Oskia Pure Nutritional Skincare: well worth a splurge

Some of you may recall my feature of the Oskia Glow Facial at Bud Cosmetics earlier last month. Besides experiencing the facial, I also received this award winning Oskia Micro Exfoliating Balm and a couple of other samples in my media kit. So today, I’ll be sharing my review on this product, along with reviews on their Bedtime Beauty Boost and Eye Wonder.

Contains cutting edge bio-actives
The point of interest in the Oskia Pure Nutritional Skincare range is that the entire range is formulated on the basis of using the right botanical and bioactive ingredients to accelerate cellular renewal. Hence, this premium range contains cutting edge bio-actives such as MSM, Swiss Apple Stem Cells, Niacinamide, Milk Peptides and Prebiotics. OSKIA uses 98% natural or nature-identical ingredients, contains no skin unfriendly ingredients, are paraben free and are suitable during pregnancy. And like I’ve said ladies, this is a range you can share with your man because it also said to be unisex and is suitable for both gender. The only possible bone of contention for some is that the range is not certified organic by any certification board and according to explanation from the company, certification dramatically reduces the amount of active ingredients available to use. Hence, the brand only chooses ingredients that work, not ingredients due to their organic certified status.

Oskia Micro Exfoliating Balm, 50ml S$120

Ingredients: Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Glycerin, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Decyl Oleate, Glyceryl Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Methyl Sulphonyl Methane (Msm), Glyceryl Dibehenate, Silica, Tribehenin, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glyceryl Behenate, Hellianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Coco Glucoside, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Parfum (Natural Fragrance), Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Citronellol, Geraniol, Benzyl Alcohol, Zinc Glycine, Aqua (Water), Inulin, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Dehydroacetic Acid.* Organically Certified Ingredient.

This exfoliating balm contains MSM, zinc glycine, prebiotics, omega 3, 6 & 9, vitamin E, rosehip, kukui nut, plus sweet almond oil, and comes in a creamy texture with very fine micro silica and pure MSM granules to gently buff away dead skin cells and impurities. What I like about the product is that it’s got very fine granules and so I find it does a good job of exfoliation and left my skin soft and smooth. And one of the key difference I found in this exfoliating balm, compared to others I’ve tried, is that it doesn’t leave my skin squeaky clean. What I mean by this is that it left a very slight oily residue upon washed off and that kept my skin feeling sort of nourished. This isn’t really a surprise considering the first ingredient is sweet almond oil and if you go down the list, there are also a few other skin nourishing oils.

The Oskia Micro Exfoliating Balm comes with a very distinct “leafy” scent that appeals well to me. I’ll say this product is luxurious all right; it’s probably the equivalent of the La Mer Refining Facial and I can see why it’s so well-liked. While I do like it, I find it really expensive; the 50ml tub will most probably last me a good five or six months with a once or twice weekly usage but personally, I just find it hard to justify parting a 3-digit sum for an exfoliator (but I’ll buy it if I’m flushed with cash though ^O^).

OSKIA Bedtime Beauty Boost, 50ml S$180

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Methyl Sulphonyl Methane (Msm), Glycerin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil*, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Caprylate, Decyl Oleate, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Germ Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hellianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Seed Oil, Niacinamide, Benzyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Dibehenate, Whey Protein, Tribehenin, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture, Lecithin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Parfum (Natural Fragrance), Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Citronellol, Geraniol, Linalool, Glyceryl Behenate, Xanthan Gum, Tocopherol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Phenoxyethanol. * Organically Certified Ingredient.

On the other hand, I most probably wouldn’t mind parting my money for this one. I received four sample sachets for this product that are probably good for around 2 months of usage. Seriously, this is the first time I’ve ever treated sample sachets with so much reverence. Usually, sample sachets are treated with much disdain and discarded right after one or two application but as you can see, I’ve actually bothered to empty the contents into a small container. ^_^

I really like this product because it is not greasy and yet is very nourishing, plus it comes with that distinct “leafy” scent. You can use it alone no problem but I’ve been using it over my facial oil and it’s been working perfectly. I’ll say the Oskia Bedtime Beauty Boost delivers what it promises – provides your skin with an overnight health and beauty boost to help prevent the signs of premature ageing and give a softer, healthier-looking morning complexion. I find it does help iron out the appearance of wrinkles and even out my skin tone, after having used it for over a month now. Great stuff, and yeah, at a great price too. LOL.

OSKIA Eye Wonder, 15ml S$140

Ingredients: Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Methyl Sulphonyl Methane, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Benzyl Alcohol, Whey Protein, Zinc Glycine, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture, Limonium Narbonense Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate Lysate, Galactoarabinan, Panthenol, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Tocopherol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Lactic Acid.

I actually wanted to give this product a separate review but I think it’s good to add it here so that you can have a better idea of the performance of the range. This eye wonder is described as a lightweight, super-active eye serum rich in youth-boosting nutrients, peptides and antioxidants to help rebuild cell health and efficiency. The plant bio-actives are said to visibly brighten dark circles, smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, increase radiance, reduce puffiness and protect DNA.

Well, I like the product on two counts – it reduces puffiness quite well and brightens dark circles to some extent for me. Wrinkle-wise, I think the performance is rather average and I don’t see much improvement to them after having used this product both day and night for about five weeks now. But as with most eye products, I think my expectations need to be moderated and in this case, I will continue using this product (at least during the day) until I finish the last two sachets. As you can see, I’ve also given much respect to the sample packs. And yeah, I most probably won’t mind buying this product for day use.

Day care products
I’ve also received sample sachets for the Oskia Get Up & Glow and Nutri-Active Day Cream. I’ve tried them briefly for a few days only and would say their textures and scent are all likeable. The reason why I don’t use them daily is because I need SPF protection and these don’t provide. The Oskia Get Up & Glow is a rather interesting product, and may I add a best seller because it’s supposed to yield a radiant glow. I didn’t really expect much from the product really but was surprised to receive a compliment from my usually clueless husband when I wore it under my foundation so maybe it delivers what it promises.

Current promotion at Bud Cosmetics
Overall, I would say the Oskia Pure Nutritional Skincare is a premium range well worth considering if you have the money to splurge. The ingredients are impressive and I really don’t have much to complain about the products except for the price points. But the good news is that Bud Cosmetics is offering 10% off the range right now with their 5th anniversary celebration. If you’re interested, you can check their website for details. And for those outside Singapore, you can also find the Oskia range being retailed at Lovelula.

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  1. says

    Oh my I am SO intrigued about Oskia, especially also after reading your review on its facial too. I am interested in trying out their cleanser, but Oskia isn’t available in Malaysia and there’s no way I can get a sample, because for that price if it doesn’t suit me it’s a total waste of money :( I guess I’ll wait around haha!
    Stephanie/Yukaeshi last post is: The 100% Pure Konjac Sponge

  2. says

    can’t believe that any sachet can last for 2 months!!! btw, Sesame, would love your opinion on my blog post: http://perfectskincareforyou.blogspot.in/2012/04/are-you-keeping-track-of-uv-index.html
    do check it out if you have time…thanks a lot :)
    Swati last post is: Are you keeping track of UV Index? {Sunscreen}

  3. says

    Hmm I don’t know. I really love the Suki Exfoliating Cleanser that I won in your giveaway, so that’s hard to topple. Plus, it’s more affordable too :)

    The prices are certainly on the steep side for me, though I would pay that $140 for the Eye wonder if it worked well on wrinkles/fine lines. Puffiness is the easiest to treat imo and maybe to some extent, dark circles. But not the fine lines on a semi-permanent basis!

    • Sesame says

      Oh the Suki Exfoliating Cleanser is a love! I only tried a sample pack and I was impressed. May invest in a tub down the road. But the texture isn’t as fine though compared to this one.

  4. says

    Oskia is not too bad, I think. My girl friend has tried a year ago and quite liked it. It’s from England I think. I somehow prefer products from Germany, I know for much better that quality and certification control are very strict. :)

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