Saturday, May 11, 2013

Dr. Alkaitis Travel Kit Review

I am finally done my advanced skin care course and can write this review (and many others)! Woohoo!

Back in March, I ordered the Dr. Alkaitis travel set from Saffron Rouge and was pretty excited about it because I love what they're about and their ingredients. They use pure, raw active plant ingredients that benefit your skin by "feeding" it. All of the ingredients are selectively chosen for their therapeutic benefits, they're certified organic, and biodynamic or ethically wild-crafted. The line doesn't test on animals, is free of chemical nasties and can be eaten. How amazing is that? Pretty amazing I'd say :).

Set Description: This Travel Kit contains the following products: 1 Mask (Organic Cellular Repair Mask is what I got)Purifying Facial Cleanser 30ml, Herbal Toner 30ml, Eye Crème 5ml, Night Crème 7ml, Day Crème 7ml, Soothing Gel 30ml, & Nourishing Treatment Oil 30ml

This Travel Kit with daily use will last anywhere from 7 to 12 days. Our products do not contain water and are quite concentrated. For instance, after using one of the crèmes, the skin should not be shiny; this is an indication that you have used too much. A rosy dewy blush is the desired result

Set retails for $51.95 CAN and can be purchased through Saffron Rouge or Dr. Alkaitis.

In order of set description above


Organic Cellular Repair Mask: This mask has enzymatic properties which helps to reveal a brighter complexion and promote cell turnover/repair. Umm, it was alright. I feel like this mask is comparable to The All Natural Face Skin Food cleansers line, even though I've never tried TANF, the ingredients are very similar. It was a nice to try and it definitely left my skin noticeably brighter and softer, but I don't think it's worth the price. I wouldn't purchase the full size.
Retails for $56.95 for 1.25oz/38g.



Organic Purifying Facial CleanserThis cleanser is supposed to deeply cleanse while still hydrate and soothe the skin. I found that it burned and dried out my skin. I tried using it morning and night, then just at night, and finally gave up altogether because it doesn't seem to want to work for me. I find it smells like the Dr. Bronner's baby (unscented) castile liquid soap, which isn't all that appealing. It does cleanse and remove most of my face makeup. I wouldn't purchase the full size.
Retails for $66.95 CAN for 120ml/4fl.oz

Organic Herbal Toner: This herbal toner is supposed to balance, calm (anti-inflammatory properties), and tone the skin. I really enjoyed  using it and it was the first product of the bunch to get used up. I enjoyed the herbal scent, how it left my skin slightly hydrated, it never burned, and it removed excess cleanser, makeup and dirt. I love toners and go through them rather quickly, especially in the summer. Because of that, I think this one is a tad expensive and therefore I wouldn't purchase the full size.
Retails for $56.95 CAN for 120ml/4fl.oz

 

Organic Soothing Gel: This soothing gel is supposed to do exactly what it says, soothe. It also has antibacterial properties which makes it ideal for use on bug bites, after waxing, acne, eczema, rosacea, etc. I wasn't sure how I felt about this in the beginning because it burned and made my face red the first few times that I used it. I actually ended up giving up on it until recently. I kept coming across amazing reviews and decided to try it again and actually stick with it for a couple of weeks. The burning stopped and I found that it left my skin nicely hydrated, calm, and helped speed up acne healing time. I don't have eczema or rosacea but I'd be a little skeptical of trying it on someone with those conditions because of how it made my face feel the first few times. Even with all that said, this is one of the products I liked the most and would consider purchasing the full size of. 
Retails for $61.95 CAN for 120ml/4fl.oz

Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil: Omgosh guys, this smells divine. It is so luxurious and amazing and I am trying not to use it up because it's expensive. It's supposed to nourish while boosting skin's elasticity and increase circulation. It can be used on the hair, body, and face. This is hands down my favourite product of the entire kit! I can't even describe the scent but it's beautiful. I've used this on my hair and face and love how it feels. My skin is always left feeling soft, hydrated, dewy, nourished, and any other word that describes healthy, touchable skin. For my hair, it leaves it so lustrous and manageable. The smell lingers which I friggen adore. Amazing oil!  I am strongly considering buying the full size, once I finish the sample, as a treat to myself.
Retails for $81.95 CAN for 120ml/4fl.oz


Day Creme: This cream/creme is apparently great for all skin types. It's supposed to bring oxygen to the skin, promote circulation, and has natural sun filters (not sure if that means no additional SPF is required). I found this moisturizer odd. It hydrated but left my skin feeling and looking greasy. When I applied less of it, I felt it didn't hydrate enough. It didn't burn or break me out but it wasn't anything special in terms of a moisturizer/cream/creme. I didn't like the smell either, which I can't explain. All of the products are herbal but no specific references come to mind. I wouldn't purchase the full size.
Retails for $66.95 CAN for 30ml/1fl./oz

Night Creme: This cream/creme is supposed to do the same thing as the day creme; oxygenates the skin and promotes circulation to leave your skin beautiful, dewy and hydrated. Again, weird product for me. I couldn't find a perfect balance in terms of how much to use. I also couldn't stand the scent either, it was stronger than the day creme and it almost reminded me of boiled meat (don't ask). I had my mom try it out, who has mature/aging/dry skin, and she also didn't enjoy it. She found it heavy or not enough. I wouldn't purchase the full size.
Retails for $66.95 CAN for 30ml/1fl.oz



Eye Creme: This eye cream is supposed to help with dark circles, puffiness and lines while protecting from environmental damage. I love this eye cream! A little goes a very long way, it hydrates, instantly plumps up fine lines and works great under concealer/makeup. I haven't noticed a difference in dark circles, I mainly have darkness on the inner corners of my eyes. I, luckily, don't suffer from puffiness so I can't speak for that claim. It is a rich cream and so I think it would be best for those with dry or mature/aging eyes all year round, and in the winter for everyone else. I would definitely consider purchasing the full size, but my sample is still pretty full.
Retails for $61.95 CAN for 15ml/.5fl/oz

Vedict: This was a great set and I'm really happy that I ordered it. It's reasonably priced for the sizes of each sample and it's a fantastic way of trying out the line before investing. There will always be products that work well and others that don't, however, we all have skin that reacts differently. I highly recommend giving this set a try if you've been eyeing the brand.

Have you tried Dr. Alkaitis before? Any fave products? 

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INGREDIENTS

Organic Cellular Repair Mask: Raspberry*, Blueberry*, Blackberry*, Oat Buds*, Grapes*, Strawberry*, Bilberry*.
*Certified organically grown.


Organic Purifying Facial Cleanser: Into Dr. Alkaitis’ Organic Castile Cleansing Base (compounded from virgin, cold pressed organic Olive*, organic Shea*, organic Jojoba*, organic Coconut*, organic Sesame*, organic Castor* and organic Borage* oils) the following ingredients are added: Distilled water, Organic Herbal Skin Repair Complex (made up of Chamomile*, Plantain*, Black Elder*, Greater Nettle*, Myrrh†, Bitter Orange*, Rosemary*, Marsh Mallow*, Benzoin†, Marigold*, True Lavender*, Sea Wrack†, and Atlantic Seaweed†). Vegetable Glycerin, Citrus seed extract, natural Vitamin A complex, natural Vitamin C complex, full spectrum natural Vitamin E complex (D-alpha, beta, gamma, delta tocopherols and tocotrienols), 100% pure Essential Oils
* Certified organically grown
† Ethically wild-crafted

Organic Herbal Toner: Into a base of organic Aloe Vera Gel*, Witch Hazel† and organic gape alcohol* (from the fermentation of organically grown grapes), the following organic and wild-crafted herbs are blended: Greater Nettle*, Wild Chamomile Flowers†, Myrrh†, European Elder blossoms*, Marsh Mallow*, French Lavender flowers*, Curacao Orange*, Benzoin†, Rosemary*, Wild Fennel†, and Balm Mint*. Grapefruit* and Lemon* extracts, Sea Oak†, Atlantic Kelp† and Pearl Moss†. Also added are natural vitamin B and Vitamin C complexes and 100% pure Essential Oils
* Certified organically grown
† Ethically wild-crafted

Organic Soothing Gel: Into a base of Organic Aloe Vera gel* and Witch Hazel† the following organic and wild-crafted herbals are blended: organic grape alcohol* (from the fermentation of organically grown grapes). Greater Nettle*, Wild Chamomile†, Myrrh†, European Orange*, Benzoin†, Rosemary*, Olibanum†, Wild Fennel†, Balm Mint*, Sea Oak†, Atlantic Kelp† and Red Seaweed†. Also added are natural vitamin B and vitamin C complexes
* Certified organically grown
† Ethically wild-crafted

Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil: Into a base of virgin cold-pressed organic oils (organic Jojoba*, St. John’s Wort*, and Andean Mountain Rose Hip Seed* oils), the following organic and wild-crafted herbals are blended: Indian Madder†, Country Sarsaparilla†, Amazon Root* and Liquorice*, Country Mallow†, Turmeric*, China Root†, Costus† and White Sandalwood†, Cuscus Grass†, Olive*, Eagle Wood†, Nut Grass†, Bermuda Grass† and Ashwagandha*. Full spectrum natural vitamin E complex (D – alpha, beta, gamma, delta tocopherols and tocotrienols). A blend of 100% pure Essential Oils
* Certified organically grown
† Ethically wild-crafted

Day Creme: Organic Aloe Vera gel*, virgin cold pressed Organic Shea butter*, Organic Herbal Skin Repair Complex (compounded from the organic herbs St. John’s Wort flowers*, Water Navelwort*, Horsetail*, Coltsfoot*, Marigold Blossoms* and Echinacea root*). Vegetable Lecithin, full spectrum natural vitamin E complex (D- alpha, beta, gamma, delta tocopherols and tocotrienols), Natural vitamin C complex, Citrus seed extracts, 100% pure Essential Oils.
* Certified organically grown.
† Ethically wild-crafted

Night Creme: Organic Aloe Vera Gel*, virgin cold pressed organic Shea butter*, Organic Herbal Skin Repair Complex (composed of the organic herbs Jojoba*, Olive*, Brier Rose blossoms†, Wild Carrot†, Echinacea root*, Coltsfoot*, Horsetail*, Water Navelwort*, Marigold blossoms*, and Roman Chamomile flowers*). Vegetable Lecithin, Citrus seed extract. Full Spectrum natural vitamin E (D- alpha, beta, gamma, delta tocopherols and tocotrienols) complex, natural vitamins A, B and C complexes, 100% pure Essential Oils
* Certified organically grown
† Ethically wild-crafted

Eye Creme: Into an Organic Aloe Vera gel* base, the following herbals are blended: Herbal Eye Renewal Complex (consisting of Wild Rose buds*, Linden blossoms*, Roman Chamomile flowers*, Quince?, St. John’s Wort blossoms*, Green Tea*, Cornflowers* and Mate*). Eye Rejuvenation and Support Complex (virgin cold pressed organic Jojoba*, Andean Mountain Rose Hip seed* and Borage* oils, and virgin cold pressed organic Shea butter*). Vegetable Lecithin, natural vitamin A, C, and full spectrum E (D-alpha, beta, gamma, delta tocopherols and tocotrienols) complexes, Citrus seed extracts.
* Certified organically grown.
† Ethically wild-crafted.

8 comments:

  1. Ha I had somewhat similar experience, I tried these before realising I had a sensitivity to jojoba so the only product that worked for me was the soothing gel. I just didn't really like the serum(toner) for some reason it is marketed as toner in US and Canada and serum in uk and Europe (our packaging is also different). I actually liked the smell of the creams, just can't use them xx

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    1. That's too bad you have a sensitivity to jojoba. I wonder if the ingredients are slightly different too. Funny how things are marketed in different countries huh?

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  2. Great review! I haven't tried anything from Dr. Alkaitis, but I've been curious about their eye cream :)

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    1. Thanks! It's really nice, I love the way it feels

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  3. What a cute little kit! I tried the cleanser full sized a while ago, I won in a competition but wasn't too fussed so didn't buy again. Should perhaps try them again now. x

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    1. I've read rave reviews about the cleanser, but I don't find it anything special. If you're going to try the brand again,the kit a go xo

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  4. I just odered some samples of an eye cream from a company on etsy that is really similar to this line. It's called Naturalogic. I'm excited to try it now because of this review, and them being similar. They are way less expensive than this brand though. That serum sounds amazing and I really want to try it.

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    1. All you green beauties find so many amazing brands on etsy. I think I need to sit down and spend an entire day stalking that site to get caught up. I'd love to hear how the eye cream works out for you!

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