Thursday, 19 December 2013

DR ALKAITIS REVIEWED




Having purchased the travel set as a little introduction to the line, I got along so well with the Dr Alkaitis products that they now provide the foundation to my skincare regime… They’re so good!

The products have won a ton of awards and are 100% natural, aiming to bring skin “to optimum health” whilst prohibiting damage, preventing and treating ageing. I have to say, having been using the cleanser, soothing gel and night cream for a couple of months, my skin has never looked better.

I also love that there is one line to suit all skin types. Although I’d classify my skin as sensitive, it’s always doing something different (whether it be as a result of the season, what I’ve eaten, or time of the month) and I feel the Dr Alkaitis line has the flexibility to cater for these changes. 

I loved many of the products in this line, but not all of them and so I’ve brutally put them in order of preference…

THE ONES I LOVED...

Organic Purifying Cleanser: Has become a staple in my skin care regime. It really cleans without feeling harsh and I've grown to love the smell.

Price: £43.50
Ingredients: Into Dr. Alkaitis Organic Castile Cleansing Base (compounded from virgin, cold pressed organic Olive*, organic Coconut*, organic Shea*, organic Jojoba*, organic Sesame*, organic Castor* and organic Borage* oils) the following ingredients are added: Aloe Vera Gel*, Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Herbal Skin Repair Complex (made up of Chamomile*, Black Elder*, Greater Nettle*, Myrrh°, Bitter Orange*, Rosemary*, Marsh Mallow*, Benzoin°, Marigold*, True Lavender*, Sea Wrack°, Icelandic Seaweed* and Plantain*). Citrus seed extract, natural Vitamin A complex (from Carrot* and Aztec Marigold*), natural Vitamin C complex (from Camu Camu° and Acerola Cherry*), natural Vitamin E complex (D-alpha, beta, gamma, delta tocopherols and tocotrienols from Sunflower and Palm oils) and Aroma (a blend of 100% pure Essential Oils).

Organic Soothing Gel: Another product from the line that I can see myself repurchasing again and again. I use this as a toner and it actually feels like its doing something (which I don’t always find with toners). Vitamins, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral… this stuff is the dream.

Price: £43.50

Ingredients: Into Dr Alkaitis' base of Organic Aloe Vera gel* and Witch Hazel° the following organic and wild-crafted herbals are blended: organic grape alcohol* (from the fermentation of organically grown grape). Greater Nettle*, Wild Chamomile°, Myrrh°, European Orange*, Benzoin°, Rosemary*, Olibanum°, Wild Fennel°, Balm Mint*, Sea Oak°, Pacific Kelp°, Red Seaweed° and Purple Dulse°. Also added are natural vitamin B complex (from Yerba Maté* and Chlorella*, and D-Pantothenate), natural vitamin C complex (from Camu Camu°, Acerola Cherry*) and Aroma (a blend of 100% pure Essential Oils).

Dr Alkaitis Organic Night Cream: I ummed and aahed about getting this night cream because it’s so expensive but it was absolutely worth it. Apparently skin is at its most regenerative when we sleep and because of this I’m willing to spend a little more on my nighttime skincare products. I want something that will aid the natural regenerative process but not smother my skin… This does just that. It doesn’t feel like any of my previous night creams because it absorbs into my skin almost instantly and doesn’t leave a greasy residue.
Price: £69.50
Ingredients: Organic Aloe Vera Gel*, virgin cold pressed organic Shea butter*, Organic Herbal Skin Repair Complex (composed of the organic herbs Jojoba*, Olive*, Hundred-leaved Rose blossoms°, Wild Carrot°, Echinacea root*, Coltsfoot*, Horsetail*, Water Navelwort*, Marigold blossoms*, and Roman Chamomile flowers*). Vegetable Lecithin, Citrus seed extract. Natural complexes of: vitamin E (D-alpha, beta, gamma, delta tocopherols and tocotrienols from Sunflower and Palm oils), vitamin A (from Carrot*, Aztec Marigold*), vitamin B (from Yerba Maté*, Chlorella*) and vitamin C (from Camu Camu°, Acerola Cherry*). Aroma 
THE ONES I LIKED...

Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil: I actually love this product but it’s another very expensive one so I haven’t purchased the full size (and I want to wait till I’ve finished my Neal’s Yard Rose Facial Oil). I wasn’t overly impressed with this until I tried massaging it into my skin for five minutes (the leaflet it comes with suggests a 15 minute facial but my hands gave up). It smells amazing and seemed to plump and moisturize leaving my skin with a bit of a glow… I’ll definitely be purchasing this when I get the chance!

Price: 69.50

Ingredients: Into a base of virgin cold-pressed organic oils (organic Jojoba*, St. John’s Wort*, and Andean Mountain Rose Hip Seed* oils), the following organic and wild-crafted herbals are blended: Indian Madder°, Country Sarsaparilla° and Liquorice*. China Root°, Turmeric*, Indian Ginger, Costus° and White Sandalwood°. Cuscus Grass°, Olive*, Eagle Wood°, Nut Grass°, Bermuda Grass° and Ashwagandha*. Sacred Lotus, Dog Rose*, White Egyptian Lotus and Sea buckthorn. Also added are natural vitamin E complex (D–alpha, beta, gamma, delta tocopherols and tocotrienols from Sunflower and Palm oils ) and Aroma (a blend of 100% pure Essential Oils).

Organic Day cream: This is a very good day cream but I have not purchased the full size because it is so expensive. Because I usually use day cream as a base for my makeup I’ve opted for the cheaper Weleda Wild Rose Day Cream (which is also great and about a seventh of the price).

Price: £69.50

Ingredients: Organic Aloe Vera gel*, virgin cold pressed Organic Shea butter*, Organic Herbal Skin Support Complex (compounded from the organic herbs St. John’s Wort flowers*, Water Navelwort*, Horsetail*, Coltsfoot*, Marigold Blossoms* and Echinacea root*). Jojoba Oil*, Vegetable Lecithin, natural vitamin E complex (D-alpha, beta, gamma, delta tocopherols and tocotrienols from Sunflower and Palm oils) and Natural vitamin C complex (from Camu Camu° and Acerola Cherry*), Citrus seed extracts, Aroma (a blend of 100% pure Essential Oils).

Masks: The Dr Alkaitis Masks give great results, doing exactly what they say they will but they’re such a faff to prepare and wear and the whole process feels like you should be in the kitchen as opposed to the bathroom. Each powder needs to be mixed with water, honey or goats yoghurt and once applied must be kept moist… Although the results are good, it’s not the most relaxing experience (which is part of what I want from a facial mask) and so I can’t imagine I’ll ever purchase the full size.
Price: 47.75 each
NOT SO IMPRESSED...
Organic Replenishing Serum: I am still yet to be impressed by a serum… I can’t really understand their purpose and this is no exception. There was nothing unpleasant about the product, I just can’t see any particular results.
Price: £43.50
Ingredients: Into a base of organic Aloe Vera Gel*, Witch Hazel° and organic grape alcohol* (from the fermentation of organically grown grapes), the following organic and wild-crafted herbs are blended: Greater Nettle*, Wild Chamomile Flowers°, Myrrh°, European Elder blossoms*, Marsh Mallow*, French Lavender flowers*, Curacao Orange*, Benzoin°, Rosemary*, Wild Fennel° and Balm Mint*. Grapefruit Seed and Lemon* extracts. Sea Palm°, Sea Oak°, Atlantic Kelp° and Pearl Moss°. Also added are natural vitamin B complex (from Yerba Maté* and Chlorella*, and D-Pantothenate), natural Vitamin C complex (from Camu Camu°, Acerola Cherry*) and Aroma (a blend of 100% pure Essential Oils).
Organic Eye Cream: I’ve only ever found one eye cream I’ve been impressed by (Voya Bright Eyes). The texture is thick and heavy and for me this did nothing apart from make my eyes slightly puffy… Not ideal.
Price: £43.50
Ingredients: Into an Organic Aloe Vera gel* base, the following herbals are blended: Herbal Eye Renewal Complex (consisting of Wild Rose buds*, Linden blossoms°, Roman Chamomile flowers*, Quince°, St. John’s Wort blossoms*, Green Tea*, Cornflowers* and Mate*). Eye Rejuvenation and Support Complex (virgin cold pressed organic Jojoba*, Andean Mountain Rose Hip seed* and Borage* oils, and virgin cold pressed organic Shea butter*). Vegetable Lecithin. Natural complexes of: vitamin A (from Carrot* and Aztec Marigold*), vitamin C (from Camu Camu° and Acerola Cherry*) and vitamin E (D-alpha, beta, gamma, delta tocopherols and tocotrienols from Sunflower and Palm oils). Citrus seed extracts

I hope you’ve found this helpful… I’d definitely suggest getting the travel set first as I think it’s good value and what I’ve loved or disliked may prove to have different results for different skin types. Travel sets are a great way to find out what works for you. On the whole I love the line and the brands ethos (I just wish it was a little less expensive!).

xxx