Hi, everyone! We all know that I'm a full-fledged makeup addict, but nearly equally as high on my obsession list is skin care. If you've been following the blog for awhile now, you will have noticed that more and more natural, organic, green beauty brands have been creeping into my routine. The natural skin care market has totally exploded of late with products that are not only organic and non-toxic, but also incredibly luxurious and effective. I have fully embraced this surge in the market and am always eager to discover new brands and markets in the niche. So when EcoDiva Beauty offered to send along a Travel Kit** from Dr. Alkaitis Organics, I jumped at the opportunity!
If you haven't heard about EcoDiva Beauty, it's time to listen up! They are an online beauty retailer that focuses solely on brands that are natural, non-toxic, luxurious, and effective. They embrace beauty in a holistic sense and feel that proper self-care involves products that are both safe and a pleasure to use. Further, EcoDiva is also committed to the earth and sustainability initiatives, with a portion of every sale going to global preservation charities. A wonderful blend of pampering, self-care, and solid ethics. Plus, it's woman-founded and run! Certainly a company I'm proud to work with. Additionally, from a consumer perspective, EcoDiva also has ultra convenient policies, including free shipping over $75 and hassle-free returns. Handy!
EcoDiva also has an eye for aesthetically pleasing, personalized packaging, with my products arriving in a luxe black box with gold lettering and a sticker with my name on it. The box also featured a sticker saying "You are Beautiful"- a lovely sentiment!
Inside the box was the Dr. Alkaitis Organics Travel Kit** as well as a few mini samples- such a nice surprise! The package was put together so beautifully, I almost (almost) didn't want to dig in and mess everything up!
Dr. Alkaitis is very much a cult brand in the green beauty world; it hasn't achieved the more mainstream status of lines like Tata Harper and May Lindstrom, but has a deep, loyal following of fans. The brand is created by (none other) than Dr. Saulius Alkaitis, who has both a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry and a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering. He also has extensive training in holistic medicine, which is truly demonstrated in the line! A few values and features that make Dr. Alkaitis products unique:
- All are 100% edible (they tout the idea "if you can't eat it, don't put it on your skin")
- All are hand-manufactured in small batches
- All ingredients are raw, not having been heated above room temperature. This keeps the ingredients live, which preserves all of their therapeutic benefits
- They only include ingredients that produce proven results
- All are "adaptogenic", which means they can be used by any skin type
- All ingredients come from organic and biodynamic growers
- They harness age-old chemistry techniques to best harness and preserve the live, natural, nutritive ingredients
All promising and fascinating, indeed! The brand's Travel Kit** ($84.50 CAD) is a wonderful introduction to Dr. Alkaitis, featuring 8 trial-sized products suitable for any skin type. It promises to last 7-12 days' of use, but I've been using it almost exclusively for 15 days already and it's still going strong!
The kit is housed in a reusable, recyclable zippered pouch that allows you to see the items inside. Not only does it include 8 trial-sized products, but also a complete product guide and orientation to the brand.
Four of the products are packaged in green plastic bottles with handy pump mechanisms. These include:
Organic Purifying Facial Cleanser
A brightening, purifying cleanser that gently exfoliates and deep cleans while maintaining the skin's natural barrier and pH balance. It foams gently and leaves my skin feeling ultra clean, but not at all stripped. Plus it smells fresh and fruity!
Organic Herbal Toner
This promises to refine pores, deeply hydrate, even skin tone, and balance the skin. It does contain alcohol, which initially made me skeptical. My sensitive skin hates alcohol. Dr. Alkaitis promises that their organic grape alcohol is completely non-irritating, which I at first thought was a gimmick, but boy was I wrong! This toner is so ultra soothing and has not inflamed my skin one bit!
Organic Soothing Gel
This antibacterial gel promises to soothe problematic skin conditions like rosacea, acne, and eczema, while reducing redness and lightly, but deeply hydrating. It also contains grape alcohol, which I initially thought was very anti-soothing, but again, I was wrong! This stuff is truly magical. It calms my red complexion instantly, smells like herbal goodness, and adds just the right amount of hydration for a hot, summer day. Love, love, love!
Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil
This beautiful oil is packed with antioxidants and is designed to balance sebum production and increase skin elasticity. It hydrates deeply and soothes the skin while also absorbing quickly. This stuff is also incredible! It smells and feels luxurious, yet really absorbs wonderfully as promised. It gives the skin a beautiful glow and is light enough to wear during the day. It is absolute heaven when mixed with the Soothing Gel!
Then we have three richer products in little white pots. You can tell they are luxurious just by the texture!
This daytime moisturizer is designed to deeply hydrate, firm, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles while adding radiance. The cream has a natural luminescence to it, which gives the skin a lovely glow. I find the texture to be a bit heavy for my oily skin in summertime, but I think it will be a godsend during the winter!
A thick, restorative, rejuvenating cream that plumps fine lines, refines pores, tightens skin, and deeply hydrates. It's rich in aloe (which my skin loooves) and shea butter (which is visible by simply eyeballing it) and has a subtle buttery scent. I have to say that despite its richness, my oily complexion really loves it! It hasn't broken me out one bit and whenever I use it I wake to such glowing, plumped skin!
A firming, hydrating eye treatment that soothes the eye area, plump fine lines, and reduces puffiness and dark circles. Like the Day Creme, it also has a natural luminosity, which brightens up the eye area so nicely! It feels sooo hydrating, yet also wears well under makeup. It does what it promises!
Organic Universal Mask
Powdered masks are a common occurrence in the green beauty world, as they don't need as many preservatives and keep the ingredients ultra fresh- activated on contact with water every time you use them! This mask promises just that- a nutrient-rich formula that improves skin texture, boosts radiance, soothes, and nourishes while also gently cleansing and balancing the skin. It's bright green because it is full of ingredients like grass, spirulina, alfalfa, kale, and broccoli- a true superfood smoothie for the skin! And all this kale business is not a gimmick- my skin never looks as great as after I wash off this mask! It leaves my complexion looking so smooth, plump, even, and calm!
If you couldn't tell by these mini reviews, let me be clear: I am so in love with this brand! I've been using these products almost exclusively for over two weeks now (aside from my separate cleansing oil) and I really have to say that my skin has not looked this good in ages (maybe ever!?). All of the products in this kit truly work to keep my breakouts at bay, calm my redness, plump my burgeoning fine lines, and impart a radiant glow. Not too bad for a range that's fully natural and edible! You truly don't need artificial chemicals for noticeable results. Yes, the price tags on the products are steep ($45-$150 CAD for full sizes), but I will not hesitate to repurchase some of these products, because they're truly that great! If I could pick my fave four from this set, they'd be the Soothing Gel, Nourishing Treatment Oil, Night Creme, and Universal Mask. Those are the extra special goodies in my books!
Again, if I've tempted you with Dr. Alkaitis, you can find the brand (as well as several other beautiful lines) at EcoDiva Beauty, here!
What is your favourite skin care brand at the moment? Any favourite natural, green beauty brands? When's the last time a trial kit totally sold you on a brand?
Have a wonderful day! xo
**These products were sent to me as PR samples from EcoDiva Beauty for consideration and review. All opinions expressed in this post are 100% authentic and my own!
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