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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  30. Anonymous wrote:

    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

    Posted 11.21.14 Reply
  31. Novita wrote:

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

    Posted 11.19.14 Reply
  32. Jess wrote:

    I would loved to try!
    jemccullough at gmail

    Posted 11.16.14 Reply
  33. 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:(
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    Posted 11.16.14 Reply
  35. I never would’ve thought of using oil on my oily skin. I’ve learned something. Your skin looks amazing!

    Posted 11.12.14 Reply
  36. Ashley W wrote:

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

    Posted 11.11.14 Reply
  37. Misskaren wrote:

    Enjoyed reading this…thanks!

    Posted 11.11.14 Reply
  38. My skin could use some extra TLC … and would love it to look like yours! christiegreen92@gmail.com

    Posted 11.10.14 Reply
  39. because I need a new skin care routine macieleli@hotmail.com

    Posted 11.10.14 Reply
  40. tflclara wrote:

    @cheekycownoodle on Twitter, cheers :))

    Posted 11.10.14 Reply
  41. Christine wrote:

    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!

    Posted 11.10.14 Reply
  42. Megan Sanders wrote:

    I’d love to try these products!

    Posted 11.9.14 Reply
  43. veritydae wrote:

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

    Thank you!

    Posted 11.9.14 Reply
  44. freshsamanthaaa wrote:

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

    Posted 11.9.14 Reply
  45. It’s a great opportunity,thank you,i would like to try!
    lunaticaragazza@gmail.com

    Posted 11.9.14 Reply
  46. Cassie wrote:

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

    Posted 11.8.14 Reply
  47. This sounds awesome! I love trying out new natural skincare products. This is very sweet of you :)

    http://nidadoesbeauty.com/

    Posted 11.8.14 Reply
  48. Danielle Lee wrote:

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

    Posted 11.8.14 Reply
  49. 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

    Posted 11.8.14 Reply
  50. Anonymous wrote:

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

    Posted 11.8.14 Reply
  51. Posted 11.8.14 Reply
  52. Angela wrote:
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  53. millerest1998 wrote:

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

    Posted 11.8.14 Reply
  54. 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.

    Posted 11.7.14 Reply
  55. Margaret wrote:

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

    Posted 11.6.14 Reply
  56. Christina wrote:

    Sounds good to me

    Posted 11.6.14 Reply
  57. Anonymous wrote:

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

    Posted 11.6.14 Reply
  58. Please pick me :) b.cagle@gmail.com

    Posted 11.6.14 Reply
  59. This sounds amazing! Aroonmelane@gmail.com

    Posted 11.6.14 Reply
  60. court86 wrote:

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

    Courtney_hurley86@yahoo.com

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    Posted 11.6.14 Reply
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    intriguing! skiminycricket at gmail dot com

    Posted 11.5.14 Reply
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    I’m just getting into natural beauty products and would love to try this! Arkodet@gmail.com

    Posted 11.5.14 Reply
  63. Hannah C wrote:

    This is awesome! hannahekelley@gmail.com

    Posted 11.5.14 Reply
  64. Jem wrote:

    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!!

    Posted 11.5.14 Reply
  65. sierravbrock wrote:

    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

    Posted 11.5.14 Reply
  66. Jess wrote:

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

    Posted 11.5.14 Reply
  67. Kadee P wrote:

    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

    Posted 11.5.14 Reply
  68. Cool

    Posted 11.5.14 Reply
  69. Omg this may be exactly what I’m looking for to solve my skin sorrows! Love to enter!
    daniellelizabethh@outlook.com

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

    Posted 11.5.14 Reply
  72. Kim wrote:

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

    Posted 11.5.14 Reply
  73. Lindsay wrote:

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

    Posted 11.5.14 Reply
  74. Anonymous wrote:

    I think that motto will stay with me, thanks!

    Posted 11.5.14 Reply
  75. Susanna Niccum wrote:

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

    Posted 11.5.14 Reply
  76. 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

    Posted 11.5.14 Reply
  77. Tab wrote:

    Ooooh your skin glows!! Tabkarish@gmail.com

    Posted 11.5.14 Reply
  78. kundera78 wrote:

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

    Posted 11.5.14 Reply
  79. I love oil cleansers.
    @bambi_beth

    Posted 11.5.14 Reply
  80. Heidi wrote:

    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

    Posted 11.5.14 Reply
  81. Megan wrote:
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  82. craftyone wrote:

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

    Posted 11.5.14 Reply
  83. Sara S. wrote:

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

    Posted 11.5.14 Reply
  84. I’m always game for trying new skincare products and it seems like you truly believe in this stuff!

    Cheers, Jo
    @joannealma

    Posted 11.5.14 Reply
  85. I’d love to be entered! Owilson6@me.com

    Posted 11.5.14 Reply
  86. Sally Z wrote:

    What a great giveaway! Love your blog :)

    Sally
    Sallyyeezhen at gmail.com

    Posted 11.4.14 Reply
  87. Alexi wrote:

    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.

    Posted 11.4.14 Reply
  88. About page on my blog! http://pastedreams.wordpress.com

    Hope I win—sounds amazing!!

    Posted 11.4.14 Reply
  89. Sarah wrote:

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

    Posted 11.4.14 Reply
    • 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. ;-)

      Posted 11.5.14 Reply
  90. Abigail woodworth wrote:

    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

    Posted 11.4.14 Reply
    • Thank you, Abigail! I’ll try to post more about the business now and then.

      Posted 11.5.14 Reply
  91. Brown Eyed Quail wrote:
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  92. susanhho wrote:

    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

    Posted 11.4.14 Reply
  93. Ooh I love natural skin products and I can’t wait to give this a try! You look great (as always). :) Leslie@lesliebuchanan.com

    Posted 11.4.14 Reply
  94. Jamie Caton wrote:

    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!

    Posted 11.4.14 Reply
  95. kekedemea wrote:

    I love all natural products !

    Posted 11.4.14 Reply
  96. Anonymous wrote:

    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???

    Posted 11.4.14 Reply
    • 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.

      Posted 11.5.14 Reply
  97. Adrienne S wrote:

    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!

    Posted 11.4.14 Reply
  98. Hillary wrote:

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

    Posted 11.4.14 Reply
  99. Evlayne wrote:

    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

    Posted 11.4.14 Reply
  100. Anonymous wrote:

    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

    Posted 11.4.14 Reply
  101. I would love to try this out! You can contact me through my blog if I happen to win! :) xoxo

    Posted 11.4.14 Reply
  102. I nominated you for the One lovely blog award :)

    Posted 11.4.14 Reply
  103. 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.

    Posted 11.4.14 Reply
    • 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! :)

      Posted 11.5.14 Reply
  104. You have a very interesting blog with beautiful posts!
    Congratulations on the good work :)

    Posted 11.4.14 Reply
  105. Reblogged this on beauty .mark and commented:
    I need to try this! I am always looking for new products to improve my skin.

    Posted 11.4.14 Reply
  106. Annie wrote:

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

    Posted 11.4.14 Reply
  107. Suezanne Westman wrote:

    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.

    Posted 11.4.14 Reply
    • 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?

      Posted 11.4.14 Reply
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  109. Anna wrote:

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

    Posted 11.4.14 Reply
  110. Anonymous wrote:

    Count me in! xaster57 at gmail dot com

    Posted 11.4.14 Reply
  111. Rachel C wrote:

    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

    Posted 11.4.14 Reply
    • 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.

      Posted 11.5.14 Reply
  112. Always wanted to try this😄

    Posted 11.4.14 Reply
  113. Love using organic skin care products.

    Posted 11.4.14 Reply
  114. Lidia wrote:

    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!

    Posted 11.4.14 Reply
    • 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.

      Posted 11.4.14 Reply
  115. Athena R wrote:

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

    Posted 11.4.14 Reply
  116. MyOwnPace wrote:

    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

    Posted 11.4.14 Reply
    • 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.

      Posted 11.4.14 Reply
  117. Can’t wait to try it! Sounds perfect.

    mropad3@gmail.com

    Posted 11.4.14 Reply
  118. Jennifer M. wrote:

    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

    Posted 11.4.14 Reply
  119. 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.

    Posted 11.4.14 Reply
  120. 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

    Posted 11.4.14 Reply
  121. Anonymous wrote:

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

    Posted 11.4.14 Reply
  122. Would love to be entered! Your skin looks gorgeous. Sounds like it would be great for my daughter’s sensitive skin.
    @MissyTippens on Twitter.

    Posted 11.4.14 Reply
  123. Sounds great! and you are glowing!! (does flattery work? :) ) k.freidel@hotmail.com

    Posted 11.4.14 Reply
  124. sounds like a great product. Twitter name @amyfashionblog

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  125. 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

    Posted 11.4.14 Reply
    • 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.

      Posted 11.4.14 Reply
  126. Emily wrote:

    1 entry please!
    2emilythompson@gmail.com

    Posted 11.4.14 Reply