I’m honestly all about skincare and taking care of my body, plus one of my new year’s resolutions this year was to go vegan – so searching for more natural and cruelty-free products have been a very frequent activity of mine. Until I probably found one of the best skincare products line I’ve ever used…
Today it’s common opinion that, in most cases, products and advertising are not what they seem or portray – which makes the hunt for toxic-free products harder and harder every day. That’s why our first homework in order to take care of our health (and why not… appearance!) should be to always read labels. Unfortunately, that’s not always enough.
Another thing we can do to make sure that what we’re buying is safe and as natural as possible is consulting the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Skin Deep database. It lists and rates (on safety) many cosmetics and personal care products we might use every day. For example, Nurture My Body Baby Shampoo & Body Wash – a baby product – rates a zero on EWG’s safety list, meaning it doesn’t contain any toxins whatsoever.
However, this is not the product (or the product line) I’m gonna be talking about and reviewing in this post. Instead, I’ll share my experience with another toxins-free, vegan, cruelty-free & eco-friendly products line for skin, body and hair care – Enkido.
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Something About The Company
The Enkido company is based in Australia, but they ship worldwide through their site (they offer free shipping for Australian orders over $50 and for international orders over $99). On their website, they define themselves as “an ethical skincare brand”: let’s see why.
As we already said, they’re not only vegan and cruelty-free but also toxins-free (the ingredients contained in their products are 100% natural) as well as eco-friendly (the packages are all recyclable).
Each product’s packaging is made from PET plastic – a carbon neutral product that can be reused and recycled – and their packaging supplier is local.
On top of that, the company is currently working towards creating fully biodegradable PET plastic bottles (Suggested Post: ‘10 Basic Ideas On How To Be Waste-free’) Honestly, I’ve seen very few companies (especially in the cosmetic industry) put this much dedication into being eco-friendly.
This ethical company also uses and promotes EWG’s database ratings. The entire (Yes, I’ll say it again: ENTIRE!) product line rates a zero on EWG’s safety ratings, which means it’s COMPLETELY toxins-free!
But even if you don’t want to verify their ratings on the EWG’s database, you can still read the entire list of ingredients contained in each product of their lines on their site – and I can assure you that even a baby would be able to read or understand those labels!
I must admit their website looks old, though, and not really user-friendly, but… Ehi, I’ll gladly pass over that for a healthy glowing skin in return!
Australia as a country has banned the practice of testing on animals, which is another guarantee that these products are cruelty-free (since Enkido is an Australian-based company).
Enkido, however, has gone a step further and decided to ban all animal products and by-products from their formulations, so that you can rest assured that no animals were used in the production of their cosmetic care products.
What They’re Selling
Enkido sells different lines of products for body, skin and hair care. They produce items for both men and women, but also for babies (I want to remind you that all their products are toxin-free!).
Now, focusing more on the skin care products, they have cleansers, infusions, moisturizers, facial scrubs, and treatments. Each ‘category’ of products is divided into 4 main types namely Hydrate (for dry skin), Clear (for oily/acne-prone skin), Calming (for sensitive skin), and Synergy (for aging skin). So for example, we will have a synergy facial scrub but also a synergy moisture lotion or a synergy infusion etc…
It has the least ingredients to prevent aggravation of sensitive skin; including colloidal oatmeal to calm skin (which is also a base ingredient for all other types of products)
Contains additional hyaluronic acid, green tea, niacinamide, and beta-glucan.
Contains additional white willow extract (salicylic acid) for light exfoliation of blocked pores for congested skin, plus beta-glucan, hyaluronic acid and licorice root extract.
Contains the same list of ingredients as Hydrate, with the addition of blue-green algae, ginseng extract, licorice root extract, cucumber extract and ascorbic acid (Vitamin C).
Background On The Ingredients
As you have already seen, the ingredients for most of the lines are pretty similar, except for certain added ingredients.
The main ingredients contained in Enkido products are:
- Colloidal oatmeal – it soothes skin
- Beta-glucan – it helps to firm and tone skin
- Hyaluronic acid – it is hydrating
- Blue-green algae – it replenishes nutrients
- Green tea extract – it’s an anti-oxidant
- Ginseng extract – it stimulates cell growth
- Licorice root extract – for evening skin tone
- Cucumber extract – it’s soothing
- Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) – used for preventing age spots and for collagen production
THE PRODUCTS I TRIED
For the purpose of this blog post, I mainly focused on testing some products from the skincare line – but I hope to be evaluating other products from this company in the (possibly) near future (my wallet was complaining, you know!) In particular, I’d love to review the hair care products line, so expect another similar post!
I listed and wrote a specific review on each of the products I had the chance to try – you can find and read all my thoughts on them below.
Here’s a quick overview of the products mentioned: Foaming Cleanser; Calming Moisture Fluid; Hydrate Infusion; Clear Milk Scrub; Synergy Eye Cream.
As you might have noticed, I tried to test at least a product from each of their categories, so that I could see the different effects each combination of ingredients had on my skin.
I used all the products as a complete skincare routine, except for the clear milk scrub which I used every 2 to 5 days (it really depended on how much “dirt” there was on my skin).
I’ve been having this skincare routine for slightly less than a month now and the results have been quite pleasing.
The Enkido cleansers comprise a gel foaming cleanser, a cleansing milk, a make-up remover liquid, a cleansing oil and a very simple oatmeal cleanser.
I decided to test out the gel foaming cleanser because it’s good for all skin types. I was tempted to buy the cleansing oil at first – which contains olive and coconut oil – but I have a slightly acne-prone skin, so it definitely wouldn’t have been a good choice!
I must admit I’m not a huge fan of foaming cleansers and my past experience has been quite tragic: about 95% of the time they strip my skin of everything, including good natural oils, leaving it dry and tight (which also leads to irritation since my skin is very sensible).
However, this foaming cleanser left me pleasantly surprised. It’s very mild, does not foam a lot, has a very light texture and a neutral smell (great if you’re particularly sensitive to scents).
On the first use, I purposely waited before applying my moisturizer to see if my skin became dry or tight. It didn’t happen! Actually, it left my skin fresh, clean and smooth. I also used it for removing eye make-up and has never irritated my super sensitive under-eyes area.
I don’t want to sound fake – or whatever – but this is the best foaming cleanser I’ve tried by far. I will definitely purchase it again and again in the future: a must-have product.
I’d recommend this product hands-down for those that, like me, have a dry, allergy-prone and acne-prone skin. I really doubt there will be disappointments!
Calming Moisture Fluid
As for the moisturizers – there are moisturizers for each line, and you can select the consistency you want, in either fluid, lotion or cream form.
Excellent for very sensitive skin or even for people with skin conditions, this gentle calming moisture fluid has helped my skin very much (I even saw improvement on some small acne scars I had!)
I found it to be particularly effective when I use it during my skincare night routine, as it makes my skin look fresh in the following morning.
The infusions are just water with the various ingredients for each line added in (if you haven’t yet, you can find and read a list above!)
The hydrate infusion is basically a facial lotion that you apply on your skin after cleansing (you pump two pumps into your hands and pat them over the face). It’s useful to remove any make-up traces – and I fell in love with it.
In the description on the bottle, you can read it is a lotion, a toner, and an eye-cream all together in one product. In fact, it takes advantages of the antioxidant benefits of green tea.
Trying this infusion will make you realize just how right Enkido’s description is!
Clear Milk Scrub
This is hands down my favorite product on this list – as well as one of the best I’ve tried lately. It’s a wonderful product that I definitely wasn’t expecting to be so effective. It cleanses the skin and gives it that dewy ‘model’ glow we all love!
I’m in general a big fan of scrubs and I like testing out new ones, with the result of being often let down whether it’s because of the ‘miracles-promising’ descriptions or for some inaccurate online reviews.
But this one people!!!
It actually does what it says (and consider once again that my skin is that sensitive type that gets extremely reddish and irritated whenever I rub it a little) It cleanses the skin completely: forget about blackheads or clogged pores!
I use it on average twice per week, leaving it on for 10 minutes just like a facial mask. Then, I remove it with some water and splash my face with Enkido’s hydrate infusion when I think it’s necessary. I’ll be honest and tell you I already ordered another two bottles of this product!!
Synergy Eye Cream
If you’ve ever read the blog post on my skincare routine I published here you might remember that I admitted I don’t use anything on my under-eyes area because I consider it to be too sensitive and I’m really scared of ‘messing things up’.
I used to only apply some aloe vera (100%) to hydrate the area, but nothing more than that. When I found this product on the Enkido site, however, I thought that maybe it was the right time to start using something on that area…and that since their products are 100% natural I wouldn’t have ‘risked’ much. What can I say? I’m so glad I gave this product a chance because I am amazed at the results!
This cream does a great job and goes a long way (even with a little amount) – it’s definitely better than I expected. I have a very delicate eye area (working hours in front of a pc screen doesn’t help at all…) and this cream is so light that does not irritate my eyes at all.
Another great thing about this cream? It will seriously last you forever because you need to use just a tiny amount per application.
I’d say I’m pretty satisfied with the products I picked for ‘testing’ this company skincare line, as they all gave different, noticeable and nice results on my skin.
I’ll definitely buy some of the products I reviewed again in the future, but I also hope that I will be testing out other products from the body and the hair care line as well. If their hair care products are even half as good as these skincare products, I’ll feel like hitting the jackpot!
I really hope you found this Enkido review interesting and somehow helpful…Who knows, maybe I even helped you find your next favorite skincare company!
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Have you ever tried any of the products contained in this list – or others from the same company? Let me know all your thoughts or questions in the comments section below!