KORA Organics Daily Hand Cream Review

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Today I will be doing a review on the KORA Organics Daily Hand Cream. I know i’ve reviewed so many products from the KORA range but I’ve been pleasantly surprised most of the time and enjoy using their products. I didn’t set out to purchase this product as it was sent to me as a gift with purchase. I already was using a hand cream I loved, the L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream (I know it’s not organic, but it’s my favourite).

I will be honest, at first I was not impressed by this hand cream. I found that it did not give enough moisture as I was so used to the rich formula of the L’Occitane one. However, I wanted to give it a good try and ended up reaching for it daily. First of all, the scent is absolutely divine…very summer and citrusy. It’s the KORA signature scent that I love. The formula is more runny than thick, so you only need the smallest amount as it is quite hard to blend in if you apply too much. This hand cream will last you such a long time as you only need a small amount.

Description: A unique anti-ageing blend of Noni Extract, Avocado and Olive Oil to create the perfect rich, healing and replenishing potion for hands and nails. Ideal for re-hydrating hands and cuticles leaving them soft, smooth and renewed.

Ingredients: Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender)*, Matricaria chamomilla (recutita – Chamomile)*, Olea europaea (Olive) Leaf*, Fucus vesiculosus (Bladderwrack) Extract*, Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Macadamia integrifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil*, Olivoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Glyceryl Oleate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Olea europaea (Olive) Oil, Glycerin^, Morinda citrifolia (Noni Fruit) Extract*, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Rosa eglentaria (Rose Hip) Oil*, Tocopherol (and) Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Punica granatum (Pomegranate) Sterols, Carageenan, Santalum spicatum (Sandalwood) Oil*, Citrus reticulata (Mandarin) Oil*, Citrus paradisi (Grapefruit) Oil*, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lecithin (GMO free)*, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Citrus aurantium ssp bergamia (Bergamot) Oil*, Sodium chloride (Macrobiotic Sea Salt), Beta Carotene, Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Lactic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Aqua (Water), Limonene**, Linalool**. *Ingredient from Organic Farming. **From essential oils. ^Made using Organic Ingredients. 98.0% of the total ingredients are from Natural Origin. 62.7% of the total ingredients are from Organic Farming.

What I love most about this anti ageing formula compared to the L’Occitane hand cream is the finish. The KORA formula gives a more silky matte finish that doesn’t leave that dreaded greasy residue from rich hand creams. Because it dries very quickly, you can easily go about your day without waiting for it to dry like the L’Occitane one. It leaves your hands feeling incredibly silky smooth with a subtle hint of citrus essential oils. My cuticles also looked amazing whilst using this! However, I still think that the KORA hand cream would be better suited in the summer months when you don’t need as thick of a hand cream.

Although this is a lovely anti ageing formula, I would love to see KORA create a hand cream that incorporates SPF as we all know out hands show the first signs of ageing. I would definitely be repurchasing this for the summer months, however I will stick to my L’Occitane hand cream in the winter when I need more of a rich formula.

love,

beautywithinandout

xx

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KORA ORGANICS Exfoliating Cream Review

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Hello Beauties!

Today I will be reviewing a product I used a while ago, the KORA ORGANICS Exfoliating Cream. Usually I save a product to take pictures and write a review, but unfortunately I threw it out, however you can look up pictures online to see the consistency. I’m not a fan of the concept of a scrub that is made for both face and body as I think the face has much more delicate skin than the body. I’m always on the look out for the purest, most natural product out there, and I also love everything I’ve tried from the KORA range, which is why I gave this product a go. Unfortunately my skin (which is sensitive, dry and breakout prone) did not agree with this product and I found the scrub to be too scratchy for my liking. I ended up using this on my body, which didn’t do too bad of a job, but I found myself wanting to just get rid of it and use it all up, especially because the tube is so big. Back when Miranda Kerr first launched KORA I remember the first product I used was the scrub, so I thought I would give it a go, but the consistency is definitely very different and not how I remembered it.

I would also break out more than usual when I used this, which is a big no no for me. I will stick to my beloved Dermalogica Skin Prep Scrub (recommended to me by my esthetician), which has the most perfect consistency and blend of natural and safe ingredients for people of all skin types. I will say though, I loved how cooling the KORA scrub felt on the skin (not sure what ingredient did this, maybe the oat flour?), especially if you’re skin is really hot and inflammed. The smell, like all KORA products, was absolutely divine and smelt very woodsy like Chamomoile and Bamboo. Even though my skin felt soft after, it didn’t compare to how baby soft my skin feels with the Dermalogica scrub. Even though the Kora scrub was really scratchy, I didn’t feel like it did a whole lot of scrubbing and would sometimes hurt to use on my sensitive skin. I love how thick and creamy, scrubby the Dermalogica one is as it never feels like too much, whereas the KORA one felt more runny and the bead particles were definitely larger. With facial scrubs, you have to be careful with not using scratchy, large beads as it could cut your skin and cause scarring.

Description on Website:

“KORA Organics Exfoliating Cream contains a unique blend of organically grown Oat Flour and Bamboo to gently buff away dead skin cells helping to reveal a smoother, softer complexion. KORA Organics gentle and effective exfoliant is filled with Essential Oils to nourish and cleanse the skin and is gentle enough to be used on all skin types including sensitive skin.”

Ingredients: 

Matricaria chamomilla (recutita – chamomile) *, Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera ) Leaf juice*, Olivoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Oleate, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Macadamia integrifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil *, Bambusa arundinacea (Bamboo) Stem Extract, Stearic Acid, Avena sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour*, Morinda citrifolia (Noni Fruit) Extract *, Dicaprylyl Ether, Persea gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Rosa eglentaria (Rose Hip) Oil*, d-alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Soyabean derived Natural Vitamin E), Xanthan Gum, Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Santalum spicatum (Sandalwood) Oil*, Citrus reticulata (Mandarin)Oil*, Citrus paradisi (Grapefruit) Oil*, Citrus aurantifolia (Lime) Oil*, Citrus aurantium ssp.bergamia (Bergamot) Oil*, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Lecithin (GMO free)*, Potassium Hydroxide, Lactic Acid, Sodium chloride (macrobiotic sea salt solution), Beta Carotene, Olea europaea (Olive) Oil, Aqua (Water), limonene**. **From essential oils. *Ingredient from Organic Farming.

PROUDLY AUSTRALIAN MADE AND OWNED. NOT TESTED ON ANIMALS. VEGAN.

Scent: Very pleasant, subtle woodsy chamomile/bamboo scent. Very calming and herbal smelling. My favourite thing about Kora products is always the smell!

Consistency: Not a fan. It was more of a thin, runny, scratchy consistency, meaning you would use a lot more product.

Longevity: Although amazing how large the tube is and how much product you get, I find it too bulky and hard to store. I wish it would come in a smaller size. If you were to only use this on your face, it would last you a very long time.

Size: 100 mL / 3.38 fl.oz.

Skin Type: Although it’s recommended for all types, I believe this would be better suited fro someone with thicker, oilier skin that is not sensitive.

Price: AU$54.95

Rating: 2.5/5

Recommend? Sadly, I would not recommend this product, especially if you have very sensitive skin that is easily irritated. In that case, I would recommend the Dermalogica Skin Prep Scrub. Maybe the Kora scrub will be better suited to people with thicker skin who can take a lot of scrubbing.

Where to Buy: http://www.koraorganics.com

love,

beautywithinandout

xx

KORA Organics Balancing Rose Mist Review

Hello Beauties!

Today I will be reviewing the KORA Organics Balancing Rose Mist. I was looking for a rose mist that was really hydrating and dewy looking on the skin. I was given the KORA Organics Calming Lavender Mist as a gift however I found it broke me out (probably due to the lavender) as I have sensitive skin. I did really enjoy the scent of it as it was very calming and herbal so I decided to give the Rose mist a go since I know my skin loves rosewater and is great for people with sensitive skin. I love the look of my skin with this mist as it gives a really nice dewy look, however if you spritz a lot of it throughout the day without any makeup on, it can feel sticky especially on my eyelids which is really uncomfortable. However I found the rose mist to be less sticky than the lavender mist, and felt more refreshing. To fix this problem you could always just spritz less.

I mainly got this mist to make my mineral powder foundation (Jane Iredale Purepressed Base) look more dewy and hydrating during the colder months, which it does a fantastic job of. It also gets rid of any dry flakes you have on the skin without disturbing your makeup. If you feel like your powder foundation looks a bit heavy, this does a great job of making it look more natural. It also doesn’t break me out, and I noticed any existing pimples were reduced dramatically when using this. The ingredients in this mist are exceptional for dry, sensitive skin like mine. I noticed this mist didn’t contain as much or any essential oils that can irritate the skin. For my skin, spritzing 2-3 times a day is enough to see results. The packaging also frustrates me. The lid is very hard to open and the nozzle even broke off at one point. I do however love how fine the mist is, and how evenly it spreads across the face (which the Vanessa Megan one failed to do). I have since repurchased this again, and can now say this product is a holy grail and replaced my Vanessa Megan rosewater toner! I know this product is quite pricey and you can get plain rosewater anywhere, however I feel like the added ingredients in this product make it extra special.

Description on Website:

“A replenishing and nourishing facial mist with the added benefits of organically grown Rose, Noni, Aloe and Hibiscus. This unique combination provides the skin with antioxidant protection known widely to assist in supporting the skin’s own collagen production.”

Directions

“Use morning and night after cleansing and before your choice of KORA Organics moisturizers. Simply spritz a fine mist directly onto clean, fresh skin. To maintain makeup freshness throughout the day gently spritz over makeup. Essential for travelling to re-hydrate the skin.”

Ingredients: Rosa damascena (Rose) Flower Water*, Rosa centifolia (Rose)*, Hibiscus sabdariffa (Hibiscus)* Extract, Alcohol^, Parfum (Natural), Sodium PCA, Glycerin^, Morinda citrifolia (Noni Fruit) Extract *, Polyglycerol-10 Isostearate, Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Malpighia glabra (Acerola Cherry Powder)*, d-alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Soyabean derived Natural Vitamin E), Glyceryl Caprylate, Maltodextrin^, Sodium chloride (Macrobiotic sea salt ), Lactic Acid, Aqua (Water). *Ingredient from Organic Farming. ^Made using Organic Ingredients. 98.99% of the total ingredients are from Natural Origin. 87.63% of the total ingredients are from Organic Farming.

Skin Type for: Normal/Dry skin

Smell: I really enjoy the heavenly rose scent. It’s not obnoxious at all, just very calming and refreshing. 

Feel: If you do spritz a lot throughout the day without makeup on, it can feel sticky. However, over the top of foundation you cannot feel it. When I go to wash my face at the end of the day it feels incredibly soft, smooth and hydrated.

Packaging:

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The sprayer on this mist is the best I have come across. I love how even and fine the mist comes out of the bottle and the nozzle allows you to control how much to spray. What I don’t like is how hard the lid is to take off and put back on. There’s a certain way to take off the lid (almost snap it off on the side), which led to the nozzle falling off at one time but I was able to put it back on easily.

Longevity: As mentioned, if you do have dry skin and go to town with your mist all day long, it will run out very quickly.

Look: I love how dewy and hydrated my skin looks when this is applied with or without makeup on.

Recommend: I would highly recommend this if you have sensitive, dry and flakey skin and are looking to make your mineral makeup more dewy. I feel like what sets this rosewater spray apart from others is definitely the sprayer and how even and fine a mist you get, but also the ingredients just work perfectly together to calm and soothe the skin. I have now repurchased this three times, so you know how good it is!

Rating: 5/5

Size: 65 mL / 2.19 fl.oz.

Price: AU$39.95

Where to Buy: http://www.koraorganics.com

love,

beautywithinandout

xx

KORA Organics Cream Cleanser Review

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Hello Beauties!

Today I will be giving you the low down on an amazing new discovery, the KORA Organics Cream Cleanser! I was first given samples of this cleanser about 2 weeks ago and absolutely fell in love with it that I purchased the full size. I can usually tell with the first go if my skin will like a product, and I was given three samples so I felt like I was given a lot of time to see how my skin liked it….and it LOVED it. I am really picky with skincare products, including organic ones, because my skin is so sensitive and reactive.

I love how soothing and calming this cleanser is to my skin. I have tried organic cream cleansers in the past that were too rich and heavy and left a film over my skin and broke me out, but this one is formulated so perfectly in that it’s light and nourishing at the same time. I’ve had such hydrated, clear, glowy skin for such a long time whilst using this product. I never get flaky skin anymore, which makes applying my powder foundation so easy and seamless. My pores are also so much smaller that if I do ever get a pimple here and there it is so small and easily extracted that it leaves no mark behind!

I still use my Environ cleansing gel to remove my makeup as I don’t think this is powerful enough to do so. This is perfect for no makeup days when you don’t want to strip the skin of its natural oils. I have tried so many products from KORA Organics and I have yet to be disappointed! I love this product so much that I look forward to washing my face! It leaves my skin feeling very comfortable, not too oily, not too dry, just right. I would highly recommend this cleanser if you suffer from dry, sensitive skin and are looking to have a radiant, healthy glow.

Description on website:

Enriched with powerful benefits of Noni Extract, Aloe and Sandalwood to gently clean away dirt and grime whilst helping to nourish and revitalise dry, dehydrated skin. KORA Organics Cream Cleanser is ideal for sensitive skin; containing Rosehip, Avocado and Macadamia nut oils to nourish and maintain skin balance. Your skin will feel clean, fresh and invigorated.

I definitely agree with the nourishing and skin balancing properties!

Directions:

Cleanse morning and night. Gently massage a small amount using circular motions onto damp face, neck and décolletage. Rinse using tepid water and a soft face cloth. Pat dry. For beautiful skin follow with your choice of KORA Organics Mist and KORA Organics Moisturiser.

I would highly recommend using tepid water with this cleanser as it has helped calm my skin. The redness and dryness that I was struggling with has also diminished using tepid water with this cleanser. I don’t use a face cloth, however after I rinse off the cleanser with my hands I go in with a cotton pad, which is very gentle on the skin.

Ingredients: Matricaria chamomilla (recutita – Chamomile) Extract*, Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf juice*, Olivoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Oleate, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Macadamia integrifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil*, Stearic Acid, Dicaprylyl Ether, Morinda citrifolia (Noni Fruit) Extract*, Persea gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Rosa eglentaria(Rose Hip) Oil*, d-alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (soyabean derived Natural Vitamin E), Xanthan Gum, Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Citrus aurantium ssp.bergamia (Bergamot) Oil*, Santalum spicatum (Sandalwood) Oil*, Citrus reticulata (Mandarin) Oil*, Citrus paradisi (Grapefruit) Oil*, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) Oil*, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Lecithin (GMO free)*, Potassium Hydroxide, Lactic Acid, Sodium Chloride (Macrobiotic sea salt solution), Beta Carotene, Olea europaea (Olive) Oil, Aqua (Water), limonene**. *Ingredient from Organic Farming. **From essential oils. 98.33% of the total ingredients are from Natural Origin. 50.71% of the total ingredients are from Organic Farming.

PROUDLY AUSTRALIAN MADE AND OWNED. NOT TESTED ON ANIMALS. VEGAN.

NO Sulfates, Parabens, Synthetic fragrance, Synthetic colours, T.E.A., D.E.A., Glycols, Silicones, PEGS. Ethoxylate and Formaldehyde free. Natural and Organic Cosmetic certified by ECOCERT Greenlife according to ECOCERT Standard.

Skin Type: For Normal/Dry/Sensitive Skin

Texture: 

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I absolutely love how creamy, yet light the texture of this cleanser is. It’s more watery than past cream cleansers I have tried, which is amazing for my breakout prone skin. It feels amazing and nourishing on the skin without being heavy or leaving a film on the skin. Your skin feels baby soft afterwards which lasts throughout the day, even with powder foundation on top!

Scent:

The scent is very natural, soothing and calming because of the Chamomoile. I love how the scent is not overpowering at all!

Packaging:

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I love KORA Organics aqua blue packaging! It’s so soothing and beautiful to look at. I also love the positive affirmations at the back of each product, in which this reads gratitude. I love the squeeze tube packaging, however I feel like some of the product leaks into the lid which could waste some product, however it’s not too big of a problem.

Price: AUD $44.95

Size: 90 mL / 3.04 fl.oz.

Results:

-clear skin

-smooth, baby soft skin

-flake free, hydrated and soothed skin

-balanced and even skin

Recommend? 100% yes! Especially for those with dry, sensitive skin.

Rating: 5/5

Where to Buy: http://www.koraorganics.com

love,

beautywithinandout

xx

KORA ORGANICS Luxurious Rosehip Body Oil Review

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Hello Beauties!

Today I will be reviewing the KORA ORGANICS Luxurious Rosehip Body Oil. You all know how much I absolutely adore this line of certified organic skincare because of my very sensitive, troublesome skin. I am very particular of what products I use on my skin, both face and body, because I am prone to breakouts and eczema. I have tried a lot of different products from the KORA range and so far have been absolutely impressed with pretty much everything I have tried. The quality of ingredients and the results you get is really amazing. I bought this product to help even out my skin tone and add hydration because I have really dry skin on my face and body. I also use the KORA Essential Body Wash, which works great with this product. I also use a derma roller on my body once a week to help build collagen, encourage cell turnover and help reduce some light marks I have leftover on my body from previous breakouts.

Previous to using certified organic body care, I used conventional body washes and scrubs that would irritate my skin and cause bumps to form on my skin. What I love about the KORA body range, the body wash and body rosehip oil in particular, is how light they feel on my skin. I cannot use coconut oil or any heavy oils on my skin because it will get clogged. I aim to use lighter, water based products on both my face and body. The Luxurious Rosehip Body Oil is great because it is such a light, watery oil that doesn’t clog my skin, hydrates it overnight leaving my skin silky soft in the morning, provides a nice healthy glow, and evens out my skin tone beautifully. I prefer to use this when I don’t have any active breakouts, however it works wonders when applied to small red bumps from ingrown hairs. It gets rid of them overnight! This is my second bottle of this heavenly goodness, so you know it’s good!

Description:

“A carefully blended powerful treatment Body Oil combining Noni Extract, and Organic Rosehip providing the skin with a rich source of antioxidants and Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’S). EFAs are important in preventing damage to skin tissues. This Luxurious Body Oil hydrates and replenishes the skin’s moisture levels. It improves skin tone and texture and leaves the skin feeling radiant, soft and healthy.”

Directions:

“For the ultimate bath experience put a few drops of KORA Organics Luxurious Rosehip Body Oil into the bath to create a super moisturising bath experience. Alternatively, for a great after shower or after bath experience, warm several drops of this delicate, luxurious oil in the palms of the hands and rub all over the body into moistened skin. An essential multi-purpose, nourishing body oil designed to hydrate and illuminate the skin.”

Ingredients: Rosa eglentaria (Rose Hip) Oil*, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, d-alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Soyabean derived Natural Vitamin E), Punica granatum (Pomegranate) Oil*, Morinda citrifolia (Noni Fruit)*, Fragrance (Parfum), Limonene**. *Ingredient from Organic Farming. **From Essential Oils.

PROUDLY AUSTRALIAN MADE AND OWNED. NOT TESTED ON ANIMALS. VEGAN.

Smell:

This product has the typical rosehip oil scent, which I can’t quite describe. It’s not a terribly offensive smell, but it is also not the most amazing smell either. I happen to really like the scent. The scent doesn’t linger very strongly on the skin, especially when left to soak in overnight.

Feel/Texture:

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As I said, this oil is very light and watery so it does have a runny consistency. It is incredibly easy to blend and spread over a large surface area of skin. It does take a little while to soak in after application, I’d say about 10 minutes and you shouldn’t have that oily feeling anymore. I like to press and dab it into the skin after i’ve applied it everywhere so that it dries quicker. It leaves your skin feeling so silky soft, supple, hydrated, and comfortable.

Packaging:

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To use the product, just tip over the bottle and the product drips out. I really like the control and amount of product the top dispenses. However, I don’t like how the oil seeps around the top and down the bottle which can leave it feeling oily. I love the positive affirmation inscribed at the back, which reads confidence, as I feel like this product has definitely given me my confidence back.

Results: With continued use, results took up to a couple of weeks for me to see a difference with my uneven skin tone and texture. However, after the first use, my skin instantly felt and looked hydrated, glowy, smooth and supple. This product also doesn’t break me out, which is amazing for an oil!

Size: 80 mL / 2.7 fl.oz.

Skin Type: For all skin types. I find this is particularly good for dry, sensitive skin.

Price: AU$59.95. Although this is very pricey, the amount of product is reasonable and the results are worth it if you have uneven skin tone. It also lasts a while if you use it once/twice a week. Mine lasted for around 5-6 months.

Rating: 5/5

Recommend? Absolutely Yes! Because of it’s price, I would suggest this product to people who are concerned with uneven skin tone and texture on their body.

Where to buy: http://www.koraorganics.comhttp://www.net-a-porter.com.

love,

beautywithinandout

xx

KORA Organics Hydrating Mask Review

Hi Beauties!

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Today I will be reviewing the KORA Organics Hydrating Mask.

My Thoughts:

I was given this mask as a christmas gift, so this has lasted me quite a while and I still  have a few uses left! If you have a similar skin type to me, that is dry, sensitive, and prone to breakouts, or you just need a mask to hydrate, brighten and reduce redness, then this is the product for you. This product does exactly what it says it does, which is why it has fast become a favourite of mine. This mask really does replenish, rejuvenate, soothe and hydrate dull, dry skin. I love that it produces results almost instantly with a couple of uses, including; reducing redness, adding hydration and suppleness, soothing breakouts, brightening and evening skin tone, and providing your skin with a natural, healthy glow. I’m not easy to please with skincare products, especially with certified organic skincare, (due to breaking out in the past), however KORA never disappoints and I would highly suggest giving this mask a try!

Description on website:

“Containing Noni Extract, Vitamins and minerals to restore essential moisture to the skin. This calming uniquely formulated mask cleans, rehydrates and protects the skin. KORA Organics Hydrating Mask refines pores, removes dead skin cells and promotes healthy tissue rejuvenation leaving the skin feeling replenished and rejuvenated.”

Directions: 

“Apply enough Hydrating Mask to completely cover the skin over the face, throat and décolletage once or twice a week. Avoid the eye area. Allow mask to set for approx. 5 to 10 minutes. Gently remove with tepid water and a soft face cloth. Follow with your choice of KORA Organics Calming Lavender or Balancing Rose Mist and moisturise with your choice of either KORA Organics Hydrating or Soothing Day and Night Cream.”

I love that you only need a little bit to cover the entire face! I use it roughly once a week and leave it on for 10 minutes. However, you can leave it on for longer if your skin is really dry, but I find that 10 minutes does the trick! I personally follow up with my own skincare routine after I wash the mask off. I use Environ’s Alpha Forte Toner, and Dr Spiller’s Collagen Creme.

Ingredients:

Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf juice*, Rosa damascena (Rose) Water*, Glycerin^, Kaolin, Olivoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Oleate, Glyceryl Stearate, CI 77891 (Titanium dioxide) & Silica, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Oil*, Rosa eglentaria (Rose Hip) Oil*, Sodium PCA, Trehalose, Glyceryl Caprylate, Morinda citrifolia (Noni Fruit) Extract*, Sodium Hyaluronate, Persea gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, d-alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Soyabean derived Natural Vitamin E), Rosa damascena (Rose) Oil*, Santalum spicatum (Sandalwood) Oil*, Cedrus atlantica (Cedarwood) Oil*, Pogostemon cablin (Patchouli) Oil*, Xanthan Gum, Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Carrageenan, CI 77288 (Chromium Oxide Green), Lactic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide. *Ingredient from Organic Farming. ^Made from Organic Ingredients. 98.4% of the total ingredients are from Natural Origin. 77.1% of the total ingredients are from Organic Farming.

Skin Type: For Normal / Dry Skin.

*KORA also makes one for more oily skin (Clay Purifying Mask) which I had a sample of and didn’t like as it was way too strong for my skin.

Look: The mask has a whitish/green tinge to it. Instantly after one use, I noticed my skin looking more even and brighter in tone. My skin also had a nice glow and the redness was reduced.

Smell: I love the smell of all KORA products, with this mask being no exception! It smells very earthy and calming. The smell is very subtle and definitely not offensive in any way.

Feel/Consistency: 

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I love how this mask feels on my skin. It feels very light, cool, watery, yet moisturising on the skin. I also love how it doesn’t dry hard or tight on the skin, it just feels very hydrating. When you wash the mask off, your skin feels incredibly hydrated, smooth and supple to the touch.

Price: AU$44.95. The price is very much worth the results and longevity of this product. It comes with a lot of product and is easily spreadable, so you don’t have to use a whole lot of it.

Size: 100 mL/3.38 fl.oz. Recently, KORA has repackaged the mask and now it comes in 75 mL tube. Although you get less product, I think it is better because I still have a lot to use up and it is almost past the expiry date.

Packaging: 

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I love the squeeze tube packaging as it allows you to control how much product you use. I also love the respect affirmation at the back of the packaging.

Rating: 5/5

Recommend? Absolutely Yes! Particularly those who have really dry, sensitive skin that is also prone to breakouts. This is particularly good to use in the winter months to give your skin that much needed hydration and natural glow.

Where to Buy: http://www.koraorganics.com

love,

beautywithinandout

xx

Kora Organics Vitamin Enhanced Lip Balm Review

Hello Beauties!

Today I am going to review the KORA Organics Vitamin Enhanced Lip Balm. Now, you all know how much I adore Miranda Kerr’s certified organic skincare line. Most of the products that I have tried from the line I have fallen absolutely in love with, becoming staples in my beauty regime. Not only is everything certified organic, but the products actually work, especially for my sensitive skin. It’s definitely the most reliable certified organic skincare line on the market. I am not the easiest person to please, especially when it comes to certified organic skincare, because I have tried so many different brands and have been disappointed. However, KORA Organics delivers truly amazing results.

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Description:

“The ultimate lip balm for smooth, soft, moist lips. The highest quality Jojoba, Avocado, Rosehip and nutrient rich extracts have been organically flavoured to taste and feel simply sublime. Our vitamin enhanced formula contains Vitamin C and E to soothe, smooth and renew even the driest of chapped lips, leaving them soft and kissable.”

Even for my dry, chapped lips, this lip balm definitely makes them feel very smooth, soft and kissable!

Ingredients: Ricinus communis (Castor) Oil*, Beeswax*, Castor Isostearate Beeswax Succinate, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Oil*, Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Cetyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Palmitate, Sorbitan Olivate, d- alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Soyabean derived Natural Vitamin E), Persea gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Rosa eglentaria (Rose Hip) Oil*, Citrus aurantifolia (Lime) Oil*, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Malpighia glabra (Acerola Cherry Powder)*, Maltodextrin*, Morinda citrifolia (Noni Fruit)*, limonene**. **From essential oils. *Ingredient from Organic Farming.

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Texture/Feel: This lip balm feels very smooth, moisturising and soft on the lips. It gives a very nice shine, making your lips appear a little fuller. The formula is quite sticky and waxy, however melts into the lips quite nice. The only thing I can fault with this lip balm, is that it doesn’t stay put on the lips for very long, which leads me to keep reapplying it. Also, as you get more towards the bottom of it, it can clump up so you end up with more solid bits on your lips.

Smell/Taste: I quite like the subtle citrusy flavour of this lip balm. It isn’t too strong but you can definitely taste the lemon/lime essential oils.

Price: AU$24.95. The price for the size of this lip balm i feel is a little bit much. You do get quite a bit of product, however it’s still not a lot. If you are on a beauty budget, I would suggest skipping on this and using pure organic coconut oil as your lip balm.

Size: 6.5 mL / 0.22 fl.oz.

Longevity: As I said before, because this doesn’t last very long on the lips, I have to reapply it quite a bit which makes the product run out faster. However, because it is in a tub and the formula is quite sticky and waxy, it has lasted me quite a while. You also don’t need to use a lot of it as it spreads very easily.

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Packaging: I love all of KORA product’s packaging, especially the aqua blue colour! It’s very calming and soothing to the eye. KORA has just recently released a squeezable tube version of this lip balm, with a doe foot applicator. However, I prefer tubs for my lip balms. I love the peace affirmation at the back of the packaging as well.

Rating: 3.5/5

Recommend? As much as I enjoy using this product, I do think that it is quite pricey. I also do prefer my Endota Spa lip balm a lot better. However, if you want to splurge on a good quality certified organic lip balm, I would recommend to give this one a try.

Where to get: http://www.koraorganics.com

love,

beautywithinandout

xx

Kora Organics “Essential Body Wash” Review

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Hello Beauties!

Today I have a very exciting review on one of my favourite Kora Organics products/body washes ever! For a while, I have been struggling with constant breakouts on my body from harsh soaps, pore clogging shampoos, and scrubs. Because my water based face skincare routine has been working for me so well, I thought I would adopt this same concept to my body skincare routine. I have been struggling to find a good water based body wash that won’t clog my pores or irritate my skin for a while now. It has been especially hard to find a good certified organic body wash as most products contain coconut oil, which breaks my skin out like CRAZY! It wasn’t until I stumbled across Miranda Kerr’s fabulous and luxurious certified organic skincare line, that I thought I would give her body wash a try. I have definitely been a huge fan of her products in the past and so I had high hopes for the “Essential Body Wash.” This body wash is AMAZING! It completely blew me away how well it worked and how much my skin loved it! The ingredients are also very gentle and work to fight against free radicals and acne. The body wash includes one of my favourite ingredients, Green Tea, which makes up the majority of this product. I love how simple and effective the ingredients are.

Like the name suggests, the Kora Organics body wash is DEFINITELY an essential to my body skincare routine. I could not live without it. I have most certainly found my holy grail body wash. I have noticed less and less breakouts on my body to the point of hardly noticing any at all now! This has completely boosted my self esteem and I couldn’t be happier! I am definitely a very harsh critic when it comes to my beauty products and how well they work, so when I recommend something I have truly put it to the test and completely believe in it. If you are suffering from body breakouts I would highly suggest you give this product a try and see the amazing results for yourself. I know that everyone’s skin is different and you may react to certain ingredients differently. However, I have sensitive skin all over that is prone to acne if my products contain a lot of pore clogging ingredients, and this body wash has not broken me out, but rather healed my body breakouts a lot faster. This product is also recommended for all skin types, so you just have to give it a try!

Description:

“A delicious aromatic blend of organically sourced Essential Oils, Ylang Ylang, Noni Extract, Sandalwood, Rose and Patchouli. Free from Parabens and skin irritants, KORA Organics Body Wash while cleansing and hydrating helps provide the skin with all over anti-oxidant protection. Leaves the skin feeling fresh and invigorated. “

Ingredients: Camellia sinensis (Green Tea)*, Rosa centifolia (Rose) Extract*, Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Decyl Glucoside, Coco-Glucoside, Glycerin, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Xanthan Gum, Morinda citrifolia (Noni Fruit) Extract*, Glyceryl Oleate, Dicapryl Ether, Lactic Acid, Sodium chloride (Macrobiotic Sea Salt), Benzyl Alcohol, Santalum spicatum (Sandalwood) Oil*, Cananga odorata (Ylang Ylang) Oil*, Pogostemon cablin (Patchouli) Oil*, Dehydroacetic Acid, Lecithin (GMO free)*, Aqua (Water). **From essential oils. *Ingredient from Organic Farming.

“PROUDLY AUSTRALIAN MADE AND OWNED. NOT TESTED ON ANIMALS. VEGAN.”

“NO Sulfates, Parabens, Synthetic fragrance, Synthetic colours, T.E.A., D.E.A., Glycols, Silicones, PEGS. Ethoxylate and Formaldehyde free. 98.34% of the total ingredients are from Natural Origin. 49.32% of the total ingredients are from Organic Farming. Natural and Organic Cosmetic certified by ECOCERT Greenlife according to ECOCERT Standard available at cosmetics.ecocert.com.”

Feel: 

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Though this product is water based, it does feel slightly gel like and moisturizing. It feels very nice on the skin; not too watery, thin, or too thick. It is the perfect consistency. Because it doesn’t contain all of the harsh foaming agents like SLS, it doesn’t foam up as much. However, it also doesn’t not foam. When water is added, it does foam up, but only a little bit, which I really like. You can still get a decent foam, where your skin feels really clean, but not stripped. This product is perfect in that it’s not too drying or too moisturizing on your skin. I hate it when products leave a film of moisture on your skin, because that’s how I break out. This product does not do that, which is why it is perfect. Your skin just feels fresh, clean, invigorated, and comfortable.

Smell: Like all Kora Organics products, this body wash smells absolutely DIVINE. It smells a lot like the foaming cleanser. It reminds me of the Australian bush, which must be from the Sandalwood oil. It makes your shower smell like a spa! The scent also lingers a bit on your skin afterwards, which is a nice plus! I don’t find this to irritate my skin at all.

Longevity: I think you do get quite a generous amount of product. You only need a little bit to cover your entire body, because it does foam up quite well. If you use body wash everyday, I would say this would last up to a month and a half or two.

Packaging: As always the aqua blue packaging is beautiful and calming. I love how there are positive affirmations at the back of each product. The word “understanding” is placed on the back of this product, which I love. The only fault I have with the packaging is that the product sometimes leaks a little in the lid when I open it and some water also spills out from my shower. I think if they made the lid more secure, it would fix this problem, however it doesn’t bother me that much.

Price: AU $37.50. I think that the price is reasonable for the amount, quality of ingredients, longevity, and its effectiveness.

Size: 150 mL / 5.07 fl.oz. The size is definitely very generous for a certified organic product, especially it being a body wash. It can definitely last you a good while.

Recommend? Yes, Yes, Yes. This is the most amazing water based, non irritating or pore clogging body wash I have ever tried! A truly god sent product.

Rating: 5/5

Where to Buy: If you live in Australia, you can pretty much get Kora Organic products from any David Jones store. Or you can purchase from the Kora Organics Website, where they ship internationally: http://www.koraorganics.com.

love,

beautywithinandout

xx

Kora Organics Blemish Gel Review

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Hello beauties! Today I will be reviewing the Kora Organics Blemish gel. Kora Organics is a certified organic skincare line, created by Australian Victoria’s Secret Model and certified health coach, Miranda Kerr. This was probably the second Kora product I have ever tried, and was really impressed. It is the best natural/certified organic blemish treatment I have yet tried. At first I was skeptical, because there are many natural blemish treatments out there that do not work, or don’t work as fast. This product, however, does work really well and really fast. It features Noni fruit extract, a powerful antioxidant (Kerr’s beauty secret), which also features in each Kora Organics product.

Description as on the Kora Organics Website:

KORA Organics Blemish Gel is a powerful blend of concentrated botanicals specifically designed to naturally help with and address problematic skin. Noni extract and Lemon Myrtle combine to simply, quickly and effectively support the skin against blemishes.

Directions: Apply a pea sized amount to clean, dry skin directly onto the spot or blemish 2-3 times a day. Gently smooth the gel around the blemish and allow 1-2 minutes to dry. Use in conjunction with KORA Organics skincare products.

I would definitely recommend to only apply directly to the blemish and not the entire face, to prevent irritating your skin (as it’s very potent) and it will also prevent you from using up the product quicker.

Ingredients: Olea europea (Olive) Leaf Extract*, Aloe barbardensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Alcohol*, Glycerin, Cocoyl Proline, Malpighia glabra (Acerola Cherry Powder)*, Maltodextrin, Morinda citrifolia (Noni Fruit) Extract*, Xanthan Gum, Benzyl Alcohol, Backhousia citriodora (Lemon Myrtle) Oil*, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sodium chloride (Macrobiotic Sea Salt), Lactic Acid, Aqua (Water,) citral**. **From essential oils. *Ingredient from Organic Farming.

Smell: The smell of this product is absolutely divine! I think it must be the Lemon Myrtle! Smells very botanical and fresh. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!

Feel: The feel is gel like and liquidy. Once rubbed into skin, it does dry, however it’s able to not only dry out the blemish, but also hydrate the skin at the same time, which is pretty amazing. My skin doesn’t feel irritated, however I only apply the product to the blemish to avoid any irritation that might occur, with the natural alcohol in the product. 

Effective? Yes, it is quite effective. It seemed to get rid of my blemishes (especially the hard ones on my jawline) in about 3 days. Each day your blemish is significantly reduced and less red. However, I would only apply directly to the blemish, because when I used to apply it to a whole area, it would sometimes cause a few blemishes (maybe because of the potent nature and natural alcohol in the product).

Size: The product is 10ml or 0.43 fl.oz. It is quite small.

Packaging: Really love the aqua blue packaging! It comes in a squeeze tube (much better than the previous pump version) so you are able to control the amount of product as well as get all of the product out. I also really love that at the back of each of Kora’s products, there is a positive word. So, for this product I believe it is laughter. I think positive affirmations are a really great added touch to the Kora range.

Longevity: This is probably the product’s only fault. I go through this product quite quickly, which is annoying because this product is quite expensive along with added shipping prices (or you can buy in store). I think I may have gone through about one each month/month and half. However, if you only apply a small amount directly to the blemish it will last a decent amount of time. But if you’re the type of person to break out regularly, you might use this product up very quickly.

Price: AUD $39.50. This is quite expensive relative to the amount of product you receive, especially if you buy it online and pay for added shipping (coming to roughly $50). However, because it is made with such good quality and potent botanicals and it is certified organic, it is expected to be on the pricier side.

Rating: 4/5. Only because it doesn’t last very long and it is quite expensive.

Recommend? Yes.

Where to get it? Of course you can purchase it off the Kora organics website: http://www.koraorganics.com. I really would recommend their online store because of the wonderful customer service. In Australia, your package will arrive within 1-2 days, which is amazing. You also receive very generous amounts of samples, and sometimes even a full size product! You can also purchase Kora at: http://www.net-a-porter.com, however I don’t think they sell the full range. Kora organics is also available within David Jones stores.

love,

beautywithinandout

xx

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