“Not only your skin will thank you, but you will also help to heal the world.”
As a MD, PhD, focused on dermatology, I am very picky when it comes to skincare. I see the skin, which is our biggest organ, not only through the beauty aspect, but also as a gate to our inner ecosystem. What we put on our skin gets inside the body and can either help us thrive or harm body’s inner delicate balance. What’s more I’m a proud vegan, on the mission for spreading the world with the Green Revolution, aiming for the best, high quality, natural, eco products, both for my clients and myself. That’s why my reviews are always honest and pure – the same way as the skincare products should be.
I’ve tried each of the Summit skincare line products for more than 2 months. This period of time, allowed me to truly experience how it influences my skin short and long term.
The face, body and hair care lines were founded on sustainable principles to provide high quality fair trade, natural personal care products. The greatest advantage is that the company uses only natural, high quality, ingredients, sourced from Vanuatu Islands, to create their products. Company makes all of their products at The Distillery on site, by hand.
They distil essential oils and mix them with other natural and organically grown ingredients sourced from the Islands of Vanuatu to make creams, balms, soaps, and sandalwood hydrosol based health & body products. If you have a chance to visit the place – you can have the pleasure to observe the whole production process. What’s crucial, they don’t test on animals and make the production process, together with labeling, extremely transparent, without any dirty secrets.
What’s more, not strictly connected with using the products per se, but still of a huge value for me; the Summit supports local entrepreneurs and growers. Company believes in cutting out waste of all kind and they care for the environment. Packaging is all handcrafted by the Summit team from recycled cardboard, hand made rosettes for gift packs and other local materials. Those aspects play a huge role for me and I’m looking for this kind of information, BEFORE even putting anything on my skin. Why? Because those facts help me to determine if I can trust the company, before even consider trying their products.
My Top 3 Products
1. Facial Cleansing Oil
Simple yet effective start for a skin’s morning routine, as well as night cleanse. It’s ideal for removing makeup and deeply cleaning the skin. This cleanser does an excellent job, removing all of my makeup! I’m left with clean, soft skin. With a gentle oil blend of virgin coconut oil, pure avocado oil, and pure ylang ylang Oil, it’s no wonder that I fell in love with this product. Plus the scent – it’s really relaxing.
2. Sandalwood and Tamanu Cream
An exotic, free of artificial chemicals, blend of nature’s finest tropical essential and nut oils. This skin food, as it states, is truly nourishing, naturally soothing and hydrating. I wasn’t surprised when my skin reacted to it so well. It made my skin soft, hydrated and glowing. I like using a little bit more of it at night to provide even more moisture and anti-aging benefits. When I wake up in the morning, my skin is very hydrated and refreshed. I love the consistency of the cream – creamy and quite thick, yet not leaving greasy marks. The only minus that one could point is the smell. First time I found it very strong and woody, but it’s just a matter of preference. After a while I really appreciated the scent as it helped me to relax and feel the tropics even in the middle of the winter.
3. Facial and Body Polish with green coffee bean extract
Research has shown that coffee extracts boost could be beneficial to the skin, with regard to reducing puffiness, because of their anti-inflammatory properties and brightening/reducing dark under-eye circles by increasing circulation. Facial and Body Polish is a powerful, yet very gentle skin exfoliator. It leaves the skin super soft and moisturized. The package size (50g) could be bigger, when considering using it as body polish. As it has wild honey as one of the ingredients, some strict vegans may have a second thought before using it. The scent – for me is magical and exotic, but may be to strong for some people. It’s more of a personal take. You won’t know if you don’t try!
After using the Summit skincare line, I found my skin firmer, repaired and replenished. As I have dry, demanding skin, they helped a lot, especially during the cold wintertime.
My skin feels and looks amazing after using this combo! Putting my scientific hat on: the line has potential to help with so many skin issues, like for example acne, fine lines or hyperpigmentation. All of the products seem to last for a while, even with everyday use.
I highly recommend trying the Summit skincare line. Not only your skin will thank you, but you will also help to heal the world.
Agnes Frankel, MD, PhD
B.A (Hons) B.S.W
Social Worker/ Advocate
https://www.thesummitvanuatu.com/…/…/facial-moisturiser-lime/ “I absolutely adore the Sandalwood Infused with Tahitian Lime facial moisturiser I bought from The Summit Vanuatu! Not only does it smell good, but it is so gentle on my skin! I suffer from rosacea so it’s really hard for me to find skin products that don’t flare my condition. Usually my skin burns red when I put a moisturiser on. But the opposite happened with The Summit Vanuatu’s facial moisturiser. It is actually soothing to my face. And My skin just absorbs it right up. It’s not oily at all. It has a great texture about it. It’s such a beautiful product that I would recommend. And it is 100% vegan and therefore cruelty free. I absolutely love that about it and of all The Summit Vanuatu range”
Feel free Bec to pass on my feedback to your team. Am very happy to support an all natural, vegan line that gives back to the community and that is wonderful to use!
Sandalwood infused with Ylang Ylang Moisturiser
I have been using a fabulous moisturiser from one of my favourite, favourite Natural Skincare Companies…The Summit Vanuatu. I love everything about this moisturiser…it’s texture, fragrance, feel on my skin and most importantly…its effectiveness.
Usually, there is something about a product that I can fault, be it price, fragrance, texture and feel or effectiveness. Not with this moisturiser. It ticks all my boxes for price, natural ingredients, fragrance, texture and feel, and effectiveness.
People have been asking me what I have been doing for my skin as my complexion looks clearer and healthier. I am pleased to tell them that the only new thing I have been doing is using the Sandalwood and Ylang Ylang Moisturiser from The Summit Vanuatu!
There is a lot to love about this moisturiser- particularly the natural ingredients:
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Pure Sandalwood Water, Sandalwood Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Pure Tamanu Oil, Natural Vitamin E and Grapefruit seed extract.
And that’s it!
Natural, Healthy, Not tested on animals, Pure and effective.
I can definitely see a difference in my skin colour while using this moisturiser. I suffer from Rosacea and always have redness on my cheeks and décolletage…now my skin is even-toned and does not look so red. I would even go so far as to say that my brown pigmentation has also faded and is less noticeable!
Unlike many companies, The Summit Vanuatu stand firmly behind their products and offer a 100% money back guarantee if you are not satisfied with your purchase!
Sandalwood Water and Sandalwood Oil – http://www.allsortsofsoap.com/sandalwood-water.html
Benefits of Ylang Ylang oil – https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/essential-oils/health-benefits-of-ylang-ylang-essential-oil.html
Propterties and uses of Coconut oil -https://www.organicfacts.net/?s=coconut+oil
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Each month I like to bring to your attention a great product that I have personally tried, and think is well worth others trying. These products are becoming some of my all time favourites as they are natural, organic and are reasonably priced for the quality and quantity of their ingredients. I am particularly partial to two companies who consistently demonstrate their commitment to the environment, use organic and natural ingredients, are vegan friendly and are not tested on animals. The first is an Australian Company Happy Organic Skincare and the other is The Summit Vanuatu. Both these companies, I believe, produce some of the best products I have ever tried and now regularly use.
So it will be no surprise to you when I choose another gorgeous product from The Summit Vanuatu. This month my choice is aSandalwood Facial Moisturiser infused with Ylang Ylang.
I absolutely love this moisturiser! The fragrance is amazing, especially if you like the scent of Sandalwood and the fragrance of Ylang Ylang. This moisturiser is a no gimmick product…it doesn’t promise you that your wrinkles will disappear over night, or that in just 4 weeks you will look 10 years younger! What it does do is moisturise your skin beautifully with natural healing oils that are anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic and intensely hydrating. This Facial Moisturiser with Sandalwood and Ylang Ylang has all you need in a moisturiser.
After cleansing I use Sandalwood Water instead of a toner, apply an organic oil or serum and then my Sandalwood Moisturiser. I like to use this moisturiser in the morning as it hydrates for the entire day.
There are no long chemical names that are impossible to pronounce in this list of ingredients:
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Pure Sandalwood Water, Pure Sandalwood Oil, Pure Tamanu Oil, Pure Ylang Ylang Oil, Vegetable Derived Emulsifier, Natural Vitamin E and Grapefruit Seed Extract.
Natural and good for your skin! I have previously written about the benefits of Sandalwood Water and especially Sandalwood Oil, and the incredible healing nature of Tamanu Oil. I recommend that you read them so that you will then understand what a powerhouse of natural ingredients this moisturiser contains. This light and non-greasy moisturiser contains both these amazing oils in a base of Sandalwood water and Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.
All products from The Summit Vanuatu are packaged in recycled materials as part of their commitment to sustainable farming and looking after the environment. Just browsing their website is inspiring!
Unlike many other cosmetic companies, The Summit Vanuatu offers you a money back guarantee. If you don’t like your product they will give you your money back… and they offer free shipping for all orders over $100!
The Summit Vanuatu certainly stand behind their products and I can understand why…they are simply excellent products at a very reasonable price. A generous 100g jar of Facial Moisturiser with Sandalwood and Ylang Ylang is only $19.95! and the 50g jar is only $12.95. In my opinion, that is an excellent price for a more than excellent product!
Reviews for Sandalwood & Tamanu Cream
6 reviews for Tamanu Oil
7 reviews for Salve It!! – Magic Fix-All Ointment
I. Our Sandalwood, Lime & Vanilla Moisturiser
Rebecca Jane Carless (verified owner) – July 7, 2015:
Oh my gosh I cannot believe that, 4 years after this amazing place opened, I am the first to review this product. I love this moisturizer, and it basically sells itself to anyone I show it to. Basically, smells like lime baked cheesecake. It is LOVELY! It is particularly good in hot weather, as it has a beautiful cooling feeling, that is also great in the humid tropics. I realize after using this how truly thirsty my skin is – so satisfying
This versatile beauty is a multi-tasking, super efficient, get the job done, no nonsense lotion which nourishes your skin from your face to your hands to your toes. Rich, emollient, softening and moisturising – this tantalizing all purpose lotion has it all.
Merran – October 11, 2014:
I’ve been using The Summit’s new Sandalwood Body Butter now for over a month and feel a real difference in the hydration of my skin. The scent is a refreshing mix of cardamom and mandarin, with a creamy texture that my skin just drinks up. It’s difficult to find a body moisturiser that is wearable in our humid tropical climate, but I think I’ve finally found the one. Definitely a staple in my bathroom, I love it!
Pamper yourself with a voluptuous whipped cream concoction of cocoa butter, nangai oil and sandalwood water. The velvety texture, pleasant fragrance and emollient properties of cocoa butter and nangai oil are joined by the antiseptic and anti-inflammatory benefits of sandalwood water. This means your skin will be so protected, nourished, supple and alive, but never greasy.
Ginny – October 11, 2014:
I wanted to pass on some feedback on The Summit’s Canarium Nut Body Butter (Sandalwood, Lime and Vanilla). I have used it a couple of times now and absolutely love it – amazing texture and really lovely smell. Perfect moisturiser for slightly dry skin. I am a big fan of The Summit products!
Canarium indicum (known as Nangai in Vanuatu) is among the oldest and most important tree crops in Melanesia. Its oil contains healthy fatty acids which give it excellent emollient properties. We combine this with the antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory skin care benefits of Sandalwood Water to leave your skin with a refreshed, firm, healthy, hydrated and most of all, happy, feeling.
The Acne Be Gone range is the best treatment that I have ever used for my pimples. I have tried almost everything and nothing worked for me. After just using the soap, toner, and tamanu oil overnight, I noticed the next morning that the existing pimples have dried out. And not even a couple of weeks later, my face has started to clear up. No more breakouts. It feels so smooth and doesn’t look dull anymore. I’m so grateful for my friend Michelle from the Summit who introduced me to their wonderful products. They are highly recommended! Will definitely continue buying and might try the other product range.
Very happy customer,
My 1st Batch of Order before Acne Be Gone Range was introduced to me.
Many Feedback from Rebecca Bond’s family & friends! Australia
Hi Ladies, great to hear from you both and glad that all is well.
Comments re: the deodorant and products in general – feel free to use for website or just take as feedback
“Love the deodorant, it works well for me. Only negative is it is slightly too hard, could be a little softer” – Jill (Aunt)
“SUMMIT VANUATU, health & beauty products that help you reach your peak…naturally” Stephanie (sister)
“It’s a great deodorant…” – Katrina (friend)
“People tell me I stink a little less now. It’s good” – Matt (friend. I think he was being slightly silly)
“As others have said, it’s a great deodorant – i like the smell, it doesn’t irritate my underarms and it keeps me not stinky – but is hard to apply. I figure it’ll get easier when the weather is warmer, and having it in the shower is a good idea. I’ll sit it in the caddy when i get home tonight and see how it goes” – Debbie (Friend)
“i think i’m just finding the same thing as others with the hardness of the deodorant… i think it wouldn’t bother me that it’s hard if they had a little digging tool or something for it” – Kimmy (Best Friend) and mum was struggling a bit with the coconut oil moisturiser because of the hardness but the products themselves are beautiful
There you go, hope that helps. Also my mother Jennies feedback about the deodorant is she loves it and finds it even more effective than traditional deodorants, especially on the dreaded synthetics which usually get quite pongy.
My cousin Adrian and I both agree that we both feel that as it is not an anti-persperant that our whole body feels like it gets less hot and breathes better.
“what i’m finding is that because it smells so wonderful when you apply it, and is so gentle on your skin, it kind of makes cleaning your face and body more like something that i look forward to every day rather than just another activity to get through. All of the products feel and smell different so I’m always anticipating what the next soap or the next cream might be like” – Kimmy (Best friend)
i think the oil cleanser is my favourite – Kimmy – best friend
I have had a difficult time trying to choose which product I would feature for June. So…back to my choice for June!I really could not decide which product to choose! I was torn between Sandalwood Water or the Sandalwood Body Butter, as I feel that both are superior, natural products.It was a difficult decision, but I finally settled onSandalwood Body Butter with Ylang Ylang, a rich, fresh and earthy butter for the entire body. I have not written a review of this product as yet…but it certainly deserves one! This body butter is light, yet rich and covers your body with a veil of moisturising oils and sandalwood. I love the feel of it on my skin. It is soothing and I love the earthy Ylang Ylang scent with the fragrance of the Sandalwood Water…smells wonderful!