Review: ilike organic skin care
I’ve been getting a lot of compliments on my skin as of late. Since my last birthday, I’ve been super vigilant about taking care of my facial skin (the rest of my body, not so much). What happened? My mother gave me a full regimen from the skin care line I had been cooing over for more than a year. It’s a Hungarian skin care line called ilike organic skin care.
ilike organic skin care from szép élet was what proved to me that “organic” didn’t have to mean “weak”. The skin care regime I was previously using was Jan Marini’s Bioglyolic line, which was amazing and did exactly what I needed it to do… until my skin changed. Where I used to have a constant stream of oily skin, my face decided to change to combination skin. The potency of the Jan Marini line soon was drying out my skin terribly. I went to the Wellness Spa (when I still lived on the west side of L.A.), where I was introduced to ilike’s fantastic line of products.
First thing first — is it really organic? Ok, so I’m a bit picky about this stuff. They are NOT USDA certified, hence no logo. They are, however, BDIH certified. BDIH is the Association of German Industries and Trading Firms for pharmaceuticals, health care products, food supplements and personal hygiene products (www.bdih.de). This organization is not run by any government, so you are taking the industry’s word on the matter. They have clearly listed their guidelines, and seem pretty legit, with some American companies (that have earned USDA organic certification) earning BDIH certification. ilike claims that their products are made from small batches from organically grown and handpicked herbs, fruits and vegetables, and containing the highest possible levels of natural active ingredients. This claim means no mass production, no genetic engineering, and no synthetics. They do use preservatives (how else could this stuff have any shelf life?), but it’s limited to compounds like benzoic, salicylic, and sorbic acid (and their conjugate salts). Is BDIH as good as USDA organic? That’s for another post, but I would venture to say that 1) it’s different and 2) its better suited for my needs. (Because they have not submitted their ingredient information to the Cosmetics Database or Skin Deep, they have been branded a “faker” by a couple groups. The company responds to these claims here).
What makes this “organic” line so special? ilike organic skin care sets itself apart from other organic and natural skin products by the way they use their ingredients. Where in other companies’ skin care lines you may see the word “extract” a lot, ilike uses herb pulps. Extracts are beneficial, but ilike claims that herbal pulps are more concentrated than their extracts. In fact, extracts are often diluted with alcohol to reduce the concentration to almost 25% of full potency. By using the pulp directly, ilike says their products “soak” up the important nutrients, thereby concentrating the benefits.
Could it work for my skin? The biggest draw to ilike for me was that they had so many products for so many types of skin. In fact, I think sometimes I’m so drawn to sets or regiments prepackaged (and predetermined!) by companies, that I almost felt a little out of place when I was put in front of so many ilike products. There’s really no gimmick — each product works best on a different “grade” of skin. Are you super oily or just slightly oily? Try the lemon cleansing milk or the mineral exfoliating wash. Scaly skin? Try the rosehip gel mask. Or, my biggest problem, hyperpigmentation (from hormonal imbalance, not sun exposure); you have to try the phytoestrogen cream as your night treatment. And if your hyperpigmentation is from sunburn (photodamage), try the fibrous stonecrop gel mask as a treatment. It’s actually pretty easy to get overwhelmed by the products because there are so many. I’m no aesthetician, either, so I’m pretty happy I got a personalized regime from the wonderful woman doing my facial at the Wellness spa. She hand-picked each product for my skin for day and night, and I totally would have not been able to figured that out on my on. If you’re interested in the product line, I would highly suggest going to a spa that carries the line and getting their professional opinion. If you just want to have a look-see, their product application chart is extremely useful.
What’s your regimen? As follows…
- Cleanser: Rose Petal Milk – This cleansing milk is super soft and gentle on my skin. Even though I still have oily skin, I tend to not react very well to oily skin cleansers, creating a red, inflamed, not-so-healthy look. Quercetin, an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties, is key to this effective cleanser, so I can effectively remove impurities as well as hydrate the skin through its high Vitamin E content. They claim it removes makeup as well, but I use another product to remove makeup (Boscia Makeup Cleasing oil). Ingredients: Water, Zea Mays, Rose Centifolia, Glycerine, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Cetyl Alcohol, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Xanthum Gum, Benzyl Alcohol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Beta Vulgaris, CI 75470 (Carmine), Rosa Damascena, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Salicylate, Salicylic Acid, Geraniol, Citronellol.
- Toner: Rosehip Toner – This toner almost wakes up my face (in a good way!) right after cleansing. I feel like my pores are better “balanced.” A combination of salicylic acid to clear the pores and Vitamin C to brighten, tighten, and tone the skin. My only issue with the product is that I hate the spray top it comes with. It sprays too wide, so I feel like I’m wasting my awesome toner. Ingredients: Water, Rosa Canina, Alcohol Denat., Glycerine, Sodium Salicylate, Salicylic Acid, Ascorbic Acid.
- Moisturizer: Rosehip whipped moisturizer (day) and Phytoestrogen moisturizer (night). Squee! The Rosehip whipped moisturizer goes on so light on my skin when I wake up, and everything just glows without making me feel like I stuck something oily on my skin. It’s a great finisher in the morning after the rosehip toner. The phytoestrogen moisturizer at night is heavier, but has delivered great results. Since most of my skin problems are hormonal issues, this cream really comes in handy during TOM. Just takes care of all those problems that like to stay for a couple days — in fact, it used to be pretty obvious when it was TOM by my facial skin, and now most people can’t tell (unless I’m complaining about it). Ingredients (rosehip whipped): Water, Rosa Canina, Zea Mays, Glycerine, Glyceryl Stearat SE, Cetyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Citrus Limon, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Palmitate, Xanthum Gum, Sodium Salicylate, Sodium Benzoate, Salicylic Acid, Citral, D-Limonene. Ingredients (phytoestrogen): Water, Linum Usitatissimum, Humulus Lupulus, Trifolium Pratense, Glycerine, Yucca Vera, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Ricinus Communis, Vitis Vinifera, Calendula Officinalis, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Lavandula Angustifolia, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Cetyl Alcohol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Vitamin E, Citric Acid, Sodium Salicylate, Linalool, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Eugenol, Amyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional
- (I have been enriching my moisturizers with Vitamin E oil from Trader Joe’s, and I have started to incorporate L’Occitane’s Very Precious Brightening Concentrate underneath the moisturizer after toning.)
I am up to buying the rosehip exfoliator next, to up my facial pampering during the week! (It’s on my wishlist, for anyone interested…)
Ok, I’ll bite — where can I buy it? Well, I buy my products from www.skinbotanica.com, since they often have coupons to counter some of the cost. And it’s not cheap! So, I’ll take whatever I can get! If you’re interested in buying a travel or try-me kit, go to Skin Care by Alana. Just to let you know — a little goes a long way for these products. I think I use 1-2 squirts of anything squirtable, and just a few “dots” of the moisturizers cover my whole face. Maybe I should use more, but I’m seeing great results for so little!
What, there’s this cheaper brand, Eminence…? I don’t know the whole story about it, but basically it seems Eminence used to be the U.S. supplier for Ilsci but then didn’t actually follow their contracts so they broke up. From ilike, they stated:
Eminence Organic Skin Care Ltd. (Vancouver, Canada) was the distributor for the territory of USA and Canada of Ilcsi products under the brand Eminence from 2002 until 31st March 2005 only… Ilcsi Beautifying Herbs Hungary have not supplied any Ilcsi products to them. The current Eminence products are no longer associated in any way with Aunt Ilcsi Molnar or her family owned company.
Eminence Organic Skin Care trademarked the word “Ilcsi”, which is the international brand and the nickname of the creator of the products they used to distribute from Ilcsi Beautifying Herbs Hungary until the spring of 2005. For this reason Aunt Ilcsi’s products can not be marked under her name in the U.S. or Canada and are now called ilike, which is another nickname for her. The ilike organic skin care products are the same Ilcsi products and are not associated in any way with Eminence Organic Skin Care
Eminence has come out with some new products bearing the USDA organic certification, but it sounds like they burned a lot of skin care houses with inferior products when they first made the switch. Frankly, I know ilike is a little more money and I’m as cheap as they come, but if I’m paying a little more to make sure it’s the real thing, it’s ok with me. I wouldn’t mind trying some Eminence products when they come on sale, but be forewarned — I see the word extract more than pulp in their ingredients list, which is what (according to ilike) makes ilike so awesome.
Live beautifully, all. I know I (try to) do. :)