My thoughts on the Daily Ritual Kit by Kora Organics, specifically for oily/combination skin!
Firstly, apologies for the radio silence on the blog, home renovations have continued without a break here at Le Maison 5 Feet of Style. I haven’t had a chance to sit down and have a steaming hot cup of coffee, let alone write a blog post, or even dress in anything more interesting than a pair of track pants and sweatshirt. BUT I wanted to share my experience with the Kora Organics’ Daily Ritual range with you all, as it’s been my little oasis of self-care during this chaotic renovation period!
A little background first…
My Skin Type
I would describe my skin as being combination, tending towards more oily – I have a hell of a T-zone by midday, and could probably cook fried eggs off my forehead.
What I’ve Been Using
I’ve generally stuck to the products I mentioned in this post, however changed my facial moisturiser to Glow Lab (mainly because I couldn’t find my usual Neutrogena Naturals one), and added the Glow Lab facial serum and Manuka Doctors eye cream as I felt my skin needed a little extra during the winter months. I’ve also changed the Derma E facial cleanser to this one with hyaluronic acid as I found it less drying than what I used previously.
Kora Organics Daily Ritual Review
I’ve mentioned previously that I try to stick to products that are simple, organic and/or natural (and cruelty-free as much as possible), and the Kora Organics range certainly meets all these criteria. If you’re unfamiliar with Kora Organics it’s the skincare range by Miranda Kerr, and who wouldn’t want to have skin like hers?! It also uses pure, certified organic ingredients, is nasty-free (eg sulfates, parabens, silicones and other chemicals) and is all Australian made.
Given my skin type and lack of time lately I wanted a skincare routine that was simple and easy to follow, hence the Daily Ritual kit for oily/combination skin. The kit is available on the Adore Beauty website, which carries the entire Kora Organics range as well as a huge number of other organic, natural brands. (Bonus for buying on the Adore Beauty website: free shipping, free samples, AND a free Tim Tam! What’s not to love?!) The kit comes in two sizes, one with smaller trial-friendly sizes of 25-30mL, and the other with 50-100mL items once you’re happy with this 3-step system.
Here’s the Daily Rituals kit in its full glory. I went with the smaller size to try it out first.
(Apologies for the lighting – did I mention we were in the middle of renovations?!)
Step 1 is the Foaming Cleanser.
Like other SLS-free products, this cleanser doesn’t foam up as much, but it does lather enough to give the skin a good clean. If I wore makeup, I felt I needed to wash my face twice (it might be because of the low lather). I have to admit though, I didn’t like the smell – it kind of had a faint chemical scent, even though it’s made of all natural ingredients. It might be because of the sandalwood extract, which I’m not a huge fan of. Here I would say I prefer my usual Derma E cleanser.
Step 2 is the Energizing Citrus Mist.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this. It’s a refreshing follow up to the cleanser, and I also adore the smell of it. Lemongrass extract is excellent for oily skin, and combined is with the mandarin essential oil makes for an excellent toner and mist to pep up the skin throughout the day.
My favourite thing about this though? I had been using Jurlique Rosewater Mist up until my trial of this product and I was really in two minds about the fact that Jurlique isn’t really considered cruelty free. The Energizing Citrus Mist is bunny certified, so this was a big thumbs up for me. It’s also much easier to carry than the Jurlique Mist, so you can use it throughout the day when you feel your skin needs a little refresher.
Step 3 is the Purifying Moisturizer.
My ideal moisturiser is one that leaves my skin hydrated, makes me look less tired than I actually am, and doesn’t leave me looking like a greasy, oily mess by the time midday rolls around. Is that asking too much? I’ve used loads of different moisturisers to try and find this holy grail, but to no joy. If they hydrate my skin, they make me look oily; if they’re good at controlling the oil, it’s because it’s actually drying out my skin. AND I STILL LOOK TIRED.
Anyway, back to this moisturiser. This one also has a lovely citrus-y scent (thanks to the lemon extract), and while it does need to be massaged in fairly well, it does the job of moisturising my face throughout the day. I’d rate it higher than my old Neutrogena Naturals for daytime moisturising, but would prefer a heavier night cream for bedtime.
Overall I’d say the Kora Organics Daily Ritual Kit is fantastic as a portable 3-step system for travelling – they’re very light (particularly the smaller kit of course), and you really don’t need more than these when you’re on the go. This was great for when I was out of the house for almost two weeks while it was being painted! My favourite product of the three was definitely the Energizing Mist – I’d buy this again in a heartbeat. Personally I feel my skin does need a little extra help, so I’d probably bring my facial serum back in and add it with the moisturiser for the day, and use my Sukin night cream instead of the Purifying Moisturizer at night time. The facial cleanser is fine if you don’t mind the scent of sandalwood, but I like the addition of hyaluronic acid in what I was using before.
Have you used the Kora Organics range before? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!