Kari Gran Product Reviews

Kari Gran Skin Care and Makeup line is a Seattle-based, women owned brand that has committed to using simple and safe ingredients, and sustainable packaging. I love how their website talks about the connection of beauty with “protecting our earth’s beautiful resources”. I know that we as consumers are making more informed decisions about which brands we choose to support and why. Kari Gran is definitely one to support if you care about putting clean products on your skin, the environment, and supporting women-owned.

In this review, I’ll be talking about their Essential Skincare Kit and their Lip Whips. All can be purchased on their website https://karigran.com/ —sign up for their email newsletter and you’ll get 10% off your first purchase!

L to R: Essential Hydrating Rose Tonic, Essential Cleansing Oil, Essential Serum; $228 for set of 100mL bottles

L to R: Essential Hydrating Rose Tonic, Essential Cleansing Oil, Essential Serum; $228 for set of 100mL bottles

These 3 products have quickly become favorites in my skincare routine. They are simple, with minimal organic ingredients, elegant, and effective. I love how all are water free, which inherently is better for the planet. I love the sustainable (and not to mention luxurious!), black glass packaging. I love how nourishing all of these products feel on my face!!!! And I love that you can buy a mini kit for $48, a steal.

For those of you who are less familiar with clean beauty products, I know what you’re thinking. The oil cleanser— how does slathering an oil on my face get rid of all the dirt and makeup without breaking me out? I have combination skin, and wear makeup every day. At the end of the day, I rub a few pumps into my face (if you are wearing makeup, you’ll see it start to melt away IMMEDIATELY). Then gently scrub it off with a wet, warm washcloth. It draws out dirt and every stitch of makeup without drying the skin by stripping your natural oils, which most cleansers are guilty of. And the avocado oil, which is high is oleic acid, feels super rich and moisturizing. I love the warm towel ritual, it feels so pampering at the end of the day.

The serum and tonic. LOVE. THESE. According to the directions on the box, you mix the two to fit your personalized needs. I do one pump of serum and three sprays of the tonic, and press into my skin, concentrating on the driest parts of my face and working in. The tonic is super simple, just Distilled aloe, vegetable glycerin, and rose oil. And the scent is a light rose. Blending it with the serum really helps your skin absorb all of the nourishing oils that much more effectively. The serum is so gorgeous. The scent is floral and sexy! Reminds me of that of the Vintner’s Daughter Serum. And it is an amazing moisturizing base for makeup or give yourself an extra pump at night and you will wake up with an undeniable glow. I find that the Jojoba Oil is super balancing on my combination skin and Rosehip Oil gives that immediate plumping effect.

Kari Gran Lip Whip (colors L to R: Jeannie, Cora Gold, Jolene, and Radiant); $24 each

Kari Gran Lip Whip (colors L to R: Jeannie, Cora Gold, Jolene, and Radiant); $24 each

Next up, Kari Gran Lip Whips. KG’s Lip Whips are a gorgeously tinted balm served up in a reusable glass jar. I know that tinted balms are trendy right now, especially in the green beauty world but upon trying MANY, these are, *by far*, my favorite. Sheer, but not too slippery and balmy, these treats are nice and rich in texture. (I mean LOOK at that texture!!!). That means no sliding into the creases of your lips EVER. No leaking out onto your skin EVER.

I first tried the colorless Lip Whip balm during the winter and it became an INSTANT staple in my makeup kit due to its heavy duty moisturizing powers. (Clients agree!) I then purchased the color Jeannie on a whim, as I was tempted by the sheer purple that resembles the natural tone in my lips as a medium-warm skinned woman. This color is SPOT ON!!! If you are Indian/South Asian, this one is for you! I wear this almost everyday with my Kjaer Weis Lip Pencil in Mauve. And it is the perfect, polished, natural pop of color that pulls any look together. I was generously gifted Cora Gold (a mildly shimmering sheer coral), Jolene (a vibrant magenta), and Radiant (a sheer petal pink) by Kari Gran.

I love each of these colors for a different reason. They have that fresh, healthy look that is truly hydrating enough to wear all the time. And honestly, you cannot go wrong with the shades; they are some of the few I feel could be universally flattering, especially if you layer with a lip liner for my medium to deeper skin-toned ladies. I will be adding more to my collection in the very near future... did I mention this is product is clean and free of toxic chemicals?! Don’t think, just buy!

Final thoughts: really loving this brand. Their simplicity and elegance in both ingredients and packaging is so impressive. Their commitment to providing universal skin care and makeup served up in sustainable packaging is undeniable. Long live WOMEN-OWNED brands!!! I definitely will be purchasing more goodies from Kari Gran!