I mentioned last week that I’ve been using a range of products containing Panthenol and the products are from A’kin. I’ve been eyeing some of their products for some time now but only got them about a month back when there was a sale at Guardian. I had only wanted to try the A’kin Pure Emergency Gel but somehow, got more than I needed and ended up with a facial cleanser, a hand cream and a face serum.
A’kin’s products caught my eye because they are formulated free from sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals, propylene glycol, silicones, phthalates, mineral oils, DEA and artificial colours. In fact, their products are described as ingredient rich, vegan, 100% natural botanical aromatherapy and formulated without animal ingredients or animal testing.
A’kin Sandalwood & Neroli Pure Facial Cleansing Gel 225ml S$37
I’m bias towards foaming cleansers that do not dry my skin and A’kin Sandalwood & Neroli Pure Facial Cleansing Gel does just that. This is why it is currently my favorite cleanser. It foams really well and works for me in terms of removing my light makeup and yet leaves my skin soft and refreshed, even with double cleansing. The scent of scandalwood took some getting used to though, as it is rather strong and it reminds me of some old furniture. But a few days after using this cleanser, the smell stopped bothering me. I also like the rubber stopper, which helps control the amount of cleanser I pump out and I figure out that this 225ml is going to last quite a while. Although I bought it at a 20% discount, I also think the original price of S$37 is quite a steal. I’ll probably purchase it again, provided I’m not distracted by other brands out there.
Rating: 5 out of 5 hearts
A’kin Unscented Pure Emergency Gel 75ml S$34
I had thought that the A’kin Unscented Pure Emergency Gel might help calm down some of my hormonal acne around the chin but it turns out, this gel can do more. It contains 20% aloe, 5% d-panthenol (vitamin B5), chamomile extract, and is oil free. While it didn’t get rid of my acne, it did help to soothe them. But what I liked most about this gel is that it can help soothe rashes, cuts and redness on the body. I tried using this to calm down some rashes on my husband’s underarms and it worked great. It was also good in terms of helping to heal some cuts on my son’s knees. At 75ml for about S$34, the tube is rather small and can be used up quite quickly but I’ll say, this is a keeper and I’ll buy it again when there is a discount.
Rating: 4 out of 5 hearts
A’kin Cellular Radiance Serum 23ml S$42.80
I didn’t intend to get the A’kin Cellular Radiance Serum but the 10ml came with the hand cream as a special bundle. The regular size is 23ml and cost about S$43. Quite expensive but it’s said to be a highly potent serum for energized, brightened skin and contains six extremely active, certified organic ingredients using the latest CO2 method (using extremely low temperatures to maintain potency of ingredients) – Pomegranate, Seabuckthorn and Amaranth, combined with Omega 9, 3 and 6, as well as vitamins A and E to help fight free radicals. It ‘s good in terms of texture and I only need about one drop to moisturize my entire face. I like it as it doesn’t leave my face greasy but, I wouldn’t rave too much about it either as I don’t see my face getting more radiant after using this serum. But it’s probably a good serum for anti-aging purpose for those who like using oil on their face.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 hearts
A’kin Lavender, Geranium & Jojoba Hand Cream S$21
Okay, I don’t like this one. Truly a waste of money in my opinion as while the A’kin Lavender, Geranium & Jojoba Hand, Nail & Cuticle Crème is nourishing, it leaves my hands feeling somewhat dry. I suspect it is the Cetearyl Alcohol that is causing this because whenever I use creams with this or similar ingredients at the top of the ingredient list, I get the same drying feeling. I could be wrong but the bottom line is, there are better hand creams for that price point. So no, I wouldn’t recommend this hand cream unless you have sweaty palms and perhaps this might help to keep your palms drier.
Rating: 0 out of 5 hearts
As a whole, I think some of A’kin’s products are worth checking out. Their ingredients are fairly natural and the prices are reasonable. I have also read raves on some of their hair products and was told that those products sell well. So if you’re in the market for natural products, you might want to take a look at them. Read the reviews at Makeupalley to get a sense of how well they’ve worked for others and if you want to get more information on their products, check up their website at www.purist.com.au. And if any of you have tried some of their products, do share your views here.