Thursday, 26 January 2017

Sweet like Kokoa* | BRAND New Release - 100% Natural, Vegan & Cruelty Free Products

Over the past year or so, I've gone from a novice skin care attemptee [getting by with a tub of Nivea, a little makeup remover and a pack of baby wipes] to a well versed fledgling in all things body care. I've expanded my horizons, upped my game, cleared my skin [somewhat, defo still a work in progress] and had the opportunity to work with some amazing, ethical brands who know at least 400% more about how to care for your skin than I do.

Lovelaughslipstick Blog - Review of Kokoa UK's Natural Vegan and Cruelty Free skincare body products

Kokoa's mission is to create high-quality skincare products, handmade in the UK.  Their products are all natural, vegan and cruelty free; harnessing the power of nature to formulate an effective range for everyone. With core natural ingredients sourced from Ghana and exotic oils selected from around the world, their products are said to be simple, high quality and effective.

Lovelaughslipstick Blog - Review of Kokoa UK's Natural Vegan and Cruelty Free skincare body products

One of the lovely things about this company is that they pledge 7% of their annual profits to 2 charities: WWF and MamaHope

WWF help to preserve the world around us through several avenues; such as wildlife restoration, forest & ocean sustainability, and carbon emission reduction. And Mama Hope believe every human has the capacity to become a global leader — regardless of birth. Their mission is to support global entrepreneurship as a path to ending extreme poverty in the third world. With this fact in mind, fill up your shopping cart girlies - you'll feel as good as your skin will!

Lovelaughslipstick Blog - Review of Kokoa UK's Natural Vegan and Cruelty Free skincare body products

Lovelaughslipstick Blog - Review of Kokoa UK's Natural Vegan and Cruelty Free skincare body products

Kokoa very kindly gifted me some samples from their fab new range ; so I've been pampering myself over the past few weeks, to get a real taste of what their products are all about. Here's a rundown.

Lovelaughslipstick Blog - Review of Kokoa UK's Natural Vegan and Cruelty Free skincare body products

As my face is already a permanent resident of oily town, I've avoided using any oils on it up until recently; in case I accidentally made the shiny situation worse. However, my skin has got on really well with this Night Oil; as it's specially formulated for oily skin. It's become a nightly staple in my skincare regime.

Lovelaughslipstick Blog - Review of Kokoa UK's Natural Vegan and Cruelty Free skincare body products

It smells lovely, actually - relaxing, like lavender and soaks into the skin immediately. You're not left feeling oily - it just feels like you've rubbed a standard moisturiser into your face. None of this slippery business I was wary of. 

Kokoa advise that you apply 4-6 drops nightly to your skin after cleansing. For combination skin, use your Night Oil on oily areas and Coconut Oil / Shea Butter on dry areas. Kokoa's Night Oil is said to heal and hydrate without clogging pores - and I have to say, I believe this. After using this stuff, my skin looks so much more glowy and radiant; as well as more even and less patchy.

Lovelaughslipstick Blog - Review of Kokoa UK's Natural Vegan and Cruelty Free skincare body products

Although it may look a little questionable, what with it's brown, lumpy appearance, this soap is actually really frigging fab. It doesn't really smell of anything [which is fine by me] and in all honesty, was one of the products I was most intrigued to try out from this bundle. If someone sends me something brown concealed in paper, I'm not being funny - I have to know more!

Lovelaughslipstick Blog - Review of Kokoa UK's Natural Vegan and Cruelty Free skincare body products

Kokoa's organic African Black Soap is made traditionally in Ghana, with 100% natural ingredients; including Vitamin E. Its formula is known to fight acne, body odour, hyper-pigmentation and razor bumps. To use, you should break / cut a small piece of the bar off, rinse your face with warm water to open your pores before cleansing, lather the soap up & apply to the face in gentle circular motions an rinse off with cool water to help close your pores after cleansing.

Lovelaughslipstick Blog - Review of Kokoa UK's Natural Vegan and Cruelty Free skincare body products

Similarly to the Night Oil above, using this soap has given my skin a fresh lease of life - it looks so much less grey and so much more alive recently! I also noticed that some of the larger pores I have around my nose were noticeably reduced after using this; so it does exactly what it says on the tin!

Lovelaughslipstick Blog - Review of Kokoa UK's Natural Vegan and Cruelty Free skincare body products

Kokoa's moisturisers are perfect for a number of skin types; including dry skin. They're sourced directly from Ghana, without any alterations to their natural formulas - meaning that each product is 100% pure, high quality and organic. 

Lovelaughslipstick Blog - Review of Kokoa UK's Natural Vegan and Cruelty Free skincare body products

This organic virgin coconut oil & unrefined shea butter moisturiser has been whipped together, to create a.. well.. buttery whip. Its formula is lovely and lightweight, and when applied to the skin, it simply melts. A little goes a long way with this stuff. I've been applying it to my knees and elbows, to combat the dry skin which loves to betray me when I fake tan.

Lovelaughslipstick Blog - Review of Kokoa UK's Natural Vegan and Cruelty Free skincare body products

Raw, organic shea butter is known to treat dry skin, mild rashes, sunburn and skin damage. It also has a comedogenic rating of 0, so it won't clog your pores. I sometimes break out into mad little stress rashes, which can sometimes go a bit rogue and flare up into psoriasis [plus, I have eczema down my ear now?!] so I've been applying this to that as and when it happens; to chill it the eff out.

Lovelaughslipstick Blog - Review of Kokoa UK's Natural Vegan and Cruelty Free skincare body products

Although it has a different texture than the other products - and a smell that I can't quite put my finger on - this stuff glides onto the skin; melting to leave it lovely and hydrated.

Lovelaughslipstick Blog - Review of Kokoa UK's Natural Vegan and Cruelty Free skincare body products

Coconut Oil*
Coconut oil. Is there anything it can't do?! This is luxury, virgin coconut oil; which is pure, unrefined and cold pressed. It's known to reduce the signs of ageing, smooth & soften skin and maintain its elasticity. It's pretty much fragrance free.

Lovelaughslipstick Blog - Review of Kokoa UK's Natural Vegan and Cruelty Free skincare body products

This stuff is just an absolute all rounder, and an essential to have in your beauty stash. Plus, it's glorious to apply - it literally melts into pure, lux oil when you touch it . I've been using this on dry areas of skin, on my scars from surgery that need some tlc and I've also been having a bash at DIY oil pulling with it too. If my teeth end up as white as this product, I'll be happy! I'm also going to try popping some on the ends of my hair, as I've heard this can perform minor miracles in the split end department.

Don't forget to check Kokoa out - they're a new company, so spread the word and let's help small biz blossom!


Have you tried Kokoa's products before? What natural skincare products or brands are you a fan of?

Lovelaughslipstick Blog - A lifestyle, beauty, fashion, skincare and health blogger

*This post contains items I was gifted for the purpose of review. As always, though, all opinions stated are 100% my own
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