I’m bringing up the kaboose here in our Acure Organics blog series. Hope you’re not sick of us…or Acure…yet. Oh, you’re not, you say? Well then, by all means, click on over to our Q&A with Acure’s President & Formulator Amy Halman, and take a gander at some of Kathryne’s favorite Acure products!
Back? Great. The truth is, we both had a go at a bevy of products by Acure (my favorite affordable, natural, easy-to-find brand!) and we couldn’t cram all of those reviews into one post. As you may have noticed…we’re a little verbose over here at Unsullied!
Acure sent me some products to help out with my problem-child skin and super dry hair (*tumbleweed blows by*). My can’t-live-without-’em favorites are Acure’s Brightening Facial Scrub and their Leave-In Conditioner. Pure magic, and so reasonably priced. But there’s more to love…
Brightening Facial Scrub
No matter the season, we all feel a bit of build-up on our faces after a few days – maybe from heavy cleansers, moisturizers or stubborn makeup. In summer, it’s usually from sunscreens and sunny day sweatin’. Acure’s Brightening Facial Scrub ($14.99 for 4 oz.) is PERFECT for easy exfoliation a few times each week. They’ve completely nailed it with this scrub – it’s not hard to see why this is Acure’s number one seller. Living without it now would make me a grumpy cat. I look forward to using it every few days!
First off, it’s easy to use, and ready to use. Having a scrub that you can squeeze right into your hand without mixing up a powder mask or scrub with water is very handy. It’s a very gentle exfoliant made from sea kelp and dehydrated lemon peel (how great? So spongy!), so it packs just the right amount of grit without stripping your skin or leaving you red and raw. French green clay gets to work on drawing out impurities. And with a little massaging, it produces a nice lather and foaming action, so you won’t miss your cleanser when you swap in this scrub. Ten out of ten on this one!
Facial Toner: Balancing Rose + Red Tea
This spray toner ($15.99) is so refreshing and so simple, with just six ingredients. Spritz it on after cleansing for a dewy base before applying serum or moisturizer.
And check the purity on that ingredients label! Witch hazel, rosewater and vegetable glycerin are all items I keep in the house (er, apartment) for mixing into DIY toners and facial cleansers. They’re calming and gentle. Acure also adds in teas: rooibos and chamomile, and calendula (marigold) which supports healthy skin.
I’ve been using leave-in conditioner sprays since I was a tween. They are a MUST for me: my hair is tanglier than a dust bunny you’d pull out of your vacuum.
AND: I thought I’d have to swear them off forever once I switched to all-natural products. Acure Organics to the rescue. I love that this leave-in conditioner ($9.99 for 4 oz.) gets a nourishing boost from argan oil but is still weightless, detangling and conditioning without weighing hair down. It also has an invigorating, spicy scent that wakes me up in the morning. This is a product that I will be re-purchasing from now until the end of time. Without it, I’d probably be bald.
Moisturizing Root Repair Hair Mask
My hair usually looks like a bale of hay thrown into a top knot or hiding underneath a bandana. I would love to blame genetics, but it has a little something to do with me going six months in between haircuts. GUILTY.
Given that, my straw-like strands need a LOT of nourishment so I can run a brush through ‘em , and also look some semblance of put-together. Acure’s hair mask ($14.99 for 4 oz.) provides a major dose of moisture. You can use it a few times each week (or, really, on any super dry days, maybe when you’ve been washing your hair frequently). Just coat your hair in the shower, leave on for a few minutes, and rinse out. You’ll feel the difference immediately: ingredients-wise, Acure told me that “…the CoQ10 helps with keratin regeneration while the l-arginine is necessary for protein production in the hair.” Plus, good stuff like rosehips, vegetable glycerin and cocoa butter are working in your favor. Just don’t overdo it as this level of moisture ain’t messin’ around!
Bonus: this is the best smelling product in my shower these days. Essential oils of rosemary and peppermint not only smell delicious, but Acure noted that they add shine, cut oiliness and are great for stimulation and circulation in the scalp.
For my fellow ladies and gents rocking the scarecrow look, this one’s for you.
Acure Organics Brightening Facial Scrub ingredients:
Organic Curoxidant™ Blend [(Organic Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Berry, Organic Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry), Organic Rosa Canina (Rosehips), Organic Punica Granatum (Pomegranate), Fair Trade Organic Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos)], Organic Calendula Officinalis (Calendula), Organic Matricaria Recutita (Chamomile), Organic Aloe Barbensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Vegetable Glycerin, French Green Clay, Organic Lemon Peel Granules, Saponified Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil), Cellulose Gum (Vegetable), Organic Olea Europaea (Olive Oil), Organic Ascophyllum Nodosum (Sea Kelp), Theobromo Cacao (Cocoa) Powder, Organic Chlorella Pyrenoidosa (Chlorella Growth Factor), Chlorophyll, Glucono Delta Lactone (Fermented Sugar), Carageenan, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Stem Cells, Organic Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Potassium Sorbate (Food Grade Preservative), Essential Oil Blend of Salvia Officinalis (Sage) and Mentha Spicata (Spearmint).
Acure Organics Facial Toner: Balancing Rose + Red Tea ingredients:
Fair Trade Organic Rooibos, Organic Calendula, Organic Chamomile, Organic Witch Hazel, Organic Bulgarian Rose Water (Hydrasol), Organic Glycerin
Acure Organics Leave-In Conditioner ingredients:
Organic Euterpe oleracea (Acai) Berry, Organic Rubus fruticosus (Blackberry), Organic Rosa canina (Rosehips), Organic Punica granatum (Pomegranate), Organic Fair Trade Certified™ Rooibos, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Vera Leaf, vegetable glycerin, 100% natural betaine (from sugar beets), capric/caprylic triglycerides (fractionated cocos nucifera (coconut) oil), hydroxypropyl starch phosphate (from non-gmo corn starch), d-panthenol (provitamin b5), sucrose laurate (from sugar & coconuts), fair-trade certified organic olea europaea (olive) fruit oil (extra virgin), ethyl lauroyl arginate (from natural amino acid), & natural sclerotiom gum (fermented sugar), Ubiquinone (CoQ10), spinosa (Argan) Stem Cell, Organic Argania spinosa (Argan) oil, Argania spinosa (Argan) Stem Cell Culture, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass), Lavendula Dentata (French Lavender), Evernia Prunastri (Oakmoss), & Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Essential Oils
Acure Organics Moisturizing Root Repair Hair Mask ingredients:
Organic Euterpe oleracea (Acai) Berry, Organic Rubus fruticosus (Blackberry), Organic Rosa canina (Rosehips), Organic Punica granatum (Pomegranate), Fair Trade Certified™ Organic Rooibos, cetearyl alcohol, stearylkonium chloride, vegetable glycerin, isoamyl laurate, glyceryl stearate (vegetable derived), glucono delta lactone (fermented sugar), Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) oil, Mentha peperita (peppermint) oil, Organic Argania spinosa (argan) oil, l-arginine (amino acid), Fair Trade Certified™ Organic Theobroma Cacao (cocoa) butter, methylcellulose (plant derived), Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Argania spinosa (Argan) Stem Cell Culture, d-alpha tocopheryl acetate (natural vitamin E)
**All Acure products were generously sent to me for review by the product manufacturer. Check out our policy on product reviews.