The Odacité serum concentrates makes the two parts of me so very happy: the plant-based beauty lover and the science-junkie. Not only do I get to spoil my skin by the very best organic and cold-pressed virgin plant oils, I also get to know where and how each of those oils were produced! Using the nifty manual that is inserted in every Pure Elements packaging, I can find out the extraction method, cultivation method, country of origin for both elements that make up the serum.
Our skin is often much more complicated than just being “dry” or “oily”. Sometimes we need to address different issues like hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, and sensitivity. To make choosing a little easier, Odacité has this brilliant “Table of Pure Elements” where you can match up your skin concerns to the serum you need.
I’ll break it down to show you how and why these two serums might need to be in your skincare regimen.
The source: The Detox Market, of course!
The ingredients: I have heard of black cumin seed’s bacteria-fighting and healing properties for acne-prone skin so I was the most excited for Bl + C. As for Jo + L, some of the serums I have used in the past had a jojoba oil base but I didn’t appreciate it fully until now. Jojoba oil absorbs really well in my combination skin, which is great because my pores get easily clogged with blackheads.
The packaging: The luxuriously dark violet glass with a bent spherical point pipette makes my heart flutter with excitement every time I use the serums! The spherical point pipette makes it easier to measure out one exact drop. With the regular droppers, sometimes I accidentally squeeze out too much serum and have no idea what to do with the leftover oil.
I was a little taken aback at how small these serums were initially. I thought would breeze through these tiny 0.17 oz/5 ml serum concentrates very fast but I’m so surprised that I haven’t. Despite their small size though, these Odacité serum concentrates are plenty nourishing.
The method: I have been using the serum concentrates as an “Intensive Treatment” without mixing it into anything for one month. After washing my face with a cleansing oil and spritzing on a jasmine mist, I carefully massage 3-4 drops of both serums (2 drops of Bl + C and 2 drops of Jo + L) into my skin. On days when my combination skin is more oily, 3 drops do the trick.
The combination of Bl + C and Jo + L makes an incredible calming aromatherapeutic experience, especially when I used them at nighttime. Bl + C smells earthy and slightly medicinal, while Jo + L is sweet and floral from the lavender essential oil. They are perfect for lulling you to sleep at night but they are also great for daytime too. The smell isn’t strong and fades away quite quickly if you’re worried about it lingering.
The results: Honestly, for the past two months, my skin has been on its best behavior. I had less cystic acne breakouts (other than period pimples) because of my gentle skincare routine and I was really happy with my skin! So when I started using Bl + C and Jo + L as intensive serum treatments, I thought I wouldn’t get dramatic transformative results. However, after an entire month of using these two serums, my skin feels even more healthy and more balanced than before (picture proof of what my skin looks like now is here if you’re extra curious). I think by two month’s time, my skin will look even better with the help of these two amazing serums.
And finally the fun giveaway part:
Win an Odacité serum concentrate of your choice.
Details: Giveaway runs from Friday, August 29th and ends Monday, September 11th, 2014 at 12AM EST, open to international participants. The Detox Market is responsible for the shipment of prize. One winner will be chosen by random through Rafflecopter and contacted through email by Naturally Marcy within 24 hours after the giveaway ends. If no response is received from the selected winner 48 hours after the email is sent, another random winner will be selected. All information provided by entrants is confidential and will not be shared with other third parties.