One of the first truly natural luxury skincare brands from Australia, Sodashi is a firm blogger favourite. I’d heard great things about the line from a number of my friends and colleagues, but I never quite got around to trying it until a couple of weeks ago. I was looking for a natural shave product, and I stumbled upon Sodashi’s Clean Skin Cleanser and Shaving Emulsion (my favourite is Omorovicza, but for some reason, they don’t sell the shaving cream in Australia and I couldn’t be bothered to order it online from the UK). I ended up buying Sodashi’s Fitness Recovery Oil, as well, and received three deluxe samples (of their Balancing Clay Cleanser with Lime, Nourishing Repair Treatment, and Rejuvenating Face and Neck Moisturiser) with my order. I’ve only used these products for around two weeks, so this is more of a ‘first impressions’ post than a full-blown review. Here are my thoughts:
- Balancing Clay Cleanser with Lime (A$80.70): This cleanser is amazing, and I wish I’d purchased a full-sized bottle of this cleanser instead of the shaving emulsion. Its texture is really unique in that it’s a cream clay cleanser that doesn’t feel gritty or stripping. I like massaging it on damp skin and taking it off with a hot muslin cloth. It leaves my skin soft and glowing. It smells very spa-like (the lime scent is very mild), and I wouldn’t be surprised if this is one of their bestsellers. Highly recommend.
- Fitness Recovery Oil (A$53.90): I didn’t expect to love this product, but it’s fantastic. Designed to stimulate circulation after exercise or travel, it contains ginger, pine and eucalyptus to soothe sore muscles and reduce inflammation. What distinguishes it from a number of other similar body oils is how elegant the formula is. The body oil glides easily on the skin and feels light and nurturing. The smell is mild and zingy (I get more ginger than eucalyptus), without ever going into the Vicks VapoRub territory. I love using it after a hot shower post yoga.
- Nourishing Repair Treatment (A$165): This is a thick, balm-like face cream containing avocado, rosehip, carrot and apricot kernel oils, along with extracts of centella, cistus and rosewood. Meant to be used as a night-time treatment, it stimulates collagen and repairs skin from free radical damage. What I love about it is how healing it is. Recently, when an extra-potent AHA (natural, of course) mask made my skin burn and tingle, this calmed me down instantly. The finish of this product is very non-greasy for a rich and nourishing product. Ageing and dry skin types would love this. Big thumbs up.
- Rejuvenating Face and Neck Moisturiser (A$147.90): This is a good moisturiser that sinks well into the skin, but it’s not $147-worthy, in my opinion. It feels calming and soothing, and smells quite lovely (rose with hints of sandalwood). The texture feels thick when you dispense the product, but it absorbs instantly into the skin. I just find that it doesn’t have that extra oomph to warrant the almost-$150 price tag. If you’re looking for something that gives similar results for 1/3rd of the price, I’d highly recommend trying Mukti Hydrating Moisturiser first.
- Clean Skin Cleanser and Shaving Emulsion (A$80.70): This is the product that inspired this Sodashi order, but it the product I am least likely to repurchase. The main issue with it, in my opinion, is that it tries to be two things (shaving cream AND cleanser), but it doesn’t perform either of these roles well. It reminds me of 2-in-1 shampoos that don’t work effectively either as a shampoo or conditioner. It doesn’t cleanse thoroughly enough, in my experience, and it has the tendency to leave a film behind (men tend to have oiler skin than women, so this could be an issue). As a shaving cream, it feels too thin and lacks the luxurious cushioning I expect from a high-end shaving cream. It works fine as a second cleanse, but I don’t know how many men would be willing to double cleanse daily. It has the potential to be a great product with a few minor tweaks, but until that happens, I’ll stick to my beloved Omorovicza Shave Cream (it costs less than half, as well).
Final Thoughts: I really like Sodashi so far, and I can see why so many people love it. What makes it great is the finesse of its products. The textures and scents feel refined and luxurious, and the all-black packaging is chic and eminently giftable.
Where to buy: Adore Beauty