A’kin is a brand I was previously not very familiar with, probably due to the fact it is the brain child of an Australian company, The Purist Company. It was founded in 1997 by cosmetic chemist Will Evans, and its signature products were initially in the haircare field. Since then the company has grown and nowadays they supply a full range of natural skincare products to stockists worldwide; which is a pretty impressive feat considering the company is relatively young. The company prides itself on only using the purest organic botanical ingredients and all their products are free from sulphates, petrochemicals, parabens, propylene glycol, silicones, sulphates DEA, mineral oil and artificial colours and fragrances. The A’kin brand is also suitable for use by vegans and is free from both animal ingredients and animal testing.
I was kindly sent one of their bestsellers, the Pure Alchemy Cellular Radiance Serum, to try by the brands PR rep in Ireland months ago and it is only now that I can give an honest review, mainly due to the fact I can be quite inconsistent with the products I use on a daily basis.
The product comes in an old world brown glass bottle with a dropper dispenser and a 28ml bottle will set you back roughly around the €24.99 mark in chemists around the country. That is a pretty decent price for a serum and especially one with such stellar ingredients.
The product directs that you use it as part of your evening ritual so that’s exactly what I did. I stop/started a few times due to late nights and pure laziness but the last few weeks I have made it my business to apply routinely and boy am I glad I did. Using the dropper I dispense 3-4 drops and apply to my freshly cleansed face each evening. The products smells quite rosehippy and my skin drinks it up (which could be partly due to cleansing with a Clarisonic of late). It doesn’t leave me with a greasy feeling even though it is quite oil like in texture and when I wake in the morning my skin is comfortably moisturised without irritation or breakouts. It has helped to re-hydrate my parched skin and I find massaging it into my face of an evening extremely calm inducing and relaxing.
Overall I was super impressed with this product, and that’s not something I say lightly. I had been expecting to not like this product, purely based on the fact I must be the only person on the planet who does not like Trilogy Rosehip Oil. I will definitely be purchasing this when my bottle runs out (which by the way is like some sort of everlasting bottle! I have it months and there is still lots of product left).
Have you tried A’kin? Any other products I must check out? Please share in the comments.