You may have heard me talk about one of my favorite sunscreens, Daily SPF from Cocokind, but today I’m giving you a full Cocokind review looking at even more of their products. What products I like and what products I don’t like. One of the things I appreciate about Cocokind is that they keep skincare simple by focusing on hydration and supporting the skin’s barrier.
Priscilla, the founder of Cocokind is passionate about breaking the cycle of “aspirational beauty” by creating a space in the beauty industry where everyone is accepted. Cocokind’s formulas are gentle yet effective and fairly priced based on the content in the bottle (aka affordable).
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Is Cocokind Really A Clean Beauty Brand?
While Cocokind is predominately a clean beauty brand, they do have a few products that in my opinion don’t meet clean beauty standards.
- Silk SPF is a hybrid sunscreen that contains a chemical sunscreen filter (homosalate at 10%) and a mineral sunscreen filter (zinc oxide at 10.5%).
- Vitamin C glow serum contains both sodium benzoate and citric acid which these ingredients together can form benzene which is a carcinogen.
- Scrubbing clay and Sake body lotion both contain the ingredient, ethylhexylglycerin however, they note on the list of ingredients that it’s been tested and proven by third-party labs to be free of toxic contaminants including toluene, ethylene oxide, and 1,4 dioxane. Ethylhexylglycerin can be a skin irritant even if it’s free of toxic contaminants so people with sensitive skin will likely want to avoid products with this ingredient in it.
I will hit on a few more ingredients in my product reviews below that I didn’t love seeing in the Cocokind products.
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Is Cocokind Organic?
Not all of Cocokind’s products are certified organic, however, most of their formulas feature certified organic ingredients. They also state that they thoroughly research the ingredients they use to make sure that they meet their standards of safety, efficacy, and sustainability.
Are Cocokind Products Vegan And Cruelty-Free?
Currently in the FAQ’s section of the Cocokind website it states that all of Cocokind’s products are cruelty-free and all of them are vegan except for products formulated with beeswax which include:
- Mymatcha All-Over Moisture Stick
- Skin Butter
- Turmeric Stick
However I noted there were new formulas for these products so I reached out to the brand to clarify. Cocokind got back to me and stated the following:
It was important for us to become a 100% vegan brand and beeswax in our sticks was the sole remaining non-vegan ingredient.
As part of this initiative we transitioned Mymatcha and Turmeric Stick to a vegan formula by removing beeswax and replacing it with vegan-alternatives, such as sunflower wax.
To confirm, the products on our site are now all vegan.
So, yes, Cocokind is now a vegan brand!
Cocokind Product Review
Texture Smoothing Cream ($22)
This cream isn’t the most nourishing cream out there but it definitely keeps my skin feeling moisturized after application. It feels like a heavier lotion, than a real rich cream on the skin.
I love that it has squalane in it. One of my favorite skin oils. It’s so nourishing and non-irritating. My skin felt moisturized throughout the day after applying in the morning and after applying it at night. I did apply some other products with it that can help nourish the skin, so keep that in mind. My skin felt smooth and it worked great under makeup. I like how there isn’t a real smell to the cream. It just smells of subtle cucumbers at most but very light. It does have cucumber fruit extract in it.
The one ingredient I don’t love in it is ethylhexylglycerin. It’s a preservative and can be a possible irritant to the skin. Plus, it can be contaminated with 1,4 dioxane. However, Cocokind does have third party testing done to ensure there is no 1,4 dioxane.
Ceramide Barrier Serum ($22)
Protecting skin barrier has become highly popularized over the last several years and for good reason- it really can make a difference in your skin when your skin barrier is intact. One thing that can help protect your skin barrier is ceramides. We naturally have ceramides in our skin called fatty acids they help to protect the skin from dryness. Plus, they offer protection from infections. As we age we naturally lose ceramides which can lead to skin dryness and irritation. So it’s important to add ceramides into your skincare routine.
The Ceramide Barrier Serum has five types of ceramides and lipids in the formula. This helps to prevent moisture loss and protect the skin. When your skin is moisturized not only does it look better and fine lines are less noticeable but you’re also less likely to have skin irritations.
I loved how this serum performed on my skin. I would use it morning and night. It not only did give my skin tons of moisture but it also just created balance overall. I would apply a few drops in my hands and press onto my skin after cleansing and toning. My skin felt ready to receive a facial cream and balanced in the morning. It initially feels a little damp on the skin but then quickly soaks in.
There is one ingredient I wasn’t crazy about in it. The ingredient is ceteareth-25, while most ceteareth-25 is thought to be clean these days, there is a chance that it can still be contaminated with 1,4 dioxane. It is such a great price, however, I probably wouldn’t buy it again because of that ingredient.
Turmeric Tonic ($14)
This product definitely intrigued me! It’s mean to help brighten and reduce scarring caused by acne and dark spots. It comes in a rollerball form which I love. I applied on a couple dark spots I have after cleansing my skin. While I didn’t notice any visible difference to my skin, I am hopeful after continued usage I might see something. The ingredients include turmeric extract, broccoli seed oil, and ginger extract. These all help the skin in some way, from de-puffing, brightening, protecting the skin from oxidative stress, and moisturizing.
The one ingredient in it that I don’t love is sodium dehydroacetate. This is used in cosmetic formulas because of its antimicrobial properties. It can be an irritant. There have been studies done on animals that showed hormone disruption, as well as brain and nervous system disruption. (Source)Also, reproductive effects at high doses. It’s interesting that the E.U. prohibits workers from using this ingredient even at low doses and considers it toxic or harmful when used around the lips and mouth.(Source)
While I think the Tumeric Tonic is a great idea, I wouldn’t purchase it again.
Organic Ultra-Chlorophyll Mask ($20)
This mask is what put Cocokind on the map in my opinion. It was everywhere for a while on social media. The mask comes in a blend of spirulina powder, wheatgrass powder, chlorella powder, and ylang ylang flower oil. I love that the ingredients are so simple and that it is a powder so you know the ingredients are so fresh. They aren’t activated until you add water to the formula making them very potent.
The mask is very customizable. While you can add just water, you can also add things like yogurt too, honey, avocado- it just depends on what your skin is needing at the time. They have a full guide on their website here that walks you through what to use based off your skin’s needs. For example, your skin might need some extra brightening, so to target a dull complexion you could add yogurt to the mask.
This idea of customizing a mask makes it so fun and easily adaptable for most skin types! I personally loved adding avocado to mine for extra nourishment or honey to help give skin glow while detoxing at the same time. After using the mask my skin felt nourished and clearer overall. It had a brightness to it and glow. I will say my skin did feel a little warm and red after one time using it because I left it on for an hour- oops! It was too long. So keep that in mind to only leave on for 20 minutes as they state on their website.
Such a clean, budget friendly mask in clean beauty! I used it two times a week, but you can do more depending on your skin’s needs. I would cleanse my skin, apply a toner then apply the mask to my skin. This is one I would definitely buy again!
Oil To Milk Cleanser ($18)
While I wanted to like this product I didn’t. It felt like an oil on the skin that was hard to remove. I would apply with damp hands on dry skin as they instructed. It does emulsify slightly when you get it wet, but then it just doesn’t remove all of my makeup on the skin and give me that clean feeling. It didn’t remove mascara at all and I had to take a damp washcloth to remove the rest of it. Even then my face didn’t feel clean. It is a best-seller but didn’t win my heart at all.
Scrubbing Clay ($19)
This was another product that I wanted to love but didn’t. It uses upcycled coffee grounds to help smooth skin. While red clay and prebiotic chicory root help to detox and feed the microbiome on the skin.
I loved the idea of scrubbing with coffee grounds, but they felt large on the skin and not effective at actually exfoliating. My skin did feel soft after using it but not exfoliated.
I also wasn’t a fan of the ingredients. This scrubbing clay contains polysorbate 20 which can be contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, a known carcinogen. (Source)
Final Thoughts On Cocokind
I love that Cocokind is budget friendly skincare. I don’t find that all the products have ingredients that I want to be using on the daily. So, unfortunately, most of the products I wouldn’t buy again. That being said, they are definitely a better option than most skincare products out there.
Have you tried out Cocokind Skincare? Share your thoughts below!
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I’ve been using Cocokind for about 5 years and most of the products in this review are my least fav. The only products I’ve consistently repurchased are the AHA Jelly Cleanser, rosewater toner and Sea Kale Clay mask. Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like they’re over complicating skincare now, and it’s becoming difficult for the average person to understand what to even use. With that said, I do appreciate many things about the company and have loved Priscilla since day 1.
Yeah, I can see where you think that. I always like to be very thorough in my review of ingredients. While it might be ok for some, others might have a different standard.