Review of the Soma Ayurvedic Anti Aging Cream | Clean and Green Skincare Guide

 
Soma Ayurvedic Anti Aging Cream

Soma Ayurvedic Anti Aging Cream- $68.00:

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?- Really fantastic, squeaky ‘clean’ based on the research I’ve done. Takes a ‘less is more’ approach for sure!

2. How's the application? Let's talk texture.- 5: This is a very thick, rich cream that soaks in and surprisingly, did not impart any oiliness. I loved how deeply moisturizing this felt!

3. How is the scent?- 3: It’s not subtle :) If you have issues with strong scents, this may not be for you. I adjusted to the strong aloe scent after a few applications.

4. Is it non-irritating?- 5: My skin was not irritated by this after applying once a day for two weeks.

5. Performance: does it do what it promises to do?- 3: It left my skin feeling very hydrated and silky smooth. I’m not so sure about added elasticity and didn't see a big impact on signs of aging like wrinkles.

6. Is this a consciously-created product? 5- 100% yes! Vegan, cruelty-free, and so much more. The mission behind the brand is commendable and the packaging is both thoughtful and sustainable.

7. Would I buy it again? 4- This is a dense and rich cream that I’d consider purchasing (this was a gift, but my review is honest) this cream during harsher, winter months!

FINAL SCORE:

25/30

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PROS:

  • The mission and ethos of this brand is amazing. “For every purchase, Soma Ayurvedic donates a set of school supplies to deserving children in orphanages and a hygiene kit to women who don’t have access to these necessities.”

  • So rich and thick- great for colder months or dry skin. If you have VERY dry skin and are OK with scent, this is one of the richest creams I've used yet.

CONS:

  • The scent can be overpowering

  • It didn't follow through on the anti-aging promises (it won on hydration)

FINAL VERDICT:

  • Would I buy this again/for the first time (since, again, it was gifted)? Yes, I would!

 

A LITTLE “LIGHT READING” FOR YA? CHECK OUT THE FULL INGREDIENTS LIST + EWG RATINGS:

I pull these directly from the brand’s or reputable retailers’ website. 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. What’s missing: percentage of ingredient used & the amount of evidence/data backing up each number rating from EWG.org. You can search the EWG SkinDeep database to find the data available behind each rating. You can find out the percentage of the ingredient used by asking the brand. Here we go!

  • WATER- 0

  • VEGETABLE GLYCERIN- 1 limited

  • VITAMIN E- 1 limited

  • ORANGE OIL- 1 limited

  • LAVENDER OIL- 1

  • SAFFRON EXTRACT- 1 fair

  • ALMOND OIL- 1 fair

  • ALOE VERA EXTRACT- 1 to 3 fair

  • SAFFRON OIL- 1 , fair

  • KOKUM (FRUIT) BUTTER - 1, limited

  • GRAPE SEED OIL- 1, limited

  • PAPAYA EXTRACT- 1, limited

  • ROSE OIL- 1, limited

  • OLIVE OIL- 1, fair

  • TURMERIC OIL- 1, fair

  • SHEA BUTTER- 1, limited

  • WHEATGERM OIL- 1, none

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

 
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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 :)

Review of the Han Skincare Cosmetics Concealer | Clean and Green Beauty Guide

 
Han Skin Care Cosmetics Concealer in Fair Light

Han Skin Care Cosmetics Concealer- $18.00:

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?- There's one ingredient that has evidence linking it to be a potential human skin allergen, but depends on the percentage used in the product. Also, there's coconut oil which may bother some. But other than that, looking good!

2. How's coverage?- 4: It's a thicker formula and a very small amount goes a LONG way! Covers up dark circles for sure. I'd say patting and . pressing it in worked the best in terms of application. It feels like it won't spread evenly at first, but it gets there. This isn't your silky, swipe-on formula. But it does provide a strong, medium to full coverage.

3. Does skin still look like skin?- 3: Under the eye, it brightened and gave a fuller-coverage look. Setting was key. Elsewhere else, specifically my chin, it caught a bit on dry skin.

4. Is it non-irritating?- 4: No problem here for me, however, there is tocopheryl acetate which, according to EWG.org and Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments, shows strong evidence of being a human allergen.

5. Does it blend and build well?- 3: It built well under the eye on top of lightly moisturized skin. It's heavier so it may crease if you have oily skin and could sit in fine lines. You could try setting it, but it could get tricky. When covering up scaring, it sat on top and didn't soak in well to give that flawless look.

6. Is the shade range inclusive? 2- Five shades is a good start, but I’d love to see a more inclusive offering here.

7. Is this a consciously-created product? 3- Cruelty-free, made with a percentage of organic ingredients and no silicones, check check and check. In terms of sustainability re: packaging, etc. it’s not quite there yet. See what the brand said below…Heads up: they will take returns for recycling needs! A step in the right direction.

FINAL SCORE:

19/30

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IN A NUTSHELL:

  • It’s definitely a heavier concealer that provides solid medium to full coverage

  • Texture is a bit tacky at first, but it will blend out on a moisturized under eye area

  • It may settle into fine lines unless lightly set

  • OH and there’s coconut oil! Some skin types can’t take it

  • Other concealers I’d recommend for fuller coverage:

    Fitglow Beauty Conceal *links to video review. SHOP HERE

    Hynt Duet Perfecting Concealer *links to video review. SHOP HERE

POTENTIALLY ‘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. Keep in mind, the percentage of these ingredients in the products MATTERS! I rarely take ‘scary’ scores on EWG at face value these days, and always ask the brand about to clarify if I’m concerned. Works like a charm! See their response.

FROM HAN:

“Our plastic components (compacts, plastic tubes, illuminator jars) are made of polypropylene which is a recyclable plastic that can be less straightforward to recycle. We understand that for some customers it can be less convenient to send products our way or go out of their way to drop off at a Credo. We would recommend that customers first find out whether their city can pick up polypropylene during curbside pickup - Otherwise, we would recommend finding either special recycling areas the municipality offers to recycle plastics or other programs (Whole Foods select locations may be able to as well). We are also happy to take any HAN plastic components in for recycling in smaller quantities. We only request the 7 be sent at once to qualify for the lip gloss/eyeshadow reward. All of our components are 100% recyclable - paper and plastic and all. Similar to the above response, the plastics require a bit more research to make sure they're properly recycled. Some of our paper is made from recyclable material, majority is net-new.”

Swatch time! Color: Fair Light, IG @thestyleshaker

Swatch time! Color: Fair Light, IG @thestyleshaker

 

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!

  • Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil-2, fair

  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride- 1, limited

  • Oleic/Linoleic/Linolenic Polyglycerides- 1, none

  • Stearalkonium Hectorite - 1, none

  • Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oi- 1, fair

  • Jojoba Esters- 1, limited

  • Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax— 1, limited

  • Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit- 1, limited

  • Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Oil- 1, fair

  • Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil- 1, fair

  • Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil- 1, limited

  • Tocopheryl acetate- 3, fair

  • Propylene Carbonate- 1. limited

  • Polyglycerin-3- 1, limited

  • Acacia Decurrens Flower Wax- 1, none

  • Aloe (Oil) Barbadensis Leaf Extract- 1-3, limited

  • Ascorbyl Palmitate- 1, limited

  • Lavender Bulgaria Oil- 1, limited

  • marula oil- 1, none

  • Coffea Arabica Leaf/Seed Extract- 1, limited

  • Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Powder- 1, none

  • Titanium Dioxide- 1 to 3, good

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 :)

Review of the Pai Chamomile & Rosehip Calming Day Cream

 
Pai Chamomile & Rosehip Calming Day Cream review

Pai Chamomile & Rosehip Calming Day Cream- $60.00:

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?- They were doing so well until it got to the natural fragrances. More details below. The rating is just the start. The concentrations used really make a difference here!

2. How's the application? Let's talk texture.- 5: And the texture is honestly divine. It's smooth and rich without being overly greasy.

3. How is the scent?- 4: It's definitely there. If you don't like chamomile, you won't like this. But I found this to be very calming.

4. Is it non-irritating?- 4: For me it was fine,. No irritation whatsoever. I do know that some sensitive skin types can’t have ANY essential oils in a product, so even though the percentage is incredibly low (see below), it could potentially be an issue, which is why this didn’t get a ‘5’ on the scorecard.

5. Performance: does it do what it promises to do?- 4: Does it hydrate skin for day? It definitely soothed and moisturized my skin like a champ. Lightweight, check. My skin soaked it up.

6. Is this a consciously-created product? 3- Vegan, cruelty-free. They don’t have the sustainability portion of this down yet however. More on that below.

7. Would I buy it again? 5- Heck to the yes. It's an investment, but for me, it's a favorite without hesitation.

FINAL SCORE:

25/30

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IN A NUTSHELL:

  • Best for: combo skin types.

  • Drier skin types may want something a bit more dense and rich. Your skin may be able to soak up a heavier cream.

  • Oilier skin types may find this to be a little too hydrating/moisturizing.

  • Other day creams that I’ve tried and love:

    Jane Iredale Beauty Prep Moisturizer

    Osea Hydrating Face Oil

POTENTIALLY ‘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. Keep in mind, the percentage of these ingredients in the products MATTERS! I rarely take ‘scary’ scores on EWG at face value these days, and always ask the brand about to clarify if I’m concerned. Works like a charm! See their response.

FROM PAI:

“Pai products are 70% recyclable at the moment but we are working on ways to improve this and get us up to 100% eventually. - The packaging isn't made from post-consumer recycled material. The glass bottle is recyclable, the plastic bag that holds the cream is bpa-free and recyclable so can be cut away from the pump. The only thing that isn't recyclable is the pump as it contains a little aluminium ball in the head of the pump. We are working on making this fully recyclable and our packaging designer is researching alternative packaging.- One thing Pai doesn't do is use ingredients that are known to be irritating to the skin. Essential oils can be irritating on the skin in high quantities which is why we use far, far lower than 1% of essential oils which we have researched to find suitable for even the most sensitive of skins. Our products have also been patched tested on real people with sensitive skin and with skin conditions, and it has been approved to be suitable for sensitive skins and skin prone to eczema. Citronellol naturally occurs in essential oils and when you look on EWG it does say restrictions to concentration and in a low concentration, they are suitable for use. As I said above, the concentrations of essential oils is super low so pose no risks when using on the skin unless you have a very high allergy to essential oils.”

Pai, front and center. IG @thestyleshaker

Pai, front and center. IG @thestyleshaker

 

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!

  • Aqua- 0, robust

  • Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil- 1, limited

  • Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil- 1, limited

  • Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil- 1, fair

  • Lactobacillus Ferment- 1, none

  • Cetearyl Alcohol- 1, limited

  • Glycerin- 2, good

  • Rosa Canina Seed Extract- 1, limited

  • Butyrospermum Parkii Butter- 1, limited

  • Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Fruit Water- 1, limited

  • Cetearyl Glucoside- 1, limited

  • Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract- 1, limited

  • Leptospermum Scoparium Branch/Leaf Oil- 1, limited

  • Sodium Levulinate- 1, limited

  • Tocopherol- 1, fair

  • Lavandula Angustifolia Oil- 1, limited

  • Sodium Anisate- 1, none

  • Pelargonium Graveolens Oil- 1, limited

  • Lactic Acid- 4, good

  • Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate- 1, limited

  • Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract- 1, limited

  • Citronellol- 5, fair

  • Geraniol- 7, fair

  • Linalool- 5, fair

  • Nut Oil-1, 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 :)

Review of the Mineral Fusion Pressed Powder Foundation

 
Mineral Fusion Pressed Powder Foundation review

Mineral Fusion Pressed Powder Foundation- $32.99:

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?- Unfortunately, there’s phenoxyethanol inside. There are a couple of other concerns. See below.

2. How's coverage?- 3: Overall it looked very natural for a powder. It did settle a bit into fine lines on the forehead.

3. Does it last?- 4: It did a great job on combo skin!

4. Is it non-irritating?- 4: This powder didn’t irritate my skin.

5. Does it blend and build well?- 5: It did for me!

6. Is the shade range inclusive? 5- Fifteen shades to choose from- a lot more than most.

7. Is this a consciously-created product? 3- Cruelty-free, vegan, check and check. Packaging however, wasn’t up to par.

FINAL SCORE:

24/30

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PROS

  • Natural-looking coverage for a powder foundation

  • Lasted throughout the day!

CONS

  • Phenoxyethanol :(

  • Packaging- not close to sustainable

  • There was a lot of kickback when pressing my soft brush into the powder

WOULD I REPURCHASE?

 

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:

 

I asked the brand about the packaging and mica sourcing. Here’s what they had to say:

“Is the packaging sustainable? Our current Mineral Fusion cosmetics packaging uses a foil that is not recyclable, however the inner component is recyclable. We’re currently launching new packaging for our skincare line that addresses this issue, and are actively evaluating our packaging and components to see where we need to make changes toward a higher standard of sustainability.

Is the mica used sustainably sourced? Our supplier sources Mica exclusively from the USA (Georgia), and is an active member in the Responsible Mica Initiative (RMI), a group driven to eradicate child labor and support traceable, environmentally friendly processes.”

 

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!

  • Mica- 1, fair

  • Lauroyl Lysine- 1, none

  • Zinc Stearate- 2, fair

  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride- 1, limited

  • Boron Nitride- 1, fair

  • Ascorbyl Palmitate- 1, limited

  • Hydrolyzed Mango Juice Extract- 1, none

  • Hydrolyzed Garcinia Mangostana Fruit Extract- 1, none

  • Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract- 1, none

  • Alaria Esculenta Extract- 1, none

  • Aspalathus Linearis Leaf Extract- 1, limited

  • Glycrrhiza Glabra Root Extract- 1, fair

  • Punica Granatum Seed Extract- 1, limited

  • Aloe Barbadensis- 1 to 3, limited

  • Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract- 1, fair

  • Tocopherol Acetate- 3, fair

  • Sambucus Nigra Fruit- 1, limited

  • Phenoxyethanol- 4, limited

  • Iron Oxides- 2, fair

  • Titanium Dioxide- 1 to 3, good

  • Ultramarines- 1 to 4, limited

  • Zinc Oxide- 2 to 3, fair

  • Chromium Oxide Green- 2 to 5, 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 :)

My Review of the Antonym Organic Baked Blush

Check out my review of the Antonym Organic Baked Blush! FYI- This review was posted before the recent StyleShaker scorecard update so it will look a bit different from the others. Click below to watch!

IN A NUTSHELL:

  • This blush serves up some SERIOUS pigment!

  • I bought the “copper” color and it worked really well as a bronzer

  • If you’re NOT a fan of metallic sheen, you’ll want to pass on this one

 

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!

  • Mica- 1

  • Lauroyl Lysine- 1

  • Zea Mays Starch- 1

  • Squalane- 1

  • Octyldodecanol- 1

  • Hectorite- 2

  • Aqua- 0

  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride- 1

  • Benzyl Alcohol- 5

  • Dehydroacetic Acid- 1

  • Sorbic Acid- 3

  • Ci 77491- 2 *may contain

  • Ci 77492- 2 *may contain

  • Ci 77499- 2 *may contain

  • Ci 77891- 1 to 3 *may contain

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 :)

Review of the Jane Iredale Powder-Me SPF Dry Sunscreen in Nude

 
Jane Iredale Powder-Me SPF Dry Sunscreen in Nude

Jane Iredale Powder-Me SPF Dry Sunscreen in Nude- $47.00:

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?- Overall, a short list of low-ranking ingredients. Call-outs where Titanium Dioxide and Chromium Greens. You can see more on those two down below!

2. How's coverage?- 3: I was actually surprised at how much product applied with the poof/sponge! A little touch goes a long way. It looked a little heavy on the powder at first, but I used a large brush to blend it in. Worked like a charm. Skin looks a little 'powdered' unless you play with it, making the ease and convenience of the sponge packaging, short-lived. I do think the color was more than a hint! I applied a tinted spf underneath and this on top got me to a medium level of evening-out/coverage.

3. Does it last?- 4: I think this powder really held up well. I wish it was a bit more lightweight in coverage, but what I did apply, stuck around throughout the day.

4. Is it non-irritating?- 5: I haven't experienced any issues after wearing this for over a week.

5. Does it blend and build well?- 3: I would say it blended out well with the use of another brush, for sure. There's not much building here unless you're wanting to go for that cake-y look :)

6. Is the shade range inclusive? 3- Meh. Four shades does not an inclusive range make.

7. Is this a consciously-created product? 3- Jane Iredale has a solid reputation when it comes to cruelty-free, vegan and beyond certifications which is why I love the brand. On the packaging side of things, my question is out to the brand, but from what I can tell, the approach here is not a sustainable one. I'll have updates on that and whether the mica is ethically sourced soon!

FINAL SCORE:

21/30

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WHAT STANDS OUT:

  • The application is definitely different. I’m not sure the sponge is really winning, but it’s definitely interesting :)

  • It’s a fuller-coverage look in my opinion. You can get a dusting of color and some pretty decent coverage with it, plus SPF 30!

  • It definitely lasted and you definitely need to be ok with a more powdered look. A light mist of setting spray will help if you have drier skin

  • Oily skin types may LOVE this! Just make sure to clean the applicator now and then, womp womp

  • If you’re not loving the idea of this application, you can always try the Jane Iredale powder foundation that also has SPF in it! HERE.


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:

  • Titanium Dioxide 1 to 3

  • CI 77288 2 to 5

I followed up with the brand on packaging and mica sourcing. Their response is below:

“The packaging of Powder-Me SPF is recyclable, but not the internal sponge or applicator. The container is not made of post-consumer recycled material. Jane Iredale uses mica that is manufactured wholly under strict laboratory conditions. The laboratory purification and synthetic manufacture of minerals is done in order to ensure that the minerals are free of the contaminates that occur in the minerals’ natural state.”

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!

  • Titanium Dioxide- 1 to 3

  • Mica- 1, fair

  • Boron Nitride- 1, fair

  • Aluminum Hydroxide- 1, limited

  • Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract- 1, limited

  • Pinus Strobus (Pine) Bark Extract- 2, limited

  • CI 77491- 2, fair

  • CI 77492- 2, fair

  • CI 77499- 2, fair

  • CI 77288- 2 to 5, limited

  • Ci 77489- 2, fair

  • Montmorillonite- 1, fair

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 :)

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.

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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 :)