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KORA Organics

Noni Glow Face Oil

1.01 fl. oz. for $ 68.00
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Noni Glow Face Oil contains many outstanding ingredients for easing dryness and replenishing skin's barrier; however, it also has several fragrance ingredients that make this oil a problem for skin, even if you can't see or feel any irritation happening. See More Info for details.

Housed in a translucent glass bottle topped with a dropper applicator, this thin-textured, surprisingly non-greasy oil is lightly fragrant right out of the bottle. It feels wonderful on skin, softening and smoothing it immediately while leaving a soft glow—what a shame this isn't fragrance free!

On the sort-of-upside, the fragrance isn't super-potent and doesn't linger on skin. And on balance, the number of beneficial ingredients in the mix, such as the non-fragrant rosa canina, jojoba, and sunflower oils, outweighs the problematic ones, but still, you shouldn't have to compromise. See our list of best face oils for alternatives.

One more comment: This facial oil blend doesn't contain any ingredients proven to create a more even skin tone. It works great to improve skin texture, but not an uneven tone due to sun damage, for example. The formula also cannot help with scars, at least not beyond improving their rough texture due to the skin-softening oils.

Pros:
  • Rich in plant oils proven to benefit skin.
  • Excellent source of antioxidants.
  • Moisturizing, non-greasy formula.
  • Instantly smooths and softens skin.
  • Adds a radiant (albeit temporary) glow.
Cons:
  • Contains fragrant plant extracts that can irritate skin.
  • Lacks ingredients that can create a more even skin tone.
  • Lacks ingredients to improve scars beyond making them feel softer.
More Info:

Why Fragrance Is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.

This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin's barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin's surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.

A surprising fact: Even though you can't always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it's not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don't need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.

References for this information:

Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419

Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175

Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80

Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832

Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191–202

International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement, pages 1–43

Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475

American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

This moisturizing oil is made with certified organic noni extract, rosehip oil, pomegranate oil and sea buckthorn oil, which combine to create a rich source of antioxidants and essential fatty acids. The formula is designed to absorb quickly into dehydrated skin to smooth, nourish, and brighten while providing a natural glow. Skin feels softer, smoother, well-hydrated, and plumper, and the visible effects of sun damage and scarring appear diminished. The oil also assists in boosting natural radiance and creating a more even tone.

Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sun?ower) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Morinda Citrifolia (Noni) Fruit Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/stem Extract, Jasminum Of?cinale (Jasmine) Flower/Leaf Extract, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Punica Granatum Seed Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Seed Oil, Geraniol, Citronellol, Farnesol, Citral.

Strengths: No jar containers, which helps preserve the beneficial antioxidants and other light- and air-sensitive natural ingredients.

Weaknesses: Products contain an overwhelming amount of fragrance; nearly all have multiple irritating ingredients; makes unsubstantiated claims about ingredients; no reliable sunscreens; average, dated formulas that are overpriced for what you get.

Our introduction to KORA Organics began with this quote from its founder, Australian Victorias Secret lingerie model Miranda Kerr: All of the water used in our mists has been infused through rose quartz crystals so that the vibration of love associated with rose quartz flows through each product.

Thats one way Kerr describes the science behind how her products have been developed. It also succinctly summarizes why, from our perspective, celebrity status of any kind does not make anyone a skin-care expert. We cant think of a bigger mistake than trusting your skin to a love-infused vat of problematic formulas, at least not when it comes to dealing with concerns like acne and wrinkles.

Kerr created the KORA Organics brand with the belief that only organic ingredients are suitable for skin. The KORA line makes the unsurprising (and unsubstantiated) claims common to many natural brands, which is that natural = good for your skin and everything else is terrible for your skin.

Lets begin by addressing the organic claim. First of all, the term initially was used primarily in reference to food products, where organic referred only to the raw materials (i.e., the vegetable you pull out of the ground) and/or described food produced without the use of pesticides or artificially created or administered hormonesit didnt have any bearing on skin-care products. Nowadays, as were sure youre aware, its commonly used in marketing for cosmetics and their ingredients. BUTand this is a big BUTthere is no legitimate, published research that demonstrates organic ingredients have any special benefit for skin. Theres literally zero researchits all about the emotional pull of the term organic.

Its important to note that any natural ingredient must be processed to make it safe and usable as a cosmetic ingredient, and that processing modifies the ingredient significantly, leaving it about as natural as polyester!

Many natural ingredients have benefits for skin, but many natural ingredients also are irritating and skin damaging as well. The natural pleasant-scented lavender oil is a notable example, as are most citrus extracts, some of which can cause phototoxic reactions when skin is exposed to sunlight. On the other hand, some of the best ingredients in skin-care products are synthetically derived, such as retinol, salicylic acid, peptides, and others. When it comes to evaluating skin-care ingredients, the critical factor is what the published and peer-reviewed research has demonstrated to be true, especially if your goal is to take great care of your skin.

Among the key natural ingredients present in KORA Organics products, those called out most often are rosehip oil and noni juice. Kerr claims she has been applying noni juice topically for years to treat all her skin-care woes. Unfortunately, noni juice has little research demonstrating any special benefit for skin beyond an antioxidant benefit, which is found in hundreds of other plant extracts as well. Kerr claims that the noni plant contains more than 170 vitamins and minerals alone, but thats inaccuratethe noni plant is a fairly simple mix of about 40 chemical compounds, none of which are unique.

Rosehip oil does contain high amounts of vitamin C, but only when freshly extractedwhen rosehip oil is processed and added to the formula of a skin-care product, the majority of its vitamin C content is destroyed. Fortunately, even after the processing, rosehip oil remains a good emollient for dry skin, but it isnt as magical as Kerr makes it out to be. Pure, stabilized vitamin C is a far better ingredient for skin, but thats not what these products contain.

What youre left with in this line is a collection of products that are potently fragrancedthe toners could actually double as perfume in a pinch. Almost every product in the line has a formula thats a blend of ordinary plant-based emollients, such as olive and jojoba oils, aloe, shea butter, and fatty acids (which is nice for dry skin but thats about it), and a mix of irritating essential oils and fragrant flower extracts. Unfortunately, all of the products are quite expensive considering what youre getting in return, which is a mostly just a headache for your skin.

If youre interested in natural products, there are far better options than the disappointing ones from KORA Organics. Check out our reviews of Alba Botanica or Yes To for comparable or superior alternatives for far less money.

For more information about KORA Organics, visit www.koraorganics.com or call +61 2 9979 5672.

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