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Cocokind Skincare Review: Superfood Starter Kit

What is Cocokind?

Cocokind is an organic, cruelty-free, and socially-conscious skincare line launched in 2014 by Priscilla Tsai. Many Cocokind products are based on virgin coconut oil – Tsai dealt with a variety of skincare issues herself, and virgin coconut oil (among others) provided huge relief for her.

Most of Cocokind’s products are formulated with just a few ingredients. They use no synthetic fragrances, and if they do opt for fragrance, they use organic essential oils.

Is Cocokind good for acne?

Cocokind is an advocate for using oils on acne-prone skin. They also have a few products – Raspberry Vinegar Toner, Turmeric Spot Treatment, and Chlorophyll Mask – specifically for acne-prone skin. 

Oils for acne-prone skin tends to have mixed reviews. Oils, among other things, can increase the probability of clogged pores, making you more prone to breaking out. Whether you chose to incorporate oils or not, it’s important to make sure you have your cleansing system locked down.

Overall First Impressions

I tend to use a generous amount of product in my routines. These products in the Superfood Starter Kit are a little small (almost child-like), so I was concerned about not getting a full 10-days worth.

Judging the products from an ingredients perspective, I like how minimal the list is. I don’t like how there is fragrance in many of these products. While I’m not sensitive to fragrance, I err on the side of caution and choose not to incorporate it into my skincare routines.

Superfood Starter Kit: Product Breakdown

Here are the products I tried in the Superfood Starter Kit:

Facial Cleansing Oil

This was the first time using an oil cleanser for the first step in my double cleanse. I noticed that cotton pads absorbed too much of the product, so I would dab this into my hands. During this trial, I didn’t wear any makeup but I did wear tinted SPF, and it did a pretty good job getting everything off (I used about three drops).

One thing I was disappointed about was not getting another cleanser in the kit. I followed up with my own cleanser, but I would have liked to at least test Cocokind’s cleanser together with the oil. 

This does have a slight smell, but it was mild compared to other products on the list.

Raspberry Vinegar Toner

Oh my God this smells SO BAD. This is the worst smelling product I have ever smelled in my life. Go open a bottle of vinegar and smell it. That’s what this smells like, but more potent.

Worse, the toner would dry down and I could still smell it. Nope. I tried to use this once more to give it a fair shot and I couldn’t. 

Rosewater Toner

This was a really nice toner to use and is a completely different experience than the Raspberry Toner. There is a strong fragrance of rose. It didn’t irritate my skin, but I do try to avoid fragrance, especially in leave-on products.

While I subscribe to the philosophy that you don’t need a regular toner (I’m talking a non-problem targeting toner), this one was nice to use and it did make me feel clean.

Chia Facial Oil

I never used an oil before so I struggled with knowing where to incorporate this into my routine. I settled on applying it after my moisturizer. 

I like that this has just two ingredients, both scoring “Best” on PCID. However, the SMELL. Not as potent as the raspberry vinegar toner, but this has a very earthy smell. That or something herby. I imagine it’s the chia. Since it’s the last product I put on my face, the smell is lingering big time. 

Golden Elixer

The Golden Elixir is another oil in the bunch. This was okay. It didn’t have as much fragrance as the Chia facial oil which was a nice relief. I also used this after my moisturizer.

Sea Moss Exfoliator Mask

I think I messed it up the first time I used it. The mask is in a powder form and you’re supposed to mix it with water to create a paste of sorts. When I did that, half the product left my hand, and I wasn’t sure if I used it right. 

It’s definitely a physical exfoliating product, which I’m not sure I love. The mask is very fine, but I try to stick with chemical exfoliation. It was supposed to create a gel but it was more watery than anything. My face did feel soft after, which was nice.

Chlorophyll Mask

I…didn’t end up using this product. The Chlorophyll Mask is actually one of Cocokind’s best sellers, with an overall rating of 4.8/5.

Here’s a review from the Cocokind website from someone with acne-prone skin:

“this mask is seriously a game changer. i have been so stressed with covid that i found my skin was producing a lot of oil leading to extra breakouts! i bought this mask as a treat and have found it to be the best mask i’ve ever had. it is gentle on the skin and leaves you feeling hydrated. it smells like leaves/grass but in a sweet way? i also love that it is a powder for easy travel and customization. i have mixed with plain yogurt when i feel i need an extra boost of hydration. i’ve used it a few times a week and am pleased with how long it will last, given that it is a powder and you need very little. glass container is much appreciated too!” – Jane C.

Ingredients Breakdown

Here’s a breakdown of the ingredients, per product. All ingredient information sourced from Paula’s Choice Ingredient Dictionary unless otherwise stated.

Facial Cleansing Oil

IngredientIngredient CategoryIngredient Quality
cocos(coconut) nucifera oilPlant Extracts
Emollients
Best
persea gratissima (avocado) oilAntioxidants
Emollients
Plant Extracts
Hydration
Skin-Replenishing
Best
melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) leaf oilSkin-Soothing
Antioxidants
Plant Extracts
Good
lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oilPlant Extracts
Sensitizing
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
Poor

Raspberry Toner

IngredientIngredient CategoryIngredient Quality
WaterMiscellaneousGood
rubus idaeus (raspberry) fruit vinegar*Antioxidants
Plant Extracts
Best
*Information is for rubus idaeus (raspberry) fruit extract

Rosewater Toner

IngredientIngredient CategoryIngredient Quality
rosa damascena flower water*“…flower waters (also called hydrosols) are diluted versions of essential oils coming from the same plant. They contain the same components but in much-reduced concentrations.”NA
*Information sourced from https://incidecoder.com/ingredients/rosa-damascena-flower-water

Chia Facial Oil

IngredientIngredient CategoryIngredient Quality
salvia hispanica seed oilEmollients
Skin-Replenishing
Skin-Restoring
Best
chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flowerAntioxidants
Plant-Extracts
Best

Golden Elixir

IngredientIngredient CategoryIngredient Quality
plukenetia volubilis seed oil*Antioxidant
Emollient, Moisturizer/​Humectant
Good
helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oilPlant-Extracts
Emollients
Antioxidants
Best
pelargonium graveolens oilPlant-ExtractsPoor
citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel oilPlant-Extracts
Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts
Poor
*Information sourced from https://incidecoder.com/products/cocokind-organic-golden-elixir

Sea Moss Exfoliator

IngredientIngredient CategoryIngredient Quality
chondrus crispus powderAntioxidants
Plant-Extracts
Hydration
Best
vitis vinifera (grape) seed powderAntioxidants
Emollients
Plant-Extracts
Best
pelargonium graveolens flower oilPlant-ExtractsPoor

Chlorophyll Mask

IngredientIngredient CategoryIngredient Quality
spirulina maxima powderAntioxidants
Thickeners/Emulsifiers
Plant Extracts
Emollients
Good
triticum aestivum powder (wheatgrass powder)NANA
chlorella vulgaris powderAntioxidants
Texture Enhancer
Emollients
Plant Extracts
Good
canaga odorata flower oil*PerfumingPoor
*Information sourced from https://incidecoder.com/products/cocokind-oraganic-chlorophyll-mask

Final Cocokind Review

Pros:

  • The Facial Cleansing Oil did a pretty good job cleaning my face, and I didn’t feel like I was left with any weird oil residue
  • The Rosewater Toner, while it is fragrant, I did enjoy the experience. This might have been my favorite from the bunch.
  • This brand is budget-friendly and makes clean beauty accessible for more people
  • The Superfood Starter Kit is only $12, which minimizes the financial risk of investing in new products (note: the Superfood Starter Kit is no longer available on the website. It looks like it may have been a seasonal thing)

Cons:

  • There was some level of fragrance in almost all the products, which I didn’t love. 
  • The Raspberry Toner. The smell still haunts me.
  • I’m not sure if an oil-first skincare line is right for my skin

I’ll be honest, I didn’t use these products for the full ten days. I probably made it five days before I threw in the towel. While it takes at least 6-8 weeks to see the effectiveness of skincare products (and clearly that wasn’t going to be the case with the starter kit), I got enough of a feel for these products that left me underwhelmed. 

Because I try to stay away from fragrance, I thought these products were overwhelmingly fragrant. I didn’t like using oils in my routine (although I admit I may not have been educated enough in how to use them effectively, or if I was even using the right oils for my skin). I didn’t like how my skin felt after incorporating these products into my routine.

Would I try more products from this brand? Maybe. I think Cocokind as a brand is great. I love that they’re bringing affordable, clean products to more people. I love that they have The Impact Foundation which helps female entrepreneurs create socially-responsible businesses. But I’m not quite sold on the skincare products.

Bonus: I also bought the Macabeet Tinted Moisturizer Stick. I love throwing new tinted products into my minimal makeup routine. This was super moisturizing, like nicer than a normal chapstick. You do have to “break it in” to get it to better glide on your skin, but after that it’s nice.

The tint however was sheer. I’m talking it took a few good swipes to get color to show – both on my lips and my cheeks. I’m pretty fair and I thought the color payoff was quite minimal, so I’d be concerned this wouldn’t be that pigmented on someone with darker skin.

Where to Buy

The Superfoods Starter Kit is no longer available at the time of publishing this, but you can find all individual products and the Macabeet Tinted Moisturizer Stick directly on Cocokind’s website, or at retailers like Target and Amazon.

  • Facial Cleansing Oil – $14
  • Raspberry Vinegar Toner – starting at $9
  • Rosewater Toner – starting at $9
  • Chia Facial Oil – $16
  • Golden Elixir – $25
  • Sea Moss Exfoliator Mask – $17
  • Chlorophyll Mask – $19
  • Macabeet Tinted Moisturizer – $9

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