Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Kio Kio Natural Body Care

For most of us, even if we love experimenting with new products, we tend to stick to products from brands we have used before. After all, nothing is more powerful than the trust that we have built up for a brand through extensive use and familiarity.

Luckily for me as a beauty blogger, I have the privilege of trying out new products from new and established brands and letting you know whether a new brand or product is worth embracing and making it into your loved and trusted list.

And let me tell you, readers, I don’t take this responsibility lightly. I know the power of advocacy and the trust you bestow on me, and for that I’m very grateful and humbled. I always avoid using my influence to paint a positive picture for a product unless it is deserving of it.

So today, I want to showcase a brand that desrerves to make it to that list. Let me give you a little introduction to it.

Kio Kio is a natural bodycare range conceived in the pure lands of New Zealand and uses organic filtered spring waters and oils and native bioactive botanical extracts to give it a unique scent, luxurious texture and feel. There is nothing synthetic in its ingredients and no chemicals that you wouldn’t want absorbed into your skin. There are four unique fragrance range from Kio Kio and each fragrance range features a body lotion, body cream, body mist, shower wash, body soap and hand cream.

With Names such as Citrus petal and Tarata, Pacific Tiare & Ti KaukaRainforest & Koromiko, Frangipani & Puriri, they are sure to tempt any exotic scent lover.

I was able to road test a couple of products from their various fragrance range to get a nose of their scent and see how well the products performed.

Kio Kio Rainforest & Koromiko Body Cream 200g – NZ $49 
This light and indulgence cream is like a whipped gel and is instantly cooling on skin. It has a delicate clean and fresh scent with a hint of green tea that reminds me of a running stream in a rainforest. It also contains the Koromiko flower which is a native plant and has skin healing properties.
As a moisturiser, it is hydrating and softening on skin and suitable for those who have normal to dry skin. Very dry skin types will need something more heavy duty than this jar of whipped goodness. There is no sticky residue and you get a nice sheen on skin afterwards. I like applying this after shower and allowing it to quickly absorb into the skin before wearing clothes.

Ingredients listing: Aqua (organic water)*, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Glycerin (sugar alcohol), Cetearyl Glucoside (coconut wax), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cetyl Esters (coconut wax), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Cetearyl Alcohol (coconut alcohol), Glyceryl Stearate (coconut oil emulsifier), Phenoxyethanol (aromatic ether), Vitamin E, Perfume, essential oils & botanical native NZ extract, Potassium Sorbate. *denotes organic ingredient. Not tested on animals.

Kio Kio Citrus petal & Tarata Body Wash 240ml – NZ $29
By far my favourite of the bunch I’ve tried, this shower gel is soft and unlike other citrus shower gel is can be strong and over powering, it has more of a floral and powdery base which must the Tarata flower’s influence. It is both relaxing and soothing to use and leaves my skin incredibly soft without dry it out. It’s the perfect shower prep for application of the body cream. Of course it cleanses too and does a good job of degreasing my skin, especially my back which can get quite oily during the day.
Ingredients listing: Aqua (organic)*Cocamidopropyl Betaine (coconut oil source), Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate, Decyl Glucoside (coconut oil source), Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine (coconut oil source), Cocamide MIPA (coconut acid)Disodium Laureth Sulphosuccinate, Coco-Glucoside (coconut source), Glycerol Oleate (vegetable oil extract), Glycerin (sugar alcohol), Polysorbate 20 (coconut oil source), Phenoxyethanol (aromatic ether), Perfume, essential oils & botanical native NZ extract, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate. *denotes organic ingredient. Not tested on animals.

Kio Kio Pacific Tiare & Ti Kauka Hand Cream 50g – NZ $29
This has to be my favourite scent of the range. It is sparkling, floral and powdery soft orange blossom scent– much like the lighter version of the Daphne flower in the evening that immediately captivates me.

The hand cream itself comes in a pump container and my problem is that it squirts a such tiny amounts that I need quite a few pumps to get enough product to use (it’s far too fiddly for an impatient person like me - I’m used to hand creams in tubes that dispenses more product at a given time).

The product itself is light and quickly absorbed. It is a good hand cream but I personally feel I need something more intensive for my dry and roughened fingers, a by-product of not wearing gloves when doing chores. Because of this I usually use this hand cream at work when I’m at my desk and don’t want my hands too greasy but still hydrated enough. Given the divine scent ,I’m definitely keen to try out more from the Pacific Taire & Ti Kauka range.
Ingredients listing: AQUA (organic water)*, PRUNUS AMYGDALUS DULCIS (Sweet Almond) Oil, GLYCERIN (sugar alcohol), CETEARYL GLUCOSIDE (coconut wax), CETEARYL ALCOHOL (coconut alcohol), COCO-CAPRYLATE (coconut oil), SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (Jojoba) Seed Oil, CETYL ESTERS (coconut wax), PERSEA AMERICANA (avocado) oil*, ORGANIC CYATHEA MEDULARIS, (Mamaku) water, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (Shea) Butter*, GLYCERYL STEARATE (coconut oil), TOCOPHEROL (Vitamin E), FRAGRANCE/PARFUM, CORDYLINE AUSTRALIS (Ti Kauka) extract, CITRUS LEMONUM (lemon) oil, CITRUS RETICULATA (mandarin) oil, PHENOXYETHANOL (aromatic ether), POTASSIUM SORBATE.
*denotes organic ingredient. Not tested on animals.
I’m so glad I had the opportunity to have discover Kio Kio. It’s definitely a brand with unique and amazing delicate scent and natural quality ingredients found only in a unique region of the world. Kio Kio products that is not only indulgent, uplifting and pampering in its everyday use but also gives peace of mind that its ingredients are organic and natural based are sustainably sourced. It definitely is deserving to be added to the list of brands that everyone should try and no doubt love.

Kio Kio products can be purchased online (with worldwide delivery) or at selected boutiques in Australia and New Zealand. Selected Kio Kio products can also be purchased at Amazon.
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