Saturday, January 03, 2015

Brand Focus: Odylique (Welcome to North America!)

I've heard so much about Odylique, over the past year, from several of my favourite UK bloggers (mostly Sugarpuffish) and was extremely excited to find out that they would now be available in North America. I had the opportunity to try out the *Lemon Butter Hand Smoothie*Repair Lotion, and *Gentle Herbal Shampoo
Margaret, Essential Care’s founder, created our organic skincare from only the finest natural and organic ingredients and no irritant synthetic chemicals. She originally set out to make face skin care for her own very dry, sensitive skin. Over the years she has added organic face products to suit all sensitive skin types from oily to dry. 
‘Odyl’ means a ‘power of nature’, so Odylique is a very fitting name for what we create: truly effective high-performance skin care that reflects ‘the genius of nature’. 
Through helping so many of you with skin problems over the last decade we understand the importance of selecting the best bits of nature, providing a truly hypoallergenic range that is free from common allergen tree nut oils, soy, wheat or dairy (as well as parabens, petrochemical and sulphates). 
Read more here.

I love me a good hand cream, especially in the winter time when my hands get insanely dry from the cold and constant washing, and this *Lemon Butter Hand Smoothie ($25/2 fl. oz.) is absolutely lovely. It contains a bunch of skin loving ingredients, such as cocoa butter, avocado oil, coconut oil and sea buckthorn. It has a very fluid texture, almost like a milk, but is extremely nourishing and moisturizing without feeling greasy. I keep this baby on my nightstand to use before bed and find my hands feel so good whenever I apply it. I'm not fond of the scent, smells more like lemongrass than fresh lemons, but it's grown on me and dissipates quickly.

Of the three products, the *Repair Lotion ($23/2 fl. oz. or  $38 for 6.8 fl. oz.) is my favourite! It has the same fluid texture as the hand smoothie but feels slightly more moisturizing. It works especially well on my face, without causing irritations or breakouts, and has virtually no scent. When my skin is super, super dry, it's not enough, but on good days it definitely is. I usually apply an oil first, then this lotion, or sometimes I'll mix the two. I've been using it morning and night, for several months, and it's maaaaybe about half way through. Like the hand smoothie, it contains beautiful skin loving ingredients such as, raw shea butter, calendula, and aloe. I would highly recommend this lotion.

I was most excited to try the *Gentle Herb Shampoo ($20/6.8 fl. oz.), mainly because Sarah (Sugarpuffish) and I have similar hair and hair needs, but it fell short for me. As I've mentioned many times before, I have fine (but lots of), straight hair with seborrheic dermatitis on my scalp (since I was a baby). This shampoo did not work for me at all. It has an impressive list of ingredients and virtually no scent, but left my hair feeling weighed down, greasy, and my scalp super itchy. That being said, given how many people like this shampoo and my scalp situation, I'd recommend trying it for yourself.

Odylique has definitely left me wanting to try more of their products. I love that the packaging is easy to travel with, their ingredients list is minimal, and there are no overwhelming fragrances. Whether you have allergies, sensitive skin, or are just looking to try something new, Odylique is worth giving a go.

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*Products provided for review consideration. All opinions are entirely my own.

Hand Smoothie Ingredients: Aqua, Cocos nucifera oil*, Theobroma cacao seed butter*, Persea gratissima oil*, Helianthus annuus seed oil*, Glycerine**, Cetearyl alcohol, Hippophae rhamnoides fruit extract*, Aloe barbadensis leaf juice powder*, Rosmarinus officinalis leaf extract*, Cetearyl glucoside, Citrus limon peel oil*, Cymbopogon citratus oil*, Pelargonium graveolens oil*, Vanilla planifolia bean extract*, Lactic acid, Sodium anisate, Sodium lauroyl lactylate, Sodium levulinate, Xanthan gum, citral*, geraniol*, limonene* & linalool* (in the essential oils)
*Organically grown & produced (total 93% of product) **Organic origin

Repair Lotion Ingredients: Aqua, Olea europaea fruit oil*, Stellaria media extract*, Butyrospermum parkii butter*, Chamomilla recutita flower extract*, Calendula officinalis flower extract*, Cetearyl alcohol, Rosmarinus officinalis leaf extract*, Aloe barbadensis leaf juice powder*, Hypericum perforatum flower extract, Cetearyl glucoside, Glyceryl caprylate, Phenethyl alcohol, Xanthan gum
*Organically grown/produced (min. 95% of product)

Gentle Herb Shampoo Ingredients: Aqua, Coco glucoside, Cocos nucifera oil*, Sodium lauroyl lactylate, Aloe barbadensis leaf juice powder*, Chamomilla recutita flower extract*, Equisetum arvense extract*, Rosmarinus officinalis leaf extract*, Urtica dioica extract*, Glycerine**, Lecithin*, Alcohol*, Levulinic acid, P-anisic acid, Sodium levulinate, Xanthan gum.
*Organically grown & produced, **Organic origin (70%)


  1. Sorry to hear that the shampoo didn't work out for you, my Dad hasn't been able to tolerate it either so you are not alone. I also like the repair lotion I find it's great in the summer when I want something lighter on my eczema/skin.

    1. Interesting how it works so incredibly well for some, and horribly for others...especially since the incredients are lovely. Xo

  2. I've been loving the hand smoothie this winter! Curious about the repair lotion now too :)

  3. I've tried the shampoo as well, I found it okay but used it in conjunction with another shampoo and it is a bit pricey over here in the UK so I didn't rush out to buy it again, I didn't find anything massively wrong with it, just wasn't blown away either.
    Rach xx

    1. Good to know! If you're going to invest in a shampoo, it needs to be really good..not just mediocre xo

  4. I tried their Tea Tree shampoo and I wasn't wowed by it either, shame as the ingredients are great! Love the sound of the moisturiser though. I'd definitely recommend the Spot on Serum! x

    1. I'll add the spot on serum to my growing odylique wishlist! xo


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