Brand Overview: Kinship

I was excited to try Kinship‘s products as soon as I saw them, mainly because of the fun, bright and colorful packaging. Aside from the cuteness factor, their products are cruelty-free, leaping bunny certified, reef-safe, and are free of GMO organisms. Their packaging is also made from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, 100% PCR paper and from Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) materials.

I first tried the Naked Papaya Gentle Enzyme Face Cleanser, which has papaya, jojoba oil, and sunflower oil. It feels as great as it smells, with a light fruity smoothie scent that gently strips dirt and makeup off my face. I love it as a morning cleanser since it makes my face supple enough and ready for the day ahead.

Meanwhile, the Insta Swipe Lemon Honey AHA Pads are also something to love. Unlike most acids, this one isn’t extremely strong and has a sweet, citrus scent. It doesn’t dry my skin out. But even if it’s gentle, it does a great job of smoothening out my skin and reducing those small blemishes and bumps.

The Supermello Hydrating Gel Cream is a favorite too. First off, it smells like marshmallows so what’s not to love? With hyaluronic acid, marshmallow root and coconut water, it keeps my skin extremely soft, without making it greasy. I also love that I don’t need to put a lot of it to feel the effects.

The Pimple Potion, a retinol and salicylic acid acne treatment. It does take a while for it to get rid of pimples, but it’s a good spot treatment if you have sensitive skin and react badly to stronger products.

There’s also the Self Reflect Probiotic Moisturizing Sunscreen, providing SPF 32 coverage. It’s light, not too sticky and provides a bit of moisture, so it protects my face, without making it feel as oily as other facial sunscreens might. However, I prefer sunscreen with a higher SPF every day.

So while there were a few bumps, overall I’m a fan of Kinship‘s products. They not only look good on my skincare shelf, but they also have a good effect on my skin. Overall, their products are worth checking out as they are gentle and nourishing.

The Kinship Naked Papaya Gentle Enzyme Face Cleanser, Insta Swipe Lemon Honey AHA Pads, Supermello Hydrating Gel Cream, Pimple Potion, and Self Reflect Probiotic Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 32 were provided by @kinship. Available at lovekinship.com

Selfcare Review: Oille Essential Oils

Oille’s Essential Oils harps on its GC/MS Technology which is a strong indication of an essential oil’s purity and the lack of unadulterated and harmful chemicals or additives. These certified oils aim to bring out the best quality and provide the right benefits without the risk of inflamed or allergic responses.

All oils were diffused using a YL diffuser using the recommended 8-10 drops.

I found the Lemon oil to be my favorite. The tart scent wasn’t too strong or sharp and just gave the right amount of pick-me-up when diffused. Cliché as it may sound but I found it helpful in awakening my senses, keeping me alert and productive, especially on lazy Saturday mornings. It made me feel cleansed and energized, giving me a boost to do extra work or activities. I also noticed that my skin seemed clearer and brighter on the days I’d diffuse it.

The Lavender’s scent was so overpowering that I’d recommend lowering the number of drops diffused to 5-6 instead. This definitely smelled pure and did not seem to have any additives. With the right amount of drops, I used this for relaxing at night after a long day at work or just to keep my nerves calm after anxiety triggers. It kept me mellow (too mellow that sometimes I’d end up falling asleep too early!) I also found that it helped with minor headaches, sometimes.

I liked Frankincense as it wasn’t too strong. I tend to stay away from this oil as most of the ones out in the market reminded me too much like I was going to Sunday Mass every time I’d diffuse it. However, Oille’s version was subtle enough that I didn’t expect to hear church bells every few minutes. This oil has been quite helpful during morning or evening allergy attacks, allowing me to breathe easier and sleep better. My nose and throat didn’t feel as congested and it helped reduce the stuffy head feeling that comes with constant sneezes and a dripping nose.

The Oille Essential Oils were provided by @oilleorganics . Available at oillenatural.com