I’m a big fan of Nature of Beauty. I like that you get to choose your samples with purchase and the owner Terri has been SUPER helpful with finding a foundation that works for me. So when she mentioned she was about to carry an awesome new skincare line, I was very excited because I trust her opinion! When Odacite launched on her website, she offered 20% off (Yay sales!) so I picked up a trial kit that is made to last 4-6 weeks.
I’ve been using it for about 2-3 weeks now, and am very impressed. As an FYI since we are talking about skincare, I have combo skin that is very sensitive. I get oily on my forehead but dry on my cheeks. I’m prone to blackheads on my nose and chin.
Back to the kit….the kit includes:
- 1 fl oz Immortelle Toner
- 1 fl oz Jojoba Beads Exfoliant
- 1 fl oz Rejuvenating Cleanser
- 0.4 fl oz Beautiful Day Moisturizer
- 0.4 fl oz Night Time Repair Serum
The moisturizers come in a pump top while the others come in a squeezy top. All of the containers came in a cute little white clutch-type bag with cards on each product.
Immortelle Toner Review
I’m usually not one for toners. For one, I don’t really like to “tone” my skin because it just leaves it feeling tight and dry. Not this. I have to say, this is a nice toner. I like to use this at night to remove every last bit of makeup. It leaves it clean, but not tight or dry.
The smell is floral. It’s not a super strong smell, but it is present when you first put it on. It goes away pretty fast though.
The texture is pretty watery and is clear (pretty standard for toners). I just squirt some on a cotton ball and apply to my face. The full size comes in a mist though, which I think would be nice for setting makeup!
Have I noticed any huge change in my skin from it? No. But I have noticed some makeup on it when I use it at night, and since it hasn’t bothered my skin and doesn’t leave it feeling dry, I could definitely pick this one up. And I do think it would be a lovely mist for setting powder makeup.
Ingredients (from Nature of Beauty’s website): * Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis) (Organic) * Rose (Rosa damascena) Floral Water (Organic) * Immortelle (Helichrysum Italicum) Flower oil * Roman Chamomille (Anthemis nobilis) Floral Water (Organic) **Vegetable Glycerin **Crithmum maritimum Extract * Hydrolyzed Lupine Protein (Organic) * Hydrolzed linseed extract (Organic) * Black Willowbark (Salix nigra) Extract (Organic) * Oat Kernel (Avena sativa) Extract (Organic) * Oryza sativa (rice) extract * Spirulina platensis extract **Aspen (Populus tremuloides)Bark Extract **Caprylyl Capryl Glucoside **Bisabolol * Salvia Scalrea (clary sage) flower/leaf oil **Cymbopogon martini (palmarosa) leaf oil **Sodium Hyaluronate
I’m loving the ingredients!
Jojoba Beads Exfoliant
I usually don’t use manual exfoliants because I have a Clarisonic Mia that I love, but since it was in the kit I’ve been using it :o) The texture of this is actually thicker than I thought it would be. It reminds me of Clinique’s 7 Day Scrub Cream actually. After using, it leaves a slight waxy feel on my face, which I don’t really mind but those with oily skin may not care for it.
The actual exfoliating beads are pretty small, not much bigger than a large grain of sand. They aren’t super rough though, I found this a very gentle exfoliant. It could probably even be used daily, although they suggest 1-2 times per week.
This product doesn’t really have any discernible smell, it’s pretty mild. There is lavender in it, but I don’t really smell it much. It almost has a waxy, plastic-y type smell, but I’m wondering if that’s perhaps the plastic container it’s in? It’s not strong enough to be offensive or anything.
Ingredients (from Nature of Beauty’s website): * Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis) (Organic) * Coconut Oil (Organic) **Jojoba Wax (Simmondsia chinensis) Beads * Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis ) Oil (Organic) * Lavender (avendula angustifolia) (Organic) **Emulsifying Vegetable Wax * Olive oil (Olea europaea) (Organic) **Palm Stearic Acid * Calendula officinalis Extract (Organic) **Vegetable Glycerin * Rooibos tea (Aspalathus linearis) extract (Organic) **Tocopherol (Vitamin E) * White Tea (Camellia sinensis) Extract (Organic) **Xanthan Gum (Polysaccharide)
I don’t know why but when I see the adjective “rejuvenating” attached to products, it makes me smile. I image some woman using a product then shouting with joy “I feel rejuvenated!!” and that makes me laugh to myself. I mean, really, can any skin care product really make a woman feel rejuvenated? I dunno.
Anyhoo, rejuvenated or not, I do like this cleanser. I have been using it in the morning. It is a gentle cleanser that makes my skin feel soft and clean without being dry.
The only thing about this is that it doesn’t take off makeup well. Ok, at all. I am in love with Pai’s muslin cloth, it is so much more than a normal washcloth. It takes off makeup SO well without being scratchy. With the muslin cloth, this does take off makeup. But without it, not so much. I don’t mind because I use it in the morning for gentle cleaning, but if taking off makeup is a must – this may not work.
The texture of this is a kind of thick liquid, but not as creamy thick as Pai’s gentle cleanser. It almost reminds me of a thinner moisturizer. The smell is similar to the jojoba exfoliant, it’s not really discernible. There really isn’t a fragrance since there is no added fragrance, and I don’t really smell the rose. Overall, this would be good for sensitive skin!
Ingredients (from Nature of Beauty’s website): * Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis) (Organic) * Sunflower Seed (Helianthus annuus) Oil (Organic) * Rose (Rosa damascena) Floral Water (Organic) **Vegetable Glycerin **Wheat Germ (Triticum vulgare) Oil **Leuconostoc – radish root ferment filtrate **Non GMO Soy Lecithin **Oat beta glucan **Sucrose cocoate **Lauryl Glucoside **Tamanu (Calophyllum inophyllum) Oil **Coco-glucoside **Coconut Alcohol **Sclerotium Gum Powder
* Certified Organic
** Of plant origin
Note: This does also contain wheat germ oil. While I can’t eat gluten due to an intolerance, I’m not celiac (a true allergy to gluten) and so do fine with wheat germ oil on my face in small amounts. Theoretically, wheat germ oil should not have gluten because it has been refined to only include the oil (which is a fat). Gluten is a protein so should not have any business being in an oil, but I do know some celiacs who can’t use wheat germ oil anyway. Just wanted to point that out since the rest of my blog is gluten free!
Beautiful Day Moisturizer
I have traditionally not been a fan of daytime moisturizers. After all, everyone should be wearing sunscreen during the day! I find that moisturizers mixed with my sunscreen don’t go well. However, I really like this one! It makes a great first layer under the sunscreen to add a little moisture without being too heavy or greasy.
The texture is pretty thin and light. Those with dry skin will probably not find this moisturizing enough – but then again, you should be wearing sunscreen with it anyway! I think even those with oily skin may like it because it’s so thin and light.
The smell is a little stronger than others and has a slight lavender smell. It’s pretty faint, you really have to smell it up close. When putting it on, I really don’t smell it very much.
I really love the ingredients. Very high quality ingredients. While olive oil is great for skin, it can cause breakouts with me but I haven’t had any problems with this, probably because it’s farther down on the list. I’m also a big fan of jojoba oil. Just FYI BTW, jojoba oil is actually not an oil, it’s a wax and is very close to the structure of our own skin! Overall, I love the quantity of organic ingredients!
Ingredients (from Nature of Beauty’s website): Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis) (Organic) * Coconut Oil (Organic) * Lavender (avendula angustifolia) (Organic) **Emulsifying Vegetable Wax **Vegetable Glycerin **Palm Stearic Acid * Calendula officinalis Extract (Organic) * White Tea (Camellia sinensis) Extract (Organic) * Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis ) Oil (Organic) * Olive oil (Olea europaea) (Organic) **Tocopherol (Vitamin E) **DMAE (Dimethylaminoethanol) ** MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) **Xanthan Gum (Polysaccharide) * Black Willowbark (Salix nigra) Extract (Organic) * Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) extract (Organic) **Neem (Azadirachta indica) oil
The only thing is the price. This is a little pricey. I guess you’re paying for the organic, quality ingredients but $75 is a bit much. Although, it is a full 2 oz which should last 5-6 months.
Night Time Repair Serum
Now, for my favorite product! Although it’s called a serum, this is really more of a moisturizer. Funny enough, this is thicker than the beautiful day moisturizer! It has a very interesting texture though. It’s almost stringy? Not stringy as in string cheese (that would not be good), but when you rub it in your hands and separate them, it does seem to stretch out. I can’t quite explain it. It’s not a problem in how it works, it rubs in just fine. It’s just something I’ve noticed that I haven’t seen before in a moisturizer.
The smell of this is a little odd. I really can’t explain it. It reminds me of some sort of food, or perhaps an oil, but I really can’t put my finger on it. I don’t think it’s the jojoba oil because I’ve used straight jojoba oil and never smelled anything before. Perhaps the carrot oil? Not sure, but it is different. Thankfully, it’s really not too bad and goes away quickly.
Now, for why this is my favorite! This makes my skin look great! I swear it makes my skin more calm, less red and just looks better in the morning. I’ve used this over acne and the acne is less red and swollen in the morning. I’ve been using this every night for a few weeks now and my skin is probably the smoothest and calmest I’ve ever seen. It’s pretty awesome. Now, I have been using the other products in the line as well, so perhaps it’s the whole line together? I guess I just really see the difference in the morning with this – so am giving kudos to this product!
Another great thing is that this doesn’t cause blackheads. I’m so prone to getting really stubborn blackheads. When I’m finally able to get rid of them, certain moisturizers will clog me right back up again. I have found my blackheads are significantly better with this moisturizer.
The ingredients are actually somewhat similar to the day moisturizer, but has more jojoba and vitamin E and includes some shea butter. Similar to olive oil, shea butter is also great for the skin and has broken me out in the past but I haven’t had any problems with this. I’m guessing also because it’s farther down on the list.
Unfortunately, also similar to the day moisturizer, this is pricey. Really pricey. I haven’t ever spent that much on a moisturizer before but I do know there are people who do! Honestly, it’s a great moisturizer. Perhaps if it was on sale….and I had a glass of wine…or two, I would gain the courage to buy it ;o) For now I’m really enjoying my little 0.4 fl oz bottle!
Ingredients (from Nature of Beauty’s website): * Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis) (Organic) * Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis ) Oil (Organic) **Emulsifying Vegetable Wax **Tocopherol (Vitamin E) * Shea (Butyrospermun parkii) Butter (Organic) * Lavender (avendula angustifolia) (Organic) * White Tea (Camellia sinensis) Extract (Organic) * Calendula officinalis Extract (Organic) * Rooibos tea (Aspalathus linearis) extract (Organic) * Olive oil (Olea europaea) (Organic) **Carrot Oil (Daucus carota) ** MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) Hyaluronic Acid **Vegetable Glycerin **Evening Primerose (Oenothers biennis) oil **(Rosa mosqueta) Rosehip Oil **Borage Oil (Borago officinalis) **Ureidohydantoin-Comfrey **Xanthan Gum (Polysaccharide)
Overall, I’m really glad I tried this line! The ingredients are great for those with sensitive skin and use really great, organic ingredients. Definitely something I would like to continue to use in the future. And I’m VERY picky when it comes to skincare!