I was recently given a gift of some products from an Irish brand called Ógra. I hadn’t heard much about Ógra before apart from a post or two on the much-loved www.beaut.ie, so I’ve taken this description of the brand’s website:
‘Conceptualised, conceived, cultured and cultivated on the rich bogs of Ireland, Ógra is a revolutionary new skincare range that combines the best that nature has to offer. Using scientifically proven ingredients, Ógra harnesses the natural power of peat by using this nutrient rich formula to fight ageing at a cellular level.’
Indeed. As I am only 20, I don’t have to worry too much about the anti-ageing claims just yet but I decided to give the products a go regardless.
I received the Anti-Ageing Facial Moisturiser (€39.95), the Monoi Tiare Petal Exfoliator (€29.95), the 100% Peat Face and Body Mask (€39.95), the Moisturising Facial Cleanser (€19.95) and the Cucumber and Orange Toner (€19.95).
First things first, I am in love with the packaging – it feels very heavy, luxurious and sleek. I love all things black and gold and I feel the packaging suits the products very well. I also liked the way the bottles containing the cleanser and toner are rubberized for grip.
I was intrigued by the 100% Peat Face and Body Mask. This mask looks very... unappealing in the jar but it does a bloody good job of brightening, cleansing and just generally improving overall skin texture. I put it on and started to notice a slight tingling but nothing unbearable. I was worried that I might be having a reaction but I googled it and it’s perfectly normal due to the peat (Ógra say: 'On application you may experience a tingling sensation, and your skin may appear flushed. This is natural as an ion exchange is taking place and the bloodflow is increased on the surface of your skin’). It is quite a messy affair to remove so I definitely suggest using it in the shower and using a muslin cloth to remove as you could be left with bits of peat all over your face. All in all, a solid product though that made my skin feel lovely.
The cleanser and exfoliator as well, lovely mild products that do what they say on the tin. My skin is particularly dry and I found that these products were quite moisturising and gentle to the skin.
The moisturiser is actually quite runny and smells slightly odd – of earth, maybe? It does a nice job of moisturising and even after sinking in, leaves a slightly tacky feel. As of yet, I’m not sure exactly how I feel about it but I shall persevere! Once again, I’m only 20 so this product is probably better suited to older skin types.
I absolutely love the Cucumber and Orange Toner. You get a huge amount of it – 200ml. It smells beautiful – very fresh and slightly fruity. It is cooling and soothing – I like to alternate between this and my beloved Lush Tea Tree Toner depending on how my skin is behaving. It’s also lovely to refresh hot, sticky or tired skin during the day.
All in all, a fairly solid range from Ógra. Ógra Skincare are based in Tullamore, Co. Offaly, which is close enough to where I am from so it’s great to support local businesses. I’d definitely recommend the 100% Peat Face and Body Mask and the Cucumber and Orange toner.
Have any of you tried the Ógra range before? Let me know if you have any further recommendations and if you have any questions about any of the products above, feel free to leave a comment!
(Ógra Skincare is available online at www.ograskincare.com. A list of stockists is also available online.)