Way back when I went to the Green Living Show in April, one of the companies I encountered there was Niko. I was impressed by their USDA Organic accreditation and when I read the ingredients on some of their products they looked really intriguing. Plus they are made right here in Toronto! I bought one of their travel sets to try out. The pictures below are all taken from the Niko website. I’ve listed the prices for the full sized products as well.
Travel Set contains:
Ingredients: Oryza Sativa (Rice) Powder*, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour*, Olea (Orange) Europaea Peel Powder*, Olea (Olive Leaf) Europaea Powder*, Salix (White Willow Bark) Alba Powder*, Chondrus (Irish Moss) Crispus Powder*, Pimpinella (Anise Seed) Anisum Powder*, Maranta (Arrowroot) Arundinacea Powder*, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Powder*, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Powder* , Glycyrrhiza (Licorice Root) Glabra Powder*, Ascophyllum (Kelp) Nodosum Powder*, Echinacea Purpurea Herb Powder*, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum (Cinnamon) Leaf Oil*, Cinnamomum Cassia (Cinnamon) Bark Powder*, Terminalia Ferdinandiana (Kakadu Plum) Fruit Extract (* Denotes organically produced ingredients)
This facial cleanser has a lovely citrus smell to it. Not surprising given the Orange Peel Powder, Lemongrass Powder and Lemon Peel Powder. It comes in grainy powder format which you must mix with water to apply to your skin. While the ingredients list is quite stellar, it was too abrasive for me to use as a daily cleanser. I did try it as a daily cleanser at first and it made my skin peel too much as well as drying it out. This cleanser worked better for me as a weekly peel mask rather than a daily cleanser. While I liked the scent of the cleanser and the grainy texture of it, I much prefer chemical exfoliants these days to manual ones. My skin is so very sensitive, so this cleanser is a bit too rough for me. But I think this would work for those whose skin isn’t as sensitive as mine. I wouldn’t repurchase this since I already have an exfoliant I really love.
Cost: Travel Set $45.00 CAD, 6 g / 0.2 oz
Full Size: $51.99 CAD, 115g / 4oz
Available at: Niko
Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera Juice 1% Solution CertifiedOrganic)*, SDA 38B Lavender Alcohol Certified Organic*, Fucus (Bladderwrack) Vesiculosus* (sea weed extract), Porphyra (Seaweed) Umbilicalis*, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract*, Terminalia Ferdinandiana (Kakadu Plum) Fruit Extract*, Punica Granatum Linn (Pomegranate) Oil*, Euterpe (Acai) Oleracea Extract*, Piper Methysticum (Kava Kava) Root Extract, Citrus Sinensis Peel Oil (Sweet Orange) Essential Oil*, Rosemarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil (Rosemary) Essential Oil, Lavandula Angustifolium Oil (Lavender) Essential Oil* (* Denotes organically produced ingredient)
This toner came in a size that was too small for me to really evaluate thoroughly. In any case, I wasn’t really impressed because it didn’t have any remarkable effects on my skin. I’m not sure if that’s because I didn’t get to use it long enough, or what. It’s clear in appearance and the scent was mild to my nose. Once absorbed by my skin the scent essentially disappeared. It did feel nice and refreshing on my skin when I sprayed it on. I don’t think I would repurchase this, given I didn’t notice any improvements to my skin.
Cost: Travel Set $45.00 CAD, 8 ml / 0.5 oz
Full Size: $31.99 CAD, 120 ml/ 4 oz
Available at: Niko
Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera Juice 1% Solution Certified Organic)*, Butyspermum Parkii (Shea) Seed Butter*, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, SDA 38B Lavender Alcohol Certified Organic*, Xanthomonas Campestris (Xanthan) Gum non GMO, Lecithin*, Echinacea Purpurea Root Extract*, Symphytum Officinale Root (Comfrey) Extract*, Terminalia Ferdinandiana (Kakadu Plum) Fruit Extract*, Citrus Sinensis (Orange) Peel Oil*, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil*, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Hips Oil*. (* Denotes organically produced ingredient)
To me Kakadu Plum has a really sharp almost citrus scent that is really refreshing. The Lavender Alcohol and Echinacea Root Extract lend astringent qualities to this moisturizer. It’s a white, opaque and medium weight in thickness, suitable for a day moisturizer for combination and oily skin types. I think this wouldn’t be moisturizing enough for those with dry to extremely dry skin. In any case, I notice a lot of the essential ingredients are in the other products above. Perhaps that’s why none of these products really wowed me.
Cost: Travel Set $45.00 CAD, 15 ml / 0.5 oz
Full Size: $49.99 CAD, 30 ml / 1 oz
Available at: Niko
Ingredients: Helianthus Annuus Seed (Sunflower) Oil*, Calendula Officinalis Flower Oil Marigold flower, Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Peel Oil*, Chamelia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil*, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil*, Vaccinium Corymbosum (Blueberry) Seed Oil, Lavandula Angustifolium Oil (Lavender) Essential Oil*, Rosemarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil (Rosemary) Essential Oil*, Anthemis Noblis (Chamomile) Flower Oil*, Alpha Tocopherol (Vitamin E) . (* Denotes organically produced ingredient)
This serum is a medium yellow in colour and has the smooth texture of an oil serum. The scent is mild to my nose and dissipated once absorbed by my skin. Alas, my skin didn’t love some the oils in this serum. For some reason Pumpkin Seed Oil and Sunflower Oil somehow made me breakout. It’s really too bad. I liked the other ingredients in this serum but it just didn’t work for me.
Cost: Travel Set $45.00 CAD, 8 ml / 03 oz
Full Size: $54.99 CAD, 30 ml / 1 oz
Available at: Niko
I’m sad to report that my skin didn’t love Niko’s products. I love supporting Canadian companies but unfortunately not everything agrees with my skin. So while I was impressed with all the ingredients in each product & their USDA Organic accreditation, nothing really produced any considerable improvements to my skin. Maybe these products would work better for someone with a different skin type.
Have you ever tried Niko’s products? What worked for you?