Review: The Organic Pharmacy Skincare Travel Kit
I've been curious about The Organic Pharmacy skincare for a long time, so this travel kit seemed like a great opportunity to try the line. It contains a muslin cloth, a 10 ml jar of Carrot Butter Cleanser, a 5 ml Antioxidant Face Gel, 5 ml Antioxidant Face Serum, 10 ml Herbal Toner, and 10 ml Double Rose Face Cream. I'll get to reviews of the individual products a bit further down, but let me first discuss the kit as a whole. One thing I appreciate about it is that it has everything you need for a complete skincare routine, day and night. That is a definite positive. The inclusion of the muslin cloth is also a nice touch.
There are a few things I don't like, though. The first is the price. It costs $80. That's outrageous, even for a luxury brand. If you want people to try your products, don't make the discovery/travel kit egregiously expensive. It's definitely not worth $80 - I'd say $50, at most, would be a more reasonable price point. The other thing I look for in a travel kit is some kind of logic in the sizes of products offered. You should use them all up in about the same number of days because it would be really unfortunate to buy a travel kit for a 7 day trip and run out of cleanser, for example, in 5 days. This is where this kit really falls down. The cleanser lasted me 5 days, I ran out of toner in 10, and the other products are still going strong at 15 days.
Now, on to the individual products.
Carrot Butter Cleanser: this is a waxy, oil-based solid cleanser with added carrot for antioxidants and several essential oils. The full-sized version retails for $74. I really disliked this. It has a high beeswax content, which means it does not wash off. You need the muslin cloth they include to scrub it off of your face.
Herbal Toner: this is a straightforward toner based largely on gold standard ingredients like aloe and witch hazel for toning the skin. It has a number of other botanical extracts to justify the $65 price point. I liked this. It has a pleasant, sweet scent and felt soothing on the skin.
Antioxidant Face Serum: this is a light, oil-based serum with lots of vitamin C. A little goes a very long way - I used one pump for my face and neck, combined. It has an intense citrus scent. It worked nicely for me but is overpriced for what it is. The full-sized bottle is $160.
Antioxidant Face Gel: this was the most interesting product to me. It has a smoothing, tightening effect on the skin along with delivering vitamin C and E. Oats and algae are top ingredients, along with aloe and ginseng. It is somewhat more reasonable than the serum at $110 for a full-sized bottle.
Double Rose Rejuvenating Face Cream: they market this as a light cream but I found it quite heavy. Again, a little goes a very long way. There is shea butter, coconut oil, sesame oil, and jojoba in this, along with the botanical extracts typical of this brand. Retail price for a jar is $88.
Overall, I'd say that this brand significantly overcharges for the organic label and the branding of its products. I didn't find anything I absolutely had to have in this kit. There are less expensive and more effective products on the market from other brands for everything except perhaps the Antioxidant Face Gel. That one is unique and something I'd possibly consider buying. However, its effects are temporary and it lacks the peptides I like to see included in a serum-type face product.