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Review: Odacité's Black Mint Cleanser

**This post is an advertorial in collaboration with Odacité Skincare**

There is no shame in my skincare game thanks to Odacité! I use a variety of the brand's coveted Serum Concentrates on a daily basis and my skin has never looked better! The newest addition to Odacité's lineup of innovative products is a Black Mint Cleanser and, not surprisingly, it's amazing!

When it comes to cleansers, I search for nourishing products that don’t leave my skin feeling stripped of its natural oils (check out my post about sebum). I also don't like to feel like there is any sort of residue left behind. I swear by the Brilliantly Brightening Facial Scrub from Acure Organics and the Black Clay Facial Soap from Osmia Organics, but the Black Mint Cleanser has slipped seamlessly into my routine and is now my morning go-to.

Review of Odacité's Black Mint Cleanser


This gel cleanser transforms into a purifying foam with the addition of water. I'm not usually a fan of gels, but of course, Odacité's formulation is just right. The Black Mint Cleanser is packed full of amazing ingredients that purify the skin, help prevent breakouts, and promote hydration. As I mentioned in my last post, activated charcoal is a magical thing! Not only will the charcoal in this cleanser help suck the buildup out of your pores, but the addition of Rhassoul clay will help soothe and nourish the skin. The peppermint oil in this product provides for an intense mintiness and astringency. Aiding in its pore shrinking power is tea tree oil. The cleanser is then balanced out with apple amino acid that lifts away dirt and oil without disrupting the skin’s balance. 

New Black Mint Cleanser from Odacité Skincare


Water [Aqua], Algal Betaine [Capric/Lauric/Myristic/Oleic Amidopropyl Betaine], Decyl Glucoside, Lauryl/ Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Apple Amino Acids, Xanthan Gum, Activated Charcoal, Rhassoul Clay [Moroccan Lava Clay], Tea Tree Leaf Oil [Melaleuca Altemifolia], Peppermint Oil [Mentha Piperita], Rosemary Leaf Extract [Rosmarinus Officinalis*], Sunflower Seed Oil [Helianthus Annuus*], Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glycerin, Tetra­sodium Glutamate Diacetate 

*Organic Origin 


First, I dampen my skin with a bit of warm water. I then give the bottle a good shake before dispensing 1-2 pumps of gel into my hand. I then massage the gel over my face in upward, circular motions to create some lather. I finish up with a thorough rinse and follow with one of Odacité's Serum Concentrates (I'm currently loving Grapeseed+Grapefruit) and some moisturizer.

Odacité's Black Mint Cleanser


This luxurious gel cleanser is a great addition to my skincare routine! The invigorating mint scent really wakes me up in the morning, but more importantly, this product leaves my skin with a fresh, beautiful glow. I also like the fact that it doesn't leave a residue behind, just silky, beautiful skin. While I would repurchase it in the future, this product is a little pricey ($39 for 3.38 oz / 100 ml). However, the quality of this cleanser is exceptional and its combination of nourishing ingredients provides for a deep cleanse that doesn't dry out the skin. It works wonderfully on my dehydrated skin, but it will leave people of all skin types with clear, smooth complexions!

Are you as addicted to Odacité as I am?

**The Odacité product featured in this post were sent to me for review. As always, however, I have presented my 100% honest opinion. I cannot, nor will I ever, accept compensation in exchange for a positive review.**

Review: the takesumi detox deodorant from Kaia Naturals

**This post is an advertorial in collaboration with Kaia Naturals**

There are more and more natural deodorants flooding the market these days, but finding the right formulation isn't always easy. Just because a deodorant is packed with amazing ingredients doesn't mean that it's going to agree with you or that it will fulfill your needs and expectations. In particular, there is a great debate regarding the inclusion of baking soda in natural deodorants. Many people rave about the benefits of baking soda for odor control, while others find that it irritates the skin.

Review of takesumi detox deodorant from Kaia Naturals

Since pit protection is personal, my favorite deodorants may not work for you. I previously recommended the Agent Nateur & Shiva Rose h o l i (R o s e) N4 Deodorant and it's still one of my go-tos. Another amazing option is the takesumi detox deodorant from Kaia Naturals. I adore the juicy bamboo gentle facial cleansing cloths from Kaia Naturals, so it's no surprise that their deodorant has made its way into my daily routine. 

Also known as bamboo charcoal, takesumi is a form of activated charcoal used in traditional Japanese medicine to detox the body and control odor. How is charcoal activated and why is the activation process important? Well, activated charcoal is a form of carbon that has been processed at a very high temperature to increase its porosity. More pores equates to more surface area; in turn, more surface area means that there is more space for absorption and other chemical reactions to occur. Once activated, charcoal is basically like a magnet that magically draws out toxins and bacteria. It really is an incredibly versatile and potent ingredient with countless applications.

takesumi detox deodorant from Kaia Naturals

By drawing out odor-causing bacteria, the activated charcoal and fermented ingredients in the takesumi detox deodorant will eventually keep your body feeling and smelling fresh. Why did I say "eventually" you ask? With many natural deodorants, there is a detox process that has to occur, especially if you're making the switch from a mainstream antiperspirant for the first time. Antiperspirants typically contain aluminium salts and work by plugging sweat glands to prevent you from sweating. With natural deodorant, your underarms are free to breathe, so you may sweat more and experience some initial breakthrough odor. Check out the four stages of detox at Kaia Naturals's website for more information about what to expect. I've been using natural deodorant for a while now, so my body didn't go through a detox process when I tried the takesumi deodorant. However, when I first made the switch to a natural deodorant a few years ago, I recall emanating a funky essence for a while before acquiring the freshness that I was after. Exfoliating your underarms (dry brushing is great!) and using a little bit of apple cider vinegar can help expedite the detox process. Kaia Naturals also sells a deodorant booster bar that is meant to enhance the power of the takesumi deodorant. Also of note, while this charcoal-based deodorant looks gray, it goes on clear and doesn't leave any marks on clothing.

Lime mint takesumi detox deodorant from Kaia Naturals


If you're looking for a high quality, natural deodorant, the takesumi detox deodorant from Kaia Naturals is definitely worth a try! It's vegan, cruelty-free, 99% natural, and baking soda free! Not to mention, it's available in three scents: cold-pressed rose, juicy bamboo (citrus blend), and lime mint. Personally, I tried the lime mint version and think it is a great unisex scent! It is heavy on the mint with just a hint of citrus, so I find the aroma very bright and refreshing. The full-sized deodorants contain 65 g / 2.29 oz of product and retails for $22 USD. Kaia Naturals also sells travel-sized versions of the takesumi deodorants which are not only convenient if you're on-the-go, but also if you're interested in testing out multiple scents. These smaller offerings contain 14 g / 0.49 oz of product and retail for $10 USD.

Have you tried the takesumi detox deodorant from Kaia Naturals?

**The Kaia Naturals product featured in this post were sent to me for review. As always, however, I have presented my 100% honest opinion. I cannot, nor will I ever, accept compensation in exchange for a positive review.**