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


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!

About Keira Lennox

I'm a small town girl from the sunshine state with an affinity for bookstores, beauty counters and unfussy style. I spend my days running my flower shop, and my nights blogging about what I love and what I wear. (Or watching Netflix and drinking wine.)

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  13. 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!

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

  15. 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.

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

  17. 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!!

  18. 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

  19. 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.

    1. 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. ;-)

  20. 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!

    1. 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.

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

  22. 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

  23. 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.

    1. 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! :)

  24. 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.

    1. 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?

    1. 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.

  25. 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!

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

  26. 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! :)


  27. 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!


    1. 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.

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