By the way, we at North Glow understand "high-end cosmetics" to mean that several requirements have to be met at the same time. The ingredients have to be free of harmful substances for humans, animals and nature, but they have to be useful for skin care. We don't want to see pointless fillers in the products, just as we don't want to see ingredients that are basically good, but not useful for the skin need for which the product was created. Although this is the most important point, it must not be the only one in the products you find with us. We see cosmetics not only as products that should work for different needs of your skin but also as a support in your "me-time", in your very own time that you dedicate to yourself during the day. The look, feel and scent of the products should also give you pleasure and contribute to your relaxation.
And of course, it's a bit one-sided if you can only read our own enthusiasm for the products here. That's why we're so happy that we're able to inspire guest writers for our blog every now and then, who share their experiences with different products with us.
Mario is an Instagram blogger, a big fan of Odacité products and now a very dear peer of mine when it comes to high-end, toxin-free cosmetics. She offered me to write a few lines about one of her favourite serums.Marion is 44 years young and lives on the border to Belgium. Maybe that's one of the reasons why she and our guest blogger Yasmine from @a.touch.of.violet are so close. Two little high-end natural cosmetics darlings, so to speak. Marion first got into natural cosmetics on a trip to Australia. There, the market for animal-free natural cosmetics was already much more advanced and quite elementary and natural. Marion was so enthusiastic that she stocked up on products there. Back in Germany, her interest was aroused and she studied the subject intensively. Since then, she says of herself that a change or regression to conventional cosmetics was no longer possible for her. It took a while until she had tested herself so far and found a suitable product for each of her skin needs, which she loves and uses again and again. First and foremost for her is that the products and their ingredients have not been tested on animals. This is immediately followed by the ingredients being free of harmful substances for her own body and the environment. Switching from high-end brands like MAC or Dior was not easy and took a little time - but it was more than worth it. Here she presents one of her favourite products, which she has already repurchased several times and uses again and again with enthusiasm.
And especially because Marion has been using the products of the Californian eco beauty brand Odacité for years, it is exciting and interesting to read her review. After several repurchases and a correspondingly long time to observe the effect on her skin and to test different ways of using it, she writes to us below about her experience with the All Embracing Serum by Odacité.
In Marion's words
When I came across this serum about two years ago, I was hooked on trying it out. It's perfect for dehydrated, thirsty skin!
This power serum has various positive effects on the skin due to its great ingredients. Among other things, it is, as I said, extremely moisturising but without being heavy on the skin. It is skin-soothing and anti-inflammatory, has an antiseptic effect and clarifies the skin.
In my opinion, a perfect serum for thirsty, dehydrated combination skin, with the first signs of ageing. Now, it's not a magic formula that will make you look 10 years younger after one night. But you'll definitely wake up the next morning with plump, velvety skin (because it's super moisturising). The longer you use it, the more you notice how your skin improves.
In the evening, I like to use it solo, on skin that has been moistened with toner beforehand. Two pumps are enough (so it's also very economical) and I'm ready to go. I always like to warm the serum between my hands for a few seconds and then start to "pat" it into my skin with light pressure. I like to finish with a facial massage, the serum on the skin is ideal for this. You can also use a Gua Sha (massage tool made of different gemstones) that the brand also offers.
This massage stimulates the lymphatic flow (toxins are flushed out), reducing puffiness and fine lines. Try it in combination with this serum! It's great.
During the day I like to use the All - Embracing Serum mixed with my Hyaluron Serum. Three pumps of Hyaluron Serum, one pump of Odacite Serum, mix and apply to the skin. My skin immediately feels velvety. It is absorbed immediately and the skin is perfectly prepared for the next steps that follow (SPF and day make-up). The mixture gives a beautiful glow as the skin is perfectly nourished.
Ingredients and actives that I particularly loveNow I would like to talk a little bit about the ingredients. Even though you can already read most of it under the product description at North Glow 😉 But here are a few of my favourite ingredients and a little something special.
Watermelon seed oil provides the skin with optimal moisture without lying on the skin. It is a small anti-aging elixir with numerous vitamins, minerals and trace elements. The amino acids, unsaturated fatty acids and antioxidants contained slow down skin ageing and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and pigmentation spots. Lycopene, as an antibacterial active ingredient, calms inflammation and prevents pimples. The amino acid citrulline also has an anti-inflammatory effect, binds the water in the skin and thus provides a lot of suppleness.
Vitamin A supports the growth and formation of new skin cells, promotes collagen formation in the connective tissue and inhibits degrading enzymes.
B vitamins support regeneration, cell growth and division as well as metabolic processes such as protein formation in the skin and thus strengthen it in the long term.
Vitamin E is one of the best-known radical scavengers with a whole host of powerful antioxidants such as tocopherol and tocotrienol. In addition, the fat-soluble vitamin accelerates cell regeneration and smoothes the skin's texture by binding moisture in the horny layer. This makes the skin soft, elastic and gives it a dreamy glow.
Hibiscus flower oil is rich in antioxidants and mild natural acids that promote skin renewal and thus have a clarifying and skin-balancing effect. The active ingredients contained inhibit the collagen-degrading enzyme elastase and thus reinforce the maintenance of skin elasticity. The high concentration of citric, malic and hibiscus acids in the hibiscus plant has a brightening effect and can thus soften and even out colour irregularities, pigment disorders or age spots when used regularly. The acids also have a clarifying effect, they remove sebum, sweat and make-up residues, have an anti-inflammatory effect and soothe skin irritations and impurities.
Last but not least, the high concentration of vitamin C and its antioxidant effect also make the plant the perfect remedy in the fight against toxins and harmful environmental influences such as UV rays. Hibiscus naturally supports the skin's own ability to store moisture and nutrients and is also suitable as a moisturiser (similar to aloe vera gel) to optimally supply dry and stressed skin with moisture.
Oatmeal extracts have a calming effect on stressed skin because oats are rich in minerals and vitamins (such as vitamin B1). Oat extracts stimulate the regeneration of the skin and provide it with moisture. In addition, oats help the skin to keep its pH value in balance. macos/deepLFree.translatedWithDeepL.text
This great blend of different oils is "crystal infused". This means that it has been filled with small gemstones, in this case three amethyst beads. The positive energetic effect of the amethysts is said to have an effect on the serum. Amethyst is said to have the ability to calm the mind and body. Together in combination with the essential oils used, including Neroli, Ylang - Ylang and Rose, it is said to relax the mind and combat stress as soon as it is applied. It indeed a nice, not too strong, relaxing scent. You see...I am thrilled. I must have repurchased this serum four times already. I think that says it all 😉 I'm so happy!
If you liked the report and would like to take a closer look at the All Embracing Serum by Odacité, the easiest way to find it is to click on the image below. Besides the Vitamin C night cream, the luxuriously scented serum is one of the best-selling products from Odacité.
The cosmetics company, which specialises in luxurious high-end skincare, i.e. facial care at the highest level, is based in California, USA, and sources most of its ingredients locally. The science behind it comes from France, where many companies specialising in skincare are based. It was born out of a situation that is not uncommon as a motivation for founding clean beauty brands or natural cosmetics brands. The founder found herself in a situation where she understood that something had to change fundamentally in her life. And. She did.
She quit her job, started a new training as a health and wellness coach and embarked on a fascinating journey to remove all toxins from her life. Among other things, however, when it came to skincare, she was not willing to sacrifice performance in the process. She wanted it all: effectiveness + purity. Not finding these basic principles in the cosmetics of the time, she began creating custom skincare solutions for herself and for private clients.
Demand quickly grew, and so Odacité was born, with the best of both worlds: luxurious French skincare and sustainable, natural living philosophy from California.
From the bottom of my heart, a big thank you to Marion for this interesting report and continue to enjoy Odacité and the All Embracing Serum.