How’s your week going? I can’t believe it’s Thursday already and I’m back in work Sunday night 😦
Today is one of my busiest days this week but I’m also excited that it’s my birthday tomorrow, I’m going for a meal tonight so keep your eyes peeled for Instagram photos.
Today I have another skincare review for you, this time it’s a brand called Odacite.
Odacite is a brand from California, their focus is efficacy and purity. They use fresh and potent high quality ingredients with no toxins. Their products are free from fillers, parabens, nanoparticles, petrochemicals, PEG, synthetic perfumes, dyes and phenoxyethanol. They are also a cruelty free company and are certified by PETA. They are vegan and their products contain no GMOs.
So that’s a lot to take in, I don’t think I’m that bothered about anything apart from them being cruelty free and vegan, the other qualities just seem like a bonus.
I found samples of their products on Naturisimo and picked up their formulations for pimples and clogged pores.
The first one I tried was their pimples serum concentrate, this contains black cumin and cajeput and is supposed to penetrate the pores and resolve skin problems. It’s aim is to smooth, purify and clarify, allowing skin to be uniform and luminous. Cajeput is added to promote clear thought and focus so they suggest using it in the morning, before you start your day. The product is antiseptic and so it prevents the bacteria which causes breakouts, the black cumin draws impurities out of the skin.
The first time I used this product my skin was still quite oily the next day, however, on subsequent applications I used a little less product and my skin seemed better at absorbing it. The oil travels and blends in quite well and I now apply it with the tip of a cotton bud. I found that much like a clay face mask this product draws all the bad stuff up so I went from a possible breakout to a definite breakout, and they were painful. Whilst I was a little upset about this I kept applying the oil and found that the pimples reduced quickly after appearing, quicker than they usually do with my current products. The product smells of spices, not the nicest scents to put on your face in my opinion but it does the job it’s supposed to do and I usually pair it with the next product I’m going to review.
Ingredients: Highest-grade cold-pressed certified virgin organic Black Cumin (Nigella sativa) oil, Certified organic Cajeput (Melaleuca minor) essential oil, Certified GMO-free Vitamin E (Toco- pherols) oil.
The second product I picked up was their clogged pores serum concentrate. This one is designed to unclog pores, cleanse impurities and sebum blockages leaving skin looking fresh and young. This product contains calming lavender so they suggest using this as part of your night time skincare routine. Lavender has anti bacterial properties which can help to fight the microorganisms which leave your skin with imperfections. The product also contains jojoba oil which normalises the skin’s oil production.
This product smells so lovely, I absolutely love the smell of lavender, and the jojoba is a nice addition. I found that this one sunk into the skin a little easier than the pimples concentrate but there’s a sensation on my skin when I use this, a mild feeling but not as bad as a burning feeling. My skin was still a touch oily the next day but I just remove this with wipes or micellar and it’s not an issue. I didn’t notice a big difference right away but on subsequent applications I have noticed my skin looking clearer although I would like a pore reducing product.
Ingredients: Highest-grade cold-pressed certified virgin organic Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis) oil, Certified organic Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) essential oil, Certified GMO- free Vitamin E (Tocopherols) oil.
With these products you can either mix the oil into your facial cream or for a more intensive treatment you can apply it directly to the skin. For both of these products I decided to just apply it straight to my skin because I wanted to see what it could do by itself. I don’t think you’ll see results overnight but I think with continued use you will begin so see some changes. They also call these products serums but they are just a mix of oils and botanicals and if you had the necessary oils at home you could probably make a similar product for a cheaper price. I paid £1.95 for each of the 1ml samples and they have lasted me a while as you only need a tiny amount to cover the targeted areas. The full sized products are £25 for 5ml bottles. While I liked the products and what they did for my skin I think I’m happy to just use up these samples and not buy the full product as it’s out of my price range.
I hope you’ve had an amazing day, it’s my birthday tomorrow!