18. The product is actually not too expensive considering the ingredients it contains.
Colour and texture
The product is a colourless spray that gets absorbed by the skin quickly and doesn’t leave a residue behind.
This product is meant to be part calming sleeping spray (and part beauty skincare addon). As a result, it contains many compounds that have a scent.
The overall scent of the product is calming and it reminds me a little of lavender but in a positive way. I usually don’t like the strong lavender scent but this product smells nice and calming but not overpowering.
The scent will not put you to sleep, this product is not a sleeping pill. However, if you create a ritual every day and spray this product on your face and perhaps even your pillow before going to bed you will eventually associate the scent with calmness and going to bed and it will slowly help you even more. It’s the type of product that will become more and more useful the more you use it, not just to associate it with calmness and sleep but also skincare-wise.
This product does not specify skin compatibility. However, it contains many extracts and sensitiser compounds so if you have sensitive skin this product could be a nightmare for you. If you still want to try it test a little of it at the back of your hand first.
Do not use cosmetics on broken skin. If you are concerned consult with a medical doctor first.
Practicality of use/user experience
This spray is very easy to use. The pump doesn’t take a lot of effort and the mist is nice and even.
This product didn’t put me to sleep straight away but I slowly started associating it with calmness and sleep as I kept using it every day about 30 minutes before going to bed. It’s the type of product that will slowly become more useful in time and it could also give you a little skincare boost as well.
You don’t have to use it before going to bed, you can also use it during yoga or mediation routines, the sky is the limit really. Use whenever you want to bring some calmness and relaxation, perhaps even while having a 5-minute break from a stressful situation!
This product is better as a calming spray than skincare addon, see ingredient section for all the details.
This spray lasts for 12M and is cruelty free.
Here’s what the brand says about the product:
“A restorative face mist laden with rejuvenating botanicals to support natural healing sleep. Star ingredient, Snow Algae activates overnight collagen production and cellular repair to ward off signs of ageing, while extracts of Passionflower and Valerian Root help relieve tension, and essential oils of Clary Sage and Linden quiet the mind and soothe away the day’s stress. Rose Quartz and Rock Rose imbue warmth and provide comfort. The perfect bedtime ritual.
DUE TO THE HIGH CONCENTRATION OF ESSENTIAL OILS, SHAKE WELL BEFORE EACH USE
Close your eyes and spray liberally on to face, neck and pillow. Breathe deeply to allow the soothing oils to appease the senses, release tension and induce sleep.”
This product contains 43 ingredients of which 31 offer some positive, 8 are potential negatives and there are 18+ potential sensitisers. This product will be a nightmare for sensitive skin.
Although this product contains many compounds which could offer skincare benefits, it is up to you whether you’d see it that way. This product is high in fragrance type of ingredients which are said to damage the skin. It’s almost like a double edged knife. There are also some compounds that are best not breathed in like the Quartz Powder.
It is also worth noting that although many of these ingredients can offer you some skincare benefit, this is not the case because they are organic or natural but rather because of the ingredient itself, aka it’s chemical structure. Molecules do not have a history; they do not know whether they were made synthetically or naturally or whether they were sourced organically or otherwise. All molecules will end up in the lab for purification either way and whether they are good or not solely relies on their chemical structure. There is no scientific evidence that organic cosmetics (or food) offer any benefit and there are actually some ethical dilemmas.
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However, the biggest negative of this product is that there are many extracts present which means that there are hundreds to thousands of molecules present in here. This in turn means that it is very hard to judge whether it is fully safe or not as we do not always know the exact composition of these extracts or if there is any interaction between any of the molecules present. At the same time, that doesn’t mean that there is something to worry about, just something to keep in mind.
To keep this article short, I am only listing the skin nourishing or skin positive/negative ingredients, and in this specific case also the special ingredients that give fragrance (ignoring standard fragrances such as linalool etc) and ignoring the ones that only play formulation purposes. For the full list of these products ingredients scroll down to the “full list of ingredients” section.
- Aqua / Water– Water based formulation.
- Citrus Aurantium Amara (Neroli) Flower Water – Skin conditioner and toner. Some claim it has antiseptic, healing and calming properties.
- Glycerin – Found naturally in the skin so can be seen as a skin replenishing ingredient. A skin conditioner that helps improve and smooth the appearance of skin. A good moisturiser that is almost always present in moisturising products.
- Maltodextrin– A film former. Some studies suggest it might enhance the anti-ageing activity of weak acids.
- Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Water – A fragrance ingredient that can also balance sebum production between oily and dry skin. It is also said to have therapeutic properties, calm irritated skin, clear acne, heal bruises, burns, cuts and eczema.
- Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract – Skin conditioner, locks moisture in (=humectant). Some consider it to have anti-flammatory properties and protects against UV-damage. This is not a sunscreen and you still need SPF. Some have reported it to stimulate collage production and therefore, reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
- Boswellia Carterii (Frankincense) Gum Oil – The classic incense considered very important in the Christian religion. Has healing properties and is said to nourish dry and ageing skin.
- Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Oil – A very good skin conditioner, anti-oxidant, anti-microbial, skin soother and absorption enhancer. The primary component of this extract is bisabolol which is perceived to have healing properties.
- Valeriana Officinalis (Valerian) Root Oil – A skin soother.
- Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil – Mainly a perfume but is said to also have skin conditioning properties.
- Tilia Cordata (Linden) Flower Oil – A skin conditioner with anti-flammatory properties.
- Styrax Tonkinensis (Benzoin) Resin Extract – A perfume that is said to have healing and skin conditioning properties.
- Cistus ladaniferus (Labdanum) Resin Extract – A fragrance.
- Pelargonium Roseum (Rose Geranium) Leaf Oil – A fragrance.
- Salvia Sclarea (Clary Sage) Flower Oil – Fragrance and tonic. It is said to have anti-bacterial, antiseptic, antispasmodic and astringent properties.
- Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil – Fragrance and skin conditioner. Can contain compounds that oxidise in air and then damage the skin.
- Silver Citrate – Anti-microbial and deodorant.
- Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Water – Fragrance and skin conditioner.
- Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract – A fragrance with anti-microbial, skin conditioning and astringent properties. Can soothe the skin and act as a tonic.
- Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract – This ingredient has multiple benefits including: anti-oxidant, fragrance, skin conditioner, UV light absorber, anti-microbial, astringent, skin protecting, tonic and possibly helping the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin.
- Passiflora Incarnata (Passion Flower) Extract – Skin conditioner and protector.
- Coenochloris Signiensis (Snow Algae) Extract – Said to have anti-ageing properties.
- Hypericum Perforatum (St John’s Wort) Leaf Extract – Skin conditioner and soother, astringent, tonic. Can protect the skin and has anti-microbial properties.
- Ocimum Sanctum (Tulsi) Extract – Skin conditioner.
- Echinacea Purpurea (Coneflower) Extract – Skin conditioner, moisturiser and tonic.
- Lactobacillus Ferment– Skin conditioner.
- Glucose – A natural sugar, skin conditioning and moisturising agent thanks to its ability to bind water.
- Rapeseed Acid – Has anti-oxidant properties.
- Lecithin – A lipid that improves skin equilibrium.
- Hydroxyacetophenone – Anti-oxidant.
- Citric Acid– A natural preservative, can be used to even out skin tone.
- Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Oil – A penetration enhance but this is not always a negative.
- Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil – Can contain compounds that oxidise in air and then potentially damage the skin.
- Quartz Powder – A known carcinogen in aerolised products.
- Lecithin – Generally considered safe but some suspect this to be a carcinogen. However, there is no proof.
- Benzyl Benzoate – Not for children and toxic to cats.
- Eugenol – Is one of the EU restricted ingredients. It can only be present in the product in very low concentrations and some advice that it is best to avoid this ingredient in leave on products. Some studies claim it is toxic even at low concentrations.
- Contains a lot of extracts which in turn contain a lot of compounds which we do not have a list of.
- Contains a lot of potential sensitiser compounds.
Ingredients that can cause irritation to some:
This is actually really case specific, as different people have different sensitivities and allergies. Just because a compound has been reported by some to cause sensitivity, it doesn’t mean you will have an issue. “Sensitizer” compounds being present is not a negative in my opinion, as this is the case with pretty much everything out there and funnily enough I’ve seen products that are targeted specifically for sensitive skin, containing some compounds that have been reported by some, or are known to be, sensitizers.
If you have sensitive skin or you are prone to skin sensitisation and unwanted reactions, try a little bit of this at the back of your hand first and consult a medical doctor if you are concerned.
The following compounds present in this spray have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Citrus Aurantium Amara (Neroli) Flower Water, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary Sage) Flower Oil*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil, Silver Citrate, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Water, Pentylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Limonene, Linalool, Geraniol, Citronellol, Benzyl Benzoate, Eugenol, Isoeugenol, Farnesol, Benzyl Salicylate.
*This compound is known to cause headaches in large quantities.
Note that this product contains a lot of extracts which in turn contain a lot of compounds. This means that even if an ingredient is not listed in the sensitisers above it might still cause you irritation. If you have sensitive skin avoid this product.
Full list of ingredients:
Aqua, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Neroli) Flower Water, Glycerin, Maltodextrin, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Water, ***Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, *Boswellia Carterii (Frankincense) Gum Oil, *Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Oil, *Valeriana Officinalis (Valerian) Root Oil, *Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil, *Tilia Cordata (Linden) Flower Oil, Styrax Tonkinensis (Benzoin) Resin Extract, *Cistus ladaniferus (Labdanum) Resin Extract, *Pelargonium Roseum (Rose Geranium) Leaf Oil, *Salvia Sclarea (Clary Sage) Flower Oil, *Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil, Silver Citrate, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Water, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Passiflora Incarnata (Passion Flower) Extract, Coenochloris Signiensis (Snow Algae) Extract, Hypericum Perforatum (St John’s Wort) Leaf Extract, Ocimum Sanctum (Tulsi) Extract, Echinacea Purpurea (Coneflower) Extract, Quartz Powder, Lactobacillus Ferment, Glucose, Rapeseed Acid, Lecithin, Hydroxyacetophenone^, ****Pentylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, **Limonene, **Linalool, **Geraniol, **Citronellol, **Benzyl Benzoate, **Eugenol, **Isoeugenol, **Farnesol, **Benzyl Salicylate.
*Natural Pure Essential Oils **Potential Allergens within Natural Pure Essential Oils ***Certified Organic Ingredients ****100% Botanical Source ^Ecocert
Credit where credit is due, you can tell that some thought went into this product, it is a lot more complicated than many sleep-aid type of products. However, this is also the problem as it contains a very large amount of potential sensitisers and unknown compounds present due to the large amount of extracts contained.
As a result, it is not a skincare addon I would recommend, and based on some of it’s potential negatives, I would also not recommend spraying it directly on your face. However, you could use it on areas around your bedroom, before going to bed, to create a calming atmosphere that you could eventually associate with sleep.
I am not affiliated with any company or brand. These are my views and experiences.
Beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa. Have you ever tried these products? Did they work for you? Let me know your experiences below!
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