Review of the Kahina Giving Beauty Restorative Facial Serum

 
Kahina Giving Beauty Restorative Facial Serum

Kahina Giving Beauty Restorative Facial Serum- $98.00:

Here’s the quick SCORECARD breakdown. Each question is rated on a scale of 1 to 5, 5being the best:

1. How do the ingredients look? What’s inside?- The ingredients looked solid until I got to the portion of the label that showed me "naturally occurring compounds." In there I saw a lot of 5's, 6's, and 7's which freaked me out. I reached out to the brand and learned a lot more. See below.

2. How's the application? Let's talk texture.- 4: Glides on smoothly. It's very lightweight, doesn't feel oily to me at first, but it does leave a bit of oiliness to the touch. I needed to use very little- which could be considered a plus!

3. How is the scent?- 5: Really calming and slightly fruity. It isn't overpowering and that’s coming from someone that gets really overwhelmed with scents.

4. Is it non-irritating?- 4: I had no issues except for a little dryness at the chin.

5. Performance: does it do what it promises to do?- 3: I can't say whether or not it prevented moisture loss. My skin wasn't dry, but it wasn't noticeably plump or moisturized either. I do think there was a shift in overall brightening and skin tone. As for fine lines and wrinkles, depends on the day and stress (and water consumption). See the before and after results in the video!

6. How conscious is the brand? 5- Oh yes. Big time. The brand is remarkable in their approach.

7. Would I buy it again? 2- Maybe? I love the Argan Oil and saw a bit more dramatic results there, so I'd probably buy that instead. Overall, it feels like a nice-to-have for me.

FINAL SCORE:

23/30

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WHAT STANDS OUT:

  • The level the company goes to for certifications

  • The scent was lovely and calming, plus it didn't irritate me like the Vitner's Daughter or other buzzed-about serums that I’ve tried

  • It also felt great going on. I’d say it’s lightweight, but didn't sink right in. It's def an oilier serum (not greasy, but on the slicker side)

  • This product promises to- Reduce inflammation, fine lines and wrinkles, deeply moisturize: prevent moisture loss, and brighten skin/fade pigmentation; even . out skin tone and repair sun damage

  • The area where I saw the most change, albeit subtle, was brightening and evening out skin tone


IFFY INGREDIENTS + EWG RATING:

These were the not-so-great ingredients that didn’t pass the Rule of 3. Click below to find out all the details:

**These are “naturally occurring compounds in essential oils; not added ingredients.”

I followed up with the brand on these numbers and their response (which I love for it’s openness and transparency) is below:

“As you are probably aware, these are not added ingredients, but potential allergens that exist in essential oils, which we are required to list to comply with EU regulations, not US law. Many brands do not even list these on their ingredient list. The potential for harm really depends on how sensitive a person is to these allergens. The percentage of any of these ingredients is minuscule, less than .001% but EWG does not take into account the concentrations of an ingredient in a formula when weighing the potential for harm, giving the same weight to a potential allergen in an existing ingredient such as Lavender as it does to the first ingredients on the list, thereby skewing the score. In addition to being registered in the EU, which has some of the strictest cosmetics safety laws, we are certified organic by Ecocert, which disallows harmful ingredients in products to be certified. We stand by the safety and efficacy of our products, and believe in full transparency in case one of our customers has a sensitivity to an essential oil or other ingredient.”

Lightweight moisture.

Lightweight moisture.

 

A LITTLE “LIGHT READING” FOR YA? CHECK OUT THE FULL INGREDIENTS LIST + EWG RATINGS + AMOUNT OF EVIDENCE/DATA AVAILABLE:

I pull these directly from the site. You’d be shocked at how many product pages have misspellings so if you see one, you’ll know why! I didn’t catch it. Neither did the retailer. Funsies!

  • Argania spinosa (argan) kernel oil- 1, limited

  • opuntia ficus indica (prickly pear) fruit oil- 1, none

  • punica granatum seed extract- 1 , limited

  • bisabolol- 1, limited

  • hippophae rhamnoides extract- 1, limited

  • daucus carota sativa seed oil- 1, limited

  • lavandula angustifolia flower oil- 1, limited

  • anthemis nobilis flower oil- 1 , limited

  • citrus aurantium flower oil- 1 , limited

  • cananga odorata flower oil- 3, limited

  • commiphora abyssinica resin extract- 1, none

  • coffea arabica seed oil- 1, limited

  • rosmarinus officinalis leaf extract- 1, limited

  • helianthus annuus seed oil- 1, fair

  • methyl benzoate- 1, limited

  • benzyl acetate- 1, limited

  • linalool- 5, fair

  • limonene- 6, good

  • benzyl benzoate- 6, fair

  • farnesol- 4, fair

  • geraniol- 7, fair

  • benzyl salicylate- 7, limited

CURIOUS ABOUT WHO IS REVIEWING ALL OF THESE PRODUCTS? Good question. Moi. Check out my skin profile here.

 
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FULL TRANSPARENCY, ALWAYS…

Every product is honestly rated using TheStyleShaker SCORECARD system to keep things as objective as possible. To learn more about my “Rule of 3” CLICK HERE. This post may contain affiliate/referral links, but all views are my own. No one is paying me to say any of this. Read the complete TheStyleShaker.com disclosure here. Product information and EWG ratings may change along with the brands and the formulas they use. Click through the applicable links to get the most up to date information :)