Raw Kaya Organics

by Samantha MacKenzie

Over the last month, I have been trialing a new skincare range by Raw Kaya Organics, an Australian natural skincare brand. There are 2 different ranges within the brand to choose from – Mandarin & Honeysuckle for normal to combination skin, or Rose & Cinnamon for all skin types. There is also a Coffee & Lychee Seed Scrub which can be used in conjunction with both of the ranges.

My skin is quite sensitive and prone to dryness and dehydration, so I tried out the Rose & Cinnamon range. Below I will review each of the 4 products and follow up with my thoughts overall.

Cream Cleanser (RRP$34AUD)

On the Bottle 

‘A luxurious creamy cleanser for normal to dry, and mature skin.

I’m packed with natural, organic ingredients that have antibacterial and balancing properties like honeysuckle, white oak bark and calendula flower. I’ve also got a combination of apricot kernel oil, cinnamon and avocado oil to help hydrate and tone your skin. Use me and it will feel like you’ve just been washed by Barry White’s voice, that’s how delectably smooth I am.’

My Thoughts – I usually find that a cream cleanser is quite thick and a little too much for my skin. With this one though, it was so light and felt great on the skin. When I removed with water, my skin was left feeling smooth and more hydrated.

Toner (RRP$33AUD)

On the Bottle – ‘Slow down and smell the roses.

A wonderfully balancing and pore-refining toner for all skin types. You will find in me the timeless symbol of Cupid’s love, roses, to soften and balance your skin. More to the point, underneath my bamboo helmet I’m packed with active ingredients including MSM, witch hazel, thyme and cinnamon to help restore pH balance, tighten your pores and protect your skin. MSM primarily works to help reduce oxidative stress by assisting with the production of antioxidants, helping to keep skin, hair and nails healthy. MSM also forms part of keratin and collagen, which are vital to radiant skin. I’ll also provide anti-inflammatory and rejuvenating effects to give smoother, fresher-looking skin. Let me guide your senses to a secluded rose garden in a spring sun shower.’

My Thoughts – First of all, this has some amazing ingredients in it! And the fact that it has that anti-inflammatory factor – fantastic for mornings or after a rough day. Using after the cleanser, it definitely reduces the appearance of my pores. My skin did also feel that little bit softer. However, I found the scent a little too much for me.

 

Moisturiser (RRP$32AUD)

On the Bottle – ‘A luxurious creamy moisturiser for normal to dry, and mature skin. I’m packed with antioxidants and active ingredients of MSM, avocado and jojoba oil to help replenish and restore your skin, giving it renewed radiance and deep absorbing hydration. MSM primarily works to help reduce oxidative stress by assisting with the production of antioxidants, helping to keep skin, hair and nails healthy. MSM also forms part of keratin and collagen, which are vital to radiant skin. Not to be left out, I also brought vigna aconitifolia (moth bean) seed extract to the party, and we’ll help to actively renew your cells all day and night long.’

My thoughts – This feels absolutely beautiful on the skin. I couldn’t believe how soft and hydrated my skin looked. It actually had a slight glow. Even washing it off didn’t take away from that feeling. This is a standout among the products I tried!

 

Scrub (RRP$23AUD)

On the Bottle – ‘Who needs a morning coffee pick-me-up when you have me? I’m an uplifting face scrub for all skin types and I pack the punch of 300 Spartan warriors! My active ingredients of MSM, lavender, rosemary and white oak bark help to deeply cleanse, replenish and restore your skin, while my crushed lychee seeds and freshly ground Byron Bay coffee will tantalise your nose buds and buff away tired-looking skin. MSM primarily works to help reduce oxidative stress by assisting with the production of antioxidants, helping to keep skin, hair and nails healthy. MSM also forms part of keratin and collagen, which are vital to radiant skin and anti-ageing.’

My Thoughts – This does what it claims. It exfoliates the skin well, removing dead skin cells and any dry, flakey skin. For those with sensitive skin, I would suggest skipping this step. Just because it is quite a harsh scrub due to the coffee seed. For those with normal skin, twice a week is all you need.

Overall, I think these products are great. If you can find a product that is all natural, not overly expensive and works… you can’t go wrong. I personally love the product packaging, especially the pump bottles on the cleanser and moisturiser. Besides being very hygienic, you can recycle the bottle for other products you have at home.

As with everything, we all react differently. I suggest patch testing each product before applying to the face to avoid any problems. If you are highly sensitive to scent, the Rose & Cinnamon may not be for you.

For more information on Raw Kaya Organics please check out www.rawkayaorganics.com

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