Back up and running, one of my favorite series on the blog, namely The United Nations of Green Beauty Products featuring green brands from all over the world. For today’s virtual beauty trip, we’re headed to Switzerland. Due to its breathtaking landscape, Switzerland is naturally evocative of nature and wellness, so it does not come as a surprise that it is also home to beautiful eco/green brands, including Namari Skin.
Namari Skin is an eco-luxe, organic, fair-trade brand with a condensed skincare range of 6 products. Design-wise, the black Miron glass/gold lettering is a winning combination. Formulated with rare organic plants, butters, oils, spices, and clays, you really get the feeling that a stunning beauty ritual awaits you once a Namari product is in your hands. I was first introduced to Namari by a fellow green beauty lover and a total sweetheart, Tamara who’s living in Switzerland. She had kindly sent me a couple of samples to try and despite the little amounts of products, I could feel the potency. Later on, Nadine, the founder, offered to send me her latest creation at that time, Kokon*, a 2-in-1 cleanser concentrate. I have used the cleanser up until the very last drop and I finally got round to sharing my thoughts.
Kokon is the German translation for Cocoon and there could not be a more suitable term to describe this product. Versatile, it is a cleanser/mask that can be used in a myriad of ways, for a personalized routine.
Kokon is formulated with nourishing and calming ingredients. It has a subtle nutty flavor thanks to the blend of hazelnut, cashew seed, and argan oils. Add to that a hint of cocoa, vanilla, and sandalwood and you get a delectable yet not overpowering aroma. Matching the olfactory to the visual, Kokon looks like liquid caramel.
The first time I used Kokon, it reminded me of May Lindstrom’s Honey Mud as they bear some similarities, both in the texture and scent. While they are equally lush, they do remain different and unique on their own. I have attached below the INCI’s of both products so you can see the ingredients they have in common. The main difference is that Kokon does not contain any honey nor clay, so it feels lighter than The Honey Mud. THM feels more of a winter treatment as opposed to Kokon which can be used (in my opinion) all year long.
|Kokon: *Anacardium Occidentale (Cashew) Seeds, *Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, *Corylus Avellana (Hazelnut) Oil, °Myroxolon Pereirae (Peru Balsam) Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) CO2 Extract, *Boswellia Serrata (Frankincense) Oil, *Santalum album (Sandalwood) Oil, *Vanilla Planifolia (Vanille) CO2 Extract, +Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Oil, *Calendula Officinalis (Marigold) CO2 Extract, *Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Oil, *Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, **Benzyl Alcohol, **Benzyl Benzoate, **Cinnamyl Alcohol, **Citral, **Geraniol, **Limonene, **Linalool*Certified Organic**Component of Essential Oil+Wild Harvested||The Honey Mud: ***Raw Honey with Bee Pollen and Propolis, Kaolin (White Halloysite) Clay, *Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, *Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Colloidal Silver, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Oleoresin, *Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Oil, *Cananga Odorata ( Ylang-Ylang) Oil, *Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Co2 Total Essential Oil, *Juniperus Virginiana (Cedarwood) Oil, **Boswellia Serrate Gum (Frankincense) Oil, **Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Oil|
The other detail that I thoroughly enjoyed was the precise guidance and information you get with the product. The directions of use are clear. You even have the date of production listed (see pic above). To guarantee maximum freshness and potency, there’s a strict 6 month limit between the manufacturing and selling date. I received the product early 2018 and it would have been available for sale until July the latest. Nuori is another eco brand that is transparent about the expiry dates (see my review here).
Kokon is a decadent skin treat that nourishes the skin and soothes the spirit. An intoxicating blend of spices and exotic oils that elevates the ‘mundane’ task of cleansing your face. I highly recommend giving this amazing Swiss brand a try. It is the embodiment of “green/clean” beauty in the sense that it is mindfully crafted with utmost care and intelligence, aiming to offer your skin a soothing and replenishing experience.
Have you tried Namari? Which Swiss brand do you enjoy?
*Sample sent for review consideration, all opinions my own.