While I continue the search for completely natural, organic, and clean cosmetics, I can't apprehend from admitting that I have found some duds and also some loves. On the makeup-front, I've found some real gems that shine because of their natural content (literally), but, when I consider skincare, some horror has been wrecked by the likes of these aspirations.
Yet, when we consider body care, there is no going wrong. Perhaps the aroma may smell a little too much like dirt for your liking, or the rich essential oils leave your skin a bit too dry; yet, for me, body care is where the experimentation begins.
But maybe you're not at this stage and would like to hold onto your skin coating hydrators and surfacent foaming washes for as long as possible--I don't blame you.
Whether you're at one extreme or the other, Korres can compromise. Their formulas are free of parabens, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMOs, and triclosan, yet they yield to contain sulfates, fragrance and some other chemicals. Nevertheless, it's difficult for my organic-yearning self to gush that these foaming body cleansers are bad. Because they're darn amazing.
Although they continue to contain those harsh and drying sulfates, they're not stripping at the least and manage to keep the moisture levels of my skin at a rather reasonable scale (but I do find I need to top up with a body butter in this arctic breeze).
Amidst these negative terms, they boast some rich goodness such as aloe leaf juice, lactic acid (for gentle exfoliation), and coco glucoside. Coco-what? I hear you out: derived from the dried pulp of coconuts, it's a gentle cleanser that's non-toxic, residue free, and compatible with most skins.
With the nitty gritty out of the way, the shining glory of these gels are their scents. They may exist because of added fragrance, but they are glorious and transform my late night, dreary eyed, vital showers into a luxurious experience.
On the far left is Vanilla Cinnamon. Although the name brings forth pink clad, teen showers, it's subtle and musky (translated to 'even more chic'). Chic just like Europeans; thus, this scent is part of the Korres line from across the pond; who doesn't love a good import?
Then, there's Guava. From the likes of the photo, I've used this bottle to the last drop. It's fruity, but has a definite earthy undertone that makes it irresistible.
The latest addition is Fig. As it seems, nearly every beauty blogger is going crazy for the aroma of this dewdrop-shaped fruit. Well, I am too--because this one has easily won my heart (and my brother's, too, it seems).
If only these scents came in perfume form....
So I may not be able to compromise on many things, but these blissful treats have my middle ground enamored. I just won't look at the ingredients while I'm basking in their glory.