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Hey guys! So about a week and a half ago, the lovely people of InstaNatural sent me a few of their argan oil products to try out and review. These products included their Superior Hydration Argan Oil Hair Mask, their 100% Pure Certified Organic Argan Oil Multipurpose Moisturizer and their Age-Defying Skin Clearing Serum For Flawless & Youthful Skin. I’ve been using these products for about a week (they got sent to my house, so I had to wait until I stopped home to pick them up), and I have varying opinions depending on the product.
The Hair Mask:
Let’s start with my favorite of the products first, shall we? This hair mask totally rocked. It has a really nice scent to it (banana? vanilla? something like that), and it lingers in your hair so you get compliments all day long after washing your hair with it. It made my hair really silky, soft and strong. The morning after I used this, I curled my hair with a curling wand for a basketball game, and it came out so much better than it ever had before.
I’ve only used this product once, but since it’s so hydrating, I think it’s one I’ll only use about once every two weeks. It’s really repairing, so I think it’ll be really good for using after a few weeks’ worth of damage. Here’s the consistency of the mask so you can see just how hydrating and thick it is:
One thing about this product: In the directions, it says you should apply the mask from root to tip. I don’t think I’d do that, ever. I have pretty normal hair, maybe somewhat dry because it is naturally curly, but I also don’t like to wash it all the time (twice a week… go ahead, judge me for being gross). By the time hair washing night rolls around, my roots are pretty oily, and I think applying this mask to my roots would make it even worse.
- Retails for $17.95 for 8 oz. (full-size)
- Works great for really dry/damaged hair
- Works great for naturally curly hair (it really defined my curls)
The All-Purpose Oil:
This was, without a doubt, probably the least useful of the products I was sent. I usually use a Sally Hansen cuticle oil every night before going to bed, and so I thought this might be a nice, organic replacement for it, but it wasn’t. I then tried to use it all over my hands as sort of a lotion, and that didn’t work so well, either. Then I noticed on the bottle that it claimed to work to fight acne, and since it’s
my time of the month and my skin has a habit of going crazy during that time, I decided to try that (with no luck). I used it on the ends of my hair in place of my Organix leave-in argan oil, and the InstaNatural also didn’t do a good job of that.
Finally, two nights ago, I decided to relegate this oil simply to taking care of ashy knees and elbows during this dry wintery weather. This appears to be the best use for this oil. It’s doing a really good job of fighting those dry patches of skin, and I’m feeling better about not being wasteful of this really coveted product.
I’m glad I found a use for the product, but I wouldn’t say that it’s a holy grail body moisturizer.
- Retails for $17.95 for a 4 oz (full-size) bottle
- Has a decent scent
- Works well for dry patches of skin, but not much else
The Skin Serum:
So I was a little nervous when I first got this product simply because it was called an “age-defying” skin serum, and being 21 and constantly mistaken for a high school senior instead of a college senior, I didn’t really think I needed “age-defying” yet. But then I looked at the bottle closer, and I saw that it was more like a “skin clearing” serum, and my period-only acne prone skin would really benefit from that. The main ingredients in this serum are vitamin C (20%), retinol (2.5%), niacinamide (3.5%) and salicylic acid (2%). The formula also contains vegan hyaluronic acid, which is super trendy in the beauty world right now, and I was pretty excited to try a product containing it.
The product claims to not only restore youth and reduce fine lines/wrinkles, but also to banish breakouts and reduce hyperpigmentation. Being a habitual zit-popper, I was really excited to see that it would rid me of pimples and the scars I’ve got from popping them.
I’ve got to say, this serum worked pretty well! The timing was perfect because I was in monthly breakout season, so I was really able to see how it would work. The serum contained my breakouts to a few along my hairline (which were super small and easily hidden) and only one big guy! That’s a new record for me during my period. That big guy also wasn’t a real big guy, and the way it was formed, I could hide it really easily and I wasn’t compelled to pop it once.
What I was really impressed with was the way it started to break up the hyperpigmentation on my forehead that I have from popping zits. On my forehead it’s almost all gone, and I have two fresh zit scars that are starting to fade, too. Woohoo!
- retails for $21.95 for a 1 oz (full-size) product
- smells pretty nice (really clean)
- works well if you break out often (or have normal skin all the time except when you’re on your period)
- will do some work on your acne scars
A note about the company:
Although I only loved 2/3 of the products I tested, I have to say how great it was to work with InstaNatural. I was directly messaged via BrandBacker by a representative of the company, who was always really pleasant to correspond with. I was also pleasantly surprised by the products they sent me. I initially only signed up to review the hair mask, but the company reached out with other review options, which could include either one or two bonus options. Naturally I took as much as I could for free (graciously, of course). It’s really cool that they sent me all full-sized products, as well.
When InstaNatural sent me the 100% off coupons to order these via Amazon, life and travelling and other stuff got away from me and I hadn’t been able to order them before the coupons expired. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to continue with the campaign. I reached out to InstaNatural to see if there was anything we could do, and I promptly got a message back saying my rep had personally shipped my products to me and that I shouldn’t worry. The products came to me within two days, which is incredibly fast shipping time.
This was a really great company that I really felt good about working with, and although I’m not able to say super positive things about the all-purpose oil, I’m glad I will be able to enjoy my hair mask and skin serum and hope in the future to purchase more of those products.
This is a sponsored post. All products reviewed on this page were sent to me complimentary from InstaNatural, via BrandBacker. All opinions are my own.