I have been searching for a skin care line that is good for me, for the environment, that works, and that smells nice, without a high price tag. I came across Acure Organics on gimmethegoodstuff.org and have since tried out an entire skin care regimen of theirs. I am very pleased with their products and their company. Here are some of the reasons:
- All of their products are paraben and sulfate free
- No synthetic fragrances, their skin care line smells nice and is not overly scented
- They are affordable: a cleanser is around $12, a treatment lotion is around $20
- They are 100% natural, they don't test on animals, and are often organic and fair trade
Their Facial Toner, Facial Serum, Line Eraser, and Radical Wrinkle Complex are all amazing. The ingredients are nourishing, real (I pretty much know what everything in there is), and safe. I have used these products regularly for over 2 months and my skin responds very well to them. I don't feel like there is any residue and my skin seems healthy. I haven't noticed any wrinkles disappear, but I also to expect that from a skin care product is a bit ridiculous. There have been no negative reactions and I think the overall affect is extremely positive. I find it hard to notice dramatic affects of any skin products, but it has gotten me into a routine which seems an important part of self care, especially with a little one at home now. It feels like a spa treatment at home.
Here are the ingredients of the Seriously Firming Facial Serum to the left, notice the ingredients are all oil, nothing crazy in there. Doesn't that sound nice?
Their Balancing Rose and Red Tea Facial toner's ingredients are all organic: Rooibos, Calendula, Chamomile, Witch Hazel, Bulgarian Rose Water, and Glycerin. I know I have used glycerin soap, but it is the only ingredient that I am not as familiar with, so I looked it up. It is a simple sugar alcohol compound derived from either synthetic, plant, or animal sources. It is a humectant in skin care products - moisturizing, smoothing, healing, and protecting.
My favorite of their products is the Radical Wrinkle Complex. It smells amazing and soaks in quickly so I don't feel any greasy residue. I love it and feel that it is great for my skin. The ingredient list is impressive!
Ingredients: Acai Bery, Blackberry*, Rosehips*, Pomegranate*, Calendula*, Chamomile*, Rooibos*, Apricot Kernel Oil, Avocado Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Sweet Almond Oil, Glyceryl Stearate (vegetable derived), Jojoba Oil, Glucose (sugar), Glucose Oxidase & Lactoperoxidase (milk & sugar enzymes), Chlorella Growth Factor*, Evening Primrose Oil*, Argan Oil*, St Johnswort Oil, Olive Oil*, Gardenia Stem Cell Culture, Argan Stem Cell Culture, Shite Horehound Stem Cell Culture, Echinacea Stem Cell Culture, Probiotic, Olive Leaf Extract, CoQ10, Essential Oils of French Lavender, Red Mandarin Oil, Marjoram, Roman Chamomile, Spikenard, Xantham Gum (organic*)
Chlorella Growth Factor is a pretty awesome ingredient. You can read a bit about it on the Acure Website here.
I use the Line Eraser eye cream less, but also love it. I sometimes want to put it on my dry winter hands it feels so nourishing. It is made with 100% certified organic ingredients: Safflower Oil, Jojoba Oil, Beeswax, Argan Oil, Olive Oil, Starflower (Borage) Oil, and Essential Oils of Bulgarian Lavender and Rose.
The two face cleansers I am using are the Brightening Facial Srub and the Argan Oil and Mint Facial Cleansing Creme. I usually use the scrub when I am in the shower, feels like the best time to use it and I also like using it on my neck and torso. My skin feels soft and invigorated afterwards. Sea kelp and lemon peel granules are in the facial scrub instead of something awful like micro beads. If you haven't heard about them, you should know some products use micro beads in their exfoliants. They are minute plastic spheres that end up in the water system and do not dissolve. Here is a recent article on npr.org about their potential affect on the great lakes. Here is a list of some products that have microbeads as an ingredient including Aveeno, Clinique, Crest, and Kiehls! The only thing I don't like about the scrub is there is a thicker substance in the consistency. I don't know if this happened at the beginning or if it happens over time. It is not a big deal, but I notice it when I rub it between my fingers it is larger than the small scrub feeling here and there. Other than that I think it is a great product. The Argan Oil and Mint cleansing creme is a fine product, but I don't think it is the facial cleanser for me. My skin feels nourished and nice after, no major complaints. But I think I could use something a bit stronger and maybe with a different smell. I want to give it some more time as well, and compare it to their gel which I am going to try next.
Their Body Lotion with cocoa butter and CoQ10 is a treat. Creamy, not oily with a nice even smell. I have been using this often on my feet and legs before bed and it has been a great ritual. I use it daily on my hands. The Acure line rates between 0-2 on the Environmental Working Group site, ewg.org. I think it is a great site for help with what to buy. It can get overwhelming looking at all the ingredients and doing the research. They spell it out fairly clearly , even if I don't always know what they mean exactly because of my inexperience.
*After reaching out to Acure, they generously donated their products to me to experience and share my opinion