In the past few months Miranda Kerr who is the brains behind this brand has appeared in numerous magazines promoting this product range.
So I thought I would do a review on my favourite Kora Organics product.
The Kora Organics Clay Purifying Mask.
History of Clay
The aim of the product is in its name. It is used to purify your skin by drawing out the toxins. Upon doing some research I discovered that clay is described as a ‘nanomaterial’ and is used for both industrial and commercial use. The first recording of using clay was in Cyprus and Greece over 5000 years ago for bleaching fleece and clothes. In China it has been used for ceramics, cosmetics and beauty treatments and medicine. The ancient Egyptians used ‘red ochre’ (a tinted clay mixture) which they would apply to their face to enhance their lips and cheeks. Source: http://ehu.es/sem/macla_pdf/macla9/macla9_15.pdf
So why use a clay mask?If the history lesson above doesn’t provide you with enough information some of the benefits outlined by GREEN MAKE UP of using a clay mask on your skin is;
- extremely high absorbent power (Therefore, always discard the used clay, because it accumulates damaging substances from the body.)
- antiseptic and antibacterial properties
- absorbs dirt, oil and other toxins from the skin surface
- clay acts selectively, prevents microorganism growth and stimulates the regeneration of healthy cells
- it purifies and renew the body, if you drink it for detoxification (when used internally)*
- clay attracts toxins from the body and it heals where needed (when used internally)*
- stimulates the circulation of blood and lymph
- removes dead skin cells”Source: http://greenmakeup.wordpress.com/2011/01/31/clay-a-precious-gift-from-nature/
Is it really organic?
Like everything in the Kora Organics line this mask is an Certified Organic product. Many companies state they produce ‘natural products’ which the buyer would assume that the ingredients are derived from natural sources. Now I am not saying that these products are not, I personally don’t know enough about chemicals/natural balances in skincare to provide you with a clear cut picture. However I have some firsthand experience dealing with products that are certified organic products. They go through a rigorous testing process, which is very strict and must meet the Australian Certified Organics requirements. Kora Organics is proud of achieving the requirements to meet this certification.
I also highly doubt Miranda Kerr would risk her reputation by not having it organic when she is promoting it to the cows come home.
The product has a lovely texture to it. The smell is very ‘earthy’, which is a nice change from the chemical filled masks I have been using before this one.
In terms of usage, I find that a little goes a fair way. A ten cent coin sized dollop will coat your face in a thin layer of the mask. The product directions instruct you to leave it on your skin for 5-10 minutes.
A trick for the best results from this mask is to exfoliate before application.
The overall results will depend on a number of factors such as, your skin toxin level, how long you leave the mask on, hormones and of course how frequently you use the mask.
I have used the mask at least twice a week for a period of 3 months. I can really see a difference in my skin and the results of the product. In the first month of using the product it brought out all of the toxins in my skin to the surface. This is where many people give up on a clay mask when in actual fact it is doing its job. It is a bit disheartening to see everything boil to the surface, but do not give up!The last two months of the trial have been great. My skin now feels fresh when the mask is used and there is minimal toxins coming to the surface. I think it is a good idea to ‘spring clean’ your skin as you go and then there are no nasty surprises when you start using a clay mask.
Price vs. Quantity
I purchased the product from David Jones, which is a high end retail store. People who shop in David Jones usually are purchasing high end products and the price tag associated with the products. However, there is an online option as well.
You receive 100ml worth of product for the price of $49.95 AUD. It does seem like a lot to pay for 100ml worth of product. However, this brand is up there with the best of them. Seeing that the product is organic I think the price point of this item is worthy of the hefty price tag.
Do I recommend this product?
Yes I sure do! J
It is lovely to see Miranda Kerr be the brains behind this operation. I think her line can only grow further. Her commitment to keeping all things natural and free of chemicals is proven and she has a great brand philosophy.
*This review is purely my own thoughts, I purchased this product with my own money and was not asked to do this review by any one at Kora Organics or any one affiliated with Kora Organics*