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Years ago I traveled to Greece and visited the beautiful island of Crete, as well as the capital, Athens. I enjoyed the warm sunshine, laid-back lifestyle and the crystal clear Aegean Sea, that somehow felt less salty than Adriatic Sea, which I was so used to. Needless to say, to this day I dream of going back. When I was contacted by Kear Natural Skincare to review some of their products, I just had to accept. I was looking forward to trying their products infused with all the goodness of nature that the Mediterranean climate can provide.
κέᾰρ (pronounced the same as the English work ‘care’) is derived from the ancient Greek word for ‘heart’, produces authentic skincare products based on timeless formulas of Herodotus, Hippocrates and Galen. Their soaps are nature-derived and oils and balms are all-natural, eco-friendly and cruelty-free. You can read more about the company here.
For a natural skincare company, they did great with their packaging. The oils and balms come in opaque glass bottles and jars, with wooden caps. All the products are also housed in recyclable paper boxes, of which I particularly love the balm boxes, that make the jars look like they’re on a pedestal – such a great presentation, and wonderful for gift giving.
This is the first product I’ve tried, and it was a great start. The agedefying face balm has simple and powerful ingredients, and a wonderful citrus scent that is gentle, but not too strong. I actually guessed it was orange, even before I looked it up. As with every balm, I used it only at night for a few nights, and really made my skin softer and better looking. I wasn’t using and oil or a balm lately, and I see now that I shouldn’t have been skipping this last step in my nightly routine. Even when it’s warm outside my skin craves the extra moisturization, and this product provides just that.
As with every balm, this one is a bit greasy and a little goes a long way. However, this balm feels a bit more “waxy” than other ones I’ve tried, which is not surprising, considering that beeswax is the second ingredient. I actually like this, because it’s just enough to keep the oils sealed into the skin, but not to make my skin feel weird when touched. It also doesn’t make my skin feel as greasy as some other oils and balms I’ve tried. The balm has a 6 month expiry after opening, and with the warmer weather coming I can see this jar lasting through the spring and summer for sure.
Ingredients: Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Cera Alba* (Beeswax), Glycine Soja Oil, Calendula Officinalis Extract, Tocopherol, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Vitis Vinifera Seed Oil, Propolis, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Oil, Limonene, Linalool, Citral
I was very happy to see that the company sent me all four of their soaps to try. I love starting a fresh bar of soap, and have at least three soaps in the shower at all time (weird?). I think the selection they have is really nice, with one exfoliating body soap and three other herbal soaps that can be use for face and body. All the soaps have vegetable glycerin as the base, and contain no parabens or animal fat.
The Chamomile Herbal Soap is an antiseptic soap that fights spots and discolourations. It’s great for sensitive, as well as acne-prone skin. I found the scent a bit strong right out of the box, but very nice once I lathered up. Speaking of which – this soap lathers great for a natural soap! I used it on my body, and left my skin clean, but not tight, and lightly scented. Even my washroom smelled fantastic for hours after my shower. I did need to moisturize afterwards, but as soon as water touches my skin I have to moisturize – I’ve never managed to find a soap or a body wash that provides enough moisture for my dry skin. However, if your skin is oily or normal, this soap might be great for you, and you can skip the lotion afterwards if you want to.
Ingredients: Sodium Palmitate, Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Parfum (Fragrance), Chamomile Glycolic Extract, Sodium Chloride, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Silicate, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Tetrasodium EDTA, +/- CI 74160, 61570, 19140, 16185.
The Exfoliating Herbal Soap is the one I was most excited to try, and I reached for it immediately. I love a good body exfoliant, but most scrubs and polishes with an oily base can clog my pores (which is funny since I actually need the extra oils). For this reason I prefer exfoliating soaps like this one. Although described as gentle, this soap is actually quite harsh, and since I got a bit too excited I ended up with a few superficial scratches on my legs, that luckily faded by the morning. So I recommend very gentle touch when it comes to this soap – after the first use I started using it without any pressure, which provides enough exfoliation. Just like the chamomile soap, this one lather beautifully and doesn’t make my skin dry. I still love it, though, and figured it would also be great as a hand soap after yard work, to really get the dirt out of the skin.
Ingredients: Sodium Palmitate, Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Granules Almond Shell, Parfum, Algae Extract, Hedera Helix (Ivy) Leaf Extract, Punica Granatum Extract, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Chloride, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Silicate, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Tetrasodium EDTA, +/- CI 74160, C.I 19140
The Mastic Herbal Soap has the gentlest scent out of these four, but with the safe effectiveness. I actually expected a strong scent from the mastic, so this was a nice surprise! This soap also lathers well and cleans perfectly, without stripping the natural oils from my skin. I would recommend it to those sensitive to scents. Since this soap is rich in antioxidants, it’s great for face, and I like how it leaves my skin clean and not tight.
Ingredients: Sodium Palmate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Aqua, Glycerin, Parfum, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Silicate, Linalool (pure & ex geranium oil), 2-(4-Tert-Utylbenzyl), Propionaldehyde (Lilial), Citronellol (pure & ex geranium oil), benzyl Salicylate, Coumarin, D-Limonene (pure & ex mastic absolute, lemone oil, terpenes, lemon oil, cornmint oil, litsea cubeba oil), 3-Methyl -4- (2,6,6- Trimethyl-2-Cyclohexen-1-YL)-3- Buten-2-One (Alpha-ISO-Methyl Ionone), Geraniol (pure & ex geranium oil), Tetrasodium EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Mono ID-24054, Pistacia Lentiscus (Mastic) Gum Oil.
Lastly, we have a Sage & Olive Leaf Extract Herbal Soap. This soap is recommend for blemish prone skin, and can also be used on face and body. Since it has a fresh, but strong scent, I decided it will be another shower soap for me. Like the other three soaps, this one lathers well, cleans without stripping and leaves my skin lightly scented, and the washroom smelling amazing for hours.
Ingredients: Sodium Palmitate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Parfum (Fragrance), Sodium Chloride, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Silicate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Extract, Salvia Officinalis leaf water, Sodium PCA, Sodium Lactate, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Glycine, Niacinamide, Urea, Inositol, +/- CI 74160, 61570, 19140, 16185
This oil has been calling my name ever since I took it out of the packaging. I love arnica for my legs, because I get bruises from hitting furniture all the time, plus my capillaries break every now and then, and arnica is known for it’s healing properties. This wonderful blend of oils and beeswax is not too greasy and sinks in quickly, and just like the balms it leaves a slightly waxy residue that keeps the oils inside the skin, so it can even be used in the morning. I love the gentle sweet almond oil scent, and the only thing that bugs me is the bottle – it’s kind of hard getting the oil out. I have to shake the bottle a lot to get a few drops at a time, but luckily a few shakes is all I need for my whole legs.
Ingredients: Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) seed oil, Cera Alba* (Beeswax), Hydrogenated Vegetable oil (natural origin), Arnica montana (Arnica) flower extract, Parfum, Hexyl Cinnamal, Alpha-Isomethylionone
I feel like I’m repeating myself, but this balm is just wonderful! It has simple and well-picked ingredients that keep my skin moisturized. My knees have been in a bad shape lately, partly because I change diapers on the floor (for safety, my baby is very squirmy), and partly because I completely neglected them. I made it a point to apply this balm every night, and after using it for 10 days in a row my knees are looking much better. Not quite soft and smooth, but almost there. Hopefully by the time it gets hot again they will look presentable. I like that the beeswax keeps those oils in, so I can get dressed right after applying it. The scent of this balm is sooooo good – it smells citrusy like the face balm, but the scent is stronger here. I really want to apply it all over, but it’s so good that I’m using it sparingly. I think I will use it on my hands, too, just to enjoy the scent more (plus, my hands could use the help, too). A tiny little bit goes a long way with this balm, and depending on where you use it it may last for a while.
Ingredients: Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Cera Alba* (Beeswax), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) seed oil, Arnica montana (Arnica) flower extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Oil, Limonene, Linalool, Citral
I fell in love with this company’s products! Every single one works, smells great, and the ingredients are chosen with care. Even better – every purchase over 50 EUR ships for free. Anywhere in the world!!! Considering that even most US companies don’t offer a free shipping threshold to Canada (or it’s ridiculously high), and we’re neighbours, this is an awesome deal. Prices for the products shown here are as follows:
- Agedefying Face Balm – 45 EUR
- Chamomile Herbal Soap – 5 EUR
- Exfoliating Herbal Soap – 6 EUR
- Mastic Herbal Soap – 6 EUR
- Sage & Olive Leaf Extract Herbal Soap – 6 EUR
- Calm & Revive Arnica Body Oil – 44 EUR
- Soothing Body Balm – 42 EUR
Do you prefer natural skincare? Have you ever tried to use oils and balms? Which product shown here would you love to try?