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8.04.2016

Get Your Glow On With Okoko Cosmetiques

How I love the summer, but the constant exposure to the sun definitely takes a toll on my skin, which is why I have been counting on Okoko Cosmetiques to get my glow on.
This new kid on the block is an all-natural luxury skincare line from Canada, and the name Okoko is an amalgam of the founder's first name Oyeta and her last name Kokoroko, which when combined refers to a holistic blend of physical, mental, and spiritual well-being and encapsulates what the brand is about.

There is no greater testimony than the woman herself, and it's hard to imagine that Oyeta once struggled with acne, blemishes, dark spots and dull skin. It was through embracing a balanced diet and overhauling her personal care products that she was able to heal her skin, and she decided to pursue her passion by taking classes on naturopathic medicine and skincare formulation and created Okoko as a result-oriented line.
A believer in beauty with a conscience, Oyeta's products are formulated with high-quality exotic and socially conscious ingredients carefully sourced from all over the world, hand-blended in small batches to bring out your skin's natural radiance. As a woman-owned small business, Okoko is also committed to empowering communities by offering economic opportunities to other women-led businesses and initiatives while breaking stereotypes of who or what beauty looks like.
I have been testing a couple of Okoko products over the last two months, and her products truly represent the best of eco-chic skincare and I am so excited to be finally sharing my thoughts with you!
Of all her products, the Skin Brightening L'ÉLIXIR DE CLARTÉ (the clarifying elixir) caught my eye first, described as a versatile beauty booster crafted to promote radiance and a healthy-looking glow. The clarifying formula contains 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acids naturally derived from the citrus extracts, which acts as a gentle exfoliant by loosening the outer layer of the epidermis to allow the removal of the dead skin cells, revealing a fresh layer of healthier skin. Enriched with 20 active ingredients and plant extracts like green tea, licorice, bearberry and seaweed, the product also contains Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate as a stable form of Vitamin C to protect and brighten the skin and Hyaluronic Acid to plump and lift the face. 

I have been using this as a toner in the final step in my cleansing routine and it also does a wonderful job of removing the last bits of makeup and dirt from my face. It leaves my skin feeling smooth and soft without drying it out, and the subtle vanilla scent is soothing to the senses. It does take a week or two for your skin to 'purge' itself, so don't be surprised if like me, you don't see any difference at first. I have been using this consistently over many weeks and it has reduced the pigmentation on my cheeks and given me a more even skin tone. 

Ingredients: *Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Water (and) Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit/Leaf Extract (and) Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract (and) Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract (and) Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract (and) Acer Saccharinum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, **Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, *Glycerin, **Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, **Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf Extract, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Fucus Vesiculosus Extract, Citric Acid, Salix Nigra (Black Willow) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, *Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Oleoresin, Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, *Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot fcf) Fruit Oil
* Certified Organic  ** Made using organic ingredients
Facial Treatment LA BOUE DE BEAUTÉ ($57.25)

The Facial Treatment LA BOUE DE BEAUTÉ (the beauty mud) has been such a lovely treat for my skin this summer, with a base of kaolin, rhassoul and Montmorillonite clays providing detoxification and exfoliation qualities and a blend of powerful antioxidants like raw cacao, chlorella, spirulina and turmeric working synergistically to fight free radicals and reduce signs of aging. The bright scent bouquet of ylang ylang, geranium rose, lavender and orange over a base note of patchouli will linger long after the mask has been removed, so make sure you breathe in deep to maximize the aromatherapy benefits.

The mask can be used both as a facial treatment and spot treatment, and I like to mix mine with equal part raw organic honey and leave on for up to 45 minutes before I wash it off with warm water. Honey is a staple in my medicine cabinet for its antibacterial and glow-inducing properties, but you can also use filtered water, hydrosol or yoghurt. Applying this 2-3 times a week is enough for you to boost a dull complexion, but it is also gentle enough for daily use if you wish. 
Ingredients: Kaolin, Moroccan Lava Clay (Rhassoul Clay), Montmorillonite, Ascorbic Acid, *Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Sodium Chloride (Himalayan Pink Salt), **Theobroma Cacao (Raw Cacao), Sodium Bicarbonate, Allantoin, *Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root, *Chlorella Vulgaris (Algae) Extract, *Spirulina Platensis (Algae) Extract, *Ascophyllum Nodosum (Seaweed) Extract, Bambusa Arundinacea (Bamboo) Stem Extract, *Rosa Centifolia (Pink Rose) Leaf Extract, *Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, *Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Leaf Extract, *Curcuma Longa (Turmeric), *Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil, *Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, *Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, *Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Oil, *Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium Rose) Oil 
* Certified Organic  ** Fair Trade Certified

Handmade Treatment Bowl ($19.52) and Vegan Brush ($11.71)
My Okoko ritual would not have been complete without the Handmade Treatment Bowl and Vegan Brush. The limited edition bowl is made by a professional potter in Montreal and fired with a logo in real gold finish and the vegan brush made with the softest synthetic bristles, and together they allow for the mask to be blended and applied with ease, creating a luxurious yet affordable home spa experience.
Oyeta was also generous enough to send me a travel size of the Radiance oil LES 16 PRÉCIEUX™ as well as a sneak preview of the Red Melting Mask Balm, both of which I have been incorporating into my nightly routine and am absolutely loving. I will prepare another review if I get my hands on the full-sized products, but needless to say Okoko has a new fan in me!
What do you think about Okoko Cosmetiques?
What product would you most like to try?
* The Okoko Cosmetiques products in this post were kindly provided for consideration, however all opinions expressed are my own. This post also contains some affiliate links.

2 comments

  1. What a nice review! I saw beutybypurita on instagram also did a review of the L'Elixir de Clarte and it sounds like an amazing product!

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    1. Hi Steph! It's a product that encompasses the idea of slow beauty and I think you will really enjoy it :)

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