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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Kora Organics Review

Kora Organics products.  Note: the Rose Mist no longer looks like how it is in this photo. This one is from the old packaging.
I adore Miranda Kerr.  When she came out with a skincare line, I... didn't actually know about it until around this time last year.  I actually heard about it through a good friend, who said she wanted to try organic products.  When she mentioned Miranda Kerr and organic in one sentence, I was all over it and googled to find out more.

A year later, here I am: an avid fan of Kora Organics.  Only recently they have become certified organic, which is impressive in my books.  If you watch my video, you can see her talking about the products in more detail.  I have not tried every product in the line, but those that I use I will continue to use until it no longer works for me, or if it gets discontinued (No!  What a nightmare!)  So here's my little review on each product I use:

Hydrating Day & Night Cream: (50ml, $59.95) Although this is a day and night cream, I do not use it for night time (for night I just use rose hip oil).  As the product name implies, it's a hydrating cream that has a fresh, herbal, slightly tangy scent.  If you use too little, it can feel like it's tugging at your skin as you apply it, so best to use a fair size amount.  Having said that, you do not need a lot.  A five cent coin amount is enough for the face, but I like to double it and have it taken down my neck and decolletage.  It does not contain SPF, which is fine with me because I like to use a separate sunscreen anyway.  It's not greasy at all, it gives you enough hydration to ensure your skin stays moist but does not feel heavy, look greasy or clog pores (mine, anyway!)  My ideal day cream!

Cream Cleanser: (90ml, $44.95) This product is definately not for the oily/combination skin type (but I think it can actually help your oily skin if you do, will post about it soon).  If you have normal skin, like me, or dry/sensitive skin, this would be great for you!  It feels quite "slippery", almost like a cleansing oil (but much thinner) so it doesn't feel like it's cleaning your skin... until you wash it off with warm water!  It's recommended you use a cloth to wipe your skin after cleansing with this product, but I'm lazy and just use my hands (often because I'm in the shower).  This cleanser does not foam at all, but is very effective at getting rid of dirt, oil and sweat on your face.  I used to use Philosophy Purity Made Simple, but now I've switched to the Kora Organics Cream Cleanser as it does not use any nasty ingredients but does just as good a job, if not better.

Balancing Rose Mist: (50ml, $39.95) This product is good for all skin types.  I absolutely love this spray!  It's so versatile.  I use it for everything: setting makeup, as a toner, as a moisturiser if I'm too lazy or time poor for an actual moisturiser, as a refreshing, hydrating spray throughout the day... so many uses!  I always spritz my face about 4 times with this before I apply the Hydrating Day & Night Cream.  It acts as a toner that way.  Sometimes, if I can't be bothered applying moisturiser (such as when I'm at home and have no plans) I'll just spray my face lots of times and leave it to dry.  My skin never feels tight, just moisturised.  It's like a lazy girls moisturiser.  The mist you get from the bottle is a huge spray, but it's so fine.  On hot days, I attack my two boys with this as well if they're looking red in the face.  It keeps you cool!  On top of makeup, it works just like the M.A.C. Fix +... except it's organic!  LOVE!

Daily Hand Cream: (90ml, $39.95 - not pictured in photo) One thing I really love about this hand cream is the simple packaging.  I get lots of questions when I use this hand cream out and about!  I suppose people are curious about the brand.  As an actual hand moisturiser, it is a good hydrating cream that is lightweight and does not leave my hands feeling greasy.  One thing I wish it did have was sunscreen, but I find that  hand creams that do contain sunscreen tend to leave a greasy film on my hand, or make it feel sticky.  So I'm not too upset by that minor fact.  Hand creams are a staple in my handbag, and so far this is my favourite hand cream.

Tinted Day Care Cream: (50ml, $59.95 - not pictured in photo) This is the only product in the range that I wasn't a fan of.  It is a tinted moisturiser that contains a little bit of sun protection (from zinc oxide).  I don't mind it, but I don't love it.  It looks great on the skin (very natural, slight coverage) and doesn't irritate my skin or anything, but I do have problems with the application.  It tugs at my skin terribly, unless I use a lot.  Which I don't want to do, because then it looks too obvious on my skin.  A thin layer looks best, but everytime I apply this it just feels like it dries too quickly.  I have tried both using a mist beforehand and not, and either way I still felt the tug.  Because of that, I don't like to use it.  But when I do use it, once it's on, I really do like it.  If it dried less quickly and didn't tug, I would use it more often.

Vitamin Enhanced Lip Balm: (6.5ml, $24.95) Not only does this lip balm look so cute in its beautiful green pot, it is also an awesome multi-tasker!  I don't really like lip balms where you have to dig for the product with your fingers, but I make an exception for this one.  It keeps my lips moisturised for so long.  I apply this in the morning, go out and have lunch, and I still don't feel like I need to reapply it.  It gives a great transparent gloss to your lips and has no obvious taste or scent.  If I have flyaways, I'll apply it to my hair to keep them at bay.  If I'm in a waiting room and I'm bored, I'll apply this to my cuticles.  If I have a dry spot somewhere on my face or body, I'll just pat some of this stuff onto it.  This is my all time favourite lip balm.  I love a lot of lip balms, but this one takes the cake!

There are a few other products that I use from the range, such as the mask and scrub, but I haven't used it long enough or consistently enough to form an opinion of just yet.  However, once I do I will be sure to review them also!

Kora Organics can be purchased online at their website www.koraorganics.com, which is the cheapest option.  They are also sold at David Jones and Terry White Chemist.  I'm not sure about the prices at Terry White, as the have only recently started stocking the Kora Organics range, but at David Jones the prices are atrocious.  They have jacked up the prices so much since the new packaging launched!  E.g: Online, the Hydrating Day & Night Cream is $59.95.  In store, it's just under $72!  What the?!  How do they justify that?  Grrrr!  I used to buy from DJ, but from now on I will just be ordering the products online.  Kora Organics has a great range, with products that work very well and while a little on the pricey side, I believe that you get what you pay for.  For certified organic products, it's not too bad.  And if it works, it is definitely worth it.  What will you be putting on your face tonight?

18 comments:

  1. I want to try this out for myself. My skin is super sensitive but I think this is something that would work for me. :) you write great reviews!

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  2. I had no clue that Miranda Kerr had her own skin line. Thanks for this information. Great review too. You're very thorough and honest :)

    I use my Yes To moisturizers at the moment :)

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  3. Thank you so much for this review, I've been considering switching to a organic skin care range and wasn't sure about Kora. This was very helpful! Chanel tinted moisturiser has been my favourite so far btw.

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  4. I am on my 3rd month of using kora and my skin has broken out so bad! I dont want to leave the house! At first I thought it was working because the red marks were starting to fade but then pimples started popping up everywhere! So it unfortunaley doesnt agree with me :( If you have normal skin and are lucky enoug not to be prone to breakouts then i would say it would be great for you, it does make the skin shine and they products are lovely. Just BEWARE if you are getting this product to help with your acne.

    Its worth a try becuase everyones skin is differnet, just didnt work for me, Ive now gone back to oil-free products.

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    1. Yes, I'm fortunate not to break out due to oil but I recently had a patch test & I could be allergic to certain essential oils so I now have to find a product that is natural AND doesn't contain essential oils :(

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  5. Great Post! I ordered the set for normal to dry skin and i love it so far!
    http://h-bsch.blogspot.co.at/2012/06/kora-organics-my-thoughts-1-week.html

    xo
    K.

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  6. Hey, just a tip with the tinted moisturiser, firstly - moisturise your face as normal and while its still wet on your face, squirt some tint on your hand with a squirt of normal moisturiser and blend them together before applying. Helps to spread it evenly and stops it from drying out before you do! I use it every day and that tip has helped a lot!

    Thanks

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  7. Finally! I found it. The hydrating mask in Kora range is something I was looking for a year since the line I was using before discontinued their product.
    The mask that I wanted was for a sensitive/ dry skin, that cools when I apply it, does not dry on my face over time, and washes off beautifully with a little water. It dies not fiam when washing off, and I'm over the moon. I thought I would never find anything even similar to what I was using before (I'm a bit picky) but this mask blows my mind and I'm ready to try other products in Kora range.
    What's more, the price is qiute reasonable considering it is an organic product. Wow.

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  8. As the person said a few comments above, be super AWARE that the day/night moisturiser can cause red pimple like spots ALL OVER your face!!
    After only one week of using it my face is so bad im embarrassed to leave the house! (and my skin rarely ever gets pimples)

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  9. The wonderful product I would have to say is the Pure Rosehip oil to use during the night. A lot of the products are very overpriced. My skin did break out with the cleansers and creams a skin specialist advised me its over nourishing the skin with to many essential oils. I was buying the rosehip oil 44.95 for 15ml which is a big rip off Its the name I was paying for. Then at the chemist exactly same product for 50ml 29.95 which is definitely more value for money.

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    1. Also I must say the worst product out of the whole range would have to be the tinted moisturiser because its too dark and thick and does not apply with even coverage even when I used kora moisturiser with it. Ive saved lots not buying Kora. Very overated the line. Is not value for money and does not last long.

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  10. I have been using the cream cleanser, cream exfoliator and clay mask for about 2 weeks, and my skin has broken out so bad. I had previously been using pro active (had experienced acne breakouts around a year ago and cleared up quickly with pro active) so I thought it would be a good time to move to natural, organic products.

    My skin feels softer but I have broken out mainly around my cheeks and chin area. From big tender pimples to heaps of tiny congested ones. Im wondering if its my skin getting rid of all the toxins, but I'm scared to keep going with this product. has this happened to anyone else??

    please help!!

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    1. my break outs are also heaps of little bumps! I have never had this before!

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  11. i have also broken out around the side of my face down to my kneck. i have NEVER had problem skin before! I didn't realise that it was this product until I started doing some research and found out that so many others are having the same problem. I'm so disappointed as I was so excited about this product, however now I am on the way to having acne!

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  12. My skin has broken out terrible after using Kora for just under a week. So dissapointed but I think I need to stop using it. I have big pimples and little ones on my chin and lower cheeks.

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  13. its probably because you re allergic. its all organic so there are no fake stuff so your skin may be allergic

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  14. Try mixing the Tinted Day Cream with a little bit of the Hydrating Day & Night Cream. You'll find it doesn't "tug" at your skin and you'll get a smooth coverage.

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