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6.22.2017

Art Of Organics Makes A Splash With Akar Skin This Summer

After the last few weeks of neither-here-nor-there weather in New York, I am thankful that summer is officially here. Art of Organics is helping us welcome the season with Akar Skin, a Tibetan-inspired green beauty brand that made its debut at the Indie Beauty Expo last year (and you can also read about the other incredible international brands I discovered at the event here).
Akar means 'white crystal' in Tibetan, paying homage to the Tibetan plateau where they source many of their key ingredients and reflecting the purity of their products. A stressful career in finance and a health scare had brought founder Kate Chen to Tibet, where the pristine landscape, fresh air and abundant wildlife inspired her to formulate a natural skincare line around the native ingredients, and Akar Skin has been slowly making waves in the community since.

Their products are formulated and manufactured in-house in small batches and boast of highly-concentrated formulas that are free of mineral oil, synthetic fragrances and colorants, sulfates, parabens, phenoxyethanol, silicones, PEGs, PPGs, DEA, TEA, phthalates and artificial preservatives. They also recently received EWG certification and are as clean as they can come!
The results from using Akar for the last two weeks truly speak for themselves, and I am excited to share my thoughts with you.
The Desert Rescue Face Oil is a lightweight and mildly-scented facial oil that is absorbed very quickly while working its magic on your skin. It literally feels like nothing on, making it a great choice for the summer months. 
The base is a blend of baobab oil, rich in oleic acid and antioxidants to rejuvenate the skin by improving elasticity and sealing in moisture, and jojoba oil, to enable rapid absorption and prevent pore-clogging. The plant extracts have also been carefully chosen to moisturize, soothe and heal your skin, while offering anti-aging benefits. 
Don't let the price tag scare you- the formula is so potent that you really only need 2-3 drops for your entire face, which means that this bottle is going to last you beyond the season! I have been using it during the day as a moisturizer and primer and at night as a night treatment after cleansing, and it has simplified my routine without losing efficacy. 
P/S: Founder Kate Chen also recommends mixing it with a mineral foundation for a dewy finish or a mineral shadow for a dramatic hue.
Ingredients: *Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Seed Oil, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, *Lycium Barbarum (Goji) Seed Oil, *Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Almond) Oil, *Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Fruit Extract, *Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Seed Extract, *Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, *Boswellia Carterii (Frankincense) Oil, *Santalum Spicata Wood ((Sandalwood) Oil , *Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Oil, *Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed oil, *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Limonene, Linalool
* Organic or Wildharvested
It may surprise you that the Lip Butter formula was the most difficult to perfect, but the Ruby Tint Lip Butter certainly stands out from its competition in not needing constant reapplication and being able to keep lips soft and supple for hours on end. 

Instead of relying on mineral oils for temporary hydration, the lip butter contains nutrient-rich extracts in the perfect ratio of oils to wax and delivers just the right amount of gloss in a universally-flattering shade of ruby red. The color is naturally derived from alkanet root and leaves a subtle hue on your lips, and can be worn on its own or to prime your lips before you apply your lipstick.

[Credit: Akar Skin]
Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, *Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Almond) Oil Infused with Alkanna Tinctoria (Alkanet) Root, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), *Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Seed Oil, *Lycium Barbarum (Goji) Seed Oil, *Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Fruit Extract, *Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Seed Extract, *Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, *Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil, *Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed oil, *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, d-Limonene, Geraniol
* Organic or Wildharvested
This Akar Skin duo is valued at over $122, which offers you savings of over 65% off the retail price! For $39 a month (including complimentary shipping), you will receive a carefully curated Art of Organics box with 2-4 products with a combined value of $70+, which gives you a steep discount to discover the best and most effective products in the clean beauty space. 

As a subscriber, you also get 15% of all your purchases in the online store, guaranteeing you continued savings if you want to repurchase the items you loved or try out other products from the brand.

All the photos in this post are courtesy of Art of Organics.

You can purchase the June box here, and as always you can use code NIHAOCLEANBEAUTY to get 15% off your first box!

* As a Clean Beauty Ambassador, the box in this post was kindly provided for consideration, however all opinions expressed are my own. This blog post also contains affiliate links. 

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