Origins “Just the Essentials” Skincare Pack

Origins is a popular brand I see pop up all the time amongst most beauty bloggers/vloggers. From moisturizers to masks, there are quite a few products that have gained a cult following.  Although I’ve read good reviews about Origins products, I’ve also read some poor reviews in terms of product ingredients — that there are products out there, for way less money, that perform better in terms of what it can do for your skin.

I’m always looking for skincare that hits the mark on performance on my skin — getting older, my skincare needs are more specific and if I’m going to spend my money on skincare (no matter how expensive or cheap) I want it to work well for my needs.

Regardless, I’ve always wanted to give some of the Origins products a try. I found the Just the Essentials set at Sephora for $25 Cdn and it was the perfect price point to try out some of their most popular products:

GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer:  This is a good, basic moisturizer.  The citrus smell is definitely zingy and quite refreshing.  The texture of the lotion is light and absorbs really quickly into my skin. I would probably love this moisturizer if it included some SPF! I’ve heard raves about this product but honestly, it didn’t wow me. Full-size jar of this goes for $48 Cdn.  Would I buy?  No.

Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash:  This cleanser claims to balance out combination skin — keeping the oily parts drier and the dry parts hydrated.  I actually agree with that claim; not to the point that I would say this is my end-all-be-all cleanser, but it really did do a good job of keeping my combo skin “in check”.  It rinses out well and leaves my skin feeling very clean without over stripping it.  I love the scent of spearmint BUT it is too overwhelming for me sometimes. Full-size tube is $25.50 Cdn.  Would I buy?  Mm, probably not.

Modern Friction Nature’s Gentle Dermabrasion: I didn’t find anything too extraordinary about this – found it to be your typical exfoliating cleanser type product. It is quite creamy and probably great for sensitive skin, as the micro-beads are gentle.  Full-size tube is $49 Cdn.  Would I buy?  No way, not for that price, when I can find a cleanser like this one for less than $5 at the drugstore.

Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask: I love this mask! Claims to clear pores, control oil and leave skin looking and feeling brighter – yes!  This summer the very hot and humid weather has been making my typically combo skin more oily and this mask seems to help control the oil and just clean out my pores of daily icky sweat.  A little goes a long way — this has a very smooth, almost fluid consistency, quite different from any other “clay” mask I’ve tried. I put on a thin layer, let dry for 20 minutes and rinse off. Pores look clean and skin feels fresh. Full-size tube goes for $29 Cdn. Would I buy?  Yes!

Overall, I’m glad I bought this kit. It’s allowed me to try out some popular Origins products and have turned me on to a few. I’d definitely invest in the mask, but the other three products… for me, just too expensive for products that didn’t blow me away.

Have you tried any of these Origins products?  Like or dislike?  Any suggestions on other Origins products that might be worth my while?

Thanks for reading!!


4 thoughts on “Origins “Just the Essentials” Skincare Pack

    • I love it when hyped up brands come out with sets like this – gives a chance to try out ‘cult’ products. I really thought I would like ALL of them, but only ended up really appreciating the mask. Good thing, cuz Origins is expensive! If you can get your hands on this set, try it – you might like the products!

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