Considered by many to be “the purest skincare brand in the world”, Sodashi is an Australian skin care company that has successfully harnessed the benefits of natural ingredients to produce effective, chemical-free skin care products and spa therapies since 1999, and I for one was very excited to know more about them after receiving some of their delectable goodies in the mail to trial.
The extensive range of Sodashi products are formulated using a unique combination of biochemistry, aromatherapy and Ayurvedic principles, and are all produced at the company’s own laboratory in Fremantle in Western Australia. A Sanskrit word, Sodashi translates to ‘wholeness, purity and radiance’ – the values on which the company and its products are based. As well as producing beautiful, desirable products, their absolute commitment to working in harmony with nature is reflected across all areas of the business, a factor you can’t help but admire. Not a single synthetic chemical, preservative or fragrance is used in the Sodashi manufacturing process. Products are never tested on animals and Sodashi packaging is recyclable and printed with natural vegetable dyes, and they must be doing something right as the range is available at many of most exclusive resorts and spas worldwide.
Sodashi have a slightly different way of doing things to many skincare brands I’ve tried, so I enlisted the help of facialist Keely Watson to show me how to get the best results from my prescribed products. She told me that she knows I will fall as much in love with Sodashi as she has, saying “it’s effective, synthetic-free skincare and I’m so excited to have found it. I’ve been playing with the products for a few months now and am very impressed with the quality of ingredients and results.”
First up I asked her about my Clay Cleanser with Lavender, which she says is a magic formula. She recommends to always cleanse in the morning because the skin has been hard at work during the night secreting oils and shedding dead skin cells. Start by emulsifying a small amount of product with water and then apply to your skin. “With a cleanser like this you can really spend the time working it into the skin, then remove with a damp facecloth,” Keely says, adding “I prefer using muslin cloth if you have any skin sensitivities.” At night she recommends doing a double cleanse – the first a quick one to remove any pollutants, products and skin debris, then the second cleanse to actually clean the skin and spend some time with facial massage, which is great for micro-circulation and lymph drainage.
Next up was the Rejuvenating Serum, which she advises me to use just one pump of after cleansing, warmed between the hands and pressed onto the face. This can be followed by my Rejuvenating Face & Neck moisturiser, using the same application technique(not forgetting to press over lips too). Keely says that it’s a really nice idea to ‘press’ products into the skin rather than rub, as it helps to calm the skin and the warmth from your hands help to infuse products (especially oils). “Listen to your skin and use this only when required – perhaps just the evening, maybe only a few times a week, possibly every day,” she says, adding “I like to think of skincare in the same way I do my wardrobe – what should I dress it with today? It’s wonderful to have a bathroom cabinet full of products you can choose from, but you don’t need to wear everything all at once.”
Lastly we talked about the product whose use puzzled me the most, the Rejuvenating Concentrate. The concentrates within the Sodashi range approach exfoliation in quite a different way to other ranges. Keely tells me that it’s more about helping the skin to regenerate itself, rather than stripping it with hydroxy acids or aggressive scrubs. A woman after my own heart, she adds that she strongly believes “a lot of problematic skin conditions out there are caused by over-exfoliation, and I teach clients to banish that terrible skin habit! Skin is an amazing organ and will do what it needs to do once it’s healthy.” She tells me to use the Sodashi concentrate once or twice a week after cleansing (“it makes for such a lovely mini facial ritual”). Simply add 10 drops to approx 1 litre of warm water, then use a muslin cleansing cloth to compress the face, and repeat this process times. Follow with serum and/or moisturiser. It’s an interesting approach to exfoliation for sure, and I’m intrigued!
So after all that, let’s just say that I am SUPER excited about this new discovery and can’t wait to crack into it ASAP. Oh and in case you haven’t yet glanced above, the packaging is to die for… Tweet