Last year I purchased a few KORA Organics skin care items. Time for a review! What makes KORA Organics special, except for the Tiffany blue packaging? Find out after the jump!
KORA Organics was founded in 2009 by Australian supermodel Miranda Kerr. The range consists of 100% Australian-made (manufactured in Melbourne) skin and body care. Before Kerr began working as an international model, she was studying nutrition and health psychology: her interest of healthy living led to founding an organic skin care range. According to Kerr, the products are examples of what she was always looking for but couldn’t find.
Now, what is it that sets KORA Organics apart? Apparently, Kerr is a fanatic fan of ”noni extract”, an ingredient derived from the morinda citrifolia tree which is praised for its healing properties. Products are never tested on animals, and twenty of the twenty-one products are vegan.
All of this information convinced me to order a few products on their website last year: the Purifying Day & Night Cream, Balancing Rose Mist, and Luxurious Rosehip Oil.
First up for review, the Purifying Day and Night Cream:
A light-weight daily moisturiser blended with natural and organically grown plant extracts of Grapefruit, Mandarin and Green Tea that help to control excess oil while providing the skin with optimum hydration. Vitamins A, C and E are combined with botanical extracts of organic Licorice and Noni for additional antioxidant protection.
I used this cream every morning and night for longer than a month, and I am not impressed with this product. The cream smells divine (all of the products do), but it doesn’t give me enough moisture. It’s very easy to apply, sinks in straight away and leaves a matte finish. However, for my combination skin, it’s too light. I would say that this is a moisturizer that would be much better for oily to very oily skin. The good thing is that it didn’t break me out at all, and you get a lot of product as well for the price. However, I sent an email to KORA for an exchange, after looking at their Hydrating Day and Night Cream, to which they never replied (bummer!).
Ingredients: Camellia sinensis (Green Tea), Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender), Matricaria chamomilla (recutita – Chamomile),Glycyrrhiza glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Glycerin, Cetyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Palmitate, Morinda citrifolia (Noni Fruit) Extract, Xanthan Gum, Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, d-alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Soyabean derived Natural Vitamin E), Carrageenan, Santalum spicatum(Sandalwood) Oil, Citrus reticulata (Mandarin) Oil, Citrus paradisi (Grapefruit) Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Sodium Hyaluronate, Lecithin (GMO free), Citrus aurantium ssp. bergamia (Bergamot) Oil, Potassium Hydroxide, Beta Carotene, Olea europaea (Olive) Oil, Sodium chloride (Macrobiotic Sea Salt), Aqua (Water), Limonene, Linalool.
Balancing Rose Mist
A replenishing and nourishing facial mist with the added benefits of organically grown Rose, Noni, Aloe and Hibiscus. This unique combination provides the skin with antioxidant protection known widely to assist in supporting the skin’s own collagen production.
I love this product. I used this toner twice a day, morning and night, after cleansing my face. It leaves a dewy finish on your face and therefore it’s great to use after makeup application or throughout the day, what I usually use it for. One thing I have to point out is that the cap of the bottle is screwed very firmly and you really need to pull it off STRONGLY. It’s not a problem at home at all, but when you’re on the go… It can get a bit awkward.
Ingredients: Rosa damascena (Rose) Flower Water, Rosa centifolia (Rose), Hibiscus sabdariffa (Hibiscus) Extract, Alcohol, Parfum (Natural), Sodium PCA, Glycerin, Morinda citrifolia (Noni Fruit) Extract , Polyglycerol-10 Isostearate, Aloe barbadensis(Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Malpighia glabra (Acerola Cherry Powder), d-alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Soyabean derived Natural Vitamin E), Glyceryl Caprylate, Maltodextrin, Sodium chloride (Macrobiotic sea salt ), Lactic Acid, Aqua (Water)
As you can see, it does contain alcohol and fragrance, but both didn’t cause any irritation on my skin. However, if your skin is sensitive, you may want to skip this product.
Luxurious Rosehip Oil
A carefully blended powerful treatment oil combining Noni Extract, Organic Rosehip Oil, Jasmine, Sea Buckthorn, Rose and Pomegranate Oils for the ultimate skin treatment. KORA Organics Luxurious Rosehip Oil provides the skin with a rich source of antioxidants and essential fatty acids. Essential fatty acids main function is their ability to counteract the drying effects of sun exposure and other environmental influences that lead to signs of aging and age related skin damage.
The rosehip oil is one of KORA’s star products and Kerr’s favourite product as well. The oil spreads out easily and takes quite a while to absorb. Unfortunately, this is not the right product for my skin. Whereas the Purifying cream is too light, this is too heavy. I can definitely recommend this facial oil to anyone with dry skin. It’s easy to dispense, you only need a small amount and the moisture is top notch. I truly wish this product would have been suitable for my skin.
Ingredients: Rosa eglentaria (Rose Hip) Oil, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Punica granatum (Pomegranate) Oil, d-alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Soyabean derived Natural Vitamin E), Morinda citrifolia (Noni Fruit), Hippophae rhamnoides(Seabuckthorn) Oil, Rosa damascena (Rose) Oil , Jasminum officinale (Jasmine) Oil, geraniol, citronellol, linalool, benzyl benzoate, eugenol
- Purifying Day and Night Cream – AU $59.95
- Balancing Rose Mist – AU $39.95
- Luxurious Rosehip Oil – AU $49.95
Is KORA Organics worth the hype? Yes and no. KORA Organics is a lovely, cruelty-free luxury brand that has a lot to offer. However, choose wisely on which products you purchase. For me, their skin care hasn’t done a lot in terms of improving it, except for the Rose Mist. Therefore I would still like to try KORA once more: especially their Exfoliating Cream, Foaming Cleanser and Clay Mask intrigue me. I wish KORA would sell sample sachets, as it makes it way easier to find out what suits your skin. Also, they offer a range of body care that I haven’t tried yet.
Have you tried any products by KORA Organics?