Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Koru Naturals: Natural Health & Beauty Products for the Family {Review}

Most of the time when I do a review for the Schoolhouse Review Crew, it's homeschool related.  We are a homeschool review team after all.  Every now and then, we get the opportunity to review something that's not about history or language arts or homeschool planning.  Every now and then, we get to review something for ourselves!  This is one such time.  Earlier this year, the crew reviewed a variety of products from Koru Naturals, but I was busy having a baby and missed out, so I just read all the glowing reviews.  After reading such great reviews, I was very intrigued and was excited to be part of this review.  This time, everyone received Skin Clear Cream and Manuka Honey Propolis Soap along with their choice of a few different products.  I received Emu Oil Shampoo and Emu Oil Leave-in Conditioner.

What is Koru Naturals?
Koru Naturals, believing in the natural beauty of New Zealand and the healing properties found naturally in the land, brings natural products to America and around the world.  Their store offers a variety of product lines and brands that utilize ingredients like active manuka honey, lanolin, emu oil, and tea tree to create natural and safe health and beauty products.

Skin Clear Cream
The skin clear cream is designed for those that have acne issues, though it can be used by anyone, even those who do not have skin problems.  We haven't hit that awkward acne-prone teen stage in our house yet, but as a mommy of four who's been pregnant and/or nursing for quite awhile (2 of my kids are 2 and under), my hormones are all over the place.  I have the occasional unsightly blemishes popping up here and there, so I was interested to see how this cream would work.  You are supposed to apply the creme twice a day to clean skin to help improve the look of blemished skin and naturally moisturize the skin to promote skin elasticity.  Honestly, I never remember to use it twice a day, but I like to apply it after my shower.  I like the smell, it's natural without being overwhelming.  (Some cleaning and beauty products quickly give me a headache.)  The creme is very thick and it doesn't take much at all to cover my face, so the first couple times I felt like I put too much and worried my face might end up feeling oily.  That wasn't the case.  My face feels soft for hours after using it.  It's only a 4 ounce container, but I feel like it will last forever.  I have only had one small breakout since starting, and it was hardly noticeable, but since mine were sporadic to begin with, only time will tell.  However, I really like the cream and plan to continue using it.

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This product does have warnings about not using if pregnant, or on children under 12 years old, so please use caution when using and storing this product!

Manuka Honey Propolis Soap
This soap is made of natural ingredients that are known for their natural moisturizing and skin protecting properties.  The soap comes in a little octagon box (cute, right!?) and is really pretty.  The bee carved into the soap is a great touch.  Aside from being pretty, it smells really nice.  It has a mild, sweet, honey smell.  It doesn't suds up as much as many soaps and liquid body washes do, but that doesn't bother me.  I feel clean and fresh after using it.  It's gentle, but effective.  I really like this soap, and generally I dislike bar soap.  The soap is 4.39 oz but it appears like it will last a long time compared to traditional bar soap.  I think it's a great soap for anyone wanting to use natural products.

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Emu Oil Shampoo & Conditioner
This pair of products was created specifically for damaged hair.  The term "sheds like a dog" has applied to me since I was a little girl.  Sounds attractive, right?  I also wear my hair pulled up most of the time, because it's just easier with small children, so I also have a lot of breakage.  When I take my hair out of a ponytail I have to brush and brush to remove all the loose hair.  Then I run my fingers through it to remove even more loose hair.  Then after my shower I do that all over again.  Obviously the idea of using natural products to help strengthen my hair was appealing.

The spray-in conditioner is what has the keratin that is supposed to help repair damage and reduce breakage, but after using it a couple of time, I always felt like there was a greasy residue in my hair.  I wasn't a fan of the way it looked or felt, so I decided to just use the shampoo alone to see what I thought.  Whenever I used the shampoo after having the conditioner in my hair, it took a second washing to suds up and feel like I was actually cleaning my hair; I suppose it was washing the conditioner out the first time.  If I used just the shampoo for the day, my hair felt cleaner at first, but I couldn't go a whole day without it beginning to feel dirty, heavy and oily.  I just think the emu oil was too much for my hair type.  Since I can't use the shampoo and conditioner as designed, I haven't seen any real benefits from it, but my daughter's hair type is different and she could probably use it.

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Final Thoughts
I can't say yet that I've seen spectacular results or anything, but overall I like these products.  Although the shampoo/conditioner set turned out not to be a good fit for me, I can see how it would be beneficial to others.  I like the facial creme and soap, I love the benefits of using natural products and I would certainly try more products from Koru Naturals.  I know my favorite, and most healing lotion ever was an emu oil lotion that my husband's coworker made, so I want to try this orange and emu oil hand and body balm next!

To find out more about their unique brands, check out the Koru Naturals website, Facebook and Pinterest, and be sure to check out the rest of the crew reviews, since we all received different products!

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