Monday, April 30, 2012

Acure Organics Review.

Back in March, I had mentioned that Acure Organics had sent me a cleansing gel to try with a few other products from their line that I had purchased. I didn't want to rush the review, because skin can be finicky, especially when switching to a different regimen. After using these products for six weeks, I am proud to report positive results! As I have normal to oily skin, these were the products suggested for my skin type. If you have a different skin type, you can email Acure's esthetician at esthetician@acureorganics.com regarding products and/or developing a regimen.  


Here is a breakdown of the regimen I used, and my review of each product. All photographs via Acure Organics.


Acure Organics facial cleansing gel superfruit + chlorella growth factor


Ingredients: Organic Curoxidant Blend (Organic Acai Berry, Organic Blackberry, Organic Rosehips, Organic Pomegranate, Organic Calendula officinalis, Organic Chamomile, Fair Trade Certified™ Organic Rooibos, Lauryl Glucoside (vegetable derived), Decyl Glucoside (sugar soap), Fair Trade Certified™ Organic Olive Oil, Organic Chlorella pyrenoidosa (Chlorella Growth Factor), Glucono Delta Lactone (fermented sugar), Potassium Sorbate (food grade preservative), Lemon Essential Oil, Citric Acid


I use this cleansing gel in the morning and in the evening. It has a nice, fruity scent to it, but isn't overpowering. It produces minimal lather, which I like, and doesn't make my skin feel overly dry and it doesn't leave a film on my skin. It also doesn't leave a strong scent lingering on my face, which is a plus. On days when I ran, I would use this on my whole body, because I feel this works really well, and it gentle on skin. Acure Organics donates $1 for each bottle purchased to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.


Acure Organics brightening facial scrub sea kelp + chlorella growth factor 



Ingredients: Organic Curoxidant™ Blend (Organic Acai Berry, Organic Blackberry, Organic Rosehips, Organic Elderberry, Organic Nettle Leaf, Organic Cranberry, Organic Goji Berry, Organic Raspberry, Organic Pomegranate, Organic Blueberry, Organic Calendula officinalis, Organic Chamomile, Fair Trade Certified™ Organic Yerba Mate, Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Emulsifying Wax NF (Vegetable), Fair Trade Certified™ Organic Cocoa Seed Butter, Organic Safflower Seed Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Glyceryl Stearate (vegetable derived), Lauryl Glucoside (vegetable derived), Decyl Glucoside (sugar soap), Fair Trade Certified™ Organic Olive Oil, Organic Chlorella pyrenoidosa (Chlorella Growth Factor), Glucono Delta Lactone (fermented sugar), Potassium Sorbate (food grade preservative), Organic Evening Primrose Oil, Essential oils of Sage, Lavandin, Lemongrass, Spearmint.

I was using this scrub before I began the entire Acure regimen, and I love it. You only need a little bit - squeeze out a pea sized amount, and add a drop of water. The scent is hard to explain. It reminds me of my backyard, which probably only makes sense to me, but this is another product that does not leave a lingering scent on the skin. I use this 2-3 times a week, usually on days that I run. Like my face wash, I will use this on my entire body on running days. I've also used this as a foot scrub, and it works wonders. I've had this bottle for two months, and there is still some left. Acure donates $1 to the BCRF for each bottle purchased.



Acure Organics facial toner rose + red tea

Ingredients: Fair Trade Certified™ Organic Rooibos, Organic Calendula, Organic Chamomile, Organic Witch Hazel, Organic Bulgarian Rose Water (Hydrasol), (NOP Cert. Organic) Glycerin*, Organic Chamomille and Calendula flower Extracts


The last time I used a toner, it was Sea Breeze. It smelled horrible, stung my skin, and dried my face out. This toner is nothing like anything I have used before. I actually enjoy spritzing this on my skin! Every morning, after my face is washed, I spritz this 2-3 times on my face and neck area. It feels fantastic. I let it absorb as I get ready. It smells delicious and reminds me of  a cool herbal tea. It can be used as much as you'd like, but I only use it in the morning, mostly because I never remember to spray it throughout the day. Acure donates $1 to the BCRF for each bottle purchased.


Acure Organics oil control day cream 


Ingredients: Organic Curoxidant Blend (Organic Acai Berry, Organic Blackberry, Organic Rosehips, Organic Elderberry, Organic Nettle Leaf, Organic Cranberry, Organic Goji Berry, Organic Raspberry, Organic Pomegranate, Organic Blueberry), Organic Calendula officinalis, Organic Chamomile, Fair Trade Certified™ Organic Yerba Mate, Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Emulsifying Wax NF (Vegetable), Fair Trade Certified™ Organic Cocoa Seed Butter, Organic Safflower Seed Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Glyceryl Stearate SE (vegetable derived), (Vegetable) Glycerin, Organic Sunflower Oil, Infusion of Organic Calendula Officinalis Flower in Fair Trade Certified™ Organic Olive Oil, Glucono Delta Lactone (fermented Sugar), D-Alpha Tocoperyl Acetate (Vitamin E), CoQ10, Organic Chlorella Growth Factor, Organic Evening Primrose Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Essential oils of Sage, Lavandin, Lemongrass,Spearmint. 


I use this moisturizer in the morning, after the toner has absorbed into my skin. Like the face wash, it has a faint fruity scent, and 2 squirts is more than enough for liberal application to the face and décolleté (a fancy term for your neck/neckline/chest area, which has thin skin that often gets neglected). I don't get greasy throughout the day with this, although I did for the first few days when I started using it - like I said earlier, my skin needed to adjust to the new products. The only downfall to this product? No SPF! For each bottle sold, $1 is donated to Bright Pink, and Acure also donates 5% to provide free mammograms to at risk women.


Acure Organics argan oil 
Ingredients: 100% Organic Argania spinosa (argan) oil.


Out of all of the Acure products, this is my absolute favorite. I use this on my face every night after I wash with the cleansing gel, but this has a plethora of uses. I use this thrice weekly as a body moisturizer, I use this in my hair to keep frizzies at bay, a cuticle moisturizer, and bug bite soother. My skin and hair have never looked and felt better, and I attribute it to argan oil. While argan oil might smell a bit different, it reminds me of a faint version of olive oil, but have no fear - the smell goes away. I'm almost done with my bottle, but one ounce over a six week period isn't too bad! For each bottle sold, $1 is donated to Bright Pink, and Acure also donates 5% to provide free mammograms to at risk women.

The Acure Organics products are inexpensive, especially for an organic line ($3.99 - $29.99). If you only buy one product of theirs, I urge you to buy the argan oil. Its only $14.99 a bottle, which is a steal. Josie Maran charges $14 for a 0.5 ounce bottle and John Masters Organics charges $38 for a two ounce bottle. Plus, you will also be helping a worthy cause. Acure also has a hair and body line, which I'm dying to try out. I own their unscented body lotion, which was my first Acure product, but I'd love to sample their other scents.




Do you use natural and/or organic beauty products? Have you tried argan oil before? Any thoughts and feedback are encouraged! 

5 comments:

  1. Hi! I stumbled upon your blog on Instagram while searching tags for organic skincare lines I want to try. I've got two products from Juice Beauty that I absolutely love, but since organic is expensive, I've been on the hunt for something tried and true that will be good on my skin and that I don't have to waste money on trying out to find out I don't like it. I mean, you can't put a price on beauty but it sure does hurt my wallet. Anyways I've been dying to try Pangea, One Love, Acure and more Juice Beauty! I'm super glad I found your blog because it helped me decide what I'll be purchasing next. I currently own Juice Beauty's SPF 15 moisturizer from their Green Apple line as well as the Green Apple cleansing gel. I love these products so much! Mostly because they're organic and I refuse to put toxic chemicals on my skin. Anyways, I still need a night cream, scrub, bar soap/body wash and body lotion. I recently splurged and bought one of the Pangea bar soaps and Acure shampoo/conditioner (blue bottle) and I can't wait til they come in the mail! I'm honestly a firm believer that if you won't put something IN your body, why on earth would you want to put it ON your body? 
    I do have a question though. What is your take on toners in general? I'm not really sure of the necessity nor the importance because I've always heard that a good moisturizer negates the use of a toner. But I'd like to hear what you think of them! If they're necessary, useful and worthwhile.

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    1. Hi, Laurette!

      Glad you found me. I feel the same way you do - I try and keep my eating/beauty regimen as clean as possible (although I'm not perfect + chocolate ice cream is my weakness, haha).

      Regarding toners: I have skin that can get super oily in spots. The toner I got actually feels more like a refreshing water mist. I only use a bit, but it makes my skin feel super soft + hydrated. Since I started the regimen, the oily spots are virtually gone. For the price that the bottle is + how long it has lasted, I am sticking with it.

      Here are a few suggestions for products you're still looking for:

      Try Acure's argan oil for night cream - that is what I use, and I'm telling you, its the best thing ever. Its the most versatile product I've found. For a face scrub, try what I use. I used to use St. Ives + Burt's Bees, both of which left my face feeling like there was a film on it. For body scrub, I sometimes use my face scrub, because its easy to use it all in the shower. When I go out + purchase an actual body scrub, I use Skinny Skinny, which you can get at Spirit Beauty Lounge (http://www.spiritbeautylounge.com/skinny-skinny-organic-black-coffee-body-scrub.html). It feels like there is something left on your skin, but its oils, so thats a good thing. For soap, I really like Dr. Bronner's. I get the big bottle + it lasts forever. They have a variety of scents, but I just go for the original. Its not fancy, but it works + doesn't dry my skin out. For lotion, I use Acure's cocoa butter + coq10 lotion. On days when I want really hydrate my skin, especially after shaving, I'll use the argan oil on my body, let it absorb, then put the lotion on. I usually wait 15 minutes after that, then get ready. In the summer, I use extra virgin coconut oil on my arms + legs as a moisturizer - that works wonders, too.

      Have you read the book, No More Dirty Looks? I think you'd like it!

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  2. Great review. I'm officially sold on Acure organics since I've had alot of their products collecting dust in one of my iherb wish lists screaming "Just give us a go already!" I have really dry skin so I hope their products for dry skin really work for me like yours did for you. Plus their prices are great! Thanks for the review.

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    1. Thanks for reading! Also keep an eye on drugstore.com - they often have 20% coupons, which apply to Acure Organics products. :)

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  3. I love love love the acure line! I really like their toner and facial masks! I order mine from iherb.com because its the cheapest place I've found. If you used the code MTP899 you get free shipping and $10 off you order of $60 or more...$5 off for $40 or more and free shipping too.

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