Silkka Garden Apothecary

 
 
 
 

Love at first sight: 

At first glance, Silkka is a simple, sophisticated and cohesive handmade skin care line. The product is kept in amber bottles to protect sun sensitive oils from spoiling. These containers are also recyclable and reusable. Silkka is 100% handmade and 100% natural ingredients.

I found the sizes and amount of product for the price point to be fair, ranging from $5-$20. Lastly, product lot numbers are clearly labeled on the bottom of the product and directions, patch test directions and ingredients are clearly labeled on the bottle. 

INGREDIENTS:

 

Grapefruit&mint cleansing balm:

50ml    $17.00   100% natural

Jojoba seed oil

lightweight, non greasy + anti-inflammatory

Camellia seed oil

Omega 9, quick absorption, healing

Shea butter

Vitamins E, D, A, superfood, antioxidant

Mango seed butter

Vitamins A,C E, sun protectant, soothing

Beeswax

Healing problematic skin, protectant, locks in moisture

Grapefruit oil

Detoxifying, Cleansing + Antioxidant rich

Peppermint oil

Cooling, nourishing + improves texture

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First Reaction:

The first time I used this cleansing balm I had no idea what to expect. I found the product to be quite thick & oily and hard to remove with water. I realized how little product I actually needed and that this was a towel off product. 

I adore this product as a makeup remover, however it is not recommended to use around the eyes. I also suggest as a face makeup remover only as the essential oils are quite powerful. 

4.5/5

 

Rosehip & Pomegranate facial oil:

50ml  $19.00 100% natural vegan

Rosehip seed oil

Fatty acids, fast penetration, wrinkles + scars

Rice bran oil

Cell growth, Brightening, Healing

Camellia seed oil

Omega 9, quick absorption, healing

Pomegranate seed oil

Rich, Nutritious & Antioxidant rich 

Jojoba oil

lightweight, non greasy + anti-inflammatory

Magnolia flower oil

Calming, Moisturizing, Infection fighting

Neroli oil

Heals marks + scars, antiseptic, 

 
 

First Reaction:

This is a beautiful oil for all skin types as it is a light to medium texture. My skin pulls this oil deeply into my skin, yet still leave a slight trace of product on the skin for a dewy finish. 

The scent is floral with a warm citrus. The floral is not overpowering with the combination of the warm, sweet oils.  

4/5

 

Worker Bee Hands:

30ml    $5.00   100% natural

Shea butter

Vitamins E, D, A, superfood, antioxidant

Sweet almond oil

Beeswax

Healing problematic skin, protectant, locks in moisture

Lavender oil

Blood circulation, reduces stress, hair loss aid

Grapefruit oil

Detoxifying, Cleansing + Antioxidant rich

Peppermint oil

Cooling, nourishing + improves texture

 

Sweet Orange & Mango body balm:

100ml    $19.00   100% natural 

Avocado oil

Deep hydration, antioxidant, moisturizing

Apricot kernel oil

Light texture, antibacterial, soothing

Sweet almond oil

PH balancer, moisturizing, lightening 

Mango seed butter

Vitamins A,C E, sun protectant, soothing

Shea butter

Vitamins E, D, A, superfood, antioxidant

non GMO soy butter

Vitamin E,holds moisture, skin regeneration

Beeswax

Healing problematic skin, protectant, locks in moisture

Sweet orange oil

Antiseptic, Anti inflammatory, helps with acne & dermatitis. 

Tangerine oil 

Maintains oil & moisture balance, soothes inflammation 

 
 
 

First Reaction:

I had a similar first reaction with the final two products. 

With a comparable lineup of ingredients, these two products had the same texture. I did not feel that one would be more moisturizing than the other, or even work better for the hands and vice versa. 

That being said, the difference in size and price would be the selling point on these two products. Will you be keeping it in your bathroom, purse or car? Will this be a small gift, or a large gift, are you purchasing something for travelling light? 

I am glad these oil based products have been categorized as balms, because they are exactly that. I would use these products to deeply repair dry cracked skin or moisturize and polish after shaving. 

The formula is too oily & melty to use as a daily hand cream, but ideal to apply before bed or after a day in the garden. Achieve deep repair and moisture by placing a par of socks or gloves over the hands and feet after applying the product. 

3.75/5

Overall Review:

Silkka is a beautiful handcrafted line, and I am always thrilled to use a Canadian made product! Here is some more awesome information about this product:


  • Made in small batches each week for optimal freshness
  • All oils are old pressed and unrefined
  • Local Beeswax from Ontario
  • Completely free of synthetics
  • Cruelty Free (some vegan products)
  • Steam distilled or CO2 extracted essential oils

Although not certified organics, Liisa has taken her impact on the environment seriously. Using 100% post consumer waste paper, when paper is required. She encourages customers to reuse or recycle product containers. 

The products are traditional and the ingredients used are effective, however the formulations and science behind the brand is similar to many apothecary style brands I have used before. Liisa has created a line of beautiful smelling, effective skin care products, perfect for a local Ontario or Canadian native (and anyone interested in trying some home grown Canadian goodness)

Those that do not enjoy the texture of oil will not love the full experience of this product. Every single is oil based, if not 100% oil, and of an oily texture. The product will penetrate into the skin, however this is not instant because of the oils used. 

Enjoy your Silkka experience


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