The Elegant Alchemy of Odacité: The Review

Californian skincare brand Odacité is the perfect representative of the new generation of green beauty: no longer hippy-dippy and homespun, instead it is elegant, luxurious, high-performing and expensive. I wasn’t first on the Odacité bandwagon, but having discovered it, I am officially in love with its beautiful products. This brand’s line of skincare is divided into three distinct categories: the Serum Concentrates – one or two-ingredient serums for addressing specific skin concerns; the Fresh Collection – the more traditional skincare products (cream, cleanser, etc), focused on ingredient freshness; and the Private Collection – “Couture” blends initially created for private clients of Valérie Grandury, the founder of Odacité.

I have been using several of the serum concentrates, as well as the Beautiful Day Moisturizer from the Fresh collection. I had mentioned in an earlier post that I found my perfect moisturizer and Beautiful Day is it. This is an ideal product for someone who is only starting to explore green beauty: its texture, performance and packaging are fully comparable to the best of conventional moisturizers and it contains a number of effective hydrating and anti-aging ingredients like aloe vera, DMAE, MSM and tea extracts. Granted, this might not be the world’s most active-packed formula, but the cream is a delight to use. It’s light and fast-absorbing (or as fast absorbing as a natural product that does not contain chemical “pushers” can be), yet it’s thoroughly hydrating and soothing.

Odacite day cream

This cream is also completely unscented, which is a particular treat in the world of green beauty where far too many products have almost unbearably strong smells. What’s nice is that in the case of Beautiful Day “unscented” means truly without scent, whereas many conventional unscented products can often have an odd, slightly off-putting smell ( I suppose all those chemicals don’t smell all that nice on their own). Finally, there is the matter of Beautiful Day’s packaging. Although not as important as ingredients, texture or performance, packaging matters, especially in a high-end product and this cream’s packaging is exquisite. Beautiful Day comes in a slim, elegant, satisfyingly heavy bottle with a pump dispenser, which ensures that the active ingredients do not deteriorate from contact with oxygen and I think that this might well be the best packaging in all of green beauty.

Odacite Cream

The Beautiful Day cream with the Moringa Petitgrain, Buriti Lime, Acai Rose and Wild Carrot serum concentrates.

Odacite Mix

The Odacité serum concentrates can be used on their own or mixed in with other skincare products and they mix perfectly with the Beautiful Day moisturizer. I have tried quite a few of the concentrates and I adore them all. They are fabulously active, have lovely smells (seriously, every single one) and I love the mad scientist aspect of mixing together different serums depending on my skin’s needs.

In the interest of full disclosure, the effect of some of the concentrates (particularly the firming/anti-aging ones) cannot be determined without using them for at least a couple of months (I have only used them for about a month or so), but based on the effectiveness of the more fast-acting concentrates, I imagine they will do at least some good and my skin is certainly looking its dewey and glowing best since I started my Odacité regimen.

Mo+P Serum Concentrate

The Moringa Petitgrain Serum Concentrate is the first Odacité product I have ever tried and it’s a winner. The serum is created for severely dry skin and it completely delivers. When I first started using it, I had been battling persistent dryness around my lips that made the sides of my mouth look disturbingly like a cat’s butt and that would not abate no matter what I did. I put Mo+P on before bed and the next morning the cat’s bum was completely gone. So far it has kept my skin from drying out like an ancient husk the way it always does once cold descends on New York. If it continues to keep my skin dewey throughout the winter, this might well qualify for a minor skincare miracle.

Ca+C Serum Concentrate. Love how every serum is a different color

My second Odacité purchase was the Camelina Chamomile Serum Concentrate for sensitive skin and it’s just as fabulously effective as the Mo+P serum (as an aside, I really dig Odacité’s naming of the serums – it really adds to the whole mad scientist vibe). A couple of weeks ago I was hosting a green beauty event. As my special luck would have it, my face picked that particular night to have a changing weather-related freakout and so I emerged from the shower with the face looking like a baboons behind (yes, there is a definite animal hindquarters theme to my skin woes). I immediately used my Yuli Cocoon Elixir and the Ca+C serum and about 30 minutes later was getting compliments on my skin. Since my skin had a couple more freak-outs as the weather swung wildly from “middle spring” to “dead of winter” in the span of one week, I had the opportunity to test the effects of Ca+C on sensitivity and irritation and they were just as impressive every time. I am now on second bottles of both Mo+P and Ca+C and I imagine I will be getting plenty more.

CaR Serum Concentrate

 

Ac+R Serum Concentrate

Ac+R Serum Concentrate

Wild Carrot and Acai Rose are both part of Odacité’s “Age-Defying” category of serums and both of them are targeted to give the skin a youthful glow. Both of these fall into the category of serums that require longer testing, but I love their smells and their intense green color. I definitely think that my skin has a great glow since I’ve been using these serums and that it looks distinctly less radiant on the days when I don’t use them (I love the alchemic mixing of the serums, but it does tack on a bit more time to my already lengthy skincare routine). Based on the sensory experience and my skin’s reaction, I will definitely repurchase both of these (and have already done so with the Acai Rose).

Bu+L Serum Concentrate

Bu+L Serum Concentrate

Recently I have been concerned with some loss of firmness and so was excited to try the Buriti Lime Serum Concentrate for sagging skin. Granted, my skin isn’t exactly sagging (I hope?), but I’d rather not let it get to that point. Once again, like any anti-aging treatment, this is the product that will take a significant time commitment to see results. I do love its smell and texture (no surprise there, clearly) and am fully willing to make the time commitment. As a note, I am wary of photosensitivity that can be caused by citrus oils and so only use Bu+L as a nighttime treatment.

Pa+G Serum Concentrate

Pa+G Serum Concentrate

The Papaya Geranium Serum Concentrate addresses hyper-pigmentation. Because I have recently discovered that I can sometimes be sensitive to Papaya enzymes, I use this concentrate as a spot treatment for dark spots. It definitely seems to make a difference – a particularly stubborn spot near my eye that refused to be banished by any of the brightening treatments I had used, faded to near-invisibility after about a month’s use of Pa+G. Because I use it in such small amounts, it has lasted me the longest of all the serums, so if you don’t use it as an all over treatment, it will be the most economical of the serums.

I suppose this is a good time to bring up my one criticism of Odacité: it’s expensive. The serum concentrates don’t actually appear to be all that costly at first glance, with prices ranging from $27 to $62. The anti-aging treatments are the most expensive of the bunch and the serums for oily and congested skin the cheapest and this actually makes sense, since anti-aging skincare usually costs more (though it does kind of suck for m. This, however, is the price for a tiny amount of serum – 5ml. Odacité suggests that this is enough product for 1 month of use, though I find that serums that address the most immediate concerns of my skin and that I use the most frequently actually seem to run out much faster than in 1 month. If you consider the fact that the standard size for a face oil is 30ml, it suddenly becomes clear that a “full-size” bottle of the $62 Wild Carrot Serum Concentrate will run you a staggering $372. This kind of seems like a crazy price for a single-ingredient product, however luxurious and rare that ingredient might be.

Cost is the reason why I haven’t yet tried one of the Private Collection serums: priced at $149 for .5oz (the usual size is 1 ounce or 30 ml), these serums are more than twice as expensive as the most expensive serums from any of the other major green brands. Actually, the Fresh Collection is the most reasonably priced of Odacité’s lines with prices much more in line with other skincare brands. In fact, the Beautiful Day moisturizer is a very reasonable $75 – certainly not cheap, but completely palatable for a high quality, luxury product.

Ultimately though, price is not a deterrent for me when it comes to Odacité. Its products work, I adore them and I find that for me it’s actually easier to spend more money in the course of several months than to plunk down a wad of cash on a single product in one go (not that I don’t do both). I think that most people who do not have my pathologically heavy hand when it comes to skincare application will find that the serum concentrates will last them at least a month (more if used only at night or as spot treatments). Plus, most of the Serum Concentrates fall somewhere in the far more reasonable $30-something price range, which makes them a fairly practical investment. Not to mention that if a particular product doesn’t work for you, it hurts a lot less if it only cost $30 or $40 (and do keep in mind that Odacité always include samples with every order). Ultimately, in skincare, as nearly in everything else, you get what you pay for and with Odacité you will get effective, powerful, sophisticated and smart products, which is why I feel completely comfortable recommending them wholeheartedly and (almost) without reservation.

39 responses to The Elegant Alchemy of Odacité: The Review

  1. I’ve been hoping to try Odacité soon! I’ve seen such glowing reviews (and skin). For me, I’m thinking of the Black Cumin + Cajeput for blemishes, Jojoba + Lavender for congested pores, or Papaya + Geranium for acne scarring.

    • TheHermesHippie – Author

      I haven’t tried any of the serums from the oily/congested line, but other bloggers have given stellar reviews and based on the performance of the ones I used, I imagine they would be pretty awesome 🙂

  2. Aorta

    Thank you for this review! I came across your blog yesterday – you have a nice way of writing.

    What does the Papaya Geranium Serum Concentrate smell like?

    • TheHermesHippie – Author

      Thanks so much! So glad you like the blog! And the Pa+G serum smells like geranium. Very light smell, very pretty. Much like geranium itself, it’s almost citrusy, light and green.

  3. caprinic

    Wonderfully thorough and detailed review as always Lola! I also really appreciate how you often give both sides of the coin, even on products you love, and in this case I really must agree that Odacite doesn’t come cheap! The main reason why I haven’t purchased anything yet. This is one brand I’m going to have to wait with until after I’m done studying. Loving the sound of the serums though, especially the camomile and camelina one. In other news, Pai is having an amazing deal right now until December 1st, guilty of giving in to that one! Xx

    • TheHermesHippie – Author

      So glad you liked it! 🙂 And yes: price point is a definite consideration, even for a line as fabulous as this. And I just went nuts with thr LBF Black Friday deal, so I think I’m just about all shopped out. Well… Nearly 😉

  4. Crystalia

    Have you tried Shea Terra’s carrot seed oil? I haven’t and I’m hoping to get a comparison between this one and the Odacité carrot seed oil. Thank you!!

    C.G

    • TheHermesHippie – Author

      I haven’t, no. I think carrot seed oil is a relatively common ingredient and what distingishes the Odacité oil is that it’s very high quality and made from wild carrots. Whether there is, in fact, a significant difference between the two is not exactly obvious to me. Quality ingredients matter, of course, but it can sometimes be difficult to selarate marketing from fact. For what it’s worth though, I do love the Odacité carrot oil 🙂

      • I have both carrot seed oils – from Odacite and from Shea Terra. Must say the difference is huge. Odacite oil smells just wonderfully – I feel freshly picked carrots. Shea Terra oil smells very unpleasant, it reminds me of old refined sunflower oil. Very puzzled by this difference in quality. Also not sure Shea Terra uses wild carrot, I have not found any information about the source of this oil.

  5. Lovely photos are review Lola! Your animal booty analogies are hilarious. I’ve also been a bit obsessed with Odacites Pure Element line. I have Ca+C and have experienced the same stellar results; but I only use this when my skin is inflamed and after extractions. I use Bl+C religiously and my skin has been clearer than ever. I’ve been using it for about a month and can’t really tell how much is left (1-2 drops per use 2x day) On the contrary, I tend to be a bit stingey with application instead of heavy handed; so fingers crossed my bottles will last longer than a month. How many drops do you typically use per application?
    Now I’m super interested in picking up the Beautiful Day Moisturizer and Pa+G.. xx (:

    • TheHermesHippie – Author

      Thanks, lovely! And the animal butt is such a fount of analogies! 😂 I tend to use two drops twice a day when mixing in, though will sometimes do 3. When using on their own, I can end up using 4 drops per use. Basically, I’m not happy, unless I’m slathered in serum 😁 Pa+G is great if you have discoloration/acne scars and I’m clearly in love with Beautiful Day! Xx

  6. Uhhhmmmmm…girl, I think you spend a lot of time pondering cat butts. Whatever, no judgement. ; )

    I do love the concept of the serum concentrates. The Buriti Lime smells more wonderful than I imagined it would. I’ve got sagging, cause I’m old, but haven’t been consistent enough with use. The Black Cumin Cajeput is a solid performer for break outs, and does spot treatment also. I didn’t find the Camelina Chamomile the soothing miracle others have, but maybe that’s because I don’t keep the bottle surrounded by a strand of pearls.

    I bought Summer in Hossegor because I wanted the papaya enzymes. It is expensive, but I do not care for geranium smell so the serum concentrate was out for me. I’ve got to get on a consistent pattern with it. Too many oils to try is a good problem to have.

    • TheHermesHippie – Author

      Just to be clear, I ponder all manner of animal rear ends. Thought I needed to make that clear 😁 And yes, ours are the ultimate of caviar problems (except the sagging – that’s a pain. Not that you have any. At ALL). I really ought to try Black Vumin Cajeput for the Englishman – he needs an alternative to the Pollen & Wax Magus serum that he loves so. Also: pearls always help. Always. 😁😘

      • Oh, well, since there’s no species discrimination there I guess I can’t complain.

        The BCC serum has no girly scent whatsoever, so I highly recommend for any gender. I thought it would be the perfect solution for my son, but I can’t get him to use any face product consistently.

        I’ve used Hossegor enough to say I’m glad I purchased, and I WILL establish a routine with it. Autumn on the World, or Winter in Paris? I was attracted to Autumn, but I wasn’t sure I’d love the scent given the EOs – I would totally try a sample though. I’ve been using KYPRIS for vitamin C and just got a new Blissoma C product. I’m very into the C! Based on the general quality of Odacite, I’d say anything from the Private Collection is a good bet. Maybe you can sit on Santa’s lap and see what ends up in your stocking. ; )

      • TheHermesHippie – Author

        Oy. Santa is mad at me after the LBF Black Friday sale 😳 Speaking of Cs, I just restarted using my TNB Pacific Retinol Serum + Vit C regiment and my skin is verrry happy. And yeah – I meant Autumn on the World. Which Kyrpis Vit C are you using? I’ve Antioxidant Dew and Moinlight Catalyst.

  7. Jenna

    I totally agree on the beautiful day moisturizer… It is so light and absorbs so beautifully and is great to cocktail with facial oils… My favorite cream moisturizer.

  8. Jenna

    I have been wanting to try the Beautiful Day cream but am always afraid of breakouts..since u have used it, is it pretty light and unclogging? Have u tried the night cream as well, if so how is that? I’m looking for light moisturizers not greasy heavy

    • TheHermesHippie – Author

      I have only tried Beautiful Day and I find it very light. It’s really more of a lotion than a cream. I mean, I mix the boosters into it and it’s still not too heavy.

    • TheHermesHippie – Author

      Thank you! And you know, I have absolutely no idea! It was a birthday present from some years ago. I don’t recall seeing a manufacturer tag, but I’ll check for you 😉

  9. leonieng

    The serums look so good!

    For day use do you think it is ok to layer these 2 products together? First being: Yuli Liquid Courage, followed by Odacite Beautiful day?

    And reckon all these Odacite serums (Pa+G , Po+R , CaR & Ac+R) can be mixed together with the Yuli Cell Perfecto PM for night use? or would that be an over kill?

    Thanks sweetie!(: x

    • TheHermesHippie – Author

      You can totally mix them! With Liquid Courage and Beautiful Day, the first will provide antioxidants and intense nutrition and the second an extra boost of moisture (including water, which our skin needs), not to mention additional skincare ingredients. I always layer a moisturizer on top of my oils and I actually find it helps the oil absorb better 🙂 And yes, you can totally mix the Odacité boosters with another product: just go by what your skin needs. I found that I have to use different serums at different times, depending on my skin’s dryness, sensitivity, etc.
      By the way, I believe I owe you an answer on Instagram as well? Will get to it shortly 😉 xx

  10. leonieng

    Perfect advice, I will give it a go (: No rush with the instagram msg, I can see you are super busy with everyones questions and your posts….just reply when you can. Big love xx

  11. Tania

    Beautiful review, thank you so much!

    I just ordered a few samples from Odacite just to try their products first as I hate to shop for skin care blindly. I got the Wild Carrot oil and Acai concentrate, and both of their creams – the beautiful day and the new one with oleosomes.

    I used it with the ace oil this morning for the first time. So far I like it a lot. I have very dry and thin skin, nothing is hydrating enough for me but this combo seems to be doing its job very well. But then again, it’s only been a few hours.

    Have you tried the new one? Now that it’s been a few months, do you still enjoy the products? Would you say your skin has changed for the better?

    • TheHermesHippie – Author

      I really want to try the Oleosomes cream! It’s next on my list once it gets a bit colder because I’ve a cream overload at the moment, but it looks awesome. I still adore the serums. If your skin is thin and dehydrated, I strongly recommend Moringa+Petitgrain and Marula+Neroli. M+P is just aces for hydration. And my skin is the best it’s ever been probably (aside from some loss of volume that is just aging and that no one but me can see, apparently), but j can’t claim that it’s all down to Odacite – just green beauty in general 😉

      • Tania

        Thanks so much for responding so quickly! My skin was obviously not happy with the way I was taking care of it, all the chemicals in the skincare only created an illusion of suppleness and moisture when in reality, as soon as you stop using them, it gets way worse, because it is all about looking good not well being and health in general. I’m going through an epic switch. I threw away everything I had and now I’m trying different things hoping to find my optimal routine. I contacted the companies that I liked for the ingredients and their philosophy and asked for samples. So now I have a bunch of those;)

        I’m just discovering your blog (and absolutely loving it!) and earlier today I found a post where you answer questions. There you mentioned this serum with retinol for sensitive skin by true nature botanicals. I used to use 0.5% retinol cream by skinceuticals in the past (in my not so green days) and it was very drying for me. I want to use retinol because -well, we’re not getting any younger, but I’m afraid it might be drying or irritating. This sensitive skin option sounds really promising. Are you still using it? How’s it working for you so far?

        Sorry about the long rant but your blog is seriously the first one that I really enjoy reading and that really makes sense to me. Your reviews are KNOWLEDGEABLE which is so refreshing!!! I mean, usually it’s a blind person leading the blind. I like that you know what you’re talking about when you do, and when you don’t – you are not afraid to say so.

      • TheHermesHippie – Author

        Oh my gosh, thank you so much! You are incredibly kind and making me blush and smile ear-to-ear! 🙂 And yes, the TN Botanicals Retinol Serum for sensitive skin is great! I’m using it at the moment actually. It’s the only chemical exfoliant that doesn’t make my skin feel paper-thin and dried out. If you are dry and sensitive, is give it a shot. Definitely use it with an oil, though. I’m all about layers of skincare, as you can probably tell, so you can do toner mist, then oil, then the TNB serum and then a cream or a balm to add hydration and lock it all in. Of course you don’t *have* to do all that, but I’d say definitely combine the serum with an oil – it won’t be hydrating enough on its own.

      • Tania

        Thank you! I’m definitely going to give it a try.
        Last question, I promise:)))) – some people say that once you applied oil, nothing else will penetrate the skin. What’s your opinion on that?

      • TheHermesHippie – Author

        So there are different opinions out there, but I think that unless you are using mineral oil (don’t!), your oils should be that much of an occlusive. The general rule I follow is lightweight/water-based serums, then oil, then moisturizer/balm at night or moisturizer/balm/cream with SPF during the day. That being said, TNB recommend using their serum after an oil, so that’s what I do.

      • Tania

        Thank you so much!!! For the advice and the information, but more than anything for your attention and feedback. I really appreciate it. It’s rare.

  12. stephanie b

    I have been using Odacite products for a while. They are really superb products. Right now I am trying to decide between using A Summer In Hosseger and adding the Mature + Pigmentation serum. Or, staying with Autumn on the World serum. I also love, love the Jojoba Beads. They are sensational.

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