From Armenia’s Highlands – Nairian Cosmetics

It’s rather exciting to see the modern green beauty market expand internationally and that is why I’m thrilled to bring this new and interesting brand into the blogosphere!

Nairian Cosmetics, founded by Anahit and Ara Markosian, is an all-natural beauty brand made entirely in Armenia with many of their ingredients sourced from the Armenian highlands. One being a physicist and the other a mathematician, the idea to create a natural beauty range came to them while taking a road trip through mountains of their former home in Armenia. During this drive they saw the untapped flora of the highlands and pondered the possibilities of what could become. After leaving their Silicon Valley jobs in California they moved back to their former home in Armenia and assembled a team of researchers and horticulturists to create the very first all-natural beauty brand based in Armenia.

Nairian’s lab team is made up of a skilled group of scientists who fuse science and nature to craft Nairian’s formulas that are developed under years of scientific research.

“Every summer our gardens teem with golden Calendula blossoms that we collect for their potent soothing properties. This gentle, soap-free face cleanser, made with Calendula from our garden, effectively removes facial oils, makeup, and dirt. We’ve also added essential oils from a special bouquet of Citruses and Geranium that provide an uplifting and balancing effect.”

Uplifting & Revitalizing Cleanser

Nairian’s sole Cleanser* in their skincare line is creamy, gentle, and suitable for all skin types. Most ideal for a morning cleanse, or second cleanse at night. It takes on a traditional cream appearance that rinses away with ease. It has a very delicate and uplifting scent of geranium and citrus.

Ingredients —

Aqua (Water), Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, BTMS (Behentrimonium Methosulfate), Calendula officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract, 1,3-propanediol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Sodium Benzoate, Tocopherol, Lactic Acid, Sodium Phytate, Citrus sinensis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus reticulata (Mandarin) Peel Oil, Citrus limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Pelargonium graveolens (Geranium) Leaf Oil, linalool*, citronellol*, limonene*, citral*, geraniol*
*Components of 100% pure essential oils

Retails for $36 at 100 ml/3.3 fl oz.

“In this recipe we’ve coupled Roman Chamomile with Rose to get a gorgeous combination that instantly soothes dry, hot, and irritated skin. We’ve also added cold pressed Sunflower oil for its amazing antioxidant properties that create a protective layer over the skin, smoothing it, improving moisture retention, and preventing signs of premature aging.”

Hydrating & Soothing Moisturizer for dry skin

Nairian formulates moisturizers for each skin type and I have really been enjoying their Moisturizer* formulated for dry skin. This medium-weight moisturizer leaves my skin perfectly hydrated and moisturized whether I’m using it day or night, but I most prefer it for day time because I love the satin finish it leaves on my skin. I find that I don’t have to layer many products with this moisturizer, except for a serum to treat, as it really does the job on its own. This moisturizer takes on a slightly thick and traditionally creamy appearance but it doesn’t clog my pores or leave it heavy with residue. Oily skins will like this moisturizer for night time, but if you are prone to clogged pores you might avoid this as apricot seed oil is high in the list. Its base of sunflower seed oil is great for all skin types!

Ingredients —

Aqua (Water), Rosa damascena (Rose) Flower Distillate, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Seed oil, Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Butyrospermum parkii (Shea) Butter, Glycine Betaine (Beet) Sugar Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Sodium Lactate, Sambucus Nigra Fruit Extract, Vegetable Glycerin, Rosa damascena (Rose) Flower Extract, Glyceryl Stearate, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Benzyl Alcohol & Dehydroacetic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Allantoin, Tocopherol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Anthemis nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Oil, Pelargonium graveolens (Geranium) Leaf Oil, Jasminum grandiflorum (Jasmine Grande) Flower Oil, linalool*, citronellol*, geraniol*, farnesol*
*Components of 100% pure essential oils

Retails for $69 (currently on sale for $55.20!) at 50 ml/1.6 fl oz.

“They say that a woman’s hair is an extension of her soul, so you better treat yours right! This serum is made with lovely Jojoba, Rosehip Seed, Sea Buckthorn and Pomegranate oils. A powerful combination of natural ingredients that will treat dry and damaged hair, soothe the scalp, and combat dandruff. With the contents of this little bottle, you’ll give your hair gorgeous body and volume.”

Follicle Strengthening Hair Serum

This beautiful golden Hair Serum* is designed to treat and tame dry, damaged, frizzy hair while nourishing the scalp as well. This serum has a medium-weight oil consistency with a slight grip to it that makes it easy to work into the hair. Apply it directly to the scalp for an overnight or pre-shower treatment, or use 2-3 drops directly on the ends of your strands to tame and nourish dry, frizzy hair without leaving it oily or weighed down. I adore this serum and what it’s doing for my frizz-prone strands!

Ingredients —

Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Punica granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Ricinus communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Rosa rubiginosa (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil, Citrus sinensis (Orange) Peel Oil, Pelargonium graveolens (Geranium) Leaf Oil, linalool*, limonene*, geraniol*
*Components of 100% pure essential oils

Retails for $36 at 15 ml/0.5 fl oz.

Whether you’re local to Armenia or are looking for international beauty brands to experience, Nairian Cosmetics is an amazing brand to explore. Their expert formulations rival that of their conventional peers in terms of its high-quality feel and performance which is something that I definitely miss from the old days of using conventional skincare. From moisturizers and serums to hair treatments and body products, they have a great selection of clean, high quality products on offer and I highly recommend to explore this brand!

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*press sample