One of the bonuses of being a blogger is the PR samples, I’m not going to lie! I love getting to try products that I might not have necessarily picked up myself to try but have ended up loving! I am careful about which products I choose to review and have turned down a fair few that didn’t meet my green standards and even sent some back that weren’t completely natural but I received an e-mail a while ago and I couldn’t say no to it – a Facial Rejuvenating System worth £74 which is apparently loved by Victoria Beckham & Kate Moss.
Kimia got in touch with me to see if I would be interested in reviewing their “Facial Rejuvenating System*” which is a two part system consisting of an ‘Exquisite Facial Oil’ and a ‘Hydra-Activator’. Kimia are a natural skincare company based in the UK who produce a small luxury range of oils and serums using the best ingredients, extracted via a ‘secret process’ that ensures each ingredient is left in its purest and most effective form.
The Exquisite Facial Oil is a special blend of natural oils such as Witch Hazel, Cranberry Seed Oil, Marula Oil, Rosehip Oil and Sweet Almond Oil which helps to heal & repair, as well as having a powerful anti-ageing effect. I’m not that keen on the scent; it has a hint of rose to it but to me, it smells a bit like perfume rather than a blend of natural oils. It is a lovely orange shade oil and it sinks into the skin quickly. Kimia claim that in order to get the “Kimia Glow” you should apply the facial oil (every morning and night) followed by the ‘activator’ afterwards.
This is where I get a little confused…
The Hydra Activator claims to encourage absorption of the oil, drawing it deeper into the skin and allowing immediate application of make-up. It claims to encourage the removal of dead skin cells but you apply it after you use the oil. So, if I apply the oil and then follow it up with a few sprays of the hydra-activator, I don’t really understand how this is helping to draw the oil deeper into the skin. Surely it should be applied before, to prep the skin & exfoliate/get rid of dead skin cells before applying the oil?
I was confused as to how it worked so I e-mailed Laura at Kimia & asked her to explain to me how the Hydra Activator works & this was her response:
“Traditional moisturisers that come in cream or lotion form are basically a mixture of oil and water stabilised into the cream form by the addition of an emulsifier. With our system, applying the water based hydra-activator over the top of the oil and rubbing it into your skin essentially creates an unstable ‘micro-emulsion’. Not only does this help to aid the absorption of the oil (as oil and water naturally repel each other so the oil molecules are drawn deeper into your skin when the water is applied) but also it encourages the skin to take in the water molecules which it would otherwise not absorb. This contributes to the powerful hydrating effect of the system.”
I thought I would just copy exactly what Laura said in the e-mail so you can make up your own mind…
Although I work in a cake shop, I’m not one for sugar coating (aha!)…for me, this product is not worth the £74 price tag. It is a lovely product to use however it hasn’t changed my skin or particularly “wowed” me and for that kind of money, I expected it to. I would have liked it to keep my skin clear too but into the second week, my skin started to break out (not hormonal) and my skin did not look great. Sweet Almond Oil isn’t exactly the most expensive oil out there either, which is highest on the ingredients list so I don’t really understand where the price tag comes from. Also, for £74 I would have expected the oils to at least be organic. In comparison…another trusted green brand (I won’t name names) offer an Anti-Ageing Facial Oil that is 99.9% organic and contains rosehip oil, avocado oil, almond oil and Vitamin E….3 out of the 4 ingredients that are in this “Exquisite Oil”….for £16.95!
If you have money to splash out, then go for it. It’s a nice oil that sinks in quickly and my skin does feel hydrated. As I am only young I don’t need any anti-ageing so I can’t comment on that but it does feel nice to use and you can apply make-up straight after without your skin looking greasy or oily throughout the day. Its a hit and miss for me – it’s an oil that works alright but its just not worth the money in my opinion. I am going to pass this onto my mum as she is only in her mid 40’s (she doesn’t look it!) but she might reap the benefits of the anti-ageing effect much more than me…I will let you know how she gets on!
Have you tried anything from Kimia? Would you ever spend that much on something like this?
All Natural Face Oil
Prunus amygdalus dulcis oil (Sweet Almond), Hamamelis virginiana extract (Witch Hazel), Vitis vinifera seed oil (Grapeseed, Calendula officinalis oil, Rosa damascene (Rose) flower oil, Salvia sclarea oil (Clary Sage), Tocopheryl Acetate, Sclerocarya birrea (Marula), Rosa moschata (Rosehip) oil, Vaccinium macrocarpon (Cranberry) seed oil, Citrus aurantium amara (Neroli), Farnesol, Citral, Geraniol, Linalool, Limonene, Eugenol, Citronellol.
Aqua (Water), Natural Grain Alcohol, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Water, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Distillate, Alchemilla Vulgaris (Lady’s Mantle), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Distillate, Aloe Barbadensis, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Water, Melissa Offficinalis (Lemon Balm) Distillate