Kari Gran All Natural & Organic Skin Care | Review & Giveaway

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A couple months ago, the kind folks at Kari Gran sent me a complimentary starter kit of their three-step natural skin care system. I used it to the last drop, and loved it so much I purchased the full-size cleanser and serum for myself.

I think the secret to great skin is keeping things super simple. Kari Gran skin care products are made in small batches with natural plant oils, essential oils, and vitamin E. That’s it. No parabens, preservatives, petrochemicals, drying detergents, or synthetic fragrances.

I know some people are skeeved out by the idea of using oils on their face, but you guys, it’s so good for your skin. Traditional cleansers use detergents and sulfates that strip skin of important natural oils, so it produces more oil to compensate, which leads to congested pores and breakouts. It’s a vicious cycle.

Natural plant-based cleansing oils operate on the principle that “like dissolves like.” From acne.org:

“Fact: Oil dissolves oil. One of the most basic principals of chemistry is that “like dissolves like.” The best way to dissolve a non-polar solvent like sebum/oil, is by using another non-polar solvent similar in composition: Other oils. By using the right oils, you can cleanse your pores of dirt and bacteria naturally, gently and effectively, while replacing the dirty oil with beneficial ones extracted from natural botanicals, vegetables and fruit that heal, protect and nourish your skin.”

The lavender-scented oil cleanser is my favorite at the end of a long day. I slather it onto my dry face and massage it in for several minutes until it dissolves every last bit of grime and makeup (including stubborn eye makeup) and remove it with a warm wet washcloth. I follow it up with the hydrating tonic and essential serum, which work together to leave my skin balanced and hydrated without feeling greasy. It’s all kinds of luxurious; but most important, my skin is clear, even and healthy.

GIVEAWAY TIME! I believe in this stuff so much, I wish I could buy a round for everyone. Until I hit the lotto to make that happen, I thought I’d start by giving away one Kari Gran Starter Kit, on me. To enter, just leave a comment with a way to contact you (email/URL/twitter/whatevs) before Monday, November 10th, at 5pm EST. US entries only, please. Good luck!

ETA: I’ll draw a winner at random!

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  1. 4.5.18

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  29. 11.28.14

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  30. 11.21.14
    Anonymous said:

    These products do look fab – must try some :) Your skin looks great so hopefully it can help me!!

    Also, I absolutely LOVE your hair in this picture.

    B http://www.feixy.me

  31. 11.19.14
    Novita said:

    wow… your skin good looking…. nice to try it…

  32. 11.16.14
    Jess said:

    I would loved to try!
    jemccullough at gmail

  33. 11.16.14

    your skin is amazing and this was such a good read! I always worry about trying new skin products because I have such combination skin:(
    ps. I’m new to wordpress and I would be extremely grateful if anyone would follow or leave feedback on my blog, thank you x

  34. 11.16.14

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  35. 11.12.14

    I never would’ve thought of using oil on my oily skin. I’ve learned something. Your skin looks amazing!

  36. 11.11.14
    Ashley W said:

    Looks like a great product! I am currently using the Simple Brand.

  37. 11.11.14
    Misskaren said:

    Enjoyed reading this…thanks!

  38. 11.10.14

    My skin could use some extra TLC … and would love it to look like yours! christiegreen92@gmail.com

  39. 11.10.14

    because I need a new skin care routine macieleli@hotmail.com

  40. 11.10.14
    tflclara said:

    @cheekycownoodle on Twitter, cheers :))

  41. 11.10.14
    Christine said:

    The lavender oil sounds heavenly! I love it’s calming qualities. I’ve had trouble with eczema on and off for years and this natural type of beauty product makes sense especially for someone like me!

  42. 11.9.14
    Megan Sanders said:

    I’d love to try these products!

  43. 11.9.14
    veritydae said:

    Definitely want to try this out now! Great review and I’m an oil lover as well!
    Verity.Dae@gmail.com

    Thank you!

  44. 11.9.14
    freshsamanthaaa said:

    Your skin looks great, I would love to try these products! freshsamanthaaa (at) hotmail (dot) com

  45. 11.9.14

    It’s a great opportunity,thank you,i would like to try!
    lunaticaragazza@gmail.com

  46. 11.8.14
    Cassie said:

    This stuff sounds amazing! Would love to try it out!!
    clbsmith04@gmail.com

  47. 11.8.14

    This sounds awesome! I love trying out new natural skincare products. This is very sweet of you :)

    http://nidadoesbeauty.com/

  48. 11.8.14
    Danielle Lee said:

    Would love to try this! Thanks for the opportunity.
    snookphelia(at)hotmail(dot)com

  49. 11.8.14

    I’ve always been interested in paraben free products, it’s become essential to pay attention. That’s why I’m really happy to know a good brand :)
    And I enter, it would be so great to try: california-sunset@outlook.fr
    xx

  50. 11.8.14
    Anonymous said:

    Some organic products haven’t been up to the job, so I’d love to try this!
    Jen
    cliffennifer@roadrunner.com

  51. 11.8.14
    Angela said:
  52. 11.8.14
    millerest1998 said:

    I would love to give this a try. I’ve struggled with poor skin my entire life.

  53. 11.7.14

    I foudn out about Kari Gran through my monthly subscription to GOODE box ( by the way SO check them out!) I got a sample of thier Lip Whip, and I fell in LOVE I would love to get a facial starter kit and try this whole new OIL cleansing thing.

  54. 11.6.14
    Margaret said:

    I would love to try these natural skin care products /contact me please at decor1952@aol. com,thank you do much@):-

  55. 11.6.14
    Christina said:

    Sounds good to me

  56. 11.6.14
    Anonymous said:

    I’m interested in trying this! kristy.schlueter@gmail.com

  57. 11.6.14

    Please pick me :) b.cagle@gmail.com

  58. 11.6.14

    This sounds amazing! Aroonmelane@gmail.com

  59. 11.6.14
    court86 said:

    Ahhh this mother needs good skin again!! Would love to try this!!

    Courtney_hurley86@yahoo.com

    ;)

  60. 11.5.14
    skim said:

    intriguing! skiminycricket at gmail dot com

  61. 11.5.14
    arkodet said:

    I’m just getting into natural beauty products and would love to try this! Arkodet@gmail.com

  62. 11.5.14
    Hannah C said:

    This is awesome! hannahekelley@gmail.com

  63. 11.5.14
    Jem said:

    I have red hair and very sensitive skin. I have a hard time finding skincare products that are gentle enough to use on my skin, but also get the job done. This sounds perfect!!

  64. 11.5.14
    sierravbrock said:

    Hey why not! I love reading your blog! Especially the one about the chamomile essential oil!!! teheheee, brought me a laugh! So one entry: sierra.downcottonwoodlane.@gmail.com

  65. 11.5.14
    Jess said:

    I would love to try this! Thanks for the giveaway! jessica_2oo3@hotmail.com

  66. 11.5.14
    Kadee P said:

    I tried a cleansing oil once in my Birchbox a while back, I actually really like it and was amazed at how quickly it dissolved even the most stubborn eye makeup. Would love to try this! kadee.payton@gmail.com

  67. 11.5.14

    Cool

  68. 11.5.14

    Omg this may be exactly what I’m looking for to solve my skin sorrows! Love to enter!
    daniellelizabethh@outlook.com

  69. 11.5.14

    I would love to win this stuff for my wife!
    surnameisrael@yahoo.com

  70. 11.5.14
    Kim said:

    I’m always looking to try new face products! Thanks for the giveaway!

  71. 11.5.14
    Lindsay said:

    Your skin is glowing, but it always looks that way! Would love to try!
    pinksuedebutterflies@yahoo.com

  72. 11.5.14
    Anonymous said:

    I think that motto will stay with me, thanks!

  73. 11.5.14
    Susanna Niccum said:

    Would love this! I’ve been looking for a natural skincare line! suspyle@hotmail.com

  74. 11.5.14

    I have been researching essential oils and carrier oils for months now, trying to find the right blend of each to use on my and my family’s skin. I’m just so tired of putting chemicals on us. I would love to try this out! ncole@castoinfo.com

  75. 11.5.14
    Tab said:

    Ooooh your skin glows!! Tabkarish@gmail.com

  76. 11.5.14
    kundera78 said:

    My skin feels so dry lately, I would love to try this. allison.kunder@gmail.com

  77. 11.5.14

    I love oil cleansers.
    @bambi_beth

  78. 11.5.14
    Heidi said:

    I love that someone I trust believes in oils– I’ve wanted to try but never really know what to go with. Maybe this is my chance ;)
    hhamlin324@yahoo.com <3

  79. 11.5.14
    Megan said:
  80. 11.5.14
    craftyone said:

    Seems like good products from what I’ve read; I would like to try them.

  81. 11.5.14
    Sara S. said:

    I Love trying new skincare products, especially all natural ones!

  82. 11.5.14

    I’m always game for trying new skincare products and it seems like you truly believe in this stuff!

    Cheers, Jo
    @joannealma

  83. 11.5.14

    I’d love to be entered! Owilson6@me.com

  84. 11.4.14
    Sally Z said:

    What a great giveaway! Love your blog :)

    Sally
    Sallyyeezhen at gmail.com

  85. 11.4.14
    Alexi said:

    You can reach me via email (aleximatamoros@gmail.com)! I hope I win, I break out a lot and am always looking for a solution.

  86. 11.4.14

    About page on my blog! http://pastedreams.wordpress.com

    Hope I win—sounds amazing!!

  87. 11.4.14
    Sarah said:

    I make my own cleanser at home, but this sounds amazing! Please enter me and pick me! lovelywords1981@gmail.com

    • 11.5.14

      I would love to hear your recipe, Sarah! I did the oil cleansing method for a bit and mixed my own oils, but it was tricky to get the balance just right. That’s why I love this brand, it does all the work for me. ;-)

  88. 11.4.14
    Abigail woodworth said:

    One entry: abigail_woodworth@yahoo.com thanks! Love your blog, wish you posted more about your floral business, I love your creations and unique ideas

    • 11.5.14

      Thank you, Abigail! I’ll try to post more about the business now and then.

  89. 11.4.14
    Brown Eyed Quail said:
  90. 11.4.14
    susanhho said:

    Wow, these products look amazing! As a young adult who still suffers with acne-prone skin for over ten years, I would love to try them!

    susanho19@gmail.com

  91. 11.4.14

    Ooh I love natural skin products and I can’t wait to give this a try! You look great (as always). :) Leslie@lesliebuchanan.com

  92. 11.4.14
    Jamie Caton said:

    Hi! I would love to give them a try! And, ps — my secret dream job is to run a flower shop. Until I can make that a realty, I’m happily living vicariously via you and your stories! Thanks for all you do!

  93. 11.4.14
    kekedemea said:

    I love all natural products !

  94. 11.4.14
    Anonymous said:

    Hi Keira! I tried Kari Gran’s starter kit after seeing it on your taking stock post http://aprettypennyblog.com/category/taking-stock/ and I love, love, love it!!! I am purchasing the full size bottles soon myself. I was wondering have your tried Kari Gran’s lip whip???

    • 11.5.14

      Oooh, I LOVE that you tried it and are enjoying it! I have the lip whip (they kindly sent that over as well) and I really like it. I use it in the evenings after I do the three-step, and it keeps my lips really soft.

  95. 11.4.14

    I have been looking for something new to use! Email is probably the best way to contact me: smithadrienner@gmail.com

    Thanks for doing a giveaway!

  96. 11.4.14
    Hillary said:

    I’m certainly in need of a new skin care regimen since I’m currently breaking out uncontrollably!

  97. 11.4.14
    Evlayne said:

    I have been reading about these products! My son just moved to Seattle-it would be great to try the products & then go purchase full-sizes when I’m in Seattle visiting my son!
    My email is: evlayne@hotmail.com

  98. 11.4.14
    Anonymous said:

    I’d love a chance to try this out! I’m slowly trying to transition to more natural beauty products and this looks like a great one to try!

    Jfccrunner2008@yahoo.com

  99. 11.4.14

    I would love to try this out! You can contact me through my blog if I happen to win! :) xoxo

  100. 11.4.14

    I nominated you for the One lovely blog award :)

  101. 11.4.14

    I’ve heard a lot about this brand and would love to give them a try! I’m a natural/green beauty and lifestyle blogger so this falls right into my niche interest. I also had a similar post called “The Oil Cleansing Method” that talks about the misconception of oily skin types avoiding oils.

    • 11.5.14

      I love the oil cleansing method! I did it for a bit on my own last year, but mixing the oils to to get the balance just right can be tricky. That’s why I love the KG cleansing oil so much; it does all the work for you. I’ll pop over and visit your blog, it sounds right up my alley! :)

  102. 11.4.14

    You have a very interesting blog with beautiful posts!
    Congratulations on the good work :)

  103. 11.4.14

    Reblogged this on beauty .mark and commented:
    I need to try this! I am always looking for new products to improve my skin.

  104. 11.4.14
    Annie said:

    sounds wonderful!
    Twitter & Instagram: @SweetBananie
    sweetbananie@gmail.com
    sweetbananie.blogspot.com

  105. 11.4.14
    Suezanne Westman said:

    Thanks for the great info. Did not know about oil helping oily skin clear up. Can’t wait to try this on my teen who suffers with bad acne due to oily skin. She would love to have a clear healthy balance to her face.

    • 11.4.14

      As an acne sufferer myself, may I reccomend trying to find a facial oil high in linoleic acid as this will help to provide more balance to congested skin. Look for ingredients like: rosehip, safflower oil, evening primrose oil, and black seed oil. Also, avoid coconut oil as this can be very comedogenic, especially for oiler skin types. Hope this helped?

  106. 11.4.14
    Anna said:

    I’d love to try this! aedwards8472@pointloma.edu

  107. 11.4.14
    Anonymous said:

    Count me in! xaster57 at gmail dot com

  108. 11.4.14
    Rachel C said:

    This sounds amazing, and your face looks so smooth and healthy! I struggle with dry skin so oil has never scared me :) Do you find yourself needing to exfoliate less often?
    Icedamericano@gmail.com

    • 11.5.14

      I have dry skin, too. And you know, I really don’t have to exfoliate as often! (I hadn’t even thought about it; it’s definitely a perk). My skin is just really soft and even, none of those dreaded dry patches around my nose and chin.

  109. 11.4.14

    Always wanted to try this😄

  110. 11.4.14

    Love using organic skin care products.

  111. 11.4.14
    Lidia said:

    The cleanser sounds amazing!! I’ve been wanting to try an oil cleanser for a while so this would be perfect!
    P.S. Your skin is absolutely amazeballs!

    • 11.4.14

      Definitely also check out the Elizabeth Dehn (a.k.a. the beauty blogger Beauty Bets!) For One Love Organics Vitamin B Cleansing Oil & Makeup Remover! It leaves skin soft, supple, and glowing while still removing all your makeup.

  112. 11.4.14
    Athena R said:

    This totally sounds like something I would love.
    cereza25 at yahoo dot com

  113. 11.4.14
    MyOwnPace said:

    Interesting stuff. I suffer from oily skin & occasional breakouts myself. Would not have ever thought to put oil on my face as a solution! Would love to give this stuff a go!

    sarahwamsley@gmail.com

    • 11.4.14

      Oil is one of the best solutions, it’s often just misconceptualized. Try finding ones high in linoleic acid to bring balance to congested skin. Some of my favorite oils for acne-prone skin are rosehip, tamanu, sea buckthorn, etc.

  114. 11.4.14

    Can’t wait to try it! Sounds perfect.

    mropad3@gmail.com

  115. 11.4.14
    Jennifer M. said:

    I’ve been using the “Simple” brand face wash and moisturizer for a year now (it has been GREAT for my skin!) but I’ve been exploring other natural options recently. I would love to try this system! :)

    Jennifermalone57@gmail.com

  116. 11.4.14

    I would like to try something, i am a recovering addict and my skin really needs some help.wildthing.jw27@gmail.com please sign me up for one entry.

  117. 11.4.14

    Such an awesome read! As I start realizing more and more that I’m actually an adult, the more I realize I need a good skincare routine! This sounds like a great place to start!

    told-by-ginger.com

  118. 11.4.14
    Anonymous said:

    Your skin is incredible! I’d love to try this regime!
    justjenica@gmail.com

  119. 11.4.14

    Would love to be entered! Your skin looks gorgeous. Sounds like it would be great for my daughter’s sensitive skin.
    @MissyTippens on Twitter.

  120. 11.4.14

    Sounds great! and you are glowing!! (does flattery work? :) ) k.freidel@hotmail.com

  121. 11.4.14

    sounds like a great product. Twitter name @amyfashionblog

  122. 11.4.14

    Wow, that’s really fascinating! I never knew that about oils. I’ve certainly been trying to find a good, natural skincare solution for my dry skin, but it’s a difficult thing to find! I would LOVE to win a giveaway! <3

    laurenblanco.e@gmail.com

    • 11.4.14

      I’m a natural beauty blogger and for dry skin types, may I reccomend balms. They are miracle workers for dry skin! Some of my favorites are from the great brands Laurel Whole Plant Organics and One Love Organics.

  123. 11.4.14
    Emily said:

    1 entry please!
    2emilythompson@gmail.com